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Atlanta Homicides On Decline From Last Year

Jul 21, 2017
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Murders are down in Atlanta so far this year, after a spike in 2016, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

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The department says there were 43 homicides in the city between Jan. 1 and July 15. That's down from 62 during the same period last year.  

APD Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier is in charge of field operations. He credits a new, more aggressive mission by APEX, the force's tactical unit.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Spicer answered questions about the Dakota Pipeline, infrastructure, jobs and other topics.
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Outgoing press Secretary Sean Spicer says that he chose to resign from his position to give incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci a fresh start.

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Spicer says during a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press following his announced departure that, "we're at the point where" the president "could benefit from a clean slate."

He says he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to be able to build his own operation "and chart a new way forward."

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office via AP

Two Georgia prison guards failed to properly search and secure their prisoners on a transfer bus, enabling two inmates to free themselves and rush forward to overpower and kill the guards who had violated numerous security procedures, officials said Friday in reports on the deadly June escape.

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The two reports lay the blame for the escape on the slain guards, and corrections officials said numerous procedures are being revised in response.