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Residents of a neighborhood in Trabuco Canyon are vowing to fight an official order instructing them to remove an interlocking display of Christmas lights that have been hung from house to house.
Some 15-20 homeowners in Wagon Wheel each reportedly received a letter from Orange County Public Works stating that the lights, which are anchored on multiple houses and suspended overhead, are an obstruction and a violation of the county code.
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One of three kids hurt during a police program at Newman Elementary School in Chino has gotten a settlement.
Mayor Dennis Yates told KFI's Steve Gregory the other two families declined the cash offer and hired attorneys.
During a Red Ribbon Week presentation last month a student was able to fire a rifle mounted to a cop's motorcycle.
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VIEW SELECTED QUESTIONS
More than 100 potential jurors have filled out a 13-page questionnaire in the trial of two ex-Fullerton cops accused of killing Kelly Thomas.
KFI's Steve Gregory is in the courtroom and says most of the questions are routine, but some deal with thoughts about the homeless, mental illness and use of force by cops.
Prosecutors say on the night of July 5th, 2011, Jay Cicinelli and Manuel Ramos went too far when they beat Thomas following a radio call.
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Would you believe I got actor Geoffrey Rush to show me his handwritten note he read to actress Angela Landsbury.. It was written on stationary from Hotel Marmont. Pretty cool. He introduced her at the film academy's fifth annual Governors Awards.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were moved to tears at the film academy's fifth annual Governors Awards.
Each of the entertainers accepted honorary Oscar statuettes Saturday at a private dinner at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but did not attend the ceremony.
Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Before guests including Brad Pitt and a man Jolie cited as "my hero," WWII veteran and Olympian Louis Zamperini, the 38-year-old actress-director became emotional as she thanked her late mother, whom she said inspired her to think of others and give back.
"To stand here today means I did as she asked," Jolie said. "And if she were alive, she'd be very proud."
Tom Hanks and Martin Short helped present Martin with his honorary Oscar, which Short described as "the highest honor an actor can receive in mid-November."
Accepting recognition for his distinguished career, Martin said, "I can't possibly express how I excited I am tonight, because the Botox is fresh."
But the 68-year-old got misty eyed as he reflected on the dear friends he's made during his five decades in film.
"I knew I wasn't going to make it through this speech," he said. "I read it to my dog this morning and wept."
Lansbury recited a list of her famous co-stars as she accepted her honorary Academy Award: Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Lawrence Olivier and Orson Welles. With her two brothers, three children and three grandchildren in tow, the 88-year-old actress' voice cracked as she thanked movies and acting for rescuing her after the death of her husband.
She said sharing the Governors Awards ceremony with her family was better than "shivering with hope" during her three Oscar nominations, none of which resulted in statuettes.
"You can't imagine how happy and proud I feel, really undeserving of this gorgeous golden chap," she said.
The crowd inside the Ray Dolby Ballroom was like a who's-who of the upcoming awards season. Besides guests such as Diane Keaton, Octavia Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, Emma Thompson and Harrison Ford were stars of some of the year's most acclaimed films, including Michael B. Jordan of "Fruitvale Station," Idris Elba and Naomie Harris of "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom," Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and director Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club" and Amy Adams and director David O. Russell of "American Hustle."
The Governors Awards were not televised but portions of the ceremony may be included in the Academy Awards telecast on March 2, 2014.
WASHINGTON - The head of the Transportation Security Administration is studying how to speed the emergency response and bolster airport security after a recent shooting rampage in Los Angeles.
At a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing Thursday, several lawmakers questioned how closely TSA officers are in contact with armed police officers when precious minutes are at stake.
TSA Administrator John Pistole said the agency subsidizes police for an armed presence to complement TSA screeners, and they communicate through a joint communication room at larger airports. Agreements typically call for police to respond to a TSA call within five minutes.
"Obviously, given the shooting, we are evaluating that," Pistole said, noting that police shot and subdued the Los Angeles gunman within four minutes Nov. 1. "Clearly, five minutes was too long in this case."
Pistole said more passengers could have been shot if the gunman hadn't focused on hurting TSA employees.
"There were dozens of passengers he could have shot that he just walked right past," Pistole said. "You watch the videotape of all this taking place, and literally, there are people right at his feet."
The committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, praised the response by TSA and law enforcement that was by all accounts successful with an evacuation that saved lives.
But McCaul said nobody pushed a panic button at the TSA checkpoint that is intended to call police and a TSA worker abandoned a land line to call police because it wasn't mobile. Police responded to a call from an airline contractor rather than the TSA, McCaul said.
"Four minutes in a time like this is a long time," McCaul said. "What this incident demonstrates, once again, is just how vulnerable public spaces can be to those who wish to carry out such attacks."
Pistole said the video shows the TSA manager on the phone before fleeing.
"The supervisor picked up a dedicated line - it's literally a red phone - to call in, and as they were getting ready to speak - in watching the video - she drops the phone and runs because the shooter is coming up the escalator and is firing additional rounds," Pistole said.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., asked about having TSA and police use the same portable radios.
Pistole replied that they typically aren't on the same radios. Phone calls can be complicated because emergency calls to Los Angeles airport police are dialed 7-911 rather than simply 911, he said.
"It's clearly one of the things we're looking at as part of our review," Pistole said of joint communication.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, asked Pistole to calculate how much it would cost to boost security to include ticket areas, with federal reimbursements for police.
"I think it's a question of no one knowing who is responsible for it," Jackson Lee said after touring Houston's airport with federal and local authorities. "It is no doubt that the presence and quicker response of armed law enforcement is part of the solution."
Pistole said the agency is working internally and with other aviation groups to review costs of possibly expanding airport security. The study comes as the TSA is asking airports to take over guarding exit lanes between arriving flights and baggage claims to reduce TSA spending by $88 million a year.
"Budgets are tight everywhere," Pistole said. "The question is how do we best buy down risk. Part of that discussion that we had last week is how do we ramp up unpredictable, random patrols by armed officers at and through checkpoints that may now be doing other things."
As seen on a TSA employee's lapel. Memorial for fallen TSA Officer begins at 10. @chiefgannonapd @kfiam640 @nicoamelendez @TSA @lax_official by @stevegregory640
This is Gilbert Estrada showing off his costume just before the annual WeHo Halloween Parade. Investigators say the costume ignited when Estrada lit a cigarette. The homemade military-style costume had dried moss, burlap and straw covering the face. He later died at the hospital. @kfiam640 by @stevegregory640
L.A. County Sheriff's detectives say the death of a man who caught fire during a Halloween party in West Hollywood was an accident.
Sgt. Barry Hall says Gilbert Estrada was wearing a homemade military-style costume with dried materials covering his face.
Hall says witnesses saw Estrada light a cigarette and it ignited the costume.
LAX Police Chief Pat Gannon says security protocols had recently been modified, may have had positive impact on today's events. @kfiam640 by @stevegregory640