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    • Two former bag handlers arrested in connection with cocaine-smuggling plot at LAX

      Two former bag handlers arrested in connection with cocaine-smuggling plot at LAX

      Two former baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport are in federal custody after being arrested Monday morning on suspicion of cocaine trafficking, authorities said. Adrian Ponce, 27, and Alberto Preciado Gutierrez, 26, both from South Gate, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute...

    • Lufthansa jet and drone nearly collide near LAX

      Lufthansa jet and drone nearly collide near LAX

      The pilot of a commercial jetliner said his plane nearly collided with a drone while approaching Los Angeles International Airport on Friday afternoon, sparking a search by L.A. police and sheriff's officials for the owner of the unmanned aircraft. The near-miss was reported before 2 p.m. about...

    • FBI investigating suspicious package at LAX, reportedly sent from Florida inmate

      FBI investigating suspicious package at LAX, reportedly sent from Florida inmate

      The FBI on Monday was investigating a suspicious package at Los Angeles International Airport that reportedly came from a Florida prison inmate and prompted authorities to evacuate an administrative building and nearby parking garages. Explosives investigators were called to the building at 1 World...

    • Uber's driver screening practices fuel political debate on rider safety

      Uber's driver screening practices fuel political debate on rider safety

      The ride-hailing revolution holds the potential to radically change the way people get around. But the political battle over Uber and Lyft in California has focused on something more obscure: fingerprints. Uber is facing some of the fiercest challenges to its business practices from an array of...

    • Vietnamese girls who fled tour group at LAX found in Westminster

      Vietnamese girls who fled tour group at LAX found in Westminster

      Two Vietnamese girls who ran away from their tour group at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday have been found in Westminster, officials said Monday.Los Angeles police detectives investigating the case got a lead late Sunday that Ly Camly Vuong, 12, and Linh Huyen Cao, 17, could be in Orange...

    • O.C. men plead not guilty to plotting to fight for Islamic State

      O.C. men plead not guilty to plotting to fight for Islamic State

      Two Orange County men accused of conspiring to aid Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday. Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi, both 24, allegedly conspired “to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State...

    • Two O.C. men wanted to become martyrs, fight for Islamic State, feds allege
      Two O.C. men wanted to become martyrs, fight for Islamic State, feds allege

      On the last Friday of April, after prayer services at a mosque in Orange County, two friends spoke on the phone.It was not a light-hearted conversation.They spoke enthusiastically about Islamic State, the brutal extremist group fighting to take control of lands in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the...

    • Cal State Long Beach student arrested in baggage thefts at LAX
      Cal State Long Beach student arrested in baggage thefts at LAX

      A Cal State Long Beach student has been charged with burglary and police said he may be responsible for a recent uptick in baggage thefts at Los Angeles International Airport.

      Ryan Green, 23, was arrested Sunday during a surveillance operation launched by authorities after baggage thefts increased,...

    • Airport Police union criticizes LAPD over luggage-theft probe
      Airport Police union criticizes LAPD over luggage-theft probe

      Police touted the raids as breaking up one of the biggest property thefts in Los Angeles International Airport history.

      But nearly a year after Airport Police announced that as many as two dozen baggage handlers were involved in a scheme to steal from travelers, no one has been charged with stealing...

    • Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty in fatal LAX shooting
      Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty in fatal LAX shooting

      Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the man charged in the deadly 2013 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, according to court documents filed Friday.

      Paul Anthony Ciancia, 24, was charged with 11 federal counts in connection with the Nov. 1, 2013, attack that killed...

    • 'King of Instagram' freed after arrest at LAX
      'King of Instagram' freed after arrest at LAX

      A millionaire poker player nicknamed the “King of Instagram” was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night on weapons charges, police said.

      Dan Bilzerian, 34, is known for his playboy lifestyle and his frequent Instagram postings that feature scantily clad or naked women, weapons...

    • LAX shooting: Prosecutors expect death penalty decision by early January
      LAX shooting: Prosecutors expect death penalty decision by early January

      Federal prosecutors expect to know by early January whether they'll seek the death penalty against the 24-year-old man charged in last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. 

      Prosecutors told a judge Monday that they were still waiting to hear from the Justice Department regarding...

    • Reality TV show's filming equipment draws bomb squad at LAX
      Reality TV show's filming equipment draws bomb squad at LAX

      A bag of filming equipment for a reality TV show delayed a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday when police were called about luggage with suspicious wires hanging out of it.

      Airport authorities received a call about the bag around 12:45 p.m., said LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz....

    • Deputy L.A. city attorney arrested on multiple child porn charges

      A deputy Los Angeles city attorney has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, authorities said Friday.

      Christopher Richard Garcia, 57, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home in San Pedro and booked on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography, said...

    • Drone surprises jetliner pilot at LAX; owner sought in investigation
      Drone surprises jetliner pilot at LAX; owner sought in investigation

      A drone spotted earlier this month by a Canadian jetliner pilot near Los Angeles International Airport has become the subject of an investigation.

      On Aug. 4, Los Angeles police said, the personal drone was spotted by the jetliner pilot as the remote-controlled craft was hovering about 10 miles...

    • LAX stowaway freed from jail after serving only 3 days of 6-month term
      LAX stowaway freed from jail after serving only 3 days of 6-month term

      A woman who stowed away on a flight to Los Angeles International Airport was released from Los Angeles County Jail after serving only three days of her nearly six-month jail sentence.

      Marilyn Hartman, 62, pleaded guilty earlier this month to violating her probation and was sentenced to 177 days...

    • Decision on seeking death penalty for accused LAX shooter due by fall
      Decision on seeking death penalty for accused LAX shooter due by fall

      Federal prosecutors expect to know by mid-November whether they'll seek the death penalty against the 24-year-old man accused in last year's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

      Prosecutors told a judge Monday that their case regarding Paul Ciancia -- charged with 11 felony counts...

    • Fliers of stowaway handed out before she was arrested again at LAX
      Fliers of stowaway handed out before she was arrested again at LAX

      Police made fliers of a stowaway banned this week from LAX--believing she would return and make another attempt--before she was arrested again Thursday at the airport.

      Marilyn Hartman, 62, was taken into custody Thursday after officers spotted her boarding a FlyAway bus at Union Station in downtown...

    • Stowaway banned from LAX is arrested again after returning to airport
      Stowaway banned from LAX is arrested again after returning to airport

      A woman who was banned from Los Angeles International Airport after stowing away on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose earlier in the week was arrested at the airport again Thursday, authorities said.

      Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested Thursday morning and transferred to the LAPD’s Pacific...

    • Southwest flight stowaway to LAX: 'It was stupid'
      Southwest flight stowaway to LAX: 'It was stupid'

      A woman who snuck past two airport security checkpoints in San Jose and boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to Los Angeles, where she was arrested, told reporters Wednesday that she wouldn’t do it again.

      Marilyn Hartman, 62, was charged with a misdemeanor count of entering the city as a stowaway....

    • Southwest stowaway pleads no contest; must stay away from LAX
      Southwest stowaway pleads no contest; must stay away from LAX

      A 62-year-old woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to sneaking onto a Southwest Airlines jet without a ticket in San Jose and later landing in Los Angeles, officials said.

      Marilyn Hartman, who was charged with a misdemeanor count of entering the city as a stowaway, was ordered to serve 24 months...

    • Hawaii man accused of threatening to kill flight crew, blow up plane
      Hawaii man accused of threatening to kill flight crew, blow up plane

      Forget all the screaming babies and baritone snores -- the crew of a British Airways flight headed for Los Angeles International Airport this month may have truly found the passenger from hell.

      A 20-year-old Hawaii man suspected of threatening to kill flight attendants and blow up an aircraft during...

    • 49ers' Aldon Smith won't face criminal charges in alleged LAX threat
      49ers' Aldon Smith won't face criminal charges in alleged LAX threat

      San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith won't face criminal charges for his April arrest at Los Angeles International Airport, where police alleged he made comments suggesting he had a bomb.

      The Los Angeles city attorney's office announced Tuesday it had reviewed the matter and would not file...

    • Report: LAFD captains trained to enter shooting scenes after LAX incident
      Report: LAFD captains trained to enter shooting scenes after LAX incident

      The Los Angeles Fire Department has trained hundreds of captains to oversee rescue teams during mass shootings as part of an ambitious effort prompted by a gunman's rampage last year at LAX, according to a report that will be presented Tuesday to fire commissioners.

      The "after-action" report critiqued...

    • One person died in front of Westin hotel near LAX, police say
      One person died in front of Westin hotel near LAX, police say

      One person died in front of the Westin hotel near Los Angeles International Airport after a shooting Wednesday afternoon.

      Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said it was not immediately clear if the person killed was the shooting suspect. 

      The shooting, police said, was related to an attempted...

    • A hand grenade at LAX points to growing security problem
      A hand grenade at LAX points to growing security problem

      A section of Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated last week when a Stanford University professor was arrested on charges of bringing a World War II-era grenade through a security checkpoint in a carry-on bag.It has become an all-too-common problem. Transportation Security Administration...

    • Man arrested for carrying grenade at LAX says charges will be dropped
      Man arrested for carrying grenade at LAX says charges will be dropped

      A Stanford professor arrested at LAX this week for carrying a World War II-era hand grenade said he put it in his luggage absentmindedly and he has been told the charges against him will be dropped.

      Gary Walter Cox, 58, was arrested at Terminal 1 on Tuesday afternoon after TSA airport screeners...

    • LAX Terminal 1 temporarily closed after bomb squad response
      LAX Terminal 1 temporarily closed after bomb squad response

      Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport was temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon after a police bomb squad responded to a report of a suspicious item, officials said.

      The screening area at the terminal was closed around 3:45 p.m. and the terminal ticketing area was evacuated, an LAX spokeswoman...

    • Obama's motorcade set to leave LAX just in time for rush hour
      Obama's motorcade set to leave LAX just in time for rush hour

      In a city seemingly in love with catchy word mashups to brand impending traffic doom, the latest is upon L.A. in the form of "ObamaJam," which is scheduled to touch down at Los Angeles International Airport just in time for the evening commute.

      First on President Obama's two-day itinerary is the...

    • Justin Bieber detained at LAX by U.S. Customs officials
      Justin Bieber detained at LAX by U.S. Customs officials

      Justin Bieber's legal woes may be catching up with him after he was detained in a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol area at LAX upon his return from Asia on Thursday, sources said.

      The 20-year-old pop star was being questioned by officials, but no formal action had yet been taken against the Canadian-born...

    • Justin Bieber detained at LAX by U.S. Customs officials
      Justin Bieber detained at LAX by U.S. Customs officials

      Justin Bieber's legal woes may be catching up with him after he was detained in a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol area at LAX upon his return from Asia on Thursday, sources said.

      The 20-year-old pop star was being questioned by officials, but no formal action had yet been taken against the Canadian-born...

    • Ex-deputies charged in planted-guns case
      Ex-deputies charged in planted-guns case

      Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are accused of cutting off electricity and security cameras in order to plant weapons and arrest two men at a medical marijuana dispensary.

    • Innocent man sentenced to year in jail after deputies planted gun, DA says
      Innocent man sentenced to year in jail after deputies planted gun, DA says

      See correction to the headline below.

      Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary that led to the arrest of two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered.

      Julio...

    • Employees accuse Daily Grill near LAX of failing to pay 'living wage'

      A class-action lawsuit says the restaurant has deprived workers of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company says it has corrected the problem.

    • 49ers' Aldon Smith posts bail after alleged LAX bomb threat comment
      49ers' Aldon Smith posts bail after alleged LAX bomb threat comment

      San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was out on bail Monday following his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport, where police alleged he became argumentative with a screening agent and made comments suggesting he had a bomb.

      Online jail records showed Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, 24,...

    • 49ers' Aldon Smith arrested at LAX after alleged bomb comment
      49ers' Aldon Smith arrested at LAX after alleged bomb comment

      San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after he allegedly became argumentative with a screening agent and made comments suggesting he had a bomb, police said.

      Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, 24, was transported to Los Angeles Police Department's...

    • Federal audit faults FAA for inadequate oversight of LAX revenue use
      Federal audit faults FAA for inadequate oversight of LAX revenue use

      Significant holes in record keeping at Los Angeles International Airport and inadequate oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration has made it difficult to ensure that millions of dollars in airport revenue are being spent properly for law enforcement, a new government audit has found.

      The...

    • Stationing of armed officers at airports is focus of hearing
      Stationing of armed officers at airports is focus of hearing

      Differing views are presented at congressional hearing at LAX in wake of November shooting rampage there that left a TSA agent dead.

    • LAX shooting hearing focuses on increasing armed patrols
      LAX shooting hearing focuses on increasing armed patrols

      The debate over the presence of armed police officers at airport passenger screening areas continued Friday as lawmakers met at Los Angeles International Airport to take a fresh look at November’s deadly shooting and the steps airport and federal officials have taken in its wake.

      Members of the...

    • Scope of alleged LAX baggage theft operation still being determined
      Scope of alleged LAX baggage theft operation still being determined

      Authorities are still trying determine how long an alleged theft ring at Los Angeles International Airport was operating, but say a group of baggage handlers was responsible for one of the largest property heists in the airport's history.

      As of Thursday, six people were arrested in the case, but...

    • Ring of LAX baggage handlers stole heaps of valuables, police say
      Ring of LAX baggage handlers stole heaps of valuables, police say

      Six people have been arrested, and the LAX police chief says as many as 25 are thought to be involved. 'They'd just open up the suitcases and rifle through,' he says.

    • LAX thieves stole thousands of dollars of valuables from luggage, police say
      LAX thieves stole thousands of dollars of valuables from luggage, police say

      As the sea of luggage twists and turns down rollers from terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the bags stop briefly at large platforms where workers separate them for flights across the world.

      It is there, police said, that a group of baggage handlers pulled off one of the largest property...

    • 25 baggage handlers may be tied to LAX luggage theft ring
      25 baggage handlers may be tied to LAX luggage theft ring

      An investigation into a baggage theft operation at Los Angeles International Airport has grown rapidly, and authorities now say as many as 25 baggage handler may ultimately be detained in the case.

      Police said the theft operation -- probably one of the biggest in LAX history -- preyed on travelers...

    • LAX luggage-theft probe leads to arrests of current, ex-handlers
      LAX luggage-theft probe leads to arrests of current, ex-handlers

      Authorities served 25 search warrants and made multiple arrests Wednesday night as part of a months-long investigation into luggage and cargo thefts at Los Angeles International Airport.

      Airport police and other officers swooped down on a cargo facility near Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard...

    • TSA calls for more police at checkpoints in airports
      TSA calls for more police at checkpoints in airports

      A report from the Transportation Security Administration outlines 14 recommendations for airports across the U.S. after the deadly shooting in 2013 at Los Angeles International.

    • Union renews call for arming TSA officers after LAX shooting
      Union renews call for arming TSA officers after LAX shooting

      The union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers repeated its calls to arm officers Wednesday, saying the agency's actions after November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport "does not go far enough."

      J. David Cox, president of the American Federation...

    • TSA calls for more police at checkpoints after LAX shooting
      TSA calls for more police at checkpoints after LAX shooting

      The Transportation Security Administration is calling for an increased police presence at agency checkpoints after November's deadly shooting at LAX, according to a report obtained Wednesday.

      The agency’s assessment covers 14 recommendations relating to employee training, improved emergency technology...

    • LAX shooting response criticized in report
      LAX shooting response criticized in report

      Officials promise to address the lack of communication and poor coordination between agencies after the chaotic response to the Nov. 1 shooting in which a TSA officer was killed and three people were injured.

    • Accused LAX shooter expected to be moved to federal holding facility
      Accused LAX shooter expected to be moved to federal holding facility

      The man accused in the deadly shooting rampage last fall at Los Angeles International Airport is likely to be moved soon from a county jail to a federal holding facility, his attorney said in court Monday.

      Paul Anthony Ciancia entered a federal courtroom in downtown L.A. in handcuffs and stared...

    • 'Suspicious package' at LAX turns out to be a piece of luggage
      'Suspicious package' at LAX turns out to be a piece of luggage

      A suspicious package at Terminal 3 at Los Angles International Airport turned out to be a piece of unattended luggage, an airport spokeswoman said Thursday night.

      Passengers at the lower level of the terminal were evacuated after the report came in shortly before 6 p.m. "Very few passengers" were...

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