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Abandoned van dog death lands Los Angeles man in prison

A Los Angeles man accused of leaving a dog to die from the heat inside an abandoned stolen van has been sentenced to more than a year in state prison.

Page County, Va., Sheriff John Thomas received an MRAP for his department in May. "Is it overkill? Yeah, it is. I mean, for our use, it's more armor than we need. But it's free," he says.

Should local police get the military's extra armored trucks?

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. These huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

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LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles.

California Superior Court judges censured for sexual misconduct, other behavior

Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner and Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward will remain on the bench despite the censures.

4 killed, several injured in a series of South LA shootings (updated)

Homicide investigators believe some of the shootings may be gang related but have not yet linked the incidents.

Captain arrested after boat runs aground in LA

Sheriff's Sgt. G. Montoya says the captain was arrested on suspicion of driving a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

Fighter War Machine extradited to Nevada

Mixed martial arts fighter War Machine has been extradited from California to Las Vegas to face charges he brutally beat his porn star ex-girlfriend.

Injunction blocks Los Angeles marijuana farmers market

The city attorney sought the injunction claiming it violates Proposition D, a voter-approved measure that limits the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A..

California mentally ill inmates get special units

State corrections officials agreed to create special housing units for mentally ill inmates after a federal judge ruled that keeping them in isolation violated their constitutional rights.

Map/Timeline: Man charged in series of shootings, named suspect in 4 others

Authorities say a Sylmar man is responsible for a series of shootings dating back to Aug. 20 that left four people dead. See an interactive map/timeline here.

Police don't have to share license plate data, judge rules

An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that local police do not have to share license plate data gathered through automatic scanners with the public.

Justice Department supports Native Americans in child welfare case

For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

Plea to Ferguson's leaders: to help heal, acknowledge our hurt

NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.

Woman charged in Los Angeles suburb church arsons

A woman has been charged with setting multiple fires, including two at churches. She was charged with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism.

Ezell Ford: LAPD releases names of officers involved in shooting

Civil rights activists criticized the department's decision to withhold the names of the officers for two weeks. Police say they were guarding against retaliation.