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The Wall Street Journal: Violent crime dipped in first half of 2017 for first time in 2 years, FBI says

Violent crime fell slightly during the first half of 2017, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, signaling a possible slowdown in a two-year, nationwide rise in violence.

Violent crimes, including aggravated assaults, rapes and murders, dropped 0.8% across the country in the first six months of last year, the FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report showed, after increasing in the two previous reports.

The decline was offset by a modest increase in murders nationwide. Homicides alone increased 1.5% when compared with a year earlier, according to the FBI. In 2016 and 2015, homicides rose 5.2% and 6.2%, respectively.

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