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December 17, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Nearly 500 drivers in L.A. County were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, authorities said Tuesday. The 495 arrests were made during the Avoid the 100 winter holiday crackdown, during which officers from 100 law enforcement agencies carried out checkpoints and roving patrols to catch inebriated drivers. The DUI arrests occured between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, and the number was up from the 456 made during the sime time period last year, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
December 16, 2013 | By Scott Snyder
When a political crisis hits Pyongyang, the leadership's normal antidote is to hide the real drama in rumors and shadows while assuring the world that outside forces are no match for North Korea's spirit of "single-hearted unity. " But North Korea's real-time media coverage of the vituperative public denunciation and execution of Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has exposed deep divisions within the Kim family leadership and has shocked North Koreans and outsiders alike with its suddenness and its brutality.
December 15, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Young Egyptian musician Ramy Essam boasts a distinction that few others can claim: a starring turn in a documentary film shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, as well as an arrest warrant hanging over his head. Amid an unprecedented crackdown on protesters from across the political spectrum, Egypt's seemingly unstoppable turmoil is taking a particularly heavy toll on the country's youths. There's 19-year-old Mohamed Reda, shot dead last month during a demonstration at Cairo University.
December 12, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Federal regulators shut down 52 bus companies in a nationwide safety crackdown partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it pulled 340 unsafe vehicles from the road after investigators found several safety problems among the bus companies it investigated.  "Bus travel is increasingly popular because it is a convenient, inexpensive option for students, groups and families," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Thursday against two dozen members and associates of a Pasadena-based gang that worked with the Sinaloa cartel to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico, officials said. Dubbed Operation Rosebud, the 18-month investigation targeted members of Varrio Pasadena Rifa, a multi-generational gang known to sell drugs in the city with operations in the Antelope Valley and Kern County, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a news conference Thursday.
December 10, 2013 | Alicia Banks
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Nineteen alleged members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang, including a high-ranking leader, were arrested Tuesday after a two-year investigation, authorities said. The investigation targeted “leadership, shot-callers and decision-makers” in MS-13 connected to its overseer, the Mexican Mafia, said Timothy Delaney, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI criminal division. Authorities allege Thomas “Big Boy” Rodriguez, 35, of Los Angeles, is one of those top-ranking members; he was arrested Tuesday on federal charges tied to methamphetamine distribution.
November 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
On a day when the president of the International Olympic Committee urged sports officials throughout Europe to join in a crackdown on doping, the IOC offered details about its retesting of 350 samples saved from the 2006 Turin Winter Games. The retests will make use of more sophisticated techniques than were available seven years ago and will focus on athletes and events most at risk for doping, Dr. Richard Budgett, the IOC's medical director, told the Associated Press. IOC President Thomas Bach told a general assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Rome that greater scrutiny was crucial.
October 26, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - An Egyptian judge Saturday threw out a legal complaint against Nobel laureate and prominent former diplomat Mohamed El Baradei, who had been accused of breaching the public trust for quitting as vice president to protest a violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The case had illustrated the extreme sensitivities surrounding any criticism of the army and the country's military-backed government in the wake of the July overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a subsequent bloody dispersal of his followers.
October 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Saudi authorities warned Wednesday that police will respond to a planned "Day of Female Driving" on Saturday by fully implementing laws against "actions that disturb social peace. " But organizers of the women's defiant road rally said they read the official statement from the Interior Ministry not to be directed at them but at conservative supporters of the ban on women drivers, who have called for their own public protest against the driving event. The statement issued by the Interior Ministry and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said police "will implement regulations against all violators strictly.
October 21, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For 90 minutes Monday, City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, accompanied by Los Angeles street officials and a scrum of TV cameras, informed Hollywood tour bus operators that they can no longer sell tickets from sidewalk kiosks. The mood seemed to be one of disbelief. "I never thought this day would come," said "Melrose" Larry Green, who sells tickets for outside a T-shirt shop on Hollywood Boulevard. "We have to make a living and this will make it tougher. " O'Farrell's team handed out dozens of letters informing tour vendors that a city ordinance that took effect Sunday makes it illegal to sell tickets from the public right-of-way.
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