A.M. UPDATE: East Texans were on crippled cruise ship
EAST TEXANS WERE ON CRIPPLED CRUISE SHIP
After days on a cruise ship without electricity and working toilets, thousands of passengers were finally ashore early Friday in Alabama. Best friends Allie McKerregan, 12, and Rebekah Poret, 10, of Lufkin, Texas were together on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship that spent five days without power or running water. The two girls described their ordeal.
TIGER GIVES BIRTH AT SF ZOO
A Sumatran tiger gave birth to an apparently healthy cub at the San Francisco Zoo over the weekend in a rare boost to the critically endangered subspecies, zookeepers said on Thursday. There are estimated to be as few as 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild, and zookeepers were monitoring the pair in the zoo's secluded Lion House via webcam to allow the 9-year-old mother, named Leanne, and baby to bond with little human interference.
METEOR STREAKS RUSSIAN SKIES
A meteor streaked through the Russian skies Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left hundreds of people hurt. As of noon Moscow time, as many as 725 people had sought medical help. The number of injured continues to rise as new reports come in from across a wide area.