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Homeless science whiz isn’t finalist in contest

BRENTWOOD | A New York high school student who attracted national attention after it was reported that she was living in a homeless shelter is not among the 40 finalists in the prestigious Intel Science contest.

Brentwood High School senior Samantha Garvey was named a semifinalist last month. The finalists were announced Wednesday.

After Miss Garvey’s situation came to light, Suffolk County officials announced they were arranging for her family to move into a house. She also appeared on the “Ellen” show, where she received a $50,000 college scholarship.

On Tuesday, she was an invited guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address.

In an appearance Wednesday on the “Today” show, Miss Garvey said the presence of so many “historic figures” made her want to combine her studies in science with policy.

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Orangutan 1st in U.S. with birth control device

CLEVELAND | An orangutan at a Cleveland zoo has become the first such animal in North America to receive an implanted birth control device.

The Plain Dealer reported that a Cleveland Clinic women’s health specialist made a house call at the zoo Tuesday to demonstrate how to implant the contraceptive. It’s about 1 1/2 inches long, slightly thicker than pencil lead and is meant for humans.

General curator Geoffrey Hall said the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo doesn’t want the young Bornean orangutan named Kira to breed, at least not yet. The procedure went well, and Kira was back on her feet within hours.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports