WASHINGTON

Murders fall slightly

in 2017, FBI says

The number of murders and other violent crimes dipped slightly in the U.S. last year, according to new crime statistics released Monday by the FBI. The numbers suggest that the rise of violent crimes in recent years may be ending.

Rapes rose 3 percent in 2017, according to the data, while cases of manslaughter and murder decreased 0.7 percent compared with the previous year. Aggravated-assault cases increased 1 percent, while overall violent crimes dropped 0.2 percent.

In 2014, there were 1,153,022 violent crimes, which climbed to 1,250,162 in 2016. Last year, it dipped to 1,247,321, the FBI said.

Implant, rehab help

paralyzed take steps

Three people whose legs were paralyzed for years can stand and take steps again thanks to an electrical implant that zaps the injured spinal cord — along with months of intense rehab, researchers reported Monday.

The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working separately, isn’t a cure. The patients walk only with assistance — holding on to a rolling walker or with other help to keep their balance.

Not everybody who has a similar injury will respond the same, researchers cautioned.

 

DALLAS

Police officer who

shot neighbor fired

A Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was being buried in his Caribbean homeland.

Officer Amber Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left Botham Jean, 26, dead.

Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home.

 

Beacon Journal/

Ohio.com wires