A woman dressed as Lady Justice joins over 100 protesters outside Sen. Chuck Schumer's office in 2017. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Police departments around the U.S. successfully closed just 32% of rape investigations in 2017, the lowest rate since the 1960s, according to FBI data provided to the AP.

The big picture: Despite technological advances, police departments still often lack the resources to solve rape cases and are less likely to find success via corroborating witnesses and physical evidence. And the low closure rate coincides with a the #MeToo era's social climate, where more people feel empowered to report their assaults to the authorities.

Go deeper: There are more rape crimes reported today than 10 years ago

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Trump refuses to answer question on whether he supports QAnon conspiracy theory

President Trump on Friday refused to answer a direct question on whether or not he supports the QAnon conspiracy theory during a press briefing.

Why it matters: Trump congratulated Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who vocally supports the conspiracy theory, on her victory in a House primary runoff earlier this week — illustrating how the once-fringe conspiracy theory has gained ground within his party.

Postal workers' union endorses Biden

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The National Association of Letter Carriers, the union representing roughly 300,000 current and former postal workers, on Friday endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, calling him "a fierce ally and defender of the U.S. Postal Service," reports NBC News.

Why it matters: The endorsement comes as President Trump has vowed to block additional funding for the USPS in the next coronavirus stimulus package, linking it to his continued baseless claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud.

Lawmakers demand answers from World Bank on Xinjiang loan

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U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers from the World Bank about its continued operation of a $50 million loan program in Xinjiang, following Axios reporting on the loans.

Why it matters: The Chinese government is currently waging a campaign of cultural and demographic genocide against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, in northwest China. The lawmakers contend that the recipients of the loans may be complicit in that repression.