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Paul Anthony Ciancia pleaded not guilty Thursday to 11 federal counts, including murder and attempted murder, in connection with the Nov. 1 shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport that left a Transportation Security Administration officer dead. Ciancia, 23, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bristow during a hearing in Rancho Cucamonga.
Hate crime charged in ‘knockout game’
Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy, Texas, was charged with a federal hate crime in the Nov. 24 assault of a 79-year-old black man. Prosecutors allege it was part of the “knockout game,” in which a person tries to knock a victim out with a single blow and usually records the attack. Such assaults have been reported in St. Louis, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Church official in sex-abuse case to be released
A Roman Catholic church official who has been jailed for more than a year for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints had his conviction reversed and was ordered released. A three-judge appeals court panel rejected prosecutors’ arguments that the Rev. William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged in the handling of clergy-abuse complaints, was legally responsible for the abused child’s welfare.