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Senior US military commanders favor withdrawing troops from Iraq within 23 months, not the 16 months President Obama has often mentioned, officials said Saturday. Army Gens. Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, and David Petraeus, the head of the US Central Command, prefer the longest of three options, the other being 19 months.

All but one of 126 ice fishermen stranded 1,000 yards off the shore of Lake Erie were rescued Saturday after an 8-mile-wide ice floe moved out of reach. One person died when he fell into the water while searching for a link to the shoreline. The fishermen used wooden pallets as a bridge over a crack in the ice, but the floe broke loose when the crack expanded.

The procedures used in the Jan. 26 birth of octuplets to a California woman have prompted the state's Medical Board to open an investigation of Nadya Suleman's doctor. The board wants to check for possible violations "of the standard of care." Suleman used the same fertility specialist to give birth 14 times altogether with fertilized embryos.


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