Afternoon Briefing

Navy ship collides with fishing boat

SEOUL, South Korea — A U.S. navy ship has collided with a South Korean fishing boat but there are no reports of injuries.

The cruiser USS Lake Champlain was engaging in training today when it collided with the 9.8-ton fishing boat off South Korea’s east coast.

An unidentified South Korean military official said the incident appears to be a minor collision and that no casualties have been reported.

Teen tosses 68-year-old into pool

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sheriff’s deputies say a teenager has confessed to throwing a 68-year-old woman into a swimming pool when she tried to break up a party at a apartment complex.

Broward Sheriff’s officials said that the 16-year-old boy turned himself in on Monday, telling investigators that he “messed up” and has to “own up to it.” He was with his mother and a lawyer.

Nancy James told deputies that 200 young people showed up at Players Place apartments near Fort Lauderdale Saturday evening. When she tried to speak to them a young man picked her up, dragged her to the pool and tossed her in.

Near record amount of April showers

WASHINGTON — That whole April showers thing went a bit overboard last month.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was the second wettest April on record, averaging 3.43 inches for the nation, nearly an inch above the 20th century average. Only 1957 had more April rain.

Records go back to 1895.

Obama to deliver speech in Italy

MILAN — Former U.S. President Barack Obama is in Milan to deliver a keynote speech on food security and the environment, two issues that he has long worked on.

The visit was his first public foreign foray since leaving the presidency.

Obama made a few tourist stops in Italy’s fashion and finance capital before attending a dinner hosted by an Italian think tank attended by friends and business leaders. He will give a speech on food security this afternoon.

Missing python slithers back home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 17-foot python that had caused concern since it went missing two weeks ago has returned home.

Sam slithered back into view Monday in the living room of its owners’ home in the town of Meadow Lakes. Sam had attracted international media attention after it went missing 14 days ago.

One of its owners said that Sam was fed a 25-pound rabbit before it disappeared. “He doesn’t know where it was hiding, the owner walked into the living room, and Sam was slithering across the floor.”

Ex-lawmaker to plead to drugs, sex

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A former lawmaker is scheduled to plead guilty to charges of drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl over Facebook into a sexual encounter.

Kyle Tasker tried to lure an undercover police officer, posing as the girl. They say he offered alcohol and marijuana and proposed sexual encounters.

Five lions escape from wildlife park

JOHANNESBURG — Officials in South Africa are searching for five lions that are believed to have escaped from a wildlife reserve.

Parks spokesman Rey Thakhuli says the search is difficult because the lions are believed to be in sugar cane farms in an area that has thick fog and he speculates that the animals may have split up. They are dangerous and are thought to have already killed a cow.

Teen shows up for prom in coffin

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — A high school student who hopes to become a funeral director has surprised her classmates by arriving at her prom in an open prop coffin.

Megan Flaherty, 17, says she checked with her date first. The open coffin slid out of the back of a hearse. She then stepped out of the coffin on the hand of her date and smiled at other prom goers.

By The Associated Press