Blasts at Shiite
mosque kill 35
A suicide attacker staged a double bombing near a Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers on Wednesday, killing at least 35 in the latest deadly episode of violence to rock the country, according to Iraqi authorities.
The blasts follow months of heightened sectarian violence in Iraq, intensifying fears the country is slipping back toward the widespread bloodshed in the years that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The past several months have been the deadliest since 2008, when Iraq was pulling back from the brink of sectarian civil war.
Wednesday’s explosions went off as the heat of the day was easing after sunset and worshippers and shoppers filled the streets. The area targeted is known as Kasra, a predominantly Shiite enclave in a part of the city that is otherwise largely Sunni.
Oil in train
The oil carried by a freight train that derailed and exploded in Quebec this year had been misclassified as a less dangerous type of crude, Canadian officials said Wednesday, and they urged U.S. and Canadian regulators to ensure dangerous goods are accurately labeled.
Forty-seven people were killed in the July disaster when the unattended train rolled away and derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic near the Maine border and several of its oil cars exploded. The downtown was destroyed.
The train’s shipment of North Dakota oil was mislabeled as a “Group 3” flammable liquid, when it should have been given a more explosive “Group 2” classification, the Canadian transportation safety board’s chief investigator, Donald Ross, said.
hints it’s ‘low-E’
TV ads tout testosterone treatments for “low T,” but surprising new research shows a different hormone may play a role in less sex drive and more fat as men age. Estrogen — the female hormone — is needed by men, too, and the study gives the first clear evidence that too little of it can cause certain “male menopause” symptoms.
“A lot of things we think are due to testosterone deficiency are actually related to the estrogen deficiency that accompanies it,” said Dr. Joel Finkelstein of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. Men’s bodies convert some of it into estrogen, and levels of both decline with age. Until now, there was no way to tell which hormone was responsible for complaints of diminished libido, strength and energy. Millions of men have been prescribed testosterone gel, patches or shots for these problems, but it’s not known how much they need or whether this hormone replacement therapy is good, bad or neutral, Finkelstein said.
Ring owned by
Hitler sells for $65K
A ring once owned by Adolf Hitler fetched $65,725 at an auction in Maryland this week.
Alexander Historical Auctions sold the silver ring, which is plated in gold and features a ruby-encrusted swastika on its base. The business has previously sold Nazi memorabilia, including a desk belonging to Hitler.
“We are very happy with the result,” Andreas Kornfeld, vice president of international client relations for the Cecil County auction house, said in an email. “It is very difficult to estimate objects and relics such as the ring, since there are, or have been, no comparisons on the market.”
Alexander Historical Auctions holds live auctions at its Chesapeake City base, and also accommodates bidders from all over the world via phone and Internet. The ring was purchased Tuesday by an American collector whom Kornfeld would not identify.