3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – No loo, No love
In India, a woman has been granted permission to divorce her husband on grounds the man would not build a toilet in their home.
According to BBC World Service, the 20-year-old bride had been married for five years, and in that time been forced to relieve herself in nearby fields. Indian law only allows divorce under limited circumstances such as domestic violence or proven cruelty. The woman’s lawyer told sources that the forced open defecation was deemed a form of torture.
NATIONWIDE – Lost Warship Found
The WWII era heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found in the Pacific Ocean, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes.
The warship, destroyed July 30,1945 as it returned from a secret delivery of atomic bomb components, was discovered 18,000 feet (5.5km) beneath the surface. Torpedoed between Guam and Leyte in the Philippine Sea, the ship’s rapid sinking – in just 12 minutes – meant lack of a distress call and resulted in the ship’s location remaining a mystery.
Of the 1,196 men on board, between 800 and 900 escaped the sinking ship, but after four days in shark infested waters, just 316 were rescued. The incident registers as among the largest loss of life at sea in U.S. Navy history, reports BBC’s Canada & U.S. Service.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Man Completes Trans-AK Trek
Ned Rozell and his dog Cora logged ninety-six days sleeping in the home of black and grizzly bears while traversing more than 850 miles of the service road parallel to the trans-Alaska Pipeline.
ADN reports the trek, spanning April 30 to mid-August, began at Valdez, finished at Prudhoe Bay and marked Rozell’s second such feat completed in the last two decades. Rozell, a science writer for the Geophysical Institute, accredited his many supporters, including sister-in-law Sarah who “pulled off more than a month of surrogate parenting.”