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October 16, 2008|By From Sun news services

Cheney is treated again for abnormal heartbeat

WASHINGTON : Vice President Dick Cheney was treated "without complication" yesterday for an abnormal heartbeat, his office said, making a short visit to a hospital to restore his normal rhythm with an electric shock. It was the second time in less than a year that Cheney, 67, who has suffered four heart attacks, had experienced and been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart. Sensing a problem early yesterday, Cheney saw the White House physician. The vice president participated in regular morning briefings with President Bush and remained working at the White House until he went to George Washington University Hospital in the afternoon for treatment.

Residents return as L.A. fire fears diminish

LOS ANGELES: Residents of the San Fernando Valley breathed air free of smoke and ash for the first time in four days yesterday under brilliant blue skies. Nowhere could Los Angeles police be found using bullhorns to order residents out of homes and away from deadly fires that have blackened more than 34 square miles and destroyed more than 50 homes. The last evacuation orders for two big fire areas at opposite ends of the valley were lifted, though some locations were open just to residents. The winds that helped spread the flames were slack, though temperatures were rising and the largest fire, which has consumed more than 20 square miles near Porter Ranch, remained only 20 percent contained. Helicopters and air tankers were still attacking the flames.

2 Mormon missionaries attacked in Australia

SALT LAKE CITY : A Brigham Young University basketball player on a two-year Mormon mission and another missionary were attacked and stabbed while returning to their apartment in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said yesterday that BYU forward Chris Collinsworth, 19, of Mapleton, Utah, and David Ferguson, 21, of Great Falls, Mont., "suffered multiple non-life-threatening stab wounds in an unprovoked attack." A New South Wales state police spokeswoman said that Collinsworth and Ferguson were attacked Tuesday night by three unknown men who made no demands of the two missionaries. Church officials are working with the Australian authorities on the case.

18 insurgents killed in Afghan-Taliban battle

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan : Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints ringing a key provincial capital in southern Afghanistan for the second time in a week, sparking a battle in which 18 insurgents were killed, a provincial police official said yesterday. The attack late Tuesday came only two days after hundreds of militants gathered on the horizons of Lashkar Gah for an apparent large-scale assault on the capital of Helmand province. NATO called in fighter aircraft and 60 militants were reported killed. The second attempt on the capital of the world's largest opium-producing region would appear to signal the Taliban's interest in disrupting a major government center.

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