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March 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A cable news program was temporarily replaced with hard-core pornography, shocking viewers who had been watching a health show featuring former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. The incident on KPPX-TV was "an act of human sabotage" at the Phoenix-area station, said Ion Television, which operates the station. "We have launched a rigorous investigation, and any implicated employees will face strict disciplinary action and termination," spokeswoman Leslie Monreal said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
"Sabotage" is an appropriate title for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, since its many action and suspense elements are routinely undermined by a sloppy assemblage. A hyperviolent tale from complicated-cop chronicler David Ayer ("Training Day," "End of Watch"), the film is about a renegade DEA task force whose members are mysteriously eliminated one by one in the wake of a botched cartel takedown. "Sabotage" was designed to give the grizzled ex-governor, playing the group's veteran leader, a shoot'em-up vehicle bolstered by Ayer's patented macho realism.
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WORLD
June 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Chevron Corp. said it had shut down its onshore oil production to protect the environment after a pipeline in the southern Niger Delta was sabotaged. The region's main militant group said it was not involved but had been contacted by angry youths who said they had blown up the pipeline.
OPINION
November 6, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In the latest example of the profound change in Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality, the Senate is moving toward a vote on a bill that would outlaw job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But whether the Employment Non-Discrimination Act becomes law could depend on whether the Republican leadership in the House decides to alienate the very voters it will need to attract to remain competitive on a national level. Initial indications are that the Republicans, who sullied their brand with last month's disastrous shutdown of the federal government, may sabotage both the bill known as ENDA and their own prospects.
NEWS
August 4, 1987
A million-volt transmission line carrying power from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California was back in service, three days after vandals toppled a 120-foot tower and downed the line near Independence on the eastern slope of the Sierra. The FBI and Inyo County sheriff's deputies were continuing to investigate the sabotaging of the tower, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Treva Miller said. "We know some guy wires were cut, but we don't know why," Miller said.
SPORTS
January 22, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Brown only played in one Super Bowl during his 17-year career. And that was a game you'd think he'd want to forget, when his Oakland Raiders were routed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII. But 10 years later, not only is the nine-time Pro Bowl receiver still thinking about that game, he's making comments that are sure to have everyone else talking about it all over again. In comments made Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Brown suggested that then-coach Bill Callahan may have been trying "sabotage" the Super Bowl when he changed the game plan on the Friday before the game.  Callahan was in his first year as head coach of the Raiders after four years as an assistant of Jon Gruden, who had taken over the same position with the Buccaneers that season.
NEWS
December 24, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Wiesbaden said they arrested two men suspected of blackmail after sabotage that caused massive disruption to German railroads. The pair from eastern Germany were arrested after a botched attempt to collect ransom money at a highway rest stop near Munich. Since Nov. 23, blackmailers committed three acts of sabotage while trying to extort $6 million from the railroads, police said.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Marines have been charged with attempted murder in the sabotage of more than 12 parachutes that left three Marines slightly injured last fall, the military said in Camp Lejeune. Lance Cpl. Antoine Boykins, 21, of Baltimore and Lance Cpl. Julian Ramirez, 25, of Los Angeles were charged Feb. 12. The lawyers representing the men did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
NEWS
February 6, 1989
The Energy Department has been pressing utilities to fortify their defenses against sabotage since a National Security Council study found a growing danger of terrorist attack on domestic power sources. The Associated Press learned of the report, released to Congress in 1987, which said that "energy-related terrorism . . . would be a particularly significant threat" in the event of a military crisis with the Soviet Union, but that ". . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Friday ordered two high-ranking Los Angeles transportation engineers to stand trial on felony charges of allegedly gaining unauthorized access to the city's computer system in order to sabotage traffic flow at four busy city intersections in August 2006.
OPINION
September 20, 2013
Re "The skinny on the Inform Act: It's likely to misinform," Column, Sept. 18 Michael Hiltzik reveals yet another attempt to undermine Social Security and Medicare, this time by driving a wedge between generations. Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff claims that all elderly Americans are stealing from younger generations to pay for their benefits, and he wants a law enacted to mandate that the federal government account for this generational burden. Hiltzik uses Kotlikoff's own figures to show that an average retired couple in 2011 actually paid more in Social Security payroll taxes than they will collect in benefits.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The latest Edward Snowden-powered exposé published by the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian is, to me, the most frightening. It reveals that the National Security Agency has moved beyond its historic role as a code-breaker to become a saboteur of the encryption systems. Its work has allegedly weakened the scrambling not just of terrorists' emails but also bank transactions, medical records and communications among coworkers. Here's the money graf: "The NSA hacked into target computers to snare messages before they were encrypted.
OPINION
July 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A dozen Republicans in the Senate have said they'd rather shut down the government than provide funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 healthcare reform law better known as Obamacare. Meanwhile, more than 60 Republicans in the House have called on their leadership to cut off all federal support for the law in the coming fiscal year. And they complain when President Obama doesn't hold up his end of the bargain? The GOP's irresponsible threats are just the latest in a long series of attempts to undermine the law and obstruct its implementation.
OPINION
July 25, 2013
Re "PLO official unsure about talks," July 22 Secretary of State John F. Kerry must go into "peace talks" with the Palestinians and Israel only if the latter country is prepared to pull back on settlement expansion. Because Israel refuses to do so, we can be sure the Palestinians will not agree to accept the failed approach of the 2000 Camp David summit that put the blame for failure on them. Unless we see an economically viable plan for a Palestinian state, Kerry's efforts will look foolish and weak.
WORLD
June 6, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - A battle over water has turned into a war of colorful rhetoric between Ethiopia and Egypt over the flow of the Nile, which begins in the African highlands but keeps Egypt from being swallowed entirely by desert. An ambitious Ethiopian dam project is diverting Nile waters that Cairo says will reduce the river's northward flow. The Egyptians have stumbled into crisis mode: At a meeting hosted by President Mohamed Morsi this week, several politicians, unaware TV cameras were rolling, suggested sabotaging or threatening to bomb the dam. Egypt can coordinate with Ethiopian rebels and "use them as a bargaining chip with the Ethiopian government," mused Younis Makhyoun, leader of an ultraconservative Islamist party.
SPORTS
April 18, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Private quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson has been making headlines this week by building up Tim Tebow, trashing Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos, and making a case that Tebow could be the savior of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. All this from a guy who worked with Tebow for just three sessions. Earlier this week, Clarkson -- a Wilson High School graduate who has worked with numerous quarterbacks, including former USC Trojans Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley -- had plenty to say during a conference call with reporters.
SPORTS
April 26, 1989
The theory that Ben Johnson was a victim of sabotage at the Seoul Olympics surfaced again at an inquiry into drug use by Canadian athletes on Tuesday at Toronto. David Sookram, attorney for Dr. Jamie Astaphan, who treated Johnson, suggested during cross-examination of Waldemar Matuszewski, Johnson's physical therapist, that Johnson received pills described as pain killers several days before he tested positive for steroids and was stripped of the gold medal he won in the 100-meter dash.
SPORTS
January 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Bill Callahan isn't taking accusations of sabotaging Super Bowl XXXVII lying down. A day after former Oakland receiver Jerry Rice agreed with statements made by ex-teammate Tim Brown that their coach may have purposely hurt the Raiders' chances to win the NFL title 10 years ago, Callahan released a strongly worded statement of his own. Not only does Callahan vehemently deny the allegations, he calls them "defamatory" and asks for an immediate retraction....
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