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GUNMAN TOLD POLICE HE ACTED ALONE AT LAX
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The 23-year-old charged as the gunman in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport told authorities at the scene that he acted alone and had been dropped off by a friend, a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Authorities do not believe the friend knew that Paul Ciancia, the man charged in the attack, planned to open fire inside LAX's Terminal 3 just moments later, killing one Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three other people, including two more TSA workers, said the official, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and requested anonymity.
Ciancia was dropped off in a black Hyundai and was not a ticketed passenger. He was able to respond to investigators' questions at the scene Friday, the official told the AP exclusively.
Ciancia, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic who grew up in the small, blue-collar town of Pennsville, N.J., was shot four times and was under 24-hour armed guard at the hospital, the official said. Ciancia was sedated for medical reasons, the official said, adding that one gunshot to the mouth blew a molar out of the suspect's jaw
Federal prosecutors charged Ciancia on Saturday with murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. The charges could qualify him for the death penalty.
GERMANY: BABIES CAN BE REGISTERED AS NEITHER SEX
BERLIN (AP) -- A new law has gone into effect allowing German parents to register their newborn babies as neither male nor female if they were born with traits of both sexes.
The German Parliament in January approved the law that went into effect Friday. The German Ethics Council, an advisory group, had urged the change to take the pressure off parents to make a hasty decision and possibly commit to surgery immediately after birth, the dpa news agency reported.
The council had argued, among other things, that many people born with both sex characteristics who were operated on as children say they wouldn't have consented to the surgery.
Parents had previously been required by law to register their children's name and gender within one week with authorities.
FLIERS FACE QUIRKS USING GADGETS FOR ENTIRE FLIGHT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fliers are rejoicing that they'll soon be able to use their iPads, Kindles, music players and other personal electronics during all phases of a flight. But no policy change is without its quirks or hiccups.
For the past decade fliers haven't been able to use electronic devices while planes are below 10,000 feet because they might interfere with cockpit instruments. The Federal Aviation Administration declared Thursday that interference isn't a concern anymore. Hey, pilots now keep key documents on cockpit iPads.
One thing that's not changing: Making phone calls while on a plane will still be prohibited.
Airlines are moving quickly to certify themselves with the FAA. Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways both said they could allow electronic use on flights starting Friday. Anyway, here are some things travelers should consider:
PLANE CONFUSION: Delta says its mainline planes could allow devices Friday. Its smaller regional jets might take until the end of the year to certify. That means some connecting passengers will be able to use electronics on their first flight of the day but not on the second.
IGNORE THE VIDEO: It takes airlines days - if not weeks - to update safety videos. Those videos clearly tell passengers to keep their electronics off. There will be an awkward phase where flight attendants will have to make announcements overriding those videos.
SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS: If passengers are busy reading, playing Angry Birds or listening to music they won't pay attention to the safety demonstration. That might be an issue but, let's face it, most passengers already ignore the talk.
DEVICE SIZE: Laptops and larger electronics must be kept under the seat or in the overhead bin until the plane is above 10,000. It's not interference that the FAA is worried about. These heavy devices could become projectiles during a crash.
TAKEOFF AND LANDING: Kindles, iPads and other tablets must be held tightly or placed in the seatback pocket for the brief amount of time that the plane is rolling down the runway. Again, the worry is projectiles. Flight attendants are strapped into their own seats during these crucial periods of flight, so this rule will have to be self-policed.
AIRPLANE MODE: Cell phones can only be used if they are in airplane mode, meaning they can't transmit cellular data. Again, this will have to be self-policed.
BATTERY LIFE: Airlines are quickly moving to add individual power outlets and USB plugs at every seat. But that amenity is still years away. Until then, travelers are going to have to preserve power as best they can.
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