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Here's what happens on the airplane before you board your flight
 

Here's what happens on the airplane before you board your flight

American Airlines Flight 998 from Orlando, Fla., landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 8:19 a.m. on a cloudy Tuesday morning, carrying 181 passengers. The minute the A321 jet reached the gate, teams of workers swarmed the plane with the precision of a marching band. For good reason.  In...

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    Former JetBlue flight attendant pleads guilty to smuggling cocaine at LAX

    A former JetBlue Airways flight attendant accused of smuggling nearly 60 pounds of cocaine into the Los Angeles International Airport pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in federal court in Los Angeles, officials said. Marsha Gay Reynolds, 31, of Queens, N.Y., was charged with possession of cocaine...

  • Long Beach Airport isn't ready to give Uber and Lyft a green light

    Long Beach Airport isn't ready to give Uber and Lyft a green light

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    California's ballots have finally, finally been tallied

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  • No evidence to verify bomb threat on L.A.'s subway system, investigators conclude

    No evidence to verify bomb threat on L.A.'s subway system, investigators conclude

    Investigators have found no evidence to corroborate a warning of a terrorist plot to bomb the Universal City Metro station, defusing fears of an imminent attack in the heart of Los Angeles’ sprawling public transit system, authorities said late Tuesday. Federal investigators determined that the...

  • Remains of ancient elephant unearthed at L.A. subway excavation site

    Remains of ancient elephant unearthed at L.A. subway excavation site

    During construction of the Metro Purple Line extension, workers stumbled across the remains of an ancient elephant.  The first discovery, made just before Thanksgiving, was of a 3-foot section of tusk fragments, as well as fragments of a mastodon tooth, found at a depth of 15 feet at the Wilshire...

  • LAX travelers: Expect delays amid several planned labor protests

    LAX travelers: Expect delays amid several planned labor protests

    Travelers flying in and out of Los Angeles International Airport can expect to face more than the usual delays Tuesday because of a scheduled labor demonstration as part of a nationwide call for higher wages for hourly workers.Rallies by members of the Service Employees International Union 721,...

  • Apple’s deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola hints at bigger connected car ambitions

    Apple’s deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola hints at bigger connected car ambitions

    Apple may have scrapped its plans to build self-driving cars, but if its recent deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is anything to go by, the tech giant’s auto industry ambitions are far from over. Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing company, announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Apple...

  • California's bullet train authority decides to buy American after all

    California's bullet train authority decides to buy American after all

    The California High Speed Rail Authority has reversed its plans to buy foreign parts for its trains, saying in a letter to federal regulators that it was withdrawing a request for a waiver from the Buy American Act. The change on Thursday came after Rep. John Garamendi (D-Fairfield) and other Democratic...

  • Here are the airports expected to have the worst Thanksgiving travel delays

    Here are the airports expected to have the worst Thanksgiving travel delays

    With more Americans hitting the road — and the skies — for the Thanksgiving holiday, travelers stuck at airports can expect longer lines and bigger headaches. The busiest airport is expected to be Chicago O’Hare International Airport, followed by Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport...

  • Lyft cuts its mustache logo

    Lyft cuts its mustache logo

    Lyft will ditch its mustache by the end of the year, retiring the hot-pink logo that helped define its $5.5-billion transportation business, the ride-hailing company announced Tuesday. In place of the “glowstache” — the mustache-shaped device Lyft drivers mount on their dashboards to identify...

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