In June 2012, China reveled in a major scientific achievement: The nation's first manned deep-sea submersible, the Jiaolong, had dived more than 4.3 miles into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The feat, state-run media said, put China among the elite ranks of such deep-sea-faring countries as the U.S., France and Japan.
China hasn't offered the Jiaolong and the Australia-based search team hasn't asked, leaving the lead role to a U.S.-built robot sub, the Bluefin-21.
Multiple people were killed and others injured Wednesday when a shooter opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, a senior military official and law enforcement official told CNN. The officials said the suspected shooter was among the dead. The initial report is the incident started as a soldier-on-soldier attack, law enforcement sources told CNN. The initial assessment is the incident is not terror-related, the sources said. Four patients were being treated at Scott and White Hospital in Temple and two others will require surgery soon after being airlifted there. The patients' conditions range from "stable to quite critical," according to a hospital official. read more
Tiger Woods will miss the Masters after undergoing surgery for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for months. The top-ranked golfer made the announcement on his website Tuesday morning, explaining he will need several weeks of rehabilitation. "After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," he said.
A 5.1-magnitude quake struck the La Habra area of Los Angeles Friday night at 9:09 p.m. and was followed by dozens of aftershocks. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or major injuries. The temblor was felt across the region, including at Disneyland where Main Street was evacuated as a precaution. Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was on the air calling the Angels-Dodgers exhibition game in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. "A little tremor here in the ballpark. I'm not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here in press box row," Scully said. "A tremor and only that, thank goodness." read more
A high school science and multimedia teacher in Oakhurst, Calif., who underwent hormone therapy has publicly announced her plans to return to school as a woman after the spring break.
Yosemite High School teacher Gary Sconce, 56, is returning to class after spring break as Karen Adell Scot. School officials have notified all 650 students of her planned return.
Scott said in a letter published by the Fresno Bee that she told her family last April after years of feeling she was woman trapped in a man's body. She underwent estrogen therapy and counseling to transition into Scot.