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The Israeli Cabinet met Monday to approve an independent public commission to look into Israel's bloody attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla. In the wake of the attack, international pressure is mounting on Israel to change its policy on Gaza. Baz Ratner/AP hide caption

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Pressure Mounts On Israel To Ease Gaza Blockade

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Youth teams play on an auxiliary outdoor rink before the 2010 New Year's Day Winter Classic NHL hockey game. New research shows that young players in leagues that allow checking are much more likely to suffer concussions and serious injuries than kids who play in leagues that ban it. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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In Youth Hockey, 'Checking' Ups Risk Of Brain Injury

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Thousands of U.S. troops are heading to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan to team up with allied and Afghan forces for "Cooperation for Kandahar," an operation to root out the Taliban in its stronghold, the country's second-largest city. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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America's Gamble In Kandahar

U.S., Allies Slowly Launch Effort To Tame Kandahar

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