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November 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Eleven days after he was killed in an airport shooting, TSA Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez was hailed as a devoted family man, a dedicated worker and, on more than one occasion, a hero. Scores of law enforcement officers and a few top federal officials, including Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole, gathered Tuesday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena to honor the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty. Hernandez's death in the Nov. 1 attack at Los Angeles International Airport "marked him as a man of bravery and of valor," Holder said.
November 12, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Before a large crowd that packed City Council chambers and spilled outside, the Irvine City Council spent hours Tuesday night considering whether to move forward with a plan that would allow a developer to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park in exchange for the right to construct thousands of additional homes around the site's perimeter. "After a long wait and a 10-year process, we are here to vote on the future of the Orange County Great Park," Mayor Steven S. Choi told the crowd.
November 11, 2013 | Jason Song
The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities grew to a record high last year and USC remained their most popular destination, according to a new study. The private university had 9,840 international students, about 1,400 more than UCLA, which ranked sixth in the survey conducted by the New York nonprofit Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. State Department. USC has had the largest number of foreign students for a dozen years in a row. Overall, the number of international students in U.S. institutions increased by about 7% last year to nearly 820,000.
November 11, 2013 | By Morgan Little
When Harold Jellicoe Percival died last month, the British World War II veteran's obituary mentioned that he had no close family to attend his funeral. But after the obituary went viral, hundreds of people showed up to honor him Monday. Percival, who served as a member of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command, died on Oct. 25 at the age of 99. His obituary requested that “any service personnel who can attend his funeral service would be appreciated.” Its spread across social media brought it to the attention of service members and veterans organizations in Britain, They, in turn, rallied people to attend his funeral and honor his memory on Armistice Day. Mourners at Harold Percival's funeral singing Jerusalem.
November 4, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officials are seeking to fire two officers after an internal investigation determined that they pressured women to engage in sex acts with them in their car while on duty, sources said. The officers, James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela, have been ordered to appear at disciplinary hearings, where it will be decided whether to fire them. Through his attorney, Nichols denied wrongdoing. Neither Valenzuela nor his attorney could be reached. Although department officials have remained tight-lipped, the allegations against the officers are detailed in a search warrant affidavit filed by an investigator involved in an ongoing criminal investigation into the officers' conduct.
October 27, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is famous for being unpredictable. Lawmakers and lobbyists at the Capitol say they're never quite sure whether he'll sign or veto a bill. Brown also has a penchant for showing up at their offices along with his dog Sutter, and for keeping his own counsel about appearing at one of the dozens of events he gets invited to each week. Journalists were surprised when the governor visited Bell Gardens on Tuesday to celebrate construction of a luxury hotel at the Bicycle Casino card room, off the 710 Freeway at Florence Avenue . Brown hailed the $45-million-plus investment, saying it would create "hundreds of construction and permanent hospitality jobs.
October 24, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
The Los Angeles City Council took action Wednesday to ban bullhooks used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, becoming the first U.S. metropolis to outlaw a tool that critics say inflicts pain. Voting unanimously, the council asked the city attorney's office to prepare an ordinance outlawing the use of the bullhook, a sharp-tipped tool used to train and keep elephants under control. Baseball bats, ax handles, pitchforks and other implements used on the pachyderms would also be banned.
October 22, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar on Tuesday called his extramarital relationship with a former staffer a "huge mistake," but said he expects voters will judge him on his accomplishments in the district he represents. Huizar discussed the relationship after attending his first council meeting since he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit by his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy. He made his remarks on the same day as the kickoff event for his March 2015 reelection campaign.
October 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
When officials pulled Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen off a bus bound for Mexico, they said the security guard was headed to Lebanon and planned to make his way across its rugged terrain into Syria. Traveling under the name Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, the 24-year-old - who grew up in middle-class Orange County in the bustling Little Saigon community - had made plans to join the terrorist group Al Qaeda, authorities say. Family members, though, painted a far different picture, that of a faith-driven man who was raised a Catholic, once spent hours talking with Mormon missionaries and converted to Islam a year ago. They described Sinh Nguyen as a thoughtful person who lived at home, continued to attend Mass with his mother and had become more settled once he explored the teachings of different religions.
October 8, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Because of the vast number of uninsured people living in Los Angeles County, it is going to be one of the primary places in the nation to measure the effectiveness of Obamacare. On Tuesday, county leaders voted to create a marketing plan to inform residents of their options under the Affordable Care Act. "This is one of the most significant and important things that is going to go on in Los Angeles and [it] still has tremendous challenges," county Supervisor Gloria Molina said. "We know that there are people that are concerned about it. I think at the end of the day, it's going to have some bumps along the way. The most important part is for the community to have a clear understanding of how it's going to function for them, how they're going to negotiate through the process.
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