Crime & Justice

Scientists still seek a reliable DUI test for marijuana

Coloradans can get arrested for driving while stoned. But with no good roadside tools, officers' determinations are more subjective than for alcohol DUIs. Scientists hope to find chemical markers.

It's now illegal to text while crossing the street in Honolulu

Laws that ban tapping on a phone while driving have become common, but in Hawaii, a new escalation targets pedestrians.

​Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug, LA to follow

Proponents say the nasal spray to reverse an overdose can be administered by a friend or family member before emergency responders arrive. That can be the difference between life and death.

Coming to a city near you: Total eclipse mania

The big solar eclipse is less than a month away – August 21 is the exact day.

​Man charged with fatal Oakland warehouse fire seeks bail

Max Harris, 27, will ask a judge for a significant reduction of his $1.08 million bail, which he has been held on since his June arrest on 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter.

​3 accused of pimping teens in LA trafficking ring

The teens, between 15 and 17, were lured into the commercial sex operation that solicited customers through postings on the internet.

No charges in Santa Ana police shooting of unarmed teen

The Orange County district attorney's office says there's insufficient evidence to show Santa Ana Detective David Prewett committed a crime when he shot Steve Salgado in January.

Inmate death latest black mark for OC Sheriff's Department

The death of 27-year-old Danny Pham in an Orange County jail has resulted in the suspension of five jail workers. It's the latest scandal to hit OC law enforcement.

Virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

Los Angeles police alone have received more than 250 reports of such crimes in the past two years, and people have wired more than $100,000.

LAPD justified in killing of 14-year-old boy, commission rules

The L.A. Police Commission decided the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Romero, 14, was justified. Romero was one of the youngest people ever killed by the LAPD.

Former LA County Sheriff Baca's prison term delayed

Baca is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals allow him remain free on bond pending his appeal. The request automatically delays his surrender pending a decision.

LA Sheriff Baca's prosecutor: The corruption 'shocked' him

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox reflects on his prosecution of ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials, and the need "to stop that culture" of impunity.

LA police shoot knife-wielding man in Westlake

School police officers at Esperanza Elementary came across a Hispanic male holding a knife around 2:45 a.m. near 7th Street and South Union Avenue.

VW's settlement in emissions scandal reaches $1.3 billion

Volkswagen Group of America acknowledges rigging 11 million of its vehicles with software used to cheat on vehicle emissions tests.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

A Nevada parole board decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

LA County mulls $400K for family of man killed by deputies

A witness said she saw Antonio Perez with a gun as sheriff's deputies chased him, but no gun was found at the scene of the 2015 shooting.