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Arsenal finally cave to pressure

Wenger had initially refused to make any purchases in the transfer market. Fans got depressed, and players started getting disillusioned. Sanchez and Ozil, in particular, had declined to sign a new contract, fearing the club was too complacent for them.

After picking up one point from the first two games, it seems like Wenger decided to appease the fans. In doing so, he has purchased to players for an accumulative fee of $60 million. The players are Mustafi from Valencia and Lucas Perez from Depotivo.

Mustafi was part of a formidable defense that saw Valencia avoid relegation after a torrid midseason. While Perez was a shining light in an otherwise dismal Deportivo season scoring 17 goals, including a stunner against Barcelona.

The two are believed to go straight to the first team, especially Mustafi with two senior center backs out injured. Perez has the versatility to play all across the front three. His pace will be a vital asset up front as Ozil and Carzola can thread, those beautiful balls they are so famous for.

Wenger finally opened up on the two players. “We have worked hard all summer long to make purchases.” He said, defending himself from claims that he made panic buys. “I believe in Mustafi and Perez we have two players of unbelievable potential.”

However, with the rise and rise of young Rob Holding at center back, many believe that Mustafi’s way into the first team may not be as easy. The young English center back has proved experienced and mature beyond his tender years.

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Arsenal beat The US All Stars in a friendly

The US has slowly been building its soccer league over the years. The current MLS all-star team has some of the greatest footballers of recent times, including Andres Pirlo, the legendary KAKA, and Didier Drogba. Arsenal is on tour and had carried a blend of youth and experience.

The two teams looked quite balanced on paper and it felt like only something special would win the game. The MLS All-Star team had only lost to only one team from England, Manchester United and had beaten all the rest including Manchester City and Chelsea.

Pirlo started off at his creative best lofting passes from deep in the midfield with implacable precision. However, it took a steady hand from Peter Cech to stop the goal. The Arsenal youngsters were learning quickly from the Italian Midfield general and threaded their long range lofting passes.

The pass landed on Colombian international Joel Campbell, who was then brought down in the penalty box for a penalty. He quickly converted it and breathed new life into what was becoming an energy sipping transfer period for him being linked away from the club.

“I am going to put my head down and work for the team,” Campbell told reporters before the game. “I will fight for my place in the team. I think I was doing well in the games we played last season and I aim to build on this.”

Drogba equalized just before the stroke of half-time as Arsenal defender Debuchy made a defensive error to hand the Ivorian the chance. Arsenal only rescued the game in the 87th minute when a combination of their most talented youngsters stringed a series of passes before Akpom applied the finishing touch with a close range tap in.

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Arsenal remains cheap

The North London club is counted in the top five richest football clubs in the world. But the difference between them and the other top five members is that they consistently refuse to spend over the transfer periods.

This year Gooner fans thought it would be different when Wenger made his first signing of Switzerland international Xhaka. However, after that, he has reverted to his old ways by signing an unknown Asian, a Nigerian, and a British teenager.

However, recent reports from France claim that Wenger placed a $45 million offer for French striker Lazarette. This was after fellow Premier League Members, West Ham put a bid of $50 million and was rejected.

This has puzzled Arsenal fans who do not understand why the club would table a bid less than the one that was already rejected. When Wenger was asked about this situation, he quickly responded with his usual bravado on the transfer market.

“We are working hard to get a deal done, but it is not easy,” Arsene Wenger said. “We are keeping our dealings secret and avoiding media cover. But rest assured we are looking to add two or more players, especially in the offensive department.”

This is not the first time Wenger has said this or Arsenal has gotten linked to a player, and the player moves away. During this window, Arsenal has been linked with five top strikers with three of them on the move. Most recently Higuain moved to Juventus on $110 million fees. Icardi another striker who has been linked to the Gunners all window is set to move to Napoli. Lazarette remains the only realistic target left for Arsenal in the market.

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Arsenal only striker signing not eligible to play this season

Arsenal as endured a torrid transfer period this summer window. When they secured the services of Xhaka early on in the season break for $40 million, fans would be forgiven for getting excited on the whole matter. But only two weeks before the window is shut that is the only significant area.

Many Gunner fans will tell you that their biggest problem is a reliable striker. But season after season, this role is neglected as Arsene Wenger buys midfielder after midfielder. At the moment eight high-profile Arsenal players are competing for three midfield slots.

However, Arsenal fans were getting excited when Wenger bought an unknown Japanese strike protégée in Takuma Asano. From videos on YouTube, he looked like a great prospect with pace, power finishing and finesse, all the ingredients needed for a great striker.

However, as FIFA rules stand he needed a work permit to work in the UK. And in typical Arsenal fashion, they failed to get it. Arsene was less than amused by t5he outcome and when interviewed, he clearly had something to get off his chest.

“He’s a player I believe in a lot. I will take care of him and make sure he gets to the right place,” Wenger said, referring to him getting his young Gun the best loan deal he can secure. But after the reporters further probed him on why he believes he did not get a work permit, Arsene responded, “Because he didn’t cost £50m.”

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A Colorado mother saved her son from a mountain lion attack

A mother saved her five year old son from a mountain lion attack in Colorado.

The attack occurred Friday night. The mother, who is yet to be identified, ran outside when she heard screams. Her five year old son had been playing with an older brother when a mountain lion arrived.

“[She] was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion,” reported Alex Burchetta, spokesperson for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. “[She] had to physically remove the lion’s paws from her son’s face.”

She received minor injuries to her hands and legs as a result of the altercation. Her son suffered injuries to his face head and neck, but the Aspen Valley Hospital reported that he was in fair condition.

The boy was transferred to a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The mother has been released from the hospital.

“[The increase in mountain lion sightings is] likely due to a growing human population encroaching on lion habitat in conjunction with a robust lion population in the state,” explained Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

According to the CPW, such lion attacks are rarely aimed at humans. Statistically there have been less than a dozen humans killed by mountain lions in North America over the last 100 years.

“Most of the attacks were by young lions, perhaps forced out to hunt on their own and not yet living in established areas,” continued Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Young lions may key in on easy prey, like pets and small children.”

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A company under fire for racist T-shirt and cardboard pairing

The company, Just Add a Kid felt the full force of the internet when they placed a T-shirt with a monkey print with a cardboard cutout headpiece of a child of African descent. Twitter went to a stand still when someone uploaded the photo.

The company quickly came to the defense of their line saying that it was misunderstood and taken out of context. “We are looking into all the situations that led to this little incident, ” said Co-creator Lowell Cohen. “We are looking at the vendor; we are speaking to the employees.”

The company makes children’s clothes says that their concept is to make think they can be anyone and anything. The T-shirts are animated animals, professions and people doing different activities. They place the cardboard cutout of children from various descents, but in no way did they authorize the placing of the child cut out of African heritage with the monkey.

“The head shots on our hangers are intended to show the different cultures of our happy customer, and are distributed separately from the clothes,” said Lowell Cohen. “This this case one of our retailers paired a particular hanger with the T-shirt not considering how it may affect customers.”

The organization has declined to mention the name of the retail shop or its location fearing action from angry customers. He did try and distance the company by saying that the cut out hangers and the clothes are sent separately, and it is up to the retailer to hang them as they please.

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A woman streams video of her boyfriend’s shooting

Diamond Reynolds streams live footage of her boyfriend being shot on Facebook. The boyfriend is seen leaning back in the driver seat, breathing heavily in pain. Diamond is holding up her phone saying that her boyfriend told the cop that he was licensed and that he had a firearm, but he was only reaching for his license.

The officer tells him to put his hands up, and as he did, the police shot him four times. The lady kept pleading with the cop throughout the video telling him that her boyfriend was licensed and that he did say to him that he had a firearm.

The police’s face is not seen, but you can hear his agitated voice as he tells the woman not to move her hands. “He let the officer know that he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet and the police just shot him in his arm,” says Reynolds in her broadcast. “Please don’t tell me this, Lord. Please, Jesus, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”

The most disturbing bit about the video is that the couple was with their daughter, and she experienced every grisly moment of her dad being shot and her mother being arrested and taken to the station. She is heard several times in the background as the mom is being arrested, telling the police to let her go with her mother to the back of the patrol car.

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Ancient skull may reveal link between humans and apes

A team of international archaeologists working in Kenya have found a complete ape skull that could help show what the common ancestor of humans and living apes looked like, a new study published in the journal Nature reports.

Out of all primates, humans are most closely related to apes, a group that includes chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons. Past research has revealed that our common ancestor with chimpanzees lived in Africa between 6 to 7 million years ago, and other studies have shown the way humans evolved since that time.

However, despite that research, little is known about the evolution of the ape and human ancestors that existed before 10 millions years ago. The fossil evidence is scarce, and the remains that have been found are simply single teeth or partial jaw bones. As a result, nobody knows if our common ancestor came from Africa, nor do they know what such an ancestor may have looked like.

The new remains may change that.

The recently discovered fossil comes from a 13 million year old ape infant that Kenyan fossil hunter John Ekusi noticed in the Napudet area, west of Lake Turkana during 2014. Researchers analyzed it soon after.

“The Napudet locality offers us a rare glimpse of an African landscape 13 million years ago,” said study co-author Craig S. Feibel, a researcher at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, according to Phys.org. “A nearby volcano buried the forest where the baby ape lived, preserving the fossil and countless trees. It also provided us with the critical volcanic minerals by which we were able to date the fossil.”

The fossil — which is roughly the size of a lemon — is the most complete extinct ape skull ever found. Not only is it intact, but 3D X-ray imaging also revealed the brain cavity, the inner ears, and unerupted adult teeth with a daily record of their growth lines

The scans showed the infant was roughly 1 year and 4 months old when it died, and the teeth suggest it belonged to an entirely new species known as Nyanzapithecus alesi. That is important because, until the finding, information on Nyanzapithecus species was extremely rare. In fact, fossils were so scarce that many researchers were not even sure if they were apes. Now, scientists have confirmation they were. This helps build out the fossil record and brings researchers one step closer to understanding the common link between humans and apes.

“This discovery will help to fill in missing information regarding adaptations that influence ape and human evolutionary histories,” said Brenda Benefit, an anthropologist at New Mexico State University, according to Fox News.

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The hunt for the DNA of Jesus

Science and religion do not always see eye-to-eye, but they have now joined forces to uncover new details about Jesus and his descendants.

A biblical scholar and a geneticist are trying to trace Jesus’ DNA, and are using modern technology to analyze artifacts from around the world, including the shroud of Turin, the Sudarium of Oviedo, and a recently discovered set of bones thought to belong John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin.

They hope that their investigation will guide them to a DNA sample that could belong to Jesus or a member of his family, to identify any ties to people living today.

In a new documentary aired on Easter Sunday by the History Channel, Oxford University geneticist George Busby and biblical scholar Pastor Joe Basile, travel from Spain and Italy to Israel and the Black sea to search for Jesus’ DNA.

Among the items the researchers investigated, are the ‘bones of John the Baptist.’ The bones were discovered in Bulgaria in 2010.

The 2, 000-year-old bones showed similarities to Middle Eastern populations and could be substantial in the research, as he was thought to be Jesus’ cousin as well as his disciple.

“We can compare the DNA from a relic to DNA from other relics,” Busby wrote in an article for The Conversation.

According to Busby, if they find other relics purported to be from John the Baptist or any other close relative of Jesus, then they could use genetics to compare the two to see if they came from the same or related people.

The scientists hope that if they can find a sample of Jesus’ DNA, they can then identify any possible descendants living today.

New discoveries could also shine new insight on Jesus himself.

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Finally, HIV breakthrough has been made

Scientists have confirmed that HIV can survive in another less-explored type of white blood cell.

Until now, efforts to find a treatment and cure have focused on blocking the virus T-cells, which is a type of white blood cell that is important to the immune system.

However, new research by the University of Carolina reveals that HIV can also persist exclusively in macrophages – large white blood cells found in the liver, lungs, bone marrow and brain.

This pioneering discovery could explain why no treatment has successfully cured anyone with the disease, despite tremendous advances in suppressing the virus.

“These results are paradigm changing because they demonstrate that cells other than T-cells can as act as a reservoir for HIV,” said Dr. Jenna Honeycutt.

“The fact that HIV-infected macrophages can persist means that any possible therapeutic intervention to eradicate HIV might have to target two very different types of cells,” Honeycutt, the lead author and postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases, added.

Advances in HIV treatments have made it possible for a daily regimen of pills to render the virus undetectable and untransmittable.

Approximately 30 percent of the United State’s 1.2 million infected with HIV have attained an undetectable viral load.

A person with the virus becomes ‘undetectable’ when treatment targeting T-cells suppresses the virus to a level so low in their blood, that it cannot be detected by measurements.

If a person is undetectable and stays on treatment, they cannot pass the virus to a partner.

Up to now, an undetectable load is almost always achieved with daily doses of antiretroviral drugs.