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Charlie Sheen: LAPD searches home for weapons that may violate restraining order

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police searched actor Charlie Sheen’s home Thursday night for guns that might be in violation of a temporary restraining order obtained last week by his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller.

L.A. school police officer Jeffrey Stenroos charged with four felonies in shooting hoax

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed four felony charges Thursday against an L.A. Unified school police officer whose tale of being shot by an assailant led to a dragnet that closed seven square miles of the San Fernando Valley.

Suit challenges discretion in issuing gun permits

Associated Press

How much discretion California's law enforcement officials have in issuing concealed weapons permits is the subject of a federal lawsuit with national overtones.

8-hour standoff with armed man locked in luxury hotel room ends with SWAT breaking down door

LA Times blog

An eight-hour standoff between LAPD officers and a man who said he was armed with a gun inside a room at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles ended early Thursday when police broke down the door and arrested him.

Incumbents hold edge in L.A. council races

LA Times

Ballot returns show six officeholders fending off challengers. Nine of 10 ballot measures are winning.

Police in Los Angeles step up efforts to gain Muslims' trust

NY Times

Sgt. Mike Abdeen, on duty in the county Sheriff’s Department, got a call last year from a Muslim father who was worried about his son.

Reward to be offered in killing of husband and wife in South L.A.

LA Times blog

Sulema Wilborn was driving with her husband, Jerriell Wilborn, along Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles in August when police said an attacker fired a gun for no apparent reason and fatally wounded the couple.

FBI unveils faster fingerprint ID technology

Government Technology

The FBI’s new technology platform for storing and identifying fingerprints is now operational, the bureau announced Tuesday, March 8.

LAPD bomb squad officers to train in Israel

Jewish Journal

Four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bomb squad technicians are visiting Israel to train with their counterparts in the Israeli National Police Bomb Squad.

Crime alerts for Pico-Robertson, Windsor Square and eight other L.A. neighborhoods

LA Times blog

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

LAPD warns restaurant owners about phony health inspectors

LA Times blog

Authorities in Los Angeles said Tuesday that scam artists pretending to be health inspectors have been targeting area restaurants seeking to get private information.

LAPD's budget plan includes millions more in salaries, OT

LA Daily News

While most city agencies are facing another year of cost-cutting, the LAPD would get an additional $56 million for fiscal 2011-12 under a preliminary budget approved Tuesday by the civilian Police Commission.

LAPD seeks information in deadly Watts shooting

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police were seeking the public's help Monday after a shooting in Watts left one man dead and a woman critically wounded.

Financially strapped Colton will lay off police officers

LA Times blog

Facing a $5.5-million budget shortfall, the Inland Empire city of Colton will lay off eight police officers by the end of April and has continued to negotiate for concessions from unions representing the city’s firefighters, police dispatchers and utility workers.

63% under 30 admit driving while on phone

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine have released a poll that illustrates how widespread distracted driving is among young people and a plan to help fight it.

LAPD helicopter makes unexpected landing

ABC7

An LAPD helicopter made an unexpected landing on Monday at the Chatsworth reservoir.

After firefighters agree to slash pay and benefits, other San Jose unions seem more willing to talk cuts

San Jose Mercury News

San Jose's pending deal with the firefighters union to slash pay and benefits to help close a huge budget gap marks the most dramatic thaw in labor relations since Mayor Chuck Reed took office in 2007 railing about runaway employee costs.

Why employee pensions aren't bankrupting states

Sacramento Bee

From state legislatures to Congress to tea party rallies, a vocal backlash is rising against what are perceived as too-generous retirement benefits for state and local government workers. However, that widespread perception doesn't match reality.

Top 10 Reasons Organized Labor Hates Bernard Parks

LA Weekly

More than 2000 people rallied outside L.A. City Hall last weekend to support public employees who are under fire in Wisconsin. Afterward, L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks issued a statement of support, in which he tried to dispel "the common misperception out there that I am anti-union."

Quit Googling yourself and drive: About 20% of drivers using Web behind the wheel, study says

LA Times blog

Forget texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving: Those extremely dangerous habits are old hat. The new worry, says a survey released by State Farm this week, is what the insurance company cleverly calls "webbing while driving."

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