June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified Wednesday that the controversial National Security Agency surveillance program "has been a contributing factor, one dot among many dots" for tracking terrorist plots, and he admitted for the first time that the bureau had used surveillance drones inside the U.S. The FBI uses drones "in a very, very minimal way and very seldom," said Mueller, adding that "we have very few. " Mueller's comments...
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Recently disclosed National Security Agency surveillance programs have helped disrupt more than 50 "potential terrorist events" around the world over the last 12 years, according to U.S. intelligence officials who described the spying operations as tightly regulated and extremely useful. The officials, testifying Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, identified two new cases - an alleged plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange, and a U.S. resident who helped finance a terrorist group in Somalia - that they said proved the value of collecting domestic telephone calling records and monitoring foreign Internet traffic.
June 16, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. - It is hard to know whether this year's U.S. Open golf tournament will be remembered for Justin Rose's victory or Phil Mickelson's defeat. Rose is 32 years old, an Englishman born in South Africa, who was a prodigy as early as 17 with his tie for fourth place as an amateur in the 1998 British Open. Recently, he has been seen as somebody who hasn't won a major but certainly should. Now he has, making birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and holding on for a one-shot victory with his closing 70, an even-par finale that left him at an unusual 72-hole winning total of one-over 281. The real answer to how this U.S. Open will be remembered may rest with the course it was played on, Merion Golf Club, which yielded nothing.
June 13, 2013 |
In its first season, "Homeland" hinged on the premise that Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) had been turned while held captive by Al Qaeda and, now back in the States, was planning a terrorist attack. Nobody believed that war hero Brody would be capable of such a betrayal, save for bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). Brody's plan depended on his partnership with another turned Marine, Tom Walker, a plot point, it turns out, that producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon never liked and, to this day, would rework if given the chance - provided they could come up with something a little more plausible.
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June 12, 2013 |
A 21-year-old college student at UC Riverside was in custody after pleading not guilty to trying to get her current boyfriend to kill her ex-boyfriend. According to the Press-Enterprise , Barbara Wu was charged in May with soliciting murder, making terrorist threats, vandalism, stalking and other crimes. She pleaded not guilty at a hearing Tuesday. Wu's current boyfriend got a restraining order against her, two days after she allegedly asked him to kill her former lover. In the court document, Dennis Lin wrote Wu wanted him to break the man's legs with a baseball bat, kill him and discard the body.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The director of the National Security Agency portrayed the collection of millions of U.S. telephone records each day as a limited program designed to thwart terrorist plots, but made it clear that the NSA needed only a "reasonable suspicion" of a terrorist link to search the vast databank, not a separate court order. Testifying on Capitol Hill for the first time since news reports exposed the secret NSA program last week, Gen. Keith Alexander said the provision in the Patriot Act that authorizes collection of so-called business records, including calling records, has helped prevent or disrupt "dozens of terrorist plots.
June 12, 2013 |
"I can do things other people can't," the man says with becoming modesty, and can he ever. Cauterize deep wounds with a single glance, leap tall buildings in a single bound, things like that. Those rumors you've been hearing are true: Superman is back in town. But "Man of Steel" is not your father's Superman (there's no kryptonite in sight), or your grandfather's for that matter. It features brooding, buff British actor Henry Cavill as a muscular yet sensitive type (think Jack Kerouac spending way too much time in the gym)
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June 11, 2013 |
Santa Monica police on Tuesday were seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted in a robbery-kidnapping attempt at a hotel near the city's popular pier and seaside amusement park. The April 21 incident at the Seaview Hotel on Ocean Avenue involved five victims and more than a half dozen suspects, some of whom were armed with handguns, according to police. The request for public help comes as the city is reeling from a recent burst of violence, including a shooting rampage Friday that left six people dead . In the kidnapping and robbery incident, officers responded to the hotel after a report of a disturbance in a room, the Santa Monica Police Department said.
June 2, 2013 |
ABC's new nighttime soap "Mistresses," which premieres Monday, is pretty much what we've come to expect from any Americanized version of a British television show that isn't "The Office": lame. The BBC version, which debuted here in 2009, was the fairly ridiculous tale of a quartet of female besties, each involved in some manner of semi-illicit romantic intrigue or other - a U.K. and middle-aged "Sex and the City," elevated by a willingness to conjure mood and the inevitable Very Fine British Acting.
May 30, 2013 |
Truman Templeton saw something and said something. A minor mystery swirled around Albany, Ore., after police arrested West Albany High School student Grant Acord last week on suspicion of plotting to shoot up and blow up his school. Who turned him in? It was Templeton, 17, a classmate and a friend. “It's kind of hard to believe that it's me, when I see it," Templeton told KATU-TV in an interview , reflecting on all the coverage the arrest has gotten. "It's just like, is this really me they're talking about?