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Cycling legend and testicular cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and girlfriend Anna Hansen are expecting a baby. Armstrong was diagnosed in 1996 with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen. The harsh chemotherapy he underwent during treatment of the cancer left him unable to have children, although he and then-wife Kristin Richards had three children using sperm the cyclist had donated before the treatment. Armstrong and Hansen, however, are expecting without the use of any artificial fertilization process. CNN

A Saudi judge recently refused to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man — a union that was arranged by the girl’s father to settle his debts. CNN

New claims for unemployment benefits increased much more than expected last week as layoffs spread throughout the economy. The Labor Department says initial requests for jobless benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 586,000 in the week ending Dec. 20, from an upwardly revised figure of 556,000 the previous week. That’s much more than the 560,000 economists had expected. ABCNews.com

A water main broke yesterday flooding a commuter road just outside of Washington, D.C. and leaving several motorists stranded. The video below shows a driver and a child being rescued.

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