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NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines Wednesday to watch for explosives hidden in the shoes of passengers flying into the United States from overseas, officials said. The alert was based on new intelligence indicating that a shoe bomb may be used to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, said two law enforcement officials who described the bulletin on the condition of anonymity. Officials said the threat was not specific to a particular airline, flight, country or time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A bomb squad called in to investigate a loud ticking sound emanating from a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in Westlake did not find any explosives Monday, instead finding a more obvious explanation -- a clock. Authorities were called just before 7 a.m. by a pedestrian who walked by the mailbox near the intersection of James M. Wood Boulevard and Blaine Street and heard a loud ticking noise, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Orlando Chandler. When a bomb squad responded to the mailbox to investigate, it "turned out to be an alarm clock," Chandler said.
WORLD
February 16, 2014 | By Amro Hassan and Kate Linthicum
CAIRO - A bomb blast ripped through a bus packed with tourists Sunday, killing at least four people near Egypt's border with Israel, security officials said, in an attack that threatened to damage the tourist economies of both countries. Three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian bus driver were killed, according to a statement from Egypt's Interior Ministry. No one has claimed responsibility, but several Israeli security experts said the location of the attack suggests it was directed at least in part at Israel.
WORLD
February 13, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
When Omar Naasir wants a restful night's sleep in Aleppo, he says, he stays as close as possible to the front line of the ongoing clashes between Syrian rebel and government forces. Farther back in his rebel-controlled neighborhood, Naasir says, the risk of death greatly increases because of the barrel bombs and other explosives raining down daily amid the government's bombardment campaign. "Between us and the regime army is sometimes less than 100 meters, so they don't drop barrel bombs there so they don't strike their positions," he said via Skype, referring to the deadly oil drums filled with TNT. "With barrel bombs, there is a feeling of paralysis that is indescribable," said the former peace activist turned rebel.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A Tennessee man was charged Thursday in the killing of his mother-in-law and father-in-law after a bomb exploded at their home this week, officials said. Richard Parker, 49, was being held in lieu of $1-million bond after being arrested at his home Thursday, officials said. A special Wilson County grand jury was convened and indicted him on charges of first-degree murder and premeditated murder in the Monday bombing. Jon Setzer, 74, a retired lawyer who reportedly handled bankruptcy cases, died when the blast blew out several windows of his home in Lebanon, Tenn.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- A man claiming to have a bomb aboard a discount Turkish airline flight from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov to Istanbul reportedly demanded that the plane divert to Sochi, the southern Russian resort where the Winter Olympic Games officially opened Friday. News agencies in Istanbul said the man was of Ukrainian nationality and had been subdued after the Pegasus Airlines jet landed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. It remained unclear whether the incident was in any way related to Islamic militant threats to attack the Olympic venue to discredit Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has made hosting the prestigious Games a top priority.
WORLD
February 1, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A car bomb killed at least three people and injured about two dozen Saturday in a Lebanese town close to the Syrian border, the latest deadly attack in Lebanon apparently linked to the war raging in the neighboring country. An Al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria took responsibility for Saturday's attack in the Lebanese town of Hermel. The blast came a day after Syrian peace talks ended in Geneva with no tangible results. Heavy fighting and bombardment were reported on several fronts in Syria, including the northern city of Aleppo, the suburbs of Damascus, the capital, and the southern province of Dara.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Alana Semuels
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in last year's Boston Marathon bombing, saying in court papers that the deadly plot was committed in an "especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner. " Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision, announced Thursday, marks the first time the Obama administration will attempt to execute an accused terrorist in a federal court case. But whether the 20-year-old immigrant will be sentenced to death will be subject to an intense legal fight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement Friday that began simply: "Harbor Station had an eventful day yesterday. " At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said a man walked into the station and said he had a bomb in his truck that he wanted to turn over to authorities.  "He says he found it and wanted to be a good Samaritan," said Sgt. Jerry Davila. "I don't know where he found it, but like I said, he was trying to be a good Samaritan with it. " The station was temporarily evacuated and the parking lot shut down for a couple of hours while a bomb squad investigated what the man had brought.
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