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Girl's prosthetic leg stolen - again

In Temple City, Calif., for the second time in recent months, somebody broke into a 16-year-old girl's home and stole her prosthetic leg - including one that had been donated after the first crime, authorities said. The thieves took a $12,000 cosmetic leg and a donated $16,000 leg that Melissa Huff uses to play softball, her mother, Lisa Huff, said. She said a camera in the room was untouched. "It's insane. Who hates her that bad?" Lisa Huff said. "I went back to the girls' room and the room was trashed."

Reporter fails to get job with royals

A reporter for the Daily Mirror has been arrested at Buckingham Palace after applying for a job with the royal family, the British tabloid said Wednesday. It said one of its reporters, whom it did not name, was detained Friday. It said the journalist had been engaged in "a legitimate journalistic enterprise" when he was detained. Buckingham Palace refused to comment, saying it was a matter for police. The Metropolitan Police said a 25-year-old man had been arrested "on suspicion of trying to obtain pecuniary advantage by deception" after checks revealed false details in his job application. He was released on bail and ordered to return to a London police station in March.

Australia transfers abortion pill powers

Australia's Parliament today stripped regulatory control of an abortion drug from the country's health minister - a staunch Roman Catholic who once warned of an "epidemic" of abortion in Australia. The House of Representatives today approved the bill with overwhelming support on a voice vote. The issue has created a fierce debate across the political spectrum and has drawn the attention of activists in the United States and Europe. The Senate voted 45-28 last week to take regulatory authority over the abortion pill mifepristone - also known as RU-486 - away from Health Minister Tony Abbott and hand it to the country's main drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Abortion in Australia is regulated by the states, and has been legal for 30 years. The procedure is funded by Australia's public health system and there is little debate among lawmakers over whether it should remain legal.

BLACK LEADERSHIP

Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice got the most support among blacks asked to name the nation's most important black leader.

Jesse Jackson 15%

Condoleezza Rice 11%

Colin Powell 8%

Barack Obama 6%

Louis Farrakhan 4%

Oprah Winfrey 3%

Martin Luther King Jr. 3%

Al Sharpton 2%

Self 1%

Not sure 21%

Other 14%

None 13%

The AP-AOL Black Voices poll was conducted Jan. 9-Feb. 3. It is based on interviews with 600 black adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. Results were weighted to represent the population by demographic factors such as age, sex, region, race and income. The margin of error is

+/- 4 percent points for adults.

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