LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Customs and Border
Protection has indefinitely grounded its remaining fleet of nine
drones after operators were forced to crash a pilotless aircraft
off the Southern California coast because of a mechanical
problem, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
The mishap on Monday marked the second crash of one of the
agency’s drones since it began using the unnamed aerial
surveillance technology in 2006.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters sought to prevent a wildfire in the foothills near Los Angeles from flaring up on Saturday, as they put out embers from a blaze that has destroyed five homes, officials said.
The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire early on Thursday, has blackened nearly 1,900 acres of drought-parched chaparral and is 30 percent contained, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Robert Brady.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving California wildfire, started accidentally by three campers, roared out of control in foothills above Los Angeles on Thursday, destroying at least two homes and forcing more than 1,000 residents to flee, fire and law enforcement officials said.
The wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
By Alex Dobuzinskis and Karen Brooks
(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school, seriously wounding two students, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, authorities said on Thursday.
The boy, Mason Campbell, will be tried as a juvenile in connection with what authorities have described as a planned attack at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, said New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in a national forest east of Los Angeles, whipped up by winds and fueled by bone-dry brush, had damaged homes and forced the evacuation of dozens of residents, officials said.
The so-called Colby Fire broke out before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and by mid-morning had blackened more than 1,700 acres, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said.
(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy who wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school took the firearm from his home, modified it and planned the attack in advance, police said on Wednesday.
Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said.
(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said.
The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez told reporters.
(Reuters) – A shooter opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two teenage students before being taken into custody, police and hospital officials said.
“The shooter has been apprehended,” police in Roswell, New Mexico, said in a statement, without giving any further details on the incident or the suspected gunman.
(Reuters) – A former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan who took over from James Brady in 1981 after the then-press-secretary was wounded in an assassination attempt against the president, died on Friday in Mississippi, a funeral home owner said.
Larry Speakes, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died in his sleep at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, said Kenny Williams, owner of the Cleveland Funeral Home. He was 74.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The embattled Los Angeles County sheriff, whose department has been plagued by allegations of civil rights violations and corruption, said on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the month rather than seek re-election.
Sheriff Lee Baca’s announcement came about a month after federal prosecutors accused 18 current or former sheriff’s deputies of beating or wrongly detaining inmates as well as visitors at two downtown Los Angeles lockups and trying to cover up the abuse.