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A state government report said on Friday that California’s homicide rate fell by 7.8 percent in 2010 to the lowest level since 1966, in-line with a U.S. drop in violent crimes that researchers have attributed in part to better police work.

The nation’s most populous state had a homicide rate of 4.7 per 100,000 population, down from the year before when the rate was 5.1, said the California Department of Justice.

In another significant development, the homicide rate from 2001 to 2010 fell by a quarter, the agency said.

Source: Alex Dobuzinskis Reuters for Reuters.

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