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October 5, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A test group of frequent fliers began using lower-hassle security lines Tuesday in exchange for sharing more personal info. If all goes well, the program will eventually be expanded beyond the four test airports at Atlanta, Miami, Detroit and Dallas-Fort Worth . . . .  Another big winter on tap? Storm clouds and possible snow were on the horizon late Tuesday in Lake Tahoe . . . . The annual Carson City Nevada Day  events will observe the 147th year since Nevada joined the union, with beard contests and carnival rides, Oct. 27-30.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1993
The Lomita substation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will conduct sobriety checkpoints Friday at Pacific Coast Highway and Oak Street and at Lomita Boulevard and Walnut Street. The checkpoints will operate from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The Transportation Security Administration is calling for an increased police presence at agency checkpoints after November's deadly shooting at LAX, according to a report obtained Wednesday. The agency's assessment covers 14 recommendations relating to employee training, improved emergency technology and law enforcement presence that will be implemented at airports nationwide. TSA Administrator John Pistole told The Times it was a “measured response” to the Nov. 1 attack at LAX in which one officer was killed and three other people were wounded.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Congress is eyeing not only the loose change that harried travelers leave behind at airport checkpoints but also the unclaimed clothing. Legislation awaiting House action would require the Transportation Security Administration to distribute unclaimed clothing to homeless or needy veterans and their families in addition to turning over unclaimed money to the USO for its airport programs in support of the military. "As the American people rush through airports every week, it is not uncommon for scarves, hats and other articles of clothing to be left at TSA security checkpoints," Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1990
Were sobriety checkpoints ever unconstitutional in California? In California, the courts have found time after time driving is a "privilege," not a "right." Therefore, the right to privacy in regards to driving in California is relinquished or surrendered when obtaining a driver's license. Therefore, it is possible to set up checkpoints to verify driver's license, automobile registration and insurance and also sobriety. This type of checkpoint should not be objectionable when removing the unlicensed, the unregistered automobile, the uninsured motorist and most important, the drunk driver from the road, thereby reducing the cost of automobile insurance for legal drivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The Transportation Security Administration is calling for an increased police presence at agency checkpoints after November's deadly shooting at LAX, according to a report obtained Wednesday. The agency's assessment covers 14 recommendations relating to employee training, improved emergency technology and law enforcement presence that will be implemented at airports nationwide. TSA Administrator John Pistole told The Times it was a “measured response” to the Nov. 1 attack at LAX in which one officer was killed and three other people were wounded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000
In an Aug. 20 article regarding the immigration checkpoints on I-5, an immigration official cites the checkpoints as being one of the primary reasons for the success of Operation Gatekeeper. In the last few years over a million people have entered the country illegally. What percentage of these are ever deported? One percent? Two percent? Operation Gatekeeper is not a success. It is simply a slight reduction in the level of incompetence at the INS. The illegal invasion continues unabated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2000
The Sept. 10 commentary pleading, "Don't Close Checkpoints, Update Them," shows gross ignorance of the evils of racial profiling. The commentary acknowledges that agents often stop people at checkpoints based on their race, but argues that this is nothing more than nationality profiling, and that if Sweden, China or Congo were across from our border and were the origin of criminals and illegal aliens, the agents would be detaining people who looked like...
NATIONAL
November 24, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Airport officials and holiday travelers alike reported few issues at many of the nation's airport hubs Wednesday, the busiest travel day yet since new, more aggressive airport inspection measures were implemented. Transportation officials had been bracing for the possibility of checkpoint jams brought about by a loosely-knit, Internet-organized "opt out" day of protest against the use of full body scanners and pat-down screenings, deploying additional agents to locations with the advanced imaging machines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Two men were arrested at the San Clemente checkpoint Thursday after agents found a load of marijuana-laced candy in their car, the Border Patrol said. The two arrived at the checkpoint on Interstate 5 at 1 a.m. in a 2012 Chrysler. In the trunk of the vehicle agents found three sealed boxes containing lollipops, hard candy and cookies laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, the constituent ingredient of the cannabis plant, the Border Patrol said. The candy seemed to be "geared toward children," according to the Border Patrol.
WORLD
February 28, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
HEBRON, West Bank - Nidal lives just steps from the mosque where his life changed forever. It was there, during early morning prayers in 1994, that an Israeli physician named Baruch Goldstein walked in and opened fire, killing 29 Palestinians and wounding 125. Nidal, then 25 and engaged to be married, was shot twice in one arm and once in the back. The massacre at the Ibrahim mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site for Muslims, Jews and Christians in the West Bank city of Hebron, occurred 20 years ago this week.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
AMADO, Ariz. - Border-area residents, upset with what they called an increased militarized presence in their community, began an effort Wednesday to monitor Border Patrol actions at a federal immigration checkpoint about 25 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona. Organizers with a humanitarian aid group called People Helping People in the Border Zone have called on the Border Patrol to remove the checkpoint in Amado, a town of about 300 people. Some residents say they have to deal with unnecessary delays, harassment and sometimes abuse at the checkpoint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Border Patrol agents have seized 670 pounds of cocaine from a car that was stopped at a checkpoint near San Clemente, authorities said. The agents said they became suspicious after the driver of the car, which was stopped at a checkpoint on Interstate 5 at 1 a.m. Friday, allegedly told them he was a U.S. citizen, according to a U.S. Border Patrol news release. A records search revealed that he was a Mexican national, and agents arrested him for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The upcoming New Year's crackdown on drunken driving will include a new test for many people who are pulled over - an oral swab that checks for marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. The voluntary swabbing has been used just 50 times this year. But Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is pushing to use it at more checkpoints and jails as officials try to limit the number of drivers impaired by substances other than alcohol. “Traditionally, our office has focused on drunken driving cases,” Feuer said at a news conference Friday.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
That loose change that you dump into the plastic bins at the airport security checkpoints may not seem like much but it adds up. And now Washington is wrestling with the question of what to do with the change you leave behind. In fiscal 2012, the change collected at airports across the country added up to about $531,000, with about $32,000 of that coming in foreign currency, according to the Transportation Security Administration. At Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's third busiest airport, passenger change added up to nearly $22,000 in the last fiscal year, according to the TSA. The TSA has been putting the money into its “aviation security fund” to translate airport signs into different languages, among other overhead costs.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
In these recessionary times, it's hard to believe that travelers left behind $19,110 in change at security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport during 2010. USA Today reports that as a nation we "forgot" about $400,000 in loose change at airports nationwide that same year. The same story says $15,908 was left at San Francisco International and that $46,918, the highest amount at a single airport, was left at JFK International Airport. Part of this might be sheer forgetfulness from folks emptying their pockets for security screenings, but it also might be waning interest in coins as legal tender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized marijuana valued at more than $14 million at a San Clemente checkpoint, authorities said. The stash was discovered at 12:50 p.m. Thursday after agents stopped a 43-year-old man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint, authorities said. The suspect was hauling a 53-foot-long trailer and after being questioned was directed to an inspection area. A K-9 unit alerted agents to the trailer, which was found to contain 218 boxes filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed 18,458 pounds -- about nine tons -- with an estimated street value of $14,766,448, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles County will be out in force this Labor Day weekend as part of an 18-day crack down on drunk driving. Already, the number of arrests made in the first 13 days of the operation has outpaced last year.  From Aug. 16 through Wednesday, peace officers arrested 1,546 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, up from 1,418 during the same period last year, according to the...
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