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Josh Rubino, left, 11, races Zac Hajny, 11, who received an electric scooter as a Christmas present, in Salina, Kan.
Josh Rubino, left, 11, races Zac Hajny, 11, who received an electric scooter as a Christmas present, in Salina, Kan. (Tom Dorsey)

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Newborn brought to L.A. fire station

Los Angeles firefighters received an unusual Christmas delivery at a downtown station this year - a baby.

With a small bundle in her arms, a woman went to a station near the city's Exposition Park on Friday afternoon, telling firefighters she wanted to give her six-hour-old child up for adoption, a fire spokesman said Saturday.

Fire Capt. Scott Hilton said the baby appeared "well cared-for." Firefighters brought her inside and nicknamed her Noel, in honor of Christmas.

A nearly decade-old California law allows parents to give up babies up to three days old at fire stations, hospitals and other locations without fear of prosecution if there are no signs of abuse.

When she is released, the newborn will be placed with Los Angeles County child welfare officials.

- Associated Press

chicago

Jesse Jackson Jr. denies perfection

Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Saturday that he is a "public servant," not a "perfect servant."

The Democrat said that even as he has been dogged by links to disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and questions about his relationship with a female "social acquaintance," he has never deviated from his mission of bringing jobs to his Chicago area district.

Jackson said he carries the burden of his "personal shortcomings" even as he tries to help others.

The Democrat spoke after delivering a rousing Christmas message to hundreds of detainees at Cook County Boot Camp with his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

- Associated Press

Spider-Man actor walking again: The stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is walking again and is eager to resume the role despite injuries that have him confined to a New York hospital's intensive care unit, his father, Tim Tierney, said. Christopher Tierney walked Friday for the first time since falling during Monday's performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."


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