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Oct 9, 2014

Family of slain LA airport security screener sues city, police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of a federal security screener who was fatally shot when a gunman opened fire in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport last year has sued the city and its police department, alleging that security failures led to his death.

Gerardo Hernandez, 53, became the first U.S. Transportation Security Administration agent slain in the line of duty when he was shot 12 times at point-blank range in Terminal 3 of the airport as he stood at the entrance to a security checkpoint.

Oct 8, 2014

Air tanker crashes fighting Yosemite National Park wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An air tanker plane being used to fight a wildfire in Yosemite National Park crashed in flames on Tuesday, but the fate of the pilot was not immediately known, officials for the park and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said in a tweet that the plane went down near the so-called Dog Rock Fire and that the condition of the pilot was “undetermined.”

Oct 3, 2014

FBI assisting search for Saudi college student missing from California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The FBI has joined the search for a college student from Saudi Arabia who went missing from his Southern California home last month and has not been seen since, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Friday.

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda at around noon on Sept. 17, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sep 30, 2014

Reward offered for ‘AK-47 Bandit’ over U.S. bank robberies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities offered a $100,000 reward on Tuesday for the so-called “AK-47 Bandit,” who carried an assault rifle in a string of bank robberies across the U.S. West, in one case opening fire and seriously wounding a police officer.

The suspect, who disguises himself with a black ski mask and gloves and sometimes wears body armor or a vest emblazoned with the word “Sheriff,” has not been identified but should be considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said in a written statement announcing the reward.

Sep 30, 2014

Murder charges dropped over California prosecutor’s tryst with criminalist

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California district attorney said on Tuesday he would drop murder charges against the husband and brother-in-law of a woman killed in 1989 after learning the lead prosecutor in the case had an affair with a criminalist who handled much of the evidence.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the “undisclosed and improper” relationship had forced him to seek a dismissal of the charges in the 25-year-old killing of Cathy Zimmer. The trial had not yet begun in the case.

Sep 30, 2014

Flat roofs no longer required on L.A. skyscrapers as city repeals rule

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles has scrapped a 1950s rule requiring its skyscrapers to have flat roofs and helipads, giving architects a freer hand to shape the skyline of America’s second-largest city.

The city of Los Angeles has ordered that all high-rise buildings have a flat roof and helipads since 1958. It has been the only major U.S. city with such an ordinance, which was intended to accommodate fire-fighting and life-saving equipment.

Sep 26, 2014

Two convicted in California of conspiring to join al Qaeda

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two men accused of seeking to join al Qaeda and training to carry out attacks on U.S. military bases and personnel in the Middle East were convicted on federal charges in California Thursday after a trial of more than six weeks, prosecutors said.

A U.S. District Court jury in Riverside, California, found Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, guilty of conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda and conspiring to kill officers and employees of the U.S. government.

Sep 25, 2014

California woman attacked by bear while walking dogs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman was attacked by a 200-pound black bear in a rural area of central California, suffering bites, scratches and a broken rib, state fish and wildlife officials said on Thursday.

The woman told authorities she briefly lost sight of her dogs when they went off the trail during a hike near the community of Carpenteria, east of Santa Barbara, California, on Monday, Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Janice Mackey said.

Sep 22, 2014

Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up.

The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento.

Sep 20, 2014

Weather helps crews make gains against California wildfire

LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s
rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday
to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy
12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber
and brush west of Lake Tahoe.

More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained
displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.