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Slayings dim hopes in Chicago

CHICAGO — A bloody weekend in which seven people died has abruptly ended, for now, hopes that Chicago might be putting a lid on its frightening homicide rate.

The homicides put the total for the year at 40 — the same as for January 2012. That year ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008. With a few days still left in the month, Chicago is poised to have the deadliest January since 2002, when there were 45 homicides.

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