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Boy genius becomes a physician at 21

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 21-year-old Chicago man who began college at age 9 and medical school three years later is about to become the youngest student ever awarded an M.D. by the University of Chicago.

Sho Yano, who was reading at age 2, writing at 3 and composing music at 5, will graduate Saturday from Pritzker School of Medicine, where he also received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology.

Yano earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University at age 12, finishing in three years and graduating summa cum laude, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. The average age of students entering medical school in the U.S. is 23. School officials worried that the rigors of medical school would hinder Yano's ability to have a normal adolescence.

"I never understood that," Yano said. "Why would being allowed to challenge yourself be considered more damaging that being totally bored?"

The University of Chicago admitted Yano in 2003.

The school made some accommodations because of Yano's age. Unlike most students, who begin their Ph.D. training after their second year of medical school, Yano began his after his first year.

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Rhode Island cellist is 2012 Miss USA

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, has won the crown in the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

The 20-year-old cellist from Cranston will represent the United States in this year's Miss Universe pageant.

Culpo topped a field of 51 Sunday to take the title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

She answered a question about transgender contestants by saying it would be fair for a man who became a woman to be named Miss Universe.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella from California crowned Culpo her successor at the end of the night.

First runner-up was Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, 27.