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September 15, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Monday is expected to release the much-anticipated results of an investigation into allegations of deadly poison gas attacks last month near Damascus. The inquiry report was delivered Sunday to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. said. Conducting the inquiry was a U.N. inspection team headed by Ake Sellstrom, a Swedish scientist who is a specialist in disarmament and chemical weapons issues. The U.N. contingent spent almost two weeks in Damascus, Syria's capital, and visited several sites where chemical strikes were suspected of taking place in the early hours of Aug. 21 in several Damascus suburbs.
September 6, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
For nearly two years, the Department of Justice has been conducting a criminal probe into allegations of abuse and violence in the Los Angeles County jails. On Thursday, the Justice Department informed Sheriff Lee Baca and the county that it is opening a second investigation that will examine whether sheriff's deputies engaged in a pattern of excessive force, and whether the department failed to implement broad reforms that the sheriff agreed to in 2002 involving mentally ill inmates.
August 13, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Moreno Valley councilman whose home was recently searched as part of a federal corruption probe resigned Tuesday after being arrested and charged with fraudulently collecting $15,000 in home support services for his mother when she was overseas. Marcelo Co, 64, was taken into custody Monday afternoon after the Riverside County district attorney's office filed eight felony counts against him, including grand theft, fraud and making a false claim. The charges are "entirely separate" from the corruption investigation that led to raids on Co's home and those of several other council members in April, said John Hall, a spokesman for Riverside County Dist.
August 9, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department has closed a missing-person investigation involving Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelley. LAPD sources said that they located and spoke with Shelley Miscavige and that the case is now resolved. The case was reportedly triggered by a call from actress Leah Remini. The LAPD sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly, did not provide details about where Shelley Miscavige was or when they found her. They emphasized that police were no longer investigating.
August 4, 2013 | By Maria L. LaGanga, Lee Romney and Steve Marble
SAN FRANCISCO--A threatened midnight strike that would have shut down the Bay Area Rapid Transit system was averted late Sunday when Gov. Jerry Brown called for an investigation into the labor dispute. The governor's action prohibits a strike or lockout during the investigation. Brown also announced that he has appointed a three-member board to examine the threatened strike and to report to him in seven days. The two sides met in a marathon session Sunday as officials tried to head off a midnight transit strike by BART workers that officials feared could cause a traffic nightmare in the Bay Area.
July 23, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Nearly two months after an alleged friend of purported Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally shot by an FBI special agent while being questioned by the FBI and the Massachusetts State Police in his Orlando, Fla., apartment, few details have emerged about the circumstances of his death and his connection to Tsarnaev. That's part of the reason the ACLU has called on state officials in Massachusetts and Florida to conduct their own investigations into the May 22 death of Ibragim Todashev.
July 22, 2013 | By Jason Song and Richard Winton
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating USC over its handling of alleged sexual assault and rape cases after students filed a complaint with the federal government, officials said Monday. Two current USC students - both of whom allege being raped - said at a news conference that their 110-page complaint contains accounts from more than 100 students detailing problems with the university when handling reports of sexual assault. The complaint was filed last spring. Many of the students "were blamed for their victimization and were forced to watch impotently as their cases were routinely misreported, misconstrued, mishandled or discounted entirely," said Tucker Reed, one of the co-signers of the complaint who recently completed her junior year.
July 19, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A Massachusetts State Police photographer is facing an internal investigation after he released photos of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to a local magazine, authorities said Friday.  Sgt. Sean Murphy, incensed by what he saw as the glamorization of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine,   made public for the first time   a series of behind-the-scenes photos documenting Tsarnaev's...
July 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department reiterated Sunday that its own investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin remains open as some members of Congress and outside groups called for a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a Florida jury. The statement noted the "limited" nature of federal civil rights laws, which typically involve acts by public officials, such as police officers. A 2009 federal law, the Matthew Shepard Act, allows prosecution in some cases of people who commit crimes of violence that are motivated by bias, which could include a victim's race.
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