Crime & Justice

Attorney general to stay in charge of OC salon shooting case

The California AG will not appeal a state court's decision to put it in charge of the case against Scott Dekraai. Before OC prosecutors were pulled from the case, they'd been seeking the death penalty.

Violent crime in LA rises for third straight year

For the third consecutive year, violent crime was up in Los Angeles.

Off-duty LAPD officer killed in Simi Valley crash

Police say Officer Heather Monroe, 30, died following a traffic collision at an intersection in Simi Valley shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

HighQ: Can DCFS take away your kids if you smoke marijuana?

If you smoke a lot of marijuana and forget to take care of your kids, there will be problems.

El Monte man's family says police shooting 'unjustified'

The parents of a man killed by El Monte police have filed a civil rights claim. The man was in a vehicle pursuit with officers who shot him in his car.

Sheriff's watchdog calls for review after fatal Christmas Eve shooting

Family members called 911 for help with a relative who was acting violently. Deputies later shot the man, who was holding sewing scissors. Civilian watchdogs want a review.

Murder investigators want to know what Amazon Echo overheard

Arkansas police have served a warrant to Amazon looking for possible recordings from a murder scene. Privacy advocates have predicted a wave of cases involving smart home devices and gadgets.

How the 'war on cops' plays into politics, policing

Many cops believe they're being targeted. But while more officers were killed in ambushes, statistically it is a small number. Still, as one former cop says, pulling up a spreadsheet doesn't help.

LA's busy immigration courts could swell under Trump

The nation's busy immigration courts – already burdened by an unprecedented backlog of half a million cases – could strain even more if a Trump administration steps up deportations as promised.

Police investigating Santa Monica synagogue vandalism during Hanukkah

Nothing specific about the vandalism — discovered on the second day of Hanukkah — indicated it was anti-Semitic in nature, but that possibility was also not being ruled out.

Man dies after being hobbled by San Bernardino sheriff's deputies

The sheriff's department says the man experienced a medical emergency and stopped breathing. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Santa Monica synagogue found smeared with feces on Hanukkah

Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz said he found feces and food smeared in a window near an electric Menorah and a sign wishing people a happy Hanukkah.

New California laws: wages, guns, texting, assault, mascots and more

Higher minimum wage and a ban on using "Redskins" as the name of a school team are among the latest California laws taking effect with the new year. See the list.

Family of 20-year-old brings first suit in Oakland warehouse fire

The lawsuit evoked the last moments of the San Francisco State University student, saying she was trapped on the second floor of the 10,000-square-foot building.

Scissor stabbing suspect fatally shot by deputies in Pico Rivera

A family member called 911 and said the man was combative and had a history of mental illness. He had stabbed a family member with scissors.

El Monte police fatally shoot man suspected of DUI

A man suspected of driving under the influence was shot and killed by El Monte police officers Friday night after leading police on a chase and then driving his mid-sized SUV toward them, authorities said.