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Wanda Sykes' double mastectomy is aggressive treatment for DCIS

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog

September 23, 2011, 1:55 p.m.
Wanda Sykes has revealed to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that she had a double mastectomy this year after doctors found evidence of early-stage breast cancer in her left breast.

As she explains on the program set to air on Monday, it all started with routine breast-reduction surgery. But then pathologists discovered that she had ductal carcinoma in situ, also known as DCIS.

“I was very, very lucky, because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer,” Sykes told DeGeneres.

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U.S., Israel Walk Line on Palestinian Finances

Any financial collapse of the authority could threaten unrest and a breakdown in Palestinian security forces. In a worst-case scenario, hobbling the Palestinian Authority could create a power vacuum that would leave Israel to take care of the daily affairs of Palestinians in the West Bank for the first time since the Palestinians gained autonomous rule there 16 years ago, analysts and officials say.

The appetite to impose penalties, however, could be tempered by concerns in the U.S. and Israel that a liquidity crisis could threaten Mr. Abbas's rule.

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Now the question confronting GOP leaders including

Now the question confronting GOP leaders including Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is whether to push the legislation to the left or the right in hopes of passing it through the House and reaching agreement with the Democratic Senate before disaster aid runs out for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters early next week.

Boehner said that rejection of the measure could backfire on tough-on-spending conservatives.

"They could vote `no' but what they're in essence doing is they're voting to spend more money," Boehner said Thursday. "Because that's exactly what they'll have."

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GOP leader sees House vote on new disaster bill

The No. 2 House Republican says the chamber will vote on a bill providing relief for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters and approving billions of dollars to keep the government functioning next week.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia told reporters that he expects the chamber to vote on the measure Thursday night.

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