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December 21, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Police in Britain arrested 12 men Monday in early-morning raids that they said were necessary to head off a potential terrorist attack. John Yates, assistant commissioner of Scotland Yard, declined to give details of any alleged plot but said the men were detained "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism" in Britain. It was the largest such sweep in the country since April 2009, when authorities across northern England arrested a dozen men for alleged involvement in what officials called a "very big" and imminent terrorist attack.
December 2, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
Although Denver (3-8) doesn't have the worst record in the NFL, any team that needs to illegally videotape a practice of the San Francisco 49ers (4-7) belongs at the top of the Bottom Ten. That's especially true considering the Buncos still lost, 16-24, before a crowd in London that included several mystified detectives from Scotland Yard. The Buncos rebounded last Sunday to lose once more, to the St. Louis Lambs, 33-36. Denver might have fared better, but rumor has it that the team inadvertently taped an Ohio State practice and spent the whole week preparing its defense to stop Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
November 10, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
One of the bombs hidden last month in two U.S.-bound packages from Yemen was timed to explode over the East Coast of the United States, British authorities said Wednesday. Al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing claimed responsibility for sending two parcel bombs concealed in computer printer cartridges that were intercepted Oct. 29 at airports in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and East Midlands, England. Both package bombs were addressed to Jewish groups in Chicago, though officials have said they believe both devices were intended to detonate in flight.
September 17, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
There was never any danger inside the great hall where Roman Catholics before him were once tried and sentenced to death. But as Pope Benedict XVI prepared to give an address there Friday, there was a frisson of risk in the air. Not because he'd kept an audience including four former prime ministers waiting for at least an hour. Or because police had arrested five men earlier in the day on suspicion of plotting a terrorist act against him. Rather, this was the speech billed as the most important of Benedict's historic four-day state visit to Britain.
September 8, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Scotland Yard said Tuesday that it expected to question a top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron in a growing scandal over a tabloid newspaper's alleged efforts to hack the cellphones of celebrities, politicians and aides to members of the monarchy. Andy Coulson, Cameron's communications director, stepped down as editor of the weekly News of the World three years ago after one of the paper's reporters was convicted of illegally accessing voicemail messages left for staff members of the royal household, including some from Prince William and Prince Harry.
April 10, 2009 | Henry Chu
Britain's top counter-terrorism official resigned Thursday after committing an embarrassing breach of security that forced police to prematurely launch raids against suspected Al Qaeda plotters. Bob Quick, an assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, apologized for having potentially jeopardized "a major counter-terrorism operation" when he was photographed and filmed Wednesday carrying top-secret documents in plain view.
July 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The story of a murder case that gripped Victorian England won Britain's richest nonfiction book prize Tuesday. Kate Summerscale's "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Or the Murder at Road Hill House" beat five other titles for the $60,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. Summerscale's bestselling book tells the story of an 1860 child murder that tested the mettle of one of Scotland Yard's first detectives and inspired writers including Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan Doyle.
February 9, 2008 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
In findings similar to those of the Pakistani government, Scotland Yard investigators asserted Friday that Benazir Bhutto died of a head injury resulting from the force of a suicide blast, not by shots fired toward her seconds earlier.
November 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Pseudo Picassos, counterfeit Chagalls and other fakes were on display in London this week, part of an effort by Scotland Yard to warn dealers about forged art that it says fuels crime gangs around the world. While the exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum looked like any other art gallery, the chatter among dealers centered on crime rather than composition, and the program was not open to the public.
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