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Apr 24, 2014

Family of TSA agent slain at LAX files $25 million claim against city

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of a federal security screener who was killed when a man opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport last November has filed a $25 million claim against the city, alleging that security lapses contributed to the agent’s 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.

Apr 23, 2014

Ex-L.A. sheriff deputies accused of planting guns at pot dispensary

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies accused of planting guns at a marijuana dispensary to justify an arrest have been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The charges mark the latest blow to a sheriff’s department that has been beset with allegations of civil rights violations and corruption as well as a federal investigation of its jails. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca retired earlier this year rather than seek re-election.

Apr 11, 2014

At least nine dead when truck slams students bus in California

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (Reuters) – At least nine people died,
many of them high school students, when a tractor-trailer
slammed into a tour bus with college hopefuls on a campus tour
in Northern California on Thursday, California police said.

More than 30 others were injured after the driver of a FedEx
truck lost control, crossed a divider on Interstate 5,
side-swiped a car and then smashed head-on into the tour bus
around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
spokeswoman Tracy Hoover said.

Apr 11, 2014

At least nine killed when truck slams into students’ bus in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A tractor-trailer slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in northern California, killing at least nine people, including the truck driver, and injuring 32, the California Highway Patrol said.

Tracy Hoover, CHP spokeswoman, said the driver of the FedEx truck lost control of the vehicle, crossed over a divider on Interstate 5, side-swiped a car and then smashed head-on into the tour bus around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Apr 10, 2014

Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A woman threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday as the former secretary of state was delivering a speech at a Las Vegas hotel, but Clinton dodged it and continued with her remarks, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said.

Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the shoe-thrower was not a ticketed guest for Clinton’s speech at the Mandalay Bay hotel and had been spotted by Secret Service agents and hotel security guards before the incident.

Apr 4, 2014

Two drug tunnels, with rail systems, found at U.S.-Mexico border

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. federal agents have uncovered two drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego-area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday.

The discovery led to the arrest of a 73-year-old woman accused of running one of the warehouses connected to a drug smuggling operation, according to a joint news release by four federal agencies.

Apr 2, 2014

Appeals court halts enforcement of Arizona abortion drug curbs

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court sided with abortion rights advocates on Tuesday in temporarily blocking Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court.

Mar 29, 2014

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattles Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake
struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a wide
swath of Southern California, breaking water mains in a nearby
community and prompting Disneyland to shut down rides.

There were no reports of injury or substantial structural
damage from the quake, which was centered outside the city of La
Habra, about 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, and
hit at 9:09 p.m. on Friday (12:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday),
according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mar 21, 2014

California third-grader accused in sex assault of classmate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California police were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy repeatedly sexually assaulted a classmate at their elementary school, and two teachers have been put on leave as an investigation proceeds, a district spokeswoman said on Friday.

The allegations at a school in Riverside, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, have made headlines because of the ages – 8 and 9 – of the children involved, and reports that some abuse took place in a classroom.

Mar 18, 2014

Report faults police response to Los Angeles airport shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A review of a deadly shooting that killed a federal security officer at Los Angeles International Airport in November faulted law enforcement agencies for communication lapses during the initial response, a report showed on Tuesday.

While praising the heroism of individual officers, the report by Los Angeles World Airports said communications were cumbersome because radio systems used by airport police were largely incompatible with those used by other agencies.