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Photo: Dylan Bouscher/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images

In 2020, the U.S. experienced its biggest increase in murders since it began keeping a record in 1960, according to reporting by the New York Times.

Why it matters: Reasons for the spike may vary, however, analysts point to heightened pandemic-induced stresses, higher rates of domestic violence and increased distrust of law enforcement, per the Times.

The big picture: The new data was gathered for the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, which will be published next Monday.

  • Murders nationwide rose by about 29% in 2020, eclipsing the previous largest one-year change in murder, a 12.7% increase in 1968, per the Times.
  • However, the national murder rate remains one-third below its levels in the early 1990s, when it peaked at 9.8 murders per 100,000 people.
  • 2020 also marked the highest ever rate of murders committed with a firearm, at 77%.

Of note: While data indicate that murders continue to rise in 2021, the rate of increase is lower. However, the picture for 2021 is obscured by a lack of data, the Times noted.

  • The rate of violent crime rose by about 5% in 2020, meanwhile, other major crimes dipped last year.

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Consumer price growth remained high in September

A customer pumps gas into his truck at a Shell station on October 12, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The core Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the price of goods and services excluding food and energy, rose 0.2% in September, according to data released Wednesday.

Driving the news: The core CPI rate aligns with the 0.2% increase that economists predicted. The figure is up slightly from August but is significantly down from June's 0.9% increase.

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North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

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