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L.A.'s long-declining violent crime total on pace to rise this year
L.A.'s long-declining violent crime total on pace to rise this year

For the first time in more than a decade, Los Angeles is on course to end the year with an increase in violent crime, police statistics show. The city's overall violent crime total is up 7.6% so far this year compared with the same time in 2013, according to figures released by the Los Angeles Police Department this week. The increase has been driven by aggravated assaults — attacks involving weapons or serious injury — which have jumped nearly 20%. The number of reported rapes has also climbed 7% over last year. Barring a dramatic reversal in the next few months, the city will break a remarkable run during which violent crime has fallen in each of the last 11 years....

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