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July 11, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Expressing outrage over national security leaks, Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee pressed legal experts Wednesday on whether it was possible to prosecute reporters for publishing classified information. The response was a qualified yes. "Under certain circumstances, you can see that if someone acting with impunity and knowledge of the consequences goes ahead and publishes it, that is something that I think would be worthy of prosecution and punishment," said Kenneth Wainstein, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft who specializes in national security.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Alhambra High School was evacuated Tuesday morning while authorities investigated reports of a gas leak. Before school started, someone reported smelling gas in a classroom. Authorities evacuated the campus while officials tracked the source of the smell and stopped it, according to the Alhambra police Facebook page . Authorities could not say when students would be allowed to return to their classrooms; hazardous materials teams were en route. Police limited traffic on the streets surrounding the school.
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NEWS
June 8, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has "zero tolerance" for leaks of classified information and that his administration investigates every such instance. He stopped short of saying there is a specific investigation underway into the source of recent news stories about U.S. drone strikes against terrorists and cyber-attacks  on Iran's nuclear program. But Obama said that leaks of classified information about national security matters make life harder for him and put American civilians and military in harm's way, and that his administration tries to make sure that sources of such leaks "suffer consequences" for their actions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | Nardine Saad
It'll be another bambino or bambina for Nicole Polizzi: Snooki has announced she's pregnant with her second child. And guess what: She's a grown woman who will go into "momma bear" mode to protect her family. "Jionni and I are so excited to confirm that we are expecting our second child! Now knowing that our test results are good and our baby is healthy, we can finally talk about it!" the petite "Jersey Shore" alum revealed Friday in a lengthy blog post . But her excitement was not without disappointment that the news had leaked before she and fiance Jionni LaValle were ready to reveal it to the public.
WORLD
March 7, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- A day after the U.S. delegation shut down its popular daily media briefing, the Vatican continued to struggle Thursday to stem the tide of leaks to Italian media, allegedly by cardinals gathered for private meetings ahead of their eagerly anticipated conclave to elect a new pope. About 150 cardinals have been meeting daily this week at the Vatican to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church and to form opinions about possible candidates to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who retired last week.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- A House bill to authorize spending on intelligence contains a provision designed to help stem further leaks of classified information by Americans with security clearances. The provision, by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), would require the director of national intelligence to undertake, “on an urgent basis, a study to determine whether our insider threat and security clearance processes are sufficient to detect both those looking to engage in traditional espionage and those seeking to make sensitive information public,” said Meg Fraser, his spokeswoman.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Samsung's S Voice, a Siri-like feature that was supposed to be one of the main attractions of its upcoming Galaxy S III, has leaked. The company announced its upcoming phone and the feature earlier this month, and the device is scheduled to begin selling in Europe next week. "The Galaxy S is more like a good friend that listens to you and responds quickly," Samsung vice president Jean Daniel said regarding the S Voice feature at the Galaxy S III announcement, according to ABC News . But the S Voice feature has reportedly been leaked and can run on any device operating on Android's latest OS version, called Ice Cream Sandwich.  The feature can be downloaded and installed on devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and work the way it's supposed to, according to website Redmond Pie . With the launch of the device so near, the news cannot be good for Samsung.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- In the nation's capital, fighting about leaking information to the media is a bit like fighting about talking on cellphones in public. Everybody says they don't like it, but everybody does it. Tuesday's volley over alleged leaks of classified information from the Obama administration was a classic example. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used a major foreign policy speech to suggest that the White House leaked classified information about covert operations for political gain.
NEWS
June 26, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- A group of 31 senators signed a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. Tuesday requesting the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into the source of a series of national security leaks that were eventually published by the New York Times . In a letter circulated by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the senators called the leaks "stunning" and said: "If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it. " The scandal was prompted by two New York Times reports, which exposed U.S. cyber attacks against Iran and the White House's secret "kill list.
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.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey blocked access to YouTube on Thursday, hours after a recording of a sensitive national security meeting was leaked by an anonymous user on the video sharing site. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency confirmed the ban as an "administrative decision" by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, while the Foreign Ministry issued a statement promising the "heaviest punishment possible" against the source of the leaks. "Eavesdropping on a top secret meeting and leaking recordings is a wretched attack and a grave offense on national security," the statement read, according to Anadolu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The firing of a Los Angeles police officer in connection with a leaked photo of Rihanna after she was beaten by Chris Brown was upheld by a judge this week, the officer's attorney said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin ruled Thursday that the LAPD's firing of Officer Rebecca Reyes was justified after she photographed an evidence photo of the pop singer's bruised and swollen face. Rihanna's photo was ultimately published on the celebrity gossip site TMZ, but police and county prosecutors did not turn up evidence directly tying Reyes or other officers to the leak.
NATIONAL
March 18, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The main pipeline running beneath Park Avenue on the block where a blast killed eight people was leaking outside one of the buildings destroyed, investigators said Tuesday, but they have not determined the cause of the leak. It also is too soon to know whether that leak is what caused the massive March 12 explosion in East Harlem, which destroyed two buildings between 116th and 117th streets. The discovery of the leak came as officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates pipeline blasts, conducted pressure tests on the cast iron gas main and the smaller feeder lines that serve buildings on the block.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The Energy Department, dealing with twin setbacks in its long effort to deal with Cold War-era radioactive waste, said Tuesday it was stopping construction of a massive plant in South Carolina to handle surplus plutonium and proceeding with an investigation into a leak at a nuclear dump in New Mexico that exposed 13 workers to airborne plutonium. In releasing its fiscal 2015 budget, energy officials said they were stopping construction of the "mixed oxide fuel" plant at the Savannah River site in South Carolina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 22-year-old man was charged Thursday with four felony counts, including attempted arson and grand theft auto, related to a natural gas leak earlier this week at a storage facility in Playa del Rey. James Viramonte Cogley of the west Los Angeles area pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted arson, grand theft auto, unlawful taking of a vehicle and vandalism in excess of $400, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Hateful Eight" is bold work by an artist pushing himself to the creative edge as he devises a Rubik's Cube of contradictions for his audience. I'm not supposed to know this yet. That I have an opinion about an unmade movie is because of the leak of a script that angered its writer-director enough to file a lawsuit and pledge to shelve the project. But it would be a crime if Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" became a victim of the Internet's fondness for disseminating all things illicit from sex tapes to now, apparently, scripts.
NEWS
June 10, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Two stories published by the New York Times, which exposed the extent of U.S. involvement in cyber attacks against Iran and the White House's secret 'Kill List,' have sparked scrutiny over the last week amid allegations that administration officials had leaked classified information for political gain. The debate continued Sunday as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reiterated calls for a special prosecutor to take charge of leak investigations and as a reporter who wrote one of the stories said he doubted that any politically motivated leaks were involved.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of congressional members called for an investigation into the source of security leaks that led to stories published by the New York Times, but stopped short of claiming the leaks were made for political purposes by the Obama administration. The four lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), along with Reps.  Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), held a news conference Thursday following a closed-door meeting with National Security Director James Clapper.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C. -- State regulators in North Carolina have ordered Duke  Energy to contain a newly discovered leak of coal ash from a second storm-water pipe at a storage basin on the Dan River, where an earlier ruptured pipe released a massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2. The action came as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported finding up to 70 miles of the river bottom coated with coal ash 5 feet thick in some places. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, under fire from environmental groups who have accused the agency of trying to protect Duke, said Tuesday that it had discovered elevated levels of arsenic from the second pipe.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The U.S. Energy Department said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into a leak of radioactive materials at a nuclear burial site near Carlsbad, N.M. The department shut down normal operations last week at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after radiation alarms sounded late Friday, when no one was in the underground facility. Officials at the site discounted any effect on human health, saying no radiation had escaped to the surface and no workers were exposed. So far, it is unknown what caused the release of radioactivity inside the repository, built in ancient salt beds 2,150 feet below the surface.
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