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90 teen pregnancies at one Memphis high school

Teen pregnancy epidemic has hit a school in Memphis! Nearly 90 students at Frayser High School are pregnant or have given birth in the last year, according to the latest statistics report.

Elton John, David Furnish become proud papas! Welcome son

British pop superstar Sir Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish have become the proud parents of a baby boy born to a surrogate in California on Christmas Day, US Weekly reported late Monday.

Stella McCartney gives birth to 4th child

London -- British fashion designer Stella McCartney has given birth to a fourth child, a daughter named Reiley, E! News reported Monday.

McCartney, the 39-year-old daughter of rock 'n' roll icon Paul McCartney and late animal-rights activist Linda McCartney, is married to British publisher Alasdhair Willis.

E! News said the designer gave birth to the 8-pound baby girl Nov. 23.

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Some Texas moms taking placentas home

Austin, Texas -- An Austin, Texas, hospital official says an increasing number of women are braving lengthy paperwork and fees to take their placentas home after giving birth.

Eileen Dunne, director of waste management for St. David's North Austin Medical Center, said placentas are considered medical waste under the Texas Administrative Code, so mothers who want to keep them have to file paperwork at a courthouse and pay fees of as much as $300.

Dunne told the Austin American-Statesman a growing number of applications to keep placentas have been crossing her desk.

"All of a sudden, it seems like one or two a month this year, which is definitively more than the one or two I'd see every couple of years," Dunne said.

Kelly Preston gives birth to a son

Ocala, Fla. -- Kelly Preston's publicist says the 48-year-old U.S. actress and wife of actor John Travolta has given birth to a son in a Florida hospital.

Baby Benjamin was born Tuesday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
Preston and Travolta are also the parents of a 10-year-old daughter named Ella. Their son Jett died in January 2009 after suffering a seizure. He was 16.

"John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family," representatives for the couple said in a statement issued to Wednesday. "Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."

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Pre-K boy expelled after growing out hair

Trenton, N.J. -- A New Jersey mother who has been letting her 4-year-old son's hair grow out since birth to benefit cancer patients says he was expelled due to his long locks.

Renee Szablewski of Brick Township said her son Jack was expelled from pre-kindergarten at St. Dominic School for violating the hair section of the dress code, which she said was altered to ban long hair for boys after she had already paid half of Jack's $2,500 tuition, the full $75 registration fee, a $10 student activities charge and made $520 in donations, the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reported Wednesday.

Giant panda gives birth at Zoo Atlanta

Atlanta -- The giant panda at Zoo Atlanta has given birth to a cub after about six hours in labor, officials said.

The panda, Lun Lun, is a mom for the third time, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Immediately after giving birth, Lun Lun scooped up the checkbook-sized baby and started bathing it, the report said.

Lun Lun's first delivery in 2006 required 36 hours of labor, while her second birth, in 2008, took nine hours.

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Study: Blind still use brain visual center

Washington -- People who have been blind from birth use a region of the brain normally involved in vision to refine their sense of sound and touch, a U.S. study has found.

Researchers led by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center say this helps explain why the blind have such advanced perception of these senses, abilities that far exceed those of people who can see, a Georgetown release says.

The study suggests the different functional attributes that make up vision, such as analysis of space, patterns and motion, still exist in the visual cortex of blind individuals.

Player accused of doping to give birth

Guangzhou, China -- A Hong Kong badminton player banned for doping said Tuesday she will prove her innocence by giving birth to a baby.

Zhou Mi, 31, told China Daily someone who takes drugs would never attempt to get pregnant.

"I will deliver a baby as soon as possible because I believe never dare anyone who takes drugs to do this," Zhou said.

The Badminton World Federation handed Zhou a two-year ban September 1 after a drug test in June indicated traces of the anabolic agent clenbuterol in her system.
Zhou insists she was unaware of using any medication that contained the prohibited substance though she admitted buying medicine for a cold during a badminton tournament in Southeast Asia before failing the drug test.

Lopez's girlfriend gives birth to daughter

Burbank, Calif. -- TV host Mario Lopez has confirmed his girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, gave birth to their first child in Burbank, Calif., during the weekend.

"We are so overjoyed. What an amazing, wonderful and overwhelming experience to welcome our daughter into the world," Lopez told "Extra," the television entertainment news program for which he is anchor.

Lopez and Mazza met in 2008 when they appeared together in the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line."

Their daughter, Gia Francesca Lopez, was born Saturday and weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, "Extra" said on its Web site.

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