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Turrialba spews ash over much of the metro area
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Posted at 2:35 p.m.

The Turrialba volcano erupted for about 25 minutes late Wednesday and spewed ash as far away as Puriscal.

The nation's emergency network reacted quickly, but the activity has been expected. There has been an alert at the volcano and its national park since 2010, and several communities near the mountain had been evacuated.

The Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico said that ash fell in San Gerardo de Irazú, San Ramón de Tres Ríos, Coronado, Moravia, Curridabat, Desamparados, Aserrí, Escazú, Santa Ana, Belén, Guácima de Alajuela, Río Segundo de Alajuela, San Pedro Montes de Oca, Guadalupe, San José and parts of Heredia. The plume of ash was to the south and southwest.

The Dirección General de Aviación Civil, issued a warning to commercial passenger jets involving an area with a radius of 20 miles of the volcano and to a height of 19,000 feet. The volcano continues to spout a column of gas.

The eruption was between  11:10 and 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, but scientists had been studying the mountain for several days due to rumblings and low-level seismic shocks.

Most of the reports on the volcano have come from the Observatorio at Universidad Nacional. The volcano experts were at the scene, and one participated in a flyover earlier today. The eruption appears to have made internal changes in the volcano crater.
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This shot was take at 8:29 a.m. today by vulcanologist  Federico Chavarría from 14,000 feet.

Now the experts are trying to find out if the eruption is a result of gas that has built up or a mass of magma within the mountain. The later could mean a major eruption.

Media keep the Halloween spirit alive all year
By the AM. Costa Rica staff

This is the weekend to let the subjective reality run wild. And the media are there to help.

Subjective reality, of course, is a personal view of the world strained through the mind, the media and experience. Objective reality is what is really out there and what scientists seek.

People today can be forgiven for their distorted beliefs. Fred Flintstone has a dinosaur pet. Uri Geller bends spoons through psychic force. Bigfeet are all over on Discovery Channel, and ghost hunters are real people who have encounters with phantoms. Not to mention psychics and faith healers.

Time was when ghost stories were shared around the campfire. Or demons were pandered by the clergy. Today the campfire is the media. This weekend of Halloween provides a continual menu of spooks, vampires, exorcisms, invulnerable murderers, aliens and similar.

Only infrequently is the supernatural mocked with satire, as in "Ghostbusters."

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London surveyed 1,500 people in the United Kingdom and announced this week that 55 percent believe in ghosts. Some 51 percent believe in space aliens and 27 percent believe in angels. That's 2 percent more than believe in God.

A survey of 500 children gave similar results,

Natascha Crump, general manager for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London said in a release: ”We live in the age of science and turn to it for most of our answers, but the results show that many 
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of us still hold belief in things that might exist outside of our world and beyond our understanding."

In Colonial days Costa Ricans conjured up strange creatures as social control techniques. Those staying out late and drinking might run into the Cadejos, the big, black, surly dog.

Or La Segua, the beautiful women with the face of a horse, is easy to pick up by adventurous men, but she kills with a kiss.

In the modern world there is money in spooks, "'Harry Potter,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' and the 'Left Behind' series are but the latest manifestations of American teenagers' longstanding fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal." according to a summary of a book on the topic, "From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural" by a Denver professor,  Lynn Schofield Clark. There even is a television series called "Supernatural."

For most, the lighthearted acceptance of some supernatural characters is harmless. And Friday and Saturday bar goers in Costa Rica will be dressed up to represent spirits, ghosts and vampires.

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Tortuguero plans a fiesta this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tortuguero plans a three-day festival starting Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the adjacent Parque Nacional de Tortuguero. It is the  Festival Turtle Bogue, which carries the original name of the community.

Tortuguero is well known for the three species of sea turtles that nest on its beaches. The community is on a sliver of land between the Caribbean and the Tortuguero canal. Residents boast of not having cars or roads.

A major feature of the festival will be an aquatic parade of carnival floats. The material this year is supposed to be all recyclables.

Traffic officers to hunt old plates bearing 5

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Any motorist who has a vehicle with the numeral 5 as the last digit on the license plate will get a 21,000-colon reminder from traffic police Saturday if the plate has nto been exchanged.

Friday is the last day for the plate to be exchanges for one of the more secure new plates. The exchange can be the same day at the Registro Nacional, or the Correos de Costa Rica will do it with a delay of a few days.

The new plate comes with a special window sticker, too. Vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1, 2, 3, or 4 already should have been exchanged.

Starting Monday, the Registro and the postal service will accept exchanges of license plates ending in 6.

Giants and Bumgarner take Series

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The San Francisco Giants have defeated the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in the deciding seventh game to win the Major League Baseball World Series.

Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings in relief Wednesday night to close out the game and cement most valuable player honors for the series. The championship is the third for the Giants in the past five years.

Bumgarner was dominant in his three appearances in the series, starting two earlier games and allowing a total of just one run on nine hits while striking out 17 Kansas City hitters.

Manager Bruce Bochy called Bumgarner's performance truly amazing, as the pitcher set a new record for most innings pitched in a postseason.

The Royals nearly completed another dramatic comeback Wednesday in a playoff run that included four extra-inning wins.

With Bumgarner pitching with two outs in the bottom of the ninth -- at a time his manager later said he was exhausted -- Royals outfielder Alex Gordon smacked a ball toward Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco, who misplayed it, allowing the ball to roll all the way to the wall and Gordon to reach third base.

But Bumgarner quieted the raucous crowd in Kansas City, getting Royals catcher Salvador Perez to pop up a fastball to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who squeezed it and set off celebrations by San Francisco players on the field and their fans back home.

The series was an unlikely matchup, featuring the two so-called wild card teams. Each had to win a special one-game playoff to even make the main draw in the postseason against the league's division champions.

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Police bracing for a weekend of Halloween-inspired vandalism
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública has begun its anti-vandalism operation that will run through Monday.

This is the annual effort to stop the excesses of the Noche de Brujas, basically an excuse to behave badly. Last year police detained 184 persons and detained 129 the year before.

Officials also urged residents to take steps to provide for their own safety. That might be as obvious as putting garbage in a secure place so vandals cannot torch it. For motorists, the warning might mean avoiding neighborhoods that have proved to be battle grounds in the past.
Typically the vandals will build fires in the middle of the streets. Vehicles have been torched in the past.

The Fuerza Pública also said that the Noche de Brujas provides an excuse for more serious crimes, including stickups.   They have urged merchant to prohibit entry to sores by persons wearing masks. Police also will be patrolling churches and cemeteries that have proved to be targets of vandals.

The Noche de Brujas was inspired by the vandalism on Halloween in the United States.

This year the vandalism might run for three nights.

Burning bullets

Government arsenal workers have spent a week incinerating some 59,970 bullets and destroying 3,190 firearms.

The  Arsenal Nacional of the security ministry said that over the course of the year, more than 2.2 million bullets have been confiscated and destroyed. The destruction requires a judicial order.

Most of the bullets come from the confiscation of firearms on the public streets or after a crime.

The agency said that the United States has supplied the equipment to effect the destruction. Basically the bullets are cooked until they explode.


Badly beaten infant gives up her fight at Hospital Nacional de Niños
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 3-month-old girl who was beaten badly in her home has died. The Patronato Nacional de Infancia identified the girl as  Videl Esquivel Cubillo. The Judicial Investigating Organization reported Sunday that the child suffered a fractured skull and broken bones in the legs and arms.

The mother took the child for medical care Saturday, and the baby ended up in the Hospital Nacional de Niños.
At the time, physicans said they were pessimistic about her chances. Death came Wednesday night, said agents. Agents have detained the father, identified by the Patonato as Ronald Jacob Esquivel Rojas. The mother is being held also.

The two older children at home have been turned over to their biological father, said the Patronato.

The beating or beatings are believed to have taken place in the family home in  Los Filtros de Alajuelita.

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Survey documents insecurity of Latin women on public transportation
By the  Thomson Reuters Foundation news service

As Beatriz Rodriguez leaves her home in Bogotá at dawn for work, she braces herself for a 40-minute scrum to get into the bus station and board a bus and the dangers that come with it.

"Public transport is a nightmare. Mobile phones are frequently stolen and you can be a victim of harassment as I've been," said Ms. Rodriguez, 26, a domestic worker, who laments that most people turn a blind eye and assaults are rarely punished.

"At first I thought what I felt against my back was a bag but when I turned around I realized it was a man rubbing up against me, exposing himself. It's disgusting to have to face this on your way to work."

Ms. Rodriguez's concerns about her safety are echoed by women across the Colombian capital, with Bogotá on Wednesday ranked as having the most dangerous transport system for women in a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 15 of the world's largest capitals and New York, the most populous U.S. city.

Bogotá and two other Latin American capitals, Mexico City, and Lima in Perú, were named as the three capitals with the least safe transport systems for women in the poll of more than 6,550 women and gender and city planning experts.

Delhi in India came fourth followed by Jakarta and the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires was sixth. New York was ranked as having the safest transport for women followed by Tokyo.

Ms. Rodriguez's story is typical for many women living in Latin America, a region known for its macho culture and high levels of violence against women, despite consensus that safe transport is key for women to go to work, school, and enjoy economic freedom.

Women in Latin America say they face daily threats on public transport ranging from lewd comments and groping to sexual assaults, with men rubbing up against them and taking photos up their skirts and that not enough is done to ensure their safety.

Liliana Diaz, a Bogotá school teacher, said overcrowding on buses in a city estimated by the United Nations to have 9.6 million people, is a major problem. The city has no trains.

"There aren't enough buses to cater for the demand. A lot of pushing and shoving goes on. Among the crowds it's easy for a man to start touching a woman and go unnoticed," Ms. Diaz said.

Martha Lucia Sánchez, women's rights secretary for the mayor's office in Bogotá, said she was surprised Bogotá fared worst in the poll conducted online by YouGov and with a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of specialists in each city.

But she was aware women felt unsafe on public transport.

She said pervasive male chauvinism, few convictions, short prison sentences for those who assault women on buses, and passengers turning a blind eye are some of the key reasons why transport in the city is so bad for women.

"I'm convinced violence against women on public transport, and in society at large, continues because of impunity and because society tolerates it," Ms. Sánchez told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview at her office in downtown Bogotá.

"About 80 percent of crimes involving violence against women in general remain in impunity. Harassment of women on public transport is still seen as a minor offense and not sexual abuse. There's a lack of solidarity towards women who have been victims of crime among passengers."

The survey involved six questions and found Bogotá was ranked as the worst city when it came to women traveling alone at night and for the overall perception about safety.

A spate of sexual assaults on women on Bogota's red bus system, known as TransMilenio, have hit local headlines in recent months, adding to the sense of insecurity felt by women.

In response, a small team of armed undercover policewomen recently started patrolling the city's TransMilenio buses while women-only carriages were introduced as a pilot program on three routes during off-peak hours earlier this year.

Similar initiatives were introduced in Mexico City in 2008 where women board the front of some buses and wait in special areas at bus and train stops.

Yet many woman are still victims of assault on transport.

The survey found Mexico City fared worst when it came to women being verbally and physically abused on buses and trains with more than six out of every 10 women surveyed online by YouGov, or 64 percent of 380 women, saying they had been groped or physically harassed.

In Bogotá this figure was 57 percent and in Lima 58 percent. This contrasted with London where the figure was 19 percent.

According to local press reports, authorities in Lima introduced undercover female police officers on packed buses to identify offenders after a front page story in June of a well-known local actress, Magaly Solier, catching a man masturbating behind her on a bus.

A senior female minister, Ana Jara, suggested at the time that women should carry rudimentary weapons like scissors to protect themselves in case authorities are slow to react.

But the number of women who come forward to officially report abuse is low, with the poll finding little confidence that authorities will thoroughly investigate reports of abuse.

Experts polled said initiatives such as improving lighting around stations, reducing overcrowding at rush hours, and making it easier for women to report crimes by boosting the number of police on patrol at transport terminals could help.

"The key is to forge empathy among users of public transport and create communities to confront this issue together and not allow victims to be alone," said Aldo Tudela, a consultant for the World Bank's transport department in Mexico City.

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Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
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Lava has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Lava from Hawaiian volcano
heading to nearby community

By the A.M. Costa Rica wires services

A 50-meter-wide river of lava has crossed one residential property and is now headed for the main road in a seaside town on the U.S. island state of Hawaii.

Officials said Wednesday the molten stream is about 250 meters from Pahoa Village Road, the main street through the town.

The flow from Kilauea volcano entered a private property and burned down a garden shed Tuesday. It is now headed for the main commercial district of Pahoa, threatening dozens of homes and businesses.

The village's roughly 1,000 residents have fled what officials said is the inevitable arrival of the chest-high, 900 degree molten stream bubbling from the Kilauea volcano. Authorities have told thousands more to prepare for evacuation.

The Red Cross said it is opening a shelter for residents who are at risk. The historic former sugar plantation with small shops and homes is on Hawaii's Big Island, the largest of the eight main islands that make up the Pacific U.S. state.

The flow threatening the town began June 27, but Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.

U.S. can't seal itself off
from ebola, Obama says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wires services

President Barack Obama says the United States cannot hermetically seal itself off from ebola.  The U.S. leader made the comments Wednesday, flanked by American health care workers who have been on the front lines of the battle against the deadly disease.

Kent Brantly was the first American with ebola to be successfully treated in the United States.
Wednesday, Brantly, who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Liberia, said the struggle to stem the outbreak in West Africa is far from over.
“More medical personnel are desperately needed.  At this time, perhaps more than any other, we feel the impact of our position as citizens of not only the United States of America, but as citizens of the world,” said Brantly.
Standing alongside fellow health care workers at the White House Wednesday, Brantly introduced President Obama, who lauded their contributions in the fight against ebola.
Amid all the talk and controversy surrounding quarantining those who are returning from West Africa, Obama made clear his appreciation for American medical professionals leading efforts to stem the disease thousands of kilometers away.
“A lot of people talk about American exceptionalism.  I’m a firm believer in American exceptionalism.  You know why I am?  It’s because of folks like this.  It’s because we don’t run and hide when there’s a problem,” he said.
Obama said U.S. efforts in West African countries are making a difference, with critical infrastructure cutting ebola testing times and safe burial practices doubling in places like the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
The American leader, however, also made clear that affected nations face a long, hard battle to stem the severe outbreak and that the United States must continue to fight ebola at its source.
“Until we stop this outbreak in West Africa, we may continue to see individual cases in America in the weeks and months ahead because that’s the nature of today’s world.  We can’t hermetically seal ourselves off, said Obama.“
The president’s remarks came as the World Health Organization said the rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appeared to be on the decline.
Still, with nearly 5,000 people dead and the number of cases likely underreported, U.N. health officials caution the crisis is far from over.

Returning service personnel
face 21 days of isolation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wires services

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered all U.S. troops returning from ebola response missions in West Africa to be placed in supervised isolation for 21 days.

The Pentagon calls the isolation a safety measure sought by military members' families.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the U.S. military has about 1,100 troops in Liberia and Senegal supporting efforts to combat the virus.

"The Department has the largest population of Americans operating in Africa," he said. "Our personnel who are operating there are not medical professionals, as are a majority of the other citizens and civilians who are operating there. And so we believe that conducting a more tightly controlled monitoring program on the way out of Africa is in the best interest of our force and of our families and of the country."

The move goes beyond precautions recommended for civilians by the Obama administration.

Secretary Hagel acted in response to a recommendation sent to him Tuesday by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on behalf of the heads of each of the military services.

The secretary has directed that the Joint Chiefs develop a detailed implementation plan within 15 days to lay out how the military will apply this controlled monitoring across the force.

He also has directed the Joint Chiefs to conduct a review of this new regimen within 45 days to see whether or not the controlled monitoring should continue based on the reviews' observations.

Genetics show clear link
among autoimmune diseases

By the A.M. Costa Rica wires services

Scientists have discovered genetic links that could put them closer to finding better treatments for a range of diseases, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, lupus and arthritis.  

Their genetic research has led to a road map pinpointing the origins of 21 such autoimmune diseases.  The disorders are caused when the body’s immune system that is supposed to protect it, mistakenly attacks healthy tissues or organs. The genetic blueprint resulting from this research could lead to the discovery of drugs that target more than one disease.
Researchers have identified as many as 100 autoimmune diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people around the world.  Of these, the biological underpinnings of 21 common diseases have now been identified.

Autoimmune diseases tend to share certain biological characteristics and may cluster together in patients.  So says David Hafler, chairman of the department of neurology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

“This provides a glimpse of why the diseases are shared.  In fact, thyroid disease and diabetes often go together.  Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus go together, and MS and Crohn’s disease go together.  And this is because of the shared genetic structure,” says Hafler.

Writing in the journal Nature, Hafler and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's and Harvard University’s Broad Institute unveil a genetic blueprint, identifying the origins of almost two dozen autoimmune diseases within the vast human genome.

Hafler says the findings do not yet help doctors diagnose specific diseases, but could eventually lead to effective treatments.

“I think the most important part of these findings is...finally having a molecular understanding of each autoimmune disease - more important, a non-biased road map of what we should be targeting,” says he.

Hafler says there are some 300 to 400 known genetic variants involved in causing autoimmune diseases that are spread out across the entire human genome.  He says the disease-causing genes tend to be located near regions that are important for regulating immune function and give them a lot in common.

“What’s become very clear is that these autoimmune diseases do very, very much share a genetic variation together and really cluster together as one autoimmune disease.  So, they are very similar and share perhaps 20, 30 percent of identity of a genetic variance, but they're also different,” says he.

Hafler explains there are two types of genetic disease, one where there is a mutation in a particular gene, such as in the case of muscular dystrophy, that causes the disorder.  Most autoimmune diseases, however, are a complex blend of normally helpful genetic variants that all people carry but in some individuals, result in illness. 

Hafler says because some of the illnesses share the same biological pathways, it may be possible to develop or uncover existing drugs to treat more than one autoimmune condition.

The blueprint pinpointing the genetic origins of autoimmune diseases, according to Hafler, will be made available to scientists around the world to help them further understand and find treatments for these difficult and often debilitating conditions.


Survey defines U.S. fears
including speaking in public

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Americans might be in an uproar about Ebola, but what they fear most is walking alone at night, according to the first comprehensive nationwide study on the subject.

California-based Chapman University questioned 1,500 people from across the United States to reach its conclusions. The survey found that the top five things that scare Americans the most are:  walking alone at night, becoming the victim of identity theft, Internet safety, being the victim of a mass/random shooting, and public speaking.

The researchers pared the information they gathered into four general categories: personal fears, natural disasters, fear factors and crime.

“A majority of Americans not only fear crimes such as, child abduction, gang violence, sexual assaults and others; but they also believe these crimes (and others) have increased over the past 20 years,” said Edward Day, who led the crime portion of the research and analysis, in a press release. “When we looked at statistical data from police and FBI records, it showed crime has actually decreased in America in the past 20 years.”

The survey also looked at what Americans worry about most. Many of those concerns center around online activity; people worry about both government and corporate surveillance of their Internet activity.

Americans’ other top worries include running out of money and becoming ill in the future.

And even though we are uneasy about natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes, only 25 percent of us have a disaster preparedness kit — an emergency supply of food, water, clothing and medical supplies.

“We are conducting follow-up studies to examine why so many Americans remain unprepared despite lessons learned from recent natural disasters,” said Ann Gordon, one of the lead researchers, in the press release. ”And, we are also taking a closer look at ‘preppers’—a community that takes preparedness to the extreme.”

The researchers even came up with an analysis of what types of people tend to fear certain things. Being less educated and watching a lot of television were the most consistent predictors of fear, according to the survey.

Escapees report on life
as Islamic State captive

By the A.M. Costa Rica wires services

The Islamic State militant group has captured hundreds of women and girls over the last few months. The very few who have been able to escape tell stories of rape, forced marriage, and sexual slavery.

This 15-year-old Yazidi girl was taken from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq by Islamic State militants.  Moved from prison to prison, she was forced to marry multiple fighters. She managed to escape by drugging her captors with narcotics found in their house.  Now, she recalls the horror.

“I was sold in Syria. I stayed about five days with my two sisters. Then one of my sisters was sold and taken to Mosul and I remained in Syria," she said.

She is one of hundreds of women and girls, mostly Yazidis,

The Islamic State has captured and then tortured, raped, sold into slavery, or forced to marry their fighters, according to United Nations and human rights groups. 

Most of them are still being held.

A few have been able to call home, either because they were able to hide their phones or because their captors let them. They sound hopeless, says Baher Ali of the international charity AMAR Foundation.

“They ask them, 'Please tell Iraqi authorities, please tell U.S. and other international community to bomb this place that we are living now. We want to die. We don’t want to live because we are dying already,'" said Ali.

Human Rights Watch recently published a report on forced marriage and conversion of Yazidis by the Islamic State.

Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says the response from the Islamic State shows it is unapologetic, even proud.

“The ISIS came out on the same day saying, 'No everything the Human Rights Watch is saying is entirely correct. This is true. And this is something that we are proud of having done.' And that these are spoils of war. And they went on to explain how it is that they could commit these abuses which they don’t look upon as abuses at all," said Frelick.

The University of Virginia recently held a conference on Islamic State violence against women.  Activists from the field gave chilling accounts of human rights abuses.

They also emphasized that resources on the ground to help the victims have been stretched thin.  And that international donors are not stepping forward.

Milk associated with risk
of a higher rate of death

By the British Medical Journal news staff
A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests observational research published in The British Medical Journal this week.
This may be explained by the high levels of lactose and galactose in milk, that have been shown to increase oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in animal studies, say the researchers.
However, they point out that their study can only show an association and cannot prove cause and effect. They say the results should be interpreted cautiously and further studies are needed before any firm conclusions or dietary recommendations can be made.
A diet rich in milk products is promoted to reduce the likelihood of osteoporotic fractures, but previous research looking at the importance of milk for the prevention of fractures and the influence on mortality rates show conflicting results.
So a research team in Sweden, led by Karl Michaëlsson, set out to examine whether high milk intake may increase oxidative stress, which, in turn, affects the risk of mortality and fracture.
Two large groups of 61,433 women (aged 39-74 years in 1987-1990) and 45,339 men (aged 45-79 years in 1997) in Sweden completed food frequency questionnaires for 96 common foods including milk, yoghurt and cheese.
Lifestyle information, weight and height were collated and factors such as education level and marital status were also taken into account. National registers were used to track fracture and mortality rates.
Women were tracked for an average of 20 years, during which time 15,541 died and 17,252 had a fracture, of whom 4,259 had a hip fracture.
In women, no reduction in fracture risk with higher milk consumption was observed. Furthermore, women who drank more than three glasses of milk a day (average 680 ml) had a higher risk of death than women who drank less than one glass of milk a day (average 60 ml).
Men were tracked for an average of 11 years, during which time 10,112 died and 5,066 had a fracture, with 1,166 hip fracture cases. Men also had a higher risk of death with higher milk consumption, although this was less pronounced than in women.
Further analysis showed a positive association between milk intake and biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation.
In contrast, a high intake of fermented milk products with a low lactose content (including yoghurt and cheese) was associated with reduced rates of mortality and fracture, particularly in women.
They conclude that a higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death.
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  Fuerza Pública officers confiscated this load of fireworks from two public
   buses in La Cruz Wednesday. The total haul was 17,164 individual
   fireworks, many of the explosive and illegal kind. The shipment was headed
    to San José, police said,

Preserve Planet opposes park plan

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The environmental organization Preserve Planet came out Wednesday against proposals to allow the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and private companies to install geothermal electrical generating machinery inside national parks.

There are two bills proposing that in the legislature now. One was put forth by Ottón Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana and the other by Otto Guevara of Movimiento Libertario.

Luis Diego Marín Schumacher of Preserve Planet said that there was no way to install such a setup in national parks without affecting the fragile ecosystem.

Many geologically active areas are near volcanoes and inside national parks.

Bus kills tot, 6, in  Cahuita

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 6-year-old child died Wednesday morning when he was struck by a public bus in the Caribbean community of Cahuita.

The boy was identified by the last name of  Calero. Judicial investigators said the boy was headed for a place to play soccer with friends when the accident happened. They said as the boy was crossing the highway a shirt he was carrying on his shoulders fell off and he turned around to retrieve it.

The bus was of the  Sixaola San José company. The child lived nearby in the community of  Punta Riel, agents said.

Things went from bad to worse

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday went badly for a man in  Paso Ancho with the last name of  Sevilla.

Another man riding double on a motorcycle tried to shoot him but ended up just hitting his ear.  Sevilla. sought refuge in the nearby Paso Ancho police station a short distance away.

Police were able to spot his pursuer, later identified by the last name of Solano, and watched him as he threw his firearm into a nearby lot. He was detained. The other motorcyclists fled, said police.

But there was more bad luck in store for the victim. Police found out that  Sevilla was the subject of a warrant for attempted murder.  He also had a quantity of money in the vehicle that police confiscated.

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U.S. Fed ends its policy of buying bonds

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank has ended an effort to stimulate the economy by purchasing billions of dollars worth of bonds each month.

Wednesday's announcement by the Federal Reserve ended a program called Quantitative Easing. It was intended to cut long-term interest rates on things like mortgages to encourage economic growth.

The Fed's experts say the economy is improving and no longer needs that much assistance.

In a written message, the Fed says problems in the labor market are diminishing, but recovery in the housing sector remains slow.

With that in mind, officials are keeping short-term interest rates steady at the record-low level where they have been for several years.

The Fed says it will keep rates low for a considerable time unless new data show inflation threatening to rise beyond the bank's target of 2 percent.