Ex-leader of LA gang gets 25-year prison term

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former leader of a notorious street gang in Los Angeles has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for racketeering involving killings of a rival gang member and one […]


Rapper Common speaks about the violence that has plagued his hometown during an interview with The Associated Press Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Hip Hop artist Common says rappers can help reduce violence

CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-award hip hop artist Common, who has openly worried about the violence in Chicago, was in his hometown Friday to help celebrate the city’s music scene when he was confronted with a […]


In this still frame made from Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, video provided by Ken Herzlich, officials and emergency responders tend to a victim at the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot Thursday night in a city park in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Courtesy Ken Herzlich)

Chicago shooting shows gap in stepped-up policing

CHICAGO (AP) — Armed with an assault rifle, assailants indiscriminately sprayed a crowded Chicago park with bullets during a neighborhood basketball game. A 3-year-old boy was struck in the face, among 13 people wounded during […]


165 arrested in S. Cal gang violence crackdown

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested 165 people in a crackdown on gang violence in eastern Los Angeles County. Pomona police said Tuesday that 25 guns, including assault rifles, were seized during the […]


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Leno, other celebs oppose Calif. prison practice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Celebrities including Jay Leno and Gloria Steinem have condemned the isolation of inmates to control gang violence at California prisons — a practice that sparked a hunger strike by hundreds of […]


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More than 12,000 Calif. inmates on hunger strike

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of California inmates participating in a hunger strike has dropped sharply, four days into the protest over prison conditions. California corrections officials say more than 12,400 prison inmates have […]


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30K Calif. prison inmates refuse meals in protest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Corrections officials say more than 30,000 of California’s nearly 133,000 inmates have refused at least one meal as part of a protest over inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay […]


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Mistrial in Halloween killing of Los Angeles boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of an alleged Los Angeles gang member accused of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy who was posing for pictures in his Spider-Man costume on Halloween 2010.


Genevieve Huizar, third from left, mother of Manuel Diaz, who was shot to death by Anaheim police. (AP Photo)

DA: Disputed Anaheim police shooting justified

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Anaheim police officer was legally justified when he shot and killed a 25-year-old man in July in the first of two shootings that caused weeks of angry protests in the city’s streets, the district attorney said after an investigation.


LA County gang member gets death for hate killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County gang member has been sentenced to death for the 2006 hate-crime killing of a black man.




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