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National

December 27, 2006

Risk found in heartburn drugs

Older people who take heartburn drugs, such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix, for long periods have an increased risk of hip fractures, possibly because the drugs block calcium absorption, Pennsylvania researchers reported today. pg 1a

Military-expansion plans sought

Despite warnings that the Army is stretched to the breaking point, President Bush is asking for plans to expand the military for a long war against terrorism, a senior administration official said. pg 3a

MARYLAND

IWIF cuts ties with Bromwell

Maryland's Injured Workers' Insurance Fund has severed ties with its embattled leader, agreeing to pay former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell $400,000 to step down in advance of his trial on federal corruption charges. pg 1a

Union Memorial wants helipad

Union Memorial Hospital wants to build a rooftop landing pad for helicopters, prompting worries from neighboring Charles Village, Oakenshawe and Guilford about noise and safety. pg 1b

Treatment, employment joined

Maryland health practitioners and advocates are helping adults with severe mental illness achieve more independence through an approach that combines treatment with employment. pg 1d

WORLD

At least 260 die in pipeline blast

A gasoline pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria, ruptured by thieves, exploded into an inferno yesterday as scavengers collected the fuel in a poor neighborhood. At least 260 people died in the blast. pg 11a

TODAY

Pop star Mario is on the move

At 20, Baltimore native Mario is all grown up. The R&B-pop star is expecting a busy year with a new album in the spring and a movie next month. pg 1c

SPORTS

Ochoa captures AP award

Golfer Lorena Ochoa, who swept all the major awards on the LPGA Tour this season, was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. Tennis player Amelie Mauresmo was second. pg 5e

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