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National and International headlines for Friday the 15th

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Some of the stories making news today around the nation and around the globe.

TAMPA, Fla. - Another Carnival cruise ship is having problems. The Carnival Legend has canceled a stop in Grand Cayman and is headed back to the Port of Tampa after the company says a "technical issue" began affecting the ship's sailing speed. Passengers on the Carnival Dream are being flown home because of problems with an on-board generator while docked in St. Maarten. And last month the Carnival Triumph spent five days in the in the Gulf of Mexico without power or working toilets.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is paying tribute to his predecessor Benedict, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church. Francis offered the respects during an audience today with the cardinals who elected him to succeed Benedict.

PORTLAND, Me. - A shipyard worker who set fire to the USS Miami because he wanted to go home is expected to plead guilty to charges today. Prosecutors say Casey Fury admitted setting fire to the nuclear sub while it was in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He could get up to 19 years in prison.

LONDON - A British study says young men who've served in the military are about three times more likely than civilians to have committed a violent offense. And it says a predictor of that violent behavior is whether the soldier was violent before enlisting, not the deployment itself. The head of medical services for a British veterans' charity says the qualities wanted in a soldier are sometimes the same as the qualities that get people arrested for violence.

CINCINNATI, Oh. - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he now supports gay marriage. The Ohio Republican says in an op-ed in The Columbus Dispatch that he had a change of heart after learning in 2011 that his son Will is gay.

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