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USA Today's Peter Eisler delves deep into the story behind the bacteria that haunts medical professionals' nightmares in the United States - CRE.

USA Today conducted extensive research, interviewing dozens of health care authorities; reviewing hundreds of pages of journal articles, clinical reports, and state and federal health care data to use in the article.

Eisler breaks down the data by summarizing key takeaways and spreading out data numbers throughout the article so that the reader can take each statistic easily in stride each time it is presented.

Eisler would have needed to know how to effectively navigate through numerous online databases to collect medical data and statistics as well as how to compile them in a comprehensive manner.

The article included a large interactive graph at the top of the article that simplistically illustrated the method CREs use to reproduce and spread between carriers. It also included a video report on the story that included scientists speaking knowledgably but plainly, Eisler summarizing information from the article, and simplistic graphics illustrating data talked about in the video.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday that doctors in Cuba found a third recurrence of cancerous cells in his pelvic area and would be undergoing surgery in the coming days, according to a Reuters report posted on the New York Times.

Chavez said in a televised address that if anything happened to him, Vice President Nicolas Maduro should be his successor, reported CNN.

Both sources said this is the first time Chavez has spoken publicly about a successor, a shocking revelation from a man who has played a dominant role in Venezuelan politics.

According to Reuters, an election would have to be held within 30 days if recently reelected Chavez were to leave office within the first four years of his next term under Venezuela's constitution.

The president has had three previous cancer operations in Cuba since the middle of last year, Reuters said.

Those who claim to have insider information say the president is much worse condition than he lets on in public, CNN reported.

Confusion ensues in Egypt's fight for democracy

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President Morsi of Egypt rescinded his Nov. 22 decree granting him near-absolute power but refused to cancel an upcoming controversial referendum Saturday leaving protestors confused about their next move, the Washington Post reports.

Opposition leaders, including the prominent National Salvation Front, called for more protests against the referendum on a draft constitution many have called illegitimate, according to the Post. But the eclectic views of anti-Morsi groups may undermine their ability to influence the vote, the Post said.

Confusion also remains over whether the new declaration replacing Morsi's Nov. 22 decree altered his ability to legislate without judicial oversight as the new decree still grants the president the right to make new decrees without oversight, according the Washington Post.

Morsi issued an order Sunday for the military to take over government security until after the results of the referendum and also granted soldiers the right to arrest civilians, essentially evoking martial law, the New York Times reported.

Opposition groups want to postpone the referendum for a thorough examination of the proposal, which they say has inadequate protection of human rights and contains provisions that could allow Muslim religious authorities more influence someday, according to the Times.

4-year-old boy fatally shoots 2-year-old brother

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A 4-year-old boy accidently shot and killed his 2-year-old brother in the Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, CBS reported Tuesday.

Authorities reported 2-year-old Neegco Xiong was pronounced dead in the ambulance at the scene, CBS said.

The father Kao Xiong, 33, said he had wedged the semi-automatic handgun under a pillow next to the bed's headboard, according to the Star Tribune Wednesday.

Xiong said he was home for lunch and his wife was vacuuming when they heard the single gunshot from the upstairs room where the two brothers were playing, the Star Tribune said.

Xiong attempted CPR on the 2-year-old while his wife called 9-1-1, according to the Tribune.

An investigation is being conducted and the findings will be turned over to the Hennepin County attorney's office, Sgt. William Palmer, a Minneapolis police spokesman told the Star Tribune.

According to CBS, a 4-year-old cannot be charged with a crime in Minnesota, but it is a crime to store a loaded firearm in a manner where a child can get to it.

Two Seattle women became the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in King County, Wash. Thursday morning, CNN reports.

Pete-e Petersen, 85, and Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, finally legitimized their 35-year relationship thanks to Washington voters approving Referendum 74 a month ago, CNN said.

Marriage licenses for same-sex couples were issued in Washington on Thursday, and will begin being issued on Dec. 29 in Maine and Jan. 1 in Maryland, according to CNN.

However, gay couples planning to get married on Jan. 1 in Maryland will be able to get post-dated marriage licenses as early as Thursday in some counties, according to officials reported by the Washington Post.

According to an opinion issued by the state Attorney General's office, clerks can issue licenses early for couples who want to wed on New Year's Day as soons as the governor formally declares that Question 6 was passed by voters, the Post said.

Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign such a proclamation Thursday morning, according to the Washington Post.

Clerks in about two-thirds of the state's counties plan to issue licenses before Jan. 1, reports the Post.

Wisconsin father ordered to stop procreating by judge

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A Wisconsin judge ordered a father of nine who has failed to pay child support not to have any more children until he can prove he can provide for them, the Journal Times reports.

44-year-old Corey Curtis has fathered nine children with six women and owes nearly $100,000 in back child support and interest, according to an Associated Press report.

"Common sense dictates you shouldn't have kids you can't afford," Racine County Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle said to the Journal Times.

Boyle sentenced Curtis to serve three years' probation with the condition that Curtis may not have any more children until he can show he can provide for them as well as prove he can financially support his existing nine children, the Journal Times said.

According to the Associated Press, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that affirmed a similar probation condition in 2001. The court ruled that the defendant's constitutional right to procreate wasn't eliminated because he could still have children if he could support them.

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