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  • El Cajon police shooting sparks battle over release of video

    El Cajon police shooting sparks battle over release of video

    Last month, San Diego law enforcement agencies came together to write what they described as the nation’s first countywide policy on the release of video recordings showing police shootings. Several high-profile shootings caught on video over the last few years have prompted the news media and...

  • 'Mexico is one big cemetery.' The search for the secret graves of the disappeared

    'Mexico is one big cemetery.' The search for the secret graves of the disappeared

    They gather shortly after daybreak outside a mini-market, the tropical heat thickening, the dawn haze in lethargic retreat. They hug and catch up, purchase water and snacks for the upcoming ordeal. New volunteers are welcomed. “You’re not alone,” Lucia Diaz, a leader of the group, assures a young...

  • Harvard-educated attorney pleads guilty in bizarre Vallejo kidnapping

    Harvard-educated attorney pleads guilty in bizarre Vallejo kidnapping

    After a kidnapped Denise Huskins turned up in Huntington Beach in March 2015, police in Vallejo cast her disappearance as a hoax, saying it appeared to be part of an “orchestrated event.” On Thursday, a Harvard-educated attorney pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, closing a chapter in a bizarre case...

  • Why the USC/L.A. Times tracking poll differs from other surveys

    Why the USC/L.A. Times tracking poll differs from other surveys

    Since July 28, when Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination, she has gained five points in the USC Dornsife/LA Times Daybreak tracking poll of the election. That’s similar to Clinton’s gain in other measures of the race, including the 538.com polling forecast (4.5-point gain) and the...

  • An unusual 'black moon' is coming Friday, but it's not the end of the world

    An unusual 'black moon' is coming Friday, but it's not the end of the world

    This Friday, something unusual will happen in the sky over Los Angeles. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see it. Sept. 30 marks the emergence of the “black moon” — when a second new moon rises in one month. Like all new moons, you cannot see it with the naked eye, because the side of the moon...

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