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June 27, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gunmen hijacked an armored car in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., Tuesday and escaped with $10.8 million in cash, the second largest amount ever taken in a U.S. armored car holdup, authorities said. Law enforcement officials said the money was being transported to the Federal Reserve Bank in Buffalo, N.Y., when the vehicle's driver and a woman guard stopped for breakfast at a market near the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
The possibility that Malaysia Air Flight 370 was hijacked has heartened the relatives of passengers who are holding out hope that the missing plane landed in some remote location, perhaps a tropical island. "My gut feeling is that it landed. I still feel his spirit. I don't feel he is dead," said Sarah Bajc, a 48-year-old American teacher living in Beijing whose partner, Philip Wood, a 50-year-old IBM executive, was a passenger on the flight. A former technology executive, Bajc has been one of the most proactive of the family members, setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts encouraging people to keep looking for the plane.
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WORLD
September 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man in a wheelchair and his son used two grenades to hijack a Colombian airliner but peacefully surrendered five hours later after landing and allowing the crew and passengers to leave, authorities said. The freed hostages told reporters the elder hijacker said he was partially paralyzed by a police bullet about 14 years ago and had unsuccessfully sought compensation. Sen. Carlos Moreno said a $230,000 check was handed to the hijacker but the government would not honor it.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to cover an impossibly vast swath of Asia extending from Kazakhstan to Australia, with Malaysia appealing for as many airplanes and ships as the world can provide. The countries where the Boeing 777 and the 239 people aboard could have gone, based on a signal picked up by a satellite, stretch north and west from the plane's last known location and include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
WORLD
September 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Four Cuban soldiers and a civilian were spared the death penalty for killing a soldier and an officer in a rampage that ended with a botched attempt to hijack a plane to the United States, a leading rights activist said. Sgts. Yoan Torres and Leandro Cerezo got life sentences, and Sgt. Karel de Miranda Rubio, was sentenced to 30 years by a secret military tribunal. Capt. Alain Forbus received a 25-year prison term, and a civilian, Ridel Leseaylle Veloz, was sentenced to 15 years.
WORLD
October 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Somali forces raided one of the many ships hijacked off the country's coast as a deadline loomed over another hijacked vessel that is laden with arms. Troops in the northern semiautonomous Puntland region unsuccessfully tried to take back a ship that was hijacked by pirates, said Ali Abdi Aware, Puntland's foreign minister. He said two pirates were killed. The vessel, which is carrying cement, is believed to have Syrian and Somali crew on board. Pirates on a Ukrainian vessel that is carrying 33 tanks and other heavy weapons have threatened to destroy it if a multimillion-dollar ransom is not paid.
WORLD
October 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Armed pirates hijacked a massive tanker as world powers headed toward the Somali coast to end a two-week standoff aboard a ship laden with tanks and weapons, officials said. The latest ship to be seized, a Greek vessel flying a Panamanian flag, was traveling from Southeast Asia to Europe, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There were no further details on the ship, which was seized Friday. Pirates who have been holding the Ukrainian vessel Faina for two weeks have threatened to destroy it unless a ransom is paid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2001
If all citizens of all countries were required to present passports when checking in for both domestic and international flights, "watch lists" would inherently be part of this system and known terrorists could be ferreted out. I love my country with all the liberties and freedoms it offers, but I will happily subject myself to the extra time and inconvenience of passport screening--greatly different from racial profiling--if that would help keep such...
WORLD
December 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Police surrounded a bus carrying 26 passengers that was seized by two armed hijackers along a highway from an Athens suburb. They said gunshots had been heard, but they were not sure of the identities of the gunmen. Police suspected that the hijackers of the Marathon-Athens bus were Albanians. A bus company official said they apparently wanted to go to the Athens airport and leave the country. Negotiators, police snipers and special forces arrived on the scene.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Six men were charged with hijacking a Cuban airliner at knifepoint and diverting it to the Florida Keys to seek asylum in the United States. Investigators believe the hijackers, all Cubans, took control of the plane without telling the 25 passengers and six crew members about their asylum plans, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The crew and passengers were taken to a federal detention center near Miami, the FBI said.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Like an Agatha Christie whodunit, the investigation of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now focusing on a finite circle of suspects: the 227 passengers and 12 crew members of the missing plane. While loath to call it a hijacking, Malaysian officials say they believe someone on the plane with expertise in the navigational and communications systems of the Boeing 777 diverted it from its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight path. "In view of this latest development, Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts. "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by the rage and agony of an unreconciled land. The opera, based on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian militants who killed Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled American Jew, is also a deeper meditation on nationalist passions that for ages have set alight the world's conflicts.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Fears of a terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in southern Russia took on frightening reality Friday when a Ukrainian man claimed to have a bomb aboard a Turkish airliner and reportedly ordered the plane to divert to the games venue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Turkish news agencies reported that the Pegasus Airlines flight from Kharkov, Ukraine, to Istanbul sent out a distress signal just before the opening ceremonies were to begin for the Feb. 7-23 games. A Chechen separatist warlord had vowed last summer to attack the Olympic venues to press the autonomy demands of Islamic minorities inhabiting the restive Northern Caucasus region, just east of Sochi.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014
Captain Phillips Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 21 The true story of the hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama becomes a refreshingly original action movie in "Captain Phillips," a Paul Greengrass-directed, Billy Ray-scripted, Tom Hanks-starring docudrama that plays up the complexities of the conflict with a you-are-there intensity. As Richard Phillips, Hanks is officious and even a little prickly, which exacerbates the situation when he's being held at gunpoint by a young, wiry pirate (Barkhad Abdi)
WORLD
December 4, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2013 | By Noel Murray
A Hijacking Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98 Available on VOD beginning Oct. 15 The Tom Hanks hijacking-at-sea thriller "Captain Phillips" is sure to be one of the year's most talked-about films, but cinephiles also should check out director Tobias Lindholm's tense drama "A Hijacking," starring Soren Malling as a ruthless Danish shipping magnate who discovers the limits of his negotiating power when one of his freighters is seized by...
WORLD
September 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A drunken Lebanese man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to hijack a Royal Jordanian plane, Thai police said. Airline security officials on Flight 184 detained Jamal Ahmed Seif after it landed in Bangkok from Jordan's capital, Amman, said Tourist Police Lt. Arthit Chartchairattavej. Seif, who is said to be in his 30s, was kept on the plane, which was bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was expected to be sent back to Jordan today, the officer added.
WORLD
May 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Intelligence agents have uncovered a plot by a small band of terrorists to hijack and possibly blow up a plane bound for the United Arab Emirates, prompting Pakistan to put its airports on "red alert," Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said. He said there was no indication when the plot was due to be carried out. A senior official at Pakistan's intelligence agency said authorities were not sure who the men were.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With most eyes looking for reviews of films premiering out of the Toronto International Film Festival over the next week, it was a surprise to some when reviews hit the Web on Friday morning of the upcoming action-drama "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass. The film doesn't premiere until Sept. 27, when it opens the New York Film Festival, and hits the multiplexes on Oct. 11. The early screenings and reviews could be an attempt to briefly steal some of the Toronto films' limelight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Youths who vandalized the Crenshaw district and who police say may be responsible for a Hollywood robbery rampage have “hijacked” the message of George Zimmerman verdict protesters, a community leader said. “It's almost a year and a half that organizations have been constructive and positive and have been trying to send the right message for justice and fairness, and all of a sudden you have people take it into their hands and taint that,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.
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