Norovirus afflicts 172 on cruise ship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 172 people on a cruise ship arriving in California on Sunday have fallen ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly month-long trip.

The Crown Princess has more than 4,100 people on board and were expected to be met by CDC staff upon arrival in San Pedro.

Princess Cruises has “enacted our stringent disinfecting protocols” developed in consultation with the CDC and will do a deep cleaning of the ship and terminal in Los Angeles before departing Sunday night for a week-long cruise through the Mexican Riviera, spokeswoman Susan Lomax said.

In April, 129 people on the same ship contracted norovirus during a seven-day cruise off the California coast. Lomax said the ship went through the same stringent disinfecting process after it docked.

Symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and body aches. According to the CDC, most people recover within three days. The 28-day cruise visited Hawaii and Tahiti.

— Associated Press

Off-duty officer killed in tavern shooting

An off-duty officer was fatally shot early Sunday at a pub in northeast Ohio after he approached a patron described as “unruly” who was carrying a firearm, police said.

Four other people also were shot at the Papa Don’s Pub in Akron about 2 a.m., Police Chief James Nice said. One of the victims was another off-duty police officer who was grazed by a bullet. Three patrons were hospitalized with possibly life-threatening injuries.

The deceased officer was identified as Justin Winebrenner, 32, a department member for more than seven years. Nice did not release the names of the other victims but said the three hospitalized included two men and one woman.

Kenan Ivery, 35, of Akron, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated murder and five counts felonious assault, Nice said. Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli said Ivery was being treated at a hospital for injuries he suffered at the pub.

Winebrenner was engaged and had a 4-year-old daughter, Nice said. He is survived by his father, a retired Barberton police officer.

— Associated Press

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Train kills man, 61, pushed onto tracks

A man standing with his wife on a Bronx subway platform was pushed onto the tracks Sunday morning by another man and was struck and killed by a train, police said. The assailant fled.

Police said an unidentified man pushed Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, of the Bronx off the platform at the Grand Concourse and East 167th Street station in Highbridge, an act that appeared to be unprovoked. Kwok was struck by a southbound D train about 8:40 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was not injured.

There was no indication that Kwok knew the man or had an altercation with him before he was pushed, police said. Witnesses told police they believed the man fled the subway station after shoving Kwok and boarded a city bus.

— Associated Press

Holocaust Museum acquires photo collection: A collection of photographs of Nazi Germany during World War II now belongs to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., after spending decades in northeastern North Carolina. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that the Perquimans County Library donated three volumes that depict Germany in 1939, 1940 and 1941. The volumes have a German title that translates as “Greater Germany in the Affairs of the World.” The books were donated to the local library by Clement Jordan on behalf of his son, Joseph, who served in the Army after World War II. Joseph Jordan died in 1948; his father died in 1984.

“E.T.” Atari game draws high bid: What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city. An old “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials.The games were part of a cache of about 800 Atari video games buried more than 30 years ago in a landfill and dug up in April. Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says the online auction, which ended Thursday, generated $37,000.

— From news services