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A new test to predict an ordinary woman's odds of getting breast cancer works better than a method doctors have relied on for decades, researchers reported Friday. The test is the first to combine dozens of genes and personal factors like age and childbearing to gauge risk in women who don't have a strong family history of the disease. They account for three-fourths of all cases.

In a California study to check its validity, the $397 OncoVue test correctly classified 50 percent more women with breast cancer as high risk than the current method did. But doctors shouldn't rush to buy it, specialists say. More research is needed to prove the worth of this and other tests claiming to predict risk, they say.

LOS ANGELES

O.J. allegedly gave ring in trial tampering

Alfred Beardsley, a key witness in O.J. Simpson's Las Vegas trial, acknowledged to a Nevada investigator that the former NFL star paid him off in exchange for altering his testimony to help the defense, the investigator said Friday. "I asked what did you get to change your testimony," said investigator Bill Falkner. The answer, he said, was the Hall of Fame ring. Beardsley was ordered to produce the ring by Friday.

Bahrain

Commander questions land raids on pirates

Days before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to ask the U.N. to authorize "all necessary measures" against piracy from Somalia, the commander of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said: Not so fast. U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said that striking pirate camps in lawless Somalia could open a can of worms. It is difficult to identify pirates, and the potential for killing innocent civilians "cannot be overestimated," Gortney said.

china

Ex-Taiwan president faces corruption case

Chen Shui-bian, former president of Taiwan, was indicted Friday on corruption charges, making him the first former president of the country to face criminal prosecution. Chen, who served from 2000 to May of this year, faces charges that he and his family pocketed millions of dollars in campaign funds. The police released Chen this morning and said he was barred from leaving Taiwan.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Diesel limits pass despite truckers' plea

California cracked down on diesel air pollution Friday, adopting the nation's toughest rules despite pleas from truckers who said they would be bankrupted in a sinking economy. The state Air Resources Board said the health benefits far outweighed the financial pain. "This regulation will save more than 9,000 lives," said chairwoman Mary Nichols.

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    Blogs

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    Business

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    Crime

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    Local Government

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