"Just being here is kind of cool because it's the last one," Jones said

An announcement last Thursday confirmed the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, https://www.svghpo4f.online - https://www.svghpo4f.online will be the last one open in the country. And people from all over are traveling to Bend for a piece of Americana.

"We came here from all the way across the country," one customer said.

For people like 15-year-old Charlotte Jones, browsing through the stacks of about 14,000 movies in person rivals any experience offered online.

"Just being here is kind of cool because it's the last one," Jones said. "When you see them all, like, next to each other, it kind of makes it easier. But with like on Netflix, you only see the title and that's all. But you have to like scroll through it and it takes a while to get through all of the movies."

General Manager Sandi - http://rt.com/search/everywhere/term/Manager%20Sandi/ Harding says customers visiting the Blockbuster in Oregon treasure its customer service and familiarity.

"It's all alphabetical so it still comes all the way around in the alphabet to find them," Harding said. "Nothing really has changed. We still have the category signs. I think if a customer walked in here, they would still be like oh, I can find that movie because it's like the library. You go and you kinda know where things are."

The store's owners don't plan to close anytime soon. In fact, they say as long as they can pay their employees and turn any kind of profit, they'll keep these doors open as long as possible. If that doesn't work, they joke they could turn the store into a museum.

Blockbuster was once the largest video rental chain in the U.S., with close to 9,000 stores worldwide. At one point, it's estimated a new store opened every 17 hours.

The chain was ubiquitous in strip malls and on street corners, but with the arrival of Netflix in the late 1990's, Blockbuster stores began disappearing just as quickly as they arrived. Following bankruptcy in 2010, Blockbuster closed nearly all of its stores.

Last week, there were only three in the U.S. including two in Alaska where expensive internet and long winters helped keep the stores in business. On Thursday, the Alaska stores announced they would close for good.

Walmart didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment

First came Netflix. Next comes Disneyflix. And then comes... Walmartflix?

Giant retailer Walmart (WMT) is considering launching a subscription streaming video service - http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/search/video%20service to go up against Netflix and its e-commerce foe Amazon, according to a report by The Information, which cites unnamed people familiar with the matter. It could be priced at less than $8 a month, according to one of the people cited by the report, which would put its monthly rate below that of both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video -- though Walmart is also mulling over an ad-supported free service. 

Walmart already has a digital video storefront with Vudu, an online store for buying and renting digital movies and shows, but a subscription service would be a new frontier for Walmart. 

Though it's new territory for Walmart, it's well-trod ground for a slew of powerful companies. In addition to Netflix - http://www.broowaha.com/search/Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, both of which have more than 100 million people with access to their respective subscription video offerings, Walmart would be competing with the likes of Hulu, https://www.titaniumsheet.top/ - https://www.titaniumsheet.top/ YouTube, AT&T, Dish and Sony, all of which are trying to lure customers to their on-demand or live video subscriptions. Even Apple and Facebook are pouring money into original video to draw more people into their ecosystems.

Walmart didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

This article originally appeared on CNET.

Last year, polio affected 1,919 people and was endemic in only seven countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Nigeria, Niger, Pakistan and Somalia

Over the next two years, an estimated 297 million oral polio vaccines and $35 million no longer needed for polio-free regions will be redirected to the 13 countries, the World Health Organization, U.N. Children's Fund, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and https://www.ucilveqh.online - https://www.ucilveqh.online Prevention and Rotary International said in a joint statement.

The shift in resources was partly caused by the scarcity of funds.

"We are having difficulty with financing, so we had to prioritize," said UNICEF Japan program coordinator Yasushi Katsuma.

Officials predict the eradication program - http://www.medcheck-up.com/?s=program will cost $275 million from the end of 2002 through 2005, and said they expect a $33 million shortfall this year alone.

Once an epidemic, the disease has disappeared from much of the planet.

Last year, polio affected 1,919 people and was endemic in only seven countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Nigeria, Niger, Pakistan and Somalia.

Six other countries - Angola, Bangladesh, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nepal and Sudan - have no reported cases but remain at high risk of infection because of their proximity to polio-ravaged areas and lower rates of vaccinations, UNICEF's Katsuma said.

Among the infected countries, India, Pakistan and Nigeria account for 99 percent of all cases, the WHO said.

The last major disease to be successfully eradicated under a WHO-sponsored vaccination program was smallpox, which saw its last case in 1978.

To be declared disease-free, a country must have no new cases for three years.

Polio attacks the central nervous system, causing paralysis and, occasionally, death. It is transmitted through food or water contaminated by the feces of an infected person. There is no cure.

By Kenji Hall

Compliance has meant changes big and small, from building or tearing down walls, to door locks on rooms with patient files, to removing bulletin boards with patient notes to upgrading software and computer systems

Aesthetics was not the point.

The wall was knocked down two months ago to ease patient traffic that often clustered around the reception desk because someone lingering around might see a medical file. Such an accidental glance now could be construed as a federal offense.

Federal regulations that went into effect April 14 mandate that health providers, insurance companies and pharmacies limit disclosures of patients' medical information. Providers have spent millions of dollars and countless hours readying for the privacy portion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as HIPAA.

Compliance has meant changes big and small, from building or tearing down walls, to door locks on rooms with patient files, to removing bulletin boards with patient notes to upgrading software and computer systems.

Enforcement is another matter. The Department of Health and Human Services has hired only 40 people to monitor compliance, so surprise or regular inspections aren't part the review plan. Instead, HHS is counting on individuals to report infractions. It estimates that 21,000 complaints will be filed in the first year; in the first 2 1/2 weeks, 70 were registered.

HHS spokesman Bill Pierce said half the complaints probably won't be privacy-related, and facts and circumstances would determine how the agency proceeds.

For example, he said, leaving a medical file out on a desk once wouldn't necessarily be a violation, but doing it repeatedly most likely would be.

Mazlin and Shaw, Manhattan obstetricians and gynecologists, thought removing the wall was necessary.

"There could be medical charts on the desk, on the computer screen," said Barbara Velez, who manages the practice. "We had to find a way to reduce that traffic."

The regulations mandate that doctors, hospitals and insurers notify patients of the privacy regulations, describing how their medical information may be used and their rights under the new rules. Directions on how to report violations must also be included, and patients must be told they have a right to review their records, request errors be changed and https://www.phhm6ajt.online - https://www.phhm6ajt.online limit who has access to it.

Many health care providers have been giving patients forms detailing their rights, and asking patients to sign releases.

News organizations can also be affected by the regulations, and are concerned about restrictions - http://realitysandwich.com/?s=restrictions on information important to the public. If, for example, victims of disasters, accidents or crimes are taken to a hospital, officials might not release any information without patients' consent, making it nearly impossible to learn the names and conditions of the injured.

Those regulated by the rule are leaving nothing to chance.

"The preparation was massive - massive and all-consuming," said Kathryn Bakich, vice president-national director for health care compliance at The Segal Co., a benefits consulting firm.

"People are getting hysterical. There is a lot of wiggle room in the regulations, so people have to decide what is a reasonable effort at compliance and what is not."

Penalties for privacy violations range from a $100 fine to up to a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison. The most severe punishment is reserved for people who intended to sell medical information for personal or financial gain or to harm the patient.

So far, patients have had little reaction. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston provided patients with a phone number to call if they had HIPAA questions, but many of the calls have been to check on doctor's appointments.

When Robin Ruffner went into a Manhattan hospital last week for plastic surgery, she was irritated at having to sign a form when she was jittery about the procedure.

"I was really nervous and didn't feel like reading a form. I think it would have been better if they gave me them a week before when I wasn't nervous," the 31-year old social worker said.

Ruffner also signed a HIPAA release form at a visit to the allergist earlier this month. But overall, Ruffner said, she doesn't mind signing the forms because she thinks laws to protect patients' medical records are a good idea.

The medical community has spent vast amounts to show patients and the government it is serious protecting medical records. The University of Texas at Galveston has spent about $1.5 million, not counting all the personnel time, on compliance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates compliance will cost the industry $17.6 billion over 10 years.

Some observers worry that these costs will trickle down to consumers, but HHS spokesman Pierce said efficiencies from electronic transfer of records will save nearly $30 billion over the same time. One of HIPAA's mandates is to standardize the electronic transfer of patient records, but this part of the regulations does not go into full effect until Oct. 16.

Bakich said health insurers are telling clients administrative costs will rise because of updating systems to comply with the regulations, which in turn could increase premiums.

"This comes at a bad time because health care costs were going up anyway," Bakich said.

Despite the legions of businesses offering HIPAA advice, health executives say one of the challenging aspects of compliance is deciphering the rules and figuring out what is necessary to comply.

"People would go to one conference and hear one thing and someone else would go to another conference and hear something else," said Shelley Witter, manager of information systems at Galveston.

Galveston had to update its computer system so it could make a list of patients who had to be informed of the regulations and track them as they were. It also had to record who might have received information without the patient's consent, which is allowed in certain circumstances such as reporting suspected child abuse.

Another delicate issue has been implementing the regulations without negatively affecting communication between hospitals and doctors and their patients and patients' families and loved ones.

Pierce said hospitals and doctors use their judgment about which family members and friends should receive a patient's medical information. But now many doctors and hospitals are asking patients to put it in writing.

Some units at MCG hospital in Augusta, Ga., have patients create a password given to those authorized to speak with the medical staff.

"This way people can get updates," Regina Maier, of the MCG Health System. "The communication issue becomes harder when so many people live far from family and friends."

Meanwhile, journalists are still grappling with the laws. In small towns, printing the names of people who went into the hospital or nursing home was common and advocates say such practices unified a community.

"This regulation imposes big city values on us (small papers)," said Tonda Rush, counsel to the National Newspaper Association, a trade group for small papers.

Rush also fears the new regulations will silence potential whistle blowers from speaking to journalists because their actions could be considered HIPAA violations.

"The confusions and doubts about the law could keep people quiet," Rush said.

By Theresa Agovino

Premier Wen Jiabao has warned of possible unseen "channels of infection" in rural areas without adequate hospitals and doctors

Highlighting the disease's global nature, Canadian officials angrily rejected suggestions that a Finnish man contracted SARS in Toronto, a city which insists its outbreak is under control.

The world death toll from severe acute respiratory syndrome reached at least 559, with the deaths in Taiwan, as well as 12 more in Beijing and three in Hong Kong. There were at least 7,400 known SARS cases.

As new infection rates drop in Beijing, Hong Kong and elsewhere, the disease spread in Taiwan.

New deaths there pushed the island's tally to 27 fatalities and 207 cases of infection. It also reported 23 new cases on Monday — its worst one-day jump since the outbreak began two months ago.

Despite the statistics, the vice chairman of Taiwan's SARS Control - http://www.google.de/search?q=Control and Relief Committee, Dr. Lee Ming-liang, said some of the cases had taken more than a week to confirm and there were indications the outbreak could still be brought under control.

Authorities also announced the death by suicide of a man with SARS at a Taipei hospital last month. They said he had received erroneous information that his wife had died of the disease.

A dentist in southern Kaohsiung also was one of the new deaths reported Monday, an indication that SARS has spread from northern and central Taiwan to the south.

The man, with a history of tuberculosis, died a week ago, but officials only determined that he died of SARS recently, judging from the rapid deterioration of his health, officials said.

Officials said he might have contracted the illness from one of his patients.

In Taipei, morning commuters started the working week by complying with a government order to wear masks on the city's subway. Also Taiwanese authorities are installing video cameras to keep watch over about 8,000 people quarantined in their homes in case they have contracted the illness.

Meanwhile, the WHO visited southern Guangxi province, fearing it could be hit by an epidemic which could possibly be brought in by hundreds of thousands of returning migrant workers.

Although infection rates in some urban areas, like Beijing are falling, there's a real danger that SARS could spread fast through the countryside. Premier Wen Jiabao has warned of possible unseen "channels of infection" in rural areas without adequate hospitals and doctors.

"Guangxi is susceptible to infection because of its location," WHO spokeswoman Mangai Balasegaram said. "It's a poor region. It would be ... less able to cope."

On Sunday, China's basketball star Yao Ming, who plays for the NBA's Houston Rockets, hosted a telethon for SARS research from his hometown of Shanghai, bringing in more than $300,000.

In Finland, https://www.gpndy7mw9.online - https://www.gpndy7mw9.online the University of Turku Central Hospital said a Finnish man who had been on vacation in SARS-hit Toronto in late April had probably contracted the illness.

It said the patient was recovering well, and that no one who had been in contact with him had shown any of the disease's symptoms: fever, aches, dry cough and shortness of breath.

Officials in Canada, eager to avoid disruptions to its tourism, disputed that there was a Toronto link to the case.

Dr. Colin D'Cunha, health commissioner in Ontario province, said the idea was "preposterous," and that the only way the man could have been infected in Toronto was through SARS patients in a hospital.

"Unless somebody managed to visit one of our hospitals despite the restrictions ... they couldn't have been exposed — it's that blunt," he said. "I'm sure the (Finnish patient) had some respiratory symptoms and, simply put, was diagnosed with SARS because the person had spent some time in Toronto."

In Malaysia, where two people have died of the illness, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder continued with a Southeast Asia tour Monday. Aides to the chancellor said he is not taking any extraordinary precautions regarding his health during his tour.

Separately officials in Kuala Lumpur announced that Malaysia will impose a 10-day quarantine on students and workers arriving from SARS-affected areas.

"This matter is so urgent, which is why we have decided to implement it straightaway," Health Minister Chua Jui Meng said.

In Hong Kong, about 250,000 primary students headed back to class Monday after a six-week school closure. High school students resumed studies recently.

South Korea on Monday reported its second case of SARS after an American man in his 80s showed symptoms of the disease after arriving the previous day from the Philippines.

The ethnic Filipino man was placed under quarantine, and officials tried to track other passengers aboard the Asiana Airlines flight OZ372.

It did not explain the higher male death rate

It's not clear why there may be a difference in susceptibility between the genders, at least in the Southeast Asian city-state, which has imposed tough isolation and other measures to curb the illness.

On Friday, a Singapore court for the first time invoked tough new anti-SARS laws and imprisoned a man for six months for repeatedly flouting a home quarantine order. The man, who has since been cleared of any infection, was arrested when he went out drinking.

A government newspaper in Hong Kong claimed SARS originated in the U.S., not China, reports CBS News' Jeff Gibson. The article cited a Philadelphia woman who died of a strange flu-like virus early last year. But health experts like those from the World Health Organization still believe that the virus was spawned in China's southern Guangdong province, traditionally a petrie dish for the world's flu outbreaks.

A shortage of face masks in southern China has caused factories to stop production of women's bras and switch to making face masks. However, some residents are waiting for the changeover: They're using bras as face masks now.

Meanwhile, work by Singapore's Genome Institute, and published in Britain's The Lancet medical journal on Friday, https://www.jhan8e5ym.online - https://www.jhan8e5ym.online indicates that the SARS virus is surprisingly stable and not rapidly mutating. This could challenge theories that it jumped from farm animals to humans not long before its first outbreak was reported in southern China in November.

It could also mean the virus is older than previously thought, said Earl Brown, a virologist at the University of Ottawa in Canada, who was not involved with the study. "Generally you'd see a virus mutate more when it first comes into a new situation," Brown said.

As the mystery over SARS origins and behavior deepened, the global toll climbed to at least 515 dead and more than 7,000 infected in over 25 countries on Friday.

Taiwan reported 18 new cases on infection, its largest one-day jump since the outbreak began there two months ago. Authorities feared it may have spread from capital Taipei to the island's south.

Hong Kong reported only two deaths and six new cases — the lowest daily infection increase so far.

"The trend continues to be very encouraging," said the territory's top political leader, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, who has imposed strict quarantine rules and other tough measures. "We cannot let down our guard," he said.

China announced six more fatalities and 118 new hospitalizations.

Beijing accounted for two of the latest Chinese deaths as well as 48 new cases of infection. Earlier a senior official said new SARS hospital admissions had fallen from a peak of 70 to 80 per day last month to an average of 30 to 40 per day over the past week.

Malaysia reported its first new probable SARS case in two weeks on Friday, a day after health authorities declared that the worst of its outbreak was over. The patient is a 31-year-old hotel restaurant chef who recently worked in neighboring Singapore, officials said.

In Singapore, a study that analyzes its nine-week-long SARS outbreak, shows that while women in the city-state outnumbered men in contracting the illness, more than half of those who died were men.

The research, by the World Health Organization and Singapore's Health Ministry, said 66 percent of the island's probable SARS cases were women, but that 56 percent of the deaths were men. It did not explain the higher male death rate.

Those findings followed WHO's announcement on Thursday that the disease is far more deadly than it previously thought. The Geneva-based U.N. agency doubled its estimate for the global death rate to between 14 percent and 15 percent, with more than half of patients over 65 years old likely to die.

The Singapore study released Friday found on overall death rate of 12.5 percent.

In Manila, the Asian Development Bank counted the economic costs of SARS and cut its growth forecasts for Asia again. Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan would be the hardest - https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds?q=hardest&filter.license=to_modify_... hit, with growth in 2003 declining by 1.8 percentage points, 1.1 points and 0.9 points respectively, if the impact of SARS extends until the end of June, the bank said. That would lower annual growth rates to 0.8 percent, 1.9 percent and 2.8 percent for the three economies.

In an apparent sign of confidence in the battle against the disease in Beijing, authorities announced that college entrance tests for more than 80,000 are to take place June 7-8 as scheduled.

Officials may have feared that canceling the tests would provoke too much frustration in the city, following tough anti-SARS measures that have closed cinemas, gyms and other public facilities, and suspended classes at most universities.

"The upward tendency of SARS cases has been effectively checked in Beijing, and the epidemic shows signs of declining," Liang Wannian, deputy director-general of the city Health Bureau said at a news conference.

So far, SARS has mostly been an urban disease. But authorities - http://www.martindale.com/Results.aspx?ft=2&frm=freesearch&lfd=Y&afs=aut... in China still fear it might spread into the countryside, where the majority of China's 1.3 billion people live amid a shortage of doctors and hospitals unable to cope with epidemics.

In Hong Kong, where at least 210 have died of the disease, health officials were investigating an alleged coverup of a SARS outbreak at a private hospital, which failed to reported suspected SARS cases as required.

They also want to erase the taxes the law imposed on higher-income people and the health care industry, eliminate its subsidies that help people buy policies and pare back its Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON -- Congress has just completed the first - and by far the easiest - step toward gutting President Barack Obama’s divisive health care law.

The House on Friday afternoon adopted a House-Senate measure to make it easier for a subsequent "Obamacare" repeal bill to advance through the Senate without the threat of a Democratic filibuster. The House approved the resolution in a 227-198 vote.

The legislation doesn’t need to be signed by the president and wouldn’t actually change a word of the hotly contested health care law. But its passage is crucial - http://imageshack.us/photos/crucial if Republicans controlling Congress are to keep their longstanding promise to scuttle the law, which has delivered health coverage to about 20 million people but is saddled with problems such as rapidly rising premiums and large co-payments.

The timetable for the upcoming repeal measure is uncertain, but Republicans want to pass it as quickly as possible. The pending legislation would allow a follow-up bill to pass without having to clear the 60-vote filibuster hurdle in the Senate, where Republicans control 52 seats and Democrats are gearing up for an epic battle.

After pressure from both President-elect Donald Trump and rank-and-file lawmakers, House GOP leaders are now promising to advance legislation to repeal the health law and replace it with something else in tandem.

"We have a responsibility to step in and provide relief from this failing law," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Thursday. "And we have to do it all at the same time so that everybody sees what we’re trying to do."

Trump is promising the public that he will sign legislation to repeal and replace the law soon. Republican leaders are trying to deliver, but it seems as if Trump may be overpromising, given the enormity of the task and the political stakes involved.

"He’s not a creature of this place so there’s always a bit of a learning curve," said the No. 3 Senate GOP leader, John Thune of South Dakota.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., isn’t setting a timetable but said Thursday that the early repeal bill would "begin to make important progress" and that Republicans "plan to take on the replacement challenge in manageable pieces, with step-by-step reforms."

"Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn’t going to be easy," McConnell added.

McConnell spoke after the Senate approved the preliminary repeal measure by a near party-line 51-48 vote, drawing a Twitter thumbs-up from Trump: "Congrats to the Senate for taking the first step to #RepealObamacare - now it’s onto the House!"

The controversial law has provided health care subsidies and Medicaid coverage for millions who don’t get insurance at work. It has required insurers to cover certain services like family planning and people who are already ill, and https://www.mjohl0rxn.online/ - https://www.mjohl0rxn.online/ has curbed rates that the sick and elderly can be charged.

GOP leaders hope to use their first bill to void and rewrite as much of Obama’s law as they can, but so far they’ve provided little detail.

Republicans want to end the fines that enforce the statute’s requirements that many individuals buy coverage and that larger companies provide it to workers - mandates that experts say were needed to stabilize insurers’ rates. They also want to erase the taxes the law imposed on higher-income people and the health care industry, eliminate its subsidies that help people buy policies and pare back its Medicaid expansion.

But they face internal disagreements over policy, such as how to pay for their new statute and how to protect consumers and insurers during what may be a two- or three-year phase-out of Obama’s overhaul.

They also must heed Senate rules forbidding provisions that don’t directly affect taxes and spending from being safeguarded from filibusters. That means repealing important parts of the law - like the requirement that insurers offer coverage to all customers including the most ill - would have to await later bills that would need Democratic support.

And I do hope to meet the man of my dreams." "The Bachelorette" will kick off May 20 on ABC with a two-hour premiere on ABC

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Desiree Hartsock - http://www.purevolume.com/search?keyword=Desiree%20Hartsock failed to win the heart of "Bachelor" Sean Lowe this past season, but she'll take another stab at love when she stars as the new "Bachelorette."

The news was announced on Monday night after Lowe gave out his last rose and proposed to Catherine Giudici during the season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor."

"I just can't even believe I'm here. With the support of everyone, it's just such a blessing," Hartsock said. "I could never have imagined signing up for 'The Bachelor' and having this opportunity."

The 26-year-old bridal stylist was among the 26 women hoping to make it with Lowe. Soon she'll have a batch of suitors of her own.

"I'm ready, I'm open and I've seen it happen," she said. "I did realize that the feelings are real - the emotions that you go through. It is a real relationship and I'm going to have many of them."

Hartsock said she's happy for Lowe and Guidici, adding, "I could only hope to have the love that they've found and I am very hopeful in all of this. And I do hope to meet the man of my dreams."

"The Bachelorette" will kick off May 20 on ABC with a two-hour premiere on ABC.

WHO said the figures only cover those who were sick enough to be admitted to hospitals, not those who recovered at home or who had no symptoms, said WHO communicable diseases expert Dr

The revisions are based on data from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore - http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/results.aspx?searchwords=Singapore and Vietnam, the U.N. agency said. Until now the agency had put the rate at 6-10 percent, although a study earlier this week of patients in Hong Kong said the death rate was around 20 percent.

"The likelihood of dying from SARS in a given area has been shown to depend on the profile of the cases, including the age group most affected and the presence of underlying disease," the health agency said in a statement on its Web site.

WHO also Thursday extended its SARS warning on travel to Taiwan and to two more regions of China.

People planning travel to Taiwan, Tianjin or Inner Mongolia should "consider postponing all but essential travel," said a statement by the U.N. agency.

WHO communicable diseases chief Dr. David Heymann said there were outbreaks of the respiratory disease in those regions, "and we are not able to do the assessments to ensure these areas are safe."

The organization has already issued travel warnings for Hong Kong, Beijing and China's Guangdong and Shanxi provinces.

The death rate from the disease is below 1 percent for people aged 24 or younger, rising to 6 percent for those aged 25 to 44, 15 percent in those aged 45 to 64 and more than 50 percent for those aged over 65.

WHO said studying only those cases where the patient has died or made a full recovery could skew the figures while the outbreak is still continuing because the average time from illness to death is shorter than the average time from illness to recovery.

Its method takes account of the length of time for which patients have survived — looking at the risk of dying in the first week of illness, the risk in the second week, and so on. WHO said this gave a death rate of 14 percent in Singapore and 15 percent in Hong Kong.

In Vietnam, where the outbreak is apparently under control, the death rate was 8 percent. "One explanation for this is the large number of total cases that occurred in younger, previously healthy health care workers," WHO said.

There has been debate for weeks about the true death rate for SARS. It has risen from below 5 percent in the weeks that SARS was first spreading around the globe to a level as high as 15 percent in Canada.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far puts the death rate at 6.6 percent.

WHO said the figures only cover those who were sick enough to be admitted to hospitals, not those who recovered at home or who had no symptoms, said WHO communicable diseases expert Dr. Nigel Gay.

"It depends on what you define SARS to be. This is 'severe' acute respiratory syndrome. It's not a case fatality rate for coronavirus infection," he said.

WHO said it also has reviewed the incubation period — the time from exposure to the onset of disease — and continues to conclude that the maximum period is 10 days.

"The incubation period can vary from one case to another according to the route by which the person was exposed, the dose of virus received and other factors including immune status," WHO said.

It said it based its findings on cases in Singapore, Canada and Europe because patients in badly hit areas like Hong Kong and China could have been exposed to the virus on multiple occasions, making it impossible to establish the incubation period.

The study in Hong Kong said that the incubation period could be as long as 14 days. WHO said it would be looking at that in more detail.

If the incubation period is truly longer than 10 days, people who are being quarantined because they have been in close contact with a SARS patient may not be in isolation long enough.

Worldwide, at least 507 people have died from SARS, and more than 7,000 infected.

Meanwhile, China's anti-SARS team has a new member -- NBA star Yao Ming.

The Houston Rockets center plans to host a telethon Sunday in his hometown of Shanghai to raise money for SARS research. His agent, Eric Zhang, says the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Red Cross will accept donations from callers.

Other NBA stars, as well as Chinese soccer and https://www.cnwpf84w5.online - https://www.cnwpf84w5.online film stars, plan to make videotaped appearances.

The Houston Chronicle reports NBA players Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady are sending videotaped messages.

Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank are promising "new and creatively ground-breaking episodes that both the fans, as well as legions of new viewers, will love." A number of favorites from the long broadcast run of each soap are returning

It's not uncommon for soap opera characters thought dead to spring back to life. Now, a pair of soap operas thought dead are being resurrected.

Daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will soon be reborn online after getting the ax over a year ago by ABC, https://www.muraem1tz.online/ - https://www.muraem1tz.online/ which had broadcast them for decades.

Production restarted on "All My Children" last month, and shooting begins for "One Life to Live" next week. Both series are produced in Stamford, Conn., through the production company Prospect Park.

Agnes Nixon, the soap opera pioneer who created the shows more than 40 years ago, is serving as creative consultant for their online revivals.

"I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition," she said.

Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank are promising - http://www.purevolume.com/search?keyword=promising "new and creatively ground-breaking episodes that both the fans, as well as legions of new viewers, will love."

A number of favorites from the long broadcast run of each soap are returning.

Veteran "All My Children" stars include David Canary, Julia Barr, Jill Larsen, Cady McClain and Debbi Morgan. Fan favorites back on "One Life to Live" include Erika Slezak, Robert S. Woods, Robin Strasser and Hillary B. Smith.

The broadcast version of "One Life to Live" premiered on ABC in 1968 and aired through January 2012. "All My Children" ran from January 1970 to September 2011.

Prospect Park's The Online Network has set its debuts of both long-running soaps for April 29. Both will appear each weekday with new 30-minute episodes available to stream on computers for free on the Hulu website.

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Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank are promising "new and creatively ground-breaking episodes that both the fans, as well as legions of new viewers, will love." A number of favorites from the long broadcast run of each soap are returning

It's not uncommon for soap opera characters thought dead to spring back to life. Now, a pair of soap operas thought dead are being resurrected.

Daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will soon be reborn online after getting the ax over a year ago by ABC, which had broadcast them for decades.

Production restarted on "All My Children" last month, and shooting begins for "One Life to Live" next week. Both series are produced in Stamford, Conn., https://www.zpouvzdb3.online - https://www.zpouvzdb3.online through the production company Prospect Park.

Agnes Nixon, the soap opera pioneer who created the shows more than 40 years ago, is serving as creative consultant for their online revivals.

"I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition," she said.

Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank are promising "new and creatively ground-breaking episodes that both the fans, as well as legions of new viewers, will love."

A number of favorites from the long broadcast run of each soap are returning.

Veteran "All My Children" stars include David Canary, Julia Barr, Jill Larsen, Cady McClain and Debbi Morgan. Fan favorites back on "One Life to Live" include Erika Slezak, Robert S. Woods, Robin Strasser and Hillary B. Smith.

The broadcast version of "One Life to Live" premiered on ABC in 1968 and aired through January 2012. "All My Children" ran from January 1970 to September 2011.

Prospect Park's The Online Network has set its debuts of both long-running soaps for April 29. Both will appear each weekday with new 30 -minute episodes - http://search.usa.gov/search?affiliate=usagov&query=-minute%20episodes available to stream on computers for free on the Hulu website.

Subscribers to Hulu Plus can watch them on a variety of other devices. Episodes will also be available on iTunes.

He said the legal maximum for phone hacking was two years in prison, regardless of the number of victims

LONDON -- Andy Coulson went from the editor's office at Britain's best-selling newspaper to the corridors of 10 Downing St. as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief. On Friday, he went to prison for conspiring to hack phones.

Coulson was sentenced to 18 months by a judge who told him his considerable accomplishments "now count for nothing."

Coulson was convicted last week after an eight-month trial triggered by a tabloid-wrongdoing scandal that led Rupert Murdoch to shut down the News of the World in 2011. Another former editor, Rebekah Brooks, and four others were acquitted.

Judge John Saunders said that over several years Coulson and several senior News of the World journalists listened illegally to the voicemails of celebrities, royals, politicians and crime victims in a bid to beat the competition.

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Saunders said 46-year-old Coulson "has to take the major share of the blame" for the hacking that took place while he was editor between 2003 and 2007.

"He knew about it. He encouraged it when he should have stopped it," the judge said.

The defendants have said they did not know phone hacking was illegal when they used the technique to get scoops. But the judge said they knew it was "morally wrong."

Saunders highlighted the now-infamous targeting of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in 2002. The News of the World listened to a voicemail left on the missing girl's phone, and staff delayed telling police so they could try to get a huge scoop by finding her.

"That was unforgivable," the judge said.

The hacking revelations outraged many Britons, and triggered police inquiries that led to the arrest of scores of journalists, police officers - http://photo.net/gallery/tag-search/search?query_string=police%20officers and other officials.

This was the first major trial to stem from the scandal, and Saunders acknowledged that "there will be those who will be outraged" that the sentences were so short - as well as those who saw the trial as an attack on press freedom.

He said the legal maximum for phone hacking was two years in prison, regardless of the number of victims.

Saunders said he was reducing Coulson's sentence from the maximum to reflect his "good character" and because it had taken years for the case to come to trial.

Coulson faces a retrial on two charges of bribing police officers for royal phone directories.

The judge sentenced former journalists Greg - http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/journalists%20Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlbeck to six months in prison. Another reporter, James Weatherup, received a suspended four-month sentence and community service.

All received shorter sentences because they had pleaded guilty.

Saunders said they and Coulson had all been "distinguished journalists" who had achieved a great deal.

"Those achievements will now count for nothing," he said.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, the newspaper's chief phone hacker, received a suspended six-month sentence.

The judge said Mulcaire had carried out so much eavesdropping for the newspaper that he said he "couldn't cope with being given any more targets to hack." But Mulcaire has already been sent to prison once for hacking, in 2007, and pleaded guilty this time.

"Mr. Mulcaire, you are truly the lucky one," the judge said.

The hacking scandal exposed a web of cozy ties between senior British journalists, politicians and police. It sparked criticism of Cameron, who hired Coulson after Muclaire's 2007 conviction.

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SAN PEDRO LIMON, Mexico - Bullet marks and blood spatters on the walls inside a grain storage warehouse deep in the mountains of southern Mexico tell a grim story of death involving soldiers and alleged criminals. It may not be the same story officials tell, however.

Mexico's Defense Department says soldiers were patrolling in one of the most violent, lawless corners of the country on June 30 when they came under fire from a warehouse where a gang of 21 men and one woman were hiding. One soldier was wounded, but all of the suspects were killed.

The shootout was the most dramatic in a string of battles in which the army says criminals fired first at soldiers who then killed them all, while suffering few or no losses. There have been so many such incidents that human rights groups and analysts have begun to doubt the military's version.

"It raises suspicion, the simple fact that there were 22 dead on one side and one wounded on the other side," said security analyst Alejandro Hope, a former official in Mexico's domestic intelligence service.

In San Pedro Limon, pools of blood and bullet marks observed by Associated Press journalists three days after the shooting raise questions about whether all the suspects died in the gunbattle, or after it was over. The warehouse where many bodies were found showed little evidence of sustained fighting.

One witness who lives near the warehouse said he heard almost two hours of automatic gunfire and loud bangs during the pre-dawn hours of June 30. But he couldn't say if it came from the warehouse or from the forested hillsides around it. The man, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, said he saw soldiers searching the hillsides after the shooting stopped.

Despite that heavy gunfire, only about six incoming rounds appeared to have hit the facade of the warehouse, the only part of the building with a window or door where soldiers likely would have been firing at people holed up inside.

There also were also no signs of continuous shooting inside the building, few bullet marks and no casings. But there was ample evidence of death. The floor was stained with pools of drying blood and scattered with pieces of numbered paper left by investigators to mark where cadavers were found.

At least five spots along the warehouse's inside walls showed the same pattern: One or two closely placed bullet pocks, surrounded by a mass of spattered blood, giving the appearance that some of those killed were standing against the wall and were hit by one or two shots at about chest level.

The distance at which the fatal shots were fired has not made public by the Mexico State prosecutor's office, which is carrying out the autopsies. A state official said the office could not release the cause of death because it is a federal case, but a federal official denied that. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

The Mexican Defense Department did not respond to requests for comment.

Two observers of the United Nations' High Commission on Human Rights, who inspected the warehouse just moments before state authorities closed it off with police "no entry" tape, noted that they found no signs of stray bullets of the type that would be left by soldiers shooting automatic weapons from a distance.

Nor did they see signs of outgoing fire from within the warehouse.

"I also find that remarkable," said U.N. observer Tom Haeck, adding that no conclusions had yet been drawn, and that any report would be for U.N. internal use.

Scattered around the earthen floor of the warehouse were notebook paper investigators - https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/search.jspa?q=investigators left to mark where the bodies had been found; most were close to the walls. There were also toothbrushes, medications and empty food containers, suggesting people had camped out there.

Employees of the Mexico State medical examiners' office, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press, said the dead were mostly youths between the ages of 16 and 24, and were from neighboring Guerrero state. It's home to a drug gang known as Guerreros Unidos, which reportedly is battling the Michoacan-state-based La Familia cartel for control of drug routes in the area. Officials have declined to say which gang might have been involved with the warehouse.

The Mexican army's rules of engagement allow soldiers to fire on armed civilians only if the civilians fire first. In some cases there is evidence that heavily armed drug gangs have attacked the military. A convoy of troops and police came under fire on May 16 in Michoacan state; four soldiers were killed and several wounded. The military said two soldiers died in another Michoacan ambush in January. Five soldiers died in a 2007 ambush in the same state.

But far more common of late are cases in which soldiers say they came under fire and only the attackers were killed.

The army reported a May 8 clash in Zacatecas state in which troops killed seven armed men without taking casualties. In four cases in the span of a week in late April, officials said federal forces killed 12 men who attacked them, but suffered no casualties themselves. The army said troops killed 11 other alleged hit men who fired on them in the northern border state of Tamaulipas in 2010.

Hope, the security analyst, said he certainly doesn't want any more dead among the military. But in the case of San Pedro Limon, "it is important for there to be a thorough investigation, to dispel doubts or punish anyone who should be punished. I would prefer that (investigation) be done by a non-military agency."

It is hard to get residents here to speak on the record about the warehouse, because they say they fear the army or drug gangs who carry out kidnappings, extortion and murder and move openly in the area.

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Asked if the road ahead was safe, one truck-taxi driver who lives in the nearby town of Amatepec, noted that travelers were likely to be stopped by armed men on the road.

"They'll ask where you're from and what you're doing here. Tell them you're visiting relatives," said the man, helpfully supplying the name of a relative to back up the story.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" officially opens in theaters on May 17

Captain Kirk may not be up for a promotion anytime soon.

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"Do you have any idea what a pain you are?" Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) asks Chris Pine's Kirk in the new spot. "You think the rules don't apply to you because you disagree with them?"

The film is a sequel to Abrams' 2009 blockbuster "Star Trek" reboot, with Greenwood, Pine and much of the cast from the first film back on board for this latest installment.

While some of the same footage is reused from the first official "Darkness" trailer, a few new scenes have been thrown in with more clues to the identity of the sequel's mysterious - https://www.biggerpockets.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&term=sequel%27s%20my... villain, played by "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch.

There has been much speculation over Cumbebatch's role as John Harrison and his as-yet-unknown character history. Some think that Harrison has some sort of a connection to Khan, the villain played by Ricardo Montalban in "Star Trek II" and the 60s TV series.

Another scene from the trailer features the Enterprise totally submerged underwater while encountering a giant sea alien. Watch the video above to see for yourself.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" officially opens in theaters on May 17.

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The department itself deemed the technology safe in 1999 after concluding that its benefits — preventing food poisoning — outweighed the risk of any potential side effects

The federal program feeds 28 million low-income school children every day, but not all of them will be eating irradiated meat. Schools will not be required to put it on the menu, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Still, the government must have it on hand for those that want it.

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Congress last year ordered the department to start accepting irradiation as a method of sanitizing meat for the national school lunch program. The department itself deemed the technology safe in 1999 after concluding that its benefits — preventing food poisoning — outweighed - http://imgur.com/hot?q=outweighed the risk of any potential side effects.

Irradiation involves directing gamma rays produced by the radioactive material, cobalt 60, or electricity at meat to kill harmful bacteria. Research shows that most of the radiation passes through without being absorbed. The small amount that does remain kills the bacteria.

Thousands of parents and consumer advocates have protested the decision to allow schools to buy the sanitized meat for meals, expressing fears that too little is known about the long-term effects of continuous consumption of the product.

The consumer group Public Citizen argues irradiation could cause cancer, but studies have shown that irradiated food is safe.

Many doctors and scientists strongly support the department's decision to put the special meat in the lunch program, say irradiation is effective in preventing deadly cases of food poisoning.

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In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration deemed irradiation as a safe method of killing off bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte

FORTALEZA, Brazil - Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday.

Brazil, https://www.zxyeaqjk.online - https://www.zxyeaqjk.online which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

Hours after the match, Brazil's team doctor says star player - http://ms-jd.org/search/results/search&keywords=star%20player/ Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking a vertebrae during the team's quarterfinal win over Colombia.

Neymar was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half of Brazil's 2-1 win, and was in tears when he was carried off the field on a stretcher.

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He was taken to a local clinic and team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the match that the star striker had broken his third vertebrae.

Neymar is the Brazil's biggest star and has scored four goals for the team so far in the tournament.

Earlier Friday, Germany topped France to also make the semifinals.

Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar passed through the Colombian defense. He celebrated the goal by pointing to the emblem on his jersey and shouting, "This is Brazil, this is Brazil."

Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot off the side of his foot into the top of the net.

Colombia got one back in the 80th. James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot after Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar brought down substitute Carlos Bacca inside the area.

Rodriguez tried to control - https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=control the pace of the match at the Arena Castelao, but it was Brazil that created most of the scoring chances as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina had to make a series of saves in the first half alone.

The Colombians tried to pressure in the end after Rodriguez's penalty, but Brazil held on with tough defending.

There was a lot of talk about Rodriguez and Neymar before the match, but the 22-year-old forwards didn't really live up to expectations. Rodriguez scored the late penalty but was otherwise mostly ineffective, as was Neymar before he left on a stretcher after being hit on the back late in the match.

Silva was the crucial player for Brazil, but he will miss the match against Germany after getting his second yellow card of the tournament for trying to keep Ospina from putting the ball back in play.

Colombia had a goal disallowed in the 66th minute for offside. Veteran defender Mario Yepes found the net from close range after a scramble inside the penalty area but the linesman had already stopped play.

Brazil is trying to become the first host to win the World Cup since France in 1998.

At the last two World Cups, Brazil lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in 2010 and to France in 2006. The team hadn't made it to the semifinals since it won its fifth world title in South Korea and Japan in 2002.

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Here is a snippet: "Everyone in my team has been telling me, 'keep the press happy' but I'm tired of all the countless lies in the press right now. Saying I'm going to rehab and how my family is disappointed in me. My family is beyond proud, and nothing's been said by them, my grandparents wouldnt know how to reach to press even of they did want to so that was a lie and rehab cmon. if Anyone believes i need rehab thats their own stupidity lol I'm 19 with 5 number one albums, 19 and I've seen the whole world. 19 and I've accomplished more than I could've ever dreamed of, i'm 19 and it must be scary to some people to think that this is just the beginning."

So yeah, he's 19 guys, remember that. And he's wicked talented. Jada Pinkett Smith also defended the Biebs on her Facebook page on Sunday, so the poor multi-millionaire must be feeling very attacked lately.

He concludes his message by saying: "I'm a good person with a big heart. And don't think I deserve all this negative press I've worked my ass off to get where I am and my hard work doesn't stop here...All this isn't easy. I get angry sometimes. I'm human. I'm gonna make mistakes. In gonna grow and get better from them. But all the love from you guys overcomes the negativity. I love u. Thanks"

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - http://www.usatoday.com/search/Costa%20Rica/ -- United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum.

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see movement toward a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees.

While such a resolution would lack any legal weight, the agency said it believes "the U.S. and Mexico should recognize that this is a refugee situation, which implies that they shouldn't be automatically sent to their home countries but rather receive international protection."

Most of the people widely considered to be refugees by the international community are fleeing more traditional political or ethnic conflicts like those in Syria or the Sudan. Central Americans would be among the first modern migrants considered refugees because they are fleeing violence and extortion at the hands of criminal gangs.

"They are leaving for some reason. Let's not send them back in a mechanical way, but rather evaluate the reasons they left their country," Fernando Protti, regional representative for the U.N. refugee agency, told The Associated Press.

Even though the agreement would not be legally binding on the countries that sign it, advocates say it would help create international consensus to help the migrants.

Those actions could include emergency aid and social services for internally displaced people inside Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

While U.N.-backed refugee camps house tens of thousands of people who have fled conflicts around the world, they are not a practical solution to the Central American crisis, said Dr. David James Cantor, director of the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London, who has been pushing for the recognition of violence as one of the main factors driving Central American migration.

"Somebody from El Salvador will fit in in Guatemala. I don't think we want to get on the route of isolating them," he said. "They're not in the middle of the Syrian desert where there's nobody to receive them."

The United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Central American migrants crossing into its territory, particularly children traveling without any adult guardian. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and most say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty.

Both Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration have called for action to reverse the trend. Among other changes, the administration wants to end a 2008 law allowing child migrants to automatically appear before an immigration judge. Instead, Border Patrol agents could decide whether to deport them or allow them an additional hearing.

Asked Monday whether the Obama administration viewed the situation at the border as a refugee crisis, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was "a humanitarian situation that requires urgent attention."

The administration, he said, wanted to ensure child migrants were housed in "humane conditions" while authorities worked quickly to determine whether they should be allowed to remain in the U.S. If not, he said, the Homeland Security secretary should be allowed "to exercise his discretion about repatriating."

On Tuesday, the administration announced it is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to handle the influx of undocumented children crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. The funding would go to the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State and Health and Human Services. It would help ramp up the detainment and proper care of undocumented migrants, speed up their court cases, step up the prosecution of criminal networks involved, and improve foreign cooperation to address the root causes of the migration.

Many Congressional Republicans attribute the increased immigration to a failure to secure the border and recent immigration policy changes that led many to believe child migrants would be allowed to stay.

Many of the migrants, in fact, stay for years as their cases wend through overloaded migration courts. Those who say they are fleeing criminal violence generally are not eligible for political asylum, which is reserved for groups persecuted for their beliefs or identities. U.N. officials say there is no way of forcing the U.S. and Mexico to accept Central Americans as refugees, but a broad-based change in terminology could bring pressure on the two countries to do more.

"Unaccompanied children and families who fear for their lives and freedoms must not be forcibly returned without access to proper asylum procedures," UNHCR official Leslie Velez said in testimony submitted to the House Judiciary Committee late last month.

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Violence by criminal organizations spread in recent decades after members of California street gangs were deported to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where they overwhelmed weak and corrupt police forces and seized control of large sections of the countries.

Salvadorans heading north through Mexico who were interviewed by The Associated Press last month said there also was fear of the "Sombra Negra," or "Black Shadow" - groups of masked men in civilian clothes who are believed responsible for extrajudicial killings of teens in gang-controlled neighborhoods. The Salvadoran government denies any involvement in death squads, but says it is investigating the reports.

In El Salvador, at least 135,000 people, or 2.1 percent of the population, have been forced to leave their homes, the vast majority due to gang extortion and violence, according to U.N. figures. That's more than twice the percentage displaced by Colombia's brutal civil war, the U.N. says.

Hondurans have been terrorized by a recent wave of attacks against churches, schools and buses.

During a recent visit to the U.S., Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said migrants from his country were "displaced by war" and called on the United States to acknowledge that.

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Here is a snippet: "Everyone in my team has been telling me, 'keep the press happy' but I'm tired of all the countless lies in the press right now. Saying I'm going to rehab and how my family is disappointed in me. My family is beyond proud, and nothing's been said by them, my grandparents wouldnt know how to reach to press even of they did want to so that was a lie and rehab cmon. if Anyone believes i need rehab thats their own stupidity lol I'm 19 with 5 number one albums, 19 and I've seen the whole world. 19 and I've accomplished more than I could've ever dreamed of, i'm 19 and it must be scary to some people to think that this is just the beginning."

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He concludes his message by saying: "I'm a good person with a big heart. And don't think I deserve all this negative press I've worked my ass off to get where I am and my hard work doesn't stop here...All this isn't easy. I get angry sometimes. I'm human. I'm gonna make mistakes. In gonna grow and get better from them. But all the love from you guys overcomes the negativity. I love u. Thanks"

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Bieber opens up by saying that he is writing this against the better judgment of his handlers, but he just can't take it anymore. He's not in rehab, his parents love him, and so do his grandparents. So take that!

Here is a snippet: "Everyone in my team has been telling me, 'keep the press happy' but I'm tired of all the countless lies in the press right now. Saying I'm going to rehab and how my family is disappointed in me. My family is beyond proud, and nothing's been said by them, my grandparents wouldnt know how to reach to press even of they did want to so that was a lie and rehab cmon. if Anyone believes i need rehab thats their own stupidity lol I'm 19 with 5 number one albums, 19 and I've seen the whole world. 19 and I've accomplished more than I could've ever dreamed of, i'm 19 and it must be scary to some people to think that this is just the beginning."

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He concludes his message by saying: "I'm a good person with a big heart. And don't think I deserve all this negative press I've worked my ass off to get where I am and my hard work doesn't stop here...All this isn't easy. I get angry sometimes. I'm human. I'm gonna make mistakes. In gonna grow and get better from them. But all the love from you guys overcomes the negativity. I love u. Thanks"

Can't you feel the love?

Does Bieber make you feel bad about your unaccomplished selves? I mean, he's only 19, and look where he is! How old are you, and what have you accomplished? I'm 3*, Justin, and I feel just fine, but thanks.

Read the complete rant here.

Tell us: What do you think of Bieber's tirade? Is the press too hard on the 19-year-old star?

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