PIRATE LATEST - AT 7:04 A.M. ET: From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy destroyer kept close watch Thursday on a lifeboat holding four Somali pirates and their hostage — an American ship captain — one day after the pirates briefly seized a United States-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Africa.
The pirates boarded and seized the unarmed container ship, Maersk Alabama, taking 20 American sailors hostage on Wednesday. Although the crew managed to retake the ship within hours, the pirates were still holding the ship’s captain as they fled the ship in an unpowered lifeboat.
The captain was identified as Richard Phillips, of Underhill, Vermont.
COMMENT: We'll let you know if Hillary Clinton offers to exchange places with the captain.
April 9, 2009