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Writers guild announces award winners in LA, New York

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Writers Guild of America named "Her" the Best Original Screenplay and "Captain Phillips" Best Adapted Screenplay at ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Tom Hanks talks about becoming 'Captain Phillips'

Tom Hanks talks about becoming 'Captain Phillips'

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Double Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks says he felt a tremendous responsibility to accurately portray Richard Phillips, a real-life merchant mariner who -- along with his crew -- was taken hostage at sea by Somali pirates in 2009 while on a voyage to Kenya.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Insitu ScanEagle set for Australia's navy

CANBERRA, Australia, July 20 (UPI) -- Insitu Pacific will install and run several of its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft vehicle systems on Australian navy frigates starting in September.
Study: Albatross changing breeding habits

Study: Albatross changing breeding habits

LONDON, April 30 (UPI) -- The breeding habits of the wandering albatross, one of the Earth's largest birds, have changed with earlier egg-laying than ever, British researchers say.

Maersk Alabama crew pans captain's account

UNDERHILL, Vt., April 22 (UPI) -- The Maersk Alabama's captain says he stands by his account of the ship's takeover by Somali pirates even if most of his crew has a different view.
Somali pirates

Somali pirates

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S.-flagged ship was attacked by pirates Wednesday, seven months after the same vessel was boarded by hijackers off the coast of Somalia.
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Navy seeks missing Maersk Alabama cash

Navy seeks missing Maersk Alabama cash

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy investigators are probing what happened to $30,000 that was involved in the rescue of a U.S. ship captain from Somali pirates, a source says.

Captain calls for antipiracy effort

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. ship captain who was kidnapped by pirates off Somalia said Tuesday the international community needs to unite in the fight against piracy.
U.S. military urged to protect ships

U.S. military urged to protect ships

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- The merchant ship captain who was held hostage by Somali pirates says it is time for the U.S. military to protect ships in the Indian Ocean.
Teen piracy suspect can be tried as adult

Teen piracy suspect can be tried as adult

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge in New York Tuesday said a Somali teenager accused of piracy in the kidnapping of Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips will be tried as an adult.

Phillips says role minor in hostage saga

UNDERHILL, Vt., April 17 (UPI) -- Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips said Friday the U.S. military was the real hero in his rescue from Somali pirates who held him captive for four days.
Maersk captain to return to U.S. Friday

Maersk captain to return to U.S. Friday

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The captain of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Somali pirates tried to hijack last week will return home Friday, the shipping line's leader said Thursday.
Four ships hijacked off Somalia

Four ships hijacked off Somalia

MOMBASA, Kenya, April 14 (UPI) -- Pirates commandeered at least four ships in two days in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, though they failed in a bid to grab a U.S.-flagged vessel, officials said.

Captain and crew to return to U.S.

MOMBASA, Kenya, April 14 (UPI) -- Capt. Richard Phillips, who spent five days as a pirate hostage, will return to the United States on a chartered plane with his crew, the shipper said Tuesday.
Obama rides high after hostage rescue

Obama rides high after hostage rescue

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama passed his first test as commander in chief with flying colors in approving the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, but the pirates of Somalia have vowed they will strike back.
MARTIN SIEFF

Somali pirates are natural allies of radical Islam

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy warships supported by helicopter gunships tracked four Somali pirates and their American captive in the Horn of Africa throughout the weekend as American negotiators tried to obtain the release of the hostage. Reports from the region indicated that negotiations had broken down, and on Easter Sunday Navy snipers killed three of the pirates and freed the American, Capt. Richard Phillips, master of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Captain safe on U.S. ship after escape

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. cargo ship captain kidnapped by pirates off the Somali coast was on board the USS Boxer Sunday after his escape from his captors, U.S. officials said.
Sources: U.S. tugboat hijacked by pirates

Sources: U.S. tugboat hijacked by pirates

EYL, Somalia, April 11 (UPI) -- Somali pirates Saturday fired at approaching U.S. sailors intent on rescuing a container ship captain being held by the modern-day buccaneers, CNN reported.
Skipper appears unharmed after escape try

Skipper appears unharmed after escape try

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. captain being held by pirates off Somalia appeared to be unharmed Friday after his unsuccessful attempt to escape, U.S. officials said.

Transvestite booked as woman

ORLANDO, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- A Florida transvestite who stole a female friend's identity fooled police and sheriff's deputies until his fingerprints linked him to his real name.

Child support doubled in stolen sperm case

CHICAGO, March 14 (UPI) -- A judge has doubled the $800 monthly child support payments of a Chicago doctor who claims the mother stole his sperm and impregnated herself.

Suit alleging sperm theft reinstated

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An appeals court has reinstated a suit against a Chicago area doctor accused of secretly stealing her lover's sperm to inseminate herself.
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