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April 25, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - With eight Secret Service agents already forced out of the agency in the aftermath of a prostitution scandal, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee on Wednesday that investigators were trying to determine whether such conduct occurred on previous trips. "Part of our investigation is confirming that this was an aberration - or not," Napolitano said during an oversight hearing called by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The eight Secret Service agents retired, resigned or were fired by the agency for their alleged misconduct in Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of President Obama's arrival for an international summit April 13. A ninth agent will have his security clearance permanently revoked, which would force him to leave the Secret Service unless he successfully appeals the decision.
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NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate committee Tuesday that members of the Department of Justice's national security division have been recused from participating in new investigations into leaks of classified information to the press, but he insisted that the decision does not signal they were part of the unauthorized disclosure of secret material. He also said that he and FBI Director Robert Mueller III have already been interviewed by two teams of prosecutors about what they knew about the leaks into secret drone attacks, cyber warfare and other clandestine operations.
AUTOS
October 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 23 complaints alleging that drivers have to push down hard on the brake pedal and reduced brake effectiveness in upscale cars from Hyundai. There was one reported crash. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage The federal agency said that several complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS, or anti-lock braking, module.  One driver reported crashing into a stopped vehicle after the brakes didn't respond properly.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday that the Justice Department is investigating the practice of high-speed trading on the stock exchanges. Holder, in testimony prepared for delivery before the House Appropriations Committee, said the Justice Department is investigating the use of computer algorithms and ultra-high-speed data networks to execute trades as a possible violation of antitrust laws. Firms that use such tactics, employing physicists and other scientists to predict changes in the markets sometimes only seconds in advance, have been around for more than three decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A grass fire apparently sparked on the side of a freeway in Fairfield spread quickly, scorching five homes and forcing authorities to evacuate dozens of residences, police said Tuesday night. Two of the homes were destroyed by the blaze that broke out along Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon and three others were damaged, the Fairfield Police Department said. The homes were along Marigold Drive. As flames were pushed by winds, officers went door to door to evacuate homes and apartments and make sure no one was trapped inside.
AUTOS
June 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
More than 200,000 vehicles made by automaker Suzuki are the subject of a federal investigation into faulty warning lights, The Times has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe on June 14 to look into the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV made from 2006 to 2011 and the Suzuki SX4 hatchback made from 2007 to 2011. The agency said it had received 128 complaints from owners who had experienced trouble with their vehicles' warning lights. This included passenger airbag off lights that would indicate the seat was empty (potentially disabling the airbag)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Newport Beach police Monday afternoon were investigating the death of a woman whose body was found under a bridge in Newport Bay. Officers responded Monday morning to a report of a woman lying face down by the bridge at East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive, the Newport Beach Police Department said.  Officers determined that the woman was dead, police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said in a statement. On Monday afternoon, divers from the Orange County Sheriff's Department were preparing to enter the water to search for evidence, according to television news reports.
WORLD
October 22, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico on Tuesday ramped up its protest over reports that the United States spied on numerous senior Mexican leaders, including the country's current and former presidents. Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, speaking in Geneva, said Washington's explanations were insufficient. "Mexico insists ... there is no room for explanations," he said. "But, rather, a timely investigation with clear responsibilities and swift corrective measures. " A short time later, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong went before TV cameras in Mexico City to announce that Mexico would investigate its officials, in addition to expecting Washington to look into its own possible transgressions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall
Peter Gleick, an internationally known Bay Area scientist, has returned to his post as president of the Pacific Institute following a three-month leave of absence prompted by his admission that he had assumed a false identity to obtain documents from a conservative think tank. In a statement released Wednesday, Pacific's board of directors said outside counsel had conducted an independent investigation that “supported what Dr. Gleick has stated publicly regarding his interaction with the Heartland Institute.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
The Pentagon is investigating 10 U.S. military members in a widening probe into whether an advance team of Secret Service and military personnel hired local prostitutes or engaged in other misconduct before President Obama visited Colombia for a summit last week, U.S. officials said. The Pentagon investigation is focusing on five Special Forces Army soldiers, two Marines, two Navy personnel and one member of the Air Force, a U.S. military official said.  The Navy and Air Force personnel are members of explosive detection unit, the official said,.
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