Keith Rush - Biography
 Keith began his broadcasting career on Febuary 16, 1952 at the age of 20 left New Orleans for full time position, KLOU in Lake Charles, Louisiana... Keith is considered by many as the "Father of Talk Radio" in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1st "Honorary" member of LSU statewide Alumni Association in history of LSU. Received many awards, but most proud of Freedom's Foundation Award 1972 for fight against "Filth" in radio and television. Representatives came to New Orleans Louisiana to make the presentation. During period 1953 - 1956 (still broadcasting) booked acts on the Louisiana Hayride, such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, The Browns and brought Elvis Presley to New Orleans (1954) for 1st apperance ever. (Lost Money)   1957 - 1959 United States Army 4th Infantry Division Fort Lewis Washington, 2 years active duty.
 
Call in 800-775-0939
 

 

Older News Archivescom0116
NEWS   THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015   NEWS

Not So Fast? Lawmakers Poised To Fight Obama On Cuba Ambassador Pick, Embargo
Declaring “this is what change looks like,” President Obama announced an agreement Wednesday to reestablish economic ties with Cuba and re-open embassies in each other’s capitals. But the historic step will also touch off a new round of battles with Congress. To complete the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, the Obama administration still needs to get lawmakers on board to confirm an ambassador, sign off on spending millions on a U.S. embassy in Havana and soften sanctions against the communist country that has a long history of human rights violations. That's no easy task. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Republicans should give no ground to Obama.

Obama: Rainbow-Lighted White House 'A Moment Worth Savoring'
"I did not have a chance to comment on how good the White House looked in rainbow colors," President Obama told a news conference on Tuesday. "That made it a really good week -- to see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night, and to feel whole and to feel accepted and to feel that they had a right to love -- that was pretty cool. That was a good thing," he said in response to a question. The White House was illuminated with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court decision imposing, by judicial fiat, same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The nation is deeply divided on both the ruling and the issue itself, and while some happy Americans basked in the glow of the rainbow illumination, others were offended by what was perceived as a divisive and in-your-face move at the "people's house." CNS News

Top American Diplomat In Cuba In Line To Head New Embassy
From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States. "Homeland or Death!" reads the sign erected in front of the U.S. Interests Section built 15 years ago, when DeLaurentis was a more junior officer working to defuse a standoff over the fate of child rafter Elian Gonzalez. Now, on this third assignment in communist Cuba, DeLaurentis is the top U.S. diplomat on the island, working to bring an end to more than a half-century of hostilities between the two countries. Known for his low-key style and public discretion, the 61-year-old diplomat also is on a short list for U.S. ambassador to Cuba, if there is to be one. Tampa Tribune

Lost, Stolen, Broken: TSA Pays Millions For Bag Claims
The Transportation Security Administration paid passengers $3 million over the last five years for claims that airport security screeners broke, lost or stole their luggage or items inside, according to a review of about 50,000 complaints. After investigating to determine if TSA or its agents were responsible, the agency approved or settled with passengers in about 15,000 cases – nearly 1 out of 3 claims filed from 2010 to 2014. Payments ranged from a few bucks for missing food or medicine to several thousand dollars for jewelry, electronics and other items passengers said were broken or disappeared in TSA's hands. The nation's 30 busiest airports accounted for about two-thirds of all paid claims and about the same share of the government settlement payments. USA Today
VOA VIEW: TSA employees are not well pre employ screened or supervised after hired.

Mark Zuckerberg Says The Future Of Communication Is Telepathy
Internet satellites, virtual reality, even real working AI: It all pales in comparison to the future that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has in mind. In a Q&A session with site users on Tuesday, the 31-year-old said he envisions a world where people — presumably Facebook users — don’t need these types of communication intermediaries. Instead, they’ll communicate brain-to-brain, using telepathy. “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” Zuckerberg wrote in response to a question about what’s next for Facebook. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too.” Washington Post

Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear
Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. She said the cameras were among steps the city was taking after protests and rioting following Gray's death in April. "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there," Rawlings-Blake told reporters. The van in which Gray was transported had a non-recording camera that the driver could use to monitor the passengers, but it was not working at the time. Reuters

PLEASE DO BUSINESS WITH THOSE WHO DO BUSINESS WITH US -- OUR ADVERTISERS.

CEOs Of Mortgage Giants Fannie And Freddie Get Big Raises
The CEOs of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting large raises, to about $4 million a year, as the government relaxes rules that were imposed on the companies after they suffered big losses and were bailed out. In forms filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, the companies disclosed that Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulous and Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton will get annual base salaries of $750,000 each, $2.1 million in fixed deferred compensation and $1.2 million in at-risk deferred salary. It does not include bonuses. Their pay had been capped at $600,000 a year. CNS News

Obama Pushes State Medicaid Expansion In Healthcare Hub Nashville
Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Obamacare, as the president's law is known, envisions a major expansion of the program, but nearly half of all U.S. states, mostly Republican-controlled, have rejected that part of the law. The Tennessee legislature voted against an expansion in February, joining 21 other states in doing so. Without expansion, 6.9 million low-income Americans, including 292,000 in Tennessee, will not get Medicaid assistance, said the Kaiser Family Foundation. Reuters

Should Kids Get Codeine For Cough? FDA Taking A Closer Look
The Food and Drug Administration says it's taking a closer look at the safety of giving codeine to kids as a cough suppressant. The agency says it's acting after the European Medicines Agency issued a new advisory saying codeine should not be used at all for colds and coughs in children under 12. "We have looked at their data and feel it is well-presented and seems firm," said FDA spokesman Eric Pahon. Pahon said FDA will schedule an advisory meeting on the matter later this year. "We are not really recommending anything at the moment," he told NBC News. "FDA will continue to evaluate this safety issue and will consider the EMA recommendations," the agency said in a statement. MSNBC

Donald Trump: NBC Didn’t Fire Me — I Quit
Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed his recent split with NBC over comments he made about Mexican immigrants, saying he is focusing his attention on his presidential campaign. During an appearance on Fox Business Network, Mr. Trump said that it was his decision to leave NBC. “First of all, I told them I’m not doing it, they didn’t tell me,” Mr. Trump said. “I told them I’m not doing it because I’m going to run for President and when you run for President, or when you run for any political office, you can’t do a television show.” NBC cut ties with Mr. Trump after he said in his announcement speech last month that Mexico is sending people into the United States who have “lots of problems.” Washington Times

Democrats Smiling At Trump's Toxic Talk
For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. "They're bringing drugs," Trump said in his campaign announcement speech. "They're bringing crime. They're rapists." The comments - and many more since - have prompted an uproar among Latino groups and a series of nasty breakups between Trump and various corporate partners. His outlandish rhetoric and skill at occupying the national spotlight are also proving to be dangerously toxic for the GOP brand, which remains in the rehabilitation stage after losing the 2012 presidential race. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.

SEC Wants Crooked Execs To Pay Back Ill-Gotten Bonuses
Wall Street’s top cops proposed a controversial new rule on Wednesday that would require companies to claw back certain compensation paid to executives caught juicing the books. The proposal, from Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, is aimed at stopping executives from keeping incentive-based compensation if they fudged the numbers to achieve the results that triggered the incentives. “The proposed rules would result in increased accountability and greater focus on the quality of financial reporting, which will benefit investors and the markets,” White said in a statement. NY Post

After Court Ruling, Gay Veterans Get Marriage Benefits They Were Denied
Days after the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry must be open to gays, the Department of Veterans Affairs has moved immediately to extend marital benefits to same-sex couples who were denied them — even in states where they were available to other federal retirees. The new policy lifts restrictions on veterans’ pensions, VA-backed home loans, burial rights, survivor benefits and disability compensation for same-sex married couples in every state, a victory that advocates estimate could affect hundreds of thousands of veterans. “We are thrilled that they are acting so quickly,” said Chris Rowsee, director of family readiness for the American Military Partners Association, which sued VA last year on behalf of veterans who were denied spousal benefits. The lawsuit was on hold pending the Supreme Court decision. Washington Post

Kerry Consults US Partners Before Further Talks With Iran
Secretary of State John Kerry is holding a series of meetings with U.S. partners in the nuclear talks before an evening negotiating round with the Iranians. Kerry was meeting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in a Vienna hotel as world powers seek progress in the talks. He'll later talk to chief European Union diplomat Federica Mogherini and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Thursday evening will be dominated by Kerry's scheduled session with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The talks already are two days past a June 30 deadline for a final deal curbing Iran's nuclear program for a decade in exchange for sanctions relief. The seven nations in the talks have agreed to continue negotiating until at least July 7. Houston Chronicle

THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR WEB PORTAL.  PLEASE TELL A FRIEND.

Apple IPhone 6S Photos Have Been Leaked
Hillary Clinton's campaign raised over $45 million in primary money during their first quarter of their 2016 bid, a Clinton official with knowledge of the fundraising operation told CNN on Wednesday. Clinton and her team have focused intently on raising money for the last month, criss-crossing the country at a frenetic pace. Clinton personally headlined 58 fundraisers in 18 states in the three-month quarter, a sizable number for a frontrunner. "The numbers are not yet final but Hillary for America has exceeded our expectations and is on track to raise more primary money than any candidate in history during their first quarter in the race," the official said Wednesday. "The previous record of primary money raised in a candidate's first quarter was $41.9 million set by President Obama's campaign in 2011." CNN

Hillary Clinton Raises $45M In First Quarter
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday boasted a fund-raising total for the quarter that topped $45 million, setting a record for the most money raised by any party’s presidential candidate in the first three months of a campaign. The tally from the quarter, which ended at midnight Tuesday, surpassed the expectation set by Clinton’s fund-raising team by more than $15 million and puts her on track to reach their goal of raising $100 million before the end of the year.
John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, noted that 91 percent of the donations were for $100 or less. He had led the effort to rally small donors to give and demonstrate the grass-roots support for Mrs. Clinton. Washington Times

Missing Comma Gets Ohio Woman Out Of Parking Ticket
An appeals court has agreed with an Ohio woman who said her parking citation should be tossed because the village law was missing a comma. Andrea Cammelleri says she shouldn't have been issued a citation in 2014 based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of West Jefferson. The law lists several types of vehicles that can't be parked longer than 24 hours, including a "motor vehicle camper," with the comma missing between "vehicle" and "camper." Cammelleri says her pickup truck did not fit that definition. The village says the law's meaning was clear in context, but Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals says in last week's ruling that West Jefferson should amend the law if it wants it read differently. CBS

Train Derailment, Fire Prompts Evacuation In Tennessee
Authorities say at least one train car carrying a flammable and toxic gas has derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting an evacuation within a 1-mile radius. WATE-TV reports the CSX train derailed in Blount County in the Maryville area, south of Knoxville. On its Facebook page, the Blount County Sheriff's Office said early Thursday that the evacuations could last from 24 to 48 hours. A shelter for residents has been set up at a high school. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener says there have been no reports of fatalities. Atlanta Journal

Greece In Limbo: Shuttered Banks Keep Lifeline
Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country’s deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend. Banks have been closed all week to prevent a crash from mass money withdrawals, while a few have been reopened to help pensioners without ATM cards. But they are still in business. The European Central Bank left the terms of its emergency $100 billion cash support to Greece unchanged, a day after Athens slipped into arrears with the International Monetary Fund and its bailout program expired. The move kept chances alive for a settlement between Greece and creditors. And Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis publicly thanked the ECB and its president, Mario Draghi, for the decision. Charlotte Observer

Feds Launch Inquiry Of Possible Airline Collusion
Two years after approving the latest in a wave of airline mergers that left the nation with four major carriers, the Justice Department said Wednesday that it had begun an inquiry into possible collusion among the airlines. The civil antitrust investigation appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats. A letter received Tuesday by major U.S. carriers demands copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity, or “the undesirability of your company or any other airline increasing capacity.” The Justice Department asked each airline for its passenger-carrying capacity both by region, and overall, since January 2010. Kansas City Star

YOU can speak out and be heard by having your own "Column" - Visit the "Public Opinion" Section above.

Up To 6K Faulty Truck Hitches May Be On The Road
On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters. At 40 miles per hour, the trailer struck the side of one pickup truck and careened head-on into another, killing the drivers of both vehicles. At first the Jan. 24, 2014, crash on U.S. 50 in Cincinnati's eastern suburbs drew only the attention of Ohio authorities, who faulted the semi driver for not properly inspecting the hitch that holds the trailer to the tractor. But 17 months later, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has raised the possibility that the hitch was defective. CBS

How Harry Reid Is Fighting For Burning Man
The Senate's top Democrat has joined the ongoing fight between the Burning Man arts festival and the Bureau of Land Management over adding amenities to the famed do-it-yourself celebration. The agency, which administers government-owned land, has asked organizers to construct a million-dollar compound for officials supervising the event, which is held on federal land. In a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, slammed the BLM's "outlandishly unnecessary" demands as out of touch with the spirit of Burning Man. Among other amenities, the facility would include washing machines, flushing toilets and 24-hour access to ice cream, according to documents obtained by ABC News. ABC

Obama Urges Congress To Take Next Step, Lift Cuba Embargo
President Barack Obama urged Congress to follow his decision to reopen the American embassy in Havana by lifting the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said on Wednesday at the White House. “Americans and Cubans alike are looking to move forward. I believe it’s time for Congress to do the same.” The embassy will reopen on July 20, when Cuba also will reopen its embassy in Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry intends to go to Havana to “proudly raise the American flag over our embassy once more,” Obama said. Bloomberg

 WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK ALL OUR SOURCES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS IN MAKING US AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE NEWS & INFORMATION PORTAL.

DOJ Subpoenas Airlines Over Keeping Ticket Prices High
The Justice Department has sent subpoenas to several major airlines as part of an investigation into "possible unlawful coordination" to limit capacity increases, and thereby keeping ticket prices high, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. The department sent civil investigative demand letters to airlines on Tuesday, Justice spokeswoman Emily Pierce said. At issue is whether different airlines are coordinating to keep capacity -- the number of seats available on planes -- stable, having the effect of keeping ticket prices high. CNN

U.S. Stocks Rise Amid Optimism On Greece Before Payrolls Data
U.S. stocks rose, after equities capped their worst quarter since 2012, as Greece signaled it was ready to compromise for a bailout and investors awaited tomorrow’s monthly jobs report amid signs of a strengthening labor market. Financial shares in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained the most in three weeks as Chubb Corp. surged 26 percent after Ace Ltd. agreed to buy the insurer for $28.3 billion in cash and stock. Travelers Cos. gained 2.7 percent, the most since January. Energy companies retreated 1.3 percent as oil fell on higher supplies. Bloomberg

Low Testosterone Linked To Higher Rates Of Depression
More than half of men with low levels of testosterone have depression or depressive symptoms, a rate much higher than among the general population, researchers said in a new study. George Washington University researchers reviewed medical records and surveys for 200 men between the ages of 20 and 77, with a mean age of 48, who had been referred to tertiary care for borderline low levels of the hormone, or hypogonadism. They found 56 percent of those men had depression and/or depressive symptoms, a quarter of the subjects were taking antidepressants, and the participants in the study had high rates of obesity and low rates of physical activity. UPI News

ATTENTION TALK SHOW HOSTS:We are honored that many radio talk show hosts use our Web Portal for their "show prep."  We would appreciate your occasional mention of our site to your audience.  Thanks!

Oregon Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Recreational marijuana use was made legal in Oregon on Wednesday. The passage of Measure 91, which began in November 2014 as the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative on the statewide ballot, now allows the use of recreational pot for individuals 21 and older. It also allows the growing of up to four marijuana plants and gifting of small amounts. Use of marijuana in public remains illegal; use is limited to private property. Up to 8 ounces of marijuana may be stored inside and a single ounce outside, with a maximum of four plants growing per residence, out of public view. Sale or purchase of marijuana is prohibited until licensed retail shops open. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin taking applications for such shops beginning Jan. 4. UPI News

Hoosiers' Purchasing Power Lags National Average
Hoosiers' purchasing power rose in 2013, but not as much as the national increase. That's because personal income grew slower than it did nationally while prices rose faster, according to figures released Wednesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. And when population is factored in, Indiana's per capita purchasing power declined slightly. That ranked the state 31st in per capita "real" income. The federal government in recent years started tracking the interaction of state and local incomes and living costs. The Commerce Department said the figures allow comparisons of the relative purchasing power of consumers in different areas, which can help businesses decide where to locate a store or help a job searcher decide whether to move. Indy Star

Goo-Spewing Worm Latest Threat To South Florida
It has a goo-spewing mouth on its belly, is covered in toxic slime, hosts a brain-eating parasite and, like any ambitious mutant monster, the New Guinea flatworm is invading the U.S. by way of sunny Miami. There’s also this: the worm is hermaphroditic, so it can multiply anywhere, anytime. No assistance needed.  Florida’s colorful tree snails vary depending on terrain and have declined in Florida as their native habitat, tropical hardwood hammocks, have been cut down to make way for development. Researchers last month confirmed for the first time that the Pacific island flatworm has been found on the U.S. mainland in four locations around Miami-Dade County. Even tony Coral Gables. The nocturnal creeper clocks in at just two inches, looking more like a smudge of snot than an agile predator. But don’t be fooled by its sluggish demeanor. Miami Herald

Solid Hiring Expected For June As US Job Market Nears Normal
U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September. Economists predict that employers added 233,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May, according to data firm FactSet. The June employment report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. For the first five months of 2015, monthly job growth has averaged 217,000, a healthy streak that is steadily absorbing the unemployed as well as part-time workers looking for more hours. SF Gate

ADVERTISEMENT:If you want to advertise your business or web site on this Web Site, send us an email by clicking on to "Contact" above.  It could be the best business decision you make.

Netanyahu: We Are Partners With Egypt In The Fight Against ISIS That Has Reached Our Borders
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the four Israelis at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem who were injured in two separate terrorist attacks over the last two days, and from near their beds sent condolences to Egypt for the terrorist attacks that rocked that country on Wednesday. “Terrorism is knocking on our borders,” he said. “Islamic State is not only across from the Golan Heights, it is also in Egypt, across from Rafah, in other words across from our borders,” he said. “And we are together with Egypt and many other states in the Middle East and the world in the struggle against extreme Islamic terrorism.” Jerusalem Post

Opposition Joins Netanyahu In Lobbying Against Anti-Israel Resolution In UNHRC
Leading opposition MKs joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday in intensive efforts to lobby the world's “reasonable countries” against supporting an anti-Israel resolution to be brought to the UN Human Relations Council on Thursday. Netanyahu met with foreign ambassadors stationed here, including a number of those whose countries are represented on the 47-member UNHRC, and both Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) and Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) wrote letters to the ambassadors.
The Palestinian draft resolution, based on the report issued last week by the UNHRC's committee that investigated last year's war in Gaza, condemns Israel and calls for the the full implementation of the report. The UNHRC  report on Operation Protective Edge concluded that both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes, made no distinction between them, and placed most of the onus on Israel. Jerusalem Post

Saudi Prince To Donate $32bn Fortune To Charity
Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) fortune to charity. Prince Alwaleed, 60, is one of the world's richest people. He said he had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1997. The money would be used to "foster cultural understanding", "empower women", and "provide vital disaster relief", among other things, he said. Mr Gates praised the decision, calling it an "inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world". Prince Alwaleed is listed by Forbes at number 34 on the list of the world's richest people. BBC

Egypt's Sinai Rocked By Wave Of Deadly Attacks
Clashes between Islamic State (IS) militants and the army in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have left more than 100 dead, the military has said. It said 17 soldiers, including four officers, and more than 100 militants were killed. Some reports, citing local officials, put the army death toll far higher. Near-simultaneous raids were launched on at least five military checkpoints and a police station in and around Sheikh Zuweid on Wednesday morning. The attack was one of the largest co-ordinated assaults yet by IS in Sinai. Eyewitness reported seeing militants roaming the streets of the northern town, clashing with armed forces. BBC

Mexico Judge Urges States To Legalize Gay Marriage After Court Ruling
Now that Mexico’s top court has given the green light to gay marriage, a host of states should bring their laws into line, a supreme court justice said. The court ruled in a decision published on 19 June that laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were unconstitutional. The decision, based on five separate rulings, means gay couples may marry by court injunction in states which have not legalized same-sex unions. Until state legislatures change their statutes, however, the couples must still petition courts case by case. Guardian

White House Lifts 40-Year Ban On Photos During Public Tours
The White House lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion on Wednesday and invited visitors to share their shots on Twitter using ?#WhiteHouseTour. First lady Michelle Obama announced the change in a video on Instagram. “If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” she said, holding up a sign reading “No Photos or Social Media allowed.” “Well, not any more,” Obama said as she tore up the sign, laughing. Guardian

Former Panama Dictator Manuel Noriega Begs Countrymen For Forgiveness After 25 Years' Silence
The jailed former dictator of Panama has begged his countrymen for forgiveness in his first formal statement since he was ousted from power 25 years ago. Manuel Noriega, 81, who was removed from power by a US military invasion force in January 1990, broke his silence with a statement delivered on television from Panama City's El Renacer prison on Wednesday night. “I ask for forgiveness from any person who feels they were offended, affected, damaged or humiliated by my actions or those of my superiors in the carrying out of orders,” said Noriega. “I close the cycle of the military era as the last general of that group, asking forgiveness as commander-in-chief, as head of the government." Telegraph

Unprecedented Wave Of Shark Attacks Causes Terror In North Carolina
A seventh person in North Carolina has been bitten by sharks in what is becoming an unprecedented wave of attacks on tourist beaches. The 68-year-old man was flown to hospital after being bitten on his hands and leg as he swam off the shore of Ocracoke Island. He is the seventh person attacked since the beginning of June, fuelling calls for authorities to close some of North Carolina's beaches ahead of the July 4 weekend. The spate of attacks began last month when a teenage girl escaped with only minor injuries and damage to her surf board. Telegraph

UN Ebola Response Mission Flags Importance Of Staying Vigilant As Virus Resurfaces In Liberia
The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that Ebola had resurfaced in Liberia after a teenager who died earlier this week tested positive for the disease in the West African country that had been declared free of Ebola transmission just two months ago. Liberia has to wait for the incubation period of 42 days without new cases of transmission of the virus to confirm it was again free from Ebola, according to WHO. UN News

UN Rights Chief Urges Concerted Action To Tackle Boko Haram's 'Extensive And Far-Reaching' Abuses
Describing a pattern of vicious and indiscriminate attacks by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria that stretched back years, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the international community to help the subregion begin to repair the damage, and specifically appealed to Nigerian authorities to ease abortion restrictions for women and girls who had been sexually enslaved, raped and forced into so-called "marriages” by Boko Haram fighters. In a briefing to the UN Human Rights Council, on Boko Haram's rights violations and abuses, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein discussed the findings to date by a 12-member team he dispatched to the Far North Region of Cameroon, southern Niger and the north-eastern regions of Nigeria. The team plans to visit Chad next, and a full written report, he said, would be presented to the Council in September. UN New

ABC Online  Canada National Post  Daily Telegraph  The Observer Wired News Xinhua News

VOA VIEW --Is the opinion of "Voice of Americans", which is a private entity not affiliated in any way with the United States government or any of its agencies.  The opinions expressed here, in whatever medium or format, are not necessarily the opinions of the ownership or advertisers of this web site - 0415.