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Do-it-yourself 'ghost guns' bypass background checks, firearm registration

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| When Kevin Neal went on his deadly shooting rampage last week in California, he used "ghost guns": homemade weapons built from kits and instructions found on the Internet.

LA County approves one of the nation's largest-ever wrongful conviction payments

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Frank O'Connell spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. L.A. County supervisors on Tuesday approved a settlement in the case — one of the largest such payouts in the U.S.

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Attorneys filing Vegas shooting lawsuits in LA with 450 plaintiffs

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The new lawsuits were filed in Los Angeles with the intent to get the cases before a jury less likely to be influenced by the size and clout of a casino company, according to one lawyer.

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PBS and CBS fire Charlie Rose after misconduct claims

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PBS has distributed Rose's interview show since 1991, and CBS had previously suspended the veteran newsman. The head of CBS News said there is nothing more important than assuring a safe, professional workplace.

ACLU slams Anaheim for high rate of officer-involved deaths

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Since 2003, more than 30 people have died as a result of force used by on-duty Anaheim police officers, according to a new report from the ACLU.

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LA Assemblyman won't run again following harassment allegations

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Los Angeles Democrat Raul Bocanegra is the first political casualty in a wave of sexual harassment allegations at the Capitol.

2nd woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of improper conduct

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Franken already faced a Senate ethics investigation over a previous allegation, but this one is potentially more damaging because it would be behavior that occurred while he was in office.

Former AP reporter recalls surreal spectacle of Manson trial

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Linda Deutsch covered high-profile trials for the Associated Press for 46 years. She recalls the gruesome murders and 1969-1971 trial of Charles Manson and three female followers.

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Charles Manson, cult leader of brutal 1969 murders, dies at 83

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The murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people in a span of two nights gave Manson a unique and infamous position in the American cultural imagination.