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April 11, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Well-heeled travelers bound for the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Maldive Islands now have a new place to park their private jets.  Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa  has put paradise on the radar with a private jet airport terminal. The terminal, at Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll, is a five-minute speedboat ride to the resort and is for the exclusive arrival and departure of the resort's guests. A private lounge offers one-stop immigration, custom and baggage screening services.
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TRAVEL
December 18, 2011 | By David Lamb, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Phileas Fogg went around the world in 80 days. I did it in 23. And I bet I visited more amazing sites than he - India's Taj Mahal, Easter Island, Tibet, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the African plains, to name a few - all without having to endure the tramp steamers, bone-jarring trains and elephants that Fogg used in 1872. I traveled by private jet. The price of a seat, and all that went with it, was $64,950. The trip was sold by National Geographic Expeditions, which each year offers at least one and sometimes four around-the-world tours by private jet, a leased Boeing 757-200 that is configured with only 77 super-large and dreamily comfortable seats.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
David Banach, 39, pleaded guilty in Newark to interfering with pilots of an aircraft by shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit of a private jet and could be sentenced to two years in prison, federal court officials said. Banach, who originally blamed the incident on his 7-year-old daughter, was charged with interference with pilots of a passenger aircraft -- a Patriot Act offense that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison will be allowed to land his private jet at San Jose International Airport after curfew--at least for a while, a federal judge ruled. The city's 11 p.m. airport curfew was not invalidated by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel's decision to temporarily grant Ellison's Gulfstream V permission to land. The order will stand only until Ellison's suit against the city is settled.
NEWS
October 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. jet fighters escorted a private jet headed for Washington, D.C., to an unscheduled landing in Brandon, Canada, because of incorrect information from an on-board electronic device. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Steve Saunders said F-16s from Minot Air Base, N.D., brought the Gulfstream aircraft to its landing 50 miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border. The plane, with 10 people aboard, was flying to the U.S. from Japan.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the  plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.  Rivera, a native of Long Beach, and six others, including two pilots, died Dec. 9, 2012, when the private jet carrying them went into a dive, plummeting nose-first 28,000 feet in 30 seconds before hitting the side of a mountain.
WORLD
October 30, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
A drug smuggling case in Ohio has captured the attention of South Koreans because of the defendant's claim that she is the estranged granddaughter of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull. Lisette Lee, 28, of Beverly Hills was arrested in June for allegedly using a private jet to move suitcases packed with marijuana from Van Nuys to Ohio on a dozen occasions between November 2009 and June 2010. She later told federal officials that she is the heiress to the South Korean electronics fortune.
SPORTS
February 15, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
It appears skier Lindsey Vonn and golfer Tiger Woods are getting serious about their romance, with the two spending more and more time together in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Woods let Vonn use his private jet to return to her home after she suffered a knee injury during the world ski championship in Austria, which many took as the first public sign of their relationship. After all, you don't usually lend your private jet to just anyone. I certainly don't. Now, according to Us magazine, Vonn and Woods have met each other's families and Vonn gave Woods' kids a ski lesson as they spent Valentine's Day together.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A sobering thriller that puts many human faces on an international crisis, Megan Griffiths' assuredly directed indie "Eden" tracks the experience of Korean American teenager Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) after she's kidnapped by a sex slave ring. Labeled Eden by a shady federal marshal (Beau Bridges, chilling) in charge of the operation, she's transported from New Mexico to Nevada, held captive in a storage facility with other degraded young women and overseen by a short-tempered, drug-addicted striver named Vaughn (a mesmerizing Matt O'Leary)
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