Crime & Justice

Rescuers are searching for Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso, reported missing on Friday, in Joshua Tree National Park in California,

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Were Joshua Tree hikers' deaths a mercy killing?

Did Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso get lost while hiking and choose a quick death over a slow, painful one?

Baby's Bottom

Judge tosses $417 million talcum powder award

An judge threw out a massive jury award to a woman who said she developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder.

D.C. Master Patrol Officer Benjamin Fettering shows a body camera worn in place of a normal radio microphone before a news conference in 2014.

Body cam study shows no effect on police use of force or citizen complaints

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras.

LA police investigate Harvey Weinstein

Police say they've interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who reported an incident that occurred in 2013.

Report of person with gun prompts Sylmar hospital evacuation

The person was reportedly seen at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center at 9:20 a.m., though there was no evidence of an active shooter situation, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Infant found covered in mysterious white powder dies in LA

An infant died and a young girl and a woman were hospitalized after all three were discovered naked, unconscious and covered in a white powder on the pavement outside a store early Thursday. Police say a HazMat team determined the powder was not toxic and possibly baby powder.

Ex-LA County Sheriff Baca to remain free on bail as he pursues appeal

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved Lee Baca's motion for bail, writing he is not likely to flee or to pose a danger.

LA County pays $1.7 million to settle jail suicide lawsuit

The lawsuit by Eric Loberg's daughers alleged that Twin Towers staff failed to properly assess his mental condition or the degree to which he was a suicide risk.

Police Commission OKs LAPD 1-year drone pilot program

SWAT will use the unarmed drone to track active shooters, armed barricaded suspects and hazardous materials, and in search-and-rescue operations, among other things.

Inmate firefighter walks away from Canyon Fire 2 fire line

Armando Castillo was discovered missing during a routine inmate count. He would have been eligible for parole in May. The low-security inmate was serving five years.

Stanford will study Vegas shooter's body

Scientists at the university will conduct several tests, including a neuropathological examination of his brain tissue.

Torrance police kill suspected drunk driver

It happened after a two-mile chase. Police twice tried to make the driver stop, using the PIT maneuver.

LA Sheriff wants forensic specialists to analyze body cam video

Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to hire 32 forensic video specialists as part of his $55 million-a-year proposal to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cams.

Hotel: Vegas gunman shot at crowd seconds after shooting guard

Mandalay Bay hotel officials say the gunman wounded a security guard in a hotel hallway within 40 seconds of firing into the crowd at a music festival, disputing a police timeline.

First police shooting video released under OC's new policy

Under the new policy, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will release police shooting video that isn't subject to any legal restrictions or is irrelevant to the event.

Las Vegas shooting victims from California can get financial help

Both California and Nevada are offering assistance to California residents who were injured or were otherwise affected, as well as surviving family members.