Agence France-PresseJanuary 1, 2014 17:52
Homicides fell sharply in many leading US cities in 2013, plummeting by as much as 20 percent, official data showed on Wednesday.
America's biggest metropolises, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, which witnessed sky-high murder rates in the 1990s, saw a continuation of the downward trend of recent years.
New York recorded 333 homicides through December 29, 2013, according to city figures, 84 fewer than one year earlier.
There were also significantly fewer homicides in Los Angeles, the second largest US city, with a 17 percent decline last year.