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Posted by djquest95 on November 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Print AFP/US NAVY/File – An armed suspected pirate looks over the edge of a skiff in international waters off the coast of Somalia …


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The Starting Point is a snapshot of the news stories that occurred overnight. Look for updates throughout the day on Yahoo! News and in the news box on

Top story overnight: Somali pirates hijacked an oil tanker that was en route from Saudi Arabia to the United States, The Associated Press reported. According to the EU Naval Force, the tanker was seized about 800 miles off the coast of Somalia and has 28 crew members. It is not yet known how much oil is on board, but the carrier has a capacity of over 300,000 tons.


In other news:


The death toll in the Bangladesh ferry accident climbed to 75, The AP reported. Rescuers recovered 17 bodies from the River Tetulia today, most of which were found less than one mile from where the triple-deck ferry capsized on Friday. Authorities said the ferry kept no passenger lists so it is not known how many people were aboard the vessel during the incident.


The suspect in a deadly ambush at a Wash. coffee shop is believed to be holed up in a Seattle house, The AP reported. At the time of this writing, negotiators are trying to communicate with Maurice Clemmons, who is suspected of gunning down four police officers at the Tacoma eatery. Clemmons, 37, became the prime target Sunday in the search for the killer of Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; and Officers Ronald Owens, 37; Tina Griswold, 40; and Greg Richards 42. Clemmons is an ex-con with a history of violent and erratic behavior. In 2000, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted his 95-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery. Clemmons later violated his parole and was returned to prison. Since then, he has been charged with numerous crimes including the rape of a child and assaulting a police officer.


Finally, the Large Hadron Collider set a record today for proton acceleration, The AP reported. The world's largest atom smasher sent beams of the particles at 1.18 trillion electron volts around the massive machine. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, which is also known as CERN, hopes the next major step will be to collide the proton beams at about 1.2 TeV.

Most read stories: A manhunt is currently underway for a man, or several men, who Philadelphia police say beat and raped a blind woman. The 50-year-old victim was walking toward the front door of her home when she was pushed from behind. Four hours later, she managed to contact 9-1-1 operators for help. A SWAT team later searched the woman's ransacked apartment because she was unsure whether or not the attacker(s) had left.


Readers were also interested in this AP story about the cost of Christmas for those who have a true love and a big wallet. If someone was to buy all of the items listed in the carol "The 12 Days of Christmas," the gesture would cost $87,403, up $794 from last year. The five golden rings were the biggest factor in the cost increase as the price of gold has jumped 43 percent since 2008.


Looking ahead: President Barack Obama will meet with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today. The Senate will begin to debate a massive health care reform bill. And Brian David Mitchell, the man charged in the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart, will face a competency hearing in Utah.

Today's poll: Many revelers celebrate the holidays with alcoholic beverages. How often do you use a designated driver? Click here to share your thoughts.


Last week's poll: Did you plan to shop for bargains on Black Friday? Forty percent of respondents had other plans, 20 percent were at the stores bright and early and 11 percent planned to buy gifts online. Another 11 percent have already finished their shopping.

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