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National Zoo raising 2 cheetah cubs by hand

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two cheetah cubs have a new home at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and are being raised by human hands after a risky birth last month at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia.

The zoo offered a first look at the now healthy cubs Wednesday and hopes to place them on view to the public in the cheetah yard by the end of the summer.

Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land. Scientists say every surviving cub is critical to sustaining the species, which is threatened with extinction in the wild. These cubs are genetically valuable because their mother and father were first-time parents.

When the cubs' mother, 5-year-old Ally, gave birth to the first cub in late April, problems quickly developed. Ally abandoned her first cub and left him in the cold on a snowy day. Then her labor stopped, even though she had three more cubs waiting to be born. Zoo veterinarians performed a "rare and risky" emergency Caesarean section and saved one more cub, along with the cheetah mother. Two other cubs died.



Birth records verified, Obama to be on ballot

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's secretary of state said Wednesday that Hawaii's official verification of President Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements, meaning the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.

The inquiry launched recently by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gave official weight to a long-simmering political controversy generated by some who claim that Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to hold the nation's highest office.

Obama attempted a year ago to end the dispute by releasing his long-form birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii. But skeptics maintained their stance, and eventually Bennett announced he would seek further verification.

Bennett said Hawaii officials "have complied with the request, and I consider the matter closed." His office says Obama's name will appear on the ballot as long as he wins his party's nomination and all paperwork is properly completed.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly verified Obama's citizenship as skeptics have maintained that the president was born in Kenya, his father's home country.



Reagan still recovering at home; fell in March

LOS ANGELES -- Former first lady Nancy Reagan is continuing to recover from a March fall at her home that left the 90-year-old with broken ribs, her spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

News of Reagan's injuries spread after she missed a scheduled appearance Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Library executive John Heubusch said from the stage that Reagan was watching the event on television at her home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles and would not be able to attend because of her injuries.

Reagan spokeswoman Joanne Drake confirmed that the former first lady fell at her home "weeks ago" and fractured "a number of ribs." Reagan has been hospitalized several times in recent years after falling at her home.

-- Los Angeles Times