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  • US deports Salvadoran gang member wanted in shooting death of government prosecutor

    LOS ANGELES –  U.S. immigration authorities say they have deported a Salvadoran gang member wanted in his country in the slaying of a government prosecutor. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 21-year-old Javier Arnoldo Ceron Gomez was flown from Mesa, Arizona, to San Salvador Friday and turned over to authorities. Immigration officials say they were notified by Interpol in June the MS-13 gang member was wanted in connection with the March shooting death of prosecuting attorney Andres Ernesto Oliva Tejada. ICE says Ceron was arrested a week later at a car dealership in Santa Ana, California, where he worked washing cars. ICE says Ceron entered the country illegally in April so he was placed in deportation proceedings, where a judge ruled he should be returned to El Salvador. Another suspect in Oliva’s slaying was already deported.

    September 4, 2015 5:28 pm


  • Jeb Bush will target New Hampshire with first TV ads

    WASHINGTON Republican Jeb Bush’s first TV ads of his 2016 White House campaign will target New Hampshire, his team said on Friday, in a reflection of his need to do well in an early voting state where rival John Kasich has been making inroads. The initial $500,000 buy will include Boston broadcast television and New Hampshire station WMUR, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. Ads will start running next Wednesday and continue through the rest of the month. Targeted online advertising will also be included. New Hampshire’s primary next Feb. 9 follows the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 that launch the parties’ nominating contests for the November 2016 presidential election. “This is the first step in a multi-week process where we will be expanding our advertising in New Hampshire and the other early states,” Campbell said of the Bush ads. They will focus on Bush’s “strong conservative record of reform and his plan to change the …

    September 4, 2015 3:28 pm


  • Tim Draper won’t have to pay his $1 million gamble

    Tim Draper’s money is safe despite his offer to give away $1 million if 1 million people watched his reality show this week. The audience for his ABC Family show “Startup U” did grow this Tuesday from 47,000 viewers to a 63,000, according to the network. That number may inch a bit higher as the network continues to tally viewers who may have streamed the show on digital platforms in the days after the show aired. But Draper, a billionaire venture capitalist, was never in danger of having to make good on his $1 million offer. “Tell all your friends to watch StartupU Tuesday at 10:00 on ABC Family,” Draper said on Facebook Saturday. “I will give away $1 million to charities if we get 1 million viewers this week.” The series, which has now aired four episodes, centers around a group of young entrepreneurs enrolled at “Draper University,” a program founded by the investor …

    September 4, 2015 4:28 pm


  • Berry wins Steelers punting battle

    PITTSBURGH (AP) From flipping burgers to flipping footballs. Nice work if you can get it. Jordan Berry locked down the punting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, beating out incumbent Brad Wing by default after Pittsburgh sent Wing to the New York Giants on Friday for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. A seemingly tight competition apparently turned into a bit of a blowout in the final days of training camp. Berry punted five times in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Carolina while Wing had just one chance to convince the coaching staff to keep him around. Berry averaged a full yard better than Wing (49.8 to 48-8) and put six of his 19 kicks inside the opponent’s 20. Wing’s trade robbed one of the major position battles of any drama before rosters are set at 53 on Saturday, though Wing will be given a chance to stick around in New York. The two Australians …

    September 4, 2015 5:28 pm

World News

  • Russia sets up ‘wedding police’

    Image copyright NTV Image caption In Adygea “wedding police” present happy couples with a congratulations card – including a list of rules for their big day A special police unit has been set up in southern Russia with the sole purpose of ensuring security at weddings. The 40-strong detail will patrol in the North Caucasus region of Adygea, making sure that wedding motorcades observe the highway code and that nobody fires weapons from car windows, the Tass news agency reports. The people of Adygea have a reputation for partying hard, and weddings there often involve celebratory gunfire and driving around in noisy convoys that pay little heed to traffic rules. “The creation of the ‘wedding police’ should put an end to uncontrolled expressions of joy by people in wedding motorcades,” Adygea’s Interior Minister Aleksandr Rechitsky tells Tass. This is the first such unit in Russia, he adds, and its members will be strategically placed along …

    September 4, 2015 5:28 pm


  • Car sales surge 10% in August to highest level in eight years

    Poor weather in August might have dampened high street clothes sales but it seems to have triggered a stampede into car showrooms with a near-10% increase in monthly vehicle sales. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said new car registrations rose by 9.6% year-on-year to 79,060 vehicles with the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf models leading the way. It extended the record run of rising sales to a 42nd month and brought the number of new registrations for the year so far to 1.6m, with industry officials predicting more growth to come. There was also very strong demand for “alternatively-fuelled vehicles” which include plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. Sales were up by 52% although this type of car still only represents 2.4% of the overall market. There was an even bigger jump in sales of commercial vehicles such as vans and lorries, with registrations increasing by 15% to 17,350, all …

    September 4, 2015 3:48 pm


  • Study reveals the genetic start-up of a human embryo

    Related images(click to enlarge) An international team of scientists led from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet has for the first time mapped all the genes that are activated in the first few days of a fertilized human egg. The study, which is being published in the journal Nature Communications, provides an in-depth understanding of early embryonic development in human – and scientists now hope that the results will help finding for example new therapies against infertility. At the start of an individual’s life there is a single fertilized egg cell. One day after fertilization there are two cells, after two days four, after three days eight and so on, until there are billions of cells at birth. The order in which our genes are activated after fertilization has remained one of the last uncharted territories of human development. There are approximately 23,000 human genes in total. In the current study, scientists found that only 32 of these …

    September 4, 2015 2:48 pm


  • For diabetes in obesity, weight-loss surgery beats medication

    (Reuters Health) – Weight-loss surgery beats medication for controlling type 2 diabetes in obese people, according to the longest-term trial ever to compare the two approaches. Half of the patients treated with weight-loss surgery in the study were diabetes-free at five years, said Dr. Francesco Rubino of Kings College London in the UK and colleagues in a report in The Lancet. “The five-year mark is an important mark in many diseases,” Dr. Rubino told Reuters Health by phone. “The fact that some patients at five years are basically disease-free is a remarkable finding.” In 2009, he and his colleagues randomly assigned 20 obese patients with type 2 diabetes to receive medical treatment, 20 to receive a type of weight-loss surgery called a gastric bypass, and another 20 to undergo a weight-loss operation called a biliopancreatic diversion. Eighty percent of patients who had surgery had their blood sugar under good long-term control, versus about 25 percent …

    September 4, 2015 3:08 pm


  • Kate Bosworth Makes Time For Her Fans After Landing At LAX With Husband Michael Polish

    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 10:10am PDT       By X17 Staff This makes us love even her more than we already do! Kate Bosworth and husband Michael Polish landed at LAX yesterday, and the actress was gracious enough to stop and sign autographs for fans as she made her way through the terminal. A lot of Hollywood stars are jettlagged after a long travel day and have no patience for being bothered, but not the Blue Crush star! The couple held hands the whole time, and it’s clear that they’re very much still in the honeymoon phase! In fact, she couldn’t help but gush about her man in a recent interview, and it sounds like their marriage is the real deal. “I feel more confident with him. Outside of being his wife, I’ve been a fan of his work long before I knew him. I’m confident he won’t let me fall. We both love football and …

    September 4, 2015 5:48 pm


  • The secret of Mother Teresa’s greatness

    Editor’s note: The following column is excerpted from Eric Metaxas’s new book, “7 WOMEN The Secret of their Greatness” (Thomas Nelson, September 8, 2015). Last year I was in Skopje, the capital city of what is called by some the Republic of Macedonia and by others FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). I was there under the auspices of East-West Ministries of Dallas to speak to that nation’s parliamentary leaders about the life of one of my heroes, William Wilberforce. One day during my visit, as I was walking through the center of the city, I was surprised to come upon a spot identified as the birthplace of another one of my heroes, Mother Teresa. I had completely forgotten that she was born in Skopje, and suddenly there I was standing on the very site where she had come into the world. The house itself had been destroyed in the great Skojpe earthquake of 1963, …

    September 4, 2015 2:08 pm

Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses

    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm