Homicides saw largest jump ever in 2020; Black women see justice in R. Kelly verdict; Cowboys rout Eagles

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. Let’s get caught up.

Here are today’s top stories, celebrity birthdays and a look back at this date in history:


TOP STORIES

<p>FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. </p>

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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. 

FBI: 2020 homicides up nearly 30%, largest 1-year jump ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homicides in the U.S. in 2020 increased nearly 30% over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to figures released Monday by the agency.

Homicides and non-negligent manslaughters climbed an estimated 29.4% to 21,570, an increase of 4,901 over 2019, FBI data showed. It is the highest estimated total since the early 1990s, when homicides stayed above 23,000 a year as drug wars played out in many places in the U.S.

Violent crimes in 2020 went up by a more moderate 5.6% over the previous year while property crimes continued a nearly two-decade decline, falling 7.8%. Robbery and rape dropped 9.3% and 12% respectively.

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<p>Accusers and others demanding accountability for the R&B superstar over allegations that he was abusing young women and girls for decades say it took so long to get to a guilty verdict in part because his targets were Black. </p>

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Accusers and others demanding accountability for the R&B superstar over allegations that he was abusing young women and girls for decades say it took so long to get to a guilty verdict in part because his targets were Black. 

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity.

They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls.

And that, say accusers and others who have called for him to face accountability, is part of what took the wheels of the criminal justice system so long to turn, finally leading to his conviction Monday in his sex trafficking trial. That it did at all, they say, is also due to the efforts of Black women, unwilling to be forgotten.

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<p>Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and center Tyler Biadasz (63) celebrate a touchdown scored by Dalton Schultz in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. </p>

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and center Tyler Biadasz (63) celebrate a touchdown scored by Dalton Schultz in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. 

Prescott, Cowboys beat Eagles in 1st home game since injury

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott ran toward the tunnel, raising his arms to the fans and tossing them souvenirs after the Dallas Cowboys manhandled the Philadelphia Eagles in prime time.

The scene was a stark contrast to almost a year earlier, when the star quarterback was in tears as he rode on a cart through the same spot after the gruesome ankle injury that ended his season.

Prescott threw for three touchdowns in his first home game since the injury, Trevon Diggs returned an interception 59 yards for a score and the Cowboys beat the Eagles 41-21 on Monday night.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

<p>Pedestrians walk past a coronavirus information mural on a street in Mombasa, Kenya Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. </p>

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Pedestrians walk past a coronavirus information mural on a street in Mombasa, Kenya Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. 

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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