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October 30, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police detectives had been trailing a serial murder suspect for about a month during the summer of 2003 when they finally got their needed break. Adolph Theodore Laudenberg, then 77, thought police wanted to question him as a witness in an unrelated car theft case and agreed to meet with an LAPD investigator at a Torrance doughnut shop. As they talked, Laudenberg sipped coffee out of a Styrofoam cup and occasionally paused to wipe his mouth with a napkin.
October 26, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation's key nuclear weapons research centers, confirmed Wednesday that it experienced a potentially major security breach -- discovered last week when police found three laboratory computer drives during a drug arrest at a New Mexico trailer park. Police reports released Wednesday identified the owner of the trailer, where officers found a sizable amount of drug paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine use, as Jessica Quintana.
October 20, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writers
Federal authorities are investigating the handling of classified information by a Los Angeles scientist who works for the aerospace giant Boeing. Though the FBI would not comment on the probe, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed that agents served three search warrants within the last two months at the Valley Village home of Abraham Lesnik. The warrants remain under seal.
October 9, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Five months ago, the FBI touched off a legal and political firestorm when it raided the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson after wads of marked $100 bills were found in the Louisiana Democrat's freezer. Now, with major questions about that search still unsettled, the right of investigators to gain access to lawmakers' documents and computers is shaping up as a key battleground in the sex scandal probe surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.).
October 7, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A task force charged with policing probationers arrested a convicted drug trafficker Friday and seized 10 illegal weapons and a cache of ammunition. The arrest and seizure of Armen Sarafian, 21, was made by Los Angeles County DISARM officers and the La Verne and Claremont police departments. Among other items, the task force confiscated an AK-47 assault rifle and a Colt AR-15 rifle.
October 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Police will resume inspections of bags on public trains, buses and boats in the greater Boston area for the first time since the city held the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Gov. Mitt Romney announced Thursday. Romney, a Republican considering a 2008 run for president, said that the inspections for explosives were not a response to any immediate threat, but that police recognized transportation systems were vulnerable to terrorist attacks. "We are facing a very different threat.
September 29, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Armed federal agents in blue windbreakers and business suits raided the office of the Riverside Sheriffs' Assn. on Thursday, an action that comes as the FBI investigates the use of the association's legal trust fund. Officials at the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office refused to discuss the investigation, but an agent involved in the raid at the Riverside office park was seen carrying a search warrant that included the last name of the sheriffs' association president, Pat McNamara.
September 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Congressional Republicans agreed Thursday to prohibit customs agents from seizing prescription drugs that Americans buy in Canada and bring back into the United States. The deal would let Americans carry up to a 90-day supply of medication back to the U.S. from Canada without being stopped by customs agents, said House and Senate Republicans. But it would not let Americans buy less-expensive prescriptions over the Internet or by mail order, officials said. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
August 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Orange County sheriff's deputies Tuesday seized about $250,000 worth of marijuana watered by an irrigation system in the Santa Ana Mountains. The estimated 1,000 plants, partially concealed by other foliage, were first spotted late Monday from a sheriff's helicopter on routine patrol over rugged terrain about a quarter-mile off Ortega Highway about 15 miles east of Antonio Parkway, said Jim Amormino, a sheriff's spokesman.
August 16, 2006 | Zakeus Chibaya and Robyn Dixon, Special to The Times
Highways are clogged by roadblocks as police conduct lengthy searches for currency before a revaluation of the Zimbabwean dollar aimed at reining in the country's hyperinflation. Mourners say they have been forced to open coffins, and some women say they have had to submit to body cavity searches. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe lopped three zeroes off the currency more than two weeks ago and gave people until Monday to exchange their old notes.
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