Crime & Justice

Baca trial: Closing arguments tell different tales

Prosecutors presented phone records, emails and other records and used closing arguments to try to draw clean lines to Baca. The defense tried to tangle them.

Orange PD officers use fire hose on man before fatal shooting

The man locked himself in a minivan late Sunday with a gas can and lighter, and the hose was employed after he lit a cigarette and poured what appeared to be gasoline onto a rag, police said.

LAPD seeks thieves thick with makeup after $4.5M heist

Between Jan. 28 and Jan. 30, an unidentified number suspects cut through a warehouse roof belonging to cosmetics manufacturer Anastasia Beverly Hills.

3 dead in 5 days at Los Angeles County jails

The series of deaths worries jail watchdogs, given past documentation of widespread inmate neglect in the jails, which led to federal monitoring.

Police fatally shoot bloodied man chasing kids at Huntington Beach park

The shirtless man was threatening kids and families Thursday night, according to authorities.

Trump wants to detain more immigrants. He could — with California’s help

A KQED investigation found the government can likely ramp up detention capacity quickly — and California’s jails could play a key part.

Volkswagen pleads guilty in US diesel emissions scandal

The German automaker has agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties for a scheme to get around U.S. pollution rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.

County leaders consider change to how bail is set for jail inmates

L.A. County supervisors could change the bail system so that inmates would be released based on their criminal history and risk to the community, not on their ability to pay a set amount.

Watchdog cites subpar conditions for immigrants in OC jail

Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found immigration detainees held at the Theo Lacy jail in Orange were being fed spoiled meat and held in unsafe conditions.

California Supreme Court Justice Werdegar retiring

The court announced Wednesday that state Justice Kathryn Werdegar will step down Aug. 31. Republican Gov. Pete Wilson appointed Werdegar to the state's high court in 1994. She turns 81 next month.

The CIA document dump isn't exactly Snowden 2.0. Here's why

The alleged CIA documents reveal a hacking program that is very different from the one uncovered by Edward Snowden's NSA leak. One distinction: Mass surveillance vs. targeted attacks.

Why mixed-race Americans will not save the country

Realizing that a mixed-race society can also uphold racism is crucial to a nuanced understanding of the challenge of recognizing and overcoming racism and bias.

Discrimination by taxis at LAX down, report says

The report, requested by the City Council last year, was put together by the company that operates LAX in an ongoing effort to reduce cases of discrimination at the airport.

Partial human remains discovered at Buena Park home

Police continued to investigate what they believe to be the discovery of a human skull and partial skeletal remains buried beneath the yard of a Buena Park home on Monday.

100 protest over immigrant arrested after dropping off child

An ICE spokeswoman said Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 48, who was arrested by ICE agents last week, had multiple criminal convictions, including one for drunken driving.

FBI agent: Conspiracy trail leads to former LA County Sheriff Baca

FBI special agent Leah Tanner walked the jury through her investigation into the L.A. County jails — and how it ultimately took her to Lee Baca's door.