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

AP – As a portly woman plodded ahead of him on the sidewalk, the obese mayor of America’s fattest and unhealthiest city explained why health is not a big local issue.

Obesity ’caused before birth’

A high-fat diet in pregnancy may cause changes in the foetal brain that cause over-eating and obesity, research suggests.

Periods of healthy old age ‘vary’

The health of older people varies widely across Europe, even in those with longer life expectancies, a report claims.

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)

In this June 5, 2008 file photo, Barack Obama's campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs,  speaks with reporters while in flight to Chicago.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)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)

General Motors headquarters is seen October 26, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. Picture taken October 26, 2008. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)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 pass in this week’s postelection session.

Iraqi Cabinet approves security pact with US (AP)

Iraqis clean up the site of a car bombing in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. A bomb in a parked car exploded near the National Theater in the mainly Shiite district of Karradah on Saturday evening, killing at least five and wounding 23, according to police and hospital officials. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)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.