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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.
July 13, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A motorcyclist was killed early Saturday morning in a crash on an eastbound 210 Freeway ramp in East Pasadena, according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist was exiting the 210 Freeway at Rosemead Boulevard when he hit the guardrail and flipped over onto the adjacent on-ramp, CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said. The crash was reported around 3:40 a.m, he said. The victim, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead on scene at 3:53 a.m., Jacobs said. He was not identified.
July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Police believe gangs are responsible for a graffiti attack on a $2.3-million Learjet in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport. "This is a big deal to me, to have somebody who could get onto the airfield and who could do that kind of damage, that kind extensive graffiti to an aircraft, and not be seen," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. "I'm not happy about it. " Gannon, who said the culprit went to "great lengths" to access the airfield, said meetings have already taken place to discuss strategies to prevent future incidents, including parking aircraft where they will be more visible to airport security officers.
June 28, 2013 | By Tom Kington, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
ROME -- A senior accountant in the Vatican's finance department, an Italian intelligence agent and a banker were arrested Friday on suspicion of trying to smuggle the equivalent of $26 million into Italy in a private jet as part of a tax-dodging plot. The arrests came just two days after Pope Francis created a commission reporting directly to him to monitor the Vatican's scandal-plagued bank. Investigators alleged that Nunzio Scarano, 61, a cleric who was recently put on suspension as a senior accountant to the Holy See, planned to fly money belonging to a family of Naples shipbuilders into Italy from a Swiss bank, helping his friends dodge Italian customs.
June 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
Get ready for the new rage in sports. Got a big game coming up? A national championship? An international competition? A few days beforehand, jump on a plane and fly cross-country. Wait awhile, then fly back. That's what Phil Mickelson did, and it worked wonders for his golf. Mickelson finished three under par for the first round at the U.S. Open, a stroke behind Luke Donald on a day when weather caused two significant delays and much of the field could not finish 18 holes before darkness fell at Merion Golf Club.
April 18, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
LAS VEGAS -- Here, in the place where his comedy franchise "The Hangover" began four years ago, Todd Phillips seems particularly at home. While the filmmaker wasn't nearly as inebriated as the protagonists of his raunchy film series, he admitted he was drunk on his second bottle of wine as he sat promoting his film in the bowels of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday. It had been only an hour before that when Phillips jumped on stage to show movie theater owners the latest trailer for "The Hangover Part III," freely using expletives and urging the crowd to loosen up. "Way to turn a ... movie presentation into the Detroit auto show," he kidded after the Warner Bros.
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.
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)
March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Reality check for UCLA. Bruins' basketball fans do have a coach shopping list. But it's going to take more than Athletic Director Dan Guerrero saying, “The UCLA basketball job is open.” Consider … The three high-end names that make UCLA fans salivate: Florida's Billy Donovan, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Donovan makes $3.5 million per season; Pitino $4.5 million (including a $600,000 annual retention bonus); Izzo makes $3.49 million and gets use of a private jet for 25 hours per year.
March 25, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A North Hollywood teenager was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for aiming a blinding laser beam at a private jet and a police helicopter last year. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson imposed the penalty on Adam Gardenhire, 19, who pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of aiming a laser beam at an aircraft. The case is the second prosecution of its kind in the country since the laser law was signed by President Obama in 2012. According to court records, Gardenhire deliberately aimed a commercial-grade green laser beam at a privately owned Cessna Citation and a Pasadena Police Department helicopter on the evening of March 29, 2012.
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