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April 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Soldiers seized 5 1/2 tons of cocaine from a commercial plane arriving from Venezuela, Mexico's Defense Ministry said. The army was waiting for the plane at the airport of Ciudad de Carmen, 550 miles east of Mexico City, after receiving information from Venezuelan and U.S. authorities, Gen. Carlos Gaytan told a news conference. Soldiers arrested Colombian Miguel Vazquez, 47, who was the copilot, but the pilot escaped.
March 23, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Wednesday strengthened the rights of residents to bar police from entering and searching their homes, but the ruling drew a sharp dissent from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In a 5-3 decision, the justices said a homeowner may prevent officers from looking for evidence without a warrant even if a spouse or other adult occupant consents to the search. In the past, most courts said the consent of one resident was sufficient to permit a search.
March 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of police barged into the Costa Rican home of Calvin Ayre, a Canadian online betting mogul featured on the cover of Forbes magazine's annual billionaire issue out this week. Ayre, founder of the Costa-Rica-based gambling site, said a television company was filming a party at his mansion as part of a celebrity poker tournament, but police thought unlicensed gambling was taking place. He said no one was arrested.
March 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombian soldiers and police seized 29.7 pounds of uranium from two people trying to secretly sell the radioactive metal in Bogota, the capital, the army said. The news release gave no details about the uranium and did not say whether it would be suitable for making weapons. A man and a woman were arrested in the raid last week, but local television reported they had been freed because possession of uranium is not a crime in Colombia.
February 16, 2006 | Lisa Girion and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers
A congressman from each side of the aisle demanded an explanation Wednesday for increased government seizures of cheap drugs mailed to U.S. customers by Canadian pharmacies. "We believe this unannounced policy of increased enforcement is irresponsible," said Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration and to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
February 13, 2006 | From Associated Press
Japanese police raided a precision instrument maker today, amid media reports the firm illegally exported machinery to China and Thailand that could be used in uranium enrichment. Investigators searched the headquarters of Mitutoyo Corp. this morning, said a company official who declined to give her name, citing internal regulations. The official said she could not provide further details, but added that the company was "cooperating fully." Mitutoyo Corp.
December 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Counter-terrorism agents seized guns, ammunition, dynamite and other weapons in an investigation of suspected Islamic militants believed to have used robbery to fund terrorists. The arms were found in a garage in Clichy-sous-Bois just north of Paris. Agents found several pounds of TNT, assault rifles, revolvers, ammunition, ski masks and bulletproof vests. Investigators believe the weapons were used to carry out robberies in France.
November 28, 2005 | Naomi S. Baron, NAOMI S. BARON is a professor of linguistics at American University in Washington.
A FEW YEARS BACK, I asked my undergraduates to read Robert Putnam's "Bowling Alone." The class was discussing the effects of the Internet on social interaction, and Putnam's carefully documented analysis of the breakdown of Americans' connections to one another offered a good frame of reference. The students balked. Was I aware that the book was 541 pages long? Didn't I know Putnam had written a precis of his argument a couple of years earlier, which they easily found on the Web?
September 1, 2005 | From Reuters
A controversial provision in the Patriot Act that allows authorities to search citizens' personal records faced its first public challenge in federal court Wednesday as a library sought to lift a gag order on an FBI inquiry into its files. The case stems from an FBI request for records of a library patron without identifying the threat posed by the person, said a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the unidentified library in U.S. District Court.
August 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
The government confirmed Saturday that the U.S. home of Nigeria's vice president had been searched as part of a federal investigation, which news reports have linked to a Louisiana congressman. A State Department spokeswoman would not confirm when the search occurred, referring questions to the Justice Department. A Justice spokesman declined to comment. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans first reported that agents had searched the Potomac, Md.
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