KITTERY, Maine (AP) - Those who lost loved ones in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history are preparing for an emotional 50th anniversary. There are weekend events in Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, to memorialize the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher, which sank with the loss of 129 lives about 220 miles off Cape Cod on April 10, 1963. The Navy believes a leak in a pipe shorted out an electrical panel, leading to a cascading series of events that caused the destruction of the sub, now on the sea floor 8,500 feet deep. Part of the Thresher's legacy is safety. Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., says, "We can never, ever let this happen again."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and hearing false rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel. The demand is making it hard for gun stores to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments. The run started in November with President Barack Obama's re-election, followed by the shooting in December of children in Newtown, Conn. That massacre led the president to launch an effort to strengthen federal gun controls and several states to tighten laws. Connecticut became the latest on Thursday. Hours before the law went into effect, hundreds of customers streamed out of Hoffman's Gun Center in Newington with guns and boxes of ammunition. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the country.
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) - Two men whose escape from a Texas jail left residents in the largely rural area on edge are back in lockup after being captured in a barn. Capital murder suspect Brian Allen Tucker and convicted drug offender John Marlin King were returned Thursday to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas. That's after federal, state and local officers raided the barn where they were hiding in Cooper, 20 miles northwest of Sulphur Springs. Hopkins County sheriff's Sgt. Brad Cummings said authorities received dozens of reports from people who thought they had seen one or both of the fugitives. In the end, officials say an attempt to pawn jewelry left in a vehicle the men allegedly stole is what led authorities to their rural hideout.