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N.J. Gov. Christie Underwent Weight-Loss Surgery In February

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose weight has been both joked about and treated as a real health concern, told The New York Post on Monday that he "secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery [in February] to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids."

"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," he told the Post. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."

During the 2008 presidential campaign, many pundits openly talked about Christie's weight as a hinderance to the vice presidency and, by extension, the presidency. But Christie told the Post that the decision to undergo surgery wasn't motivated by a potential White House run.

"It's so much more important than that," he said.

A Christie spokesman, by the way, confirmed the news to New Jersey's Star-Ledger. The newspaper followed up with a series of headlines, analyzing the surgery:

-- "Chris Christie's weight has long been a public topic"

-- "N.J. lawmakers praise Christie's surgery but won't speculate on presidential implications"

-- "Christie chose a weight-loss procedure with fewer complications"

Back in 2011, NPR's Carrie Kahn took a look at different weight loss surgeries. The bottom line, she reported, is that any surgery is "not a magic pill" for obese patients. Carrie reported, however, that more than 200,000 bariatric surgeries are performed annually.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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D.C., Maryland, Virginia Take Serious Step Toward Creating Metro Safety Panel

Leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have agreed on a proposal to create a Metro Safety Commission that is supposed to supplant the Federal Transit Administration’s temporary oversight role. It's a key step in a process that will rely on action in all three jurisdictions' legislatures.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

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