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Indiana police contacted about potential killer in 2010

A string of unsolved strangling cases from the early 1990s to 2007 sit in the files at the Gary, Indiana police department. Four years ago, when confronted with details suggesting this might be the work of a serial killer, police declined to respond.

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Should the Fed tackle economic inequality?

Janet Yellen gave a speech last week that was unusual for a sitting chair of the Federal Reserve, though it doesn't seem to have gotten much notice apart from Fed watchers and liberals cursed with wishful thinking. That's a shame.

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Pack of smokes with that prescription?

Talk about a prescription for trouble. One in 20 pharmacy patients picking up a prescription to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or high blood pressure made another surprising purchase while they were at their drug store – a pack of cigarettes.  

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