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FILE - EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Dallas Wiens, 25, speaks during an interview in Fort Worth, Texas. Weins was critically burned in a 2008 high-voltage power line accident and received a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, during the week of March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
FILE - EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Dallas Wiens, 25, speaks during an interview in Fort Worth, Texas. Weins was critically burned in a 2008 high-voltage power line accident and received a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, during the week of March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

BOSTON -- A Texas construction worker badly disfigured in a power line accident two years ago has received the nation's first full face transplant at a Boston hospital.


WASHINGTON -- One year after President Barack Obama signed his historic health care overhaul, the law is taking root in the land. Whether it bears lasting fruit is still in question.


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AGING WELL:  Adult day-care centers face recession-driven funding cuts (Post, December 1, 2009)

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White House backs off cancer test guidelines (Post, November 19, 2009)

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