Calif. homicide rate lowest level in 45 years

LOS ANGELES

There was a big year-to-year decrease in murders. Homicides dropped 9.6 percent in 2010 compared to 2009.

Other violent crimes were down, too. Forcible rapes fell 6 percent.

Robberies were down 8.9 percent and aggravated assaults fell 4.6 percent.

The state attorney general said the decrease in violent crime can be attributed to hard-working police.

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