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December 17, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelers who want to complete their applications for expedited airport security screening may do so beginning Wednesday in Glendale, Carson and Signal Hill, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. For $85, the TSA is offering travelers a chance to apply for its PreCheck program , which excuses fliers from having to remove their shoes, belt and jacket and allows them to keep their laptop and their liquids in their hand luggage. It does not exempt them from regulations regarding prohibited items.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An Islamic scholar from South Africa was denied entry into the United States, prompting questions from Bay Area Muslims who had invited him to participate in activities marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Fazlur Rahman Azmi was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and then denied entry after he arrived at San Francisco International Airport from London on Friday afternoon, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 5 tons of marijuana was discovered in a truck hauling 100 television sets as it attempted to cross into the United States from Mexico, federal authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 11,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in the shipment bound for Long Beach, officials said. The driver, Hector Mendez Navarro, 32, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was arrested on federal drug-smuggling charges.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two off-duty border agents based in Texas were found dead southwest of Tucson. The agents, one male and the other female, who both worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, were found by a police officer investigating an abandoned vehicle. It was not known what the two agents were doing in Arizona, said Doug Mosier, a spokesman for the Border Patrol in El Paso.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Wednesday morning. The man, a suspected smuggler, struggled with officers and died after being restrained, according to homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney. The incident occurred at the San Ysidro port of entry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a smuggling ring that brought in hundreds of illegal immigrants through his vehicle lane at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Michael Gilliland, 44, admitted in a plea agreement last year receiving as much as $120,000 from two smuggling groups for bypassing inspections on cars loaded with immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Five of six Latino stowaways found aboard a ship headed to the Port of Oakland may be going to Japan if a local agent cannot get them travel documents to fly to their countries of origin, authorities said Friday. The five men are in the custody of the ship's captain. A sixth is in the custody of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Jersey City has become the nation's first seaport to use new radiation detectors that scan all incoming cargo for nuclear or radiological weapons, federal officials said. Similar devices are planned for 90% of the country's seaports by the end of summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner said. Several million cargo containers -- about 95% of U.S. international trade -- enter the country every year through its 361 sea and river ports.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp. won a contract valued at as much as $34 million to supply the U.S. with security equipment along its border with Mexico. Under the award from Customs and Border Protection, Century City-based Northrop will develop and test a system to secure more than 40 border crossings between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas, Northrop said. The system will include surveillance, communications and video analytics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2008 | Richard Marosi
U.S. authorities intercepted a suspected immigrant-smuggling boat off the coast Thursday morning in the latest in a string of maritime smuggling attempts. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered the 28-foot boat loaded with 11 suspected illegal immigrants -- nine men and two women, all Mexican -- while on patrol 15 miles off Point Loma. One man was arrested and will be charged with alien smuggling, authorities said. -- -- Richard Marosi
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