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June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A jet taxiing on the runway at Chino Airport struck a hangar Thursday evening, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. There were no immediate reports of  injuries after the Challenger jet struck the hangar, said Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman in Los Angeles. The fixed-wing multi-engine aircraft is registered to Grady International Inc. in Irvine, according to online FAA records.  No other details were immediately available. ALSO: Ex-Simi Valley teacher denies sexual relationship with child Bryan Stow returns home two years after Dodger Stadium beating Rifle used in Santa Monica College shooting may have been altered   Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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June 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The gunman who killed five people during a shooting rampage through Santa Monica left a farewell note expressing remorse for killing his father and brother, police said Thursday evening. John Zawahri, 23, also wrote that he hoped his mother would be cared for financially and said goodbye to several friends, the Santa Monica Police Department said. At a news conference  Thursday  night, police gave their most detailed account yet of how Zawahri made his way from his father's home on Yorkshire Avenue to the Santa Monica College library, where he was fatally wounded by authorities last Friday.
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June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Trains on the San Bernardino Metrolink lines were being delayed during the rush-hour commute Thursday after a train struck a pedestrian east of Montclair, the transit agency said. Train 331 was headed for Los Angeles when it struck a pedestrian who had trespassed onto the track, Metrolink said on its Twitter account. Passengers were being advised to use their tickets to board the F oothill Transit Silver Streak bus at Montclair to travel to Union Station in downtown L.A. [Updated 6:26 p.m.: Trains are now running at restricted speeds and the bus bridge has been canceled, Metrolink said.
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June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A jet smashed into a hanger at Chino Airport on Thursday evening while mechanics were conducting an engine run-up test, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The Challenger aircraft was  chocked up on a ramp area and jumped the chocks, Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman in Los Angeles told The Times. There were three mechanics on the plane, he said. The plane was not intended for flight, said Gregor, citing preliminary information gathered by the agency.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A former Simi Valley elementary school teacher was due in court Wednesday on charges she had an unlawful relationship with a student. Malia Brooks, 32, who worked at Garden Grove Elementary, was arrested by Simi Valley police Tuesday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a child under 14 years old, KTLA reported. She was being held in lieu of $2-million bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning, Ventura County Sheriff's Department records show. Officials with the Simi Valley Unified School District alerted police in February, telling authorities the relationship between the student and Brooks had been going on for four months, the Ventura County Star reported.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Metro bus and tow truck collided in downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday, seriously injuring both drivers and sending the truck careening into a convenience store. The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. at 5th Street and Broadway. TV news video showed the mangled front of the bus and the tow truck's cab pancaked. Both drivers had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. The bus driver, a 35-year-old woman, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A recording of the discussion among emergency personnel related to Paris Jackson's apparent suicide attempt last week has been released to the media. In the recordings, obtained by the Associated Press, paramedics are told Michael Jackson's teenage daughter had taken 20 Motrin pain reliever pills and used a knife to cut herself. The night before the apparent suicide attempt, Paris  tweeted : "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
It was a "perfect storm" of coincidences that led Debra Fine into a quiet neighborhood in Santa Monica last Friday at the exact moment a gunman set off on a chaotic rampage. A former Disney executive who had quit her job to spend more time with her 15-year-old twins, the 49-year-old Westwood resident was headed to record an audition to submit to the NBC singing competition "The Voice. " Singing, she said, is her passion. With President Obama in town and sections of Sepulveda Boulevard sealed off, Fine headed along the side streets off Pico Boulevard.
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June 12, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The creator of a 200-pound pink bulldog statue that was stolen in West Hollywood is willing to give another of his sculptures in exchange for it, authorities said Wednesday. The pink bulldog was part of an installation of six sculptures placed in a West Hollywood median of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, ahead of the city's annual Gay Pride parade. Someone made off with the 200-pound artwork early Monday, city officials said. "They're so fun that people might not take them seriously," said Andrew Campbell of the West Hollywood Economic Development Division.
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June 12, 2013 | By KTLA
A 21-year-old college student at UC Riverside was in custody after pleading not guilty to trying to get her current boyfriend to kill her ex-boyfriend. According to the Press-Enterprise , Barbara Wu was charged in May with soliciting murder, making terrorist threats, vandalism, stalking and other crimes. She pleaded not guilty at a hearing Tuesday. Wu's current boyfriend got a restraining order against her, two days after she allegedly asked him to kill her former lover. In the court document, Dennis Lin wrote Wu wanted him to break the man's legs with a baseball bat, kill him and discard the body.
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