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October 31, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Managers of an atomic power plant in Sweden used janitors to guard the facility when the alarm system was malfunctioning, according to a critical report from the country's nuclear watchdog. In a statement on its website, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said managers at the Oskarshamn plant had cleaning and maintenance staff help guard parts of the plant's perimeter because some motion sensors were not working. It said the workers had no security guard training.
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April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The San Bernardino man who allegedly shot a sheriff's deputy last week, and then stunned investigators by pulling out a handgun and killing himself in a Sheriff's Department interview room after his arrest, was facing a third-strike felony charge and a possible life sentence if convicted, authorities said Monday. San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod also said investigators found that the suspect, Ricardo Alfonso Cerna, 47, had two bullets in his .
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Charles K. Edwards, who was acting inspector general for Homeland Security from late 2011 through early 2013, considered aides to Napolitano to be friends, socialized with them over drinks and dinner and, at their urging, improperly made changes to several investigative reports, according to the Senate review released Thursday.
OPINION
March 1, 2013
Re “ Glendale schools boost security ,” Feb. 25 This weekend, Glendale will host its annual gun show at the Civic Auditorium, conveniently located near a skate park, schools and opening-day Little League fields. Seems to me if officials want to take steps to make Glendale schools safer, they could start at the heart of the problem, namely by making it more difficult to get more guns and ammo. It's not a lack of security in our schools - it's the guns, this country's addiction to them and fear run amok that are threatening our communities.
OPINION
June 27, 2012
Re "Locked and loaded for the Olympics," June 25 The Olympic Games are supposed to represent countries coming together with pride and talented athletes and friendly relations with the world community, and yet London is preparing for the 2012 Games with a mass deployment of weapons worthy of wartime peril. It's amazing that for a period of two weeks, people get along with each other, compete fairly and show respect for their peers while the world rejoices at the accomplishments of these dedicated men and women.
SPORTS
April 15, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
In response to the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the Los Angeles Police Department said there would be an increased security presence at and around Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The Dodgers are playing host to the San Diego Padres in the first game of a three-game series. “We believe Dodger Stadium has been a safe place,” officer Sally Nadera said. “This is to reassure the people that Dodger Stadium is safe.” Before the terrorist attack in Boston, the LAPD had no plans to increase security at the ballpark, according to Nadera.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who sits at the center of the nation's immigration debate, pushed back Wednesday against congressional demands to tighten border security further before creating a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Napolitano argued that border security had "never been stronger. " She said the Obama administration had deported a record number of people, had increased the number of border agents to a record 21,300 and cut illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
OPINION
September 12, 2013
Re "Testing a new curriculum," Editorial, Sept. 8 National security demands that the U.S. produce the world's top scientists. Why, then, is K-12 achievement in the sciences low compared to many other advanced nations? The reason is simple. As indicated in your fine editorial on standardized testing under the new Common Core curriculum, there is no requirement in federal law for science proficiency testing. Only when there is required testing of students, as there is in English and math, will much more attention be given to science in our schools.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By David Wharton
After twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 264, officials have established additional security measures for this spring's race. The changes include a law enforcement presence that will be doubled to more than 3,500 officers. "This year, runners and spectators will see more uniformed police officers on the course and as they approach the course," Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, told reporters. "And in some areas, the uniformed police officers will be accompanied by bomb-sniffing canines.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Julie Makinen
TOKYO - Declaring that "the United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," President Obama launched an Asia tour designed to assure leaders of ally nations that they have a strong U.S. backup at a time of rising regional tension. Appearing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday morning, Obama said the "U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation not only for our security in the Asia-Pacific region but also for the region as a whole. " He later said the U.S. security treaty with Japan "covers all territories under Japan's administration, including the Senkaku islands," but reiterated that Washington did not take a position on competing claims of sovereignty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary to arrest two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, face two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Martinez was charged with two additional felony counts of perjury and one count of filing a false report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Authorities are investigating if any more security video exists showing a teenager who bypassed security at a San Jose airport and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner. In a statement Monday, airport officials said they have video of the 15-year-old walking on the airport tarmac toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 on Sunday, but it remains unclear how the teen got onto the tarmac. The   FBI   originally said video showed him scaling a fence. But late Monday, airport officials only mentioned a video that showed him walking on the tarmac.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
San Jose International Airport said it is reviewing how a teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii managed to get on the airport's runway without being detected by security. Authorities say security video shows the teen from Santa Clara hopping a fence at the San Jose airport and climbing into the wheel well of a jetliner.  It's unclear how long the boy was on the tarmac and why security officials didn't detect he was there. The 16-year-old survived the flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Kate Mather and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped Mineta San Jose International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara wandered onto a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Then he disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until later Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him 2,350 miles to the west, walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous, 5 1/2 -hour odyssey - enduring frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the jet's wheel well.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A San Francisco man pleaded guilty to a single count of securities fraud Monday related to the 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment by Walt Disney Co, federal authorities said.  The announcement by the U.S. attorney's office for the Central District of California caps the criminal case against Toby G. Scammell, a Bay Area man who had been accused of insider trading. A civil action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began with an insider trading charge in 2011; a judgment was issued in that case last month.    The SEC ordered Scammell to disgorge his trading profits and pay interest and civil penalties totaling $800,985.
SPORTS
October 4, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
A death threat against Roger Federer, in the form of an Internet posting, has resulted in the tightening of security around the tennis star in China, according to reports. Federer is scheduled to play in a Masters Series event in Shanghai, starting Monday. A tournament official told the Shanghai Youth Daily that the recent threat was being taken seriously and that security around Federer would be upgraded. A posting late last month on the Chinese website baidu.com by a user with the screen name "Blue Cat" contained a death threat against Federer and a graphic image of an execution, the AFP news agency reported.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
As it closes in on 1 billion users, Facebook has formed partnerships with five security software outfits to crack down on pfishing schemes. Facebook said Wednesday that Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos and Symantec will join the fight to keep its users from sharing links to sites that install malware. Facebook also has its own tools in its arsenal and a vast database of malicious URLs. Facebook users, who number more than 900 million, post a ton of links, some from blacklisted sites.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON - There's a tense excitement running through this city as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon, a uniquely Bostonian event, held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, which celebrates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Residents are waiting to see how much of the traditional carefree spirit of Marathon Monday will remain after officials implement security measures to make the 26.2-mile route "the safest place on the...
WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Iraq's Ministry of Justice announced Tuesday that it would close the facility formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison, the site of an infamous torture scandal under the U.S. occupation. “The ministry made that decision as part of precautionary measures related to the security of the prisons,” said Justice Minister Hassan Shammari. He did not clarify whether the shutdown is permanent. Shammari explained that the location of the facility, on the edge of insurgent-dominated areas of Anbar province, west of central Baghdad, has become a “hot spot.” Islamic militants have been targeting officials from the Shiite-led government and seizing control of parts of Anbar province, which is controlled by Sunni rebels.
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