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Two face capital murder charges in officer’s death

LOS ANGELES — Two reputed gang members have been charged with capital murder stemming from the shooting of off-duty Los Angeles police Officer Juan Jose Diaz July 27 in Lincoln Heights amid what investigators called a 90-minute crime spree that included a separate attempted murder. Cristian Facundo, 20, of Murrieta, and Francisco Talamantes III, 23, Read More…

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Rising youth numbers swell county homeless system

HOLLYWOOD — The county’s homeless services system is housing more young people than ever before, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which held a briefing on homeless youth July 31 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Young people facing homelessness face some of the same issues their older counterparts face, officials said. Many Read More…

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Local officials call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

LOS ANGELES — Responding to a week of mass shootings that killed nearly three dozen people, Los Angeles city leaders Aug. 5 reiterated their calls for stricter gun-control laws. “The nation is reeling from these events,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said at the start of a news conference in his office on a separate topic. Read More…