The LAPD Gangster Squad of the 1940s and 1950s and the mobsters of that era shared a tangled weave of relationships. Drag the graphic below to explore the connections.
The Gangster Squad was formed in 1946 to keep East Coast Mafia out of L.A. Its 'anything goes' approach endured through the 1950s in an era when justice was found far from the courthouse.
Jim Stein stands before a wooded lot across from Birmingham High School and describes a 187-unit apartment complex that a builder hopes to put there.
In drought-ridden California, many water bills are calculated using a basic principle: The more water a customer uses, the higher the rate. It's a strategy water districts employ to boost conservation.
Water officials in Kern County discovered that oil producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits that are operating without proper permits.
Los Angeles County light-rail and subway trains ran 83 red lights in the last four years, according to agency data.
More than 60 people gathered to watch an illegal street race in Chatsworth early Thursday that turned deadly when a "very powerful" Ford Mustang plowed into the crowd, killing two spectators, Los Angeles police said.
California has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants in the country without permission since a new law went into effect last month, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.