Cruise giant Carnival Friday reported better earnings on lower fuel costs as it ordered nine new cruise ships from shipbuilders in Germany and Italy. Carnival, the world's largest cruise company, ordered five ships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and four ships from Germany's Meyer Werft. The new ships will be delivered from 2019-2022 and are intended to serve established cruise markets in North America and Europe as well as newer venues such as China, Carnival said. "These will be the most efficient ships we have ever built and the great guest experience will create even more excitement around cruising -- helping new cruisers realize the superior vacation experience and value that cruising offers versus land-based vacations," said Arnold Donald, chief executive of Carnival.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Friday, telling the jury that he was intoxicated in the hours before the slaying of her sister's boyfriend.