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March 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines, the nation's third largest carrier, has begun a crackdown on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago-based carrier was recently ranked 8th among the nation's top ten carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named  Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
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OPINION
April 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nine months after Egypt's armed forces overthrew the country's democratically elected president, the leader of that coup has announced that he will seek the presidency in elections next month. But even if army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi receives an overwhelming mandate from voters, he won't be able to restore prosperity and stability to the country if the government continues to repress and imprison political opponents. The United States should use its limited but real influence with Egypt to press Sisi to abandon his siege mentality and open a dialogue with opposition groups.
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SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- For the Olympic Summer of Love, the IOC insists on an official form of protection. Kidding aside, you know the Games are creeping to an end when these stories start to pop up in the second week. News gets a little slower, a little sillier. For instance, there was a TV crew doing a piece on the chair massage station in the Main Press Center. But back to the controversy. The Guardian newspaper detailed the story of unofficial condoms ending up in the Olympic Village.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines, the nation's third largest carrier, has begun a crackdown on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago-based carrier was recently ranked 8th among the nation's top ten carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named  Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 150 people were arrested and 25 weapons were seized in a three-week operation against gang violence in Pomona, authorities said Tuesday. The weapons confiscated during "Operation Triple Beam" included assault rifles and handguns, the Pomona Police Department said. Officers working with the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested 165 people, some of them wanted on warrants for violent felonies, according to police. The crackdown focused on several locations in the city about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, police said.
OPINION
December 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A crackdown on jaywalking has stirred up a fierce debate over when you can and cannot cross the street in Los Angeles. A Downtown News story last week reported that Los Angeles police officers have been ticketing jaywalkers in the city's historic core and the financial district. Penalties range from a hefty $190 to an even heftier $250. "We're heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they're impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths," Lt. Lydia Leos told the newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1999
Re "Police Write 330 Tickets in Street-Race Crackdown," June 10. It's about time the crackdown occurred. Both juveniles and adults attend the street races and show a blatant disregard for public and personal safety when they conduct the races. One young man quoted in The Times made one comment that proves he does not recognize the danger in street racing, [saying that] there was little harm in it. I can recall numerous accounts in which someone was seriously injured at the street races due to a traffic accident.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - The federal government has filed charges against a California hedge-fund analyst and a former tech executive in its continuing crackdown on insider trading on Wall Street. Federal prosecutors accused Matthew Teeple, 41, of San Clemente, with passing along illicit information he allegedly received from David Riley, a former chief information officer at Foundry Networks Inc. Riley, 47, lives in San Jose. Teeple, an analyst for a firm that provided information to a San Francisco-based hedge fund, allegedly passed along the illicit information in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Actress Halle Berry is coming back to Sacramento on Tuesday morning, and she's bringing some additional Hollywood firepower with her. Joined by actress Jennifer Garner, the Academy Award winner is expected to make another appearance before a legislative committee, testifying in favor of proposed legislation that would limit the paparazzi 's ability to photograph the children of celebrities. The bill, Senate Bill 606 by Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles), would change the legal definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson and Richard Winton
For four years, thousands of cyclists have come to Los Angeles for the biggest underground bicycle race in the country, a 4 a.m. sprint along the empty L.A. Marathon route that turns darkened streets into a rushing whir of gears and blinking lights. This year, however, the city has clamped down. Officials threatened to fine or arrest the organizer, Don Ward, if he holds the ride. Ward announced Tuesday night he was canceling the event, telling riders on Facebook that the city informed him he did not have proper permits.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The civil unrest that has gripped Venezuela this month has swept up one of the country's key cultural figures -- Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor and music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There have been calls in recent days for Dudamel to speak out against Venezuela's hard-line President Nicolas Maduro for cracking down on political dissenters who have taken to the streets in protest of the country's worsening economic and social conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in two parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people who commit and arrange the crimes, and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
WORLD
February 24, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovich on Monday and warned the international community that the country needs $35 billion in aid to avert default. Yanukovich slipped out of Kiev on Friday after signing a European Union-brokered agreement that ended bloody confrontation between police and opposition demonstrators by calling for an interim, multiparty government and early elections to replace the effectively deposed head of state.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By Tina Susman
Mayor Bill De Blasio had been in office just one day when it happened: A 53-year-old man was hit and killed by a van while crossing a Queens street in the early evening. Eight days later, it happened again, this time on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In a 24-hour period, vehicles hit three people in two separate incidents in that neighborhood. Two of the pedestrians died, including a 9-year-old boy walking with his father. So far this year, at least 12 people have died after being hit by taxis, tour buses, delivery vans, trucks, personal vehicles and even an ambulance on New York streets, prompting city officials to launch a war on what many consider a way of life here: aggressive driving and jaywalking.  "It's an epidemic we're facing," said De Blasio , whose Vision Zero plan aims to eliminate traffic fatalities within 10 years.  That's easier said than done in a city of more than 8 million people, where cars, bicycles, roller bladers and pedestrians battle for space on crowded streets and sidewalks, and where locals impatiently weave around visitors who stand at curbs waiting for the red hand signal to turn green.
WORLD
February 20, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Police have made nearly 200 arrests and seized millions of dollars worth of timber in an international crackdown on illegal logging in the Americas, Interpol announced this week. The vast operation took place from September through November in a dozen countries across Central and South America, including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Venezuela, the international organization said Tuesday. It billed “Operation Lead” as its first international action against illegal logging, which is believed to net $30 billion to $100 billion annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An 18-day crackdown on drunk driving across Los Angeles County resulted in 2,313 arrests, authorities said. That total was up compared with the same period last year, when 2,098 DUI-related arrests were made, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The latest crackdown saw increased DUI patrols and a ramped-up schedule of checkpoints in cities across the county starting Aug. 16 and ending on Labor Day, officials said. Beefed up anti-DUI efforts are also planned for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays, officials said.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency tasked with policing bad behavior by employers, is targeting Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over the retail behemoth's alleged crackdown on its protesting workers. The NLRB filed a formal complaint Wednesday against the Bentonville, Ark. chain, alleging that the company violated the rights of more than 60 employees rallying over workplace conditions in 14 states - including California. Some experts said the NLRB may be trying to establish itself as a force to be feared, and not just in the unionized workplaces that have traditionally been its stomping grounds.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Shan Li
Four car dealers in Southern California agreed to a settlement with the U.S. government over accusations of deceptive advertising, part of a broader effort to keep a tighter rein on the auto industry. The dealers - which include Honda of Hollywood and Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos - were accused by the Federal Trade Commission of running ads that misrepresented the costs of buying or leasing automobiles. The agency's nationwide sweep, dubbed Operation Steer Clear, also targeted five dealerships outside the Golden State.
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