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News Wrap: Gunman Paul Ciancia kills TSA agent, wounds two in LAX shooting

November 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
A gunman identified as Paul Ciancia, 23, shot and killed a TSA agent and injured two others at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. The incident caused the FAA to ground all LAX departures. In other news, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that NSA spying has "reached too far" in some cases.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news, a gunman shot a federal security worker to death at Los Angeles International Airport, and wounded at least two other people. It was the first time an officer of the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has been killed on the job. The attack touched off chaos, as rescue workers rushed to get the victims away, and travelers took refuge outside, if they could.

Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said there was no warning.

PATRICK GANNON, Los Angeles World Airports: An individual came into terminal three of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag, and began to open fire in the terminal. He proceeded up into the screening area, where TSA screeners are, and continued shooting, and went past the screeners back into the airport itself.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The gunman ultimately shot it out with police and was wounded before being captured. Law enforcement officials identify him as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia of the Los Angeles area.

For a time, the incident caused the Federal Aviation Administration to ground all departures from LAX. Flights bound there from other cities were ordered not to take off.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appealed today for U.S. help against violent attacks by al-Qaida militants. He wound up a Washington visit this week by meeting with President Obama at the White House. Maliki is seeking military and intelligence assistance. We will have more on this story after the news summary.

In Egypt, thousands turned out to protest after Friday prayers, in a show of support for deposed President Mohammed Morsi. They filled the streets and denounced Morsi’s upcoming trial, due to start Monday. There were even chants calling for the execution of the military chief who led the coup against Morsi.

OMRAN ABDEL HAMID, protester (through interpreter):This trial is void because the military coup is void and has no legitimacy. This should never, ever happen, not even over our dead bodies. We will never accept a traitor and his accomplices to rule Egypt.

AHMED ABDEL LATIF, protester (through interpreter):This is not a trial. Until now, no lawyer has been able to meet him and no volunteer has been able to take a copy of the papers of the case. This is not a trial. This is a farce.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The military-backed government has cracked down on Morsi supporters since he was ousted in July.

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged today that U.S. surveillance overseas has crossed the line at times. The admission followed disclosures that the National Security Agency monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s communications and tracked phone calls and e-mails across Europe. Kerry addressed the issue over a video link for a conference in London.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY:  In some cases, I acknowledge to you, as has the president, some of these actions have reached too far. And we are going to make sure that that doesn’t happen in the future.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Kerry said he and President Obama learned of some of the surveillance after the fact. But he also said some of the information gleaned has saved lives.

One-third of all the Texas clinics that perform abortions are now barred from doing so. A federal appeals court last night allowed new state restrictions to take effect, pending further appeals. The rules say clinic doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, but many do not. Texas is one of a number of states to approve broad new curbs on abortions in recent months.

In economic news, U.S. factory output expanded in October, at the best pace in two-and-a-half years. That word came today in a closely watched survey of purchasing managers. And major automakers reported solid gains in October as well. Chrysler, Ford, GM, and Nissan posted double-digit sales increases over the previous month.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained almost 70 points to close at 15,615. The Nasdaq rose two points to close at 3,922. For the week, the Dow rose three-tenths of a percent. The Nasdaq dropped half-a-percent.