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Parents, Coaches Worry About Concussion Risks

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Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in several big cities across the U.S., including Minneapolis, Chicago and San Francisco. Jonathan Steinberg hide caption

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Political Crisis Thrust Upon Tragedy-Ridden Haiti

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President Johnson (center) signs the Medicare Act in 1965 as former President Harry Truman (right) looks on. Now the cost of Medicare threatens to crush the federal budget. LBJ Library/National Archives hide caption

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Counting The Reasons Why Deficits Keep Growing

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