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Finger bitten off during SoCal health protest

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- A demonstration over health care reform required emergency medical attention when one demonstrator bit an opponent's finger off in Ventura County.

Sheriff's Capt. Frank O'Hanlon says about 100 people demonstrating in favor of health care reforms rallied Wednesday night at a Thousand Oaks street corner when one protester walked across the street to confront about 25 counter-demonstrators.

O'Hanlon says the man got into a fight and bit off half the left pinky of a 65-year-old man who opposed health care reform.

A hospital spokeswoman says the man had his finger reattached by doctors and he was sent home the same night.

She says he had Medicare.

O'Hanlon says the attacker fled but authorities have a good description.

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