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Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

NEW YORK — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.

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Newtown victim’s animal shelter dream turning real

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Before she was killed in the Newtown school massacre, 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard raised money from returnable bottles and cans to buy bones for dogs at the pound and designed business cards for an imaginary animal shelter, listing herself as “caretaker.”

Democrats’ Florida push calls for US shift on Cuba

MIAMI (AP) — When Charlie Crist went to Miami’s Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba.

Scientists withdraw report on stem cells

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported they found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to “extensive” errors in the research.