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December 13, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Justin Bieber was the target of a bizarre plot designed to kill the superstar and, according to some reports, deprive him of part of his anatomy. A plan to kidnap and castrate the pop star at a Madison Square Garden performance last month in New York has been foiled by authorities, a variety of media outlets, including the New York Post, TMZ, ABC News, Fox News, the Associated Press and local television stations in New Mexico, reported. Reports of the foiled plot were first published on Wednesday and have taken on a life of their own, propelled through the 24-hour news cycle.
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April 22, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Well, no one is going to accuse them of being smart. A team of kidnappers -- hired by a prison inmate to capture the prosecutor who put him away -- went to the wrong house and abducted the prosecutor's father, according to a federal indictment filed Tuesday in North Carolina. Nine people have been charged in the alleged plot, which originally targeted Wake County Assistant Dist. Atty. Colleen Janssen, officials said. The plan went awry when an Internet search gave the kidnappers the address for her father, Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, of Wake Forest.
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NATIONAL
January 21, 2010
The preflight intelligence Here are some key pieces of information known to U.S. intelligence officials before the failed Christmas Day bombing attack that, they said, should have kept suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab off a U.S.-bound jetliner: The United States had electronic intercepts linking an individual with the partial name Umar Farouk to Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The National Security Agency had learned that the Yemeni group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was planning an operation using a Nigerian.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- The Ducks' overall skill has shined in taking a 2-0 playoff series lead, but the Dallas Stars have continued trying to lure the Western Conference top-seeded team into a more physical confrontation. Not only did Dallas become more punchy after it trailed, 4-0, in Game 1, ultimately losing, 4-3, in Anaheim, the Stars opened Game 2 with a Ryan Garbutt high stick on Kyle Palmieri and defenseman Trevor Daley penalized for roughing Corey Perry. As the series moves to American Airlines Center on Monday night for Dallas' first home playoff game since May 2008, it's a good bet that physical play increases.
NEWS
September 28, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
The FBI arrested a 26-year-old Massachusetts man in a plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon after agents lured him into an undercover sting operation in which he allegedly provided "step-by-step" instructions on attacking Washington from the air with a drone-like, remote-control explosive device. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern University graduate from Ashland, Mass., was allegedly plotting the strikes through the recent 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and he told FBI undercover employees posing as Al Qaeda members that he would load aircraft with C-4 plastic explosives, and then use GPS equipment to fly over the Capitol area.
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October 12, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
The U.S. government believes it is highly likely that Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei signed off on a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington and bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies here, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday. "This is the kind of operation -- the assassination of a diplomat on foreign soil -- that would have been vetted at the highest levels of the Iranian government," said a senior official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive analysis.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Local bureaucracy seems to have gotten the upper hand on a white-supremacist's plot to take over a small town in North Dakota. Paul Craig Cobb, 61, made headlines after news broke of his secret plot to amass white supremacists in Leith, N.D., and win control of the hamlet by buying up property and winning local elections. But now Cobb's home in Leith could be condemned after he failed to submit plans for sewage and running water to the county government, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
NEWS
October 11, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
An elaborate Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was disrupted by FBI and DEA agents, officials said Tuesday. Members of an elite Iranian security force planned to detonate a bomb at a busy Washington restaurant, killing Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. and possibly over 100 bystanders, according to documents filed in New York federal court. The State Department has listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2006
I had been looking forward to seeing the new Robin Williams film "Man of the Year." But Mary McNamara's article ["A Politician Who's Funny on Purpose," Oct. 8] revealed a key plot point. This irresponsibility ruined the movie; now I will not be seeing it. McNamara should go back to journalism school, or at least ask Roger Ebert to give her a few pointers on how to write about movies. Lesson One: Do not spoil the plot by revealing secrets. If Williams and the producers should decide to take her to court to recoup revenue she cost them, so much the better.
WORLD
July 8, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Three men suspected of preparing to mount a terrorist attack were arrested in Norway and Germany on Thursday in what authorities said was an Al Qaeda plot with strands in the United States and Britain. After a lengthy period of surveillance, the men were taken into custody by police, who had feared that information about the investigation might be revealed by the news media. Two suspects were arrested in Norway and one in Germany. Their names were not released, but police in Oslo described all three as legal residents of Norway, one a citizen and the others holders of permanent residency cards.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Alan Eyerly
Joffrey haters rejoice! The king is dead! Long live whoever poisoned the tyrannical teenager! Much-loathed Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) succumbs to his untimely but well-deserved fate in Episode 32 (“The Lion and the Rose”) of HBO's epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” Being the bastard spawn of Queen Regent Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Joffrey was never a rightful heir to the Iron Throne. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' But even if paternity tests were available in those days of yore, the corrupt Lannisters likely would have faked the results to strengthen their grip on the Seven Kingdoms.
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April 11, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Lawndale woman was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison in a murder-for-hire plot targeting a man who was dating her daughter, authorities said. Adelina Cristobal's intention to kill her daughter's boyfriend with the help of a friend, Antonio Quevedo, was uncovered by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives when an informant tipped off investigators. Authorities say Cristobal was offering to pay several thousand dollars for the slaying. In addition to prison time, Cristobal will also be under three years' supervised parole upon her release.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" doesn't swing into U.S. theaters until May 2, but early reviews have begun trickling out as the superhero sequel readies its international rollout. So far, most film critics agree that director Marc Webb's second installment is somewhat overstuffed but benefits greatly from the sparks that fly between Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy). Variety's Guy Lodge says that although "Amazing Spider-Man 2" feels redundant, coming just five years after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3," the movie "acrobatically spins enough sound and fury to distract from the issue, while the tinderbox chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone delights once more.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The FBI has arrested a Moroccan on suspicion of lying on immigration documents, which wouldn't necessarily be news, except that he also is suspected of plotting to blow up a school and a government building by attaching a Southern California-made bomb to a drone. The purported threat came to light this week in the affidavit of an FBI agent seeking to arrest 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti. On Monday, a federal judge in Connecticut ordered Fahti held without bail. He has not been charged with any terrorism-related crimes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Call it a dark farce, human comedy or wartime satire. But however you slice it, the ill-conceived morality tale "A Farewell to Fools" is a bust. Set in the waning days of World War II, the movie involves a group of Romanian villagers attempting to trick the resident fool, Ipu (Gérard Depardieu in hyper-slob mode), into giving up his life in order to save theirs. Unfortunately, the script by Anusavan Salamanian, based on the novel by Titus Popovici (first filmed as 1972's "Then I Sentenced Them All to Death")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"In the Blood" casts mixed martial artist Gina Carano as Ava, who has overcome a particularly parlous upbringing to turn her life around and marry up the social ladder. While on their Dominican honeymoon, husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) vanishes, apparently in an elaborate abduction plot. When local police offer no help, Ava takes matters into her own hands. The self-defense chops she learned the hard way come in very handy, of course. Though lacking marquee names, the film measures up to the typical Hollywood action-thriller in just about every other bailiwick.
WORLD
July 20, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
ASPEN, Colo. -- James Mattis, who retired last month as a Marine four-star general and head of U.S. Central Command, on Saturday bluntly criticized the Obama administration's response to what U.S. officials say was a plot by the Iranian government in 2011 to assassinate the Saudi ambassador at a Washington restaurant. Answering questions by CNN's Wolf Blitzer before an audience at the Aspen Security Forum, Mattis said he found it inexplicable that the plot was dealt with as a law enforcement matter with no clear diplomatic or military response.  Iran was under Mattis' purview at Central Command.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Two Silicon Valley men were sentenced Monday for a "sextortion" plot in which they tried to extort professional poker players with threats of publicizing naked photographs and other private information stolen from email accounts. Tyler Schrier, 23, of Menlo Park was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy, extortion and unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. As part of the plea, Schrier admitted he also extorted $26,000 from professional poker players in another plot.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
We'll tell you right now, if you haven't caught up with "The Good Wife," especially the episode that aired Sunday night, then stop reading now. This post is all about the big plot twist from that episode. OK, now that the requisite disclaimer is out of the way, let's quote David Letterman to guest Josh Charles on Monday night's "Late Show": "What the hell happened?" As shellshocked "Good Wife" viewers, or anyone who's spent time on social media in the last 48 hours, knows, on Sunday night Charles' character was suddenly killed by a stray bullet fired in a courtroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
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