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Dec 18, 2013

Police say doctor’s slaying at Nevada hospital not random

Dec 18 (Reuters) – A gunman who shot and killed a doctor and
wounded two other people in a medical office in Reno, Nevada,
before taking his own life was apparently not acting randomly
but his motives remain unknown, police said Wednesday.

The shooting, the latest in a rash of deadly gun violence in
public places in the United States this year, occurred Tuesday
afternoon inside a building adjacent to the Renown Regional
Medical Center, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said.

Dec 18, 2013

Accused Los Angeles airport gunman indicted on eleven federal charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was indicted on Tuesday on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder of federal officers.

Three charges in the 11-count indictment against Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty, though federal prosecutors have not decided yet whether to seek capital punishment if he were convicted.

Dec 18, 2013

Accused Los Angeles airport gunman indicted on 11 federal charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was indicted on Tuesday on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder of federal officers.

Three charges in the 11-count indictment against Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty, though federal prosecutors have not decided yet whether to seek capital punishment if he were convicted.

Dec 17, 2013

California doomsday prophet Harold Camping dead at 92

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping, who rallied thousands of followers and stirred an international media frenzy with a failed doomsday prophecy two years ago, has died at his home near San Francisco, a spokeswoman for his radio outlet said on Tuesday.

Camping, who was 92, died peacefully in Alameda, California, on Sunday surrounded by members of his family, said Nina Romero, marketing manager for the Oakland-based Family Radio network.

Dec 16, 2013

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine dead at 96

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, whose film career was marked by a long-running rivalry with her sister, Olivia de Havilland, died on Sunday at age 96 at her home in Carmel, California, Hollywood’s two trade publications reported.

The Hollywood Reporter said Fontaine’s death from natural causes was confirmed by the star’s assistant, Susan Pfeiffer.

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.

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