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LOS ANGELES---A 21-year-old
man accidentally drowned in
the backyard pool of a Los
Angeles home owned by actress
Demi Moore yesterday morn-
ing, coroner s officials said.
Los Angeles police responded
to the home in west Los Ange-
les after a 911 call at about 5.15
am, and the man was pro-
nounced dead at 5.30 am, Lt
Fred Corral of the Los Angeles
County Department of Medical
The name of the Los Angeles
man has not been released
pending notification of next of
kin, said Los Angeles police
Officer Mike Lopez, a depart-
Lopez said Moore was not
home at the time of the drown-
ing and her assistant was having
a gathering at the home with
about half-a-dozen people,
including the man who
Representatives for Moore
did not immediately respond
to requests for comment.
TMZ was first to report the
drowning at Moore s home.
Man drowns in Los Angeles pool owned by Demi Moore
Merkel yesterday suggested that
Germany would show flexibility in
negotiating how Greece deals with
its massive debt, but again ruled
out writing off part of the money.
Speaking on ARD television s
Bericht aus Berlin programme,
Merkel said that "a classic haircut
of 30, 40 per cent of debt cannot
happen in a currency union."
But Merkel, who persuaded Ger-
man lawmakers on Friday to give
their overwhelming backing to
another financial rescue package,
suggested that she was open to dis-
cussing ways to lessen the burden
She said, for example, Greece pre-
viously has been given more
favourable interest rates, time exten-
sions and other relief
"We can talk about such things
again," she said, but added such talks
could only begin after details of
Greece s bailout programme are
Though the broad outlines of the
Greek bailout were agreed last Mon-
day by the eurozone s 19 leaders, the
details are now being negotiated.
The discussions, which are
expected to last four weeks, will
include economic targets and
reforms deemed necessary in return
for an anticipated 85 billion euros
($93 billion) over three years.
Merkel pushed for them to move
as quickly as possible, saying that
it was important that "the country
gets back on both feet quickly."
Asked about Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble s suggestion
last week that Greece could take a
five-year "timeout" from the shared
euro currency to address its eco-
nomic problems, Merkel said the
idea of a "Grexit" was no longer on
"The option was discussed but
we decided on this option, which
was quite apparently the right one
for all the other," eurozone nations,
Talking to Parliament on Friday,
Merkel said the alternative to the
new rescue package "would not be
a time-out from the euro that would
be orderly...but predictable chaos."
CHATTANOOGA---The family of the man
who killed four Marines and a sailor in
Chattanooga said in a statement that their
son suffered from depression and was not
the son they knew.
"There are no words to describe our shock,
horror, and grief," said the statement, provided
Saturday to the Associated Press by a lawyer
representing the family of Muhammad
Youssef Abdulazeez. "The person who com-
mitted this horrible crime was not the son
we knew and loved. For many years, our son
suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond
belief to know that his pain found its expres-
sion in this heinous act of violence."
The family added they are co-operating
with the investigation.
"Now is the time to reflect on the victims
and their families, and we feel it would be
inappropriate to say anything more other
than that we are truly sorry for their loss,"
the statement said.
In Chattanooga, a city that prides itself
on strong ties between people of different
faiths, some Muslims feared the community s
perception of them had changed after the
shooting rampage last Thursday. (AP)
JOHANNESBURG---Knocked off his board by an
attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature
before escaping unharmed during the televised
finals of a world surfing competition in South
Three-time world champion Australian surfer
Mick Fanning was struck by the shark from behind
and knocked into the water as he sat on his board
waiting his turn during the JBay Open in Jeffrey s
Bay in the Eastern Cape Province.
As he scans the water, two fins appear and with
a splash he disappears under the surface. He is
next seen furiously trying to swim to safety before
a rescuer pulls him out of the water.
"A big sigh of relief seeing Fanning in one piece,"
a commentator is heard saying, on the video of
the event posted on the World Surf League Web
"I felt something grab, get stuck in my leg rope
and instantly jump away. And it just kept coming
at my board," Fanning said, once safe on the rescue
Fanning said at first he swam away but then
decided to defend himself and turned to punch
the shark in the back.
"I saw it taking my board away and I just started
cracking it," he told a crowd that gathered around
him once he was back on shore, referring to how
he struck the shark.
"I m totally fine. I ve got nothing wrong with
me," Fanning said in an interview. "There s a small
depression in my board and my leg wrap (was)
bitten. I m just totally tripping out. To walk away
from that, I m just so stoked. Oh man."
The World Surf League cancelled the remainder
of the event and Fanning will split the prize money
with fellow Australian surfer Julian Wilson, who
was also in the water when the attack happened.
The two will share second place. (AP)
Germany flexible in Greece deal
Shooter's family says he
suffered from depression
Two women mourn at a makeshift memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center on Saturday, for the victims of the July 16 shootings in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. The US Navy says a sailor who was shot in the attack on a military facility in Chattanooga has died, raising the
death toll to five people. PHOTO CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS VIA AP
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