CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 |
More jail inmates in Los Angeles County are being set free after serving only a fraction of their sentences, a Times investigation has found. The releases are benefiting even inmates sentenced to jail for violence and sex crimes, with those offenders released after serving as little as 40% of the time they were meant to spend behind bars, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records obtained by The Times under the California...
August 28, 2013 |
BEIJING - China acknowledged Wednesday that a police officer was killed last week in a bloody clash near the far-western city of Kashgar, the latest in a series of deadly incidents in the Xinjiang region this summer. As is often the case, it was difficult to confirm details of the incident. A government-run newspaper in Kashgar, which covered the officer's memorial service, said he “courageously died” in a shootout while taking part in a raid on a gang of “terrorists.” Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday that 22 ethnic Uighurs were killed Aug. 20 when security forces opened fire at a house in a suburb of Kashgar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
A shooting that left two people dead and one critically wounded in South Los Angeles was gang-related, police said Tuesday evening. The violence broke out about 4 p.m. when a vehicle drove up to a group of men in the 2700 block of West 64th Street and at least one person opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. "There were a number of rounds fired," Capt. Tom McMullen told The Times. Two men in their mid 20s were slain, and the third victim was hit as he was running away.
August 25, 2013 |
In the name of Trayvon Martin, just Americans must rise up and stop this monstrous domestic brutality motivated by bias and bigotry, justified by fear, a vigilante violence that has claimed too many lives to count: Like 19-year-old Michael Donald, kidnapped at random and beaten to death in Mobile, Alabama, on March 20th 1981, courtesy of the Ku Klux Klan. Like 20-year-old, mentally disabled Melvin Eugene Hair who succumbed to a carotid chokehold by a Tampa, Florida police officer on February 20th 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 |
After he heard the gunshot, Lee Benton sat down, lifted his shirt and saw the hole in his body. The 16-year-old, who had been at a party in Wilmington, was going to spend the night with a friend. Walking home, the two had decided it would be safer if they took an alley rather than Wilmington Boulevard. It was a little past midnight. There was no confrontation, Lee says. All he could remember was hearing a gun and feeling a burning pain in his stomach. His friend, who was hit in the shoulder, was able to call a girlfriend, who met the boys and drove them to the hospital.
August 18, 2013 |
CAIRO - The leader of Egypt's military declared Sunday that he would not tolerate further violence as his security forces moved to suppress any fresh street protests after bloody days that saw more than 800 people killed, many of them supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The Islamist movement that ruled Egypt for a year until it was toppled by the military last month faced a defining moment as hundreds more of its members were arrested, with the interim government freezing its financial assets and vilifying it as a terrorist organization.
August 16, 2013 |
CAIRO - Clashes between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood killed dozens of protesters across Egypt, and vigilantes, some brandishing whips and pipes, roamed Cairo neighborhoods in support of soldiers and police seeking to impose order. Tens of thousands of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi marched toward Ramses Square in downtown Cairo on Friday, declared a "Day of Rage" by protesters. Police and men in civilian clothes met them with birdshot and live bullets.
August 15, 2013 |
CHILMARK, Mass. -- President Obama on Thursday canceled a joint military exercise with Egypt in the wake of a violent crackdown on civilians by Egyptian security forces. Obama, who met Thursday morning with his national security team, said he is also ordering a review of other steps the United States might take amid concerns about the continuing violence. “We want to sustain our relationship with Egypt,” Obama said, but “our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets.” The biannual “Bright Star” military exercise with the Egyptian military was scheduled to take place next month.
August 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - Deadly clashes and sectarian tensions spread across Egypt on Wednesday after security forces stormed two Cairo sit-ins, killing scores of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The interim government declared a state of emergency as battles between Morsi loyalists and police erupted in Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan and in smaller towns and villages. Public buildings were set ablaze and Egyptian media reported churches were attacked in a number of provinces as Islamists blamed Christians for backing the army.
August 14, 2013 |
World leaders Wednesday denounced the violence unleashed by Egyptian security forces to disperse Islamist protesters in Cairo. But Muslim Brotherhood allies of the demonstrators applauded their defiance as important in the quest for Muslim power throughout the region. The bloody predawn sweep of two sit-in demonstrations in the Egyptian capital sparked angry reactions throughout the country, which is deeply divided over the role of Islam in government after the July 3 ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.