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Mr. Bankhead told the Associated Press the body appeared to have been severely beaten and sexually assaulted. He said the girl’s mother had been notified.

No suspect was in custody, Canton Police Lt. Jeff Hall said Monday afternoon.

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FDA revisits safety of newer birth control

Birth control drugs that were heavily promoted as having fewer side effects and the ability to clear up acne and other hormonal bothers are under new scrutiny from safety regulators.

Research suggesting that newer birth control formulations are more likely to cause blood clots than older drugs has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to consider new safety measures in meetings later this week. The increased risk is slight, but significant, because blood clots can cause potentially fatal heart attacks, strokes and blockages in lungs or blood vessels.

Regulators could order new warning labels on several contraceptives that gained popularity in the past decade, including Bayer’s pill Yaz, which was the best-selling birth control pill in the U.S. for 2008 and 2009.

Yaz, Yasmin and similar drugs use a version of a female hormone that appears to reduce side effects found in older drugs, including bloating and mood swings.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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