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McCain faces surgery for enlarged prostate

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, will undergo surgery today, his 65th birthday, to treat a benign enlargement of his prostate and related symptoms, his office announced in a brief statement.

His office said that the condition is unrelated to the lawmaker's diagnosis of melanoma last year, and that Mr. McCain will be hospitalized for one or two days.

The former prisoner of war in Vietnam will be operated on at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, his office said in the statement yesterday.

Researchers create first alive circuit

German researchers have succeeded in connecting snail neurons to a silicon computer chip, to form the first ever partially alive circuit fueling hopes it heralds surgery to repair damaged nerves.

According to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers were able to put in place a "complete signaling pathway": from a semiconductor chip through a circuit of nerve cells back to the semiconductor.

"The experiment constitutes a fundamental step in neuroelectronic engineering," said researchers Gunter Zeck and Peter Fromhertz, of Munich's Max Planck Institute, in the report published yesterday.

Woman jumps from Seattle bridge

SEATTLE — A woman leaped off a 160-foot-high bridge yesterday after authorities closed a busy interstate because passing motorists were yelling at her to jump.

The 28-year-old woman's name was not released. She was rescued from the canal beneath the bridge and taken to a hospital, where she was in critical condition.

FDA approves pacemakerlike device

The government yesterday approved a groundbreaking new therapy for thousands of congestive heart failure patients, a novel pacemakerlike device that could help their struggling hearts beat more normally.

Medtronic Inc.'s InSync system works by boosting the heart's pumping power. The technique is called cardiac resynchronization, and cardiologists estimate it could help some 650,000 advanced heart failure patients who can't be helped by today's best medicine.

Almost 5 million Americans have congestive heart failure.

Teen sentenced for killing parents

COLVILLE, Wash. — A boy accused of killing four family members after he got caught videotaping his teen-age sister in the shower was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole.

William Lembcke, 16, was convicted earlier Monday of four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Dec. 23 shooting deaths.

The bodies of Robert and Diana Lembcke and their children — Jolene, 18, and Wesley, 11 — were found dumped along a rural road days after the shooting at the family home about 60 miles north of Spokane. Lembcke admitted sexually molesting his sister's body, police testified.

No charges filed in videotaped beating

PHILADELPHIA — No charges will be filed against Philadelphia police officers in the videotaped beating of a carjacking suspect just before last summer's Republican National Convention, the district attorney said yesterday.

District Attorney Lynne Abraham said a grand jury decided that Thomas Jones resisted arrest and that officers used appropriate force to restrain him.

Pregnant women smoke less

ATLANTA — Smoking by pregnant women dropped by one-third in the 1990s, with a particularly sharp decline among women in their late 20s and early 30s, the government said yesterday.

But health officials are worried about a disturbing trend: Pregnant teen-agers have been smoking more since the mid-1990s.

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