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Police seek help in murder of Van Nuys transgender woman

Van Nuys police are calling for the public's help in their investigation into the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found in a burning apartment complex early Saturday morning.

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Video exists of 'Suge' Knight in deadly hit-and-run, attorney says

An attorney for Marion "Suge" Knight says there's video of an incident in which the hip-hop music mogul hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one.

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Ezell Ford case: LAPD officer had history in neighborhood


LAPD Officer Sharlton Wampler has patrolled the neighborhoods of South LA since at least 2008. He and another officer fatally shot the unarmed Ezell Ford in August.

Update: 'Suge' Knight booked on suspicion of murder

Authorities say Marion "Suge" Knight argued and exchanged punches with a man before allegedly running him over and fatally striking a friend with his pickup truck.

Beck admits 'mistakes were made' in event with ex-Mexican Mafia leader

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said late Thursday that "mistakes were made" and that he had directed the department "to more thoroughly review future events" before committing resources.

Gavin Smith: Drug dealer charged with murder of movie executive

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 42-year-old John Lenzie Creech was charged Thursday with 57-year-old Gavin Smith's death.

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

The announcement of the settlement came after three days of trial. The terms were confidential at the Boy Scouts' request.

Southern California post office burglar sentenced to prison

The U.S. attorney's office says Jose Guerra of Los Angeles was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty last fall to postal burglary.

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

Fifty-four-years ago, the eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and protesting at McCrory variety store in Rock Hill.

What happens to those named in LAPD 'suspicious activity reports'?

The LAPD's SAR program is a national model for reporting suspicious activity related to terrorism. But critics say it sweeps up innocent people.

Ventura police seek public's help in grisly attack on homeless man

Police say they're still hoping to talk to potential witnesses in the case of a homeless man who was set on fire near a Ventura beach over a week ago.

Woman ordered to stand trial for car crash that killed 4

Margo Bronstein has been ordered to stand trial for plowing into people leaving a Christmas church concert, killing three women and a 6-year-old boy.

Ex-LA councilman completes house arrest sentence

Alarcon and his wife were convicted of perjury and voter fraud in July. Prosecutors say they claimed to live within his council district but actually lived outside of it.

Child abuse and neglect laws aren't being enforced, report finds

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.

LAPD had 35 suspected ‘suicide by cop’ incidents in 30 months

The LAPD Inspector General reviewed a series of shootings over a 30 month period and identified common characteristics in apparent suicide-by-cop cases.

LAPD's Beck wants police-tracking app disabled

Waze users mark police — who are generally working in public spaces — on maps. Law enforcement is concerned that it can also be used to hunt and harm police.