After a trial spanning nearly a month, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife headed to the jury on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations that command staff in some of the city's police stations artificially inflated the number of officers they had on patrol to comply with department regulations.
Two Santa Ana women were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday for the fatal beating of a 23-year-old newlywed outside a nightclub, in a case made infamous by claims of bystander indifference and marked by wildly conflicting eyewitness accounts.
Stocks inched past more milestones Friday, delivering the third consecutive record-high close for the Standard & Poor's 500 index and a new high for the Dow Jones industrial average. The S&P 500 is now up 6.2 percent for the year, while the Dow is up 2.2 percent. The major stock indexes all finished ahead for the week. On a light day for U.S. economic data, investors mostly focused on companies in the news, such as CarMax, Oracle and Darden Restaurants. They also kept an eye on the developing conflict in Iraq, which pushed oil prices near a nine-month high. Despite the record-setting moves, it was largely a static day for the stock indexes. “Generally speaking, any...