| Apr 25, 2013
| 7:48 PM
Leo Branton Jr., a civil rights and entertainment lawyer whose stirring defense of '60s radical Angela Davis brought him his most celebrated victory in a six-decade career often spent championing unpopular cases, died of natural causes Friday in Los...
| Aug 15, 2013
In his speech to the American Bar Assn. on Monday, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. sounded more like a fierce critic of the federal criminal justice system than its formal leader. He described some federal mandatory minimum prison terms as "excessive" and...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:22 PM
WASHINGTON -- A Tunisian has been extradited to Washington to face federal criminal charges of working with the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to set off a suicide bomb at a U.S. military installation in Europe in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001,...
| Aug 9, 2013
Under a 4-year-old order to reduce the state's prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing, finally, to file a plan with the court outlining how he and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intend to comply. They have been...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 2:30 PM
On a hot August evening nearly 48 years ago, Rena Price was at home in South Los Angeles when she was summoned with alarming news: A few blocks away, one of her sons, Marquette Frye, had been stopped by California Highway Patrol officers after driving...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 3:11 AM
NILES -- The city of Niles has had a number of utilities department managers over the years but it's a safe bet only the current one, Jeff Dunlap, was ever involved in a shootout.
The 53-year-old Dunlap, a former Niles Township employee who earlier this...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 5:03 AM
A Chicago man died Friday, more than two weeks after he was hit on the head by his roommate who is being held on battery charges in the attack, authorities said.
Juan Zavala, 46, was declared dead at 8:56 a.m. at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 12:09 PM
If "Fruitvale Station" is not yet on your must-see list, it should be. This emotionally potent, true story of the Bay-Area killing of a young African American man is a striking debut for writer-director Ryan Coogler. It is also a game-changer for...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:29 AM
The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was in court Wednesday trying to reach a plea bargain -- an effort even his lawyer doubted would work.
It's "a formality," the captain's lawyer said, according to an Associated Press report....
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:41 PM
Chicago’s first operational speed cameras are going to start issuing warning tickets Monday near Gompers Park on the North Side, with fines kicking in after the first 30 days, city officials announced Friday.
Two cameras will keep tabs on...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:06 PM
Another person has come forward saying he was fondled by Daniel McCormack, the former Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of sexually abusing boys at his West Side parish.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, an unidentified...