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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2011 | Sam Quinones
Early one morning last November, Emilio Franco and his wife awoke to the noise of men breaking into their Downey home. When the two intruders burst into the couple's bedroom, Franco was prepared. Years earlier, someone had threatened to kidnap his son, and ever since he'd kept a loaded .45-caliber pistol by his bed, his attorney says. According to family members, Franco scuffled briefly with the strangers before gunfire erupted. Police arrived to find one of the intruders critically injured and Franco dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2013 | By Bradley Zint, Los Angeles Times
As the nation debates the idea of new gun laws, the decades-old Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds this weekend will be business as usual, organizers said - with the exception of increased security. The fairgrounds, whose relationship with the Utah-based Crossroads company spans nearly 25 years, receives about $600,000 from parking, rent, food and beverages from the shows, which are held several times a year, said Jerome Hoban, chief executive of the O.C. Fair & Event Center.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In the first and only vote Thursday on the immigration bill, senators turned back a Republican measure that would have delayed a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally until after the border with Mexico is fully secure. Republicans still plan to offer several other measures to enhance border security, but this one, from Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, was one of the most hard-line of the proposals. The 57-43 vote to defeat the amendment offered an imprecise test of whether the Senate will find the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.
OPINION
December 26, 2003
Re "Security at LAX Highest Since 9/11," Dec. 24: How is more security created by giving only limos and taxis, but not private cars, curbside access? Peter Heiman Malibu
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Prince Harry may be off the hook for his Las Vegas nude photo romp, but a head or two is going to roll in the palace. Figuratively, of course. While the third-in-line for the throne has always been the more free-spirited child of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, his security detail is reportedly catching heat for the pictures of Harry in the buff. His "minders were asleep at the wheel, enjoying the party more than protecting the Prince from himself," reports TMZ, citing a source that adds the royal family is "furious" over the scandal.   LIVE CHAT TODAY AT 11 A.M. Several Sin City VIP coordinators were quizzed about why such an avoidable situation wasn't, well, avoided, and the answer was a lacking sense of professionalism.
NATIONAL
December 29, 2009 | By Alana Semuels
Security and intelligence lapses allowed a suspected terrorist to board a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day, President Obama said from Hawaii today, interrupting his vacation to speak about the failed bombing attempt. "A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable," Obama said. The president said he learned in the last 24 hours that information about the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had been passed to "a component of our U.S. intelligence community" weeks ago, but that the information was not effectively distributed and the Nigerian man was not added to a "no-fly" list.
OPINION
April 18, 2003
Re "City Gives Staples Center New Terms for Repaying Subsidies," April 12: The L.A. City Council does not feel it needs security from Philip Anschutz and Ed Roski for their $70-million debt. The council is probably right. They probably won't default. I probably won't default on my home loan either. But the bank still insists on security for my loan. Where public funds are concerned, the need for security should be even greater. Howard L. Ekerling Studio City
WORLD
January 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia stepped up security in major cities, deploying thousands of extra police a day after officials warned of a possible terrorist threat against public transportation. In Moscow, officials ordered cellphone service shut off in the subway system. The measure appeared to be an effort to avert the possibility of explosives being detonated by the phones.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
The U.S. has offered military assets to bolster security at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The announcement comes just after it was learned that American warships and transport planes will be at the ready to evacuate U.S. athletes and officials in case of a terrorist attack. "Air and naval assets, to include two Navy ships in the Black Sea, will be available if requested,” press secretary Rear Adm. John F. Kirby said in a statement. He added that "there is no such requirement at this time.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
No amount of hope or change can set President Obama up with an iPhone. The leader of the free world said he is not allowed to use the popular Apple device due to security reasons, according to Reuters. Obama revealed the limitation of his job at a meeting with youths on Wednesday to promote his healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' But it's not all bad for the president. Obama said he may not be allowed to use an iPhone, but he does get to use the iPad as his tablet.
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