Crime & Justice

Man sentenced to 12 years in Hollywood & Highland stabbing

A homeless man who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing of a woman in Hollywood has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Woman exonerated in murder case after 17 years

A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Susan Mellen should not spend another minute in jail, and she's being processed for release from the courthouse in suburban Torrance.

Kidnap suspect found dead after standoff in Torrance

A man suspected of kidnapping his former girlfriend has been found dead after an hours-long standoff with police at a Southern California motel.

New York fire captain denies molesting boys in Hollywood

A New York City fire captain charged with molesting two boys in Hollywood has pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14.

Los Angeles police and autistic youth learn from one another

About 100 law enforcement officers were paired with autistic students as part of a unique daylong training program to educate both populations about the other.

MMA fighter 'Mayhem' Miller in custody after live tweeting standoff

Jason "Mayhem Miller," a mixed martial arts fighter, live-tweeted a standoff with the Orange County Sheriff's Department from his Mission Viejo home.

Student held in Yucca Valley high school threat

A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the Yucca Valley.

Supreme Court says it erred in halting Nevada gay marriage

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy's order issued a day earlier was an error that the justice corrected with a second order several hours later.

West Virginia won't fight challenge to gay-marriage ban

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office will no longer fight a court challenge to West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages.

Ex-USC professor admits lying on grant application

A former University of Southern California professor has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge of lying on a government research grant application.

Prop 47: Reducing property and drug crimes to misdemeanors

Proposition 47 would reduce some felony property and drug crimes to misdemeanors. Millions in savings would go to fund community rehabilitation programs. Opponents say it would derail realignment and encourage criminals to reoffend.

Los Angeles sued for $25 million in TSA officer's LAX shooting

The wife and family of the TSA officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport in November 2013 are suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million.

Former UCLA student pleads no contest to battery

A former student government commissioner at University of California, Los Angeles, has pleaded no contest to several charges including sexual battery and false imprisonment.

NFL owners see video on domestic violence

The presentation on domestic violence being given to NFL owners on Wednesday includes a powerful video by a former player appealing for recognition and action.

Former detective pleads not guilty to embezzlement

A retired Los Angeles police detective accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from a foundation that represents black police officers and employees has pleaded not guilty.

'7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins accused of child molestation

New York police say they have an open investigation into allegations that veteran TV actor Stephen Collins molested a teenage girl in the early 1970s.