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ON THE UP UP AND UP?

Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.
WHAT HAPPENED TO 'FREAK'?

It was just another sad story on the Los Angeles evening news: a homeless man in his mid-50s, found stabbed to death in a park in the San Fernando Valley, his body in a pool of blood behind the softball fields. It took several days for him to be identified as Frederick Smith, a musician who had left an indelible mark on the epochal '80s hardcore punk scene of Washington, D.C.
NOW IMAGINE LIVING ON WAY LESS

The median household income is roughly $59,000 a year. But around the country, even six-figure salaries for some single-person households don't necessarily furnish financial security.
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