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Murder suspect mistakenly released from LA-area jail

Murder suspect mistakenly released from LA-area jail

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March 10, 2021
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Lady Gaga's dogs returned unharmed

Lady Gaga's dogs returned unharmed

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Feb. 27, 2021, 3:37 AM UTCUpdated Feb. 27, 2021, 4:05 AM UTCBy Andrew Blankstein and Dennis RomeroLOS ANGELES — Lady Gaga's stolen dogs were turned in unharmed Friday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said.A woman brought the dogs into the LAPD's Olympic station in Koreatown on Friday night, police confirmed. The first reported their return."The woman found the dogs and reached out to Lady Gaga’s staff to return them," the LAPD said in a statement. "The woman’s identity and the location the dogs were...

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February 27, 2021
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How billions in pandemic aid was swindled by con artists and crime syndicates

How billions in pandemic aid was swindled by con artists and crime syndicates

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February 13, 2021
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Relatives of Manson ‘family’ murder victims outraged by DA’s new policy

Relatives of Manson ‘family’ murder victims outraged by DA’s new policy

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 31, 2021, 9:30 AM UTCBy Andrew Blankstein and Eric LeonardWhenever the or one of his convicted followers would come up for parole over the last 40 years, a Los Angeles County prosecutor joined victims’ family members at a California state prison to argue against the release.But when Kay Martley joined a California Board of Parole Hearings video conference to consider parole for convicted Manson "family" killer Bruce Davis earlier this month, she was stunned to learn she would be making the case on...

January 31, 2021
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Former L.A. lawmaker sentenced to prison after sweeping City Hall corruption probe

Former L.A. lawmaker sentenced to prison after sweeping City Hall corruption probe

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 25, 2021, 10:50 PM UTCBy Eric Leonard and David K. LiA former was in prison on Monday improper gifts, such as cash and the .One-time City Councilman Mitchell Englander, 50, is scheduled to surrender to federal authorities on June 1, when he'll start serving at least 85 percent of that term, a Department of Justice spokesman said."I give no excuses, I own what I did and take responsibility 100 percent," Englander told U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter."I apologize to the court, to the FBI, to the...

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January 25, 2021
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Trump supporters threatened state Capitols but failed to show on Inauguration Day

Trump supporters threatened state Capitols but failed to show on Inauguration Day

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 20, 2021, 10:23 PM UTCBy Andrew Blankstein and Corky SiemaszkoNational Guard troops on high alert, police barricades lining the streets, government buildings shuttered — the surreal high-security scene in Washington was mirrored at state Capitols across the country Wednesday as a nervous nation braced for more violence by Trump supporters opposed to the inauguration of President Joe Biden.In the two weeks since the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, federal, state and local law enforcement...

January 20, 2021
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FBI memo warns law enforcement across U.S. of possible armed protests at 50 state capitols

FBI memo warns law enforcement across U.S. of possible armed protests at 50 state capitols

The FBI has sent a memo to law enforcement agencies across the country warning of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitol buildings starting Jan. 16, and also says an armed group has threatened to travel to Washington, D.C. the same day and stage an uprising if Congress removes President Donald Trump from office, according to a senior law enforcement official.The memo includes information provided by the ATF, DEA, , Park Police, and the U.S. Marshals, among other agencies, according to the official. Some of the information came from social media, some from open source, and some from...

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January 11, 2021
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In bloody year for U.S. cities, Akron lost several children to gun violence

In bloody year for U.S. cities, Akron lost several children to gun violence

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 3, 2021, 10:00 AM UTCBy Didi Martinez, Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein, Ken Dilanian and Rich SchapiroShortly after 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, Shoskamika Risper said goodbye to her daughter, Mikayla, before leaving their Akron, Ohio, home for her job at a nearby KFC restaurant.“I love you, and I’ll see you later,” Risper told her.“I love you, too,” the 8-year-old replied.About eight hours later, as Risper was finishing up her shift, her phone rang. It was her teenage son. He was hysterical.Mikayla had been...

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January 3, 2021
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LA's new district attorney announces sweeping reforms on first day

LA's new district attorney announces sweeping reforms on first day

Dec. 8, 2020, 3:33 AM UTCBy Tim StellohOn his first day leading the country's largest district attorney's office, the top prosecutor in Los Angeles County announced a series of sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at "permanently" changing the course of California's criminal justice system.George Gascón, who was, unseating the county's first Black district attorney, that the office will no longer seek the death penalty, which he described as "racist and morally untenable."Of the 215 people on death row in Los Angeles County, 85 percent are people of color, he said.Nor will prosecutors...

December 8, 2020
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