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August 17, 2011 | By James Oliphant
When the U.S. Secret Service decided to order two custom-made buses, including the one that transported President Obama through the upper Midwest this week, they had a specific model in mind.  The service, which has been transporting protectees by bus since Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, wanted a particular model only available from the Quebec-based manufacturer Prevost.  “The vehicle had to support the weight of security and communication equipment...
March 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
LAS VEGAS - With "Gone Girl," 20th Century Fox previewed one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year at CinemaCon on Thursday. But it was one of the studio's least-talked-about projects that got the warmest audience reaction. After unveiling a brief first look at "Girl," David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling mystery novel starring Ben Affleck, the studio's chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos surprised exhibitors by introducing a clip from "Secret Service.
May 3, 2012 | By Gregory J. Wallance
The great irony of the Secret Service sex scandal is that for many decades its agents had protected presidents and senior officials from scandal over sexual trysts and romantic affairs - indeed, often discreetly facilitating them - only to embarrass itself in a hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. The 12 Secret Service employees being investigated for cavorting with at least 20 prostitutes last month were in Colombia to prepare for President Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas.
December 20, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Investigators reviewing allegations of misbehavior by Secret Service agents tasked with safeguarding the president and other top administration officials found no evidence that “misconduct is widespread” or that the agency's leadership “tolerates inappropriate behavior.” However, the investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, launched after several agents were caught in 2012 with Colombian prostitutes,...
October 24, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Twitter users sent more than 6.5 million Tweets during the third presidential debate Monday - and a few of them were death threats against President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Less than 24 hours later, the Secret Service took to Twitter in what the department calls a new tactic to gather information on potential threats against the people they protect. “To report a tweet that concerns you,” @SecretService wrote Tuesday in its first such Tweet , “call the nearest field office in your state.” The agency posted a similar message Wednesday morning.
July 22, 1998
Most of us believe the president wants the Secret Service to keep the service a secret. HAL ROTHBERG Woodland Hills
November 16, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday that a suspect potentially tied to a shooting incident near the White House on Friday has been arrested in Pennsylvania. According to a statement from the agency, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was apprehended by Pennsylvania state troopers at a hotel in Indiana, Pa., at 12:35 p.m. EST based on information generated by Secret Service agents in the Pittsburgh field office. The Secret Service, ATF, FBI, U.S. Park Police and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department had been working together to locate Ortega-Hernandez after law enforcement Friday responded to the sound of gunfire on Constitution Avenue, approximately 700 yards south of the White House.
April 14, 2012 | Matea Gold and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Five members of the U.S. military may have taken part with Secret Service agents in misconduct involving prostitutes at a hotel in Cartagena,and have been confined to their quarters for violating curfew. The service members -- assigned to support the Secret Service at this weekend's Summit of the Americas -- may have been involved in "inappropriate conduct" at the Hotel Caribe, where a team of now-recalled Secret Service agents was staying, the United States Southern Command said Saturday.
April 19, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - More resignations are expected soon in the Secret Service prostitution scandal. "It is our understanding the resignations could come today or tomorrow," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Thursday. He has been briefed by Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. The Secret Service announced Wednesday that it was seeking to fire one supervisor tied to the alleged misconduct. Another supervisor is retiring, and a third agent will be allowed to retire.
April 19, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rocker Ted Nugent said he had an amicable meeting with the Secret Service on Thursday, seemingly ending the dustup over controversial comments Nugent made at the National Rifle Assn. convention earlier this week. Nugent, a longtime conservative and NRA board member who endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, had Democrats howling after comments in which he described the Obama administration as "vile, evil and America hating. " If Obama won reelection, Nugent said he "will either be dead or in jail," and also called on conservatives to "ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.
October 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The White House is resuming public tours on a limited schedule after stopping the popular tourist draw when budget cuts hit federal agencies in March. A scaled-back schedule of tours will begin Nov. 5, the White House said in a statement. Member of Congress, who request tickets on behalf of constituents, were also notified of the decision Friday. The tours through the East Wing and the executive residence were stopped in March, when across-the-board spending cuts forced federal agencies to immediately slash a total of $85 billion from the budgets.
October 4, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano and Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- The woman shot to death after a police chase from the White House to Capitol Hill had been suffering from mental health issues, according to federal law enforcement officials, including postpartum depression after her daughter was born and a troubling fixation on President Obama. Miriam Carey's declining mental stability, the sources said, developed into a belief that the president was “controlling" her life, which may explain why she appeared Thursday afternoon next to the White House and then led Secret Service agents and Washington police on a two-mile, three-minute chase down Pennsylvania Avenue.
October 3, 2013 | By Richard Simon, Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro and David Lauter, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON -- A driver who appears to have tried to ram her car through security barriers near the White House was shot and killed by police outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon, law enforcement officials said. Two police officers, one from the Secret Service and the other from the U.S. Capitol Police, were injured in the incident, both apparently from car crashes. Both are in good condition, officials said. A 1-year old child who was in the car is also in good condition and was taken into protective custody, officials said.
July 2, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The official in charge of investigating potential misdeeds at the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation on allegations of nepotism, abusing his position and covering up details about a Secret Service prostitution scandal. Senate investigators are looking into allegations that Deputy Inspector Gen. Charles K. Edwards was "susceptible to political pressure" and that he changed and withheld information for reports on the misconduct of U.S. Secret Service agents who hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, during a visit before a 2012 presidential trip, according to a letter two senators sent to Edwards on June 27. "Numerous" complaints from fellow employees allege that Edwards improperly employed his wife, Madhuri Edwards, as a supervisory auditor in his office, that he arranged for her to telecommute from India for seven months, and that he took "retaliatory action" against people who objected, according to the letter from Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who chairs the oversight subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the subcommittee's top Republican, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
June 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Andrew Blankstein
Secret Service officials in town for Friday's visit of President Obama said they are aware of the shooting at Santa Monica College, but do not expect it to affect his trip. "We are aware of the incident and it is not impacting the visit," said Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service. "It's a local police matter at this point. " Obama landed at LAX shortly before 11 a.m. and flew by helicopter to Santa Monica Airport, where he was greeted on the Tarmac by  the outgoing and incoming mayors of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti.
April 17, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- An envelope addressed to President Obama and intercepted at a mail processing facility has tested positive for the poison ricin, a law enforcement official said Wednesday. Officials are conducting additional tests to confirm the result, said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the press because the tests are part of an ongoing investigation. Investigators believe the letter to the White House may have been sent by the same person who mailed a suspicious envelope to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
April 20, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Three more Secret Service employees who were involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal are leaving the agency, bringing the total to half a dozen agents or uniformed officers who saw their careers cut short in a widening investigation of alleged misconduct. The latest casualties of the embarrassing episode “have chosen to resign,” said Paul Morrissey, spokesman for the Secret Service. He also announced that a 12th agency employee is being investigated, one more than previously known.
April 15, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has called officials in Boston to offer “whatever assistance is necessary” to investigate and respond to the deadly bomb blasts Monday and plans to speak publicly on the incident this evening, a senior White House official said. Shortly after hearing of the bombs just minutes after they went off, Obama called the Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor to express his concern for the injured to “make clear that his administration is ready to provide needed support,” the official said.
April 12, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The man who shot Ronald Reagan and three other men in 1981 has been behaving normally when he leaves the mental hospital in Washington, D.C., where he is being treated, according to Secret Service observations in newly released court documents. John Hinckley Jr., 57, shops at Wal-Mart, Target and PetSmart during visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va. One of his first stops is often a Wendy's. At home with his mother, he performs lots of chores, plays guitar and makes art. He shows few of the symptoms that led to the 1982 finding that he was insane, and therefore not guilty of attempted murder and other charges in the assassination attempt.
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