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Reducing the number of homicides is a struggle that persists in cities across the nation. The number of killings “is the thing that is most damaging in terms of driving businesses and people out of a city,” says Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago. The District is set to see the number drop below its goal of 100 for 2012. (Associated Press)

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A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.