Navy cruiser in port af­ter drone-train­ing mishap

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LOS AN­GE­LES | A Navy guided mis­sile cruiser hit by a malfunctioning drone dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise is back in San Diego, where investigators will as­sess the dam­age and de­ter­mine what went wrong, a Navy of­fi­cial said Sun­day.

Two sailors were treated for mi­nor burns af­ter the USS Chan­cel­lorsville was struck by the drone dur­ing radar test­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon, off Point Mugu in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The Navy could not say how the two sailors were in­jured.

Lt. Le­naya Rotk­lein of the U.S. Third Fleet said the drone — which was 13 feet long, 1 foot in di­am­e­ter and had a wing­span of nearly 6 feet — hit the ship’s left, or port, side.

She said investigators at Naval Base San Diego are as­sess­ing the dam­age and de­ter­min­ing why the drone mal­func­tioned. About 300 crew mem­bers were aboard the ship. charged un­der United Methodist law with of­fi­ci­at­ing his son’s same-sex mar­riage is sched­uled to go on trial Mon­day.

The Rev. Frank Schae­fer could be de­frocked if a jury of fel­low Methodist clergy con­victs him of break­ing his pas­toral vows by of­fi­ci­at­ing the 2007 cer­e­mony in Mas­sachusetts.

The na­tion’s largest main­line Protes­tant de­nom­i­na­tion ac­cepts gay and les­bian mem­bers, but it re­jects the prac­tice of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity as “in­com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian teach­ing.”

The is­sue has split the church. Hun­dreds of Methodist min­is­ters have pub­licly re­jected church doc­trine on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, and some

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