Crime & Justice

3 men charged in human trafficking, child porn investigation

Prosecutors say William Clyde Thompson paid foster care provider and special education teacher assistant John David Yoder to recruit boys to be photographed for child pornography.

Grand juror's firsthand account of the power of prosecutors

Journalist Gideon Lewis-Kraus served on a grand jury in New York, and of the 100 cases he heard, almost all resulted in indictment.

False gunman warning panics LAX passengers

Police say the rumor of an armed gunman was started by an unknown person at one of the gates.

Using malware, hacker steal millions from banks, report says

According to a security company, hackers kept tabs on bank employees, transferred funds and then sent commands to ATMs to dispense cash at pre-determined times.

California man's murder case prompts new state law

The law, which took effect in January, makes it easier for a defendant to get a conviction overturned when experts recant their testimony.

Some see extreme 'anti-theism' as motive in N.C. killings

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina is a self-described anti-theist, what some some experts see as a new extremism developing among some atheists.

Woman stung by scorpion on flight from LA to Portland

The woman was stung just before the plane took off Saturday night. It returned to the gate and the woman was checked by medics.

Updated: Suspect in foiled Halifax massacre plot confesses

One suspect reportedly killed himself when his home was surrounded by authorities.

Police pursuit culminates in fatal shooting on 215 Freeway

A portion of the northbound 215 in San Bernardino was shut down due to all the activity. Other vehicles were hit during the pursuit as well, according to police.

Obama calls UNC murders 'brutal and outrageous'

The president spoke a day after the Justice Department announced an investigation into the killings of three Muslim university students as a possible hate crime.

Man who tried to sell stolen art in Los Angeles gets 4 years

Raul Espinoza pleaded no contest Friday to one count of receiving stolen property. Espinoza was arrested in October after trying to sell undercover FBI agents artwork worth more than $5 million.

Actor Emile Hirsch put woman in chokehold in Utah, police say

Authorities say actor Emile Hirsch put a woman in a chokehold during an altercation at a Utah nightclub that occurred during the Sundance Film Festival.

Long Beach man charged with stealing from unclaimed bags at LAX

LAX police said they believe the suspect is also responsible for previous baggage thefts at the airport.

FBI examining 3 slain in NC after Muslims claim hate crime

The FBI says it's launching an inquiry parallel to a police homicide investigation of three Muslims allegedly slain by a neighbor.

Community policing in Anaheim has successes — and critics

Anaheim renewed community policing after fatal shootings in 2012 sparked protests. Relations are better, but some say police still profile young Latinos.

LAPD blames gangs for jump in murders this year

So far, 29 people have been murdered in Los Angeles in 2015, up from 23 at this time last year. Most of the spike is happening in LA's poorest neighborhoods.