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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The traffic nightmare feared by commuters failed to develop Friday as President Obama mostly used a helicopter to crisscross Los Angeles. "There are no major delays. Everything has been A-OK," Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French said. The California Highway Patrol also reported no unusual tie-ups on area freeways. That was a relief to Angelenos and to Democrats who did not want a repeat of the anti-Obama hostility caused by traffic jams in August, when his motorcade shut down roadways for hours.
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NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Emergency medical helicopters are certainly dramatic (especially on TV shows like “ER” and “Grey's Anatomy”), but are they really so much better than ambulances that they're worth the extra cost? A new study says the answer is yes. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine culled data from the National Trauma Data Bank on 61,909 patients who were transported to a hospital via helicopter between 2007 and 2009 and compared them with 161,566 patients who were taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
Alaska state troopers were attempting Monday to determine the cause of a rescue helicopter crash over the weekend in the mountainous region near Talkeetna in which all three aboard are feared dead. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the crash occurred Saturday night after the troopers helicopter had picked up a stranded snowmobiler near Larson Lake, seven miles east of the town that is one of the main centers for climbers attempting to scale Mt. McKinley. A second helicopter spotted the wreckage Sunday morning, but it was not yet known what caused the crash.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
What would you do with 20 minutes atop a lofty sandstone butte above Lake Powell? Find out on a helicopter hop to the top of Tower Butte , a pinnacle more than 5,000 feet in elevation near Page, Ariz.  Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group , which operates sightseeing flights over the Grand Canyon and other spots in the Southwest, will take folks by helicopter to the summit of the flat-topped butte starting in March. There's no easier way to get to the high point of the remote formation that sits on Navajo Nation land just south of the Arizona-Utah border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said. A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division. He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said.  Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said. Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A man awaits sentencing after pleading guilty this week to pointing a green laser at two helicopters in Los Angeles, officials said. The man, Isaias Gonzalez, is the second to be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Central District of California office under new a federal law that President Obama approved in 2012, which made it a federal crime to deliberately point a laser at aircraft, according to an FBI news release. In March, a North Hollywood teenager was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison after he shined a green laser beam at a private jet and a Pasadena Police Department helicopter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1994 | PEGGY Y. LEE
A military helicopter that took off from Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Station on Tuesday night was forced to land about an hour later near Pyramid Lake after the aircraft began having problems, authorities said. According to preliminary reports, none of the seven people aboard the UH-1 Huey helicopter was injured, said Phillis Thrower, spokeswoman for Point Mugu. The helicopter left Point Mugu about 6:05 p.m., Thrower said. It began having trouble about 7 p.m. and landed about two miles southwest of Pyramid Lake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2012 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A former Glendale police officer will receive a $450,000 settlement from the city after alleging in a lawsuit that he faced retaliation for raising concerns over officials allegedly auctioning rides in the department's helicopter to charity groups. David Gillispie's lawsuit was dismissed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court after both parties agreed to the deal, which also requires the city to destroy and seal flight training logs, complaint information, internal memos, two performance evaluations and information regarding his transfer.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
TheU.S. Navyhas grounded a fleet of helicopter drones after two of the aircraft crashed overseas within a week. Known as MQ-8B Fire Scouts, the robotic spy choppers were developed by Northrop Grumman Corp.engineers in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Armed with high-powered cameras, radars and sensors, they were first deployed to war zones in Afghanistan and Libya last year. On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed that it had temporarily suspended flight operations for its 14 remaining Fire Scouts while system performance and operational procedures are reviewed.
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