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McCain undergoes prostate surgery
PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain underwent surgery yesterday for a benign enlargement of his prostate and experienced no complications during the operation, a spokeswoman said.
Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, whose 65th birthday was yesterday, will likely spend one to two nights at the Mayo Clinic Hospital and is expected to make a full and rapid recovery, said McCain spokeswoman Nancy Ives.
Enlargement of the prostate is common among older men and can lead to urinary difficulties.
During the procedure, doctors cut away enlarged prostate tissue blocking the urethra.

DNA tests link inmate to crime
OKLAHOMA CITY — Three months after a prisoner's rape conviction was set aside after DNA testing, an inmate already serving time has been linked to the crime, authorities said.
In May, Jeffrey Todd Pierce was released from prison after serving 15 years of a 65-year term for a rape at an Oklahoma City apartment complex. Tests showed that semen and hair samples taken from the crime scene didn't match his DNA profile.
The evidence was tested against all convicted violent offenders in an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation database and was found to match a man serving a 45-year sentence for rape and robbery, bureau spokeswoman Kym Koch said Tuesday. The name of the man was not released because he has not been charged.

Speeding car kills two children
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A car speeding through a residential neighborhood jumped a curb and plowed through yards where children were playing, and then hit a woman sitting on a porch. Two of the children died early yesterday.
A teen-ager was arrested.
Residents estimated the car was traveling at about 80 mph in a 25-mph zone Tuesday before it swerved and jumped the curb into a series of yards. Police said they do not yet know the car's speed.
Police said driver Dwion Wasson, 18, fled the scene, but was arrested nearby a short time later. He was charged with five counts of vehicular assault and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Police said charges are pending in the two deaths.

Pilot in Aaliyah crash had no license
MIAMI — The pilot of the ill-fated Bahamas flight carrying pop star Aaliyah and eight others did not have federal authorization to fly the plane and had been in court on a crack-cocaine-possession charge 12 days before the deadly crash, authorities said yesterday.
Luis Morales Blanes, 30, had not been listed as the pilot for the twin-engine Cessna by Blackhawk International Airways, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
She said the company is cleared to fly charters under an air-taxi certificate, which authorizes a single pilot to fly the Cessna. Miss Bergen said that pilot was not Mr. Morales.
The plane was bound for Opa-locka, Fla., when it went down Saturday shortly after takeoff on Abaco Island, 100 miles north of Nassau. Everyone aboard was killed in the crash or died later of their injuries.

Man to amputate feet live on Internet
LUMBERTON, Miss. — A disabled Mississippi man said yesterday he was planning to amputate his feet with a homemade guillotine and broadcast the procedure live on the Internet to raise money for new prosthetic legs.
Paul Morgan, a 33-year-old student who was paralyzed below the knees after falling out of a truck in 1986, seized upon the idea after his insurance company refused to pay to have his lower legs amputated and fitted with titanium prosthetic devices.
Mr. Morgan, an avid sportsman before his accident, said the surgery and prosthetics would allow him to walk normally and resume his active life.
Mr. Morgan needs about $150,000 to cover the cost of the prosthetics, follow-up surgery and rehabilitation. Only 20 persons so far have agreed to pay $19.99 to watch the Oct. 31 broadcast on Mr. Morgan's Web site, www.cutoffmyfeet.com .

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