Police: Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was victim of random robbery
December 8th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Police: Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was victim of random robbery

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was the random victim of a robbery by Harold Martin Smith, who committed suicide when confronted by police
days later, Beverly Hills Detective Sgt. Mike Publicker said Wednesday.

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November 26th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Report: Hollywood publicist's killer used hollow-point bullet

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen's killer fired at least four shots into her car, including at least one hollow-point bullet, in last week's Beverly Hills shooting, according to a leaked coroner's report.

The three-page report has not been made public, but Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Brian Elias confirmed to CNN that a document shown in
a local newscast appeared to be authentic.

The document was written by investigators on the first day of the investigation to help the doctor who would perform the autopsy the next day, Elias said. The full autopsy report is expected to be released next week, he said.


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November 22nd, 2010
10:44 AM ET

On the Radar: Pat downs, gas prices and L.A. stories

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Travel trouble - This week is brought to you by the letter T - which stands for turkey, travel and TSA. Backlash against the Transportation Security Administration's pat-downs is swelling as millions get ready to travel for the holiday. Some of the criticism: A North Carolina cancer survivor recalls having to show a screener her prosthetic breast. There's video on the Web of a screener patting down what appears to be a shirtless child while his frustrated father looks on.

While Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, insists the system must change, the TSA chief John Pistole says pat-downs are necessary to stop weapon-smuggling terrorists. One CNN.com reporter traveled more than 5,000 miles to see the situation from airport officials' point of view. And it wasn't pretty.

Gas prices up - If news about airport hassles makes you want to drive, know that there's hassle in that option, too.  Gas prices are about 23 cents higher than this time last year, clocking a national average of $2.87 per gallon for self-serve unleaded gas, says publisher Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey.


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