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June 27, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police need a warrant to open a package in the mail that reeks of marijuana, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, rejecting a prosecutor's arguments that a search was warranted under a novel “plain smell” test. In a ruling written by Justice Goodwin Liu, the state high court dismissed arguments by Santa Barbara County prosecutors that contraband could be searched under a theory that would extend the “plain sight” test to “plain smell.”  Police are generally entitled to seize evidence that is in plain sight.
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WORLD
June 26, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Twenty-seven people were killed in riots early Wednesday in northwest China, state-run media reported, the deadliest outbreak of violence in the restive region in years. Communist Party officials in Xinjiang -- where Uighurs, a Muslim minority, have repeatedly clashed with Han Chinese settlers -- told the official Xinhua news agency that knife-wielding mobs attacked a police station, a government building and a construction site in Lukqun township starting around 6 a.m., stabbing people and setting fire to police cars.
WORLD
June 26, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Knife-wielding mobs attacked a police station, a government building and a construction site in northwestern China on Wednesday, state media reported. It was the deadliest outbreak of violence for years in the region, where tension has simmered between minority Muslims and ethnic Han Chinese. Twenty-seven people were reported killed in the riots in Xinjiang region, where Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic group, have repeatedly clashed with Han migrant workers who have flooded into the region in recent years, changing its ethnic character and taking many of the best jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Emily Foxhall and Joseph Serna
A gunman who ambushed two Los Angeles police detectives continued shooting at police as he ran off and officers returned fire Tuesday morning in Mid-City, police said. More than a dozen rounds were fired during the gun battle, police sources said. In a dramatic ambush between 4 and 4:30 a.m., two undercover burglary detectives returning to the Wilshire Division station at 4861 W. Venice Blvd. were about to drive into the gated parking lot when they were attacked from behind, said Cmdr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Emily Foxhall and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police Tuesday were searching for a gunman who they said ambushed two undercover detectives earlier at the Wilshire Division parking lot. Police spread out across the Mid-City area seeking a suspect but as of Tuesday evening had not arrested anyone in connection with the incident. Authorities said that the two veteran LAPD burglary detectives pulled up to the Wilshire Division parking lot, swiped their key card and waited for the security gate to open. But before they could enter, the gunman opened fire, blasting out the rear window of their undercover sedan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Joel Rubin and Emily Foxhall
The shooting ambush of two undercover detectives outside the Wilshire Division station Tuesday morning “was a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect this community,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. Police stations across Los Angeles beefed up security after the detectives were fired upon. The officers are in “good spirits” and have returned to duty after suffering only minor injuries, Beck said at the start of a weekly address to the police commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
WATSONVILLE, Calif. - She introduced herself as Sarani Hernandez and said in Spanish that she needed help. She took a seat in the lobby of the police station. Officer Elizabeth Sousa was asked to talk to her. It was a quiet morning a few days after Thanksgiving. She listened as the woman began telling the story of an abduction. Her two boys were being held in Juarez, Mexico, she said; they were U.S. citizens. Hernandez opened her cellphone to a picture of Edwin and Angel, sent as evidence they were still alive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By Alisha Gomez
A man suspected of raping a Laguna Beach woman turned himself in Friday after police sought the public's help in finding him. Babak Azadgilani, known as "Bobby," 26, of Laguna Niguel, turned himself in at 5:30 p.m. at the front counter of the Laguna Beach Police Department and was booked on a $100,000 warrant for rape, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. Azadgilani is suspected of assaulting the woman in her home during the late afternoon of April 21, according to police. The victim contacted police after the assault and police believe Azadgilani fled on his BMW motorcycle before officers arrived at the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
An investigation continued Sunday into what motivated a machete-wielding man to smash the windows of eight patrol cars at an Inglewood police station and then threaten an officer with the weapon before being shot to death, officials said. The shooting occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday when the man charged the officer outside the Manchester Boulevard station, the Inglewood Police Department said in a statement. The officer shot the man once in the upper body, and he later died at a hospital, the statement said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Two men were wounded in separate shootings near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum late Friday and early Saturday, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot and wounded while stopped at a traffic light Friday night, police said. About 9:40 p.m, the man was stopped at Vernon and Vermont avenues when a car pulled up alongside and a person inside opened fire, said Norma Eisenman, an Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. The man, whose name has not been released, drove himself to a police station and was then taken by paramedics to a hospital, she said.
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