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Federal judge calls for a return to firing squads

Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.

Palos Verdes peacock suspect

Is this the person killing the peacocks of Palos Verdes?


On July 9, an eyewitness saw a white male in his 50s or 60s fire a pellet gun at a peacock from a Mercedes, killing the bird.

Medical Marijuana

Huge raid targets pot grows California tribal land

More than a dozen law enforcement agencies are assisting the Yurok tribe in a large-scale raid targeting illegal marijuana grows along the Klamath River.

Ex-UCLA athletic official sentenced for child porn

Officials say a former associate athletic director at UCLA has pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography.

Kim Pham beating trial: Defendant testifies she didn't kick Pham in the head

One of the women charged in the Santa Ana nightclub beating death of 23-year-old Kim Pham took the stand Monday.

Former Bank of America worker sentenced for fraud

A former Bank of America employee was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for taking more than $1.2 million in bribes.

Murder charges filed in Stockton bank robbery

A 19-year-old man was charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder in a bank robbery and gun battle.

Boston Marathon bombing: Suspect's friend guilty of impeding probe

Prosecutors say Azamat Tazhayakov shared in the decision to get rid of Tsarnaev's backpack and other items to protect him several days after the 2013 bombing.

Do Pasadena Police need civilian oversight?

City officials say there's enough accountability, but community activists say it's not independent. A community debate is scheduled for Tuesday.

Drug sentencing guidelines reduced for current prisoners

The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday voted unanimously to reduce terms for drug traffickers already in prison.

Fire in downtown LA building reveals drug lab

Firefighters put out a blaze in a building in downtown L.A., but a hazardous materials team was called when a drug operation was discovered inside.

Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanville

California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.

FBI, cops crack down on South LA gang Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips

The FBI says more than 500 law enforcement officers served arrest warrants in a 30-month investigation targeting members of at South Los Angeles street gang.

Muslim jail inmates now guaranteed religious access in LA

Communal prayer at L.A.'s County jails is now guaranteed for Muslim inmates, following a new directive by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Bank robbers intended to take hostages, prosecutor says

A bank robbery and planned hostage taking spun into a chaotic police chase and furious gunbattle during which a mother of two and two holdup men were killed.

Suit filed by woman seen in CHP beating video

The suit was filed Thursday by Caree Harper, attorney for 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, against the commissioner of the CHP, the unidentified officer in the July 1 video and other officers.