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Mar 6, 2015

Harrison Ford expected to make full recovery after plane crash in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford had to be pulled from his vintage World War Two aircraft after his crash landing at a Los Angeles golf course because the plane was leaking fuel, a surgeon who came to Ford’s aid said in a television interview aired on Friday.

Ford’s 1942 single-engine plane took off on Thursday from Santa Monica Airport, and a short time later he reported engine failure to air traffic controllers and turned around in an attempt to return. He clipped a tree and crash landed short of the runway at nearby Penmar Golf Course.

Mar 5, 2015

Two California teachers plead not guilty in sex with student case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Los Angeles-area teachers pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges they provided cocaine and alcohol to underage students on a beach camping trip where one of the instructors had sex with a 17-year-old boy, prosecutors said.

Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, and Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, joined about five students on camping trips at San Clemente Beach in Orange County during Thanksgiving and winter breaks last year, said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic.

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. had tried to deport man later killed by Los Angeles police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said.

The man, known by his street name “Africa,” was killed by police on Sunday in a videotaped encounter on Los Angeles’ skid row in which police said he grabbed for an officer’s holstered gun as police tried to arrest him as a robbery suspect.

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. authorities had tried to deport man killed by Los Angeles police

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – U.S. authorities had tried to deport the
homeless man shot dead by police in Los Angeles this week but
had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon
failed to provide a travel document, an immigration official
said.

The man was ultimately released from custody based on a U.S.
Supreme Court order limiting the amount of time a person ordered
removed can be held, Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said in a statement
on Wednesday.

Mar 4, 2015

Billionaire Paul Allen and team find sunken Japanese warship off Philippines

March 4 (Reuters) – A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul
Allen has found the sunken Japanese warship Musashi, one of the
largest battleships ever built, where it was sunk during World
War Two off the coast of the Philippines, the billionaire said
on Wednesday.

The team used Allen’s yacht the M/Y Octopus, relying on the
ship’s advanced technology, historical records and detailed
topographical data, to discover and photograph the warship in
the Sibuyan Sea on Sunday, ending a decades-long mystery about
its exact location, a statement on Allen’s website said.

Mar 4, 2015

South Korea’s Asiana settles U.S. court claims by 72 passengers in San Francisco jet crash

SEOUL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – South Korea’s Asiana Airlines Inc has settled compensation claims filed in U.S. courts by 72 people who were passengers on a flight that crashed at San Francisco’s main airport in 2013, without disclosing financial terms.

A spokesman for the carrier on Wednesday confirmed the settlement, disclosed in a court document. The plane’s manufacturer, Boeing Co, and Air Cruisers Co, which made the evacuation slides, also settled claims, according to the document, filed by attorneys in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Mar 4, 2015

S.Korea’s Asiana settles US court claims by 72 passengers in San Francisco jet crash

SEOUL/LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Asiana
Airlines Inc has settled compensation claims filed
in U.S. courts by 72 people who were passengers on a flight that
crashed at San Francisco’s main airport in 2013, without
disclosing financial terms.

A spokesman for the carrier on Wednesday confirmed the
settlement, disclosed in a court document. The plane’s
manufacturer, Boeing Co, and Air Cruisers Co, which made
the evacuation slides, also settled claims, according to the
document, filed by attorneys in U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California.

Mar 4, 2015

Owner of car charged with murder in deadly Los Angeles street race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The owner of a car that spun out of control at a Los Angeles street race and crashed last week, killing two spectators, was charged on Tuesday with murder although prosecutors do not believe he was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, was also charged with engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest causing injury for his role in the race on Thursday when his Ford Mustang struck three people, killing two, in the suburb of Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley.

Feb 27, 2015

Slain U.S. journalist’s father: identification of ‘Jihadi John’ not important

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was “not important” to him that his son’s purported killer, “Jihadi John,” had been identified.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that “Jihadi John,” who was shown in Islamic State videos of the beheadings of several captives, had been identified as Kuwaiti-born British national Mohammed Emwazi, 26.

Feb 26, 2015

Man arrested in shooting death of transgender woman in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police have arrested a self-described former gang member suspected of killing a transgender woman who was shot to death in Los Angeles as she pounded on the front door of a house seeking help, investigators said on Thursday.

The December killing of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez raised concerns among transgender rights activists that she may have been targeted because of her gender identity, and Los Angeles police supervising detective Chris Barling said her transgender status may have been a factor in the slaying.