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Ex-LA Coliseum general manager gets probation in scandal

County prosecutors say Wednesday's sentencing comes five years after Patrick Lynch pleaded guilty to one felony count of conflict of interest five years ago.

Officer-involved shooting in Fullerton

Orange County DA clears CHP officers in fatal shooting

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The CHP officers fatally shot Pedro Villanueva as he drove his truck towards them. The practice of shooting at moving cars has been banned by the LAPD and LA Sheriff's Department unless there is no other way to escape.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Baltimore Police Department's commitmen to a sweeping overhaul of its practices under a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.

As a new administration moves in, will our policing debate get uglier?

Scathing federal reports on police abuses, new polls showing cops are divided on matters of race, and a controversial Justice Department nominee all raise the specter of more national rancor.

2 people killed in separate police shootings Sunday

Long Beach police said a woman with a knife was shot dead Sunday morning after threatening customers at a Jack in the Box. Another fatal shooting occurred about 12 hours later in Azusa.

Notorious 'pillowcase rapist' loses freedom; re-hospitalized

A judge has ordered a notorious serial rapist who muffled victim's screams with a pillowcase back to a California state mental hospital because he violated terms of his release.

5 accused of helping suspect after LA sergeant's slaying

Sheriff's deputies say Sgt. Steve Owen was shot in October by 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell, who then pumped four more bullets into Owen's body as he lay on the ground.

Takata pleads guilty, to pay $1B for hiding air bag defect

Takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured.

Sheriff launches first police drones in LA County

Across California, 30 police agencies use drones to gather intelligence on barricaded suspects and in search and rescue operations. Privacy concerns remain.

Plan for LAPD civilian discipline panels moves forward

The union that represents nearly 10,000 rank and file LAPD backs the proposal, which would create all-civilian panels to review police misconduct. Studies show civilians are more lenient with cops.

Police say high-profile fatalities, protests have made their jobs harder

Pew surveyed nearly 8,000 officers. Among other things, the group asked about recent killings of black civilians by police and the protests that followed. Officers said they now feel less safe.

Grand juries can probe police shootings, California court says

A California appeals court has tossed out a law that sought more transparency by banning grand juries, which meet in secret, from determining whether police officers involved in fatal shootings should face criminal charges.

VW admits emissions cheating and cover-up, will pay US $4.3B

The penalty is the largest against an automaker in U.S. history. A grand jury also returned an indictment against six VW executives and employees for their roles in the scheme.

California DA finds police were justified in shooting death

No criminal charges will be filed against an El Cajon police officer in the shooting death of Alfred Olango last year. His family says they won't be swayed in their search for justice.

Dylann Roof sentenced to death

Dylann Roof, 22, murdered nine people in the basement of a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. He told the jury that prosecutors "don't know what real real hatred looks like."

San Bernardino shooter's brother pleads guilty to immigration fraud

The brother of the male attacker in the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting that left 14 dead pleaded guilty Tuesday to immigration fraud.

Federal prosecutors will retry former LA sheriff Lee Baca

Baca was first tried on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges last month, but the case ended in a mistrial because jurors could not come to a consensus. Eleven of the 12 wanted to acquit him on the charges. The new trial will begin Feb. 21.