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Dog tracks cornered by wagering woes, racing foes

Updated: 07/09/2014 - Greyhound racing's decline began years ago with the spread of casino-style gambling. To appease track operators, states gave them fat subsidies from the new gambling revenue.

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UPDATE: Acting VA Secretary Gibson visits Dorn Center

Updated: 07/09/2014 - Gibson told reporters Wednesday that while improvements have been made, more work is needed to improve patient care in the veteran health care system. He spoke following a visit to the Medical Center in Columbia.

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Watchdog: Retaliation complaints jump at VA

Posted: 07/08/2014 - In a related development, the VA said it is restructuring its Office of Medical Inspector after a highly critical report by Lerner's office last week.

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Texas governor to meet with Obama on border crisis

Posted: 07/08/2014 - But House Speaker John Boehner says the proposal falls short. A spokesman says Boehner wants to see the National Guard used to provide "humanitarian support" in the areas that are affected.

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World's tallest water slide set to open Thursday

Posted: 07/08/2014 - The ride was originally scheduled to open on May 23 when the water park's season began. The next scheduled opening on June 5 was postponed, and a June 29 date also was delayed. Park officials have said the delays were needed to allow for more testing.

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South Carolina Episcopalians take fight to court

Posted: 07/08/2014 - The national church wants the group, which calls itself the Diocese of South Carolina, to return $500 million in property. The churches say the land and buildings were paid for by members past and present and belong to them.

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Lawyers: Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

Posted: 07/07/2014 - The NFL last month agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody questioned whether there would be enough money to pay all claims.

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Pope asks sex abuse victims for forgiveness, vows to hold bishops accountable

Posted: 07/07/2014 - In his homily, the pope didn't spell out just how he would hold bishops accountable -- and whether that would include firing bishops and other church leaders who systematically moved pedophile priests from parish to parish to avoid bringing shame upon the Catholic Church.

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Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

Posted: 07/03/2014 - Overall, the study found that when people were left alone to think for six to 15 minutes, they rated the experience on average in about the middle of a 9-point scale of enjoyment. About half gave it a rating at the halfway mark or below.

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Judge: No bond for dad in boy's death in hot SUV

Updated: 07/03/2014 - The judge's decision Thursday means Justin Ross Harris will remain in jail. Prosecutors laid out their case against him before that ruling, portraying him as a man who was unhappy in his marriage.

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