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San José, Costa Rica, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 182
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Map shows hurricane as it makes landfall.

Hurricane Odile comes ashore
at tip of the Baja peninsula

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
with wire service reports

Hurricane Odile made landfall about 10:45 p.m. Costa Rican time Sunday near Cabo San Lucas, México, the U.S. Hurricane Center reported. The report was based on satellite imagery, said the center.

The center downgraded Odile to a strong Category 3 storm, with top sustained winds of 205 kph, about 135 mph.

An automated observing station near Cabo San Lucas reported a sustained wind of 89 mph (144 kph) with a gust to 116 mph (187 kph). 

Forecasters predict Odile will bring as much as 38 centimeters of rain in some of the more mountainous regions.

They also warn of large and destructive waves, significant coastal flooding, and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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Wife's happiness is called key
to long-term union's success

By the Rutgers University news staff

When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials.

“I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life,” said Deborah Carr, a professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Science. ”Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives.”

Professor Carr and Vicki Freedman, a research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, co-authored a research study published in the October issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family on marital quality and happiness among older adults.

The study, done by the two universities, differs from previous research, according to Professor Carr, because it examines the personal feelings of both spouses to determine how these marital appraisals influence the psychological well-being of older adults. Researchers analyzed data of 394 couples who were part of a national study of income, health and disability in 2009.  At least one of the spouses was 60 or older and, on average, couples were married for 39 years.

In order to assess marital quality, those involved in the study were asked several questions, such as whether their spouse appreciates them, argues with them, understands their feelings or gets on their nerves. They were also asked to keep detailed diaries about how happy they were in the previous 24 hours doing selected activities like shopping, doing household chores and watching television.

Those involved in the study, on average, rated their general life satisfaction high, typically five out of six points – with husbands rating their marriage slightly more positive than their wives.

“For both spouses being in a better-rated marriage was linked to greater life satisfaction and happiness,” Professor Carr said.

Still, she said, the study also found that while wives became less happy if their spouses became ill, the husbands’ happiness level didn’t change or reflect the same outcome if their wives got sick.

“We know that when a partner is sick it is the wife that often does the caregiving which can be a stressful experience,” said Professor Carr. “But often when a women gets sick it is not her husband she relies on but her daughter.”

The study is important, the researchers said, because the quality of a marriage can affect the health and well-being of older individuals as they continue to age.

“The quality of a marriage is important because it provides a buffer against the health-depleting effects of later life stressors and helps couples manage difficult decisions regarding health and medical decision making,” Professor Carr said.

Obama administration says
its confident with coalition

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration is expressing confidence in the formation of an international coalition to combat Islamic State radicals who control swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. But congressional action in support of the effort is a matter of growing debate.

After meeting with allies and partners in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry says a growing list of nations is prepared to strike against Sunni militants, a point echoed by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who uses the ISIL acronym for the group.

“What we want to make sure happens is that we have committed partners who can take the fight to ISIL on the ground. And they will have not only support from us from the air, but training and equipment,” said McDonough, speaking on ABC’s This Week program.

That coalition will be essential if Islamic State militants are to be defeated without the deployment of U.S. ground forces in a combat role.  Another encouraging sign is the formation of a broad-based Iraqi government, according to McDonough.

“There is now a new, multi-ethnic government in Baghdad. They will support a unified, capable, multi-ethnic Iraqi force, so that they can take this fight to ISIL,” said McDonough.

A supporting U.S. role has the backing of independent Sen. Angus King.

“This cannot be a war of Westerners against Islam.  This has to be an area of the world that is willing to police itself,” said King.

But with lawmakers eager to adjourn well in advance of the November midterm elections, it is not clear whether or when votes will be held to authorize any portion of the strategy President Barack Obama outlined last week. 

Republican Sen. Susan Collins believes the U.S. commander-in-chief should have acted sooner.

“The president waited far too long to present a strategy to the American people and to Congress.  Now we are being asked to react on a very short timeline, in a matter of days,” said Ms. Collins.

President Obama is not asking formal congressional authorization to strike against the Islamic State.  That is a mistake, according to Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who nonetheless backs military action.

“Problems occur.  And I think the administration would be so much wiser to get that authorization from Congress on the front end, instead of having over time 535 Monday morning quarterbacks,” said Corker, referring to the number of lawmakers in the U.S. legislature.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State’s latest atrocity, the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, is provoking strong reactions on both sides of the Atlantic.  The White House condemned the killing as barbaric, while British Prime Minister David Cameron said IS militants are “the embodiment of evil.”

North Korea sentences man
who wanted to obtain asylum

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea has sentenced detained American Matthew Miller to six years of hard labor on a conviction of hostile acts against Pyongyang.

The brief trial Sunday came two weeks after Miller and two other American detainees appealed to the U.S. government to help free them. The U.S. has said it will do everything it can to work for the release of the three Americans. 

Miller, in his mid-20s, was arrested in April after ripping up his visa at immigration and demanding asylum in North Korea. After a brief session Sunday morning, Miller was denied the possibility of appeal.

A trial is also expected soon for Jeffrey Fowle who entered the North as a tourist and was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club.

A third U.S. citizen, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, is serving out a 15-year sentence for what Pyongyang says are hostile acts intended to overthrow the government.

Planned trips by a U.S. diplomat to secure Bae's freedom have been canceled by Pyongyang. Those visits were scheduled to take place before Miller and Fowle were arrested.

In the past, North Korea has released detained Americans after high-profile visits by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

U.S. wins basketball title
and seals berth in Olympics

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has won the men's basketball World Cup and the automatic Olympic berth that goes with the title.

Fielding the youngest U.S. team since NBA professionals debuted at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the Americans routed Serbia in Madrid Sunday, 129-92.  This is the first time the U.S. men have won back-to-back world championships.

Point guard Kyrie Irving, 22, of the Cleveland Cavaliers led the U.S. scoring with 26 points, hitting all six of his three-point field goal attempts. He was named the tournament's most valuable player.

The victory gives the U.S. men a berth in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The American men now have won 63 straight games in international play, 45 in official International Basketball Federation games and 18 in exhibition play.

Finishing third behind the U.S. and Serbia was France, which defeated Lithuania by two points for the bronze medal Saturday, 95-93.

It was the first men's world basketball medal for Serbia, which was part of Yugoslavia when it won five gold medals. The U.S. tied that mark of five golds with Sunday's title.  The tournament has been held 17 times.  It was formerly known as the FIBA World Championship, but basketball's world governing body changed the name for this year to the FIBA World Cup.

The next edition of the tournament will be held in five years, instead of four, so it won't be held the same year as soccer's World Cup.

Judge determines Pistorius
was negligent in shooting

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

South African track star Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of more serious murder charges in connection with the killing of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last year.

The Olympic sprinter known as the blade runner for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, showed little emotion as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the long-awaited verdict Friday.

He was the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics, at the 2012 games in London.

"On count one, murder read with section 51-1 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997, the accused is found not guilty and is discharged," Judge Masipa said as she read the verdict. "Instead, he is found guilty of culpable homicide."

Prosecutors argued Pistorius acted intentionally when he shot Ms. Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home last year. Pistorius said he mistook her for an intruder in the middle of the night and did not mean to kill her.

Judge Masipa agreed. "The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” she said. “… The accused is found not guilty and is discharged. Instead, he is found guilty of culpable homicide."

Culpable homicide, or negligent killing, is punishable in South Africa by up to 15 years in prison.

Pistorius would have faced a prison sentence of 25 years or more had he been found guilty of premeditated murder.

The judge explained her decision during Thursday's proceedings, when she said Pistorius was negligent and had "acted too hastily and used excessive force."

She said Pistorius did not act reasonably when he fired the fatal shots, but said he did not act consistently with someone who had just committed murder, noting he quickly called authorities and tried to resuscitate Steenkamp.

The judge ruled Pistorius can remain free on bail until the sentencing, set for Oct. 13.

Pistorius was also convicted of unlawfully firing a gun at a Johannesburg restaurant in early 2013 just weeks before he shot Steenkamp. He was found not guilty of illegal possession of ammunition and firing a pistol out of the sun-roof of a car.

South Africa does not have jury trials. Judge Masipa decided the case with the help of two legal assistants.

The 66-year-old jurist was only the second black woman to be appointed a high court judge in South Africa. She has a reputation for handing down stiff sentences in crimes against women.

The Pistorius family, which has been in the court for months, reacted impassively. Pistorius's uncle Arnold said Friday the family was grateful the 27-year-old was found not guilty of murder.

Meanwhile, Ms. Steenkamp's supporters and relatives wept quietly or stared ahead in what appeared to be shock. Ms. Steenkamp's parents expressed disbelief at the ruling. 
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