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F-16s intercept interloper: President Obama's restricted airspace breached again

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President Barack Obama makes his way aboard Air Force One.

A plane violated President Obama's protected airspace Friday and was intercepted by F-16s dispatched by NORAD.

Obama was leaving LAX (where he had arrived by helicopter from Cheviot Hills) this morning on Air Force One when the incident occurred, notes the L.A. Times.

Two military jets were sent in to respond to the breach of restricted space. "Fighters responded to a temporary flight restriction violation by a Piper 28 aircraft," NORAD said in a statement

The jets intercepted the interloping aircraft and followed it, without incident, until it landed around at approximately 9:50 a.m. where it was greeted by local law enforcement.

This is the second time restrictions to the president's airspace were disregarded in the L.A. area this year. The previous situation involved a Cessna that picked the wrong week to allegedly smuggle drugs.

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O Bama, Where Art Thou? George Clooney to host Democratic fundraiser at LA home

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George Clooney and Barack Obama discussing Darfur at The National Press Club Newsmaker's Program on April 27, 2006 in Washington, DC.

George Clooney will be hosting a high-end house party next month in Los Angeles as a fundraiser to support President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

About 150 guests are expected to attend the May 10 event at the actor's home, Entertainment Tonight first reported.

Proceeds from ticket sales -- going for about $40,000 per stub -- will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee that includes several state Democratic parties, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama for America.

In addition to deep-pocket ticket holders, four mystery guests will also be attending the event. Two grassroots supporters will each win a pair of passes to the fundraiser, said deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot in an email on Thursday. 

The re-election campaign, taking a suspense cue from Hollywood, is automatically offering donors of $3 or more a chance to mingle with Clooney and the president by winning an invitation to the party.

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Drug-filled Cessna surrounded by NORAD fighter jets near LAX after breaking Obama no-fly zone

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A small plane picked the wrong week to smuggle drugs into LA.

As President Barack Obama was returning to Los Angeles International Airport aboard Marine One, a plane carrying drugs broke the temporary no-fly zone prompting a swift military reaction, NBC News is reporting.

The president was reportedly never in danger. However, the same may not be true of the single-engine Cessna 182 that found itself surrounded by NORAD fighter jets.

F-16s out of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County intercepted the small plane and followed it "without incident," according to a NORAD statement, to the Long Beach Airport, where marijuana was discovered inside the aircraft by authorities.

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LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to chair the Democratic National Convention

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File: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and will.i.am announce partnership with Americans Promoting Study Abroad and Major Beijing Concert to benefit Study Abroad at Mendez Learning Center on November 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been chosen to chair this summer's Democratic National Convention, the L.A. Times reports. The position means he'll be a public spokesman for the convention, among other duties.

A formal announcement is scheduled Wednesday in Washington. Villaraigosa will join President Barack Obama that night for a fundraiser in L.A.

The Democratic Party plans to release a Web publicity video with Villaraigosa Wednesday, the L.A. Times reports, raising his national profile as a major Latino politician.

Villaraigosa endorsed Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential bid against Obama, serving as one of her national campaign chairmen. Once she dropped out, Villaraigosa switched his support to Obama.

The Democratic convention will take place in Charlotte, N.C., beginning Sept. 3. Obama is expected to be nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate.

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