Crime & Justice

Police kill 3 men in 2 days in Southern California

The fatal officer-involved shootings happened in West Covina, Lancaster and San Diego.

Kings Voynov Suspended Hockey

LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

Voynov, 25, was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday and was also placed on probation for three years for misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse.

Smoke rises after a Syrian Rocket launcher shell on Islamic State positions in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus on Tuesday. News reports say the Islamic State has taken control of the city.

4 reasons to take the Fourth of July terror threat seriously

A terror warning was recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI for the Fourth of July holiday. Here's what experts say is behind the threat.

One woman's story of falling in with OC's 'ticket fixer'

Anaid Antunez had never gotten a ticket before. She wanted to make her DUI go away. She found a man through Craigslist who would do it — for a price.

Somebody is cutting Internet cables in California

There have been at least 11 attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year, according to the FBI. The most recent occurred Tuesday and disrupted service as far north as Seattle.

Family sues after Cal State Northridge frat pledge died on hazing hike

Armando Villa, who attended California State University, Northridge, died a year ago Wednesday after he collapsed during an 18-mile hike organized by Pi Kappa Phi.

Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in SF Chinatown case

Ex-Sen. Leland Yee entered the plea on Wednesday and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

DA wants death penalty in slaying of McStay family

District Attorney Mike Ramos filed notice Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court in the case against Charles Ray Merritt, who is being held without bail.

Los Angeles prosecutor sets up unit to investigate innocence

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Monday that the conviction review unit will join nearly two dozen other prosecutors' offices nationwide that review claims of innocence.

5 things cops and their communities can learn from each other

Last week, NPR's Michel Martin hosted a panel of LAPD officers, community leaders and activists to discuss policing in their communities. See our summary of the event.

California Supreme Court overturns death penalty case

The California Supreme Court has overturned the death penalty for a man convicted of murdering two clerks in Los Angeles County in 1993.

Supreme Court upholds use of drug implicated in botched executions

The justices voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Prison escapee David Sweat captured, ending weeks-long manhunt

Police say the convicted murderer who escaped from a prison in New York earlier this month, has been shot but captured alive. Just days ago, his accomplice, Richard Matt, was fatally shot by police.

Supporters rally for unarmed man shot by police in Los Feliz

Walter William DeLeon was shot and critically wounded by an LAPD officer along Los Feliz Boulevard June 19. His family has called the shooting unjustified.

1 wounded in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several men turned violent, but the argument was not tied to the event.

How well do hate crime laws really work?

Proponents of hate crime laws say tough punishments modify behavior and show society's intolerance of hate. But trying to measure the deterrent effect of hate crime laws is difficult.