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Jeffs placed in coma as a result of fasting

HOUSTON (AP) -- Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren S. Jeffs is in a coma in a Texas hospital after complications from fasting.

A person familiar with Jeffs' condition told the Associated Press on Monday that the coma was medically induced and that he is expected to survive.

Jeffs' attorney, Emily M. Detoto, said he was taken Sunday night to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Jeffs, 55, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hasn't been eating or drinking enough since he was sentenced this month to life in prison for sexually assaulting underage followers.

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> DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Bachmann's remarks blend God, politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told supporters that God was sending a message to Washington politicians through the earthquake and hurricane that hit the East Coast last week, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane," the Minnesota congresswoman said Sunday while giving a speech about the merits of small government and tea party activism.

"He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet, and we've got to rein in the spending."

Bachmann's press secretary said she made the remark in jest to prove a point.

-- Washington Post

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> MASSACHUSETTS

Obama uncle's bail bid alludes to White House

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- President Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving and told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House, authorities said Monday.

Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested last week in this town about 20 miles west of Boston after police said he rolled through a stop sign and nearly caused a patrol car to strike his sport utility vehicle.

Police said that after being booked, Obama was asked whether he wanted to make a telephone call to arrange for bail. "I think I will call the White House," he said.

Police said Obama, who is originally from Kenya and is the half brother of the president's late father, pleaded not guilty Friday and is being held without bail on a detainer from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, indicating that he was the subject of an earlier deportation or removal order.