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September 2, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
President Obama was aboard his Marine One helicopter flying to a celebrity-studded fundraiser in Holmby Hills last February when a single-engine plane, flying radio silent, breached a no-fly zone over Los Angeles. An ear-piercing horn rocketed Capt. Luke Campagne to his feet 50 miles away. His G-suit already strapped on, Campagne sprinted out of a windowless, cinder block barracks at Riverside's March Air Reserve Base to an F-16 fighter jet waiting in a hangar. Within minutes, two Fighting Falcons screamed over Hemet, then banked west toward Long Beach, crossing the Santa Ana Mountains at a hair below supersonic speeds - guns and missiles "hot.
August 18, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. border authorities have awarded a $99.9-million contract to a New York-based company to develop a radar system to detect low-flying ultralight aircraft used to smuggle drugs from Mexico. The solo-piloted aircraft that resemble motorized hang gliders are difficult to detect with conventional radar technology and can carry payloads up to 250 pounds. The planes fly slowly above areas from San Diego to Arizona, dropping their loads of marijuana before escaping to Mexico. More than 700 incursions, at least two of which occurred over San Diego's Interstate 8, have been reported since the trend began in 2008.
August 6, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators had “looked at” Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page more than once because of his associations with right-wing extremists and the possibility that he was providing funding to a domestic terrorist group, but law enforcement officials at the time determined there was not enough evidence of a crime to open an investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, would not say Monday which law enforcement agency had considered investigating Page, or when.
July 28, 2012 | By Matt Moody, Los Angeles Times
Looking for love is a journey. For the very young, that can be a quick trip, thanks to a huge pool of possibilities. For the rest of us, it's more like an expedition, with lots of baggage to lug around. My itinerary included a stop at an online dating superstore. One particular "match" remains unforgettable - despite the passage of time and an eventual long-term relationship with a great woman. After an initial digital encounter and a bit of back and forth via the dating site, we exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet.
July 23, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
BLACKPOOL, England - While Adam Scott was squandering a seven-stroke lead in the British Open on Sunday, a few miles up the road in Blackpool, Colin Osborne was letting a comfortable lead of his own slip away. Scott's fade took place in the final round of one of golf's four major tournaments, in front of a standing-room-only crowd and an international television audience of millions. Osborne's choke job occurred in the first round of the Betfair World Matchplay - a darts tournament - before a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience of several hundred thousand.
June 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' new owners have not spoken to the NFL about building a stadium next to Dodger Stadium and have no immediate plans to do so but are open to the possibility. Clarity can sometimes be derived from reading between the lines. Which might just be what's required here. Mark Walter, the Dodgers' new controlling owner, was in attendance at Dodger Stadium on Friday, the same day The Times' Sam Farmer broke the story about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell setting guidelines for any teams interested in moving to Los Angeles.
To all the high school pitchers who keep winning games but get no love from the pro baseball scouts because they don't fit into the required mold (a.k.a, throw 90 mph), let me introduce you to your future hero, left-hander Daniel Starkand of Burbank High. "I'm a skinny kid," the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Starkand said. His fastball probably comes in at 83 mph on a good day. He hasn't given up an earned run in his last 46 innings. He ended Arcadia's Pacific League winning streak at 41 games by shutting down the Apaches, 3-0. He has a 4.25 grade-point average and will play for Chapman University next season.
May 2, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
For sale: An exotic, once top-secret radar-evading ship, dubbed the Sea Shadow, that was built by one of the world's largest defense contractors during the height of the Cold War. Specifications: about 68 feet wide, 164 feet long and around 563 tons. Price: $139,200 or best offer. If interested, please contact the General Services Administration at its website: That's the sales pitch from theU.S. Navy, which - after five years of trying and failing to donate the stealthy Sea Shadow to a museum - is now selling the ship for scrap metal in an online auction.
April 19, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The radar-evading F-35 fighter jet, a nearly $400-billion weapons program under development for more than a decade, is facing its worst turbulence since Washington decided to buy it in 2001 - when it was billed as the most affordable, lethal and survivable military aircraft ever built for the U.S. and its allies. At a time when federal spending is under a microscope, the plan to develop and build 2,443 airplanes is hundreds of billions of dollars over budget. The F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, has been delayed by glitches in its onboard computer systems, cracks in structural components and troubles with its electrical system.
March 9, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York -- The National Book Critics Circle gave its 2011 fiction prize to Edith Pearlman, an under-the-radar writer of short stories, at its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening at the New School. Pearlman won for her collection "Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories," published by the small independent press Lookout Books, an imprint of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "I thought if I won I would faint," Pearlman said as she reached the podium to accept her award.
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