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Battling breast cancer in the Middle East, dangerous diet cocktails, the National At-Home Dads Convention and more!

Published October 6, 2006 11:16PM (EDT)

Associated Press, good news division: Princess Stephanie of Monaco criticizes the Roman Catholic Church for its opposition to condoms.

Associated Press, bad news division: California appeals court upholds the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Reuters: Cocktails made with diet beverages get you drunk faster.

Women's eNews: Breast cancer is the No. 1 killer of women in the Middle East. Now, the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative is facilitating information-sharing relationships between U.S. and Middle Eastern hospitals and workplaces to raise awareness in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Morocco.

Feminist Daily Newswire: Better late than never: Indonesia bans doctors and nurses from practicing female genital mutilation.

The Washington Post's parenting blog, On Balance: Blogger Rebel Dad says the National At-Home Dad Convention may be sort of a self-important professionalization of fatherhood, but it's fun nonetheless -- and anything that relieves the isolation of parenting is good.

Chicago Sun-Times: HMO gets sued for intentionally refusing pregnant women health insurance and reprimanding employees for signing up women in their third trimesters.

The New Yorker: Atul Gawande examines the standardization of childbirth, including contributions from trailblazer Virginia Apgar and the ongoing debate over forceps. The piece also includes a terrifying list of things that can go wrong in labor, which pregnant women may want to skip.

Last, a cool-new-blog alert: A Woman Was Lynched Today plans to track the deaths of women in the U.S. who are killed simply for being women. Blogger olvlzl writes, "These murders are lynching because the victims are murdered because of their gender just as other victims are murdered because of their race, ethnicity, religion or class. The cultural results of this include the terror women and girls live under because they are at greater risk." The blog invites readers to help keep track.

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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