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Nov 13, 2013

Los Angeles school board looks at laptops after troubled iPad rollout

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles school board, in the middle of a troubled $1 billion plan to equip each student with an iPad, has voted to try laptops at some high schools before deciding whether to give all its 650,000 pupils a tablet.

The Los Angeles Unified School District technology rollout is the largest of its kind for any U.S. public education system. It comes as education officials in other parts of the country experiment with ways to give students mobile computers.

Nov 12, 2013

Paralyzed porn magnate Flynt objects to execution of his confessed attacker

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Larry Flynt, the publisher of the porn magazine Hustler who was shot and paralyzed in 1978, has gone to court to object to the pending execution in Missouri of a convicted serial killer he says fired the bullet that put him in a wheelchair.

Flynt opposes the death penalty and wants Joseph Paul Franklin, who has been convicted of killing eight people from the late 1970s to 1980 in racially motivated attacks, to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Nov 10, 2013

Los Angeles schools slow rollout of iPads amid security concerns

LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles school
district is putting the brakes on a project to give an iPad to
each student, a $1 billion initiative that is the largest
rollout of its kind in the nation and has been plagued by
students hacking the devices’ security features.

District officials have already provided their devices to
over 25,000 students, and under their original plan would have
finished distributing tablets to the last of its 650,000
students in late 2014.

Nov 8, 2013

Pinkberry co-founder guilty of assault in California tire iron attack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, who brought a sleek design to the international yogurt chain, was found guilty on Friday of assault with a deadly weapon for beating a homeless man with a tire iron at a Los Angeles freeway off-ramp in 2011, prosecutors said.

The attack occurred in June 2011 when Young, a South Korean kick boxer-turned-architect who parted ways with the frozen yogurt chain in 2010, got out of a Range Rover at an off-ramp of a Los Angeles freeway and beat the transient with a tire iron.

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.