Rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday forced the evacuation of 47 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. Natural gas flowed from the leaking rig off the Louisiana coast in the wake of the rig blowout.
The CEO of Carnival apologized as some 3,100 passengers disembarked from the cruise ship Triumph late Thursday and early Friday. Passengers praised the crew and criticized the deplorable conditions during the five days on the ship.
A snow storm caused flights across the country to be cancelled. Three died, and many were injured in dangerous highway conditions and as trees fell on homes. In the South, tornadoes left 100,000 without power on Christmas Day.