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Coolio Faces Felony Charge for Alleged Gun in Carry-On Bag

He's been charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon

(Newser) - Authorities say Coolio has been charged with a felony after a gun was found in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport, the AP reports. The rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was charged Thursday with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.... More »

Person in Zorro Getup Detained During LAX 'Gunshots' Panic

But it's not clear if 'Zorro' incident was related to 'gunshots'—and reports of gunfire turned out to be false

(Newser) - Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, while flights to and from the airport saw major delays, the AP reports. A search through terminals brought no evidence of a gunman or shots fired, LAPD... More »

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle 450 Pork Tamales Into US

A delicious traditional treat, but banned nonetheless

(Newser) - The contraband was carefully wrapped in corn husks and concealed in the luggage of a traveler when authorities moved in for a tamale takedown at Los Angeles International Airport. The search by US Customs and Border Protection agents turned up 450 pork tamales individually packaged in plastic bags. "Although... More »

$5 Bottled Water Spurs Airport Lawsuit

High-end boutique accuses retail group of gouging at LAX

(Newser) - Consumers fed up with the eye-watering price of bottled water in airports have an unlikely champion: Kitson Stores, an LA-based boutique retailer where T-shirts can cost $300. Kitson is in a contract dispute with Hudson Group—which operates dozens of stores at Los Angeles International Airport and hundreds more at... More »

Dozens of Giant Snails Stopped at LAX

Invasive species was labeled as food

(Newser) - A slow-moving Nigerian delicacy was stopped at Los Angeles International Airport when 67 giant land snails were discovered packed in picnic baskets, authorities said yesterday. The live African snails—which can grow to be 8 inches long, 5 inches wide, and live to be 10 years old—arrived with paperwork... More »

49ers Linebacker Busted in Airport Bomb Threat

Aldon Smith could face year in prison

(Newser) - More legal trouble for the San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith: The linebacker-defensive end was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday for indicating he had a bomb, reports ESPN . Police say Smith became belligerent and uncooperative after being selected for secondary screening and was arrested in the gate area after... More »

Baggage Handlers Stole Pricey Items: Police

LA cops serve 25 warrants against 'colluding' workers

(Newser) - Police have arrested six baggage handlers and detained eight others to crack an alleged theft operation at LA International Airport—likely the biggest in its history, the LA Times reports. Police say travelers lost "thousands upon thousands of dollars" as handlers stole jewelry, electronics, and other items from luggage... More »

LA Airport Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Paul Ciancia faces death penalty in deadly rampage

(Newser) - The 23-year-old accused of opening fire inside Los Angeles International Airport and killing a TSA screener last month pleaded not guilty today to the charges. Paul Ciancia, who got shot before his arrest, had a bandaged neck and barely managed a whisper when asked to acknowledge his name in court,... More »

LAX Shooting Suspect Due in Court Today

Ciancia to make first appearance since deadly rampage

(Newser) - An unemployed motorcycle mechanic charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month is due to make his first court appearance today. Paul Ciancia, 23, is not expected to enter a plea at his arraignment. He... More »

FBI Studies LAX Suspect's Anti-Government Views

Paul Ciancia made apparent reference to 'New World Order' theory

(Newser) - We know alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia apparently had something against the TSA and considered TSA agents "traitors," was disappointed in the government and the NSA, considered himself a "pissed-off patriot" angry at Homeland Security , and may have been interested in the New World Order conspiracy theory... More »

Shot in Mouth, LAX Suspect Still Can't Talk

TSA mourns first agent killed in line of duty

(Newser) - As investigators try to piece together the lead-up to Friday's shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport , the alleged shooter is still too injured to talk. Paul Ciancia, 23, was shot in the leg and took a bullet in the mouth that split his tongue and knocked out his... More »

LAX Suspect Was Dropped Off by Friend

Paul Ciancia says he acted alone

(Newser) - Alleged LAX gunman Paul Ciancia told investigators he had acted alone after being dropped off by a friend in a black Hyundai, a police official tells the AP ; that friend, officials believe, didn't know what Ciancia had planned. The accused shooter is currently under heavy sedation—and 24-hour armed... More »

LAX Returning to Normal After Shooting

Terminal 3 reopens

(Newser) - Operations at Los Angeles International Airport were returning to normal by this afternoon following yesterday's shooting that killed a TSA officer and closed parts of the airport. Terminal 3 has reopened, airport officials say. Thousands of fliers across the US were delayed after the attack; the prolonged shutdown at... More »

What We Know About Accused LAX Shooter

Paul Ciancia may have been swept up in New World Order conspiracy

(Newser) - Accused LAX shooter Paul Ciancia remains hospitalized today with gunshot wounds, though police haven't released his condition. One of the few widely reported tidbits about a potential motive is that the 23-year-old carried a note with anti-government views that said he wanted to kill TSA workers and "pigs.... More »

Airport Shooter, 23, Identified

Paul Ciancia reportedly carried anti-TSA note; his dad called police today

(Newser) - We've got a name but still no real explanation of why a shooter opened fire at LAX today. Authorities have identified the gunman at Los Angeles International Airport as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia. A law-enforcement official says Ciancia was carrying a note that said he "wanted to kill TSA... More »

TSA Employee Killed Inside LAX

Gunman captured, now believed to be ticketed passenger

(Newser) - The LA Times reports that a TSA employee has been killed in today's shooting at a security checkpoint inside Los Angeles International Airport. Details about the shooter remain in flux. The latest reports suggest he was wounded by police in the ensuing shootout but remains alive and in custody.... More »

2nd Suspect Arrested in LAX Dry Ice Explosions

Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, held on $500K bond

(Newser) - Police have arrested a second airport employee in connection with several dry-ice bomb explosions at Los Angeles International Airport this week. Forty-one-year-old Miguel Angel Iniguez was reportedly arrested while he was working at the airport yesterday, and was booked on suspicion of possession of a destructive device near an aircraft.... More »

Baggage Handler Busted in LAX Dry Ice Bombings

Cops suspect worker was angered by labor dispute

(Newser) - A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport. Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee of ground handling company Servisair, was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft and he is being held on $1 million bail.... More »

Things Get Weirder at LAX: More Dry Ice Bombs Found

One exploded last night

(Newser) - A dry ice bomb exploded at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night—and yesterday, three similar bombs were found, including another one that exploded last night, the LA Times reports. The first bomb was placed in a restroom the public cannot access, and the devices found yesterday were also in... More »

TSA Agent in LAX Threat Previously in Public Spat

LAX terminals evacuated, 9/11 related note found in man's home

(Newser) - Federal authorities arrested an ex-TSA employee just before midnight last night, on suspicion that he'd made terrorist threats against Los Angeles International Airport. Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, resigned his post as a screener yesterday, the LA Times reports, leaving behind a "suspicious package." That package turned out... More »

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