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Viking Cruise Ship Begins Evacuating 1.3K Passengers by Helicopter After Sending Mayday in Storm

Viking Cruise Ship Begins Evacuating 1.3K Passengers by Helicopter After Sending Mayday in Storm

A cruise ship off of the coast of Norway began evacuating more than 1,300 passengers and crew members on Saturday after sending out a distress signal.

A spokeswoman for the Joint Rescue Centre for Southern Norway told CNN that the Viking Sky cruise ship sent out the mayday signal due to “engine problems in bad weather.”

The spokesperson added that about 115 people had been airlifted off the ship on Saturday, eight with “minor injuries,” and that rescue operations would continue through the night and Sunday.

In a statement to PEOPLE, a Viking spokesman said the ship was carrying 915 guests and 458 crew when it experienced a “loss of engine power off the coast of Norway near Molde.”

“Our first priority was for the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and our crew, and in close cooperation with the Norwegian Coast Guard, the captain decided to evacuate all guests from the vessel by helicopter,” the Viking spokesman added, noting that the “evacuation is proceeding with all necessary caution” despite the injuries.

According to the Associated Press, authorities told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK that the stormy weather was preventing rescue workers from using lifeboats as rescue vehicles.

“We are working closely with the relevant authorities and all operational procedures were followed in line with international regulations,” Viking said, adding that the company has dispatched an operational task force to Molde.

The cruise line said anyone with concerns about passengers aboard the ship can look for updates on its website.

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CNN reported that the ship was secured with one anchor and workers were attempting to get more than one engine running on Saturday. The outlet added that five helicopters and “a number of vessels” were helping with rescue efforts.

The ship was in the Hustadsvika waters off Norway’s west coast, an area “known for fierce weather and shallow waters dotted with reefs,” Reuters reported.

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The NRK, via the AP, reported that the helicopter evacuation was a dangerous a

Read more: https://people.com/home/viking-cruise-evacuation-norway/

CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Norah O'Donnell Undergoes Emergency Appendix Surgery

CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Norah O'Donnell Undergoes Emergency Appendix Surgery

Norah O’Donnell added an unexpected stop to her spring break trip this week: the hospital.

On Friday, the CBS This Morning co-anchor, 45, ended up at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to have her appendix removed. A hospital spokesperson told the Post and Courier that O’Donnell was taken in for an emergency appendectomy and released later in the day after a successful operation.

O’Donnell shared photos of her experience on her Instagram Story. “Not what we planned for spring break,” she captioned the first snap of herself in a hospital gown.

“Operation to remove appendix before it ruptured,” she explained with another photo, going on to share a video of her being wheeled into surgery.

In a Story of her giving a thumbs-up, the anchor thanked the medical staff who took care of her, writing, “Grateful for amazing nurses, surgeons and whole team.”

RELATED: Appendix Removal Could Lower the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease by Nearly 20 Percent

O’Donnell’s husband, restaurateur Geoff Tracy, also posted on social media to thank the hospital staff and pay tribute to his wife. Next to a thumbs-up emoji, Tracy wrote that his wife is “stronger than steel.”

Thumbs 👍 from @NorahODonnell and stronger than steel. Laparoscopic appendectomy is amazing. #springbreak2019 pic.twitter.com/wfh3l2vot2

— Geoff Tracy ❤🥓 (@chefgeoffs) March 23, 2019

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In January, O’Donnell opened up to PEOPLE about witnessing shakeups and scandals at CBS in recent years.

In 2017, multiple women accused O’Donnell’s CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose of sexual harassment. He was fired from the network and O’Donnell and co-host Gayle King condemned the alleged sexual harassment on air. (Rose, 77, issued a statement at the time

Read more: https://people.com/health/norah-odonnell-undergoes-appendix-surgery/

Trump Goes Golfing in Florida Amid Impending Release of Mueller Report

Trump Goes Golfing in Florida Amid Impending Release of Mueller Report

President Donald Trump isn’t keeping a low profile while he waits for the release of Robert Mueller’s report.

On Saturday — just one day after Mueller submitted his report regarding the connections and possible “coordination between” the Russian government and Trump and his aides — the president hit the links while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

According to CBS affiliate WPEC, Trump’s motorcade arrived at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach shortly after leaving Mar-a-Lago around 9 a.m.

RELATED: The Russia Investigation Is Over — but What Does Robert Mueller Know About President Trump?

Trump, 72, had already arrived in Palm Beach on Friday when it was first announced that Mueller had completed his investigation and submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr, Politico reported.

That night, Trump attended a Republican fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago and spoke onstage with his wife Melania Trump, 48, by his side, despite earlier indications from the administration that he would instead relax with family on the patio, Politico reported. 

During his remarks to the crowd, Trump made no mention of Mueller’s report but cracked a joke about keynote speaker Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to Politico.

“If Lindsey’s speaking, I want to come down here, for two reasons,” Trump said. “No. 1: He’s a great speaker. And No. 2: I know if I’m here, he’s not going to say anything bad about me.”

RELATED VIDEO: Another Trump Associate Arrested in Russia Investigation: Campaign Allegedly Asked About ‘Damaging’ Clinton Info

Although Trump has frequently railed against Mueller’s probe and repeatedly maintained his innocence, he has yet to publicly comment on the completion of the report.

The president’s last tweet, shared Friday afternoon, referenced his meeting with leaders from the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia earlier that day.

Today in Florida, @FLOTUS and I were honored to welcome and meet with leaders from the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia! pic.twitter.com/tElFdkIYfC

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019

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It remains unclear when a

Read more: https://people.com/politics/trump-golfing-palm-beach-mueller-report/

Barbra Streisand Responds to Backlash Over Her Comments About Michael Jackson's Accusers

Barbra Streisand Responds to Backlash Over Her Comments About Michael Jackson's Accusers

Barbra Streisand is addressing the backlash over her recent comments about the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.

In a recent interview with The Times of London, Streisand, who crossed paths with the late pop star during his heyday, said that Jackson’s accusers “were thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse didn’t “kill them.”

Streisand, 76, clarified her comments in a statement provided to PEOPLE on Saturday.

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” she said. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.”

“The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children,” Streisand continued. “It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings,” Streisand added. “I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

In the interview, Streisand revealed she “absolutely” believes the claims made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in HBO’s two-part documentary Leaving Neverland.

“That was too painful,” Streisand said of the documentary, before telling the newspaper that Jackson once asked her to do a duet with him on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” but she declined.

RELATED: Barbra Streisand Believes Michael Jackson’s Accusers but Says They ‘Were Thrilled to Be There’

The Grammy-award winning singer then went on to defend Jackson.

“He was very sweet, very childlike,” Streisand told The Times. “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”

“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say , they were thrilled to be t

Read more: https://people.com/music/barbra-streisand-clarifies-comments-michael-jackson-accusers/

Chick-fil-A Blocked from San Antonio Airport Due to 'Legacy of Anti-LGBTQ Behavior'

Chick-fil-A Blocked from San Antonio Airport Due to 'Legacy of Anti-LGBTQ Behavior'

The San Antonio City Council voted to ban Chick-fil-A from the city’s airport due to the company’s anti-LGBTQ history.

On Thursday, the council approved a seven-year contract with Paradies Lagardère to open new restaurants in the San Antonio International Airport’s Terminal A, including Smoke Shack and Boss Bagels and Coffee, according to local station KTSA.

The agreement initially included a Chick-fil-A, but the council voted 6-4 that they would approve the contract “provided that exclude the Chick-fil-A concept,” according to the council’s website.

“With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Councilman Roberto Treviño said in a statement after the vote. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Saturday, Chick-fil-A said: “The press release issued by the council member was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council. We wish we had the opportunity to clarify misperceptions about our company prior to the vote. We agree with the council member that everyone should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A.” The company added that Chick-fil-A “embraces all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

RELATED: Chick-fil-A Donated $1.6 Million to Group That Bans ‘Homosexual Acts’ Among Employees: Report

The move comes after renewed scrutiny of the fast food company. On Wednesday, ThinkProgress published a report alleging that, in 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated to groups with an alleged history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

According to tax documents obtained by the outlet, the foundation donated $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes requires a “sexual purity” policy for its employees, according to its job application, which states: “The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act

Read more: https://people.com/food/chick-fil-blocked-san-antonio-airport/

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