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2nd teen survives jump off Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A 16-year-old girl became the second person in five weeks to survive a plunge from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge -- a 220-foot drop that is almost always fatal.

The unidentified teen lived through the drop Sunday and the 20 minutes she spent in the 53-degree water of San Francisco Bay before she was rescued, Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard motor boat that pulled the girl from the bay about 200 yards from the east side of the bridge said she was conscious and responsive. One witness reported seeing her swimming to stay afloat, Talmadge said.

In March, a 17-year-old boy who jumped from the bridge during a school field trip survived with only bruises.


Obama's face on chimp in e-mail draws protest

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The California NAACP is demanding an apology from an Orange County GOP official who sent out an e-mail picturing President Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee.

In a statement Monday, the organization called on Marilyn Davenport to resign from the Orange County Republican Central Committee.

Several other black leaders held a news conference to demand Davenport be thrown off the committee.

The e-mail shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face superimposed on the young chimp.

The text reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."

Davenport has sent friends and supporters an e-mail saying she won't resign.


Surgeon quits in flap over column on women

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The world's largest organization of surgeons has accepted the resignation of its president-elect after he wrote a Valentine's Day column for the group's newspaper that some found demeaning to women.

Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, a renowned surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Medical School, said Monday he had stepped down from his leadership post with the American College of Surgeons.

In the Surgery News editorial that Greenfield described as "lighthearted," he wrote that science indicates semen has a mood-enhancing effect on women and concluded it was a better Valentine's Day gift than chocolates. He also referred to a scientific study that described female college students who had unprotected sex as less depressed than those whose partners used condoms.

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