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From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

This year, the men's U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team is packed with Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, and they've found an outlet in hitting, slamming and speeding across the ice as fast as they can.

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U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says

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A Homeless Teen Finds Solace In A Teacher And A Recording

Aaron didn't think he would ever tell a teacher he was living on the street. But sharing a recording of his personal story, he says, was a relief.

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From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

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States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon

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The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4 [Concerto No. 1 in E major, RV 269. La primavera. 3. Danza pastorale] Anne Akiko Meyers, English Chamber Orchestra, David Lockington (conductor)
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