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January 02, 2011
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Homicides fall in America's biggest cities

The two-decade trend is historic, but is it likely to be permanent?

By Kevin Johnson, Judy Keen and William M. Welch
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON, DC — When Washington debates whether America is safe, the focus now is usually on the increasing threat of terrorism — not violent crime.

That has largely obscured some good news about violent crime: Across the nation, homicide rates have dropped to their lowest levels in nearly a generation. And overall violent crime has sunk to its lowest level since 1973, Justice Department statistics show.

Full story: Homicides fall in America's biggest cities






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