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Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping

An injured leg can cause so much pain that some wounded veterans consider amputation. A brace invented at an Army medical center in Texas is getting them up and running again.

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Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line

Today, only seven states still have the sport, and most of the dog tracks are in Florida. A bill in the Florida Legislature could kill greyhound racing there — and possibly nationwide.

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In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now

The Taliban have threatened to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential election this Saturday. But in some areas where the group once wreaked havoc, the Afghan security forces are now in control.

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In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now

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Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping

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