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Notorious 'pillowcase rapist' loses freedom; re-hospitalized

A judge has ordered a notorious serial rapist who muffled victim's screams with a pillowcase back to a California state mental hospital because he violated terms of his release.

5 accused of helping suspect after LA sergeant's slaying

Sheriff's deputies say Sgt. Steve Owen was shot in October by 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell, who then pumped four more bullets into Owen's body as he lay on the ground.

Massive Airbag Recall Prompts Safety Concerns

Takata pleads guilty, to pay $1B for hiding air bag defect

Takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured.

Sheriff launches first police drones in LA County

Across California, 30 police agencies use drones to gather intelligence on barricaded suspects and in search and rescue operations. Privacy concerns remain.

Plan for LAPD civilian discipline panels moves forward

The union that represents nearly 10,000 rank and file LAPD backs the proposal, which would create all-civilian panels to review police misconduct. Studies show civilians are more lenient with cops.

Police say high-profile fatalities, protests have made their jobs harder

Pew surveyed nearly 8,000 officers. Among other things, the group asked about recent killings of black civilians by police and the protests that followed. Officers said they now feel less safe.

Grand juries can probe police shootings, California court says

A California appeals court has tossed out a law that sought more transparency by banning grand juries, which meet in secret, from determining whether police officers involved in fatal shootings should face criminal charges.

VW admits emissions cheating and cover-up, will pay US $4.3B

The penalty is the largest against an automaker in U.S. history. A grand jury also returned an indictment against six VW executives and employees for their roles in the scheme.

California DA finds police were justified in shooting death

No criminal charges will be filed against an El Cajon police officer in the shooting death of Alfred Olango last year. His family says they won't be swayed in their search for justice.

Dylann Roof sentenced to death

Dylann Roof, 22, murdered nine people in the basement of a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. He told the jury that prosecutors "don't know what real real hatred looks like."

San Bernardino shooter's brother pleads guilty to immigration fraud

The brother of the male attacker in the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting that left 14 dead pleaded guilty Tuesday to immigration fraud.

Federal prosecutors will retry former LA sheriff Lee Baca

Baca was first tried on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges last month, but the case ended in a mistrial because jurors could not come to a consensus. Eleven of the 12 wanted to acquit him on the charges. The new trial will begin Feb. 21.

LA County to expand Sheriff's mental evaluation teams

The department has just 10 mental evaluation teams. Response times often top half an hour. Supervisors OK'ed a plan to expand the number to 23, and create a 24-hour triage desk.

Man who says he carried out 'Hollyweed' stunt surrenders, gets court date

Claiming responsibility for altering the Hollywood sign on New Year's Day, he turns himself in to LAPD. Police arrested and booked him on a misdemeanor trespassing charge before releasing him. A court hearing was set for mid-February.

2 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Pasadena vigil for homicide victim

Four people were shot, two fatally, in an attack at a vigil honoring a person killed last month.

LAX steps up security after Florida airport shooting

Los Angeles International Airport Police are deploying extra resources in terminals to beef up security in response to a shooting at Ft. Lauderdale's international airport.