The longest and oldest aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet has set off on its final voyage. The USS Enterprise, which was featured in the film “Top Gun,” departed from Norfolk on Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
The ship has a long history. Over the past 50 years, it was involved in several wars, acted as a spotter ship for John Glenn’s historic orbit of Earth and played a significant role in the Cuban missile crisis.
It is also the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
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New crime of the day
— Denial of the Armenian genocide is a crime, the Armenian president has said. The message echoed similar statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Parliament of Sweden and U.S. Senate Foreign House Committee this past week. (Panorama)
Violence of the day
— The Taliban vowed revenge after a U.S. soldier went on killing spree in Afghanistan. Sixteen Afghan civilians, including children, were killed. President Obama called Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday to express his condolences. (Global Post, White House Flickr stream)
— A Palestinian schoolboy and two militants were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip today. It marked the fourth day of cross-border violence. (Associated Press)
Syria news of the day
— At least 45 women and children were killed late Sunday in the central city of Homs, according to opposition activists. Many were stabbed or burned to death. (CNN)
— Marie Colvin’s funeral is today. The foreign correspondent was killed while covering the violence in Syria. (NBC New York)
Strange appointments of the day
— Jimmy Wales appointed as a British government adviser. The Wikipedia co-founder will advise on how policy decisions can be more transparent. (The Telegraph)
— Peter Thiel heads to Stanford. The renowned university-hater will teach a class on computer science. (Reuters)
Tweets and tweeps of the day
— Tweets will chronicle the journey of the Titanic — in real time. @TitanicRealTime has begun tweeting as if it were 1912, just a month before the April 15 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. (Mashable)
—Afghan president allegedly joins Twitter. A new account believed to belong to President Hamid Karzai made his second tweet a strong one:
The assassination of 16 afghans is a real crime, an act of war against our country— Hamid Karzai (@PresHamidKarzai) March 12, 2012