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August 24, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
ST. LOUIS - Law enforcement officials are investigating threats that were made against Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican who sparked controversy when he said that women's bodies can somehow prevent pregnancy in the instance of a “legitimate rape.” Akin spokesman Steve Taylor said in a statement that the congressman “has received threats of rape of his official staff, family and the congressman himself along with suggestions that the...
August 7, 2012 | By Meg James
Now even the Church of England has pulled its support. Tuesday, the Church of England announced that it had sold its holdings in Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate, News Corp., "on the advice of the Church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group. "  The church and its pension board held a relatively small stake in the New York-based media company, shares worth about $2.5 million. Still, the divestiture could loom large in spiritual and symbolic terms. In a news release, the church said it tried to counsel News Corp.
May 10, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Several violent incidents, including the shooting of a 13-year-old boy, have sparked worries of renewed gang activity in a northeast Los Angeles neighborhood where city authorities have invested many resources to combat a notorious gang. Years after a largely successful effort to clear a subgroup of the Avenues gang from Drew Street in Glassell Park, authorities say it appears that rival gangs are looking to exact revenge on, or humiliate, a once powerful and predatory enemy. "I think there's payback a little bit there," said LAPD Lt. David Kowalski, supervisor of the Northeast Division's gang unit.
April 20, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When filmmaker Sofia Coppola set out to tell the story of the "bling ring," she wanted the movie to have an authentic, docudrama sensibility. So the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department investigator who cracked the case of the starry-eyed youths from the San Fernando Valley. Four years ago, their lust for stardom and money led them to raid the homes of young Hollywood, making off with Paris Hilton's designer clothes and Lindsay Lohan's artwork.
March 22, 2012 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
French investigators Thursday were trying to establish whether a gunman killed by police after a 32-hour siege had accomplices still at large or was a lone assassin acting out his own bitter agenda. They also want to determine how Mohamed Merah, 23, amassed an arsenal of weapons while reportedly under surveillance by France's intelligence services after he spent time with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Merah, who police say confessed to gunning down seven people in a nine-day rampage and told them he was linked to a fringe Al Qaeda group, died late Thursday morning with a shot to the head after battling the French equivalent of a SWAT team.
January 31, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
An "explosive" scene littered a Fontana intersection after a sport utility vehicle ran a red light and slammed into two other cars, killing three brothers and an 11-year-old boy, authorities said Monday. A Chevrolet Suburban carrying the three brothers was traveling east on Baseline Avenue in Fontana on Sunday when it ran a red light at Cherry Avenue and sheared the back off a Honda sedan carrying a 40-year-old Fontana woman and her 11-year-old son, said Sgt. Billy Green of the Fontana Police Department.
January 4, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Two white men were given life sentences Wednesday for the racially motivated murder of a black teenager nearly 19 years ago in a case that rocked British society and led to a major shake-up within Scotland Yard. However, the men are expected to serve far less time in prison for the killing of Stephen Lawrence, the 18-year-old who was stabbed to death while waiting for a bus in South London in April 1993. Lawrence was the victim of an unprovoked attack by thugs who shouted racial epithets as they punched and knifed him. A botched police investigation followed, undermined by what an official inquiry said was pervasive racism within the police force.
September 26, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
For years Norma endured her husband's physical and mental abuse. But the undocumented mother of five finally decided to call police when her 10- and 11-year-old daughters told her that their father had sexually abused them. "In that moment," said Norma, who asked that her last name not be used to protect her children, "I felt — not scared, mostly I just felt angry at myself for hiding so many things, for letting it get to that point. " She was in deportation proceedings at the time and just days away from a hearing that could have seen her removed from the country.
September 8, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
Police are investigating whether a twin suicide bombing at the home of a top paramilitary official that killed at least 23 people in Quetta on Wednesday is linked to the recent arrest of three top Al Qaeda operatives in the Pakistani city. Brig. Farrukh Shahzad, deputy head of the Frontier Corps paramilitary force for Baluchistan province, survived the morning attack but his wife was killed, police officials in the southern city said. More than 50 people were injured in the blasts.
August 4, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Long Beach police are investigating three incidents in the last two weeks in which gay men were assaulted in or near the city's Broadway Corridor, a neighborhood known for its tight-knit gay and lesbian community. The suspect in one case has been charged with a hate crime, but the other cases are still under investigation, said police spokesman Rico Fernandez. "We don't believe any of these three are connected in any way," Fernandez said. "We just think it's a coincidence that three incidents happened relatively close to each other.
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