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What Was In That Mysterious Dust Of 9/11? The Dangerous Effects A Decade Later

As the 10th anniversary of September 11 draws near, a nation re-lives the horror and devastation that unfolded that day.

The catastrophic terror attack on New York City's World Trade Center, which took the lives of 3,000 Americans and reduced two of the tallest, most majestic skyscrapers in the world to mere dust and rubble, is forever imprinted on our minds.

NY has risen from the ashes, resilient and defiant but some are still struggling a decade later. Our heroes, the First Responders, are having a hard time for the mysterious thick dust that coated everything and everyone in the city that fateful day, had deadly consequences.

CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, hosted a riveting program Wednesday night called 'Terror In The Dust," which chronicles the effects of the deadly dust on firefighters, police officers and others who were directly in the path of the collapsing twin towers. Those who selflessly worked prolonged hours rescuing others.

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Republican Debate: Rick Perry Physically Grabs Ron Paul, Points at His Face

At the September 7 Republican debate, Ron Paul clashed with fellow Texan Rick Perry once again.

This time, things got physical.

During a commercial break, Perry walked up to Paul's podium, physically grabbed Paul's wrist, and pointed at Paul's face with his other hand (photo below from Reuters).


Indonesia: Starving Dogs Attack And Eat Owner

Dead Owner
© 9 NewsPolice found Mr Lumboga's body ripped to pieces.
An Indonesian man who left his nine dogs to starve while he was away on a two-week holiday was decapitated and eaten by the hungry animals when he returned home.

Police found Andre Lumboga's body ripped to pieces on Monday after a neighbourhood guard noticed a revolting smell coming from his house in the Batam Centre district of the Riau Islands, a province of Indonesia north-east of Singapore in the South China Sea.

The guard had gone to his house to investigate after noticing the 50-year-old's suitcase sitting outside the front door five days after he returned from his trip, The Sun reports.

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US: Jailed Native American Activist Leonard Peltier Wins Rights Prize

Leonard Peltier, Mario Benedetti
Leonard Peltier, an indigenous rights activist jailed in the United States for decades, has received the first Mario Benedetti Foundation international human rights prize, the group said Monday.

The group called Peltier, a Native American activist convicted in 1977 for the murder of two US FBI agents, the longest serving political prisoner in the Americas. The case stemmed from a shootout at a reservation in the US state of South Dakota.

"Leonard Peltier, who on September 12, 2011 will turn 67, has spent more than half his life in prison. He is a symbol of resistance to repressive state policies by the United States, where there are people in jail for ethnic, racial, ideological and religious reasons," a foundation statement said.


Iceland Says It Was "Bullied" Over Bank Debt

© Reuters/Ints KalninsIceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson watches ''Song of Freedom'' concert in Tallinn August 20, 2011.
Iceland's president accused European countries on Sunday of having bullied it into agreeing to guarantee repayment of the debts of a failed bank, reviving a dispute with Britain and the Netherlands whose citizens are owed billions.

When Iceland's banking sector collapsed in the 2008 global financial crisis, accounts were frozen at the bank Landsbanki, which had accepted deposits from British and Dutch savers through online funds called Icesave.

Iceland says the estate of the failed bank will be enough to repay about $5 billion of debt to the British and the Dutch. The two countries had wanted the government in Reykjavik to give a state guarantee to the repayment.

In a referendum earlier this year, Icelanders rejected for a second time giving a guarantee.

"People (in the government) bowed to the bullying of the Europeans ...," President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson told RUV public radio. He said the British and Dutch demand that the government guarantee the debt had been "absurd."


Austria: Free at last! Chimps caged for 30 years and injected with HIV in cruel experiments finally feel the sun on their faces again

Like prisoners emerging from a lifetime behind bars, a group of chimpanzees step blinking into the sunlight with what appears for all the world to be a wave and a smile.

And they have much to be joyful about. For this is the first time they have felt grass under their feet and breathed fresh air for 30 years.

Though a few of the chimps were born in captivity, most were kidnapped from African jungles as babies and flown to Europe, where they were locked in metal laboratory cages to be used in a long series of experiments.
Surreal: Three chimpanzees step out into the daylight for the first time in 30 years
Surreal: Three chimpanzees step out into the daylight for the first time in 30 years


US New York: Man Opens Fire at Brooklyn Parade, Toll Rises to 46 Shot Since Saturday Morning

© G.N. MIller/NY PostPolice have a man in custody after he allegedly fired shots into the air at the West Indian Day Parade before fleeing the scene in a cab.
Gunfire erupted today near the massive West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn -- not far from where Mayor Bloomberg was marching -- as the entire city reeled from a epidemic of shootings over the past two days.
By noon today, a total of 46 people had been shot in the city since Saturday morning, authorities said.

At just before noon, a gunman fired into the air several blocks away from the start of the West Indian Day Parade route in Crown Heights before hopping into a cab and fleeing.


Bloomberg, who has decried the recent spate of gun violence, had just started marching.


US: Arkansas weatherman Brett Cummins found in hot tub with naked dead man wearing 'dog collar'

Brett Cummins
© KARK 4 NewsBrett Cummins, 33, woke up Tuesday to discover that a man he'd been with the night before was dead beside him in a hot tub, naked and wearing a dog collar, police say.

Brett Cummins, 33, woke up Tuesday to discover that a man he'd been with the night before was dead beside him in a hot tub, naked and wearing a dog collar, police say.

An Arkansas weatherman didn't predict he would wake up in a hot tub with a naked dead man, but that's exactly what police say happened.

Now authorities are trying to determine what killed Dexter Williams, whose body was found with a "dog collar" around his neck, according to a police report.

The mystery began Monday night, when KARK 4 News meteorologist Brett Cummins arrived at the home of John Barbour around 11 p.m. in Maumelle, just north of Little Rock, the report stated. The 33-year-old weatherman brought Williams, 24, with him. Barbour said he did not know the doomed man.


US, California: San Clemente High Evacuated After Bomb Threat

San Clemente High School was evacuated on the first day of school Wednesday after a bomb threat made in note was found at Camp Pendleton.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, a naval officer from Camp Pendleton was reported missing, and when officials checked his barracks, they found a note indicating he had, or was going to, place explosives at the school.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said the naval officer, identified as 22-year-old Daniel Morgan, has not been located yet. Morgan is white, wears glasses, and has short hair. He owns a white Jeep Wrangler with a black top and 35-inch tires, with license number 6NKZ930.

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France: Man Fined for Depriving Wife of Sex

A man has been ordered to pay his ex-wife thousands of pounds in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their 21-years of marriage.

The 51-year-old has been fined 8,500 pounds under article 215 of France's civil code, which states married couples must agree to a 'shared communal life', Daily Express reported.

The judge ruled that this law implies 'sexual relations must form part of a marriage'.

The rare legal decision came after the wife filed for divorce two years ago, blaming the break-up on her ex's lack of activity in the bedroom.