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30,000 California prison inmates could be safely released, says report

| The report by a leading criminal justice reform group says despite great strides in reducing the inmate population, California can do much more.

Studies show 'proactive policing' works, but social cost less clear

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A sweeping new report surveys what's known about the effectiveness of policing strategies. It's crucial information for cities such as Chicago and Baltimore, as they cope with surging violence.

3 UCLA basketball players detained by police in China

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The Pac-12 says that several UCLA players were "reportedly arrested." They were taken into police custody in Hangzhou, China, after reportedly being accused of shoplifting.

USC's Tony Bland among 8 facing indictments in college hoops case

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Indictments have been returned against four assistant coaches charged in a bribe-paying college basketball scandal. The indictments were returned Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against eight of 10 men arrested in September.

Psychology of domestic abusers and mass shooters may overlap

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"There's a sense in a lot of these incidents, both mass shootings and domestic violence, that the perpetrator has a feeling of grievance," NYT reporter Amanda Taub says.

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In Texas and beyond, mass shootings have roots in domestic violence

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The man who police say killed 26 people in a small Texas church on Sunday had a record of domestic violence, making him sadly typical. Many suspects of mass shootings have similar histories.

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The Texas church shooter should have been legally barred from owning guns

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Authorities say that 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley had a brief and troubled enlistment in the U.S. Air Force before being court-martialed and discharged in 2014 for assaulting his wife and child.

Man who allegedly threatened runners with a fake rifle has been arrested

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Police say 51-year-old Joseph Fierro drove up to a group of people who were getting ready for the race in Azusa and made unspecified threats.

Woman killed in Santa Monica party bus shooting

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Police are looking for two or three men who were involved in the violent incident near the Santa Monica Pier.