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Carnival Apologizes for Stranded Cruise Ship

KRTK/ABC News(MOBILE, Ala.) -- Carnival Cruise officials apologized Tuesday for the crisis on the Carnival Triumph, the fire-damaged ship that has been stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. There are 4,200 people on board, living with limited power and sanitation. The cruise line said it would get passengers home as quickly as possible when the ship is pulled ashore in the next few days.

"I need to apologize to our guests and to our families that have been affected by a very difficult situation," Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said at a news conference Tuesday evening.

Carnival said original plans to haul the crippled ship to Progreso, Mexico, have been scrapped because the ship drifted about 90 miles north in strong currents. Instead, the Triumph is being towed to Mobile, Ala., and should arrive Thursday afternoon.

Passengers on the ship have reported worsening conditions, including scarce running water, no air conditioning and long lines for food.

"Let me assure you that no one here at Carnival is happy about the conditions aboard the ship and we are obviously very sorry," Cahill said.

He said that most of the bathrooms are working, there is running water and that there has not been an abnormal number of people reporting to the infirmary.

On Thursday, the ship will be met by a medical triage center and extra security in case they need it, according to Alabama Cruise Terminal General Manager Sheila Gurganus.

The cruise line said it has been busily making arrangements for the ship's passengers when they reach the shore.

More than 1,500 hotel rooms have been reserved in Mobile and New Orleans and more than 20 chartered flights have been booked to fly passengers back to Houston on Friday after they have had a chance to rest, Cahill said. For those wishing to get home sooner, the company is organizing charter buses to Houston and Galveston.

"Every decision we've made since Sunday morning is to ensure the safety of our guests and to get them home as quickly as possible," Cahill said.

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Hikers Trapped by Raging Flood Waters Rescued in Arizona 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Search and rescue teams rescued dozens of hikers Saturday who were stranded by raging flood waters in Bear Canyon near Tucson.

The teams used ropes and flotation devices to rescue the 40 to 50 adult and children hikers who were trapped in high waters after heavy rains caused surprise floods. Waters apparently rose in Bear Canyon hours after a heavy downpour ended. Police responded to 911 calls on foot and in the air and used infrared technology to locate the stranded hikers.

A Pima County Deputy said police were able to rescue all of the hikers who called in.

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Deer Stranded on Ice Coaxed to Safety

WCBV/ABC News(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Massachusetts rescue crews braved frozen waters in two separate rescues Friday to bring stranded deer to safety.

The state environmental police, the Waltham fire department and the Animal Rescue League managed to coax the first deer from the slippery ice at Stony Brook Basin in Waltham Friday, ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV reported.

A short while later, rescuers responded to a report that another deer was stranded in the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham.

As it tried to escape, the deer was captured on video slipping and sliding on the ice as rescuers slowly made their way to the animal using an inflatable raft.

The rescue crews were able to subdue the deer and bring it to safety on land. The doe was taken for a medical evaluation and later had to be euthanized, WCVB reported.

A third deer was found dead Friday on the ice in Waltham.

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Stranded on New Year's Eve? You're Not Alone  

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of stranded travelers are going to have an unusual New Year's Eve thanks to winter storms in the Rockies, the Midwest and the fallout from last weekend's Northeast blizzard.

Blizzard warnings were in effect Friday for portions of Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of the Rockies and the Midwest were under some sort of winter storm watches and warnings Friday morning.

It's a similar story across the country as airlines rebooked stranded passengers on flights after the New Year. But those flying on New Year's Eve night shouldn't expect anything special. While Southwest encourages its flight attendants to have fun on New Year's Eve and wear hats and have noise makers, other airlines told ABC News they were simply focusing on getting everybody home. At least those on Virgin America's red eye and evening flights will get free drinks, according to spokeswoman Abby Lunardini.

Airports aren't doing much for travelers either. In fact, most will have limited retail options.

For instance, the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport will only have a McDonald's and Subway open when the clock strikes midnight. It will be a similar story in Denver where most of the airports concourses will be closed.

At least one hotel is throwing in something special for stranded travelers. New York's Buckingham Hotel is offereing people with flight delays of four hours or more the cost of their airport taxi ride (up to $50) taken off the current available room rate.

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Navy Officer Stranded for Hours By Blizzard in Car with Wife and Infant

Photo Courtesy - WABC- TV(NEW YORK) -- Navy Officer Andrew Lauda, on leave from patroling for pirates off the Somali coast, sent out an SOS Monday when he and his young family became trapped on a blizzard-bound New York highway for more than eight hours.

Lauda had been home from his deployment with the Navy in Africa for just four days when he got stuck with his wife Kristen and their three-month-old son on their way to grandma's house.

"We left our house in Norfolk, Va., at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. We got stuck on the Long Island Expressway at about 1 a.m.," said Lauda. "So that's about 18 hours." "We just got stuck in the snow, we couldn't move," said Lauda, 21.

The Navy officer, who first met his son when he returned home on Dec. 3, rationed the family's meager food until they were down to crackers. He then called ABC News' affiliate WABC to tell the station they were trapped and needed help.

WABC aired Lauda's interview and it was heard by Carlos Calderon in nearby Queens, N.Y.

"I was watching the news and heard [Lauda's] story about being stranded and I told my wife, 'You know what, I'm going to try to help them," said Calderon, a Manhattan building manager.

Calderon said it was Lauda's mention of his young son that really motivated him to go help.

"That baby, it got me," he said.

By the time Calderon reached Lauda and his family, they had sought shelter in a nearby bus that was also stuck and still had enough gas to run the heat.

Lauda said he used his Navy training to help his family make it through the experience, which he admitted was "tough," especially with an infant.

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Trip From Hell: Passengers Stranded on Train Nearly 10 Hours

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | Transportation Security Administration(WASHINGTON) -- The passengers on Amtrak Train 188 -- all 408 of them -- endured a travel nightmare after their train was stranded for nearly 10 hours on Thursday night, at times without light or heat.

Train 188 left Washington, D.C. around 7:10 p.m. heading north to Philadelphia, but an unexpected electrical outage halted the train outside Perryville, Md. around 9:00 p.m.

According to Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm, a Delmarva Power line fell onto the Amtrak power lines about 10 miles south of Wilmington, Del., ultimately shorting out the signal system, but not the power line which supplies the trains with electricity and heat.

Eight trains along the Northeast corridor were affected by the power shortage, amounting to 1,700 passengers stuck on trains for hours. Seven of the trains were held at stations. Train 188 was the lone exception.

WJLA reporter Steven Tschida was a passenger on Train 188, tweeting his experiences throughout the night, at one point calling it "the trip from HELL."

Stephanie Benanty, a 21-year-old passenger, said she was frustrated with the lack of information Amtrak officials had about the delay.

"It was very almost impossible to find a conductor and when we were trying to get in touch with them, they were walking by with their hands up saying, 'We know nothing,'' Benanty, a senior psychology major at George Washington University, told ABC News in a Skype interview. "It was clear they didn't know what was going on."

"Why will no one tell us anything? People are cold, hungry, and frightened. I hear yelling in other cars," Tschida tweeted.

Early Friday morning, the lights on Train 188 went out and passengers began to panic.  A group of passengers began to discuss plans about stepping off the train after they discovered on their GPS systems that a station was only a five-minute walk away. They said they spoke to conductors and were told they might be arrested if they walked along the tracks on their own.

Eventually, Amtrak police agreed to escort about a dozen passengers, including a mother with two small children, off the train. They walked five minutes to the closed Perryville station and waited about 30 minutes for taxis to take them to their final destinations.

Passengers remaining on the train reported little heat or light. But Amtrak insisted it was a minor discomfort.

"For the vast majority of the time, the light and heat were on in Train 188," Kulm said.

Train 188 eventually inched its way towards Philadelphia and arrived around 4:30 a.m.

Train passenger Rita Hudetz told ABC News via Twitter that conductors told passengers they would receive a refund because of the delay, but Friday Amtrak refused and instead offered her a voucher.

"We understand the frustration of our passengers went through, particularly on Train 188 and all the trains impacted. We apologize," Kulm said.

But for some, the apology might not be enough.

"In this day and age, again, being in transportation like that and not being told why we're stuck, is very, very concerning," Benanty said. "Amtrak lost me as a customer."

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