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  • 041112_birth_control_pillsThe report that teen pregnancy is an all-time low in America comes out at a time when birth control has re-emerged as a political issue. Since January alone, the Susan G. Komen flap, Rush Limbaugh's "slut" controversy, a birth control pill recall, and health care reform have all kept contraception in the headlines. The past week alone saw religious leaders speak out against the health-care coverage of contraception and the exit of Rick Santorum, whose "presence in the race pushed to the fore polarizing social issues, such as abortion, access to birth control and gays in the military" (AP).

    [Related: Birth-control pioneer says fight had personal costs]

    With the GOP presidential hopeful out, the focus on contraception might shift during the rest of the election campaign season, although arguments over contraceptive policies in healthcare reform will still keep it in the mix. Below, a look at the teen pregnancy report and contraception controversies.

    The numbers on teen pregnancy:

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  • The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
    Yahoo! and across the Web for Wednesday April 11, 2012
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    Research by Search editor Liz Streng

    George Zimmerman will have his day in court. A new criminal tops the list of America's most wanted.  Eager concertgoers are finally given the much anticipated lineup for the summer's biggest music festival.  Catch up on what's topping today's searches.

    STANDOUT SPIKES

    • Zimmerman Charged: George Zimmerman is to be charged in the February shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. "State Attorney Angela Corey is scheduled to hold a news conference at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., related to the Martin investigation." -- CBS News Related searches: george zimmerman, george zimmerman charged
    • FBI Most Wanted List: Alleged child pornographer Eric Toth has been added to the top 10, taking one of the spots left open by Osama bin Laden and Whitey Bulger. Related searches: fbi's most wanted, fbi most
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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has shocked the world by responding to a superviral blog, and she's having fun with it. If one of the highest ranking officials in the U.S. government got her own Tumblr page, what would it look like? No need to guess. If you're one of the millions of people who had the link to the blog Texts from Hillary sent to you, you're already familiar with the fake blog about what Clinton might say in texts to famous politicians and celebrities.

    It all began with a photograph of Clinton wearing a power suit with dark sunglasses as she sat checking her cell phone onboard a military aircraft. The Tumblr page was created by Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe as a joke to poke fun at the now infamous picture. The original blog featured faux text exchanges between Clinton and people like Oprah, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

    Well, the

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  • The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
    Yahoo! and across the Web for Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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    A presidential hopeful dropped out of the race, narrowing the GOP field to just three. Teen pregnancy rates drop, according to the latest reports. In a curious mix of fashion and politics, one drops a not-so-subtle jab about the state of the Americas. Check out what else is dropping on the Web.

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    • Rick Santorum: The former Pennsylvania senator has suspended his campaign. His daughter Bella, hospitalized Friday for complications due to Trisomy 18, was released Monday.
    • Teen Pregnancy: On average, rates are at an all-time low in the United States, but the U.S. rate of teen pregnancies is nine times higher than many other developed countries.
    • Guayabera: Cuban leader and fashionista Fidel Castro mocked President Obama's wardrobe choices for the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Colombia. "The curious thing, dear
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    Faced with a possible life or death situation, a 13-year-old boy kept calm, sprang into action, and may have saved lives. Jeremy Wuitschick is being called a hero for taking over the wheel of his school bus and steering it to safety when the driver started gasping for air and then suddenly fainted.

    Jeremy, a seventh-grader from Milton, Washington, told his local news station, "It was pretty scary. I was just acting on instinct. It was all happening really quickly." The situation could have gone in a completely different direction had it not been for Jeremy's quick thinking. Jeff Short, the assistant superintendent of the district in which Jeremy's school is located, said the children who ride the bus are trained in emergency situations. In fact, they've been taught how to shut the bus down in an emergency.

    Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes said of Jeremy, "He did the right thing,

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