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NFL player Aldon Smith arrested at Los Angeles airport

(Reuters) - Police at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday arrested a National Football League player from the San Francisco 49ers for making a false bomb threat to screeners, officials said. Aldon Smith, 24, had been randomly selected for a secondary screening at the airport by a Transportation Security Administration agent, airport police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said.

Olympics: US bans carry-on liquids on Russia-bound flights

US authorities announced a temporary ban Thursday on liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-ons aboard Russia-bound flights, as President Barack Obama said Moscow has an "enormous stake" in thwarting terror at the Winter Olympics. The Transportation Security Administration directive came a day after Washington warned American and foreign airlines that extremists could hide explosives in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes in an attempt to disrupt the Games, set to start Friday in Sochi.

US bans carry-on liquids on Russia-bound flights

US authorities on Thursday announced a temporary ban preventing travelers from bringing any liquids, gels or aerosols aboard Russia-bound flights amid a security threat to the Winter Games. The US Transportation Security Administration directive came a day after Washington warned American and foreign airlines that extremists may target them by placing explosives in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes in an attempt to disrupt the Olympics, set to start Friday in Sochi.

U.S. bans carry-on liquids, gels on flights to Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is temporarily banning carry-on liquids, aerosols, gels and powders on flights between Russia and the United States, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Thursday. The items can be carried on checked luggage, said the official with the department, the TSA's parent agency. ABC originally reported the ban.

US Supreme Court backs airline in aviation security case

The United States Supreme Court on Monday overturned a defamation judgment against an airline which had been sued after warning that a former pilot could pose a security risk. William Hoeper initially won a $1.4 million settlement against his former employer Air Wisconsin, which had alerted the federal Transportation Security Administration that he may be carrying a weapon after he boarded a flight.

Supreme Court says airline shielded in pilot's defamation claim

WASHINGTON - Ruling that airlines have broad immunity from lawsuits under a post-9-11 security law, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a $1.4 million defamation judgment awarded to a pilot who was reported by his employer as mentally unstable and potentially armed. The court was unanimous in holding that a law aimed at encouraging reports of possible security threats to the Transportation Security Administration shields airlines from defamation claims when the reports are substantially true.

LA airport gunman indicted by grand jury

A man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles international airport (LAX), killing a security agent, has been charged on 11 counts including first degree murder, prosecutors said Tuesday. A federal Grand Jury returned the charges against Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who allegedly walked into LAX Terminal 3, pulled an assault weapon out of a duffel bag and opened fire on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers.

Accused Los Angeles airport gunman indicted on 11 federal charges

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was indicted on Tuesday on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder of federal officers. Three charges in the 11-count indictment against Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty, though federal prosecutors have not decided yet whether to seek capital punishment if he were convicted.

Accused Los Angeles airport gunman ordered held without bond

By Dana Feldman RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California (Reuters) - A California man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was ordered held without bond on Wednesday, pending trial. A federal judge said he was denying bail for Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, because he posed a danger to the community and represented a potential flight risk, prosecutors said in a statement.

Prosecutors want accused LA airport gunman held without bail

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors asked a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday to deny bail for a California man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a security agent and wounding three other people. Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed a day ahead of an initial court appearance for Paul Anthony Ciancia that he should be jailed without bond until trial because he represented a flight risk and danger to the community.
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