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Family of missing girl criticizes police probe

PHOENIX (AP) -- Nearly two weeks after a 5-year-old girl vanished outside her suburban home, police are no closer to figuring out what happened to her as her family continues to criticize the investigation.

Jahessye Shockley has been missing since Oct. 11 after police believe she wandered from her Glendale apartment while her mother was out running an errand. The girl's three older siblings were the last to see her.

Police have no evidence, suspects or promising leads. The family says police haven't given her disappearance enough attention.


Anti-smoking drug not tied to depression

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials said Monday that Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix did not increase psychiatric problems like depression and suicidal thoughts in two studies, though the findings are not definitive.

The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports of mood disorders and erratic behavior among Chantix patients since 2007. The agency said in a statement that two federally funded studies involving more than 26,000 patients did not show an increased rate of psychiatric hospitalizations among Chantix patients, compared with those using nicotine patches and smoking cessation treatments.

FDA regulators stressed that the studies only recorded psychiatric problems that resulted in hospitalization, meaning many issues likely went unreported. The studies by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department also were not large enough to pick up very rare side effects.

Groups like the Federal Aviation Administration have already banned the drug for pilots and air traffic controllers due to side effects.


State eyes challenge to Keystone oil pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska's governor said Monday that he will call a special legislative session for lawmakers to consider challenging the planned route of a massive transnational oil pipeline.

Republican Gov. Dave Heineman's decision means Nebraska, where the $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline project has faced some of its greatest resistance, doesn't want to leave the matter to the federal government. The State Department, which has authority over the pipeline because it would cross the U.S. border, is expected to decide whether to approve a permit for the project by year's end.

The proposed pipeline would deliver tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Supporters say it could reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil, while environmental groups say a spill could cause an ecological disaster.

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