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EVENING NEWS FOR AROUND THE WORLD-MARCH 23, 2013

Meningitis Spreading Via Gay Sex: Officials

Health dept. urges men to get vaccinated

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff               Posted Mar 23, 2013 1:55 PM CDT

New York City health officials are warning men who engage on anonymous gay sex to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.

New York City health officials are warning men who engage on anonymous gay sex to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – New York City’s health department is warning men who engage in anonymous, gay sex to get vaccinated against meningitis, ABC News reports. An outbreak has already killed seven New Yorkers and sickened 22, spreading mostly through men who meet at bars, parties, or online. “I urge all men who meet these criteria—regardless of whether they identify as gay—to get vaccinated now and protect themselves from this disease before it is too late,” says the city’s health commissioner.

It’s not known which websites and apps are linked to the outbreak, but more than half of infected men have HIV—which weakens the immune system and more easily leads to severe infections. Bacterial meningitis infects the membranous lining of the brain and includes symptoms like fever, vomiting, and headaches; it can lead to brain damage or death if left untreated. (Read about an outbreak that killed at least 15 people and sickened more than 200 last year.)

Stunned Couple Gets the Bubonic Plague

Husband slips into coma for nearly 90 days

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff            Posted Mar 22, 2013 5:12 PM CDT
A mass grave of bubonic plague victims in Martigues, France.
Newser) – Cases of bubonic plague aren’t exactly common these days. But when Lucinda Marker and her husband John Tull fell ill on a trip to Manhattan—and realized it might not be the flu—they were smart to go see a doctor. It turned out that plague-infected fleas had bitten them back home in New Mexico. “Of course, it was a good thing we got to the hospital because it was the first case of plague in New York City in over 100 years,” says Marker. Not that things went easily from there, NPR reports.Stricken with the infection that killed a third of Europe in the Middle Ages, Tull slipped into a coma for nearly 90 days. And he developed gangrene, forcing Marker to make the grueling decision to have both his legs amputated—but it saved his life. Tull says he survived for three reasons: He’s “a tough son of a bitch,” “God just didn’t want me,” and his eldest son’s wife was pregnant with his first grandchild. “And by God, I was going to stay alive to see that little grandbaby.

Latest Gay-Marriage Backer: America’s Pediatricians

They believe such unions are in children’s best interests

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff           Posted Mar 21, 2013 6:52 AM CDT

Newser) – America’s pediatricians have come out in support of gay marriage. In an announcement published today, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is comprised of 60,000 such doctors, expressed that such unions benefit children, providing them with legal and financial security. It also backed adoption and foster care rights for gay couples. The key statement:

  • “Scientific evidence affirms that children have similar developmental and emotional needs and receive similar parenting whether they are raised by parents of the same or different genders. If a child has 2 living and capable parents who choose to create a permanent bond by way of civil marriage, it is in the best interests of their child(ren) that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”

The New York Times reports that in addition to its policy statement, the academy published a 10-page technical report that has been four years in the making and reviewed 30 years’ worth of research on the subject. It found that children’s “relationships with their parents, their parents’ sense of competence and security, and the presence of social and economic support” affect a child’s well-being more than the gender or the sexual orientation of his parents. Not everyone is on board, however, with some calling the statement premature and noting the limitations of the research used, including small sample sizes and a lack of nationally representative data.

Punxsutawney Phil Faces Execution Threat

Prosecutor furious over groundhog’s ‘misrepresentation of spring’

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff        Posted Mar 22, 2013 7:13 AM CDT

Groundhog Club Co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring.

Groundhog Club Co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – Punxsutawney Phil could be in serious trouble. He didn’t see his shadow this year, meaning spring should come early. But the season has shown no signs of arriving as of yet in Ohio’s Butler County, and a prosecutor there has “indicted” Phil, charging him with “misrepresentation of spring,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Mike Gmoser says Phil behaved “with prior calculation and design,” writing, “contrary to the Groundhog Day report, a snowstorm and record low temperatures have been and are predicted to continue in the near future.” (The city could see as much as three inches of snow on Sunday.)

Phil handler John Griffiths says that’s not a fair assessment, given there have actually been spring-like temperature jumps since Feb. 2, USA Today notes. But Gmoser is calling for the death penalty, worrying Griffiths, who asks, “This is tongue-in-cheek, right?”

Pope Francis to Wash, Kiss Inmates’ Feet

New pope will break Holy Thursday tradition

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff            Posted Mar 22, 2013 3:40 PM CDT

Pope Francis smiles during an audience with ambassadors from the 180 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See, at the Vatican, Friday, March 22, 2013.

Pope Francis smiles during an audience with ambassadors from the 180 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See, at the Vatican, Friday, March 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tony Gentile, Pool)

(Newser) – At least he’s washing them first: The new pope plans to wash and kiss the feet of juvenile delinquents in a rare gesture next Thursday, the Guardian reports. Instead of holding Holy Thursday mass in either St Peter’s basilica or the basilica of St John in Lateran, Pope Francis will celebrate in the chapel of a penal institute for minors in Rome. There, he will clean 12 inmates’ feet in a gesture to honor Jesus’ treatment of his disciples after the Last Supper.

More recently, Benedict XVI washed the feet of lay people during his first two years, but did it only with priests after 2008. John Paul II washed the feet of homeless men in 1980 but also stuck with men of the cloth after that. The Vatican says Francis’ gesture will continue his tradition as archbishop of Buenos Aires, when he held the mass of the Lord’s Supper in simple settings like shelters, hospitals, and prisons. For the record: Holy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. (Earlier today, Francis reached out to Islam and atheists.)

UN to Finally Probe N. Korea’s Secret Gulags

Prison camps could amount to crimes against humanity: official

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
Visitors look at North Korea through binoculars at the Unification Observation Post in Paju near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Newser) – The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously agreed to launch its first-ever investigation of human rights abuses in North Korea. An investigator urged a focus on prison camps, which “could qualify as crimes against humanity,” he said. “These are camps which have the purpose of driving the people being detained there toward a slow death.” The UN has evidence of some 200,000 people held in the camps, where rape, torture, and forced labor are commonplace, says its high commissioner for human rights.North Korea’s UN ambassador called the plan “full of political invective,” arguing that the country boasts “one of the best systems in the world for the protections of human rights,” the BBC reports. It’s doubtful the UN team will be allowed to enter the country, so its probe will likely be based instead on satellite images and defector interviews. In other regional news, the US is sounding hopeful that China will cooperate on sanctions, AFP reports. “We’ve heard nothing but the strong intention to implement the Security Council resolution,” says a US official. “We fully expect to work very cooperatively with the Chinese.”

Argument Triggers Deadly Religious Riots in Burma

With 20 dead, president declares state of emergency

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 5:58 AM CDT
Burma firefighters walk around near a smoldering building as ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims continues, in Meikhtila, Mandalay division, Burma, Friday, March. 22, 2013.

Burma firefighters walk around near a smoldering building as ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims continues, in Meikhtila, Mandalay division, Burma, Friday, March. 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
Newser) – Religious riots between Buddhists and Muslims have rocked a central Burmese town for two days, leaving at least 20 dead and prompting President Thein Sein to declare a state of emergency, the AP reports. A local reporter estimated the number of dead at closer to 40, the New York Times notes. At least five mosques as well as Muslim homes have been torched in Meikhtila, a town of about 100,000 people, about a third of which are Muslim; angry Buddhists are preventing officials from extinguishing the blazes.The violence reportedly began after a Wednesday dispute between a Muslim shopkeeper and Buddhist customers. After a Buddhist monk was killed, a mob took to the streets of a Muslim neighborhood. Violence has spread from Meikhtila to neighboring villages; locals say they’re afraid to go outside and Muslims have reportedly fled to a nearby sports stadium. Police “just stood watching the rioters, and did not take any action,” says a former political prisoner. The Times reports that journalists were forced by Buddhist monks, one armed with a sword, to relinquish their cameras’ memory cards.

57% of US Workers Have Less Than $25K in Savings

New survey suggests retirement trouble looms for nation

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Newser) – The Wall Street Journal points to a double-whammy in terms of retirement savings: People aren’t saving enough, and they’re living longer. Among the depressing nuggets from a new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute:

  • 28% of Americans don’t think they’ll be able to retire comfortably, the highest percentage since the EBRI began such surveys 23 years ago.
  • 57% of workers have less than $25,000 in household savings and investments, not including their homes. That’s up from 49% in 2008.
  • 66% of workers say they have saved for retirement, down from 75% in 2009.
  • Only about 50% were sure they could quickly have $2,000 in hand to pay for an unexpected emergency.
  • All this comes as people are living longer: A man who turns 65 in 2013 is expected to live another 20.5 years, up from 19.5 in previous projections, and women 22.7 years, up from 21.3.

Police: Boris Berezovsky, self-exiled Russian tycoon and Putin rival, found dead in England

UK police: Russian tycoon Berezovsky found dead

By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Associated Press | 33 minutes ago in Money

Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken Russian tycoon who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in southeast England on Saturday. He was 67.

Read more…..http://www.newser.com/article/da57388o3/police-boris-berezovsky-self-exiled-russian-tycoon-and-putin-rival-found-dead-in-england.html

Agricultural spats already sparking tension, as US, EU prepare for massive trade-deal talks

New US-EU talks threatened by agriculture spats

By DESMOND BUTLER and DON MELVIN | Associated Press | 7 hours, 33 minutes ago in Politics

President Barack Obama used Washington’s grandest stage _ the State of the Union speech _ to announce negotiations with Europe aimed at creating the world’s largest free trade agreement. Just weeks later, there are signs that old agriculture disputes could be deal-killers.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama used Washington’s grandest stage _ the State of the Union speech _ to announce negotiations with Europe aimed at...
FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama used Washington’s grandest…   (Associated Press)

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Environmentalists Warn Against New Biotech Corn

Environmentalists Fear New Biotech Corn

Dow’s ‘Enlist’ resists powerful herbicide

(Newser) – Debate is raging over a new biotech corn engineered by Dow Chemical. The corn, called “Enlist,” is intended to solve farmers’ struggle against tough weeds; that’s because it’s resistant to a powerful herbicide, also made by Dow. But environmentalists fear that wind, heat, and humidity would… More »

Case of Bluetongue Has UK Farmers on High Alert

One more ‘body blow’ to the industry

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 9:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – The discovery of bluetongue—an insect-borne illness that has killed livestock throughout Europe—in a cow on a rare breed farm in Britain yesterday was devastating news to a cattle industry already staggering from waves of foot-and-mouth outbreaks.Tests are underway to determine if England’s first case had spread to any other animals, reports the BBC.

The bluetongue virus creates severe flu-like symptoms and swollen mouths in sheep, cattle, goats and deer, but it doesn’t affect humans. It is often fatal to sheep. “It’s another body blow to the industry,” said one farmer. The virus was discovered after yet another case of foot-and-mouth disease was found in Surrey.

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Young scientist has colorful ‘superpower’ — and she wants to know why

Pine Crest student produces cutting edge research on sensory condition called synesthesia

By Karen Yi, Sun Sentinel5:18 p.m. EDT, March 22, 2013

To the average reader, the words on this page are simply black. But for some, by the time they’ve reached this word, they’ve seen almost every color on the spectrum.

It’s called synesthesia – a rare neurological condition that causes a sort of sensory remix allowing people like 16-year-old Laura Mariah Herman to see pink when she hears or reads her name, see orange when she hears “hello” or see red when she sees the letter “A.”

It’s believed geniuses like Albert Einstein had this, too.

“I have a special connection with colors,” says Laura, a student at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s my special superpower.”

Laura describes it as a “ticker tape” lodged like a screen behind her eyes that constantly streams with colored words of what she’s seeing, hearing and even thinking – “I read my thoughts,” she says.

To Laura every letter and number is a specific shade – she has grapheme-color synesthesia. But there’s all types of variations. There are those that taste music – Laura for example thinks rap is salty and techno is tangy – others see colors to ideas and movements or feel sounds on their skin.

“It’s the interaction of any of the senses,” she says.

It wasn’t until 7th grade that Laura realized not everyone lived in her world of color. When her teacher mentioned Einstein’s strange color sensitivities, she thought, “Wait, doesn’t everyone see this way?”

Fascinated by what she soon discovered was a hereditary trait, Laura began researching the condition and was accepted into her school’s prestigious science research program. For the past year, she’s spent time researching with folks at Harvard University, spoken at national conferences and is trying to get her original research published.

“It’s pretty exceptional research for a junior in high school,” said Jennifer Gordinier, coordinator of the science research program. “Laura lives her research.”

Over the summer, Laura collected data from English, German and Spanish subjects to see if there was a correlation was between color and letters. She found that more frequently used letters are associated with longer wavelength colors – like reds and oranges.

Using the color-letter association data, Laura has come up with her own neurological theory: A fusion between two lobes in the brain causes synesthesia.

“This is all novel,” said Gordinier, adding that Laura is at the cutting edge of the research. “She’s content to be in the trenches … ‘what can I do next, how can I advance this?’ And that’s the sign of a true scientist.”

But Laura wants to take her research even further.

Because disorders like autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia are also caused by excess connections in the brain, she says, understanding synesthetes can help expand research in those areas.

“I want to help people that are suffering from these connections that I benefit from,” says Laura.

kyi@tribune.com, 954-747-3033 or Twitter @karen_yi

Copyright © 2013, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Possible meteor spotted in night sky

Sightings reported from Boston to Washington D.C.

video: http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/possible-meteor-spotted-in-night-sky?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

This photograph of a meteor during the Persied Meteor Shower on Aug. 11-12, 2012 is courtesy of NASA.

Updated: Saturday, 23 Mar 2013, 12:56 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 22 Mar 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of viewers reported seeing a bright flash of light in the sky around 8 p.m. on Friday.

The American Meteor Society is currently looking into the possibility it was a fireball, which is a large meteor. Although not rare, it’s often a once in a lifetime chance someone will see one.

People saw the streak of light across the Northeast from Western Mass. to Washington D.C. Eileen Claffey snapped this pic just west of Worcester in West Brookfield.

On its website , the American Meteor Society received more than 300 reports of a fireball in the northeast, and it was all the talk on soci

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory snapped imagery of the eruption on March 16, 2013. The entire event took a little under 4 hours. An extreme ultraviolet light sensing camera was used.

http://www.space.com/20277-sun-fires-cme-past-comet-pan-starrs-from-spacecraft-s-viewpoint-video.html

Chad Blakey (lightsoverlapland.com) captured the comet on the horizon and northern lights at Abisko National Park on March 20th, 2013.
ASTEROIDS AND EARTH

Dr. John Holdren and NASA Administrator Gen. Charles F. Bolden testified before congress on March 19, 2013 on Earth threatening asteroids and the current state of funding to battle the issue.

http://www.space.com/20277-sun-fires-cme-past-comet-pan-starrs-from-spacecraft-s-viewpoint-video.html

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