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May 27, 2011
For many airline passengers, carrying a laptop or smartphone through security is as familiar a part of the travel ritual as removing their shoes. But for travelers arriving in the United States from other countries, the process is not always so simple; thousands have had their electronic devices not just screened but confiscated, and sometimes not returned for months. Given the wealth of personal information contained in such devices, a search of their contents is infinitely more intrusive than a luggage search.
April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
February 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!" The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico. Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former sports agent says he provided payments to a basketball star while the player competed in high school and for UCLA. Noah Lookofsky said Tyler Honeycutt and Honeycutt's mother, Lisa Stazel, were given money to cover rent, travel and the down payment on a car as the agent tried to coax them toward a representation agreement. Lookofsky said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon that he had documentation proving he invested more than $55,000 in Honeycutt, but that "the true number is actually north of $100,000.
February 23, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
House-hunters can find homes on their own. So can renters who are not quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. But do you really want to go it alone? Why not let an agent do the legwork for you? Hiring an agent to help with your search for a rental apartment may be a big-city phenomenon, especially in places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. But real estate agents everywhere can help renters find suitable accommodations just as they help buyers find houses. And perhaps more importantly, they can make the search much easier.
March 7, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents' authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010. In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
February 27, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Border Patrol agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border, according to an independent review of 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths. The report by law enforcement experts criticized the Border Patrol for "lack of diligence" in investigating U.S. agents who had fired their weapons. It also said it was unclear whether the agency "consistently and thoroughly reviews" use-of-deadly-force incidents.
October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
To those who belong to the Joss Whedon cult, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " is enough to cause some major anxiety right now.  ABC's new comics-inspired spy caper got off to a fine start during premiere week, but on Tuesday night, despite a hinted-at cameo from Samuel L. Jackson, it lost more than a third of its audience of adults ages 18 to 49 compared with the debut, according to Nielsen.   That's enough to make fans wonder if writer-producer Whedon's TV curse will remain intact.  Whedon made his name with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," shows that established his ability to bend and mix genres in wry, pop-savvy ways (perhaps best exemplified by the musical numbers in "Buffy," a show that already subverted vampire and teen-angst tropes)
April 14, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
An advocacy group that has been demanding greater government protections for adult film performers plans to file a complaint Thursday with state regulators against nine Los Angeles-area porn talent agencies.
April 2, 2009 | Richard Marosi
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Wednesday promised to add two dozen agents in the San Diego area to inspect Mexico-bound vehicles for weapons and drug profits, as part of the federal government's new anti-drug plan. On her first visit to the Southwest border since announcing the anti-trafficking blueprint last week, Napolitano said the agents would help staff checkpoints that had been used sporadically for the last two years.
April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers are planning to build a more modern training facility that they hope will also attract future free agents, The Times has learned. They will stay in El Segundo because they like the area and its proximity to LAX, but will no longer share a building with the Kings and a skating rink often open for public use. The Lakers have been at the place currently known as Toyota Sports Center since 2000, which was built for about $24 million by...
March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
March 30, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. I am 70 years old and retired. I recently applied for housing at an apartment complex and asked the leasing agent what my chances were of getting an apartment. He told me they had received a lot of applications. When I asked if it was worth it to apply at all, he shrugged and said I was "up against some Google people. " I was outraged. Am I being discriminated against, since he implied that I did not stand a chance of being chosen over a person who works for Google?
March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have rejected the Angels' overtures this winter, signed a series of one-year deals through arbitration, become a free agent at age 26 and inked the largest contract in baseball history in 2017. Then the star center fielder saw the salaries in the final three years of the six-year, $144.5-million extension he ultimately signed, he considered his age (22) and the security the deal would provide, and the prospect of hitting the open market in 2017 didn't tug so much on his heart - or purse - strings.
March 28, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Kate Mather
How best to station armed law enforcement officers at airports was the focus of a congressional hearing at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, one of several reviews of the emergency response to November's shooting rampage that left a federal security agent dead. During a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security, contrasting views were presented in the aftermath of a decision at LAX early last year to shift police from fixed positions at passenger screening areas to roving patrols.
March 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Finally, the Clippers had two days off with no practice and no games and finally, Glen Davis had a chance to get his off-the-court life in order. Davis had been a solid frontcourt player for the Clippers since he was signed as a free agent Feb. 24, backing up center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin. But with Tuesday and Wednesday off before the Clippers went back to practice Thursday and Friday, Davis said he went to visit his wife and daughter rather than stay in L.A. to get settled.
November 7, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
Highly paid financial intermediaries at the center of a growing uproar over the way California's huge public pension plan invests its money may soon be required to register as government lobbyists and regularly report their fees and clients. In recent months, disclosures have shown that some of these politically connected intermediaries, known as placement agents, are paid millions of dollars to help private-equity investment firms win lucrative contracts with the California Public Employees' Retirement System -- the $200-billion fund known as CalPERS -- and other government pension funds.
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
March 19, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The FBI probably will be able to retrieve material deleted from the flight simulator used by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to determine whether he rehearsed plans to divert the Boeing 777 after it lifted off from Kuala Lumpur, U.S. investigators said Wednesday. "The chances are good we will get some of it," one federal official said, asking to not be identified because the investigation is still underway. He said agents will retrieve and examine files deleted Feb. 3 from the hard drive of the simulator that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah built at his home.
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