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Feb 8, 2013

Manhunt launched for ex-L.A. cop wanted in shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities in California launched a manhunt on Thursday for a fired Los Angeles policeman suspected of gunning down five people, killing three, and declaring an all-out war on police officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.

The violence began with the weekend slayings of a campus safety officer and his fiancée, who was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police captain who represented the accused gunman in disciplinary proceedings. The suspect blames the retired captain for his dismissal from the force.

Feb 7, 2013

Manhunt for ex-L.A. cop wanted in multiple shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities in California launched a statewide manhunt on Thursday for a fired Los Angeles policeman who threatened “warfare” on cops and was suspected in a string of shootings that killed three people, one of them a police officer, and wounded two others.

Former officer Christopher Dorner, 33, a U.S. Navy reservist, was suspected in an ambush shooting early on Thursday of two police officers in Riverside, California, east of Los Angeles, killing one and critically wounding the other, police said.

Jan 18, 2013

Military jets escort plane to Seattle after security scare

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two U.S. fighter jets were scrambled on Thursday to escort a commercial airliner to Seattle after the FBI received an anonymous tip, apparently unfounded, that a hijacker was aboard, officials said.

The plane, which originated in Hawaii, landed safely at about 7 p.m. local time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where it was met by local law enforcement and FBI agents who interviewed the passenger in question, authorities said.

Jan 18, 2013

U.S. military jets escort plane to Seattle after security scare

LOS ANGELES, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Two U.S. fighter jets were
scrambled on Thursday to escort a commercial airliner to Seattle
after the FBI received an anonymous tip, apparently unfounded,
that a hijacker was aboard, officials said.

The plane, which originated in Hawaii, landed safely at
about 7 p.m. local time at the Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport, where it was met by local law enforcement and FBI
agents who interviewed the passenger in question, authorities
said.

Dec 11, 2012

California man accused of plotting al Qaeda support faces hearing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lawyers for a Southern California man arrested in Afghanistan on charges he plotted to help al Qaeda militants say he was severely beaten when captured, and they are expected to raise questions about his injuries at a hearing set for Tuesday.

The defendant, U.S. Army veteran Sohiel Omar Kabir, 35, suffered a fractured facial bone, lacerations to his face and head and an eye injury from the beating, his attorneys said in an eight-page memorandum filed in federal court last week.

Dec 5, 2012

Los Angeles ports reopen to normal freight traffic after strike

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. cargo
shipping complex resumed full operations on Wednesday after
harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that
left two Southern California ports mostly idle, sapping the
region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.

The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended
when clerks in the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers
Local 63 reached a tentative contract deal with a group of
shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday. Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist, had joined in to
prod the two sides into an agreement.

Dec 5, 2012

Strike settlement to reopen Los Angeles ports to normal freight traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States’ largest cargo shipping complex was set to resume full operations on Wednesday after harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that left the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mostly idle, sapping the region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.

The striking clerks reached a tentative contract deal with a group of shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday, with prodding from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist.

Dec 5, 2012

Two sides in L.A.-Long Beach port strike agree to federal mediation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Striking harbor clerks agreed with management at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to federal mediation on Tuesday in a bid to end a week-old labor clash that has idled most of America’s biggest cargo-shipping complex.

The agreement to mediation, announced by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, came after an all-night bargaining session that a spokesman for the Harbor Employers Association, representing shippers and terminal operators, said had left the parties “still far apart.”

Dec 4, 2012

Opposing sides in L.A.-Long Beach port strike agree to federal mediation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Union and management negotiators agreed on Tuesday to the intervention of a federal mediator in a bid to settle a week-old strike by clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has idled most of America’s biggest container port complex.

The agreement to mediation, announced by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, came after an all-night bargaining session that a spokesman for the Harbor Employers Association, representing shippers and terminal operators, said had left the parties “still far apart.”

Dec 3, 2012

Cargo ships stack up as L.A. port strike in 7th day

LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Freighters with no place to
unload cargo lined up at anchorages off Los Angeles and Long
Beach for a seventh day on Monday as shippers and striking
clerks resumed talks to end a labor dispute that has idled most
of America’s biggest container port complex.

With mounting economic losses estimated at several billion
dollars, the strike marks the largest cargo traffic disruption
at the twin Southern California harbor facilities since a 10-day
lockout of longshoremen at several West Coast ports in 2002.

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