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Suspect Indicted in New York, New Jersey Bombings

Rahimi will be arraigned before U.S. A first appearance in the case was held via video conference last month, and Rahimi appeared in federal court for the first time last week. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, accused of injuring 29 people by setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey in September, was charged Wednesday in New Jersey and Manhattan. “Now indicted by a grand jury, Rahimi will face justice in a federal court for his alleged violent acts of terrorism.”
Rahimi also was indicted on 30 counts in a New Jersey state court, including five counts of first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and multiple counts of second-, third- and fourth-degree aggravated assault, two second-degree weapons offenses, and fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine, according to a statement from the Union County prosecutor’s office. On Sept. Bombings Arrested After Shootout With Police; 2 Officers Hit “Two months ago, Ahmad Khan Rahimi allegedly planted bombs in the heart of Manhattan and in New Jersey,” said Bharara. 19, Rahimi engaged in an exchange of gunfire with Linden police, allegedly shooting a police officer before being shot by police at the scene. 17 near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and that night in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. An unexploded pressure cooker bomb was found several blocks away from the site of the Chelsea blast. District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday. Authorities said Rahimi detonated bombs the morning of Sept. CNN left messages with Rahimi’s attorneys. “Without those records, we cannot fully assess the propriety of the care he is receiving,” a letter from the defense attorneys to the United States magistrate judge said. Attorneys for Rahimi were granted a postponement for his hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday. 40.746500
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Suspect in NYC, N.J. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 28, who is being tried in connection to explosions in New York City and New Jersey. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York. They said they have yet to receive his medical records from the hospital and the prison that treated him in New Jersey. The statement said bail for Rahimi was set at $5.2 million by Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield. (Credit: FBI)
Rahimi, who was wounded in a shootout with police before being arrested, faces eight federal counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a place of public use and destroying property by means of fire or explosive, according to a statement from U.S. Rahimi has previously pleaded not guilty to New Jersey charges.

Cal State Will Not Help Deport Undocumented Students Under Trump, Chancellor Says

“Our university police do not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being … a person that lacks documentation.”
The fear and anger of undocumented students have rippled across the country in the days since Trump won the presidential election. Cal State Fullerton student Ginny Dolores, left, leads students outside a trustees meeting this week in Long Beach protesting a possible tuition hike and calling on the university to protect students who came to the U.S. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. illegally. Unless forced to by law, he said, Cal State “will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security or any other federal department for the enforcement of federal immigration law.”
“Our police departments will not honor immigration hold requests,” he added. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

In the face of Donald Trump’s pledge to start large-scale deportations, California State University Chancellor Timothy White reaffirmed on Wednesday the university’s commitment to fostering a learning community that is “safe and welcoming” for its thousands of students who came to the U.S. As the largest public university system in the nation, Cal State’s mission to provide accessibility to higher education and embrace the diversity of its 470,000 students remains unchanged, White said during a Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach. His vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and tough-on-immigration rhetoric have sparked walkouts and protests by thousands of high school and university students across California. illegally. 33.770050
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Cal State Fullerton student Ginny Dolores, left, leads students outside a trustees meeting this week in Long Beach protesting a possible tuition hike and calling on the university to protect students who came to the U.S.

Irvine HomeGoods Employee Arrested After Police Find Photos Looking up Customers’ Skirts on His Phone; Additional Victims Sought

There are dozens of potential victims in the case, investigators said. Matthew Torres, 22, was arrested in the 6214 Irvine Blvd. location on Nov. Females who have visited the store since September and believe they may be a victim can contact Detective Sarah Tunnicliffe at 949-724-7170 or stunnicliffe@cityofirvine.org. Upon investigation authorities found a “high number of  inappropriate photographs,” and the victim identified photos of herself, officials said. 12 after a visitor to the store felt her skirt move and noticed the employee with his cell phone facing toward and up her clothing, according to a statement posted on the Irvine Police Department’s Facebook page. The customer first confronted Torres, who ran into an employees-only area of the store, officers said. The suspect was then taken into custody after the victim signed a citizen’s arrest. Matthew Torres is shown in a booking photo released Nov. Law enforcement then responded to the scene and made contact with Torres, who admitted to taking such photos and allowed police to search his phone, according to the statement. Authorities noted that HomeGoods store management has cooperated in the investigation and is assisting officers in identifying potential victims. 33.698754
-117.743003 Police have detained an Irvine HomeGoods employee after it was found he was collecting images taken from underneath customers’ skirts, authorities said Wednesday. 16, 2016, by the Irvine Police Department.

Plumbers, Carpenters, Electricians at UCLA Strike for Higher Wages and Back Pay

34.070264
-118.444056 The 24-hour strike was organized by Teamsters Local 2010, a union chapter representing plumbers, carpenters, electricians, elevator mechanics, service engineers and other workers at UCLA and UC San Diego. Workers began gathering at midnight Wednesday morning, said Teamsters Local 2010 spokesman Christian Castro. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. They held signs saying “Fair wages now!” “Stop wage theft!” and “Pay workers enough to live!” A similar strike is planned for UC San Diego on Thursday. Several hundred skilled-trade workers at UCLA walked out and picketed for higher wages and retroactive pay on Wednesday. Despite the walkout, neither the main campus nor UCLA’s medical centers had any disruptions in service,  said UCLA spokeswoman Kathryn Kranhold. Castro, though, said mid-morning that a boiler was broken and “delays are starting to add up.” He added that the workers get, on average, between 12 and 15 service calls daily.

Public’s Help Sought as Authorities Search for Beloved Llano Grandfather’s Killer

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Sheriff’s officials are hoping a $20,000 reward will help them crack a 2015 homicide case in which a beloved grandfather in Llano was bound and killed during a home-invasion in Llano. 16, 2016. 34.505828
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Body of Missing Man Last Seen at NYC Party Found in Suitcase in New Jersey: Sources

Sources say the body was found with multiple stab wounds. The party’s host was reportedly caught on surveillance camera wheeling out a luggage cart and two large suitcases. A person of interest has been taken into custody for questioning. Police sources say Emergency Service Unit police dogs found bloody rags and blood-stained clothing that authorities believe belonged to Comunale in the common area of the apartment. 40.712784
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Joseph Comunale
The body of a Connecticut man who was last seen attending a party in New York City over the weekend was found in a suitcase in New Jersey, law enforcement sources confirm to KTLA sister station WPIX. The remains of Joseph Comunale, 26, of Stamford, Connecticut, were found in Oceanport in Monmouth County on Wednesday. NYPD crime scene units were seen carrying bags of evidence out the midtown apartment building Wednesday morning. Police sources said the person is being held on suspended license charge. Early Wednesday morning, police received a tip when a friend of the apartment owner went to police and told them that they dumped Comunale’s body in a New Jersey marshland, the sources said. Comunale was last seen entering a luxury apartment building Saturday night with friends.

Police Release New Details in Case of Long Beach Woman Missing Since 2000; Investigators to Excavate in Ridgecrest

Detectives have re-opened the case after an anonymous tip led them to believe she was killed, authorities said. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Police on Wednesday said they are seeking the public’s help in a missing person’s cold case surrounding a Long Beach woman who disappeared 16 years ago. 16, 2016, by the Long Beach Police Department. The tip led to an area in Ridgecrest that will be excavated Thursday after topographical examination and cadaver dogs indicated the possibility of human remains buried there, officials said. “My sister’s been missing for 16 years,” her brother Solomon Cortes said. Detectives examined suspicious conditions in her apartment at the time, but the investigation did not yield any leads. She also has scars on her back, authorities said. Rojas’ husband, who she was estranged from at the time, has cooperated with authorities and been interviewed, according to her family. Rojas’ child was in the care on another family member when she went missing, and relatives said it was uncharacteristic for her to leave her daughter without warning. Rojas is described as Filipino and Hispanic, 5 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair and a light complexion. If you have any information regarding Rojas’ whereabouts, contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark Bigel and Todd Johnson at 562-570-7244. Diana Rojas, who went missing in 2000, is shown in an undated family photo released Nov. Megan Zabel. Diana Raquel Rojas was 27 when she was last seen on Oct. Rojas was reportedly last seen wearing a pink-colored shirt with spaghetti straps, blue sweatpants with a “Winnie the Pooh” logo on the left leg and a blue zip-up jacket with a medical insignia on the left side. 20, 2000, in her apartment in the 5500 block of Ackerfield Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department. 16, 2016, by the Long Beach Police Department. Her vehicle, also still missing, was a 1992 black Nissan pickup truck with extended cab and white pinstripes, officers said. “People out there know something, and this has probably been weighing pretty heavily on their conscience,” said LBPD Sgt. It had a Texas license plate, BY3242, and the driver’s side door lock and radio are missing. “When they see that we have not let this go, we’re keeping on this case, I’m hoping that will tug at their heartstrings and have them come forward, even if it’s anonymously.”
Rojas was a single mother to her then 2-year-old daughter and worked at a church when she disappeared, police said. We are here today looking for closure for my family, but most importantly for my sister Diana.”
The truck of Diana Rojas, who went missing in 2000, is shown in an undated photo released Nov.  

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Protesters Urge Lawmakers to Clamp Down on Airbnb, Short-Term Housing Rentals in L.A.

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Tenants and community activists held a rally in Downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to protest short-term rentals, including airbnb, which they say takes away affordable housing for those who need it most. 34.052234
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Ryan Halts House Vote on Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks in Wake of Trump Win

“Did they learn nothing at all from these elections? Earlier Wednesday, House Republicans appeared to be ignoring President-elect Donald Trump’s call to reform Washington when they scheduled the vote on whether to overturn their own ban on earmarks — billions of dollars for pet projects tucked into spending bills. A debate over spending authority
The explosion in earmarks roughly 15 years ago gave the Appropriations Committee the nickname as the “favor factory,” with lobbyists contributing campaign donations to members of the panel and clients nabbing federal money for water systems, road construction and other items. “I’m one of the kinds of earmarks,” the retiring Nevadan said. Mike Rogers of Alabama, would not have opened the door to members directing funds for all agencies, but if it passed it would have certainly put Congress back in charge of who gets billions of dollars in federal money. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a press conference after a House Leadership Election on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking GOP leader in the Senate, said if the rule is changed in the House it’s unlikely to be adopted in the Senate and therefore would be moot. Lou Barletta, a member of the Trump transition team, told CNN earlier Wednesday, adding, “some bureaucrat somewhere could be spending this money and now we have no control over that spending.”
Barletta said before Ryan’s comments that he expected the proposal would have enough votes to pass, but outside conservative advocacy groups were lobbying against it. Ryan supported that move and has emphasized it in recent speeches. Tom Rooney, one of the members who proposed the change, told reporters Tuesday that the amount of spending wouldn’t increase but would just be controlled by members of Congress who know the specific needs of their districts. “I think it was a terrible disservice to America to come up with this stupid idea to stop congressional-directed spending.”
“I never apologized to anybody,” Reid added. Arizona GOP Sen. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, pointed to last week’s election results as evidence that House Republicans should keep the earmark ban. “I go home and I boast about earmarks and that’s what everyone should do.”
But Sen. House Speaker Paul Ryan successfully lobbied his Republican colleagues Wednesday to postpone a vote on a proposal to bring back earmarks. Multiple House Republicans told CNN the proposal was on track to pass when Ryan warned they needed to slow down and put a process in place on how to address the issue. Rooney told reporters his proposed change is not about money but about who has the authority to tell the Army Corps of Engineers how to dole out their funds for local projects — Congress or “unelected bureaucrats.”
“‎I can write a letter and hope that they listen to me, which over at the Army Corps they probably take that letter and put it into the shredder. After this historic election are they really going to go back to business as usual in their first votes? Former House Speaker John Boehner ran his leadership campaign on attacking the earmark practice and did away with it when he took over in 2011. (Credit: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
“We just had a ‘drain the swamp’ election,” Ryan told members, according to a GOP source in the room. Supporters of the change argued that ban went too far because they can’t direct funding to much-needed projects in their districts. People are tired of business as usual in DC. The symbol of some of the wasteful spending was the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” that linked a small Alaskan town to an island. Jeff Flake, a champion of the reform when he served in the House, warned ahead of the vote in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday that “you can’t drain the swamps by feeding the alligators pork.”
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he strongly opposes the ban on earmarks that was put in place over his objections. Florida Republican Rep. John Culbertson and Rep. “I understand there were problems with it, and there were abuses in the earmark system, but it’s still Congress’ constitutional duty and responsibility to spend the money,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. “Let’s not just turn around and bring back earmarks two weeks later.”
House GOP members applauded and agreed to put off the issue until the first quarter of 2017, when they have more time to have detailed plan to oversee spending bill talks. They don’t give a rat’s ass what I think.”
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Oklahoma City Airport Killer, Victim Worked for Same Airline

A news release from police said it was possible Buie was retaliating for the circumstances that led to his resignation. His sisters, Carolyn (basketball) and Becca (rowing), also played sports for the university. Paco Balderrama of the Oklahoma City Police Department. The shooting prompted an hourslong manhunt that trapped many travelers in the airport terminal, on planes or in their cars. Winchester was a good man, James Harryman, the acting undersheriff of the McClain County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN affiliate KFOR. Southwest sent its condolences to the victim’s family. Buie, 45, was found dead Tuesday in his pickup truck in the five-story garage, with a gunshot wound to his head. A former Southwest Airlines employee used a rifle to kill a current airline employee who was leaving work at Oklahoma’s Will Rogers World Airport and heading to his car, police said Wednesday. We don’t know if (Winchester) was his intended target or if he meant to hurt (more people),” Balderrama said. Winchester and his son played football for the team. Five airlines fly out of Will Rogers to 21 destinations. The airport was closed for most of the afternoon and evening Tuesday. He told CNN that most people were calm. Winchester, 52, was not Buie’s immediate supervisor when Buie resigned 19 months ago, Balderrama said. “Please keep this beautiful family in your prayers,” Sooners athletics director Joe Castiglione tweeted. “There is that air of wanting to get going, ” he said. The Winchester name is well-known to fans of the Sooners sports programs. Lloyd Dean Buie fatally shot Michael Winchester from about 50 yards, firing from the fourth level of a parking garage at his victim, said Capt. The motive is unclear. “Most of us will miss our connections to wherever we are heading.”
The airport said on its website that it operated a normal schedule Wednesday, but advised passengers to arrive 90 minutes before departing flights. 35.393056
-97.600556 The airport sees 150 commercial flights a day and more than 3.6 million passengers each year, the city’s website says. His son, James Winchester, is a special teams player for the Kansas City Chiefs. “We know his intentions were to go to the airport and hurt someone. Garnie Bolling was waiting for his flight to Dallas when the airport went on lockdown. The airline said, “The Southwest Airlines family is deeply saddened by the passing of our Southwest family member, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his family and Southwest co-workers at this time.”
Officials haven’t disclosed what role Winchester held at Southwest. At least 25 flights were canceled Tuesday, Will Rogers World Airport spokesperson Karen Carney said. Mike Winchester was a punter in the mid-1980s and was a member of the 1985 national championship team. A since-deleted LinkedIn page described Winchester, a former member of the popular University of Oklahoma Sooners football team, as a ramp supervisor. “He was a family man, great guy, loved his family, loved his kids, grandkids, was always there for them and with them at ball games,” Harryman said.

Fliers Advertising ‘White Students Group’ at UCLA Removed From Campus

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Fliers Advertising ‘White Students Group’ at UCLA Removed From Campus

Students walk by the Powell Library at UCLA in March. “We are a group that is interested in discussing what can be done …”
The fliers listed a website, a Twitter account and an email address for more information. (Credit: Glenn Koenig/ Los Angeles Times)

A handful of fliers posted at UCLA promoting a “white students group” that school officials say does not exist on campus have been removed, officials said Wednesday. UCLA Maintenance workers found three or four of the hand bills taped to buildings on Monday, said campus spokesman Tod Tamberg. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Tamberg said that none of the groups listed were affiliated with UCLA and that the school had no white students group. 40.306000
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LAPD Asks for Help Finding L.A. Couple Who Never Returned From Weekend Desert Camping Trip

Mitkova is described as white, with blond hair and blue eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 130 pounds. “Masha had a surprise and was planning a trip to go somewhere but destination is unknown,” stated the email, which was sent to KTLA by Morganstein’s mother. 12, and have not been seen since, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Saturday, Nov. 7PHK773. Morganstein’s credit card last made a purchase at a gas station in Cabazon on Saturday, and one of their cellphones had pinged a tower in Rancho Mirage at a time unknown, the friend said in the email. Anonymous tips may be left at 800-222-8477. Rangers have searched in Joshua Tree National Park, which is about 1,200 square miles, according to the friend. Mariya “Masha” Mitkova, right, and Aaron Morganstein are shown in a photo from a GoFundMe page for them. 34.088230
-118.235176 Mariya “Masha” Mitkova, left, and Aaron Morganstein are shown in photos provided by LAPD. Mariya Mitkova, 27, and Aaron Morganstein, 33, left Elysian Valley, also known as Frogtown, about 3 p.m. Mariya “Masha” Mitkova is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by a family member. Anyone with information about them is asked to call LAPD Missing Unit Detective Guevara at 213-996-1800; for afterhours tips, call 877-527-3247. Please help us find them!” the page said. The GoFundMe page said the vehicle was from model year 2012 and may have plate No. Morganstein is white with black hair and brown eyes, 6 feet 3 inches tall, and 180 pounds. Police said the couple was traveling in a dark blue Subaru Outback with California license plate No. She was last seen wearing shorts and a white T-shirt with print on it. Aaron Morganstein is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by a family member. He was wearing blue jeans, a brown collared shirt, a gray hoodie and brown hat when last seen. “These people are extraordinary, intelligent, kind, unique, and bring joy to so many people’s lives. A friend said in an email sent to KTLA that the couple planned to go to the sand dunes — east of Brawley in Imperial County, and then planned to camp in Joshua Tree, more than 60 miles northwest of the dunes. 6PHR231. A Los Angeles couple last seen en route to a camping trip in the desert has gone missing, and LAPD on Wednesday asked for help finding them. Described as frequent campers, the couple was believed to have been bound for Joshua Tree National Park or the Imperial Sand Dunes, police said. The pair never showed up for work Monday, according to a GoFundMe page that had raised more than $4,000 in a about three hours by midday Wednesday.

Auli’i Cravalho Talks Being the Voice Behind Disney’s Newest Princess

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on November 16th, 2016. “Moana” opens in theaters November 23rd! Auli’i Cravalho stopped buy the KTLA Morning News to talk all things “Moana” and how the role has changed her life. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

She’s beautiful, lovely, talented – and she’s the voice behind Disney’s newest princess.

Media Mogul Russell Simmons Talks Trump & New Yoga Center ‘Tantris’

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