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ISRAEL---Hundreds of faithful
and curious have flocked to a
tiny town in the northern dis-
trict of Israel to see a statue of
the Virgin Mary that its owners
claim "weeps" oil.
Osama Khoury said his wife
Amira found the statue inexpli-
cably "covered with oil" just
recently, The Associated Press
reported. Amira also told the
news outlet that the statue
"spoke to her" and told her not
Word of what the Christian
family has described as a miracle
soon spread, especially after a
neighbour came forward and said
the statue did indeed appear to
weep oil. The structure also
reportedly remains slick, even
after it s wiped clean, AP report-
Thousands flock to see Virgin Mary statue that 'weeps' oil
A statue of the Virgin
Mary that "weeps" oil.
MOORLAND---Like a mod-
ern-day King Canute, Sam
Notaro is determined not to
let rising waters flood his
He lives in Moorland village
in Somerset, southwest Eng-
land, which has been hit hard
by weeks of flooding.
Streets have turned into
rivers, cars are submerged up
to their windshields, and
homes have been abandoned.
But Notaro is a lone hold-
So far, it has kept the worst
of the waters out of his home,
with the help of pumps---but
the question is how long it will
"Like I say, if it rises a
metre, I don t know if it will
be enough. I don t know," he
He may be the only one left,
but he s not without help in
his struggle against the ele-
Marines---part of a hun-
dreds-strong military deploy-
ment by the UK government---
waded through the waist-high
water Tuesday to help bolster
his makeshift flood defences.
King Canute, an 11th-cen-
tury ruler of England, Den-
mark, Norway and part of
Sweden, by legend went to the
seashore and tried to hold back
the rising tide---but failed.
In the low-lying Somerset
Levels, where some homes
have been underwater for
weeks, many will know his
sense of powerlessness.
Exceptionally strong winds
in western England and Wales
yesterday may add to people s
The Met Office, the UK s
national weather service,
issued a "red" warning, its
most serious, saying winds
were expected to gust at 80
mph across a wide area and
might reach 100 mph in the
most exposed parts of west
and northwest Wales.
After the wettest January in
England since 1766, even if the
heavy rain stops, ground water
levels are so high that it could
be weeks before life returns to
And Britain is not the only
place facing wild weather.
Huge waves are crashing
onto the Portuguese coast,
causing extensive damage, and
there are high wind alerts in
parts of Ireland, which faces
the worst storm yet of the
Ireland s western Munster
province and the town of Wex-
ford could be buffeted by gusts
up to 105 mph Wednesday, the
national weather service said.
Winter flood warnings have
also been issued in parts of
Brittany in northwest France.
Meanwhile, the beaches of
France s Atlantic coast are lit-
tered with dead birds, casu-
alties of exhaustion after days
of battling relentless wind and
The country s League for the
Protection of Birds estimates
more than 5,000 birds have
died, many in the Charente-
and Vendee areas.
"Britain is facing...its
wettest winter in 2½ cen-
turies, and some of the worst
flooding in decades," Prime
Minister David Cameron said
at a Downing Street news con-
Waves break over Porthcawl harbour, south Wales, as the region continues to be battered by high winds and heavy rain. Britain's weather
service says it sees the tentacles of climate change in a spate of storms and floods battering the country, but has stopped short of saying
warming directly caused the extreme storms. AP PHOTO
KINGSTON---Police in the US Virgin Islands are
defending their handling of an unsolved slaying
of a New Jersey native who was fatally stabbed
last month during an apparent burglary.
James Malfetti III was from Scotch Plains, New
Jersey, but had been living in the US territory for
about a year. His body was found January 18 in
a rented guesthouse on St John.
Malfetti s parents have told New Jersey Sen
Robert Menendez that police seem to have botched
the investigation and have treated them with hos-
tility. On Monday, the US enator asked the FBI to
assist, saying that "the family deserves a competent
Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard insisted
yesterday that police have "taken all necessary
steps since the day the victim was found" to process
evidence and follow leads. (AP)
USVI defends handling of
New Jersey man's killing
GEORGIA---Paula Deen has found a key ingre-
dient to bringing some sizzle back to her career---
a cash infusion worth at least $75 million from
a private investment firm.
The Savannah-based celebrity cook, whose for-
tunes took a dive last year because of comments
she made in a lawsuit, announced yesterday she s
formed a new umbrella company for her restaurants,
cookbooks, product endorsements and other media
deals. The new company, Paula Deen Ventures,
said private-equity firm Najafi Companies is invest-
ing $75 million to $100 million in Deen s comeback
Paula Deen cooks up
$75m comeback deal
MEXICO---Parents in the Mexican state of Sonora
will no longer be allowed to name their children
"Facebook," "Rambo" or 59 other now banned
The names have been found at least once in
state registries. And the list could grow because
officials are still checking the state s 132 newborn
registries, Sonora state Civil Registry director
Cristina Ramirez said Tuesday.
The law banning a list of 61 odd or offensive
names took effect Monday. It seeks to protect chil-
dren from being bullied, Ramirez said.
"The law is very clear because it prohibits giving
children names that are derogatory or that don t
have any meaning and that can lead to bullying,"
Ramirez said that in the town of Navojoa a boy
was recently named "Juan Calzon," or "Juan
Panties," and a girl was named "Lady Di."
Other odd names include a girl called "Marciana,"
or "Martian," and a boy called "Circuncision," or
Mexico state bans odd
names as 'Facebook'
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