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Detroit, Flint police say homicides drop in 2013

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DETROIT (AP) - Detroit and Flint police say killings are down in their struggling, post-industrial cities for the latest year.

As of New Year's Day, Detroit police are reporting 332 criminal homicides for 2013, compared with 384 last year.

Flint police said Wednesday that their city had 52 homicides in 2013, down from 67 in 2012.

Both cities have undergone decades of job and population loss, and both now operate under state financial oversight because of chronic municipal budget deficits. Detroit also is going through federal bankruptcy proceedings in the face of a long-term debt estimated at $18 million.

Detroit has an estimated population of 700,000, down from its 1950 peak of 1.8 million. Flint has about 100,000 people, compared with a peak of 197,000 in the 1960 U.S. Census.

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