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With Los Angeles city government facing a $535 million deficit in the coming fiscal year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today 2,580 layoffs could be avoided if city workers increase contributions to their retirement funds and defer scheduled raises.

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For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the next two weeks will be his chance to reconnect with the city.

His re-election campaign is safely, if shakily, behind him, as are the national campaigning and a respite from the trips to Washington, D.C., and Sacramento...

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The man who gunned down 13 people on Friday was well known at a Johnson City, N.Y., outdoors store, where he often purchased or exchanged handguns, a store employee said.Jiverly A. Wong, 41, frequently exchanged guns at the store, said Dave...

PITTSBURGH - In a scene that neighbors described as a war zone, a gunman fatally shot three police officers on Saturday morning as they responded to a domestic dispute between a mother and her son.

Chief Nathan Harper of the Pittsburgh police said the...

Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich and Jack Weiss trade jabs over conflicts of interest, development, illegal billboards and gun control. The runoff election is May 19.

The two candidates vying for the Los Angeles city attorney's job entered a...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has endorsed Carmen Trutanich in the race for Los Angeles City Attorney.

Trutanich, who lives in Harbor City, is running against L.A. Councilman Jack Weiss in the May 19 runoff.

In its endorsement, league...

American law enforcement follows two different models when it comes to the selection of senior executives.

Traditionally, municipal police chiefs are appointed by mayors and county sheriffs are elected by the people. So while police chiefs are...

Hamstrung by a citywide hiring freeze and widespread job vacancies, Los Angeles Police Department officials have resorted to using scores of police officers to perform clerical duties and other desk-bound work meant to be done by civilian employees.

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A proposal to change the way security is provided to on-location film and television shoots in Los Angeles was met with resistance today from location scouts who said the system does not need tweaking.

The Los Angeles City Council's Public Works...

After more than a year-long court battle, a Los Angeles Police Department rule takes effect this week that forces new officers in the gang and narcotics units to turn over detailed personal financial information.

The police union, which unsuccessfully...

"He's nice, he's kind, he's sweet..."

So said Enjoli Mixon of her brother Lovelle, the killer of four Oakland police officers. "We're all shocked by this," she told reporters.

She shouldn't be. Nor should anyone who knew Lovelle Mixon be...

In a basketball arena filled with uniformed officers from across the continent, four members of the Oakland Police Department were remembered Friday as eager servants of the city where - six days earlier, in a single afternoon of horrific gun violence - they...

The Los Angeles police chief could serve for more than two terms - or become an elected officer - under separate proposals made by a city councilman and the president of the police union.

Following the 1991 beating of Rodney King, the Christopher...

With city crime rates at the lowest level in 50 years and the popularity of Police Chief William Bratton at an all-time high, two new efforts have been launched to keep him on the job beyond his 2012 term limit.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League...

Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson called Wednesday for public hearings on whether to rescind the two-term limit for the city's police chief, a change that would allow William J. Bratton to serve as head of the Los Angeles Police Department until 2017....


Oakland Police Officer John Hege
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The deaths of four Oakland police officers gunned down in the line of duty Saturday afternoon are undisputable, immutable, irrevocable proof of the chaotic level of predatory violence on the streets of this city.

Even as crime dipped in the first three...

Lovelle Mixon spent much of the last decade cycling in and out of state prison. His last stint ended in November, when he was released on parole.

By the time Oakland motorcycle officers pulled over the 26-year-old former janitor Saturday afternoon, he...

Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson planned to avoid speaking out after being freed from prison because of concern for her family's safety, her husband said Thursday. Olson, who returned to her adopted state on Wednesday after being freed from a California...

In one of the deadliest police shootings in California history, three Oakland officers were killed and a fourth gravely wounded in two incidents Saturday that began with a routine traffic stop, police officials said.

Law enforcement officers taking cover...

Oakland police announced today that a fourth officer, gravely injured in a shootout this weekend with a parolee, had died. The father of Officer John Hege, however, said that his son was brain-dead and on life support. Family members, he said, were planning to...

(CNN) -- At least three police officers in Oakland, California, were shot and killed Saturday afternoon after a man pulled over for a routine traffic stop opened fire and then battled SWAT officers at a nearby building, police said.

The man, a 27-year-...

The first time I encountered the word "kleptomaniac," I asked my mother what it meant.

She said, "That's what they call it when a rich person steals something."

And now, thanks to Sara Jane Olson and her return to the spacious house and gracious...

Services will be held March 30 for retired Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Harold Crowder, who died Monday at age 83.

Crowder, who lived in Nevada in recent years, died with family members and friends present at a family member's home in Lancaster, a...

By Bob Poole
Los Angeles Times

David Briggs could always be counted on to help Los Angeles cops start their day on the right foot.

For 21 years, Briggs was the man at the downtown police headquarters who put the spit-polish gleam on...

He helped mow down a cop in a hail of machine gun fire as the officer picked up his son from day care.

For his part in the 1985 cop killing in Canoga Park, Voltaire Alphonse Williams should languish behind bars for life, family and associates of the...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A state panel denied parole today for a man convicted of conspiracy in the Halloween 1985 shooting death of a Los Angeles police detective who was ambushed while picking up his 6-year-old son from day care.

Voltaire Alphonse Williams...

In one life, Sara Jane Olson was a doting, upper-class soccer mom who drove a Plymouth minivan and was a dynamite gourmet cook. In another, she was a terrorist-and a totem of the age of violent radicalism that erupted during the 1970s. Olson - nee Kathleen Ann...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson left California for her adopted home state of Minnesota on Wednesday, a day after she was paroled from state prison.

Her attorney, David Nickerson, said she boarded a flight from Sacramento and...

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles police union says it has written Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to look into the legality of Sara Jane Olson's release to the state of Minnesota for her parole.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a...

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