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Venezuela: Chavez Heads to Cuba, Says Chemo to 'Attack Hard'

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves as his daughter Rosa Virginia stands next to him before his departure to Cuba from Simon Bolivar international airport in Maiquetia on the outskirts of Caracas, on Saturday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left home Saturday for Cuba to begin chemotherapy, vowing to win his fight against cancer and calling for his political allies to stay united in his absence.

Before boarding his plane at Caracas' international airport, Chavez said: "It's not time to die. It's time to live."

He stood alongside one of his daughters, Rosa, on the runway while the national anthem played and soldiers stood at attention.

"I'm saying good-bye for some days," Chavez said. He has not said how long he expects to stay in Havana.

"Tomorrow I begin chemotherapy treatment, and we're going to give it everything we've got," Chavez said in a televised speech earlier at the presidential palace. He said the treatment would ensure cancer cells have not reappeared since he underwent surgery last month to remove a tumor.

After thorough medical checks, "no malignant cell has been detected in any other part of my body," Chavez said to the applause of aides and allies at the presidential palace. He added, "There is always the risk of some cells escaping or tending to reproduce, and therefore there's a need to attack hard through chemotherapy."

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US, New Jersey: Wildwood Police Investigate 'Whites Only' Sign Posted At Hotel Parking Lot


Wildwood bills itself as a family friendly resort on the Jersey Shore, but suddenly, it's a city dealing with an incident of racism.

"I thought maybe someone thought this is prank," says Uyvonne Robinson, "but it's not a prank to us. This is our livelihood."

On Wednesday morning, someone posted a sign outside Nana's Apartments that read "Parking for whites only." Robinson and her husband have owned the motel for eleven years, but they have never seen anything like this.

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US, California: Carmageddon: 'Mission accomplished,' says Villaraigosa as 405 Freeway reopens early

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, center, and Councilman Tom LaBonge, to his right, join construction officials and members of the media as they wave at the first motorists to travel on the southbound 405 Freeway under the Mulholland Drive bridge after half of it was demolished. The feared "Carmageddon" scenario was avoided in Los Angeles and a 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway was reopened ahead of schedule.
'Carmageddon' was avoided, thanks to motorists' cooperation during the 405 shutdown. But authorities are already planning how to deal with next year's closure.

The first drivers roared up the newly reopened 405 Freeway at high noon Sunday, honking horns, kicking up roostertails of demolition dust, arms stretched through open windows to wave at no one in particular.

And so the reprieve from freeway traffic ended early, along with the planned weekend closure that had threatened to unleash "Carmageddon" if not for the public's cooperation.

Contractors had padded the schedule to allow for unforeseen mishaps in tearing down half of the Mulholland Drive bridge before the Monday morning rush, risking enormous fines and public distain under an international spotlight if they were late.

It wasn't needed. The demolition went smoothly, enabling contractors to finish about 17 hours ahead of schedule, pocket an extra $300,000 in incentive payments and win acclaim from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials who jockeyed for position in front of television cameras.

"Mission accomplished," the mayor said, beaming as if he had just won a war.

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US, Michigan: After Jail Time for Contempt, Alleged Rape Victim Returns to Testify


It's already extremely hard for rape victims to come to court and testify. This alleged rape victim says the only reason she came back was to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

This woman found the courage to come back to court and testify against one of the men who she says beat her with everything from a chair, to a two-by-four and raped her repeatedly before she found a way to escape from this Strasberg Street in Detroit.

That nightmare only continued at a Wednesday hearing , when she claims defense attorney Gabi Silver kept badgering her on the stand insinuating that she brought this attack on herself, causing this victim to snap in court.

"I said just get to the point bitch, it slipped out, it was inappropriate... all the bottled anger" says the alleged victim.

Toys

US: New Doll That Teaches How To Breast Feed Causing Controversy

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A new doll hitting stores in the U.S. is causing some controversy with parents. It's called The Breast Milk Baby and it claims it teaches young girls how to breast feed.

The doll is made by Berjuan Toys, a company out of Spain. It comes with a special halter top that has two flowers where nipples would be. When a little girl puts on the top and holds the baby doll up the flowers, it makes suckling sounds.

The company says the doll is a top-selling toy in Europe and on its website, says the toy "lets young girls express their love and affection in the most natural way possible, just like mommy!"

But the toy has many parents asking if it's going too far.

Heart - Black

Jewish settlers are terrorising Palestinians, says Israeli general

General Avi Mizrahi

Born in Haifa in 1957, General Avi Mizrahi was drafted into the IDF in 1975. He has been head of Israeli Central Command since October 2009
A senior Israeli army commander has warned that unchecked "Jewish terror" against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank threatens to plunge the territory into another conflict.

In unusually outspoken comments, Major General Avi Mizrahi took aim at extremist Israeli settlers, and said the settlement of Yitzhar, one of the most radical Jewish strongholds in the West Bank, should be closed, calling it a source of terror against Palestinians.

The general's comments are likely to put him at odds with Israel's pro-settler government, which has resisted US-led efforts to curb settlement expansion in a bid to revive stalled peace talks. The foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, himself lives in a West Bank settlement. All settlements are regarded as illegal under international law.

The army has anxiously watched an upsurge in violence by hardline settlers, who in recent months have set fire to a West Bank mosque, burned Palestinian olive groves, and vandalised Palestinian property. Settlers have killed three Palestinians this year.

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US: Slow Flow of Immigrants Already Impacting California Farms?

The number of immigrants illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico has declined according to a new study, and some California farmers are already seeing the effects on their crops.

"We've seen in the valley this year a reduction of labor that we haven't seen for five or six years," said Manuel Cunha, president of the Nisei Farmers League in Fresno, Calif.

"There could be crops that could go down as being damaged because they cannot be harvested fast enough. Many of the vegetables growing in the valley are going to be in competition for the labor as well," he said. "You're going to see rotting."

Net immigration from Mexico has fallen sharply, and may even be down to zero, according to a recent study by Princeton University demographer Douglas S. Massey. Massey credits several factors for the shift: smaller family sizes and more job opportunities in Mexico, rising border crime, and immigration crackdowns in the United States.

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Forget planking, it's now 'owling' that is making waves online!

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Seems like the bizarre Internet craze for planking is over. Owling is the latest trend sweeping across workplaces around the world.

Owling, believed to have started in Australia, consists of nothing more taxing than crouching on one's haunches and staring into the middle distance like the nocturnal birds.

Participants then take photos of themselves and post them on Facebook or on other social networking sites, reports the Daily Mail.

Hundreds of young people in America, Australia and now, Britain, have taken up the new 'owling' craze.

The trend is a development of the popular craze of 'planking' in which people would take pictures of themselves lying face down in strange locations.

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Canada, Toronto: Murder charges dropped against convicted killer in deaths of prostitutes

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The Crown has dropped first-degree murder charges against a convicted killer in the deaths of three Toronto prostitutes in the 1990s, the Ontario attorney general's office said Saturday.

Peter MacDonald, who is in his fifties, is serving a life sentence after being found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2000 death of James Campbell in Toronto.

He was charged with the deaths of the three sex workers last October.

The bodies of Julianne Middleton, 23, Virginia Coote, 33 and Darlene MacNeill, 35, were found near Toronto's Sunnyside Beach between 1994 and 1997.

The Crown withdrew the charges "because there is no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction," Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, wrote in an email.

"I understand the police investigation into the murders is ongoing."

Black Cat

Ousted Egyptian leader Mubarak suffers stroke, falls into coma

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak's lawyer says the former leader suffered a stroke, while director of Red Sea hospital denies claim; 83-year old is due to appear in Cairo court for questioning.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in February and has been detained in a hospital at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, has fallen into a coma, his lawyer said on Sunday.

"I was informed about the sudden deterioration in Mubarak's health and I am now on my way to Sharm el-Sheikh. All that I know so far is that the president is a full coma," Mubarak's lawyer Farid el-Deeb told Reuters. He did not give more details.

The director of a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were Hosni Mubarak is being treated has denied Mubarak's lawyer's claim that the former president fell into a coma, state television reported Sunday.