The City of Los Angeles has seen a spike in crime in nearly every major category for the first half of 2015, reversing the declining trend of the last dozen years, after California recently reduced penalties for low-level and non-violent offenses, officials said on Wednesday. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck said they were troubled by increases in major crime in categories other than homicide, including robbery, rape, burglary and car theft. Beck told a news conference that a ballot measure approved by voters last year to reduce criminal penalties throughout California for a wide class of non-violent crimes, including drug possession and shoplifting, had contributed to increased crime in the city.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's first accuser asked a judge Wednesday to release the comedian's full deposition in her sex-assault lawsuit, including questions he answered under oath about his use of quaaludes and other drugs, his alleged use of hush money to silence women, his deal to have an accuser's story spiked and his alleged affairs with other women.
The gun used in a deadly San Francisco shooting that helped spark renewed debate about immigration policy had been stolen from the car of a federal law enforcement ranger, officials said on Wednesday. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in last week's apparently random shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cited to decry U.S.-Mexico border security. U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dana Wilson said the federal officer whose gun was stolen had been in San Francisco on official business when his vehicle was broken into on June 27.