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Charleston shooting: Domestic terrorism? Hate crime? Both? None of the above?

Charleston shooting: Domestic terrorism? Hate crime? Both? None of the above?
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People pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions.; Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Thursday night, a normally jocular Jon […]

Charleston massacre felt here in Southern California

Charleston massacre felt here in Southern California

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) (L) joins members of the US House of Representatives and members of the US Senate in a prayer circle in front of the US Capitol to honor those gunned down last night inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina, June 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. ; […]

Police need more leeway to explain disciplinary decisions, LAPD chief says

Police need more leeway to explain disciplinary decisions, LAPD chief says

; Credit: Reed Saxon/AP Police departments should have “greater leeway” for disclosing the disciplinary measures meted out against officers, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday. The chief was responding to questions related to the confidentiality rules that have left the public in the dark about what discipline will be meted out to the officers […]

With Francis’ long-awaited encyclical, Catholic Church enters climate change debate

With Francis’ long-awaited encyclical, Catholic Church enters climate change debate

Pope Francis is pictured during his weekly general audience at St Peter’s square on June 17, 2015 at the Vatican. ; Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images Pope Francis is set to unveil his climate change statement Thursday, attributing most climate change to human activity and the use of fossil fuels. Francis has been working on the […]

Former US Marshals on finding and catching a fugitive

Former US Marshals on finding and catching a fugitive

In this handout from New York State Police, convicted murderers David Sweat (L) and Richard Matt are shown i n this composite image. Matt, 48, and Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum security prison June 6, 2015 using power tools and going through a manhole.; Credit: Handout/Getty Images As the manhunt for two convicted murderers […]

Calif. elections chief lobbying to expand voting days and locations

Calif. elections chief lobbying to expand voting days and locations

A voter emerges from a manual voting booth after casting her ballot in the mayoral primary election on September 10, 2013 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. ; Credit: John Moore/Getty Images Secretary of State Alex Padilla is pushing for a major overhaul of how Californians cast ballots. New legislation, jointly authored by […]

Dinos more fantastic than factual in ‘Jurassic World’

Dinos more fantastic than factual in ‘Jurassic World’

Hollywood is hoping the latest Jurassic movie will save an otherwise tepid summer box office.; Credit: Universal One of the summer’s biggest blockbuster sequels opens this week starring a ferocious, fantastical hybrid dinosaur in “Jurassic World.” It’s the fourth film set in “Jurassic Park” as dreamed up first by novelist Michael Crichton in his 1990 […]

You now need a ‘D,’ not a ‘C,’ to get an LAUSD diploma

You now need a ‘D,’ not a ‘C,’ to get an LAUSD diploma

Could lowering graduation standards hurt graduates?; Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images This week the Los Angeles Unified School District board unanimously agreed to ease high school graduation requirements, no longer requiring a “C” grade or better in college prep classes. The school board is modifying a commitment made a decade ago to require so-called A-G courses, […]

How police are trained when it comes to using profanity on the job

How police are trained when it comes to using profanity on the job

Police officers relax while monitoring the situation near a CVS pharmacy that was looted and burned by rioters on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. When should officers appropriately use profanity?; Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images As last week’s video of a McKinney, Texas police officer throwing a […]

With Women’s World Cup in full swing, looking at women’s role & representation in sport

With Women’s World Cup in full swing, looking at women’s role & representation in sport

Brandi Chastain #6 and Mia Hamm #9 of USA after defeating Canada 3-1 during the 3rd place match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on October 11, 2003 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.; Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images After coming up just short in 2011 against Japan, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team […]