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Serial killer investigation leads to cold case review

The trial of Darren Deon Vann, who is under investigation for at least seven deaths of women around Gary, Indiana, is now reaching across several states. Authorities in Austin, Texas and North Carolina say they are reviewing cases of unsolved killings for possible links to Vann.

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Are contractors a way around ‘no boots on the ground'?

At the heart of today’s debate about what to do about ISIS is the question of whether to send in “boots on the ground.”  President Obama has publicly promised that no new ‘boots’  -- combat troops -- will be sent to Syria or Iraq. But there are already thousands of people on the ground in the Levant region on the American payroll and more being recruited each day- they're called contractors or security advisors.  

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Operation Lame Name

It has been nearly a week since the Obama administration gave the American military action against ISIS its official name: Operation Inherent Resolve.  We have tried to get into it. We have tried to rally around the flag. But it cannot be done.

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