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Feb 25, 2013

Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane lives up to edgy image

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Rookie Oscar host Seth
MacFarlane casually slung a string of zingers at some of
Hollywood’s biggest names, including a musical tribute to female
frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards
show Sunday on a decisively edgy note.

First-time Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan
recruited MacFarlane in a bid to inject a greater sense of the
unexpected, and hopefully bigger television ratings, a year
after veteran host Billy Crystal performed his ninth stint at
the helm of the live broadcast.

Feb 25, 2013

Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane lives up to provocative image

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Rookie Oscar host Seth
MacFarlane casually slung a string of zingers at some of
Hollywood’s biggest names, including a musical tribute to female
frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards
show on Sunday on a decisively provocative note.

In an opening monologue and package of song-and-dance
numbers obviously calculated to live up to, and even lampoon,
his own reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste,
MacFarlane put his biting, edgy brand of humor front and center.

Feb 15, 2013

California authorities identify remains of fugitive ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Medical examiners on Thursday positively identified the remains of a fugitive former Los Angeles policeman wanted for a grudge-driven killing spree, formally ending the largest manhunt ever conducted by Southern California law enforcement.

The remains, charred beyond recognition, were removed from the burned-out ruins of a mountain cabin where Christopher Dorner, 33, made his last stand on Tuesday in a deadly shootout with authorities that ended with the cabin going up in flames.

Feb 13, 2013

Fate of fugitive ex-LA cop unknown after fiery standoff; deputy killed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman thought to be a fugitive ex-cop shot and killed one police officer and wounded another in a gun fight with sheriff’s deputies who tracked him down to a mountain cabin northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday, police said.

Authorities said they presumed the shooter to be former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, 33, who is suspected of a revenge-fueled killing spree targeting police and their families. Television news footage showed smoke and flames engulfing the cabin in a heavily wooded area of the snow-covered mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. The fate of the gunman who led California authorities on a six-day manhunt was unknown.

Feb 12, 2013

Fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop in shootout with police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fugitive former police officer accused of a revenge-fueled killing spree barricaded himself in a cabin in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday after a gunfight with police that left at least two officers wounded, police said.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Christopher Dorner, 33, opened fire as police closed in on him. An intensive manhunt for Dorner has been underway for six days.

Feb 8, 2013

Manhunt on for ex-California cop accused of vendetta shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police swarmed a California ski area on Thursday in their search for a fired Los Angeles policeman accused of killing three people and declaring an all-out war on law enforcement officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.

Police were drawn to the area after the discovery of a burned-out pickup truck belonging to the suspect Christopher Dorner, 33.

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.

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