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October 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
CHINA Rioters in the western Chinese region of Chongqing burned police cars and looted government buildings after a quarrel between residents escalated into a riot involving thousands, residents and officials said. A report on the website of the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao said about 1,000 riot police dispersed the brick-throwing mobs with tear gas and rubber bullets. No figures on injuries were given, but 10 arrests were reported.
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NEWS
September 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Fierce fighting raged around the headquarters of rebels fighting Congolese President Laurent Kabila as a regional summit in Mauritius ended without a truce being brokered. The fighting in and around the eastern town of Goma, where the rebels launched their revolt last month, eased later in the day with the guerrillas claiming victory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1998
A 16-year-old Compton High School student shot an 18-year-old man on campus Wednesday, police said. Rene Rosales was rushed to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a wound to his left shoulder, officials said. The 2:45 p.m. shooting occurred in front of the gymnasium, said Fausto Capobianco, a school district spokesman. Earlier in the day, two students became embroiled in an argument on campus, police said.
NEWS
February 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Renegade Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun's troops attacked a rival Christian militia's command post today in the heaviest fighting in a 4-day-old confrontation that has reportedly killed at least 100 people. President Elias Hrawi urged France and other countries to demand that Aoun halt the fighting. Lebanon's Maronite Catholic prelate called on both sides to end "this mass suicide." Police said at least 450 people have been wounded during the conflict.
NEWS
May 1, 1986
With the City Council voting 5-3 against reducing liability insurance requirements for a gay pride festival, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said he will ask for an injunction this week to forbid the city from requiring $1 million in insurance and charging the group $28,000 for police protection and other city services. William E. Weinberger, a volunteer ACLU lawyer, said the suit is "basically a free speech and free assembly issue."
NEWS
August 9, 1997 | Associated Press
The fiercest fighting in months broke out on the Israel-Lebanese border Friday on the eve of a new U.S. Middle East peace mission, when guerrillas fired rockets on northern Israel and Israeli warplanes struck back in Lebanon. Two rockets hit the border town of Kiryat Shemona, causing the first damage and injuries since a U.S.-brokered April 1996 pact between Israel and Lebanon-based guerrillas prohibited the targeting of civilians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
A fistfight between two men outside a Ventura convenience store escalated to attempted murder early Sunday when one of the men pulled a gun and fired several shots as he chased the other man for several blocks, police said. No one was injured in the incident outside the Circle K store at 1007 E. Main St. just after midnight, Ventura police said. Police said Joseph Michael Ransome, 26, and Anthony Pech, 23, fought outside the market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1999
Calling it a significant pest problem, Los Angeles Public Works officials on Friday joined the city parks department in fighting infestations of tiny pests attacking eucalyptus trees. The bugs--red-gum lerp psyllids--first discovered a year ago in El Monte, are being found in street trees as well as in the parks, said George Gonzalez, chief forester of Public Works' street tree division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
County health officials Monday revised budget estimates of the cost of downsizing Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, adding an additional 25% to the price tag over three years. The total extra cost to the county jumped from a projected $65 million to $81 million. The overhaul of the Willowbrook hospital will cost $475 million to $500 million a year after specialty services and many employees are shifted to other county facilities. King/Drew's current budget is about $440 million.
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