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Nov 1, 2013

TSA agent killed, six wounded in Los Angeles airport shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle in a Los Angeles International airport terminal on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding at least six other people before he was shot and captured, authorities said.

The attack set off chaos, with passengers running, diving and hiding in the crowded terminal of the airport, one of the world’s busiest, where Terminal 3 was quickly evacuated. Departing flights were halted, arriving planes were diverted, and streets surrounding the airport were shut down.

Nov 1, 2013

One killed, six wounded in Los Angeles airport shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle in a Los Angeles International airport terminal on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding at least six other people before he was shot and captured, authorities said.

The attack set off chaos, with passengers running, diving and hiding in the crowded terminal of the airport, one of the world’s busiest, where Terminal 3 was quickly evacuated. Departing flights were halted, arriving planes were diverted, and streets surrounding the airport were shut down.

Oct 30, 2013

Los Angeles creates ‘Cyber Intrusion Command Center’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, citing warnings by President Barack Obama and National Intelligence Director James Clapper about the threat of attacks on computer networks, on Wednesday announced the creation of the city’s first “Cyber Intrusion Command Center.”

The command center, which will be operated with the assistance of the FBI and Secret Service, will be staffed by cyber security experts who will scan the city’s computer networks for threats and quickly respond to breaches, according to the mayor’s office.

Oct 29, 2013

California woman who killed pimp at age 16 set to be freed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman who has served nearly two decades in prison for murdering her pimp when she was 16, becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders, could be freed this week after Governor Jerry Brown upheld her parole.

The impending release of Sara Kruzan, now 35, from the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla was hailed as a watershed moment by activists who have fought on her behalf for more than five years.

Oct 23, 2013

Judge orders release of parents’ indictment in JonBenet Ramsey case

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A Colorado judge on Wednesday ordered the release of the 1999 indictment of JonBenet Ramsey’s parents in the child beauty queen’s killing, offering a glimpse into the investigation of a crime that has long captivated the nation.

The 18-page Boulder County Grand Jury indictment of John and Patsy Ramsey will be released for public inspection on Friday, Judge Robert Lowenbach ruled. At the time the grand jury handed down the indictment, then-District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign it and prosecute the Ramseys.

Oct 19, 2013

Second suspect arrested in Los Angeles airport ice bombs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A second airport employee was arrested on Friday in connection with two dry ice explosions at the Los Angeles International Airport, police said.

Miguel Angel Iniguez, a 41-year-old employee of airport contractor Servisair, was taken into custody while he was working at the airport, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Oct 18, 2013

US Scout leaders topple ancient rock formation, trigger outrage

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – An online video of two Boy Scouts of America leaders knocking over a 170-million-year-old rock formation in a Utah State Park has touched off worldwide outrage, state officials said on Friday, and the two men may face charges.

The video was posted on YouTube showing scout leader Glenn Taylor dislodging the massive rock free from its tiny perch in Goblin Valley State Park as Dave Hall films him while singing and laughing.

Oct 10, 2013

Kidnapped California teenager says captor made her play Russian roulette

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A San Diego teenager who was kidnapped in August by a family friend after he killed her mother and brother said in a TV interview on Thursday that her captor forced her to play Russian roulette before drugging her and driving her to Idaho.

Hannah Anderson told the “Today” show that on the day of her abduction James Lee DiMaggio picked her up from cheerleading camp at a local high school. She said DiMaggio seemed “perfectly normal,” until he arrived at his home 25 miles east of San Diego.

Oct 10, 2013

California enacts law allowing nurses to perform some abortions

, Oct 9 (Reuters) – California’s
Democratic governor signed a law on Wednesday that will allow
nurses and midwives to perform some abortions, a move aimed at
increasing access to the procedure even as other states are
tightening the rules.

Under the law, the most populous U.S. state would allow
nurse-practitioners, nurse-midwives and physician assistants to
perform a procedure known as aspiration, which uses suction to
dislodge an embryo from the uterine wall during the first few
weeks of pregnancy.

Oct 3, 2013

Calif. city official, symbol of greed, pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city manager of the California city of Bell, who became an emblem of local government corruption when it was revealed in 2010 that he was earning a salary of nearly $800,000, abruptly pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges ranging from perjury to misappropriating public funds.

Robert Rizzo, 56, entered his pleas less than a week before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his high-profile public corruption trial and without cutting a deal with prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.