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Nov 7, 2013

California high school under fire over ‘Arab’ mascot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California high school’s decades-old use of an Arab mascot to promote its sports teams has drawn the ire of an Arab-American rights group that says the mascot is an offensive caricature, portraying Arabs with a large nose, beard and head-covering.

Coachella Valley High School sports teams are dubbed the “Arabs,” which the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained in a letter to the school this month plays on harmful stereotypes.

Nov 3, 2013

Accused Los Angeles airport shooter could face death penalty

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 23-year-old man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing an airport security officer and wounding three other people, could face the death penalty after being charged with murder on Saturday, a federal prosecutor said.

Paul Anthony Ciancia was charged with murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte told reporters a day after the shooting that touched off panic and chaos at the world’s sixth busiest airport.

Nov 3, 2013

Los Angeles airport terminal re-opens as shooting probed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles International Airport terminal where a gunman opened fire on Friday morning, killing an unarmed federal airport security officer and wounding others, re-opened to travellers the day after the shooting as authorities probed the motive behind the attack.

Authorities have identified the suspected shooter as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, and they said he was shot and wounded by police in an exchange of gunfire at Terminal 3 at one of the world’s busiest airports.

Nov 2, 2013

Investigators probe motives of Los Angeles airport shooter

LOS ANGELES, Nov 2 (Reuters) – FBI agents were on Saturday
probing the background and possible motivation of a gunman who
opened fire at a packed terminal at Los Angeles International
Airport and shot dead an unarmed federal agent.

Authorities have identified the suspected shooter in
Friday’s attack as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, and they said he
was shot and wounded by police in an exchange of gunfire at the
airport’s Terminal 3.

Nov 2, 2013

Gunman opens fire at Los Angeles airport, killing security agent

LOS ANGELES, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A lone gunman stormed into a
packed terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport and
opened fire with an assault weapon on Friday, killing an unarmed
federal security agent before he was shot and captured,
authorities said.

The gunfire in Terminal 3 touched off panic and chaos at one
of the world’s busiest airports as hundreds of travelers ran
frantically for safety or dove for cover behind racks of luggage
and loud alarms blared.

Oct 31, 2013

California man agrees to plead guilty to extortion of Miss Teen USA

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 19-year-old California man has agreed to plead guilty to charges he hacked into the webcams of Miss Teen USA and other young women to take nude pictures in an extortion scheme, court papers revealed on Thursday.

Jared Abrahams agreed to plead guilty to charges of unauthorized access of protected computers and extortion linked to the case, the documents said.

Oct 31, 2013

California woman who killed pimp as teen is free on parole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman who served nearly two decades in prison for killing her pimp at age 16 was released on parole on Thursday, after becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders.

Sara Kruzan, 35, left the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla before dawn, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said in a statement.

Oct 18, 2013

Former Democratic speaker of U.S. House Tom Foley dies at 84

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Former Democratic speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Foley, who spent 30 years in Congress before a conservative mood shift made him one of the few speakers ever defeated for re-election, died on Friday at age 84, his wife said.

Foley passed away at his home in Washington, D.C., of complications from a stroke, his wife Heather Foley said in an email.

Oct 10, 2013

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, fourth American in space, dies at 88

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Astronaut Scott Carpenter, who in 1962 became the fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday in Colorado at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.

Carpenter, who lost radio contact with NASA controllers during his pioneering space flight and was found in the ocean 250 miles from the targeted splashdown site, went on to explore the ocean floor in later years. His wife said he died in a Denver hospice.

Sep 27, 2013

Miss Teen USA’s former classmate accused as webcam peeper

LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf
said on Friday it was “weird” to learn that the 19-year-old
California man charged with hacking into her webcam and taking
nude photos in a so-called “sextortion” case, was a high school
classmate.

Wolf, 19, told NBC’s “Today” show she has “mixed feelings” a
day after the arrest of Jared Abrahams, and that part of her
feels sorry for him.