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    Security Agent Is Killed at Los Angeles Airport

    A 23-year-old man wielding an assault rifle and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning, sending travelers fleeing in panic and paralyzing one of the world’s busiest airports for hours.

     Two other people, one of them a security agent, were shot and at least four others were injured in the melee.

    The gunman entered Terminal 3 just before 9:3o a.m., pulled a weapon from a bag and began firing as he forced his way through a security checkpoint, officials said. Airport police officers chased him through the bustling terminal as he continued to fire, before shooting him near a departure gate and arresting him.

    The T.S.A. agent who was killed was the first to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

    Thousands of travelers throughout the airport were evacuated and flights were grounded for hours, with some incoming flights diverted to nearby airports and others held on the tarmac while the shooting unfolded. Passengers spent hours in waiting areas, parking lots and nearby hotels as they waited for flights to resume. Air traffic across the country was stalled in a ripple effect from the shutdown.

    Federal officials identified the gunman as Paul Ciancia of Los Angeles, who had previously lived in New Jersey. A senior federal official said that he had a note with “antigovernment and anti-T.S.A. ramblings.” Mr. Ciancia was being treated at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said.

    Former classmates at the Salesianum School, a private boys’ school in Wilmington, Del., said Mr. Ciancia was a quiet student. He played the tuba in the school band for all four years he attended, 2004 to 2008, said Jesse Sooy, 23.

    “He was a really quiet kid,” Mr. Sooy said, describing a slight young man, no taller than 5-foot-7, with dark brown hair, who rarely spoke unless spoken to. “His dream was to work in his dad’s collision company,” Mr. Sooy said, naming it as Salem County Collision, an auto repair shop in Pennsville, N.J. “I was so shocked that he was even at LAX.”

    In Pennsville, neighbors of the Ciancia family described them as hard-working people who had lived in the community for at least 20 years and kept to themselves.

    “Paul, the father, has been a well-respected businessman here for many years, and has always taken care of people well,” said Gary Hankins, who lives across the wooded street in the suburban South Jersey community of about 14,000.

    Rich Garry, 68, of Fullerton, Calif., said he had been at Terminal 3 on Friday morning headed for a flight to New York to visit family members. He said that a security officer had just checked his boarding pass and that he was waiting in line at the security checkpoint when he heard two shots.

    “I heard a ‘pop-pop’ and I looked down a floor below, and the T.S.A. guy was on the floor,” he said. “He had been shot.”

    Mr. Garry said he believed it was the same security officer who had inspected his boarding pass.

    As the gunman moved through the terminal, Mr. Garry said, “he was very calm. When he got to the top of the stairs where the security checkpoints are, he looked around. If he would have come up the ramp, he would have had a field day with all the people lying on the ground, like me.”

    Mr. Garry said he and several others crawled to a nearby elevator and went to the ground floor. Once there, he saw police officers for the first time, and told them to go to the second floor.

    Christopher Nolan Screens 'Dark Knight Rises' for Warner Bros

    The Hollywood Reporter that Nolan on Friday presented his first cut of 2012's most-anticipated film to top Warner Bros. executives, including film chief Jeff Robinov and production president Greg Silverman.

    The movie doesn’t open until July 20, but Nolan has allowed himself plenty of time to fine-tune the film as he and the brass see fit. Sources say Nolan has been a fixture on the Warners lot during the past few days after finishing a monthslong shoot and editing process. The follow-up to 2008's $1 billion-grossing The Dark Knight was filmed in locations as diverse as Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey and Pittsburgh as well as in parts of India and the U.K.

    The Batman tale returns most of the cast from Dark Knight, including Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman, along with a new crop of luminaries including Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy as villain Bane.

    The movie opens a week after July's Comic-Con convention, which Nolan has never attended. Nolan’s previous tentpole movies – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception – have opened before Comic-Con during their respective summers, but in light of the latest movie’s release date, speculation has already begun that this year will be different.

    After the glitz of Hollywood Kate flies back to 'just enjoying being a newly-wed'

    The Duchess of Cambridge has signalled that she will be taking a step back from public life, despite her hugely successful first foreign tour.

    She has told royal aides that following the 11-day trip to Canada and the U.S. – her inaugural trip as a member of the Royal Family – she intends to spend the rest of the summer ‘just enjoying being a newly-wed’.

    Kate and William arrived at Heathrow yesterday after flying from Los Angeles on a British Airways scheduled flight. They had received a rapturous reception in Canada and California, with Kate’s regal glamour stealing the show at a party for Hollywood A-listers on Saturday.
    Chat's amazing: Kate talks to Erine Burgess and Diane Burgess at the Tusk Trust's US Patron's Circle launch
    Chat's amazing: Kate talks to Erine Burgess and Diane Burgess at the Tusk Trust's US Patron's Circle launch

    They will travel to Scotland with the rest of the Royal Family for the Queen’s annual holiday at Balmoral.

    After a long summer break Kate and William will undertake a handful of engagements in the run up to Christmas – just one or two a month.

    A source said: ‘The past few months have been a whirlwind and she just wants to take a step back and spend some time with her new husband.
    ‘She has even joked that people will probably be glad to see the back of her given the number of photographs that have been taken over the past couple of weeks.’
    A St James’s Palace spokesman yesterday confirmed the couple’s plans and stressed that William, too, was keen for a break from public duties.
    ‘The Duke is going for his flying captaincy which he hopes to get in early 2012. He needs to keep up his flying hours and there are some exams to get through, a lot of work needs to done and he has to dedicate himself to that,’ they said.

    Back in fighting shape: Mission Impossible 4 actress Paula Patton shows off her bikini body in teeny two-piece

    Just one year after giving birth to her first child, Mission Impossible 4 actress Paula Patton has slipped back into a string bikini.
    The Los Angeles native was joined by her husband, R&B singer Robin Thicke, today as she strutted around the beach in Miami, Florida.
    Wearing a tiny brown string bikini and Chanel sunglasses, Paula, 35, showed off her curves as she frolicked in the water.
    Later, the svelte star drew looks of admiration as she took a break from working on her tan and relaxed under an umbrella.
    In April of 2010, the actress and her Grammy Award-winning husband, who is the son of actor Alan Thicke, welcomed their first child, a son named Julian Fuego.
    Paula is in Miami this weekend promoting her latest films, at the 15th annual American Black Film Festival.
    The actress won critical acclaim in 2009 for breakout role as a concerned teacher in the gritty, Academy Award-winning film Precious.
    The star, who attended film school at the University of Southern California has recently seen her career soar.
    In May, she starred in the urban comedy, Jumping the Broom which cost just $6 million to make and earned nearly $40 million.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

    Rihanna Wears Bikini In LA Performance Photo Gallery

    Rihanna's 'Loud' tour it proving to be better than we even dreamed. After taking a tumble, Riri's back on her feet and looking hot!

    At Los Angeles' Staples Center, she wowed the crowd in a scandalously sexy get-up. In a bejeweled bikini, fishnets and fluorescent pink heels she delivered one memorable show-- the R&B singer danced on top of cars with ladies in bodysuits and bright, yellow men. And we thought the video was good.

    Whitney Port uses retail therapy to get over her breakup from Ben Nemtin

    Sometimes the only cure for a broken heart is to shop, and who better to hit the high street with than your little sister?
    Former Hills star Whitney Port did some bonding with younger sibling Paige in Beverly Hills yesterday as the pair put her credit card to work in the pricey boutiques.
    The family day out is just what Whitney needed after recently splitting up with her boyfriend of a year, fellow MTV star Ben Nemtin.The 26-year-old confirmed the break up earlier this month as she celebrated National Iced Tea Day with Snapple in New York.
    'I don't have a boyfriend,' she said when asked at the event about her 28-year-old former beau.
    'It’s definitely different, but I’m enjoying my time focusing on work and keeping busy,' she explained

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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