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Pedophile blames bingo for his transgressions. Plus, celebrity armpit-hair trends!

By Tracy Clark-Flory
Published December 6, 2006 1:44AM (EST)

The New York Times: Some women are opting for preimplantation genetic testing on their embryos to select for certain genetic defects. Some parents choose this option to ensure that their children share their disabilities.

Associated Press: Women in Kota Baru, Malaysia, will be hit with steep fines for showing their navel or wearing miniskirts, tight clothing or sheer blouses.

CNN: This week, a confessed child molester told a judge his wife's excessive bingo habit was to blame for his crimes. The judge offered this snarky reprimand: "Some people, when their wives are not home, decide to do other things, like clean their living rooms."

Reuters: Looks like Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf isn't stopping at last week's amendment of sharia rape laws. "More should be done for women apart from this bill," he said. "We want to empower you ... Your destiny, your future should [be] in your hand." Musharraf also said the government has plans for legislation to outlaw forced marriages.

In less consequential news from Reuters: Some Hollywood starlets are so busy they don't have time to shave their armpits. For her part, Maggie Gyllenhaal admitted to having "two-week-old growth."

BBC: Despite this year's U.K. veil row, a fully veiled woman will deliver the country's televised alternative to the queen's Christmas Day speech.

Health Day News: Underweight women are more likely to miscarry during pregnancy, according to a recent study. The good news, however? Chocolate reduces the risk of miscarriage.

Kaiser Network: Uh-oh, GlaxoSmithKine is under fire again! This time, advocates say 168 women were put at serious risk when given placebos during a test of the drug company's herpes medication.

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