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Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Video Of Police Drawing Gun On Family Over Stolen Doll

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| Viral footage of the incident captured by bystanders has already prompted an internal police probe, a $10 million civil rights claim and a chorus of fury on social media.

Possessing Marijuana In Prison 'Is Not A Felony,' California Court Says

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A three-judge panel ruled that because it's legal to have small amounts of pot in California, the same is true inside prison. They also say it's still illegal to smoke or ingest cannabis in prison.

Blue Ribbon Panel Calls For Independent Oversight Of LA Probation Department

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A blue ribbon panel says L.A. County should create an independent commission to oversee its long-troubled Probation Department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze discusses what he says would be a significant development.

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Suspect Arrested In Shooting Of Off-Duty LA Sheriff's Deputy

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Police Tuesday arrested a suspect who allegedly shot an off-duty sheriff's deputy in the head Monday, and they now believe he fatally shot another man less than an hour earlier.

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Blue Ribbon Panel Pitches Supervisors On Alternatives To Incarceration

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A blue-ribbon panel Tuesday pitched the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on an ambitious overhaul of the county's criminal justice system that would focus on alternatives to incarceration.

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Insys Files For Chapter 11, Days After Landmark Opioid Settlement Of $225 Million

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The maker of a highly addictive fentanyl-based drug wants to sell its assets to pay some $250 million in debts. The move could let the company out of part of the settlement deal reached last week.

'Most Prolific Serial Killer' In America Confesses To Murdering 5 More Women In Ohio

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The new charges filed by prosecutors in Ohio are the latest decades-ago murders carried out by Samuel Little, who authorities say killed women in 19 states over nearly half a century.

Supreme Court Pressed For Sealed Documents In Death Penalty Case

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and NPR filed a motion to release sealed documents related to an Alabama death penalty case. Sealing documents is an unusual move by the high court.

CA Supreme Court Oral Arguments: Can Police Share Problem Officers' Names With DAs?

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The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that weighs whether the L.A. County Sheriff can share with the District Attorney a list of the names of deputies who may have credibility issues if they testify in court.

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