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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1987
It has never been made clear as to why any American or any foreigner (for that matter) ever stayed on in Lebanon after our Marines were killed there. Those Americans who stayed on, for selfish reasons (a job, a nice home, etc.), did endanger their lives and possibly the entire world (this fiasco is not yet over). While we all cry for them and their families, how can one help not being angry and frustrated when we think of the turmoil they are putting this country through. They were not kidnaped on the streets of the United States, or from some other peaceful country, or while vacationing in the south seas.
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NATIONAL
May 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
An armed man remained locked in a standoff Saturday with police negotiators in New Jersey in what authorities have described as a multiple-hostage situation. The suspect has been barricaded in a house in Trenton's South Ward neighborhood since Friday afternoon.   Officers went to the house about 2:30 p.m. after a family member requested a wellness check, Sgt. Robert Carrier of the Trenton Police Department told the Los Angeles Times. He confirmed that at least one person was dead in the house.
WORLD
January 19, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO - Algerian troops raided a remote natural gas refinery Saturday, killing 11 Islamic militants but not before extremists executed seven hostages who for days had been trapped in a deepening international crisis, according to media reports. Algerian state media described the army mission as the “final assault” to end a hostage ordeal that began in the predawn Wednesday at a gas compound on the Algerian-Libyan border. It was not clear if the hostages killed were Algerians or foreigners.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2013 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See below for details.
A gunman surrendered to police inside a North Carolina pharmacy Friday morning after holding three employees hostages, firing on police and stealing drugs during an early morning robbery attempt, according to police in Belmont, N.C., just west of Charlotte. The 46-year-old gunman laid a SKS rifle on a store counter at about 7 a.m. and surrendered several hours after entering the store and taking two men and a woman hostage. The hostages were not harmed, police said. [Updated, 11:35 a.m. PST, Oct. 25: Edward Scott Russ, 46, of Gastonia, N.C., was charged Friday with kidnapping, assault on law enforcement officers, attempted first-degree murder, communicating threats and robbery with a dangerous weapon, police said.
WORLD
September 25, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Terrorists who carried out the attack on the Westgate shopping mall here claimed Wednesday that 137 hostages were buried in the rubble of collapsed sections of the building. Shabab also claimed via a Twitter account that Kenyan authorities had lobbed "chemical agents" into the mall, killing dozens of hostages, as the effort to retake the shopping center reached its climax. Government spokesman Manoah Esipisu rejected the claims. "Al Shabab is known for wild allegations, and there is absolutely no truth to what they're saying," he told the Associated Press.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- The Algerian news agency reported Thursday that as many as 45 hostages, including Americans, had escaped from a natural gas complex a day after Islamic militants seized the installation in retaliation for French airstrikes against Islamist rebels in neighboring Mali.    The Algerian report said 30 Algerians and 15 foreigners had fled the compound Thursday. The report could not be independently confirmed. The Associated Press, quoting an unnamed Algerian official, said 20 foreigners, including Americans, had escaped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police said Friday that overnight reports of a gunman holding hostages at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown could not been verified and that the only crime officers could confirm was vandalism to an employee's vehicle. LAPD  Officer Nuria Vanegas said police received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at the site of Homeboy Industries at 130 Bruno St. holding six to eight people inside at gunpoint. Vanegas told KTLA that the caller was not at the location.
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