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Parents of Conjoined Twins Face Tough Decisions

Posted: 08/14/2007 - CLEVELAND — Their hopes for separation surgery blocked, the parents of twins joined at the head now face a daunting series of new decisions: where to raise the girls, who will monitor their health and how to pay for medical care. Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, which announced Monday that medical complications have ruled out separation surgery for 3-year-olds Tatiana and Anastasia Dogaru, said they would help the parents as they move forward.

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Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy Fats

Posted: 08/14/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Teaching children from a young age to eat a low-fat diet can work, even as they reach their teens and begin eating more meals away from home. Those who were taught to focus on healthy fats like in fish, nuts, seeds and oils from plants had slightly lower cholesterol levels, compared to those on unrestricted diets.

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U.S. Spy Speaks Publicly in Favor of Diverse Recruitment

Posted: 08/14/2007 - EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A spy who spent three decades undercover has come out of the shadows to support recruiting people from diverse backgrounds for intelligence work. Jose Rodriguez is director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service. He made his first public appearance Monday at a border security conference at the University of Texas-El Paso.

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President Bush Part of Growing Number of Lyme Disease Cases

Posted: 08/14/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The recent revelation that President Bush was treated for Lyme disease put him among a growing number of Americans who have gotten the disease. Health officials say cases of the tick-borne infection have more than doubled over the past 15 years. And experts say many cases go unreported, so the actual number of cases could be far higher.

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Mattel Recalls Millions of Chinese-Made Toys

Updated: 08/14/2007 - EL SEGUNDO, CA – Mattel, Inc. announced today that the company has voluntarily recalled one toy from the “CARS” die-cast vehicle line (“Sarge” character), manufactured between May 2007 and July 2007, containing impermissible levels of lead.

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Women Accused of Hoarding Dozens of Dog Carcasses in Trailer Home

Posted: 08/14/2007 - BIG SANDY, Texas (AP) - Two East Texas women face charges of animal cruelty after authorities found the remains of dozens of dogs in their Big Sandy trailer home. The dogs' bodies were stuffed into coolers, plastic bags and the freezer. Animal control officers also recovered nine living dogs.

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Fire at Arlington Playground Leads to Closure of Others

Posted: 08/14/2007 - ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Fire that destroyed a school playground in Arlington led district officials to close 20 others for safety reasons. Officials blame last Thursday's fire on spontaneous combustion of the decomposing wood fiber surface of the playground at Anderson Elementary School.

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Disturbance Reported at Mineral Wells Private Prison

Posted: 08/14/2007 - MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) - A disturbance broke out overnight among inmates at a private prison facility in Mineral Wells when the inmates refused to leave the recreation yard and return to their housing units. Two employees of the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility were treated on site for minor injuries.

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ERCOT, BTU Expect High Electric Use to Stay Cool

Updated: 08/14/2007 - There's a high demand for electricity as temperatures in parts of the state top 100-degrees. And with a heat advisory in effect, keeping cool is at the top of everyone's list.

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Former A&M Student Killed in Iraq

Posted: 08/13/2007 - An Aggie is the latest casualty of the Iraq war. Private First Class William Lawrence Edwards, 23, was serving his first tour of duty in Iraq, when he was killed Saturday during an attack in Arab Jabour.

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Paws With a Cause: More Than Just Man's Best Friend

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The Paws with a Cause Organization, trains dogs to sniff out some serious medical problems with their owners. Training for the dogs begins as a puppy, where foster parents socialize the dog to a variety of situations.

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Bryan's Budget, Roadwork, Ink Deal to be Discussed

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The city of Bryan's budget is up for discussion in Tuesday's city council workshop, where a review of last year's budget and a look ahead to the 2008 version will be discussed.

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New Treatment at The Med to Help Heal Old Wounds

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The hyperbaric chamber which simulates diving can hold about four people inside and can change the pressure within the chamber nearly six atmospheres. It was first developed as a treatment for diving disorders. However, locally the air treatment will most likely be used for wounds that are not healing.

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Jury Selection Begins in Bryan Murder Trial

Updated: 08/14/2007 - A Bryan man accused in the stabbing death of a woman and the severe beating of another man goes to trial this week. Michael DeWayne Young is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jury selection began Monday.

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Navasota Trustees Take No Action on Rumbo

Updated: 08/14/2007 - As of Monday night, Navasota High School Principal Brent Rumbo had not submitted a letter of resignation as the school district had asked him. The NISD superintendent Monday apologized to the district.

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Noriega to Appear Before His Trial Judge

Posted: 08/13/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega wants U.S. officials to send him back to his home country when he finishes his drug trafficking and racketeering sentence next month, but American prosecutors are pushing for him to be extradited to France to face another trial. Noriega is set to appear Monday before Senior U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler, the same jurist who presided over his original trial.

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Astronauts Begin Spacewalk

Posted: 08/13/2007 - HOUSTON — Two astronauts began a spacewalk Monday to replace equipment on the international space station as NASA worked feverishly to decide whether the shuttle Endeavour's crew would need to repair a gouge on the ship's belly later this week. A chunk of insulating foam smacked the shuttle during liftoff last week, creating a 3 1/2-inch-long gouge that penetrates all the way through the thermal shielding on the ship's underside.

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LA Mayor Calls for Investigation After Thousands Stranded at LAX

Posted: 08/13/2007 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mayor of Los Angeles wants an investigation of the weekend computer crash that stranded thousands of people at Los Angeles International Airport. Antonio Villaraigosa calls what happened "troubling and unacceptable." He says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should seek changes "to ensure faster and more convenient processing of passengers" in the event of another system failure.

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Bedias Woman Charged with False Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Report

Posted: 08/13/2007 - DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Texas woman who told authorities she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted has been arrested for making a false report, officials said. Alexandra I. Zografos, 19, of Bedias, claimed she was abducted by a man in Orion, Ill., on June 20 and forced to drive to a rural area near Muscatine, where she was assaulted by the man and another man, neither of whom she knew.

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