■ Murders in the U.S. rose 10.8 percent last year— the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to new FBI data. The increase wasn’t uniform; it was driven by spikes in 10 large cities with major tension between the police and the black community, including Baltimore, Chicago, and Houston. Still, the murder rate is lower than it was in 2009.
The Wall Street Journal
■ The Trump campaign has paid Trump’s own businesses $8.2 million for services, including rent, food, and facilities. Trump has also charged the U.S. Secret Service $1.6 million so its agents can follow him around on a Trumpowned plane. Politico.com
■ The internet went wild over a photo of Michelle Obama hugging George W. Bush at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture last weekend. Some were touched by the bipartisanship displayed, while others photoshopped various figures in place of Bush, including Donald Trump. Slate.com
■ Some 3.5 million Americans climbed out of poverty last year, according to census data. Job creation and a higher minimum wage were the main drivers of the decline. The New York Times
■ The ashes of author Truman Capote have been sold at auction in Los Angeles for $45,000. “If it wasn’t Truman Capote, it would have been disrespectful,” said Julien’s Auctions president Darren Julien, noting that Capote loved attention. CNN.com