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At least 337 dead in Peru quake PERU
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck off the coast of central Peru Wednesday evening, and series of aftershocks rocked the country in the hours that followed.
The death toll from the quake grew quickly overnight with at least 337 dead and more than 1,350 injured, Peru’s Health Ministry reported.

Dean Meet Erin CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas Bands of rainfall spun off by Tropical Storm Erin rolled ashore along the Texas Gulf Coast early Thursday, while the first hurricane of the 2007 season — Hurricane Dean — gained strength in the Atlantic.

Rescue workers said they detected a noise Wednesday night though it’s unclear what it was deep inside the Utah mine where six men have been trapped for nine days.
“We saw some indication of noise for a period of about five minutes that we had not seen before,” said Richard Stickler, director of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. “We’re not sure what it means.”
Bob Murray, president and CEO of mine co-owner Murray Energy Group, told reporters, “Don’t read too much into this noise we picked up.”
“But it is a sign of hope,” he said.

The stock market tumbled again Wednesday after the Federal Reserve added more cash to the banking system but failed to quash investors’ jitters about problems in lending.
The market traded nervously, jerking the Dow Jones industrial average above and below the 13,000 mark throughout the day as investors wrestled with reports about potential trouble at Countrywide Financial Corp. and KKR Financial Holdings.
At the close, the Dow was down 167.45 points, or 1.29 percent, to 12,861.47, closing below 13,000 for the first time since April 24.


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You’re just not GAY enough…



A young Nicaraguan man who says he fears he will be killed in his home country because of his sexual orientation has gone into hiding in Toronto after his latest bid to stay in Canada failed.

Alvaro Orozco, 22, has been holed up at a friend’s place since Thursday, when his refugee claim was denied, but came out briefly over the weekend to speak to CBC News.

“Most of the time, I’m hiding because I’m not supposed to be anywhere. I feel like a fugitive. It’s really bad,” said Orozco.

His case made headlines in Canada and Nicaragua in February when the Immigration and Refugee Board denied him asylum saying they didn’t believe he was gay.

His lawyer filed a motion to reopen the refugee claim. Again, he was denied.

He based his refugee claim on the fact that it is against the law to be gay in Nicaragua, where an anti-sodomy law was enacted in 1992.

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Can you hear me, can you hear me now?




(CNN) — U.S. and Iraqi officials said Wednesday that the string of suicide truck bombings that killed and wounded hundreds in villages in northern Iraq looked like the work of al Qaeda in Iraq.

“This attack — the spectacular nature of it, the complete disregard for human life, the car bombs that were used — all have a consistent profile with al Qaeda in Iraq violence,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry official also was adamant that the strikes were the work of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Tuesday’s attacks killed at least 200 people and wounded at least 300 others.

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Anthony Bourdain suffers quietly



Bourdain Offers Spicy `No Reservations’
-The Associated Press

Anthony Bourdain suffered quietly as he dined on wart hog encrusted with sand, fur and fecal bacteria in the African country of Namibia.

Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” finished the meal knowing he would become terribly ill. But who was he to complain as a VIP guest of the same arid landscape where Angelina Jolie delivered Brad Pitt’s baby?

Spitting out nasty bits of wart hog would be rude to the locals he was dining with.

“The chief is there in front of his whole tribe offering you his very best,” Bourdain said. “Show respect. I’m lucky to be there. I’m lucky to see that. I’m lucky to have that experience. Chewing some antibiotics is a small price to pay.”

“If you see me eating on the show, I really eat it, and more often than not I have seconds,” Bourdain said before ordering a non-threatening salad at a French restaurant in Manhattan. “I’m in it for the long haul. I might see that guy again.”

At 51, Bourdain prides himself on keeping it real. His best-selling memoir, “Kitchen Confidential,” published in 2000, served up the restaurant industry as page-turning entertainment and recounted the rampant drug use and other unseemly past behavior. It also launched his career as a celebrity chef and author.

While he may not be a household name in the U.S., yet, Bourdain is somewhat of rock star in certain parts of Asia.

“People are really proud of their show and when they see something on television of a kooky American guy who likes and appreciates what they do, then they seem to appreciate that back,” he said.

With final say on the show’s destinations, Bourdain finds himself drawn to places with “tragic histories. Pathos. I’m looking for kind of a dark or kooky side.” He prefers Asia, an “enduring passion,” and learned his lesson from taking the crew to Sweden, where “everybody’s happy and everything works. Hate that.”

He winces at comparisons between quick-and-easy cook Ray and legendary chef Julia Child.

“Julia Child was about aspirations, about becoming better, cooking better, saying `you can do this,'” he said. “I don’t just feel that’s the business that Rachael Ray is in. Somebody with that kind of power and influence to aim so low it bothers me.”

“I have, to date, endorsed no products, I have no line of merchandise not yet,” he said. “You know, never say never. … (But) I gotta wake up tomorrow, look at myself in the mirror. Life is good, do I really need to endorse cat food? No.”

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Dean Martin – Forever Cool CD in stores today :)



FOREVER COOL in stores August 14th

New Capitol/EMI CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and Digital Album Pairs Martin with Other Top Entertainment Luminaries, Including Joss Stone, Kevin Spacey, Robbie Williams, Charles Aznavour, Martina McBride, Dave Koz, Chris Botti and More!

Also Features Previously Unreleased Dean Martin Vocal Track and Witty Studio Banter

Around the world, entertainment superstar Dean Martin has the market cornered on charisma, easygoing charm, playful wit, and gracious humility, all of which combine to make him infinitely cool.

To honor Martin’s broad appeal and countless contributions to modern entertainment via his legendary music, stage, film and television career, many of the world’s top artists have recorded new collaborative tracks with him for a new album titled Dean Martin: Forever Cool.

For more info sign up for the Official Dean Martin email list at

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Word of the Day for Monday, August 13, 2007

bellicose \BEL-ih-kohs\, adjective:

Inclined to or favoring war or strife; warlike; pugnacious.


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