Crime & Justice

Research suggests gun background checks work — to a point

Background checks can help curb gun violence. In recent shootings though, evidence is tougher to see.

'El Chapo' back in prison — thanks, in part, to lure of Hollywood

Mexican authorities say the drug kingpin wanted to film a biopic about his life and reached out to producers, which helped officials track him down.

Mexican president: Drug lord Chapo Guzman re-arrested

President Enrique Pena Nieto has written in his Twitter account that fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been recaptured.

Baby taken in stolen minivan outside LA is found safe

An Amber Alert was issued for Caleb Castro, who was missing for about four hours after a thief ordered his two young sisters out of the Honda Odyssey and took off from a recycling center in neighboring Montebello.

Head of LA's police commission on reform: 'You have to change hearts and minds'

From Chicago to South Carolina, New York to Cleveland, police shootings and questions of how and when officers use force are drawing increased scrutiny.

White House: Obama can't pardon 'Making a Murderer' convicts

An online White House petition urging President Barack Obama to pardon Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey has nearly 130,000 signatures, assuring an official response.

Authorities seek stolen minivan with baby inside

Authorities are looking for a minivan with a 1-year-old boy inside that was stolen in an eastern Los Angeles suburb. The minivan license number is: 6TRZ025.

Feds say terrorism-related arrests made in Sacramento and Houston

Authorities said Thursday that two people have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in Sacramento, Calif. and Houston, Texas, including a refugee from Iraq.

LA calls on relatives of unstable firearm owners to seek new restraining order

"I would much rather see members of families err on the side of seeking the order than second-guessing what they should have done in retrospect," L.A.'s city attorney said.

LA County prosecutors reject Bill Cosby sex charges

L.A. County prosecutors declined Wednesday to charge Bill Cosby with sexually abusing two teenagers in 1965 and 2008, citing time limits and a lack of evidence.

Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack pleads not guilty

Enrique Marquez Jr., 24, faces a possible maximum sentence of 50 years. A key charge alleges he conspired to provide material support to terrorists.

San Bernardino shooting: Authorities try to fill in shooters' missing 18 minutes

L.A. FBI official David Bowdich said investigators are specifically seeking information about an 18-minute gap between the deadly attack and the shootout in which both attackers were killed.

I-5 Freeway reopens after shooting of suspect

The shooting of crime spree suspect Artyom Gasparyan shut down all lanes of the busy freeway, causing traffic to back up for miles during rush hour.

​'Lack of oversight' led to informant scandal in Orange County

A committee released a report Monday that says "lack of oversight" and a "failure in leadership" led to the jailhouse informant controversy.

LAPD officer-involved shooting closes 5 Freeway in both directions

A man critically wounded in an officer-involved shooting on the 5 Freeway following a police pursuit and a crash has been identified as a suspect wanted for murder.

Workers return to San Bernardino offices following massacre

Workers on Monday returned to their offices at the San Bernardino campus where 14 people died last month in a massacre, with a memorial held in the afternoon.