August 29, 2013 |
So you say the Syrians have it coming for gassing their own citizens? OK, let's skip that debate, then, and get down to the nuts and bolts: How much is this “measured response” gonna cost? Call it “Bang for Our Bucks.” Now, it's hard to predict what a war will cost. Just ask the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld boys; remember their estimates that the Iraq war would, in essence, pay for itself through increased oil revenue and recovered assets? But we can put a price tag on the U.S. military assets in the area , which consist mainly of the Harry S. Truman battle group in the Mediterranean plus the aircraft carrier Nimitz in the Indian Ocean.
August 21, 2013 |
LONDON -- European nations agreed Wednesday to suspend the export of any equipment to Egypt that its security forces could use to suppress opposition to the military-backed government, but they will continue to provide economic aid to the turmoil-ridden Arab nation. “We do believe that the recent operations of the security forces have been disproportionate,” said Cathy Ashton, the top diplomat of the European Union. But she called Egypt “a crucial partner” whose people deserved continued economic assistance, especially the “most vulnerable” residents and those trying to build civil society.
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August 21, 2013 |
Los Angeles County probation officers are at loggerheads with their chief over the way he wants them to monitor lower-level felons who have become the county's responsibility as a result of state prison realignment. The officers' union is complaining that Chief Jerry Powers wants members to make unannounced visits to the homes of probationers, but without carrying weapons. Union leaders say that's too dangerous and are threatening to sue. The issue is the latest in a series of snags in implementing AB 109, the realignment law that took effect in October 2011 to comply with a court order to relieve state prison overcrowding.
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August 18, 2013 |
An armed suspect was shot and killed early Sunday by an off-duty police officer in South Pasadena, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. in the 1000 block of Arroyo Verde Road when the suspect confronted the officer, who works for Cal State Los Angeles police, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials. The wounded suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The off-duty officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, officials said.
August 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - More than two months after they were promised, U.S. weapons and ammunition have not reached America's allies among the Syrian rebels, and their delivery date remains unclear, according to the Syrian opposition and Middle Eastern diplomats. Khalid Saleh, an official of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, said in a telephone interview from Turkey that, while U.S. officials continue to promise arms, "nothing has come through yet, and we haven't been given a specific date when we'll see them.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Waad Ramadan Alwan was a talker. To an undercover FBI informant, he described planting improvised explosive devices to harm American soldiers in Iraq. He told about how he recruited a friend to help smuggle arms and cash overseas. He said he hoped to return to Iraq to fight again. Instead, in January he got 40 years in prison. Mohanad Shareef Hammadi did his talking in court, where he admitted helping in a dozen IED attacks in Iraq after the U.S. invasion. "After 2003," he said, "I saw people that were dying on the streets - numerous, numerous people being killed and for no reason.
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August 14, 2013 |
A man long suspected of killing a local market owner in 1990 is now in jail for the man's slaying. Marcus Lynn Perkins, 42, is being held without bail in the killing of Timoteo Pena, who was shot to death during an armed robbery at Pena's Sinaloa Meat and Grocery Market in South L.A. 23 years ago. Pena was killed in a shootout with an armed robber, Los Angeles police said in a news release. Witnesses described the suspect and vehicle that fled the scene and Perkins was questioned by detectives about the slaying later that night when he was admitted to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, but he denied any involvement.
August 11, 2013 |
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Sunday he is prepared to return to the lineup this week despite a sore right shoulder but said he hopes the discomfort does not linger. "Hopefully, it's not something I have to deal with the rest of the season," he said. Ramirez, who leads the team with a 1.050 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, jammed his right shoulder Aug. 4. He completed a full workout Sunday but said he still felt discomfort when extending his arm on his swing and when throwing to first base.
August 9, 2013 |
To Nick Newell, it's an afterthought most days. Not Wednesday. Newell, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter with an undeveloped left arm, took the time at the close of training to visit military veteran amputees in Camp Pendleton who are part of the group “Operation Warrior Reconnect.” “What they've done is way more fantastic, more brave, than anything I've ever done,” Newell said. “Sacrificing your life for our country, that's something.” But what Newell, a native of New England, saw back in the Marines' eyes gave him pause: Their appreciation of him. “Those guys have lost limbs too, or had significant damage to them,” Newell said.
August 6, 2013 |
The man had listed a laptop for sale on Craigslist and met his potential buyers Saturday at a McDonald's in Panorama City, hoping for a sale. Instead, the men in the parking lot waved a gun, stole his iPhone - and went right back to Craigslist to list and sell it. Police say they were surprised by the swiftness with which two men suspected in the aggravated robbery resold the iPhone 5, which was purchased from the thieves within hours after...