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SundayApril 28, 2013

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Hot Air Balloon Missing in Peru with 6 Tourist Onboard

Hot Air Balloon Missing in Peru with 6 Tourist Onboard

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The balloon with seven passengers on board, was lost in Cañete , 200 km south of Lima, it is believed it was swept away by a strong air current of air. The last communication with a hot air balloon was with the pilot who reported poor visibility due to heavy fog.

“We hope that the seven occupants including six tourists and the pilot, all Peruvians are safe, “said Luis Miguel Fernandez, manager of the company Globo Peru Sac, a Lima radio station RPP .

“This is a probable accident, we assume that the balloon has fallen,” he added. The company reported that Peru Balloons lost contact with the device about 9:15 am and since then no news of the whereabouts or the condition of the passengers.

Speaking on the radio station, Fernandez   said the balloon usually flies close to the shore but a strong wind coming offshore could force them off coarse.  He indicated that the passengers and the pilot did not travel with life jackets but that the seats in the basket are floatable devices.

The crewmembers were identified as Eagle Abraham Fernandez, Katyusca Quezada Ortiz, Francesca Maldonado Quezada, Liseth Contreras, Contreras and Kelly Izachiga Melisa Puente. The pilot is Juan Carlos Fernandez Moncada.

Currently the Navy, backed by a helicopter is conducting an extensive search in the area.

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JUST IN:  Church Goers Stabbed, 2 Critically at New Mexico Catholic Church

JUST IN:  Church Goers Stabbed, 2 Critically at New Mexico Catholic Church

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New Mexico authorities in Albuquerque are investigating a multiple stabbing incident at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic church.

The incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. local time right after communion was given and when a man yelled “Fake Preacher!”  The man proceeded to stab the church choir members.  It is believed the stabbings occurred during the Church’s Spanish mass. 

Early reports indicate four people were stabbed and two were critically injured. 

The church is located at 5712 Paradise Blvd., in Albuquerque seating approximately 1,200 church goers and is considered one of the areas megachurches.  The church was expanded in 2011 to accommodate the fast growing, diverse population on Albuquerque’s west side.

Some reports indicate the suspect was apprehended by several parishioners and is believed to be in his mid-20s. 

This is a developing story. 

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Dutch Citizen Arrested in Spain in ‘Computer Bunker’ For Largest Cyber Attack on Record

Dutch Citizen Arrested in Spain in ‘Computer Bunker’ For Largest Cyber Attack on Record

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A 35-year-old Dutch citizen has been arrested in northeastern Spain in connection with the biggest cyber attack in history, police said Sunday.

Sven Olaf Kamphuis was allegedly behind a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack that took down the Internet last month.

Kamphuis was arrested Thursday at the request of Dutch judicial officials under a European warrant.

Investigators searched the suspect’s residence, police said.

The investigation started in the Netherlands last month after a series of attacks were staged on an anti-spam company.

The attacks also affected the United States and Britain, officials said.

Investigators identified Kamphuis, who lived in the Spanish city of Granollers, as the organizer of the attacks.

The suspect had turned his house into a “computer bunker” equipped with communications gear that he used to give interviews to media outlets following the cyberattacks.

Kamphuis told officers he was a diplomat and “minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of Cyberbunker,” Spanish police said in a statement.

Police cyber crime units from the Netherlands, Germany, Britain and the United States provided support in the investigation of Kamphuis.

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Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes Turns Guns Into Musical Instruments

Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes Turns Guns Into Musical Instruments

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Some of the firearms used in the killings of thousands of people in Mexico have gained new uses in the hands of artist Pedro Reyes, who is turning these instruments of death into musical instruments that raise awareness of peace.

“The idea is to transform an agent of death into an agent of life. If arms can make entire cities live in fear and prevent people from leaving their homes, music does exactly the opposite, allowing people to reclaim public spaces and letting all people have a space to co-exist,” the artist said in an interview with Efe.

Reyes, for example, turns ammunition clips from AK-47s into the body of an electric guitar.

“It’s all about converting all the negative things that firearms have into something positive. The transformation that the physical matter is undergoing is the transformation that we want to see in society. We believe that the best way to change the world is via art and creativity,” Reyes said.

Reyes has been working with arms as a material since 2007, when he organized a voluntary gun donation campaign in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, one of the regions most affected by the wave of drug-related violence that official figures estimate has left more than 70,000 dead in Mexico.

Firearms donated during the campaign were melted down and turned into shovels to plant trees.

That campaign led to an offer of an arsenal destroyed in Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, inspiring the artist to go beyond guns to grenade launchers, machine guns, shotguns and other weapons seized from drug cartels in northern Mexico.

Reyes received 500 crates containing more than 6,700 weapons.

The crates were opened and their contents examined by musician Edi Kistler, who advised the sculptor on the musical possibilities of the items.

Reyes has made about 70 instruments, the majority of them intended to be played by musicians or displayed at exhibitions.

Some of the instruments are being sold by Mexico City’s Labor Gallery for up to $60,000 (46,000 euros).ImageImageImage

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Bloody Prison Riot Leaves 12 Dead and 50 Injured

Bloody Prison Riot Leaves 12 Dead and 50 Injured

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State police said they had re-established control in an cell block of La Pila prison in the state capital of San Luis Potosi after a fight broke out between prisoners, according to a posting on the security ministry’s official social media page.

The attorney General of San Luis Potasi confirmed that a brawl at The Center for Prevention and Rehabilitation left at least one dozen inmates dead and fifty more were hospitalized with injuries.

Several Red Cross ambulances rushed to the scene to give aid to the survivors.

More than three hours after the incident started, the authorities reported that they had regained control of the building; all access to the facility is currently denied pending an investigation.

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Michael Jordan Weds Yvette Prieto in Lavish Palm Beach Ceremony

Michael Jordan Weds Yvette Prieto in Lavish Palm Beach Ceremony

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Basketball great and NBA owner, Michael Jordan, 50, wed his finance Yvette Prieto, 35, in a lavish ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday. 

Nearly 500 guests attended the lavish nuptials, including Usher and numerous NBA stars like Patrick Ewing.  The couple took their vows at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and partied until the wee hours at Jordan’s estate in Jupiter’s Bear Club for the wedding reception.

The Cuban-American beauty had been linked to Julio Iglesisas Jr. before her relationship with Michael Jordan started.  Prieto had modeled in local Miami commercials and swimsuit calendars.

Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy Jordan for 17-years and the couple have three now-adult children together.  The 2006 divorce cost Jordan $168 million who reportedly asked Prieto to sign a pre-nup to protect his estimated $500 million fortune.

The couple announced their engagement back in December of 2011 after being together for three years.  Last month Jordan enjoyed a four-day bachelor party in the Dominican Republic at the Casa de Campo resort. 

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Five Brazilian Police Officers Implicated in Murder of Journalists

Five Brazilian Police Officers Implicated in Murder of Journalists

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Five Brazilian police officers were arrested for their suspected role in the murders of journalist Rodrigo Neto de Faria and press photographer Walgney Carvalho, the daily Folha de Sao Paulo said Saturday.

The five officers are members of the Civil Police in the region known as Vale do Aço in the central part of Minas Gerais state, and are suspected of belonging to militia groups that operate in the area, the newspaper said.

Rodrigo Neto, who worked for the Vale do Aço newspaper, was slain by unknown persons on March 9 at the door of his home, and at the time was specifically working on an investigative report about the activities of those militias.

Carvalho, from the same newspaper, was shot dead on April 14 at a restaurant.

Minas Gerais Police Chief Cylton Brandao declined to make any comment on the police who have been arrested.

According to Brandao, the investigation into the case requires a strict “confidentiality,” though he said that everything points to the prompt capture of the suspects for both murders, which according to local media are closely related.

The press watchdog group Reporters Without Borders, known by the French initials RSF, has slammed the murders and demanded that Brazilian authorities investigate the possible involvement of police in these cases.

After Carvalho’s death, RSF released a communique in which it also noted that the photographer was the fourth journalism professional murdered in Brazil to date in 2013.

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20 Million Year-Old Fossilized Remains of Monkey Discovered in Panama

20 Million Year-Old Fossilized Remains of Monkey Discovered in Panama

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The fossilized remains of the “most ancient” long-tailed monkey of the Americas, dating back some 20 million years, is the latest discovery to be announced by of a group of scientists who spent several years analyzing land being excavated to enlarge the Panama Canal.

Paleontological research at sites being excavated for the expansion of the waterway were carried out over a five-year period, and some of its details were presented to the press Friday by scientists with the Panama City-based Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

“Not long ago we found a long-tailed monkey, the most primitive that exists today in the Americas and which originally came from Africa, and though we don’t know why it came to Panama, the oldest specimen is here,” Colombian scientists Carlos Jaramillo told a press conference.

Details about “the most ancient long-tailed monkey” on the continent will be revealed in an “article that we hope to publish in the next two months and that will create a lot of interest around the world,” Jaramillo, a Colombian geologist, said.

Studies in the excavation areas ended recently with the pouring of concrete for the expansion project at the Canal, which is expected to be in full service by the first half of 2015.

Jaramillo recalled that during the five years of research, the fossils of many animals that lived 20 million years ago were found, and many of those discoveries have been documented in scientific journals.

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Chicago Catholic Priest Who Donated Part of his Liver to Immigrant Crosses the U.S. Border Illegally

Chicago Catholic Priest Who Donated Part of his Liver to Immigrant Crosses the U.S. Border Illegally

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The Chicago priest known for having donated part of his liver to an immigrant parishioner in 2002 returns to Chicago tonight after having crossed the U.S. Border in Nogales, AZ illegally on April 24th, 2013. The Pastor of Saint Gall Roman Catholic
Church in Chicago, Fr. Gary Graf asks for forgiveness for having willfully and knowingly violated federal immigration laws and calls all parties involved in the immigration debate to begin an authentic dialogue that delivers real results.

Ordained a Catholic priest in 1984 and having witnessed first hand the devastating effects in our communities due to the current immigration system, Fr. Gary decided to experience what families in his parish church experience first hand. This civil act of disobedience aims to open up an authentic dialogue regarding this issue that divides our nation.

Fr. Graf would like to open up this dialogue with these first seven words: “Sorry, Thank you, I need your help.” He continues, “I’m sorry for entering the country through the window and by not knocking on the door. As pastor I want to say Thank you for generally having accepted those who have entered this country the way I have just done and allowing them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. I need your help. I invite pastors, rabbis and imams to initiate authentic dialogue in their faith communities throughout our country that move us from seeing people as illegal to people with dignity who share our same hopes and dreams.”

Saturday, April 27, 2013
5:30 PM- Fr. Gary arrives at O’Hare airport via U.S. Airways, parishioners welcome him.
7:00 PM- Fr. Gary Celebrates Mass for his parishioners at St. Gall and shares his journey.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
10:30 am Fr. Gary celebrates mass with parishioners.

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SundayApril 28, 2013