**Cruise Passengers Headed Home After Days Adrift**
The passengers from a crippled cruise ship that docked in Alabama Thursday after five days adrift are finally on dry land and headed home.
The Carnival cruise ship carrying some 4,000 people was towed in by a flotilla of tug boats, arriving late Thursday at the port of Mobile, on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Triumph ship left Galveston, Texas last Thursday for a four-day cruise, but an engine room fire Sunday knocked out the ship's primary power source and left it adrift 240 kilometers off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Some passengers reported flooded rooms and sewage in hallways, and sleeping on the ships' decks to avoid hot and smelly cabins. They also reported that there were long lines for food and other supplies.
Carnival company head Cahill was on the scene to welcome the ill-fated ship and its passengers back to shore.
The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire in the engine room. The NTSB says in statement that because the vessel is Bahamian-flagged, the Bahamas Maritime Authority is the primary investigating agency.
**'Blade Runner' Pistorius Arrives in Court to Face Murder Charges**
Olympic track-star Oscar Pistorius has arrived in court to face charges of killing his fashion-model girlfriend, in a high-profile murder case that has stunned South Africans.
The 26-year-old South African native used a jacket to shield his face from reporters and did not comment as he was transferred from prison to a court in the capital, Pretoria, early Friday.
He was arrestedThursday after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was found shot to death at his home in a gated community in Pretoria.
Police say the 29-year-old magazine model and law school graduate was shot four times by a 9-millimeter pistol registered to Pistorius. They say he is the only suspect in the case.
Regarded as a sports hero and national icon in South Africa, Pistorius made history in the 400 meters last August at the London Olympics when he became the first double-amputee to run at the Olympics.
Pistorius has won multiple gold medals at the international Paralympics。
Pistorius was born without fibula bones and his legs were amputated below the knee when he was just 11 months old. He is known as the "blade runner" using high-tech prosthetics made out of a carbon-fiber compound.