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The WSJ's analysis of homicide data since 1985 shows that 4 of the nation's 35 largest cities have gotten close to or exceeded the murder rate records set 25 years ago, when cities were fighting gang and drug wars.

The four worst U.S. cities: Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee and Baltimore.

Potential reasons:

  1. In interviews with WSJ, police chiefs attributed the homicide surge to a rise in gang violence, poverty, strained community relations and lax prosecution of gun laws.
  2. They also noted that the murder surge in these cities came after highly publicized police killings of black men.
  3. Homicides are concentrated in poorer neighborhoods, but poverty levels in these areas are similar to those in Philadelphia, where the violent crime rate is at its lowest in 30 years.

But there's hope: Murder rates remain historically low in New York City and Los Angeles. Chiefs in both cities point to improved neighborhood-policing efforts in recent years.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  5. Cities: Coronavirus pandemic dims NYC's annual 9/11 Tribute in Light.
  6. Politics: Biden signals fall strategy with new ads.

Harris: "Women are going to be a priority" in Biden administration

Sen. Kamala Harris at an event in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.

Facebook goes after Apple

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Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic.

The big picture: Facebook has never publicly gone after Apple, a key strategic partner, this aggressively. Both companies face antitrust scrutiny, which in Apple's case has centered on the very fee structure Facebook is now attacking.