October 18, 2012 |
Russell Crowe's combat armor from the 2000 sword-and-sandal epic "Gladiator" and Keira Knightley's flowing 19th century dress from "Anna Karenina" won't displace princesses or superheroes from this year's National Retail Federation list of top-selling Halloween costumes. But anyone with an iPhone or iPad can try on these and 14 other classic film costumes virtually, through a new 99-cent application created to commemorate the opening of the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
August 12, 2012 |
U.S. Armor Corp. employees know that lives depend on every product they turn out. The Cerritos company makes ballistic armor vests for law enforcement and emergency workers at more than 200 agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the sheriff's departments of L.A. and Orange counties. But police can be a tough crowd. Phoenix patrol officer Jan Moore, for one, was skeptical when she received her custom-made vest. "I often wondered how it could possibly save me," she said.
July 20, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times AURORA, Colo. - It was less than half an hour into a post-midnight screening of the latest Batman movie,"The Dark Knight Rises,"when a young man opened an emergency exit door and slipped into a packed multiplex theater. He was dressed in dark, head-to-foot body armor, including a helmet, gas mask, vest and throat guard, and he was armed. "He didn't say anything," said Tayler Trujillo, an 18-year-old moviegoer. "He like kicked the door open with his foot and held it open with his foot, and he threw something and it landed in the row in front of me. " What ensued was several minutes of grisly horror as the intruder, armed with a combat-grade arsenal, set off two gas canisters and sprayed the theater with sustained gunfire.
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January 30, 2012 |
These days a dollar can buy a can of soda, a song on iTunes - or, in South Pasadena's case, an armored vehicle. Last week the city took delivery of a vehicle known as a Peacekeeper, paying Burbank $1 for the privilege. Burbank originally received the Peacekeeper as surplus from the U.S. Air Force. The vehicle is primarily used for rescues and creates a barrier between a potential shooter and a resident or police officer, Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert said. The Peacekeeper saw no action during its Burbank years except during SWAT exercises, but South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said that his department is boosting its SWAT training and capabilities and that he's pleased to have the vehicle.
October 29, 2011 |
As many as 13 Americans were killed Saturday when a suicide bomber struck their armored military bus in Kabul, in what may be the single deadliest attack on U.S. citizens in the Afghan capital since the war began a decade ago. A U.S. official said the death toll was believed to be 13 U.S. citizens: five service members and eight civilian contractors. But, the official said, a Canadian and at least one British national could also be among the dead. The full extent of the casualties was unclear, he said, because the massive explosion had made identifying the dead difficult.
August 5, 2011 |
As students return to middle schools and high schools in California this fall, they will need more than fresh notebooks and apples for their teachers. Thanks to a state law that took effect last month, students entering grades 7 through 12 will need proof that they received a vaccine for whooping cough. The law was prompted by last year's outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory infection, which is also known as pertussis. Nearly 9,500 cases were reported in California, the most in 65 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.