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  • In this photo provided China's official Xinhnua News Agency, passengers from the trapped Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy, seen at right, prepare to board the Chinese helicopter Xueying 12 in the Antarctic Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from the research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Jiansong) NO SALES

    In this photo provided China's official Xinhnua News Agency, passengers from the trapped Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy, seen at right, prepare to board the Chinese helicopter Xueying 12 in the Antarctic Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from the research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Jiansong) NO SALES

  • File - This undated file photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath. McMath who was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy. A judge said Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, that Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, can move her daughter under a deal with the hospital that holds Winkfield accountable for the consequences, which include Jahi going into cardiac arrest. (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)

    File - This undated file photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath. McMath who was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy. A judge said Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, that Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, can move her daughter under a deal with the hospital that holds Winkfield accountable for the consequences, which include Jahi going into cardiac arrest. (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)

  • Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police say one person was killed and several others were injured. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police say one person was killed and several others were injured. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police say one person was killed and several others were injured. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police say one person was killed and several others were injured. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • In this photo provided China's official Xinhnua News Agency, passengers from the trapped Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy, seen at right, prepare to board the Chinese helicopter Xueying 12 in the Antarctic Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from the research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Jiansong) NO SALES
  • File - This undated file photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath. McMath who was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy. A judge said Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, that Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, can move her daughter under a deal with the hospital that holds Winkfield accountable for the consequences, which include Jahi going into cardiac arrest. (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)
  • Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police say one person was killed and several others were injured. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Police forces examine the scene of a World War II bomb explosion during construction works of a digger in Euskirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Police say one person was killed and several others were injured. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Rescued Antarctic passengers continue journey home

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic has resumed its journey home after it was halted for a second potential rescue operation.

The icebreaker Aurora Australis had been traveling through pack ice toward open water after a Chinese helicopter on Thursday plucked the passengers from their stranded Russian research ship and carried them to the Aurora.

But Australian Maritime Safety Authority told the Aurora on Friday afternoon to stay in the area because the Chinese icebreaker that had provided the helicopter might not be able to get through the ice and may need help.

AMSA said the Aurora had been allowed on Saturday to continue its journey to Australia despite the Chinese ship remaining stuck in ice.

Jahi McMath’s mom clear to take her from hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge said Friday that the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery can remove her daughter from a California hospital if she assumes full responsibility for the consequences.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said Jahi McMath can be transferred under a deal with Children’s Hospital Oakland that will hold Nailah Winkfield accountable for developments that could include Jahi going into cardiac arrest.

The hospital has declared the girl brain dead and wants to disconnect her from a ventilator. Winkfield has gone to court to stop the move and wants to transfer her daughter to another facility after forcing the hospital to fit Jahi with breathing and feeding tubes or allowing an outside doctor to perform the surgical procedures.

Judge Grillo rejected he family’s move to have the hospital insert the tubes, noting the girl could be moved with the ventilator she is now using.

The family’s attorney, Christopher Dolan, called the agreement a big step in resolving the dispute.

“This is a victory because we will now not run into any roadblocks with the hospital when we make the efforts to do this,” Dolan said. “Time is of the essence.”

Jahi went into cardiac arrest while recovering from the Dec. 9 surgery and shows no signs of brain activity, court records show.

1 dead as WWII bomb explodes in Germany

BERLIN — A World War II bomb or mine exploded in a western German town on Friday, killing the driver of a bulldozer and wounding 13 other people, police said.

The explosion happened in an industrial area of Euskirchen, near Bonn, at a property used by a construction firm to sort and dispose of rubble. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the explosives had long been buried in the ground or had inadvertently been brought to the site in a delivery of demolition waste.

The bulldozer driver was fatally injured after his vehicle hit the device and two people who were close by suffered serious injuries. Another 11 people who were in the area were lightly injured.

Windows, roofs and doors as far as 400 yards away were damaged in the blast, police said. Explosives experts were working to determine exactly what the device was.

Unexploded World War II-era bombs are still discovered frequently in Germany, though it is rare for those finds to result in death or injury.

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