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Judge refuses to drop death penalty against Seal Beach killer

The admitted killer in the 2011 Seal Beach salon rampage will face the death penalty despite the "negligence" of prosecutors in their investigation, a judge ruled Monday.<p>Scott Dekraaihas pleaded to killing eight people in the salon where his ex-wife worked, but his attorney had asked that the death …

Criminal Justice

Man featured on CNN's 'The Hunt' found dead

A massive manhunt, touched off more than a year ago when a California man is believed to have killed his family, ended Sunday when authorities announced they'd found the man's remains.<p>Shane Miller, the prime suspect in the deaths of his wife and two young daughters, was recently featured on CNN's …

California husband and wife die 4 hours apart after 62 years of marriage

Don and Maxine Simpson were married for 62 years, and not even death could keep them apart for long.<p>According to the couple's granddaughter, Melissa Sloan, the Simpsons, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away approximately four hours apart on the morning of July 21. Maxine, 87, had suffered from …

LAPD purchase of horse owned by chief's daughter is probed

The<p>Los Angeles Police Department's civilian watchdog is investigating the circumstances surrounding the agency's acquisition of a horse owned by Chief Charlie Beck's daughter, who is an officer assigned to the department's equestrian unit.<p>This year, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, which raises …

Corruption

China investigates Canadian couple suspected of stealing state secrets

A Canadian couple living in a city close to China's border with North Korea are under investigation for the suspected theft of state secrets, state media said Tuesday.<p>Kevin and Julia Garratt, who run a cafe in the northeastern city of Dandong, are suspected of stealing information about China's …