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YOUSUF NAGORI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) — The arrest of a leading Pakistani politician in London sent Pakistan’s stock market plummeting and prompted shopkeepers in Karachi to begin closing and locking their stores and heading for home out of fears of rioting.

Karachi braced for possible violence following the arrest of Altaf Hussain who runs the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and is also suspected of having links to Karachi’s criminal underworld. He was arrested Tuesday in London on charges of money laundering.

After his arrest, Karachi shopkeepers began closing up and the nation’s stock market plunged 450 points. Several public transport buses and private cars were set on fire. There were reports of gunshots fired into the air, and the streets of Karachi were largely deserted.

Faisal Sabzwari, a former minister and present member of parliament for MQM, told ABC News that the “news of Altaf Hussain’s arrest is a matter of grave concern” for the party, and said the party has announced a series of protests around the country.

“We will agitate in an emotional, charged but a peaceful manner,” Sabzwari said.

A spokesperson for British High commission declined to comment on the investigation for ABC News, but said the British mission in Karachi “has been temporarily closed to the public.”

Although Hussain, 60, has lived in London since 1992, he remains in control of the potent MQM party and gives crowd stirring speeches by phone. His MQM party controls most of the port city of Karachi, which is a key component of the country’s economy. The party is also a coalition partner in the provincial government in Sindh, of which Karachi is the capital.

More ominous, Hussain through his MQM party is suspected of being involved in the sprawling city’s racketeering and gambling rings, illegal import/export, bribery as well as lethal violence.

His party has a tainted past marred by allegations of running torture cells and using violence against their opponents including police, government officials and journalists.

In 2010 another MQM politician, Imran Farooq, was stabbed to death in an attack in London, and that set off riots in Karachi.

A senior MQM official, Nadeem Nusrat, appealed for calm Tuesday. “We appeal to all the workers to control your emotions,” he said.

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FBI(BOSTON) — Hours before he and his older brother exchanged fire with police in Massachusetts, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote to his mother that he expected to die.

According to court records, Tsarnaev “sent an email to his mother in which he told her he loved her and ended with, “Inshallah [i.e. God willing] if I don’t see you in this life I will see you in the akhira [i.e. afterlife].”

Prosecutors inserted the email into a court document that challenges Tsarnaev’s motion suppress evidence collected from his computer and from the family’s apartment on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Federal prosecutors said that sending that email, and taking certain other actions in the hours before he was caught, indicates “that when Tsarnaev left the Norfolk Street apartment on April 18, he did not expect to return alive, and thus abandoned his expectation of privacy in everything left behind.”

Defense attorneys had argued prosecutors were over-broad and vague when they applied to search the apartment. They also argued Tsarnaev had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Prosecutors said Tsarnaev moved out of the apartment in 2011 and into a dorm room at UMass-Dartmouth and therefore could no longer claim what belongings of his were left that should have been kept from the authorities.

Prosecutors also reiterated that Tsarnaev had sent a friend a text message saying, “if y[o]u want y[o]u can go to my room and take what’s there,” indicating that he was abandoning his possessions.

Three people died, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 260 were injured in the dual bombings at the Boston Marathon last April. Dzhokhar’s older brother and alleged co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in the police shootout days after the blast. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges related to the bombing and to the murder of an MIT police officer.

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@phoenixpolice/Twitter(PHOENIX) — A search will resume Tuesday for Eric Fernandes, a hiker missing since Saturday in Arizona.

Police were also trying to find a man caught on a store’s security camera — potentially the last person to see Fernandes.

Fernandes, 23, hasn’t been seen since he went hiking on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. His car was found parked at a trailhead, and calls to his phone have gone unanswered.

Police believe Fernandes went to a sporting goods store before the hike. Store surveillance cameras captured an unknown man who investigators now believe was the last person to see Fernandes.

Sweltering heat caused rescue crews to suspend search efforts on Monday. While Fernandes was not a very experienced hiker, relatives remained hopeful that the helicopters above and rescuers below would find him.

“I want to take my son back to Seattle with me…alive,” said his father, Max Fernandes.

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Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Listen up, high school athletes.

If your choice sport is water polo, swimming, triathlons, lacrosse, boxing, rugby or wrestling, you might have a future in one of the most prestigious arms of the U.S. military: the Navy SEALs.

Scott Williams, public affairs officer for Naval Special Warfare Command, told the San Diego Union Tribune that the Navy focuses on recruiting athletes from those seven sports.

“It’s a physical job,” he said. “So we need guys who have a competitive spirit and are used to hard work and training.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Tinder account purporting to be one that belongs to a beautiful nurse is dishing out advice about prostate cancer on the popular dating app.

Men lured by Nicole’s profile photo swipe right to launch a conversation — but are sidelined when she starts spouting about June being men’s health month and urging them to get a check-up. In her words, she’s “talking dirty to dirtbags in the name of men’s health.”

But not all men are fans.

“Thanks a lot for that information. That’s what I was looking for on Tinder,” one match wrote sarcastically.

“How are you even on Tinder at work, Shouldn’t you be saving lives??” another user wrote.

Others took the advice in stride but still tried to flirt. “That’s kinda hot haha. Can I get an exam?” one man wrote.

Others promised they would sign up for a check-up if Nicole would be their nurse.

The responses are posted on the website, matchesformenshealth.com.

Unbeknownst to the eager Tinder matches, the nurse isn’t real — she’s part of a project by two creative interns in New York — Vince Mak, 23, and Colby Spear, 24 — in support of Men’s Health Month, which is June.

“The responses were definitely mixed,” Spear told ABC News. “They got the message for sure. I think some guys were genuinely appreciative of it. Others didn’t know what to make of it.”

Spear and Mak plan to continue the project throughout June and post the funniest conversations online.

“We always thought there were funny things to do with Tinder — both of us use it and joke about it,” Spear said. “It seemed like a perfect way to raise awareness.”

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Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The term “hurricane” conjures up images of all kinds of mayhem but when a storm is given a woman’s name, Americans don’t seem to worry about it as much.

And that could be a fatal mistake, according to researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University.

They took a look at death tolls from hurricanes going back to 1950 through 2012 and discovered that in the case of the 47 most severe storms, far more people on average died from hurricanes named after women (45) than from those with male names (23).

The difference in fatalities also widens when strongly masculine names are compared to those regarded as strongly female.

So what accounts for this disparity? The simple answer is that since people aren’t as intimidated by female-named hurricanes, they don’t take the same precautions.

As co-author Sharon Shavitt of the University of Illinois explains, the findings suggest “implicit sexism.” In other words, we don’t even realize we’re less fearful of a Mary than a Mark.

While the study is pretty astounding, there’s been no serious talk yet of changing the hurricane-naming system.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, N.J.) — There’s been an ongoing battle for years about whether taxing sugary drinks will help to ease the nation’s obesity crisis by discouraging people to pay extra for their favorite soft drinks.

The New York Times reports that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new study about this controversial topic, although it’s one that seems to shy away from politics in favor of what might work best about tacking on a surcharge to soda and other non-diet beverages.

Lead author Chen Zhen suggests that rather than taxing a sugary drink based on size, it would be more effective to do by the amount of calories per serving.

He calculated that calorie consumption would decline by 9.3 percent if there was four-hundredths of a cent tax per calorie rather than adding half-a-penny per ounce of beverage.

Zhen calls it a more equitable tax since it would provide “a better incentive to the consumer to switch to lower-calorie drinks, which would be taxed at a lower rate than higher-calorie drinks.”

The researcher does note that this tax might not be as effective as the high surcharge on cigarettes since people might get their sugar fix from other foods.

While trying to avoid the politics of boosting prices, Zhen argues, “We’re saying that if you’re going to tax them, the best way of doing that is on the basis of calories.”
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ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — Warm weather is here, and for many, that means thoughts of dropping a few pounds to be ready for the beach.

Chris Powell, master fitness trainer and host of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to share his five summer slim down tips.

Chris’s Tips:

  1. Drink a gallon of water every day. You don’t have to drink it all at once, but make sure your total water consumption for the day equals a gallon.
  2. Cut sugar, sodium and fatty foods from your diet.
  3. Implement a carb cycle, which means that you eat carbs on one day but not on the next.
  4. Remember resistance training.
  5. Keep up the cardio. It’s important to get your heart rate up, and the best way to do that is to run. Powell said people can start with 10 minutes of running a day and increase five minutes per week.

Check out Powell’s recipe for protein waffles or chicken tostadas.

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Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is California Chrome getting a new pair of horseshoes?

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner signed a deal with sneaker company Skechers ahead of the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, happening this weekend in Elmont, New York.

Skechers won’t be supplying Chrome with any actual shoes, but will be included on trainer and owner team jackets, caps and apparel, as well as California Chrome’s horse blanket and gear, the company said this week.

California Chrome could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years if he wins the race on Saturday. And if he does, Skechers merchandise will appear alongside the horse in the winner’s circle.

The company declined to say how much it is paying for the sponsorship deal, but ESPN reported that it was the largest deal in horse racing since UPS paid to advertise on Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown in 2008.

CEO Robert Greenberg told ESPN the company was purposefully marketing Skechers toward an older crowd with the sponsorship, since Nike had a hold on young shoe buyers.

“Nike is religion for a lot of kids, so it’s a tough market to break through,” Greenberg said. “We’re going after an older audience.”

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Metropolitan Police Dept(PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal) — Authorities who are investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann continued to look for clues Tuesday near the resort town in Portugal where the British girl disappeared seven years ago.

Investigators from Scotland Yard and local police combed the area — the size of three football fields — and used dogs to search the terrain, located about 300 yards where she had been staying with her family on vacation.

The McCanns have been desperately searching for their daughter ever since she vanished in 2007. They have launched several appeals, most recently a TV recreation on Britain’s version of America’s Most Wanted, showing the night Madeleine — who was 3 years old at the time — was snatched from her bed while her parents dined at a restaurant near their vacation apartment.

Portuguese police had originally closed the case in 2008 after authorities had detected that no crime had taken place.

Last year, the prosecutor’s office in Lisbon reopened the investigation, saying new leads had emerged during a review.

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