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No gun found on man killed by LA County deputies

Sheriff's deputies say Donta Taylor pointed a gun at them but investigators haven't found the weapon.

Activists rally to call for the removal of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in San Francisco in June over his ruling in a sexual assault case. On Friday, the judge was transferred from criminal to civil court.

Stanford sex assault case judge wants transfer to civil court

Judge Aaron Persky's six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman continues to cast a shadow over his career.

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Dozens of SoCal postal workers charged with fraud & theft

One former Mail Handlers Union executive allegedly stole more than 150 mobile phones and traded them through a website.

Ramen noodles are now the prison currency of choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates. It's not just that it's tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.

Group seeks court order requiring LA to search for LaBonge records

First Amendment Coalition wants a Superior Court judge to order the city to conduct another search for boxes of files that the former city councilman's staff had asked to be destroyed last year as he left office.

Deputies fatally shoot man in Compton following foot chase

Deputies shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them on Thursday night, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Few other details were available.

Does former sheriff Baca's Alzheimer's make him incompetent for trial?

Prosecutors want a federal judge to rule on Baca's mental competence rather than have it looming over the jail abuse case as it heads toward a Dec. 6 trial date.

Anaheim police shooting is headed back to court

A federal appeals court ordered the civil lawsuit against an Anaheim police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man to be retried because of improper evidence.

The pain of police killings can last decades

Cordero Ducksworth says he barely remembers his father, Roman, who died in 1962. And he didn't learn the circumstances of his death for almost 30 years. Now, he's fighting for justice.

How LAPD liaisons could help grieving families

The LAPD wants to hire liaisons as a comforting resource for the families of people shot by police. Despite the program's limits, one grieving mom supports the idea.

Dueling narratives about 14-year-old shot by the LAPD

Some talk of a bright, quiet, respectful boy. Others see a gang member who carried a gun. An anti-gang worker says many arm themselves out of fear.

California death row inmates are dying from illegal drug overdoses

The illegal drug trade in California prisons is nothing new. 

​Debate: Under CA bill, minors would be shielded from prostitution charges

Two bills are going through the state legislature that would protect minors from being prosecuted for prostitution.

As inmates shift to local control, some county jails see a spike in suicides

The rate of suicides seen in San Diego County jails shed light on a national problem: the increasing number of mentally ill people landing in jails.

Users seek shooting data from state site to restore trust

The requests provide a glimpse of the questions Californians have for their law enforcement officials, and what they want from 'open data' efforts.

East Hollywood man killed by LAPD suffered from mental illness

The man was shot after coming into contact with officers, but it's unclear what prompted the shooting. Police say Marcelo Luna was carrying a "bayonet-like" object.