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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Superbug seventh patient

A deadly, drug-resistant superbug outbreak that began last summer at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center claimed its seventh victim Sept. 7, when a seriously ill boy from Minnesota succumbed to a bloodstream infection, officials said Friday.

The boy was the 19th patient at the research hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that arrived in August 2011 with a New York woman who needed a lung transplant. But his case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January — a worrisome signal that the bug persists inside the huge brick-and-glass federal facility in Bethesda.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said John Gallin, the physician-researcher who directs the clinical center. “What happened this summer was a very unfortunate case. All of these cases are hugely sad cases.”

Too fat for execution?

Too fat for execution?Convicted Ohio killer Ronald Post wants a delay of execution because, he says, his scar tissue and 480 pounds of body mass would make lethal injection far too painful, the AP reports. "There is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death," his lawyers said in a court filing. His lawyers even added that the 53-year-old is too big for an execution gurney.

Green Beret case

Green Beret case,One of the most sensational and infamous murder cases in modern U.S. history returned to a courtroom Monday as former Green Beret doctor Jeffrey MacDonald sought a new trial in the killing of his family.
MacDonald was back in court in Wilmington, North Carolina, as his lawyers argued new evidence should be heard by a jury.
"We feel like evidence is coming in the way we want it to. So we are very pleased at this point," MacDonald lawyer Gordon Widenhouse told CNN affilliate News 14 Carolina.
MacDonald is serving a life sentence in the 1970 slayings of his wife and two young daughters in their Fort Bragg home. The 68-year-old has long maintained that they were beaten and stabbed to death by a group of hippies who broke into their homes, chanting "kill the pigs" and "acid's groovy."

Kate Middleton topless

Mimi Turner, Northern and Shell's communications director, said: "We abhor the decision of the Irish Daily Star to publish these intrusive pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which we, like St James's Palace, believe to be a grotesque invasion of their privacy."

The editor of the Daily Star Sunday in Britain, Gareth Morgan, told Sky News: "It's absolutely disgusting. We're horrified here in the office and and as a company. I'm speaking for the Daily Star Sunday and for four other responsible titles in Northern and Shell. This has no merit as an editorial decision, no merit morally. It's frankly a horrible decision."

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula photo

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula photo,This is the man whose anti-Muslim movie -- "Innocence of Muslims" -- has triggered a wave of violence in parts of the Muslim world.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula -- who produced the low-budget movie -- is seen here with Anna Gurji, one of the actresses in the film. The photo was shot this year, during production.

Nakoula, who lives in Cerritos, CA., got backing for the movie from hardcore anti-Islam organizations. The flick triggered violence in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Read more: tmz

National Cheeseburger day

If you love cheeseburgers, then you have a special day to celebrate.
September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day
You can fire up the grill or go to your favorite restaurant because most restaurants serve cheeseburgers.
What is a cheeseburger?
A cheeseburger is simply a hamburger with cheese. Traditionally, a slice of cheese of any kind is placed on top of a meat patty shortly before the patty is completely cooked which allows the slice of cheese to melt.

Gorilla Carries toddler

Gorilla Carries toddler,A "Gorilla carries toddler" video has gone viral on YouTube. While it was shot over two decades ago, the thought of a 300-pound gorilla carrying around a baby is unsettling. What's more, the child's father deliberately placed the child in the animal's enclosure, sparking a debate on safety. However, he may have proved critics wrong who believe the big apes are aggressive and a danger to man. If you're thinking this is "strange news," you're dead-on.