ONGOING

Pirate Standoff Continues

The drama in the Indian Ocean has yet to reach a resolution, as the pirates' continue negotiating with the U.S. Navy and F.B.I. The pirates, with the captured captain Richard Phillips in tow, commandeered a lifeboat from the U.S. ship they briefly seized before being forced to flee. The Navy has disabled the motor on the lifeboat, and it is now floating listlessly on the open sea. The pirates, apparently realizing that a favorable outcome (for them) is unlikely, were described as nervous when reached by satellite phone. "We are surrounded by warships and don't have time to talk. Please pray for us," one pirate said. Hillary Clinton and Joseph Biden have both stated that they are monitoring the situation closely.