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February 19, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
To its planners, the assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud Mabhouh must have first seemed like the perfect spy operation. They slipped into Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on fraudulent travel papers. They quietly killed the militant leader long wanted by Israel, reportedly smothering him with a pillow, and discreetly left the country. But now the entire episode appears to have gone terribly out of control, more Coen brothers than John le Carre, with police releasing images of the alleged operatives in shorts and baseball caps traipsing around the corridors of the hotel where Mabhouh stayed, fumbling with their bags and looking straight at surveillance cameras.
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April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Long Beach police shot and killed a man suspected of assaulting a law enforcement officer Sunday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pursued the assailant into Long Beach after the alleged felony assault. Long Beach police joined in the pursuit about 3:15 p.m., said Long Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Zabel. The man was shot in the area of Ocean Boulevard and 14th Place. He died after being taken to a nearby hospital. It was not immediately clear what caused police to fire on him. Twitter: @latimesemily Emily.Alpert@latimes.com
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NATIONAL
April 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov released a statement Friday denying any link between his nation and the actions of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. The "roots of evil," he said, were in America.  In a message written in Russian and posted to the photo-sharing website Instagram, Kadyrov expressed condolences to all Americans, but said his country had nothing to do with the suspects' actions.  "The whole world needs to do battle with terrorism," the statement read. "We know this better than anybody else.
NATIONAL
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
A teenage boy suspected of fatally stabbing his high school classmate at a Connecticut high school just hours before the junior prom is under psychiatric evaluation, the teen's lawyer said Saturday. At the same time, friends of stabbing victim Maren Sanchez mourned her death, sharing memories of a girl they described as an outgoing teen who served as something of a “counselor” for many students and was known for heartfelt chats by her locker. The 16-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, will not be in court during Monday's scheduled arraignment, his attorney, Edward J. Gavin, told the Los Angeles Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Two men in their 20s were shot and wounded in Sherman Oaks and taken to a hospital Thursday night, CBSLA reported . Police were seeking suspects in a shooting near Murietta Avenue and Moorpark Street, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys station told The Times. Police received a call about the shooting at 9:43 p.m., the officer said. Officers were still searching the area. No other details were immediately available. ALSO: Mayor's office: Top transportation department executive to resign Man convicted of using gas can to cause O.C. motel room explosion Car chase: Suspect drives backward, atop medians, blows red lights hailey.branson@latimes.com Twitter: @haileybranson | Google+
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April 18, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Joseph Tanfani and Molly Hennessey-Fiske
BOSTON - Before the bombs went off Monday, a young man in a white baseball cap and dark jacket dropped his backpack outside a restaurant on Boylston Street. He then turned and walked west, away from the finish line and in the opposite direction of runners jogging the final yards of the Boston Marathon. Investigators offered limited details of the movements of one of the two suspects whose photographs the FBI released Thursday in the first major break in the Boston Marathon bomb case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A San Bernardino police officer was wounded Friday night in a shootout with two suspects following what began as a routine traffic stop, officials said. The suspects opened fire at two officers after being stopped for a traffic violation just after 9 p.m. near the intersection of Base Line Street and Sierra Way in San Bernardino, according to police. The officers returned fire, shooting both suspects in the legs, police said. One officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The two suspects and the wounded officer were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, police said.
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December 28, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Four suspects have been arrested after a bizarre, early-morning home invasion in Lincoln Heights on Saturday that ended with a resident tying up two of the armed men. The suspects, armed with a shotgun and three handguns, allegedly entered a house on the 2600 block of Alta Street in Lincoln Heights, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. The resident, who was the only person home at the time, saw the suspects on a home surveillance system and called 911 about 2:40 a.m., she said.
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August 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Thursday night were seeking the public's help in tracking down three suspects who kidnapped and robbed a man in Hollywood. The victim was sitting in his parked car in the 8000 block of Carlton Way on July 23 when a white Chevy van pulled up. Three men jumped out of the vehicle and kidnapped the man, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was later released at a gas station after money was exchanged with the suspects and another person, the LAPD said.
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August 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Five suspects have been arrested on suspicion of holding two runaway girls against their will and forcing them into prostitution, authorities said Saturday. Four men and one woman face possible charges of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, false imprisonment and sex crimes against children. Their names were not released because the investigation in ongoing, said Sgt. Michael Modica of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The 15-year-old victims, one from Missouri and the other from Louisiana, were taken into protective custody Friday pending notification of their parents, Modica said.
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April 23, 2014 | By KTLA
Police released a sketch Wednesday as part of their effort to identify a man suspected of molesting a juvenile in a South Bay park restroom. Manhattan Beach police said the man approached the victim Friday in the men's restroom at Polliwog Park before allegedly forcing him into a bathroom stall, where he fondled the boy's genitals, KTLA reported . The victim described the attacker as a white man in his 40s, with tan skin and mostly gray...
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It turns out there are consequences to befriending white supremacists. Especially if you're a public official. Mayor Dan Clevenger of Marionville, Mo., handed in his resignation letter Tuesday morning after an uproar among residents and in national media over remarks he made about Jewish people shortly after the April 13 shootings outside two Jewish centers near Kansas City. Clevenger, 59, is an acquaintance of Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, an avowed hater of Jews who has been charged with killing three people in Overland Park in what officials have deemed a "hate crime.
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April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
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April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 20-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after crashing his sports utility vehicle into a Palmdale apartment building, killing a 16-year-old girl while she slept, authorities said. Roberto Rodriguez, of Palmdale, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, authorities said. Investigators believe the suspect was drunk at the time of the crash. The incident occurred about 3:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Avenue R, said Deputy Collin Reddy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 43-year-old female motorcyclist died after she was struck by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning in Gramercy Park in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Lisa McAllister of Long Beach was on a group ride with a local motorcycle group on Western Avenue about 12:50 a.m. when the driver of a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant heading in the opposite direction swerved into her path, said Sgt. Tim Colson of the Los Angeles Police Department. McAllister suffered serious injuries and died after being transported to a local hospital, Colson said.
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April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A man authorities dubbed the “family annihilator” for allegedly bludgeoning his mother, wife and three sons to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago may be living in Southern California, FBI officials said. William Bradford Bishop Jr., 77, hasn't been seen since the day after authorities say he killed his family in Maryland in March 1976. After driving to rural North Carolina, where he allegedly burned and buried the bodies, Bishop bought a pair of sneakers in Jacksonville, N.C., and disappeared, the FBI said in a news release.
OPINION
August 29, 2003
I had noticed a few days prior to "One Crime, a Million Hispanic Suspects" by Luis R. Torres (Commentary, Aug. 26) that the Hummer vandalizing suspects from the Earth Liberation Front were only described as "young and thin" not "young, thin and white." A review by all law enforcement agencies and media outlets on how to accurately describe the physical characteristics of crime suspects, regardless of race or ethnicity, seems to be in order. Matthew Sevareid Glendale
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December 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police have released photographs of the two men they believe are responsible for gunning down a 7-Eleven store clerk in Highland Park over the weekend. Gonzalo Perez, 38, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt Sunday night at the shop in the 5100 block of North Figueroa Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The incident began after 10 p.m. and "when officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound," according to an LAPD statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off on Friday, Indio police were investigating a death connected to last weekend's festivities. The Riverside County sheriff-coroner called it the result of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose. A 24-year-old woman in Indio at last weekend's festival died Thursday, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday morning. Kimchi Truong of Oakland collapsed while attending Coachella on Saturday and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Paresh Dave
Police on Friday identified a suspect in a string of at least a dozen random vehicle shootings on Kansas City, Mo., highways that since early March have wounded three motorists and caused driver angst on the freeways of the Midwestern city. In a midday news conference attended by local, state and federal officials, authorities named Mohammed Pedro Whitaker as the elusive shooter. The man has been charged with 18 felonies involving nine separate shootings. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
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