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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.

Oct 26, 2013

Producer Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson estate over royalties

LOS ANGELES, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Music producer Quincy Jones
sued Michael Jackson’s estate on Friday, seeking millions of
dollars in royalties generated from some of the star’s biggest
hits after the King of Pop’s death.

Jones, who worked on Jackson’s three biggest solo albums -
“Off the Wall”, “Thriller” and “Bad” – also named Sony Music
Entertainment, the parent company of Jackson’s longtime label,
Epic Records, in the breach-of-contract complaint.

Oct 24, 2013

California cop who pepper-sprayed student protesters awarded $38,000

LOS ANGELES, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A former University of
California policeman who stirred public outrage by
pepper-spraying peaceful student protesters has been awarded
$38,000 in worker’s compensation for psychiatric damage he
claimed to have suffered from the 2011 incident, the university
said on Wednesday.

Then-campus police Lieutenant John Pike came to symbolize
law enforcement aggression against anti-Wall Street protests at
the time when video footage widely aired on TV and the Internet
showed him casually dousing demonstrators in the face with a can
of pepper spray as they sat on the ground.

Oct 3, 2013

Fatal crash renews debate over future of historic California airport

LOS ANGELES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The fatal crash-landing of a
small business jet at Santa Monica airport has reignited
a debate over safety at the historic Los Angeles-area aviation
hub, which local politicians and homeowners have fought for
years to scale back or close.

Critics of the 86-year-old facility, where some Hollywood
celebrities and showbiz executives keep their private planes,
have pointed to the wreck as a wake-up call to hazards they say
the airport poses to densely populated nearby communities.

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