Scare at Washington Navy Yard

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-02 08:48:52

Police responded to a reports of an active shooter at the Washington DC Navy Yard Thursday morning.

According to the Washington Post, authorities received the report around 7:40am and have since closed down several streets due to the large number police on scene. The U.S. Navy confirmed on Twitter that a lockdown was in place, however they have not confirmed the incident as of yet.

The Washington Navy Yard was the scene of another deadly shooting in 2013. Gunman Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people and injured another eight. Alexis was killed in an ensuing fire fight with police.


Over 100 Survive Philippine Ferry Sinking

By Reuters 2015-07-02 04:33:21

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said.

The MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorized outrigger with 173 passengers and 16 crew on board, capsized suddenly minutes after leaving the port of Ormoc.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said 127 people survived, but could not immediately give details of their rescue, while 26 were still listed as missing.

“Search and rescue operations are ongoing. Initially we learned that it was due to big waves,” said Rey Gozon, director of the office of civil defense for the region.

Scores, sometimes hundreds, of people die each year in ferry accidents in the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,100 islands with a notoriously poor record for maritime safety. Overcrowding is common, and many of the vessels are in bad condition.

Balilo said authorities were looking at various possible causes for the accident, including human error and bad weather.

“There was an occasional swell but the sea condition was manageable. Some motorized outriggers were able to sail,” he told a local TV news channel.

“There was no gale warning and while there was a tropical depression, it was far from the area of the accident,” he said.

Eli Borinaga, the vice mayor of Pilar town on an island to the south who had hoped to join the ferry but didn’t make it on time, told local radio that there was only light rain at the time of the accident.

He cited a witness at Ormoc port who saw the boat make a sharp turn just before it capsized.