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December 19, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi
SEOUL -- A high-ranking North Korean military officer said to be a close confidant of the recently executed uncle of ruler Kim Jong Un is in South Korean custody in China, South Korean media reported Thursday. Several South Korean media outlets, citing anonymous intelligence officials, said the unnamed military officer was being questioned in a South Korean diplomatic office in Beijing. According to 24-hour news channel YTN, the former aide to Jang Song Taek anticipated the purge of his boss and sought to defect at the end of September.
April 11, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and his attorney welcomed the completion of a confidential city investigation into sexual harassment claims against him, saying through a spokesman Friday that the findings supported their assertion that the allegations are "baseless. " The investigative firm Batza & Associates produced a report saying it did not find evidence to support former Huizar aide Francine Godoy's claim that the councilman engaged in discrimination, retaliation, harassment or the creation of a hostile work environment, according to a section of the report obtained by The Times.
March 26, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Ted Lilly reported improvement in his stiff neck Monday, but acknowledged he would probably have to miss his scheduled start Tuesday.  “Today, I feel quite a bit better,” Lilly said. “I'm still not to where I'm confident that I'd be able to go out there tomorrow and not regress.” He said he isn't concerned that he might have to postpone his first start of the regular season. “It's getting better,” he said. If Lilly is unable to pitch in the series-opening, four-game series in San Diego, No. 5 pitcher Chris Capuano would probably pitch in the series.
April 11, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - A secret Senate report on the CIA's treatment of Al Qaeda detainees from 2001 to 2006 concludes that the spy agency used brutal, unauthorized interrogation techniques, misrepresented key elements of the program to policymakers and the public, and actively sought to undermine congressional oversight, officials who have read the report say. Contrary to previous assertions by President George W. Bush and CIA leaders, the use of harsh interrogation...
January 8, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Major crimes reported at LAX dropped 26.7% last year, and overall crime continues to decline, according to 2012 statistics released this week by Los Angeles Airport Police.  Robberies dropped from three in 2011 to one last year.  Two aggravated assaults were reported each year. In 2012,  there were 17 reports of burglary from locked vehicles, a decrease of 10.5% over 2011 . . . . National Park Service authorities announced they will issue permits to limit the number of Half Dome hikers to 300 a day to reduce congestion in a wilderness area and make the hike safer.
February 23, 2010
T. Christian Miller, a reporter for the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, has won the $35,000 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for a collaboration with the Los Angeles Times that called attention to the plight of civilian workers injured in Iraq. The articles, which Miller began reporting as a Times staff writer, focused on workers hired by Pentagon contractors to drive fuel trucks, cook, translate and perform other support services. More than 1,700 civilian workers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 37,000 injured.
March 18, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, possibly Hollywood's busiest couple, reportedly are together no more.  The two have split up and are living apart after almost three years of dating. "Taking a break" is how People described it in breaking the news from sources close to the couple. Their reps wouldn't comment to the mag about the situation. They're still friends, but schedules got the best of them, the sources said. "It's a lifestyle she couldn't handle anymore," a source told Us Weekly.
December 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Harvard University was partially evacuated Monday morning after school officials sent out an alert about explosives on campus. "Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson," said the campus alert sent at 9:02 a.m. "Please evacuate those buildings now. " Officials at the Cambridge, Mass., school said there had been no reports of explosions. Campus and Cambridge police were investigating the reports. The evacuated buildings were diverse.
January 30, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Amid rising fear that Syrian President Bashar Assad could lose control of his nation's stockpiles of chemical and advanced weapons, Israel bombed and destroyed a military research center outside Damascus, the capital, Syrian state media reported Wednesday. Israeli and U.S. military and government officials declined to comment on the report. If it occurred, the attack would mark Israel's most aggressive military strike against its neighbor during the Syrian uprising against Assad's rule that began nearly two years ago. Earlier in the day, international news agencies and Arab news outlets reported that the Israeli strike had targeted a weapons convoy along the Syrian-Lebanese border as it attempted to deliver cargo to the militant group Hezbollah.
December 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kate Upton and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy are no more: The couple have reportedly split. Commence happy dance, boys. The curvaceous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and "Dancing With the Stars" alum have called it quits, according to several reports. PHOTOS: Kate Upton through the years "They are really good friends still and speak all the time, but their schedules just made it too difficult, and it fell apart," a source told Us Weekly. "[Chmerkovskiy] has a lot of respect for her, but it just wasn't working anymore.
April 10, 2014 | Wire reports
Colin Kaepernick, the young San Francisco 49ers quarterback who guided the team to the Super Bowl and a conference championship game during his first two seasons, is under investigation by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct last week at a hotel, the Miami Herald reported. Also listed on the police incident report are his teammate Quinton Patton, 23, a second-year pro, and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, 27. Though no charges have been filed, the report indicates that a woman - who said she had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past - told police on April 3 that she passed out in the hotel about midnight April 1. She woke up at a Miami hospital the next morning, the report says, with no idea how she got there.
April 10, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings by officers, according to a damning report released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Jocelyn Samuels said the Albuquerque Police Department needed a "systematic change" to address a long-ingrained culture of using deadly force - a culture the report called indifferent to operating within constitutional guidelines. "This is no longer an acceptable way to proceed," Samuels said.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - An inspectors general report released Thursday faulted the FBI for failing to conduct a "more thorough assessment" of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying such an investigation might have turned up evidence about his growing embrace of Islamic militancy and his possible threat to the United States. But the report's unclassified summary stopped short of saying a closer examination of Tsarnaev would necessarily have prevented the April 15, 2013, attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Acting on a 2011 tip from Russian intelligence, the FBI investigated Tsarnaev before last year's bombing, but closed the inquiry after the bureau found no links to terrorism.
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The panel charged with looking into sexual harassment claims against Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has completed its work and forwarded its findings to Council President Herb Wesson. News that the probe is finished comes as the City Council on Friday is scheduled to consider a contract authorizing up to $200,000 in payments to the law firm representing Huizar in a lawsuit filed by his accuser, former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy. The report, which council members are expected to consider behind closed doors, was prepared by Batza & Associates, an investigative firm that specializes in workplace matters.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
More than a year after it approved a report critical of the CIA's interrogation and detention policies, the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to make a portion of the document public. It's now up to President Obama to ensure that the agency doesn't mount a rear-guard attempt to censor or sanitize the committee's findings in the name of national security. Thanks to news reports and a report by the CIA's inspector general, Americans long have been aware of both the broad outlines and some abhorrent details of the Bush administration's mistreatment of suspected terrorists after 9/11.
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
August 4, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Iran denied media reports Wednesday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's motorcade was attacked while traveling in the western city of Hamedan. Discounting speculation that swept the country, Iran's Press TV said that "an informed source in Iran's presidential office has rejected as false the reports of grenade attack on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some foreign news sources published reports that a grenade exploded near the motorcade of President Ahmadinejad." Reuters had reported that the president's convoy was traveling from the airport to a sports stadium in Hamedan when a homemade bomb exploded, injuring several people.
March 15, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Dwight Howard told the Orlando Magic late Wednesday night that he will stay with the team and not opt out of his contract, according to multiple reports. The New Jersey Nets have been told that Howard will not opt out and will therefore not be available in trade, ESPN reported. Howard still needs to sign a waiver of the early-termination option in his contract before the noon PDT trade deadline today. By signing the waiver, Howard would remain with the Magic through the 2012-2013 season.
April 5, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A portion of the bribe money federal prosecutors say undercover FBI agents gave to state Sen. Leland Yee made its way into public campaign finance disclosures. The Times found $17,300 in contributions that match the dates and amounts, and sometimes circumstances, of payments detailed in an FBI agent's affidavit released the day the veteran lawmaker was arrested in a sting operation. According to that affidavit, the money was intended to buy influence for the New Jersey mob, secure state business, foster legislation governing marijuana dispensaries and help set up an international arms deal.
April 4, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan police officer turned his weapon on two Western journalists Friday, killing one and wounding the other inside a security forces compound in eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the country's closely watched presidential election. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German and a veteran photographer for Associated Press, was killed instantly, and AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was shot three times, sustaining wrist and shoulder wounds, the news agency said. Gannon, 60, a Canadian who has covered Afghanistan for nearly three decades, was evacuated to the U.S. military base at Bagram and was reported to be in stable condition.
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