W. Virginia town shrugs at poorest health ranking (AP)

Obesity ’caused before birth’

Periods of healthy old age ‘vary’

Tsunami warning lifted after Indonesia quake (AP)

AP – A powerful earthquake struck waters off eastern Indonesia early Monday, briefly generating tsunami warnings for coastlines within 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) of the epicenter.

Vitamins C and E fail to prevent cancer

Men who took vitamin C or E supplements were no more or less likely to develop cancer than those given a placebo, indicating the antioxidants don’t prevent the disease, researchers said.

Obama staff combines DC minds with Chicago roots (AP)

AP – President-elect Barack Obama is forming a White House leadership team that combines experienced Washington insiders who can help build a bridge with Congress and trusted associates who share his Chicago roots.

Top Republican senators oppose automaker bailout (AP)

AP – Top Republican senators said Sunday they will oppose a Democratic plan to bail out Detroit automakers, calling the U.S. industry a “dinosaur” whose “day of reckoning” is coming. Their opposition raises serious doubts about whether the plan will …

Iraqi Cabinet approves security pact with US (AP)

AP – Iraq’s Cabinet on Sunday approved a security pact with the United States that will allow American forces to stay in Iraq for three years after their U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year.