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Health

Ravages Of Heroin Addiction Haunt Friends, Families And Whole Towns

Deaths from heroin nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013, and demand for the drug isn't dropping. Towns across the U.S. are grappling with the deadly epidemic — including a once-idyllic town in Ohio.

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Law

How Solitary Confinement Became Hardwired In U.S. Prisons

Early experiments in isolating inmates took place at a Philadelphia prison in the 1800s. Though discredited as cruel, the practice was later revived nationwide during the drug war.

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The Salt

Italy, Land Of Pizza And Pasta, Is Gluten-Free Friendly

Only 1 percent of Italians have celiac disease, similar to the rest of the world. But since gluten is everywhere, there's high public awareness about it and more than 4,000 gluten-free eateries.

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