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Dec 12, 2013

Deep freeze damages California citrus crop

LOS ANGELES, Dec 12 (Reuters) – A weeklong blast of
sub-freezing temperatures across California has damaged the
state’s $2 billion citrus crop, but it will take several weeks
before the extent of the loss is quantified, agricultural
industry officials said on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has forecast a warming trend in
California as the week goes on, promising much-needed relief to
orange growers who have been scrambling to protect their
orchards from frost since early this month.

Dec 10, 2013

Los Angeles sheriff’s officials charged in jail misconduct probe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Eighteen current or former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have been charged with corruption and civil rights violations in a probe of inmate abuse inside the United States’ largest county jail system, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Four indictments and a criminal complaint unsealed on Monday include accusations that sheriff’s deputies subjected inmates and visitors at two downtown Los Angeles lockups to unjustified beatings or detentions and tried to cover up their wrongdoing.

Nov 19, 2013

Accused L.A. gunman moved from hospital to U.S. marshals’ custody

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The man charged with a deadly shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International Airport has been released from the hospital where he was recovering from bullet wounds and turned over to federal marshals, a U.S. attorney’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, whose injuries included a gunshot to the face when arrested, had been heavily sedated, incapacitated and listed in critical condition in the aftermath of the November 1 shooting, according to court documents.

Nov 8, 2013

FBI loses out on chance to question accused LAX gunman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – FBI agents investigating last week’s deadly Los Angeles airport shooting have lost their chance to question the accused gunman, if and when he regains consciousness, now that a public defender has been appointed to represent the suspect, court documents show.

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who was shot and critically wounded when he was arrested last Friday by airport police, has been heavily sedated and incapacitated while hospitalized, federal prosecutors said in a court filing this week.

Nov 6, 2013

Teacher wounded in L.A. airport shooting recounts crawling to safety

LOS ANGELES, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A high school teacher wounded
in a deadly shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International Airport
said on Tuesday he crawled to safety on his hands and knees and
tied a sweatshirt around his own bleeding leg in the desperate
moments before police came to his aid.

Brian Ludmer, 29, said he managed to take cover inside the
small storage room of an airport retail shop after being knocked
to the floor by gunfire and looking back to catch a fleeting
glimpse of the suspect, standing silently a short distance away.

Nov 5, 2013

Los Angeles airport gunman did not raise immediate suspicion: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman who opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport last week, killing a federal security screener and wounding several other people, did not immediately raise suspicions when he entered the airport, police said on Monday.

The gunman entered Terminal 3 of the sprawling airport looking like any other passenger, and likely would not have been detained immediately even if an armed officer had been stationed at the front door, said Patrick Gannon, chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police.

Nov 4, 2013

Accused LAX gunman’s family says they are cooperating with authorities

LOS ANGELES, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The family of the man charged
with a deadly shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International
Airport said on Monday they have fully cooperated with
investigators and expressed sympathy for relatives of the
security agent slain in the rampage.

The statement from the parents of Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23,
was issued by a lawyer in the suspect’s hometown of Pennsville,
New Jersey, who has known the family for a long time and was
asked by the father to act as an intermediary with the media.

Nov 1, 2013

Santa Monica sues for control over historic California airport

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The city of Santa Monica
filed a lawsuit on Thursday to wrest control of its municipal
airport from the federal government, marking the latest chapter
in a decades-long dispute over the future of the historic
general aviation hub.

Filed against the Federal Aviation Administration in U.S.
District Court in Los Angeles, the suit comes weeks after the
fiery crash-landing of a small business jet killed four people
and reignited a debate over safety at the 86-year-old facility.

Oct 31, 2013

California town sues hot sauce company over chili odors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A small Southern California city has sued the makers of the popular Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce, saying tear-inducing odors emanating from its chili processing plant in town is creating a public nuisance.

Irwindale officials said they plan to ask a Los Angeles County judge on Thursday for a court order forcing Huy Fong Foods to immediately halt production of Sriracha (pronounced sir-RAH-chah) at its chili factory while review of the case continues.

Oct 30, 2013

Mosquitoes known to carry dengue, yellow fever seen in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A tropical mosquito known to carry dengue and yellow fever has been detected in California, raising concerns among public health officials and prompting intense efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly diseases.

The mosquito, known by the scientific name Aedes aegypti requires little standing water to reproduce.

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