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March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A top aide to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) was charged with trying to carry a loaded pistol and ammunition into a Senate office building, Capitol Police said. The staffer, Phillip Thompson, told police that the gun belonged to Webb, authorities said. Thompson said he forgot that the gun was in a briefcase and that he meant no harm. Thompson, 44, was jailed pending an appearance today in D.C. Superior Court.
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NATIONAL
March 24, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who underwent surgery in 2005 for colon cancer, said Friday that a series of medical scans had turned up a small growth in his lower abdomen and that he would have it surgically removed Monday. He said at least one set of scans was negative, as were blood tests looking for a return of the cancer. "But out of an aggressive sense of caution," he said, he will undergo the surgery.
WORLD
March 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A key aide to former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic has been arrested for allegedly siphoning millions of dollars of state money, police said. Former customs chief Mihalj Kertes, a key player during the late president's decade-long rule in the 1990s, was detained on a request from Serbia's prosecutor for organized crime, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) and his staff were described as "devastated" Saturday after an apparent murder-suicide involving a senior aide to the legislator. Michael J. Robbins, 67, who was long active in Los Angeles political circles, apparently shot his wife, Kim Gehring, 48, and then himself after an argument at their Baldwin Hills home late Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A former congressional aide accused of child molestation testified Monday that he never had sex with a 14-year-old Westminster boy and that the only time they touched was when they shook hands to say goodbye the last time they saw each other. Jeffrey Nielsen, under pointed and persistent cross-examination by an Orange County prosecutor, did acknowledge that he had looked at computer images of men having sex with boys but that he didn't consider it any more exciting than other gay pornography.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A teenager testifying in the molestation trial of a former aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said that moments before the pair had sex for the first time, the defendant acknowledged that he could get in trouble because the boy was so young.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The top aide to convicted former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges stemming from a congressional bribery scandal. William Heaton, 28, acknowledged accepting a golf trip to Scotland, expensive meals, and tickets to sporting events from 2002 to 2004 as payoffs for helping clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense in his perjury trial rests largely on the claim that he was too busy with pressing affairs of state to recall minor events such as conversations with reporters about an obscure CIA employee.
WORLD
January 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The top fundraiser for British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a police source said. Michael Levy was arrested when he returned to a London police station for a bail hearing after his first arrest last year in connection with alleged offenses in a political funding scandal. Levy, who is also Blair's personal Middle East envoy, denied any wrongdoing. He was released on bail.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2007 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the congressional page scandal rocked Capitol Hill and helped dash Republican hopes for holding their majorities in Congress, the House voted unanimously Friday to expand the board that oversees the teenage interns and require that it meet regularly. The House voted 416 to 0 to reorganize the House Page Board so that it has two congressional members from each party, the House clerk, the sergeant at arms, one parent of a page and one former page.
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