Crime & Justice

A policeman detains a suspected member of the MS-13 gang at a checkpoint in San Salvador during a ban on public transport imposed by the gangs.

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How El Salvador fell into a web of gang violence

Gang violence wasn't always rampant in El Salvador. Rev. Gerardo Mendez, who works with youth in gang-controlled areas, sat down to talk about how gangs became so powerful in this small country.


LAPD officers shoot, kill suspect after rear window shattered

The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.

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Planned Parenthood in Thousand Oaks reopens following arson

Someone came up and smashed a window at the facility with a rock last Wednesday, then threw an accelerant and lit it on fire, according to the Sheriff's Department.

How the FTC suit against vengeful weight-loss company sets legal precedent

The FTC is suing Roca Labs – a weight loss company – for legally going after customers that posted negative reviews of its products

VW pollution test site under scrutiny amid cheating scandal

When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside was cleaner than in the surrounding strawberry fields.

LAPD to issue Tasers to all officers

The move comes amid a national outcry over police shootings, and officials hope equipping officers with the weapons will reduce the probability of lethal force.

LA police fatally shoot man after patrol car window shatters

Investigators are working to determine what caused the window in the patrol car to break.

4 teens arrested in alleged shooting plot at high school

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department announced Saturday that the shooting plot at the school in Tuolumne in the Sierra Nevada foothills was in the beginning stages and no one got hurt.

Woman sexually assaulted near Cal State Northridge

LAPD describes the suspect as Latino man who is 6-feet-tall and about 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a black shirt and dark pants.

Reward of $50,000 offered for information in fatal hit-and-run

Police say a woman was struck while crossing a street with a male friend early Sunday in Sherman Oaks. The woman died at the scene, but her friend was not injured.

Governor Brown signs anti-racial profiling bill

The law will give the public and police data to assess anecdotes of racial profiling, said the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego.

Authorities close LA jails to visitors following escape

Authorities say the escaping inmate assaulted several deputies on his way out. Three suffered minor injuries.

Teen driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 5

Bradley Morales, who was 16 when the BMW he was driving careened off a freeway in Irvine, was also charged with driving without a license and failure to show proof of insurance.

Rialto Police shoot suspect during domestic violence call

A suspect was shot by police during a domestic violence call in Rialto, the Press-Enterprise reports. The man who was shot has been sent to the hospital.

Oregon shooting updates: Details emerge on gunman, victims

In the Los Angeles-area suburb of Torrance where Mercer lived for a short time several years ago, neighbors recalled him as uncommunicative.

Oregon killings beg question: Have we become numb to mass shootings?

At least nine people are dead and seven others are in the hospital after a lone gunman opened fire on several classrooms at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.