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Robotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
WASHINGTON, March 28 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration issued the following news:

By Christopher Menzie

VA San Diego Healthcare System Public Affairs

In a series of thumps, whirrs and clattering noises, Brandon Myers was able to achieve what his body would no longer let him do on his own. Augmented by brace support, motion sensors and a computer control system and further aided by his caregiver and crutches, he slowly walked forward in an upright posture. His steps were small and unbalanced at first but became more fluid as he got used to the machine ... Show Full Article

Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session With Fraternal Order of Police
WASHINGTON, March 28 -- President Trump issued the following remarks in listening session with the fraternal order of police:

THE PRESIDENT: The press must like you people. Look at all the press. Well, you're the greatest people. You keep us safe, right?


THE PRESIDENT: You keep us safe. It's a tremendous honor to welcome the Fraternal Order of Police to the White House. So many of you I know for so long, and you've been friends of mine, and you do a great job. Nobody braver.

I want to thank your entire leadership team, including your national president, Chuck ... Show Full Article

National Air and Space Museum's Trophy Awarded to Peter Theisinger and the Kenn Borek Air South Pole Rescue Team
WASHINGTON, March 28 -- The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum 2017 Trophy will be awarded to Peter Theisinger for Lifetime Achievement. In the category of Current Achievement, the Trophy will be awarded to the South Pole Rescue Team from Kenn Borek Air Ltd. The recipients will receive their awards March 29 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology and their history. As in ... Show Full Article

Looking for Action? It's Probably Happening at Peterson Fitness Center
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., March 28 -- The U.S. Air Force Peterson Air Force Base (21st Space Wing) issued the following news:

By Dave Smith, staff writer

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

The odds are pretty good that if a personal pursuit or hobby is fitness related, it can be found at the Fitness Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

More than 40 classes, many of them at no cost, along with other services are available weekly at the center. To add to that number, there are 50-60 special events taking place annually and it's no surprise there are between 2,000-2,500 users, ... Show Full Article

Flathead National Forest Seeks Comment on the Taylor Hellroaring Project
KALISPELL, Mont., March 28 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Flathead National Forest - issued the following news release:

The Tally Lake Ranger District is requesting comments on activities proposed in the Taylor Hellroaring Project. The district is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 6, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at the Whitefish Community Center located at 121 E. 2nd Street in Whitefish, to share information on the project and invite public comment.

District personnel have worked with a local collaborative group and have identified the need to treat vegetation ... Show Full Article

FHLBank System 2016 Combined Financial Report
TOPEKA, Kan., March 28 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news:

The 2016 Combined Financial Report for the Federal Home Loan Banks is now available. This report has been prepared from the financial information of each of the 11 FHLBanks.

To read the combined report, click here (

Click here ( to view FHLBank Topeka's annual 10-K.

Please ... Show Full Article

FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Rates Increased in February
WASHINGTON, March 28 -- Federal Housing Finance Agency issued the following news release:

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages increased from January to February, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts.

The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders Index was 4.27 percent for loans closed in late February, up 5 basis points from 4.22 percent in January.

The average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.25 percent, up 8 basis points from 4.17 in January.

The average interest ... Show Full Article