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Social security recipients get their cost-of-living increase

President Reagan signed legislation Tuesday ensuring a cost-of-living increase for 36.1 million social security beneficiaries whose increases once appeared threatened by the low rate of inflation.

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He also signed into law legislation setting aside as wilderness areas more than 1 million acres of federal land in six states. The states involved are Wyoming, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.