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May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Long Beach police shot and killed a man suspected of assaulting a law enforcement officer Sunday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pursued the assailant into Long Beach after the alleged felony assault. Long Beach police joined in the pursuit about 3:15 p.m., said Long Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Zabel. The man was shot in the area of Ocean Boulevard and 14th Place. He died after being taken to a nearby hospital. It was not immediately clear what caused police to fire on him. Twitter: @latimesemily
January 21, 2010
The preflight intelligence Here are some key pieces of information known to U.S. intelligence officials before the failed Christmas Day bombing attack that, they said, should have kept suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab off a U.S.-bound jetliner: The United States had electronic intercepts linking an individual with the partial name Umar Farouk to Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The National Security Agency had learned that the Yemeni group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was planning an operation using a Nigerian.
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
A teenage boy suspected of fatally stabbing his high school classmate at a Connecticut high school just hours before the junior prom is under psychiatric evaluation, the teen's lawyer said Saturday. At the same time, friends of stabbing victim Maren Sanchez mourned her death, sharing memories of a girl they described as an outgoing teen who served as something of a “counselor” for many students and was known for heartfelt chats by her locker. The 16-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, will not be in court during Monday's scheduled arraignment, his attorney, Edward J. Gavin, told the Los Angeles Times.
April 25, 2010 | From Reuters
Dozens of Afghan schoolgirls fell ill after a suspected poison gas attack on their school, local authorities said on Sunday, blaming the incident on the Taliban who oppose education for girls. Provincial police chief Abdul Razzaq Yaqubi said about 48 girls and several teachers became ill suddenly and many collapsed after smelling poison gas at the school in the northern city of Kunduz, where there has been an upsurge in insurgent violence.
August 25, 2009 | Kim Murphy and Andrew Blankstein and Ari B. Bloomekatz
Reporting from Hope, British Columbia, and Los Angeles -- Detectives are investigating whether Ryan Jenkins got help disposing of model Jasmine Fiore's body after he allegedly killed her and whether others helped him flee and hide, police said. Jenkins was found dead in a British Columbia motel room Sunday night. He apparently committed suicide and police are focusing on a woman who they said was with the former reality TV star when he checked in. Canadian authorities on Monday refused to identify her and described her as a "person of interest" in the case who knew him previously.
November 6, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
More than two dozen suspected illegal contractors were cited this week during an undercover sting operation launched by state authorities. The operation was conducted at a home in Long Beach, where investigators posing as homeowners sought bids for work that included welding, painting, landscaping and swimming pool repair, state authorities said Thursday. The investigators were from the Contractors State License Board. They were aided by Long Beach police and city prosecutors.
June 29, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A suspected arson fire that damaged a Hemet Police Department evidence building early Monday morning could be the seventh attack on the law enforcement agency this year The fire was reported at 2:23 a.m. and severely damaged the building and evidence stored inside. The facility, which is across a parking lot from Hemet's main police station, stores evidence for pending and past criminal cases, said agency spokesman Lt. Duane Wisehart. "There's some pretty significant damage to the roof and other parts of the building," he said.
January 6, 2008 | Rebecca Trounson
Irvine police said Saturday that they had arrested a man suspected of robbing six banks since November, including five in Orange County. Lt. Rick Handfield said Paul Kjelland, 30, of Costa Mesa was arrested about 5 p.m. Friday as he appeared to be preparing to rob an East West Bank branch on Culver Drive. Kjelland had a note in his pocket indicating his plans, the lieutenant said. Kjelland is suspected in robberies in Irvine and Topeka, Kan., among other cities.
June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani authorities seized three bomb-laden vehicles and arrested three suspected suicide attackers just days after an assault on the Danish Embassy. Police increased security near the enclave in Islamabad where most foreign diplomatic missions are located. The U.S. Embassy strongly advised Americans to limit nonessential movement in the capital and nearby Rawalpindi. Police Chief Nasir Durrani said authorities were investigating whether the suspects had intended to target embassies.
April 23, 2014 | By KTLA
Police released a sketch Wednesday as part of their effort to identify a man suspected of molesting a juvenile in a South Bay park restroom. Manhattan Beach police said the man approached the victim Friday in the men's restroom at Polliwog Park before allegedly forcing him into a bathroom stall, where he fondled the boy's genitals, KTLA reported . The victim described the attacker as a white man in his 40s, with tan skin and mostly gray...
April 22, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It turns out there are consequences to befriending white supremacists. Especially if you're a public official. Mayor Dan Clevenger of Marionville, Mo., handed in his resignation letter Tuesday morning after an uproar among residents and in national media over remarks he made about Jewish people shortly after the April 13 shootings outside two Jewish centers near Kansas City. Clevenger, 59, is an acquaintance of Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, an avowed hater of Jews who has been charged with killing three people in Overland Park in what officials have deemed a "hate crime.
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 20-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after crashing his sports utility vehicle into a Palmdale apartment building, killing a 16-year-old girl while she slept, authorities said. Roberto Rodriguez, of Palmdale, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, authorities said. Investigators believe the suspect was drunk at the time of the crash. The incident occurred about 3:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Avenue R, said Deputy Collin Reddy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 43-year-old female motorcyclist died after she was struck by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning in Gramercy Park in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Lisa McAllister of Long Beach was on a group ride with a local motorcycle group on Western Avenue about 12:50 a.m. when the driver of a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant heading in the opposite direction swerved into her path, said Sgt. Tim Colson of the Los Angeles Police Department. McAllister suffered serious injuries and died after being transported to a local hospital, Colson said.
April 18, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The death of a 24-year-old woman who died of an apparent overdose at the Coachella festival was an "isolated incident," event promoter Goldenvoice said in a statement Friday. The woman, identified as Kimchi Truong of Oakland, died of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose after attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio last weekend, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday. In a statement, Goldenvoice said it was "saddened" to learn of her death.
January 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Guatemalan police captured a man they suspect of ordering the slayings of three Salvadoran politicians last year, prosecutors said. Authorities also ordered the arrest of a congressman suspected of conspiracy in the deaths. Carlos Gutierrez, 34, was arrested near the border with El Salvador after investigators traced more than 60 telephone calls between him and the suspected killers, public prosecutor Alvaro Matus told reporters. He gave no details about Gutierrez. Matus said an arrest warrant had been issued for Congressman Manuel Castillo.
April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A man authorities dubbed the “family annihilator” for allegedly bludgeoning his mother, wife and three sons to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago may be living in Southern California, FBI officials said. William Bradford Bishop Jr., 77, hasn't been seen since the day after authorities say he killed his family in Maryland in March 1976. After driving to rural North Carolina, where he allegedly burned and buried the bodies, Bishop bought a pair of sneakers in Jacksonville, N.C., and disappeared, the FBI said in a news release.
April 18, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off on Friday, Indio police were investigating a death connected to last weekend's festivities. The Riverside County sheriff-coroner called it the result of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose. A 24-year-old woman in Indio at last weekend's festival died Thursday, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday morning. Kimchi Truong of Oakland collapsed while attending Coachella on Saturday and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio.
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