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FBI: US Violent Crime Up for Second Straight Year

Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigations say violent crime in the U.S. has increased for a second straight year in 2006.

In its annual crime report, released Monday, the FBI says violent crime increased nationwide by 1.3 percent. The increase follows a rise of 2.3 percent in 2005.

The report shows that murders in large cities, with populations over one million, were up by 6.7 percent. They include cities such as Miami in the southeastern state of Florida, Oakland in the western state of California and Phoenix in the southwestern state of Arizona and New York City, among others.

Around the country incidences of forcible rape decreased by nearly two percent. Robbery saw an overall increase of near six percent.

The statistics were collected from more than 11,700 law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.