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Panama Finds MiG Fighter Jets On North Korean Arms Ship


Panamaian forensic workers carry out investigations in a container holding a MiG-21 fighter jet seized from the North Korean-flagged ship Chong Chon Gang at the Manzanillo Container Terminal in Colon city July 21, 2013. (c) REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

By Lomi Kriel

COLON, Panama, July 21 (Reuters) – Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said on Sunday.

Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colon.

The discovery, which included cables and electrical equipment, was made inside containers on the ship Panama had feared might contain explosive material. None was found.

After stopping the vessel bound for North Korea last…

Coast Guard Offloads $35 Million In Cocaine

July 20, 2013 6:19 PM

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Hethcoat, with the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, guards a pallet of seized cocaine at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., July 20, 2013. Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Legare interdicted $35 million approximate wholesale value of cocaine. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney)

MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – A high-speed chase played out like a movie scene in the Caribbean Sea this week and the load of cocaine was brought to Miami Saturday morning.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hunted down a boat carrying the massive load and was forced to use weapons.

“This is a big seizure, this is (showing drugs) 2,300 pounds of cocaine that will not make it to America,” said Lieutenant Commander Gabe Somma with the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District.

The drugs coming in from South America were seized July 14.

“A pursuit ensued, the go-fast would not stop. The coast guard helicopter fired warning shots, the …

ECON 101 : They Finally Tested The 'Prisoner's Dilemma' On Actual Prisoners — And The Results Were Not What You Would Expect


JUL. 21, 2013, 4:01 PM

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The "prisoner's dilemma" is a familiar concept to just about everyone who took Econ 101.

The basic version goes like this: Two criminals are arrested, but police can't convict either on the primary charge, so they plan to sentence them to a year in jail on a lesser charge. 

Each of the prisoners, who can't communicate with each other, are given the option of testifying against their partner. 

If they testify, and their partner remains silent, the partner gets three years and they go free. If they both testify, both get two. If both remain silent, they each get one.

In game theory, betraying your partner, or "defecting" is always the dominant strategy as it always has a slightly higher payoff in a simultaneous game. It's what's known as a "Nash Equilibrium," after Nobel Prize winning mathematician and "A Beautiful Mind" subject John Nash.

In sequential games, where players know e…

Grocery shopping online: Can it replace trips to the store?

The website compares the prices of groceries online and works to reduce shipping costs. 

But a limited selection means grocery store runs aren't a things of the past just yet.

By Joel Larsgaard, Contributor / July 20, 2013

Jim Mitchell selects a gallon of milk at a Milwaukee grocery store last year. Online grocery sites like can be great for those who despise shopping for groceries.

Dinesh Ramde/AP/File

While the realm of grocery shopping has always been ripe for money saving tactics like extreme couponing, it has largely been exempt from the trend towards price comparison; up until recently, if you wanted to know who had the best price on a particular item, you had to drive from store to store to find out, or at best manually check several sites online.

Dealnews.comis devoted to finding the best deals on consumer goods, whether or not they're from an advertiser. For more great offers visit, which works with advertisers to craft offer…

Germany learning to open arms to immigrants

By Sarah Marsh

BERLIN | Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:33am EDT

(Reuters) - Ata Ucertas, a doctor from Istanbul with a moustache that curls up his cheeks, was welcomed with open arms when he came to Germany this year, evidence of a shift in German attitudes as its population shrinks and labor becomes scarce.

Helped by a shortage of doctors in Germany, the 25-year-old Ucertas was issued with a visa to come learn German within two months of applying. "The immigration officials were really nice to me," he said.

After decades of tending to depict the millions of residents of Turkish origin in Germany as a drag on society, policymakers are now courting foreigners and learning to be more inclusive.

A fifth of residents and a third of school children have a migrant background, making up a growing share of the electorate.

With elections approaching in September, the changing attitudes are reflected in the rhetoric of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

A decade ago when unemployment was high…

Japan Has Voted, And 'Abenomics' Won Decisively



REUTERS/Yuya Shino

A woman with a dog walks past a poster of election candidates for the upper house election near a polling station in Tokyo July 21, 2013.

The victory gives the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his "Abenomics" recipe to revive the economy and spells his personal political redemption after he led his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to a humiliating defeat in a 2007 upper house election.

The ensuing parliamentary deadlock allowed the opposition to block legislation and led to Abe's resignation two months later. That "twisted parliament" has hampered policies for most of the six years since and led to a string of revolving-door leaders.

"People wanted politics that can make decisions and an administration with a stable grounding, which led to today's result," LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura told public broadcaster NHK.

"'Abenomics' is proceeding smoothly and people want us to ensure t…

Wacky Key West News of the Day: Cocaine washes up at Fort Zack

Square Grouper is a rarity these days but some still comes around now and then!

Police, Coast Guard mum; still investigating origin of 'square grouper'


Some "square grouper," a popular Florida Keys' nickname for packaged drugs found floating or washed ashore, came into Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Thursday morning.

Several bricks of what appeared to be cocaine wrapped in white plastic about a foot long were found by park employees cleaning the beach at 7:30 a.m., said Park Manager John Maehl.

Park officials turned the packages over to Key West police, who are working with the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the case, said police spokeswoman Alyson Crean.

Police didn't release the incident report because the case is still under investigation, Crean said Friday.

Maehl just began working at the park after arriving in the Florida Keys this month from Iowa. The case provided him with a quick int…


Kitchen Vignettes

Quick, before the ataulfo mangoes disappear until next year, get yourself to a market and get some! 

These are too juicy and sweet to miss. 

And they aren’t fibrous and stringy like the more common Tommy Atkins mangoes. The flesh is like butter.

If you don’t know what they are, or maybe you’ve been wondering what those small, flat, yellow and sort of oblong things in the bin are (the ones near the other, larger, green and red mangoes) — those are the Ataulfos. They turn from green to yellow as they ripen.

They are so worth buying. As anyone who has ever tasted one knows.

Don’t waste these mangoes on chutney or pie. They are too delicious to combine with too many other textures and flavors or bury under a crust. 

Ataulfos  should be eaten as is, peeled and nibbled out of hand like a ripe summer peach. Just as is, as they say.

Or in the simplest preparations, like mixed with plain yogurt for a smoothie. Or sprinkled with lime juice and and pinch of cayenne, mint or ginger for…