LA airport shooting suspect appears in court
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport has appeared in court with bruises on his face and a bandage on his neck.
Paul Ciancia (see-AHN'-see-uh) said little at the brief appearance Wednesday at a San Bernardino County jail facility where he's being housed in federal custody.
It was the first time he's been seen in public since the Nov. 1 attack at LAX's Terminal 3.
Ciancia was shackled at his hands and feet. He didn't enter a plea to a murder charge that carries a possible death penalty if he's convicted.
Investigators say the 23-year-old was targeting TSA officers when he killed Gerardo Hernandez. Three others were hurt.
Ciancia was shot and wounded by airport police as passengers scrambled to safety.
LA Democrat will be youngest in Legislature
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 26-year-old Democrat who won a special legislative election will become the youngest member of the Legislature.
Preliminary results show Sebastian Ridley-Thomas winning the Assembly District 54 seat in Los Angeles County with 60 percent of the vote. He is the son of former state legislator Mark Ridley-Thomas, now chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Election officials said Wednesday that less than 7 percent of eligible voters cast ballots during Tuesday's primary. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas' margin of victory means he avoids a runoff election.
He will become the youngest lawmaker in the Legislature. Ian Calderon, a Whittier Democrat, was 27 when he won his seat last year.
The youngest member of the Assembly on record is John De Haven, who was 19 when he was elected in 1869.
SURF CITY DISTURBANCE
20 now under arrest over Huntington Beach melee
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police say they've now arrested 20 people in connection with a night of violence that followed a surfing contest in Huntington Beach.
The Los Angeles Times reports police have announced an additional six arrests since the July 28 melee.
The violence began when a crowd surged through downtown streets following the U.S. Open of Surfing. The mob broke windows, damaged police cars, fought and looted, causing several injuries and thousands of dollars in damage.
The six people arrested since the melee include three juveniles and they're suspected of crimes ranging from failing to disperse to assault with a deadly weapon and taking part in a riot.
Advocates decry sending youth offenders to feds
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Immigrant advocates are calling on Orange County probation officials to stop referring youth offenders to federal immigration authorities.
Students from the University of California, Irvine law school's immigrant rights clinic said Wednesday that turning over minors to immigration authorities violates state confidentiality law and hinders rehabilitation efforts.
The students issued a report saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued nearly 700 detainer requests for minors in California between October 2009 and February 2013 and youth in Orange County facilities accounted for more than 40 percent of the total.
The report says, however, that referrals in Orange County have dropped since probation officials changed their referral policy in 2012.
A spokesman for the Orange County Probation Department reserved comment until reading the report.
MULTI-VEHICLE FREEWAY CRASH
11 hurt in multi-vehicle crash on LA-area freeway
VAN NUYS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say 11 people were hurt, one seriously, in a multi-vehicle crash that blocked all southbound 405 Freeway in Van Nuys.
The collision around 9:30 a.m. backed up traffic for miles on the key Southern California artery.
The California Highway Patrol tells City News Service the crash involved a big rig, a catering truck and four other vehicles.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials say paramedics transported seven people for hospital treatment - one with serious injuries and six with minor-to-moderate injuries. Four other people were treated at the scene and released.
The southbound lanes remained blocked for more than an hour and a half as crews worked to clear the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Disney raises annual dividend to 86 cents
NEW YORK (AP) - Disney is raising its annual dividend to 86 cents from 75 cents.
The Walt Disney Co. says it is boosting its dividend by 15 percent after its third-consecutive year of record net income, earnings per share, and revenue.
The Burbank, Calif., company's next dividend is payable Jan. 16 to shareholders of record on Dec. 16.
Disney also says it will hold its next annual meeting on March 18 in Portland, Ore.
Producer testifies he believed O'Neal stole Warhol
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A reality television producer has told a jury that he believes Ryan O'Neal stole an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett from the late actress' home.
Craig Nevius testified Wednesday he made the conclusion, in part, based on conversations he had with Fawcett.
Nevius collaborated with Fawcett on the reality series "Chasing Farrah" and a documentary on her battle with cancer. He provided the University of Texas at Austin with photos and video footage that are being used as evidence in the university's fight against O'Neal over ownership of the artwork.
O'Neal testified on Monday that he was given the portrait by Warhol in 1980 and removed it from her condominium with permission of the trustee of Fawcett's estate.
The actress left all her artwork to her alma mater.
Big Banksy piece from gas station up for auction
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles gas station owner is selling a piece by one of the world's hottest graffiti artists.
"Flower Girl," by the elusive street artist Banksy, is up for bid on Thursday at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.
Gas station owner Eytan Rosenberg says he didn't know who Banksy was when a friend of a friend asked if the British artist could paint on his wall.
The work depicts a young girl with a basket of flowers and a security camera looming over her like a vulture.
When Rosenberg sold his family gas station last year, he painstakingly removed the painting and installed it in a sturdy aluminum frame.
Auctioneer Michael Doyle says the 9-by-8 foot piece could fetch more than $300,000 at auction.
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