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Cruise vacation gone bad

Without running water, electricity and canned foods, people who were supposed to enjoy a fabulous vacation were adrift at sea for four days starting Monday.

CNN.comreported that the Carnival Splendor was unable to fully function when a fire started in the engine room, shutting off power to the air conditioner, broken toilets, "hot showers or refrigeration" early into the planned seven day cruise.

According to the Pioneer Press, the "Carnival said a crankcase split" on one of the six diesel engines which caused the fire. "Smoke filled hallways toward the back of the ship, and a smoky odor reached the front cabins."

The Navy flew in Pop-Tarts, Spam and other canned goods for the passengers. Since there was no power, many people were forced to resort to taking the nine flight of stairs to get to the dining hall which already had long lines of people.

The Pioneer Press reported that the shipped docked in San Diego Thursday. Passengers were given a full refund of the trip, and airfare and given a free cruise.

The incident is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. However, officials from Panama will be in charge of the investigation since "that is the country the vessel is flagged under," reported CNN.com

Although two African runners won the New York City Marathon on Saturday, it was a Chilean participant who got all the attention.

Edison Pena, the 12th miner pulled from the caved in mines in Chile participated in the marathon and finished with a time of 5 hours 40 minutes and 51 seconds, according to The Associated Press.

As mentioned on CNN.com, Pena was invited to participate in the marathon because he used to run in the caves to keep in shape.

Pena said that running the race was just a "symbol of bravery and a struggle against myself against the pain that I have been feeling".

Obama talks about Anti-gay bullying

Obama has taped a video message about the recent bullying and suicides of the LGBT community.

As mentioned on the Pioneer Press, Obama talks about the hardships of the feelings of not fitting in and bullying not a "just a normal rite of passage". He goes on to mention how "it gets better".

On CNN.com, Dan Savage, founder of the "It Gets Better Project", mentioned that in order for everybody to believe what President Obama is saying, he needs to prove it with some action. Savage mentions that in order for Obama's words to mean something, he talks about how the Obama administration should stop appealing court rulings for the "don't ask don't tell" rule.

Fox pulls channel over contract dispute

Fox Networks, owned by News Corp., pulled their channels from Cablevision for 3 million New York viewers because of a fee dispute.

Fox had said they would pull the plug on their channels when they demanded Cablevision for a fee increase from their consumers.

As mentioned on CNN.com, Cablevision did not agree to it with the fact that their consumers should have to pay a higher fee when living in such a bad economy.

This isn't the first time a network has pulled the plug on their channels. Cablevision has had disputes with the Walt Disney company and the Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.'s Food Network and HGTV.

According to the Star Tribune, not only did Fox pull their networks on television but even online on Hulu and other websites.

Hyundai Recalls 140,000 Cars

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 139,500 Sonatas due to a steering wheel problem.

The cars manufactured during December 2009 to September 2010 have the steering wheel issue.

MSNBC reports that the steering wheels have an column shafts that could be loosely tightened or improperly built which could result in separation of the steering wheel or losing control of steering the vehicle.

According to CNN.com, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was brought to the attention of the steering wheel problem when "two incidents reported by Hyundai itself through the government's 'Early Warning Reporting' system" resulted in cars losing control or the wheel coming completely off.

The recall is set to start in October.

BP Well Finally Dead

It was Sunday morning that BP's well was finally declared dead at 5:54 a.m.

According to CNN pressure tests were conducted early that day which resulted in the well being completely plugged.

The explosion that had occurred on April 20 had killed 11 workers and still has oil on the shores of the coast and fishing areas are still closed off. Shrimpers are still having a hard time selling shrimps to tourists and people outside of New Orleans, as mentioned in theStar Tribune.

And investigation is still underway as to who had caused the explosion of the well in the first place. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, most of the blame has been "employees of BP, Transocean and Halliburton".

Although the well has finally been plugged up it will still be known as the worst oil spill in history and still has big repercussions on the people that have this issue has involved or revolved around.