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  • Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee charged in LAX sexual assault case

    Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee charged in LAX sexual assault case

    A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialist has been charged with sexually assaulting an employee at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said. Kanwar Dhaliwal, 36, is facing three felony charges for sexual assault-related offenses in connection with the 2014 incident,...

  • 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...

  • LAPD recruits endure tough training, then hit reality on the streets
    LAPD recruits endure tough training, then hit reality on the streets

    The LAPD academy class was a mix of people from different backgrounds struggling to make it through training together. For those who did, the streets of L.A. took the challenge to a new level.

  • '70s heartthrob David Cassidy arrested on suspicion of DUI near LAX
    '70s heartthrob David Cassidy arrested on suspicion of DUI near LAX

    Former pop singing star David Cassidy was arrested near LAX on Friday night on suspicion of drunk driving, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

    Cassidy, now 63 and a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was driving a rental car shortly after 9 p.m.  when he left the southbound 405 Freeway...

  • '70s heartthrob David Cassidy arrested on suspicion of DUI
    '70s heartthrob David Cassidy arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Former pop singing star David Cassidy was arrested near LAX on Friday night on suspicion of drunk driving, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

    Cassidy, now 63 and a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was driving a rental car shortly after 9 p.m.  when he left the southbound 405 Freeway...

  • Accused LAX gunman to be arraigned in federal court
    Accused LAX gunman to be arraigned in federal court

    The man accused of a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport that left one federal transportation agent dead is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday.

    Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, is expected to enter a plea on the 11 counts, including murder and attempted murder.

    Ciancia appeared...

  • Alleged LAX gunman could face death penalty
    Alleged LAX gunman could face death penalty

    The alleged gunman behind the fatal shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport could face the death penalty.

    Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 11 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder, prosecutors announced.

    Each of the charges related...

  • LAX runway where plane blew tire is at center of city lawsuit
    LAX runway where plane blew tire is at center of city lawsuit

    The runway at Los Angeles International Airport where a plane blew a tire after landing Friday morning is at the center of a lawsuit claiming the stretch is riddled with construction defects.

    The $250-million runway, known as 25 Left, fails to meet Federal Aviation Administration construction standards...

  • Autopsy report reveals TSA agent shot 12 times in LAX attack
    Autopsy report reveals TSA agent shot 12 times in LAX attack

    TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez suffered extensive injuries to many vital organs before his death in the shooting at LAX, autopsy shows.

  • TSA agent shot at Los Angeles airport died in two to five minutes
    TSA agent shot at Los Angeles airport died in two to five minutes

    Detail from the L.A. County coroner's office comes amid a claim that an LAPD officer delayed medical care for TSA Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez after he was shot, telling others he was already dead.

  • Proud Bird, famed LAX aerospace hangout, gets one-month reprieve
    Proud Bird, famed LAX aerospace hangout, gets one-month reprieve

    The closure of one of the aerospace industry’s premier hangouts, the Proud Bird, has been delayed for about one month, as the restaurant owner and city officials continue discussions for a new lease, officials said Wednesday.

    The restaurant, which has a collection of 20 historic aircraft and hundreds...

  • Accused LAX shooter moved from hospital to federal facility
    Accused LAX shooter moved from hospital to federal facility

    The man charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport has been released from a local hospital and taken to a federal holding facility, law enforcement sources confirmed.

    The sources said Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on...

  • LAPD to investigate allegation of delayed medical aid to TSA agent
    LAPD to investigate allegation of delayed medical aid to TSA agent

    A media report alleges that an LAPD officer delayed taking TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez to paramedics after he was shot by a gunman at LAX.

  • Agencies investigating LAX shooting ask for patience
    Agencies investigating LAX shooting ask for patience

    Several agencies investigating the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport this month that left one TSA agent dead and three others wounded issued a joint statement Saturday saying they would be evaluating what improvements can be made in responding to such an incident in the future.

    The...

  • Agencies investigating LAX shooting ask for patience
    Agencies investigating LAX shooting ask for patience

    Several agencies investigating the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport this month that left one TSA agent dead and three others wounded issued a joint statement Saturday saying they would be evaluating what improvements can be made in responding to such an incident in the future.

    The...

  • LAPD to investigate claim of delay in treating wounded TSA agent
    LAPD to investigate claim of delay in treating wounded TSA agent

    Los Angeles police officials said Friday they would investigate allegations made in a news report that an LAPD officer delayed medical attention for an airport security employee fatally wounded during the shooting at LAX earlier this month.

    Police Chief Charlie Beck, however, called the claims...

  • Slain TSA agent recalled for bravery and valor
    Slain TSA agent recalled for bravery and valor

    Law enforcement officers and federal officials attend a memorial for Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez, who was killed by a gunman at LAX on Nov. 1.

  • LAX shooting suspect upgraded to fair condition
    LAX shooting suspect upgraded to fair condition

    The man suspected in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport has been upgraded from critical to fair condition at an area hospital.

    Officials at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center announced the upgraded condition on Tuesday, 11 days after the suspect — Paul Anthony Ciancia,...

  • Governor, Californians split on gun legislation
    Governor, Californians split on gun legislation

    A bill vetoed by Jerry Brown would have outlawed the military-style assault weapon used to kill a TSA agent at LAX.

  • Proud Bird, aerospace watering hole, about to run dry
    Proud Bird, aerospace watering hole, about to run dry

    The longtime airport-area restaurant, which for decades welcomed legendary fliers and aviation workers, falls victim to rising rents and the decline of L.A.'s aerospace industry.

  • LAX shooting: LAPD chief calls for more curbside cameras at airport
    LAX shooting: LAPD chief calls for more curbside cameras at airport

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he would like to improve curbside camera surveillance at LAX, noting that police "struggled" to determine how a gunman arrived at the airport in last week's deadly rampage.

    The chief's comments came nearly a week after Paul Anthony Cianca, 23, allegedly...

  • Kanye West pleads not guilty in altercation with paparazzo at LAX
    Kanye West pleads not guilty in altercation with paparazzo at LAX

    Kanye West pleaded not guilty Thursday through his attorney to charges of battery and attempted grand theft in connection with a physical altercation at LAX with a paparazzo.

    Attorney Blair Berk made the brief appearance at the Airport courthouse on West's behalf on the two misdemeanor charges...

  • Alleged drunk driver hits Caltrans worker, shuts down LAX offramp
    Alleged drunk driver hits Caltrans worker, shuts down LAX offramp

    A suspected drunk driver was in custody Thursday after allegedly hitting a Caltrans worker under the 105 Freeway overpass at Sepulveda and Imperial boulevards.

    The crash occurred about 4:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman. The victim was a Caltrans worker...

  • LAX shooting: Teacher feared bleeding to death while hiding in closet
    LAX shooting: Teacher feared bleeding to death while hiding in closet

    Speaking from his hospital bed, Brian Ludmer said this week that he used a sweat shirt as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding after he was shot by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport.

    "I didn't know what his intention was," Ludmer said, according to CBS Los Angeles. "I only saw me and him....

  • Students of teacher wounded in LAX shooting protest gun violence
    Students of teacher wounded in LAX shooting protest gun violence

    Four days after Calabasas High School teacher Brian Ludmer was wounded in the Los Angeles International Airport shooting rampage, students walked out of classes to protest gun violence.

    He was shot in the leg during Friday’s shooting but is in good condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center,...

  • LAX shooting: Public is not ready for beefed up security, Beck says
    LAX shooting: Public is not ready for beefed up security, Beck says

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that he believes the American public is not ready to accept the level of airport security that would be needed to prevent another attack like last week's deadly shooting at LAX."We can search every car like a military checkpoint at gunpoint and...

  • Students of teacher wounded in LAX shooting to protest gun violence
    Students of teacher wounded in LAX shooting to protest gun violence

    Students of a Calabasas High School teacher who was wounded during the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport plan to walk out of their classes Tuesday to protest gun violence and support his recovery.

    Brian Ludmer, 29, was upgraded to "good" condition this week at Ronald Reagan...

  • Passenger chaos after LAX shootings brings official scrutiny
    Passenger chaos after LAX shootings brings official scrutiny

    The disorganized evacuation was a nightmare for emergency planners, experts say, prompting calls for a sweeping review.

  • Union urges arming TSA officers after LAX shooting
    Union urges arming TSA officers after LAX shooting

    Airport security experts note the cost and risk of arming TSA officers. The Airport Police chief says more officers in the terminal wouldn't have necessarily saved lives.

  • Is LAX shooting the result of anti-government hatred?
    Is LAX shooting the result of anti-government hatred?

    Here are some of the places we expect to be safe:

    Airports. Military bases. Movie theaters. Elementary school classrooms. Grocery stores. Places of worship. Marathon finish lines.

    But we aren’t, and as Friday’s shooting at LAX reminds us, it doesn’t really matter where a security perimeter starts.

    ...

  • Injured TSA worker: 'All I could think about was helping' people
    Injured TSA worker: 'All I could think about was helping' people

    A Transportation Security Administration worker injured in the deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport spoke to reporters for the first time Monday, saying his first thought was to help the passengers around him.

    Tony Grigsby, 36, limped from the front door of his South L.A....

  • Family of LAX shooting suspect 'shocked and numbed' by rampage
    Family of LAX shooting suspect 'shocked and numbed' by rampage

    The family of the suspect in Friday's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport said in a statement Monday that "we, like most Americans, are shocked and numbed by the tragic events."

    The statement was delivered on live television by John Jordan, who identified himself as the attorney for Paul...

  • LAX shooting: LAPD missed intercepting alleged shooter by minutes
    LAX shooting: LAPD missed intercepting alleged shooter by minutes

    Police officials missed checking in on Paul Anthony Ciancia "by a matter of minutes" before a deadly shooting rampage occurred at Los Angeles International Airport, the chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday.

    Ciancia, who police say shot and killed a Transportation Security...

  • LAX shooting sparks debate on security, arming TSA agents
    LAX shooting sparks debate on security, arming TSA agents

    LAX police and the federal Transportation Security Administration are reviewing protocols in the wake of the shooting Friday that left a TSA agent dead and several other people wounded.

    At a news conference over the weekend, TSA Administrator John Pistole said his agency's review will include the...

  • Operations return to normal at LAX
    Operations return to normal at LAX

    As flights get on back on schedule, a Calabasas High teacher wounded in the leg in Friday's rampage remained in fair condition.

  • LAX shooting: Teacher wounded by gunman needs surgery
    LAX shooting: Teacher wounded by gunman needs surgery

    A Calabasas High School teacher wounded in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport Friday was listed in fair condition, officials said.

    Brian Ludmer, 29, sustained a bullet wound and will need surgery for a fractured leg as well as extensive physical therapy, officials at Ronald...

  • LAX shooting: Gunman wanted to kill several TSA agents, complaint says
    LAX shooting: Gunman wanted to kill several TSA agents, complaint says

    The man authorities allege opened fire inside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday “made the conscious decision” to try to kill multiple TSA employees, according to a federal criminal complaint.

    In a handwritten letter found in a bag recovered from the scene, authorities say suspect Paul...

  • LAX shooting: Teacher in fair condition; suspect listed as critical
    LAX shooting: Teacher in fair condition; suspect listed as critical

    A Calabasas High School teacher shot by a gunman Friday at Los Angeles International Airport is in fair condition, but faces at least one more surgery, according to hospital officials.

    Brian Ludmer, 29, sustained a bullet wound and will need surgery for a fractured leg as well as extensive physical...

  • Suspected LAX gunman had his targets clearly in mind
    Suspected LAX gunman had his targets clearly in mind

    Authorities offer new details suggesting that suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia's rampage was explicitly aimed at TSA agents.

  • Suspect's father to police: 'I think this is my son'
    Suspect's father to police: 'I think this is my son'

    The gunman suspected in a deadly rampage at Los Angeles International Airport sent his siblings troubling text messages before the incident, prompting his family to ask Los Angeles police to check on him, a New Jersey police chief said.

    Allen J. Cummings, police chief of Pennsville, N.J. — the...

  • LAX shooting comes amid mounting aversion to the TSA
    LAX shooting comes amid mounting aversion to the TSA

    The agency created to increase public safety has become the subject of ridicule and mockery among those it was designed to protect.

  • LAX shooting: 'I think this is my son,' suspect's father told police
    LAX shooting: 'I think this is my son,' suspect's father told police

    The gunman suspected in a deadly rampage at Los Angeles International Airport sent his siblings troubling text messages before the incident, prompting his family to ask Los Angeles police to check on him, a New Jersey police chief said.

    Allen J. Cummings, police chief of Pennsville, N.J. — the...

  • LAX shooting: Instructions for thousands of affected passengers
    LAX shooting: Instructions for thousands of affected passengers

    More than 1,500 flights and 167,050 passengers have been affected by Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said Saturday.

    Of the total flights, 724 were scheduled arrivals carrying 67,850 passengers and 826 departures carrying 99,200 passengers, LAX spokeswoman Nancy...

  • LAX dry-ice bombs: Second suspect was supervisor of first suspect
    LAX dry-ice bombs: Second suspect was supervisor of first suspect

    A second LAX worker in custody in connection with dry-ice bomb incidents was the supervisor of the first suspect arrested, police say.

    Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, a ground services supervisor, was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of a destructive device, said Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the Los...

  • 2nd LAX worker held in dry ice bombs
    2nd LAX worker held in dry ice bombs

    The supervisor of a suspect in the dry ice bombs is charged with possession of a destructive device.

  • $250-million runway at LAX falling apart, lawsuit contends
    $250-million runway at LAX falling apart, lawsuit contends

    The city has filed suit against companies responsible for building the 6-year-old runway, saying the concrete is cracked and steel bars are exposed.

  • LAX dry-ice bomb suspect pleads not guilty
    LAX dry-ice bomb suspect pleads not guilty

    The ground service employee accused of leaving dry-ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of possession of a destructive device in a public place.

    Bail for Dicarlo Bennett, 28, of Paramount was set at $1 million, the Los Angeles County district...

  • LAX dry ice bomb suspect expected to be charged Thursday
    LAX dry ice bomb suspect expected to be charged Thursday

    A Los Angeles International Airport ground service worker is expected to be charged Thursday in connection with a rash of dry ice bombs found at the airport.

    Dicarlo Bennett, 28, who worked for LAX ground service provider Servisair, was arrested Tuesday in Paramount on suspicion of possessing and...

  • String of dry ice bombs was a prank, police say
    String of dry ice bombs was a prank, police say

    According to LAPD, a ground service worker planted the explosives out of curiosity. He is to face two felony charges.

  • LAX dry ice bombs: Similar device killed man in 1992
    LAX dry ice bombs: Similar device killed man in 1992

    Although the dry ice bombs found this week at Los Angeles International Airport did not injure anyone, a similar device that exploded at a Los Angeles liquor store in 1992 was deadly.

    LAPD bomb squad Det. Paul Robi said the liquor store operator was cleaning inside when he picked up a glass bottle...

  • Suspect got the dry ice for LAX bombs from an aircraft, officials say
    Suspect got the dry ice for LAX bombs from an aircraft, officials say

    Authorities believe the 28-year-old ground service worker suspected of staging a string of dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport got the cooling agent from an aircraft.

    Dicarlo Bennett, who worked for LAX ground service provider Servisair, was arrested in Paramount on Tuesday on suspicion...

  • LAX dry ice bomb suspect held on $1-million bail
    LAX dry ice bomb suspect held on $1-million bail

    A ground service employee at Los Angeles International Airport was in custody on $1-million bail Wednesday after he was arrested in connection with a series of dry ice bomb explosions at the airport.

    Dicarlo Bennett, 28, was arrested in Paramount on suspicion of possessing and exploding a "destructive...

  • LAX dry ice explosions: Airport employee arrested in case
    LAX dry ice explosions: Airport employee arrested in case

    A Los Angeles International Airport employee has been arrested in connection with dry-ice bomb explosions, law enforcement sources told The Times.

    The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Dicarlo Bennett, according to the sources.

    Public records show that Bennett lived in South Los Angeles. He...

  • Probe of LAX dry-ice bombs focuses on employees
    Probe of LAX dry-ice bombs focuses on employees

    Authorities say they believe a disgruntled airport employee may have been responsible for three devices found in areas where the public can't go.

  • LAX dry ice bombs: Police suspect airport workers, not terrorists

    The investigation into a rash of dry-ice bombs found at Los Angeles International Airport is now being focused on airport workers and is not believed to be linked to terrorism. All three devices were found in areas off-limits to the public, leading LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officials to...

  • LAX dry-ice bombs: 'You will go to jail,' LAPD chief warns
    LAX dry-ice bombs: 'You will go to jail,' LAPD chief warns

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck vowed Tuesday that authorities would track down those responsible for a rash of dry-ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport, saying, "We will catch the people involved."

    Beck declined to share many particulars about the investigation but said authorities...

  • Explosions at LAX: Police ramp up security where dry ice bombs planted
    Explosions at LAX: Police ramp up security where dry ice bombs planted

    Los Angeles International Airport police said Tuesday they were increasing security after a second dry ice bomb exploded and two others were found in a restricted area of the airport.

    “The focus is definitely in the restricted area, not in the areas where passengers have access,” said Sgt. Karla...

  • LAX dry ice bombs: 4 devices left in restricted areas, police say
    LAX dry ice bombs: 4 devices left in restricted areas, police say

    Detectives late Monday were investigating how four dry ice bombs -- two of which exploded -- were placed in restricted areas at Los Angeles International Airport.

    A dry ice bomb exploded Monday about 8:30 p.m. in a section accessible only to employees near the gate of the Tom Bradley International...

  • Second dry ice bomb explodes at LAX; two others found, police say
    Second dry ice bomb explodes at LAX; two others found, police say

    A dry ice bomb exploded at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night, the second one to detonate there in little more than 24 hours, police said.

    The explosion was reported about 8:30 p.m. in the Bradley Terminal, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Two other similar devices that did...

  • Dry ice explosion at LAX: No injuries reported, FBI investigating
    Dry ice explosion at LAX: No injuries reported, FBI investigating

    The FBI has taken over the investigation into a dry ice bomb that exploded in a men’s bathroom at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday evening.

    The explosion, which is created by filling a bottle with dry ice, occurred at about 7 p.m. in a restroom at Terminal 2, which is home to several...

  • Dry-ice bomb explodes, disrupts operations at LAX
    Dry-ice bomb explodes, disrupts operations at LAX

    The explosion of a dry-ice bomb at Los Angeles International Airport disrupted operations Sunday night and delayed flights for several hours at a passenger terminal, authorities reported.

    The explosion, which is created by filling a bottle with dry ice, occurred about 7 p.m. in a restroom at Terminal...

  • Legislation expands powers of Los Angeles airport police
    Legislation expands powers of Los Angeles airport police

    State legislation to expand the powers of Los Angeles airport police officers and improve the efficiency of local law enforcement was signed into law Sunday evening.

    Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill by Assemblyman Steve Bradford (D-Gardena) that grants statewide authority to officers of the Los...

  • Suspicious bag prompts brief evacuation at LAX terminal
    Suspicious bag prompts brief evacuation at LAX terminal

    The international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was partially evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a suspicious bag was discovered, authorities said.

    The ticketing area of Tom Bradley International Terminal was cleared after the luggage was reported to police about 12:45 p.m., Los...

  • Ex-TSA worker accused in LAX threats is indicted by grand jury
    Ex-TSA worker accused in LAX threats is indicted by grand jury

    A grand jury has indicted an ex-Transportation Security Administration screener on six federal charges after he allegedly made a series of 9/11-related threats against Los Angeles International Airport, court documents show.

    The indictment, issued Friday, alleges that Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, intentionally...

  • Ex-TSA worker accused in LAX threats is deemed flight risk, denied bail
    Ex-TSA worker accused in LAX threats is deemed flight risk, denied bail

    The former Transportation Security Administration screener arrested last week after allegedly making a series of threats against Los Angeles International Airport was denied bail by a federal judge Monday.

    U.S. District Judge Patrick Walsh ruled Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, a flight risk and ordered him...

  • Kanye West charged with battery in LAX fight with photographer
    Kanye West charged with battery in LAX fight with photographer

    Rapper Kanye West was charged Friday with battery and attempted grand theft in connection with a July paparazzi clash at Los Angeles International Airport, city prosecutors said.

    West, 36, faces up to six months in jail for each misdemeanor charge, Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan...

  • L.A. Now Live: Latest on ex-TSA worker held in threats against LAX
    L.A. Now Live: Latest on ex-TSA worker held in threats against LAX

    Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Ruben Vives about a the frantic search and arrest of an Inglewood man who allegedly made threats on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

    The former Transportation Security Administration employee was charged Wednesday after he allegedly made a series...

  • TSA office near LAX evacuated after report of suspicious package
    TSA office near LAX evacuated after report of suspicious package

    The TSA office near Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated for a short period Wednesday afternoon after a report of a "suspicious package" that was mailed to the location, allegedly by an ex-TSA employee, a spokesperson said.

    Officials at LAX said the package was sent by Nna Alpha Onuoha,...

  • L.A. Customs officer, brothers charged in gun-smuggling scheme
    L.A. Customs officer, brothers charged in gun-smuggling scheme

    A Los Angeles-based U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and his two brothers have been charged in an international weapons-smuggling scheme, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

    Authorities allege Wilfredo Maralit, 48, and his brothers -- Rex Maralit, 44, a New York City police officer,...

  • Gloria Allred sues Kanye West, rips celebrities who defend him
    Gloria Allred sues Kanye West, rips celebrities who defend him

    Attorney Gloria Allred filed a lawsuit against Kanye West on behalf of a photographer who was allegedly assaulted by the rapper and blasted celebrities who defend the singer's conduct.

    In the lawsuit, video photographer Danny Ramos alleges assault, battery, negligence and violation of civil rights.

    ...

  • Kanye West to be sued by paparazzo over LAX clash
    Kanye West to be sued by paparazzo over LAX clash

    A photographer captured on video being attacked by Kanye West plans to sue the rapper with the help of attorney Gloria Allred, the lawyer's office said Wednesday. 

    Allred, known for representing high-profile clients that have included love interests of Tiger Woods, is expected to announce later...

  • Kanye West's airport fight probed by elite LAPD investigation squad
    Kanye West's airport fight probed by elite LAPD investigation squad

    Rapper Kanye West may like to be the focus of attention, but LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division is probably not what he had in mind.

    The elite Los Angeles police division that investigates high profile murders, robberies and sexual assaults is now handling the probe in an altercation between  Kanye...

  • Video captures Kanye West's altercation with photographer at LAX
    Video captures Kanye West's altercation with photographer at LAX

    A video has emerged showing an altercation between rapper Kanye West and a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.

    It's now under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The video shows West emerging from the airport and heading toward a waiting car. He then stops and gets...

  • Edward Snowden: Not the first to be caught in airport limbo
    Edward Snowden: Not the first to be caught in airport limbo

    Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the United States on suspicion of leaking national security secrets, isn’t the only person to have been caught in the diplomatic limbo of an airport transit zone.

    Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian-born refugee, famously spent nearly 18 years inside Terminal 1 of...

  • Ontario rejects L.A.'s offer to resume airport transfer talks
    Ontario rejects L.A.'s offer to resume airport transfer talks

    Inland Empire officials have rejected as unreasonable an offer by Los Angeles to resume negotiations on transferring ownership of L.A./Ontario International Airport back to the city of Ontario.

    The decision rebuffed a proposal made almost two weeks ago by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • Rapper 2 Chainz arrested at LAX with marijuana, 'purple drank'
    Rapper 2 Chainz arrested at LAX with marijuana, 'purple drank'

    Rapper 2 Chainz was arrested at LAX this week after officials found marijuana and a bottle of “purple drank” in his checked bag.

    Tauheed Epps, 35, was removed from a departing flight and arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, according to a statement from Sgt. Belinda Nettles,...

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