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Nov 22, 2013

Professor jailed after rejecting plea deal in U.S. murder case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A professor at a Swiss university accused of helping arrange the 1995 murder of a man who she says raped her when she was a college student in California was jailed on Thursday after prosecutors said she was no longer cooperating with them.

Norma Patricia Esparza, 39, was handcuffed and led away to jail after a hearing in Orange County Superior Court at which prosecutors said she had rejected a plea deal. Under the terms of that deal, murder charges filed against her in December 2012 would have been reduced to voluntary manslaughter.

Nov 15, 2013

Bones found in California desert said to be those of missing family

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two sets of skeletal remains found buried in the California desert earlier this week have been identified as the parents in a family that vanished nearly four years ago, and the remaining bones are likely their two young sons, police said on Friday.

Coroner’s investigators used dental records to identify the remains of Joseph McStay, 40, and his wife Summer, 43, who were reported missing from the San Diego area in February 2010 along with their two children, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Nov 12, 2013

California man pleads guilty in Miss Teen USA extortion case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California college student pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking into the webcams of teenage girls and young women, including this year’s Miss Teen USA, and secretly taking nude pictures of them to use in an extortion scheme.

Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old former high school classmate of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, pleaded guilty to hacking and extortion during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California.

Nov 11, 2013

California company recalls salads, wraps on E. coli fear

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California company is recalling more than 180,000 pounds of prepackaged salads and sandwich wraps containing chicken and ham following an outbreak of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The recall was initiated after the Food and Drug Administration last week found a cluster of E. coli-related illnesses in California in which patients had reported eating the ready-to-eat salads with grilled chicken, the Agriculture Department said.

Nov 8, 2013

More than 50 arrested at Los Angeles protest over Wal-Mart wages

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7 (Reuters) – More than 50 people demanding
better wages for Wal-Mart workers in a protest organized by a
union activists were arrested outside the retailer’s store in
the Chinatown section of Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The protesters were taken into custody without incident
after refusing an order by officers to disperse, and would be
held overnight unless they posted $500 bail, said Detective Gus
Villanueva, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

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

Lone gunman opens fire at Los Angeles airport, killing security agent

LOS ANGELES (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 a 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.

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.