USA Today wrote a story about how the Swine flu was almost even with the dealth toll from the seasonal flu.  This story is full of numbers ranging from ages, dealth tolls, hospitalizations, years and people infected with the flu.

To obtain all these numbers, the reporter would have to know how to access hosipital records and maybe find different studies about the death toll for the Swine and seasonal flu.  He would have had to contact health officials, medical journals, health organizations and perhaps various researchers.  There is a percent that either could have came from an analysis or one he had to calculae on his own.

 

Pope 'disturbed' from abuse scandal in Ireland

Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a sexual-abuse scandal in Ireland, according to CNN.

He plans on writing a letter to Catholics in Ireland expressing actions that may include resignations of bishops, according to the New York Times.

CNN reported a report, published last month by the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation, explained said there was "no doubt" that sexual abuse of children by clergy was covered up from January 1975 to May 2004,

The New York Times reported that the Vatican was taking this issue very seriously, including the governance of local Church leaders.

"The Holy Father shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland, and he is united with them in prayer at this difficult time in the life of the church," the Vatican said.

Clergy members has focused on covering up the scandals rather than caring for the children's well-being, according to CNN.

The outraged Pope publicly apologized in 2008 expressed his sorrow towards the victims and their families.

 

Tiger Woods taking a break from golf

Tiger Woods posted a statement on his Web site saying he is taking "an indefinite break" from professional golf.

"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children," Woods said in his statement.

Reuters reported this was the first time Woods admitted infidelity since his early morning car accident on Nov. 27.

In the week following the crash, Woods apologized for "transgressions" that let his family down, according to CNN.

The PGA Tour said it supported Woods' decision to focus on his family, according to Reuters.

"His priorities are where they need to be," the tour said in a written statement.

CNN reported that Woods', who is top on the sport's world rankings, sponsers are backing him up and still want him as their spokesman.

 

Kendra Wilkinson welcomes baby boy

Kendra Wilkinson and husband, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hank Baskett, are now the parents of a baby boy, according to E! News.

They welcomed Hank Randall Baskett IV at 12:37 a.m. Friday in Indianapolis.  He weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 22 inches, according to People.

"We're happy and healthy and enjoying every second with little Hank," they told E! News.

People reported that Wilkinson, 24, announced her pregnancy weeks before her wedding on June 27, at a ceremony at the Playboy Mansion.

"Hank's dad and his grandfather were both named Hank, so it was very important to us to carry on the family tradition," Wilkinson told People.

Wilkinson and Baskett currently live in Indianapolis but are looking for a house in L.A. for the off-season, according to E! News.

E! News reported that her former Girls Next Door co-stars are very excited for Wilkinson and Baskett and couldn't think of a better Christmas gift.

St. Cloud teen arrested in day care sexual assault

A St. Cloud teen was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old at his mother's day care, according to KSTP News.

KSTP reported that Jeremy Schwartz, 18, was charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

The sexual abuse took place several times over the the past year and a half inside the home, according to the criminal complaint.

Sgt. Lori Ellering said day care's license has been suspended by the Stearns County Human Services Department.

Schwartz's father James believes his son is innocent and told KSTP, "The charges are bogus trumped up by a small little child that needs attention."

WCCO (AP) reported that Schwartz is being held in the Stearns County Jail. 

 

Minneapolis man charged in attempted robbery

A Minneapolis man was charged for allegedly holding a Roseville insurance agent at gunpoint Thursday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Michael Kevin Jones, 40, was charged in the Ramsey County District Court with attempted first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of stolen property, according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported, Cheri Steinman was approached by Jones around 1 p.m. at her Allstate Insurance office building on West County Road B.

Jones pointed the gun at her asking for money, claiming he needed it and didn't know what else to do, according the Star Tribune.

The police locked down the area for three hours, looking for accomplices and the gun, which was found behind the office building, the Pioneer Press said.

The Star Tribune reported that Jones, who has an extensive criminal record, is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

 

East African albinos forced into hiding

Nearly 10,000 albinos in east Africa are being forced into hiding, for fear they will be hunted and dismembered, according to CNN.

Albino citizens living in Tanzania and Burundi are targeted because their body parts are believed to bring wealth and good fortune, reported CNN.

The Associated Press reported that dealers can make up $75,000 selling a complete dismembered set.  These sets include limbs, genitals, tongue, nose and ears.

A Red Cross report said that many are fleeing to schools of disability in Tanzania because there are emergency shelters set up there.

Government officials in Tanzania are trying to mobilize police but these killings usually happen in rural areas where there aren't enough resources, CNN reported

Officials at the International Federation for the Red Cross and Crescent societies.say this issue needs to be addressed on an international level because, "Thousands more albinos across a huge swathe of countryside ... are unable to move freely to trade, study or cultivate fields for fear of albino hunters,"

Albinos are often looked down upon and many are uneducated, according to the AP.  They are therefore forced to work menial jobs, often outside, putting them at a high risk for skin cancer.

CNN reported that at least 44 Tanzanian albinos have been killed and 14 in Burundi since 2007. 

Germany holds trial for accused Nazi guard

An accused Nazi Camp Guard is on trial in Germany for forcing 27,900 Jews to their death at a Holocaust death camp, according to the New York Times.

The defense argued that John Demjanjuk, 89, had no choice but to put Jews to death at Sobibor death camp in Poland, CNN said.

The New York Times said this was Demjanjuk's second time on trial, after almost being sentenced to death in Israel in 1988.

Ulrich Busch, Demjanjuk's defense attorney, argued that he was a 'victim' and was a prisoner of war during World War II.

Demjanjuk was born in the Ukraine and fought for the Soviet Army against Germany.  He became a prisoner of war and was forced to be a camp guard for the Nazi's, according to the New York Times.

CNN reported that his trial is expected to last until May of next year and that given his medical condition, there can only be two 90 minute sessions a day.

The prosecuter's office said he was orginally charged by the German court with 29,000 murders, but it was reduced because some Jews had died during the transportation process.

The New York Times said if Demjanjuk is convicted, he will most likely die in a German prison.

"While no trial can bring back those that were murdered, holding those responsible to justice has an important moral and educational role in society," said Avner Shalev, the chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

 

Tiger Woods cancels own tournament

Tiger Woods dropped out of his own tournament on Monday, due to injuries from a car accident, according to WCCO News.

CNN reported Woods had suffered minor injuries in an accident near his Florida home early Friday.

His SUV hit a fire hydrant and a tree, leaving Woods with a few cuts and bruises, according to WCCO.

The Chevron World Challenge tournament is to take place in Thousand Oaks, California, where Woods was also scheduled to attend a news conference to raise money for Tiger Woods Foundation programs, according to CNN.

Greg McLaughlin, president of Woods' foundation said the tournament will go on and that Tiger's decision to not compete was fully supported.

"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at may tournament this week," Woods said. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there."

Woods declined three interviews with police regarding the accident and said for the sake of his family, he wanted the incident to remain private, he said in a statement n his website.

 

Man with hammer caused destruction at Target

A man used a hammer to smash televisions and cameras inside a Winona Target store, Saturday night, according to the Winona Daily News.

Police arrived to find Jerome Charles Eberle, 39, running around the store with a hammer, before he turned the hammer to them, police said.

Eberle swung the hammer once at a police officer and another had suffered a minor hand injury during the chase, according to police Sgt. Chris Nelson.

One witness said the man had a "glazed look" in his eyes and was "walking like Frankenstein."

Police officers had to tase Eberle twice so they could take him into custody, according to the Winona Daily news.

The Pioneer Press (AP Minnesota) reported that Eberle was taken to Winona Health for a behavioral evaluation.

Eberle is charged with two counts of assault for attacking officers, obstruction of justice with force, first-degree property damage and disorderly conduct, Nelson said.