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The Las Vegas Sun reports that Washoe County District Court Judge Egan Walker on Monday asked the Nevada Supreme Court to let him go ahead with hearings Tuesday to collect medical evidence about the woman’s case.

The woman’s parents want the state high court to stop the proceedings.

They argue that as their daughter’s legal guardians, they have exclusive authority over her health care decisions.

The parents want the baby to be born and perhaps offered for adoption.

They say their daughter has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. She was living at a group home when she became pregnant.

GEORGIA

Mayor: Police helicopter refurbished before crash

ATLANTA — Officials say the Atlanta police helicopter that crashed over the weekend and killed two officers onboard had been completely refurbished in recent years. Mayor Kasim Reed said at a news conference Monday the helicopter had been upgraded in 2004 and 2005. He did not say specifically what those upgrades were.

The helicopter crashed late Saturday while it was looking for a boy who had run away. The boy was found later unharmed.

MONTANA

Victim in bear-mauling identified as Pa. man

BILLINGS — Authorities in Montana have identified the victim of a fatal bear mauling at a wildlife casting company as a 24-year-old man originally from Pennsylvania.

The Gallatin County sheriff’s office said Monday that Benjamin Cloutier of York Haven was killed while cleaning the pen of two captive-raised brown bears at Animals of Montana near Bozeman.

One of the bears was shot and killed so Mr. Cloutier’s body could be recovered after the mauling Sunday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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