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June 30, 2010
U.S. officials on Wednesday announced a major crackdown on movie piracy that involved seizing several websites that were offering downloads of pirated movies just hours after they appeared in theaters. Officials also seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts, and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
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April 27, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's new champion of the 4th Amendment, is likely to play a crucial role Tuesday when the court hears this year's most important search case: whether the police may routinely examine the digital contents of a cellphone confiscated during an arrest. Civil libertarians say the stakes are high because arrests are so common - 13.1 million were made in 2010, according to the FBI - and smartphones hold so much private information. Under current law, officers may search a person under arrest, checking pockets and looking through a wallet or purse.
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BUSINESS
August 2, 2010
Certified Federal Credit Union in the City of Commerce was seized by federal regulators Saturday because of losses suffered during the real estate and housing downturns, according to the National Credit Union Administration. Vons Employees Federal Credit Union, based in El Monte, immediately assumed the deposits and loans of Certified and took over its operations, said John J. McKechnie III, a spokesman for the national agency. Certified, which had only one office, served 8,500 members.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine -- Pro-Russia gunmen refused Saturday to release a group of European observers and accompanying Ukrainian army officers seized a day earlier in this eastern Ukrainian town, the epicenter of the pro-Moscow rebellion. “These guys are not hostages, but they are our POWs and we intend to keep them in custody,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, a local separatist leader and self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, said in an interview with The Times. “They are NATO officers and spies who infiltrated our territory illegally, without our permission.” The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe inspectors -- from Germany, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Sweden -- “represent the countries which supply the illegitimate government in Kiev with arms and money,” Ponomaryov added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1999
Not everyone agrees with the city of Ventura's approach of listing numerous ways to spend our money before we ever see it and before methods of funding these apparitions have been properly discussed. I attended the Seize the Future meeting and citywide visioning slide show March 16 in the Laurel Theater, held for the Downtown Community Council and the Midtown Community Council and witnessed poor representation based on attendance. This meeting was, instead, conducted among mostly Chamber of Commerce members, some City Council members, planning and development consultants, planners, architects and who's who from various special-interest groups.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1986 | Ivor Davis
"My character makes Willy Loman look like Andrew Carnegie." That's how Robin Williams described his role in the PBS teleplay "Seize the Day," Williams' first completely straight dramatic role, to air this fall. Based on the Saul Bellow novella, it has Williams as the near-suicidal son of a businessman (Joseph Wiseman) who can't cope with life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz and Andrew Blankstein
A Westchester man who allegedly threatened to blow up the White House held police at bay for nearly eight hours Thursday as he sat parked in his car at the Federal Building in Westwood and was finally subdued when lawmen shattered a window, Tasered him and dragged him out of the vehicle. The man, who authorities identified as Joseph Moshe, 56, of Westchester, initially fled from U.S. Secret Service agents who had attempted to arrest him near his home. Moshe fled in his bright red Volkswagen Beetle and parked in front of the Federal Building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1999
Re "Sustainability Council," Ventura County letters, Sept. 12. I believe Kathy Heiberg's characterization of the Sustainability Council as "a wolf in sheep's clothing" is not so much because it advocates higher density zoning for the city of Ventura but because it won't do so in plain open language. How can the public make informed decisions in response to the Seize the Future vision plan when the editors artfully changed the calls for higher density and rezoning in the first plan drafts to modify zoning and appropriate densities in the present plan draft?
BUSINESS
October 1, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
State insurance regulators today seized control of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co., a financially struggling company that has primarily served the African American community for the last 84 years. The Los Angeles-based company, which has been losing money for six consecutive years, agreed to immediately stop selling new policies, state officials said. It currently serves 83,000 customers with financial products ranging from life insurance to burial, mortgage and disability insurance and annuities.
WORLD
July 6, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Police in Ecuador seized a 100-foot submarine being built by suspected drug traffickers capable of carrying a crew of six and 10 tons of cocaine on underwater voyages lasting up to 10 days — a "game changer" for U.S. anti-drug and border security efforts, officials said Monday. A raid Friday by 120 police officers and soldiers netted the fiberglass sub as it was nearing completion in a clandestine "industrial complex" hidden in mangrove swamps near San Lorenzo, a town just south of the Colombian border.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In a fresh reminder of the unresolved wartime grievances between China and Japan, authorities in Shanghai have seized a Japanese ship over claims dating back to the 1930s. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said Monday that one of its iron ore carriers, the Baosteel Emotion, was impounded Saturday. Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, denounced the move, saying it could have a “chilling effect” on all Japanese companies doing business in China. “We are deeply apprehensive,” he added.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The moment was right in front of the Clippers and Golden State Warriors, there to be seized by two teams that have much disdain for each other. When the time came to grab hold of that moment, when Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series hung in the balance, the Clippers failed. The Warriors, the team the Clippers despise more than any other, didn't shy away from the moment, earning a 109-105 victory Saturday, as the home team simply wilted away at Staples Center.
WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Ukrainian forces launched combat operations against pro-Russian separatists Tuesday and recaptured a military airport in the eastern part of the country, the acting president said.  Explosions and gunfire were heard from around the airport, located between the owns of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. Both towns were seized last week by armed separatists, said the UNIAN news agency.  A Ukrainian SU-24 jet flew over the airport firing at separatist positions, and troops using armored vehicles followed with a ground assault, the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
A nearly yearlong investigation has led to the dismantling of a drug organization that distributed narcotics from Mexico to the Central Valley, and from there all over the country, authorities said Monday. At a Fresno news conference, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said that a task force led by the Department of Justice had arrested 11 people and seized 56 pounds of methamphetamine, four kilograms of cocaine, 942 marijuana plants, one vehicle and nearly $269,000 in cash. The alleged network was known as the Magana organization and Harris said it was based in Tulare County.
WORLD
April 12, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
MOSCOW - Gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms seized two administrative buildings Saturday in a town in eastern Ukraine and separatists attacked sites in two other towns, drawing the vow of a tough response from a top Ukrainian official who blamed the violence on Russian “aggression.” The assailants, armed with automatic rifles, seized a police station and Security Service office in Slavyansk, in the eastern Donetsk region. They captured at least 20 submachine guns and 400 handguns in the station's armory and began distributing the weapons to dozens of separatists, the UNIAN news agency reported.
NEWS
April 13, 1989 | From Reuters
Italian police officers said Wednesday they have seized $23 million in fake $100 bills and arrested three Italian men. A spokesman said the bank notes are virtually perfect imitations and had fooled FBI agents invited to examine them.
NEWS
January 1, 1987 | From Reuters
The Colombian government Wednesday ordered the arrest of 128 people suspected of involvement in drug trafficking and empowered state organizations to carry out search operations throughout the country. The measure came in the context of an all-out offensive against drug barons by President Virgilio Barco, after the assassination of a prominent newspaperman last month. Guillermo Cano, director of the Espectador newspaper and a crusader against drugs, was killed Dec.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been updated. See below for details.
After spending a week whisking away nearly 400 cattle they said were illegally grazing on federal land in the Nevada desert, officials facing a battalion of protesters with horses and guns decided to free those cattle in a stunning reversal Saturday afternoon. A line of cattle calmly filtered out of a federal holding area at about 3 p.m. as protesters and law enforcement watched from alongside Interstate 15 near the Nevada-Arizona state line. "Due to escalating tensions, the cattle have been released from the enclosures in order to avoid violence and help restore order," the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in a short statement.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land. Protesters had responded to an alert that promised: "Range war begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We're going to get the job done!" Federal officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
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