Missing woman found dead near makeshift coffin, authorities say


A missing woman was found dead Sunday morning near what appeared to be a makeshift coffin in a San Bernardino, Calif., parking lot, authorities said.


Witnesses called the police about 8 a.m. when they found the body near the plywood box, which was leaning against a chain-link fence in the 2500 block of North Del Rosa Avenue, said Sadie Albers, a spokeswoman with the San Bernardino Police Department. Police believe she may have been dumped in the box, which then fell open.


Authorities identified the woman as San Bernardino resident Marlene Santellan, 34, who had been reported missing by her mother a couple of days earlier.


It’s unclear when the woman died and authorities did not say if she had any visible wounds. But police said homicide investigators responded because of the “suspicious circumstances” at the scene. Coroner’s officials will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.


_Los Angeles Times


HPV vaccines save lives but could save more, UCD Cancer Center says


Human papillomaviruses account for nearly 40,000 new cases of cancer every year. Most HPV-related cancers are preventable with a vaccine, and yet the United States has relatively low vaccination rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.


The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center announced last week it is partnering with 69 National Cancer Institute centers to urge HPV vaccination and screenings, the center said in a press release.


“We know that vaccination against HPV saves lives by preventing many kinds of cancers, including cervical cancer,” said Primo Lara Jr., a medical oncologist and director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Health care providers are essential in recommending immunization, and parents can help us, too, by asking their doctors about vaccination.”


HPV is spread during sex and is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., according the National Cancer Institute.


About half of all infections are with a type of the virus that has a high risk of cancer, the Institute said.


HPV can cause cervical cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, penile cancer and oropharyngeal cancers, which develop in the throat.


The CDC recommends all children complete the series of vaccines between the ages 9 and 13. The vaccine is also recommended for men up to age 21 and women up to age 26.


In the United States, 49.5 percent of girls and 37.5 percent of boys have completed the HPV vaccine series, according the CDC. The Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal of reaching 80 percent vaccination rate by 2020.


_The Sacramento Bee


Fate unclear for migrant boat refused entry by Italy and Malta


ROME _ The fate of a rescue boat carrying more than 600 migrants and refused entry to Italy and Malta remained unclear late Monday, after its nongovernmental organization operator said taking up an offer from Spain may not be possible.


“The Spanish MRCC has offered to receive the Aquarius in Valencia,” SOS Mediterranee said late Monday on Twitter.


“This mobilization is a very positive signal although reaching Spain would require several days of sailing. With so many people on board under deteriorating weather conditions could become critical.”


It made clear that Italy, where migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean have routinely been brought in recent years, remained responsible for the situation.


“Safety of all rescued people should remain the priority before all. Italian maritime authorities must organize for a safe and fast solution for the 629 people on board,” SOS said.


A bitter row broke out between Italy and Malta this past weekend over which country should take in the Aquarius rescue boat, which picked up the migrants on Saturday and Sunday.


Spain attempted to defuse the situation by giving instructions for the boat to dock in Valencia to “avoid a humanitarian disaster” and its crew received official entry approval late Monday.


The NGO was blocked from docking by Italy’s new anti-immigrant interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who argued that people plucked from the Mediterranean should not all end up on his country’s shores.


“Clearly, politely raising our voice _ something that the Italian government had not done for a long time, for years _ pays,” Salvini said from the headquarters of his far-right League party.


Salvini had initially asked Malta to take in the Aquarius, but the government in Valletta said the issue was not its responsibility and accused Italy of “creating a dangerous situation.”


“Italy broke international rules and caused a standoff,” Maltese premier Joseph Muscat tweeted. “We will have to sit down and discuss how to prevent this from happening again,” he added.


Salvini said he saw the incident as a “first important signal” toward greater burden-sharing of migration inflows within the European Union.


He said he planned telephone conversations with French, German, Austrian, Belgian and Dutch counterparts on Tuesday to press the issue.


In March’s general elections, Salvini’s League scored major gains on the back of promises to expel more than 500,000 failed asylum seekers and other irregular migrants.


Italy has been the main entry point for Europe-bound migrants since 2015, and even previous interior ministers _ more moderate than Salvini _ complained about insufficient help from EU allies.


Malta, the EU’s smallest country, says it is ill-equipped to host large numbers of refugees. U.N. figures show that migrant arrivals in the country fell from 2,775 in 2008 to 23 last year.


_dpa