Pop singer Fergie married boyfriend Josh Duhamel

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Pop singer Fergie married boyfriend Josh Duhamel today at a private ocean-side wedding in Malibu, Calif., Us reports. Draped in Dolce & Gabbana, the couple exchanged personally engraved rings; Fergie wore a diamond-draped veil worth millions. Despite Fergie’s efforts to ditch them, paparazzi hovered over the wedding in helicopters, the San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times report.

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Melting Snow Floods

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More than 30,000 people were urged to leave their flood-endangered western Washington homes as snowmelt and rain swelled rivers and caused mudslides and avalanches that engulfed neighborhoods and roadways. Warmer temperatures and heavy rains were rapidly melting the deep snow that dumped on the Cascade mountains over the weekend.

Rising waters led state highway crews to close a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 last night, and the state’s three major east-west routes across the Cascade mountains are closed as well. Those routes may reopen sometime today, but authorities fear I-5, which carries 10,000 trucks a day, could be closed for days. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for about two dozen rivers in western Washington.(Source)

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Hamas continues to fire its rockets

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Israel continues to press its assault and Hamas continues to fire its rockets, but a sliver of hope emerged tonight toward an end to the Gaza hostilities, MSNBC reports. Representatives from Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority will meet—probably separately—with Egyptian officials in Cairo tomorrow to discuss a possible truce. Twelve days of fighting have left 688 Palestinians and 10 Israelis dead.

Condoleezza Rice voiced support for the proposal. “We are very much applauding the efforts of a number of states, particularly the effort that President Mubarak has undertaken on behalf of Egypt,” she said. “We’re supporting that initiative.” The UN Security Council has failed to agree on any kind of a resolution regarding the fighting.(Source)

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John Travolta fought to revive his 16-year-old son

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A source says Travolta did everything he could after Jett was found unconscious by a caretaker yesterday. He and wife Kelly Preston spent 40 minutes in an ambulance taking Jett to the hospital, but the boy was pronounced dead on arrival.(Source)

RADAR has learned exclusively that John pounded on his son’s chest and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a desperate bid to save his life..

Jett, 16, had a history of seizures and had apparently fallen in the bathroom and banged his head.

A highly placed source told RADAR that Kelly and John came running to save Jett after he was found unconscious on the floor by the caretaker at 10 a.m. “John tried everything to bring his boy back, ” one family friend told us. “But he was probably already dead. John and Kelly are devastated. John moaned: ‘This is the worst day of my life. No father should have to bury his son.”

Kawasaki Disease almost killed Jett Travolta when he was a toddler, but experts said it was unlikely the rare childhood disorder led to his reported seizure Friday.

“Seizures are not part of Kawasaki disease,” said Dr. Stanford Shulman, a specialist in the disease at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

“If a teenager had a seizure and died, that would not commonly be due to Kawasaki disease.”

The sickness, more common in young boys, leads to fever, rash, red eyes and swollen hands and feet.

Its cause is controversial. Some, like Jett’s actress mom, Kelly Preston, believe environmental toxins trigger the symptoms. Others blame a virus.

If left untreated, Kawasaki can cause blood clots and heart attacks, even later in life.

About 4,000 cases of Kawasaki disease are diagnosed each year in the U.S., virtually all in young children, Shulman said.

“Nowadays, no more than 2% or 3% of cases develop significant coronary artery abnormalities, so deaths are rare, but they do occur,” he said.

Some research has pointed to seizures in kids suffering from acute Kawasaki disease.

A deathly ill Jett was rushed to the hospital when he was 2 and diagnosed with the disease, his parents have said. His mother said he recovered with the help of a detoxification program but still had “allergies.”

Police in the Bahamas Friday said they were told Jett had a history of seizures.(Source)

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FEMA caught in news conference scandal

But only if their phones are CDMA (code division multiple access technology) compatible.

Neither AT&T or T-Mobile use CDMA.

To settle a class action alleging it unfairly restricted its wireless phones, Sprint will provide unlocking code to former customers, says ConsumerAffairs.com.

Sprint will also include information about how to unlock phones into its terms of service, says the story.

Current and former Sprint customers in California who bought their phones between August 28, 1999, and July 16, 2007, “are eligible to receive the unlock code, provided they do not have any outstanding bills due to Sprint,” it states.

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Protesters demand Suu Kyi release

 

  • Global protests mark Myanmar pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi’s detention
  • Myanmar’s ruling junta strongly criticized for cracking down on demonstrations
  • Day of protest featured demonstrations outside Chinese embassies in 12 cities
  • UK PM Gordon Brown calls for tougher sanctions against Myanmar regime

LONDON, England (CNN) — Campaigners held a day of protests around the world Wednesday to highlight the plight of Nobel Peace Prize winner and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and mark another year of her house arrest in Myanmar.The protests were taking place outside Chinese embassies in London and 11 other cities — one city for each year of Suu Kyi’s detention. The pro-democracy leader has been held for 12 of the past 18 years.About 100 people turned out for the London protest, some wearing white robes and masks of Suu Kyi’s face. Others had their hands bound with rope and others held chains they say are used to torture political prisoners in Myanmar.The protesters, who were joined by a group of monks in crimson robes, held posters reading “Free Aung San Suu Kyi Now” and “China’s Gain, Burma’s Pain.””The message is that China needs to do more on Burma,” said Mark Farmaner, acting director of Burma Campaign UK, referring to Myanmar’s former official name.He said China needs to use its influence with Myanmar’s leaders to continue pushing for Suu Kyi’s release.Myanmar’s ruling junta has been strongly criticized for last month’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. The government has admitted detaining more than 2,900 people from the protests and several hundred are believed to be still in custody.The day of protest also coincides with the United Nations’ 62nd birthday, and organizers said they were using that to urge action from the U.N. Security Council.”The U.N. must do more than issue statements of concern,” said Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK.In a statement earlier this month, the council said it “strongly deplores the use of violence against peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar” and it called on the junta to work towards a dialogue with Suu Kyi.Wednesday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown threatened tougher sanctions against the Myanmar regime if it does not end the violence, release prisoners, and allow a process of national reconciliation.In an article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Brown said the reconciliation process must include all opposition leaders, including Suu Kyi.The Guardian also published a letter from six female Nobel peace laureates urging more action from the United Nations. The women, who founded the Nobel Women’s Initiative, called on more U.N. pressure to release Suu Kyi and other members of the opposition.Myanmar’s junta agreed Tuesday to allow a U.N. human rights investigator to make an official visit next month. The United Nations says the visit by Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Paolo Sergio Pinheiro will take place in the first half of November.Ibrahim Gambari, the U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, is also expected to return to Myanmar early next month. Bookmark with:

TJX breach could top 94 million accounts

BOSTON – At least 94 million Visa and MasterCard accounts may have been exposed to potential fraud in a data breach at TJX Cos., nearly double the previous estimate by the discount retailer.

The figure was included in court filings this week that cited officials from the credit card associations.

The filings in a bank case against TJX indicated that fraud-related losses involving Visa cards alone range from $68 million to $83 million, spread across 13 countries. One filing warned that the total will rise as thieves continue to use data from compromised cards.

You know, these are going to be sold off for a period of time in the future, so it’s going to continue for some time out there,” Joseph Majka, Visa USA’s vice president of investigations and fraud management, said in court documents unsealed late Tuesday.

Depositions of security officials at Visa and MasterCard Inc., the two biggest credit card associations, suggest the breach was far bigger than TJX has indicated. Even before the latest numbers, independent organizations that track data breaches had called the case the largest ever.

TJX said in March that at least 45.7 million of its shoppers’ cards had been compromised, although it acknowledged it may never learn the total number. However, the Framingham, Mass.-based owner of 2,500 stores including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls has said about three-quarters of the cards had either expired by the time of the theft, or had masked data in the magnetic strip, meaning the information was stored as asterisks rather than numbers.

In an Aug. 31 deposition with an attorney for banks suing to recover breach-related losses, Visa’s Majka said the association had alerted card-issuing banks and other institutions about 65 million Visa card accounts that may have been compromised. That number was as of June, he said.

“I’m not sure if this is, in fact, the final number,” he said.

A Visa spokesman declined further comment Wednesday.

Neil Maguire, a security official at MasterCard, said in a Sept. 27 deposition that his card association believed it had “roughly 29 million” potentially exposed cards.

 

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