TSA IDs 39-year-old officer killed at LAX
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration has identified a 39-year-old as the first officer killed in the line of duty in the agency's 12-year history.
The TSA says in a statement that Gerardo I. Hernandez is the officer who was slain by a gunman who opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning.
Two other TSA officers were wounded.
The gunman was wounded in a shootout with airport police and taken into custody.
The attack at the nation's third-busiest airport sent terrified travelers running for cover and disrupted more than 700 flights across the U.S.
NJ police: Dad called, worried about LAX suspect
PENNSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police chief says the Los Angeles airport shooting suspect had apparently made references to suicide.
Pennsville Chief Allen Cummings says Paul Ciancia's father called him early Friday afternoon saying another of his children had received a text message from the suspect "in reference to him taking his own life."
Cummings says the elder Ciancia asked him for help in locating Paul, according to Cummings. The chief says he called Los Angeles police, which sent a patrol car to Ciancia's apartment.
There, two roommates said they had seen him Thursday and that he was fine.
Cummings says he told Ciancia's father that because of the son's age, he couldn't take a missing persons report. He says his department had no dealings with the younger Paul Ciancia.
A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity identified the suspect as the younger Ciancia.
Officials: Drone kills Pakistani Taliban leader
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say five suspected militants -- including the leader of the Pakistani Taliban -- have been killed in a U.S. drone strike.
A senior U.S. intelligence official says the United States received confirmation this morning that Hakimullah Mehsud was among the dead. Two Pakistani intelligence officials in North Waziristan also confirmed his death as did two Taliban commanders who said they had seen the militant commander's mangled body.
The Taliban commanders said at least four missiles struck just after a vehicle carrying Mehsud entered a compound.
Mehsud had a reputation for being particularly ruthless. He has been near the top of the CIA Counterterrorism Center's most wanted list for his role in the December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees at a base in Afghanistan. Mehsud also is believed to have been behind a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square as well as attacks inside Pakistan that killed thousands of civilians and security forces.
The Pakistani government condemned the drone strike, though it did so before news of Mehsud's death was reported.
FATAL HIT AND RUN
NEW: SF gardener charged in fatal hit and run is fired
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco city gardener who was charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run after fatally driving over a woman relaxing at a park has been fired from his job.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 58-year-old Thomas Burnoski, who was an employee at the Recreation and Park Department for seven years, received a notice of termination Thursday. A park department spokeswoman confirmed the termination.
Burnoski is charged with running over the 35-year-old woman as she relaxed in the grass with her dog and her baby at Holly Park.
Burnoski says he veered onto the lawn from a paved pedestrian path to avoid an unleashed dog. After hitting the woman, he drove to a work meeting.
His lawyer, Robert Waggener, says he didn't realize he had hit a person and that the case was a tragic accident.
CHINA-FIREWORKS FACTORY EXPLOSION
NEW: China's fireworks factory blast kills 11
BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China has killed 11 people and injured 17 others.
The official Xinhua News Agency says the cause of the blast that took place Friday afternoon in the city of Cenxi in the Guangxi autonomous region is unknown.
A man reached at the Guangxi Work Safety Bureau said Saturday that two executives of the factory have been detained.
He only gave his last name as Chen, which is common among China's bureaucrats when speaking to the press.
Workplace safety is a major problem in China where enforcement of laws is lax with factories themselves usually left to decide whether to follow them.
NEW: Man convicted in 7 slayings dies in Tenn. hospital
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man who was sentenced to death after he was convicted of killing seven people in a series of 1997 fast-food robberies in Tennessee has died at a Nashville hospital.
The state Department of Corrections says 55-year-old Paul Dennis Reid died Friday evening at Nashville General Hospital.
Corrections department spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said the cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner's office.
Reid was sentenced to death for the 1997 slayings of seven fast-food workers, most of them teenagers.
The killing spree spanned from Nashville to Clarksville, Tenn., near the Kentucky border.
HOPKINS-BLACK LUNG SERVICE
NEW: Hopkins Medicine suspends black lung X-ray service
Johns Hopkins Medicine says it has suspended a service in which radiologists give second readings on X-rays of coal miners seeking benefits for black lung disease.
Hopkins announced the suspension Friday. The medical institution had provided the service for a federal agency for 40 years.
The suspension comes after a report this week by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity questioning Hopkins' interpretations of X-rays.
Hopkins said in a statement that it was conducting a review as a result of the report and that the program would be suspended until the review is completed.
Earlier this week, Hopkins defended the service its radiology department provided for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, saying it knew of no medical or regulatory authority that had challenged its diagnoses.
TAX SHELTER TRIAL
Chicago lawyer convicted in NY in tax fraud case
NEW YORK (AP) — A Chicago lawyer has been convicted in New York for his role in what authorities have called the largest tax fraud in history.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says Paul Daugerdas was found guilty Friday of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, evade taxes, commit mail and wire fraud and other crimes.
Prosecutors say Daugerdas made $95 million in fees from creating and marketing tax shelters for wealthy clients. They say he owed more than $32 million in taxes but paid less than $8,000.
The tax shelters were marketed from 1994 through 2004.
Daugerdas faces up to 58 years in prison when sentenced next March. A lawyer for the 63-year-old Wilmette, Ill., man hasn't returned messages seeking comment.
A co-defendant was acquitted of all charges.
DA can use Holmes' 1st statements to police
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors will be allowed to use statements that Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes made to police immediately after his arrest.
The judge ruled Friday the statements can be used at Holmes' trial on murder and attempted-murder charges. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The 2012 attack killed 12.
Police say when they asked Holmes if he had an accomplice, he replied, "It's just me." Police also say Holmes told them bombs would go off in his apartment if wires were tripped.
The defense argued Holmes hadn't been read his rights and that his statements weren't voluntary. Prosecutors said police didn't have to read Holmes his rights because they urgently needed to know if there was another shooter. They denied he was coerced.
The judge agreed with prosecutors.
Toxicology report released in fatal shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A toxicology report shows the blood-alcohol level for an unarmed man fatally shot by a Charlotte police officer was below the legal limit.
The attorney for the family of Jonathan Ferrell says the report confirms that the 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player wasn't drunk the night of the September shooting. Chris Chestnut says Ferrell was just trying to get help after he was injured in a car accident.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Ferrell was driving home when his car crashed into a tree. Police say Ferrell knocked on a door seeking help. The woman inside called 911, thinking he was trying to break into her home.
Police say Ferrell ran toward the officers responding to the scene and Kerrick fired 12 shots.
Honda recalls 344,000 Odyssey minivans in US
Honda is recalling 344,000 Odyssey minivans of the 2007-2008 model years to fix a problem that can cause the vehicle to brake suddenly.
The Japanese automaker said Friday that a software and parts problem can cause hydraulic pressure to build in the braking system after an engine restart. The buildup can suddenly be released, causing heavy and unexpected braking without the brake lamps coming on. Honda said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.
Honda says it will replace a "yaw sensor" but the part won't be available until early next year.
In the meantime, it issued instructions online on how to drive to prevent the problem from occurring.
Created: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 02:17:38 EST
Updated: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 02:17:38 EST