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F-16 intercepts small plane during Obama L.A. fundraising visit

June 6, 2012 |  8:05 pm

President Obama speaks at fundraiser in L.A
An F-16 fighter intercepted a small private plane near Los Angeles that had violated restricted air space set up because of President Obama's fundraising visit, officials said Wednesday evening.

The single-engine Cessna was intercepted shortly before 5 p.m. northwest of Los Angeles, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

The plane was escorted to an airfield, where it landed without incident. 

About an hour later, Obama's motorcade left the Beverly Hilton and made the very short drive to the Regent Beverly Wilshire, where the president was scheduled to deliver remarks at a gala for the Obama for America LGBT Leadership Council.

Ellen DeGeneres delivered opening remarks at the event while Cher, dressed in black, passed reporters at the hotel.

According to a campaign official, tickets to the gala started at $1,250 per person.

After the event, Obama and about 70 others were to make their way to the home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and his fiance, David Miller.

On Thursday, the president is expected to go to View Park for a 300-person fundraising breakfast at the home of developer Charles Quarles and his wife JoAnn.

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Photo: President Barack Obama is reflected in a mirror as he speaks to the LGBT Leadership Council Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

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