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March 22, 2012 | Kim Willsher
REPORTING FROM PARIS -- The 31-hour standoff between French authorities and Islamic-extremist Mohammed Merah ended with a series of loud explosions and dramatic gunfight. According police officials, the commotion was the beginning of a raid that left Merah dead. Claude Guéant the French Interior Minister said the suspect was hiding in the bathroom when the elite police squad raided the apartment. After quietly sitting in the bathtub while the officers searched the apartment, the suspect came out with guns blazing and engaged the armed officers in a shootout that was unlike any they had ever encountered.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An hours-long standoff ended Friday when Los Angeles police arrested an armed, distraught man who had barricaded himself inside a Winnetka disabled veterans' hall and threatened to kill himself, authorities said. The man, who had not yet been identified by authorities, was distraught over a romantic relationship, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police took him into custody around 3 p.m. without firing a shot after multiple attempts to force him from the building.
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July 8, 2009
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April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. - The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy's ranch are the American flags - tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind. At a bend in state Route 170 sits the so-called Patriot Checkpoint, evidence of the tense power play raging between the rebellious 67-year-old cattleman and the federal government. Then there are the guns. Scores of grim citizen militiamen in combat fatigues - semiautomatic weapons slung over their shoulders, ammunition magazines at their belts - patrol from a base they call Camp Tripwire.
OPINION
October 9, 2009
Ya basta a basta . Enough is enough. The de facto leaders of Honduras have already made the point they'd hoped to make when they deposed President Manuel Zelaya in a civilian-military coup last June: that he had broken the law by seeking to alter the constitution to extend his rule. What's more, with the passage of time, the interim government led by Roberto Micheletti has ensured that even if Zelaya were to return to serve the remaining months of his term, he would not be able to make such a change.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly took time after the game to explain his standoff with Dodgers reserve Scott Van Slyke that got Game 6 of the National League Championship Series off to a weird and slightly belated start. Kelly, it seems, made a habit of being the last player standing at attention after the national anthem. “Apparently, they caught on to it, and he didn't leave. So we stood there for a while,” Kelly said of Van Slyke. “It was fun.” Kelly actually moved around some, while Van Slyke stood frozen.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
President Obama's nod to the idea of a short-term increase in the debt limit has people talking about whether offering Republicans this option is smart or dumb. Smart: It relieves the pressure of near-term brinkmanship. Dumb: It just means there will be another standoff crisis in a few weeks.  There's a certain small amount of value in buying time, however; the question is whether anything good happens in the interim. That question reminds me of a Jewish parable about the Polish landowner's talking dog, which I heard from the corporate conglomerator Meshulam Riklis in 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Police and SWAT officers were engaged in a standoff Thursday with someone inside a West Covina home after callers reported hearing gunshots from within, officials said. West Covina police responded to the calls about 2:50 a.m. from residents who reported hearing "random" shots coming from a home in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, Lt. Jerry Pearman told KTLA-TV . The shots were directed from one home to another, with one round hitting its target, Pearman said. An unidentified person remained inside the home from where gunshots had been fired as police and SWAT officers continued to try to remove the individual from the home, Pearman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A nine-hour standoff in West Covina between police and a gunman ended Thursday when officers said they discovered the man's dead body inside a home. Cpl. Rudy Lopez said the man was found by SWAT team members with a gunshot wound. A weapon was also recovered. The standoff started shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, where a resident reported that a bullet had struck his home, Lopez said. Officers arriving at the location said they heard more gunshots coming from a home across the street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man who was holed up in a Northridge home after allegedly shooting his girlfriend to death has been taken into custody, police said Friday. Police rushed to the neighborhood near Kenya Street and Baton Rouge Avenue just south of the 118 Freeway about 12:30 a.m. after residents reported a stabbing and a shooting. When police arrived, they found a woman shot dead in front of a home across the street from the suspect's house in the 19200 block of Kenya Street, said Sgt. Jeff Stahl of the Los Angeles Police Department.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The NBC contest show "Last Comic Standing" isn't generating many laughs from the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The guild, Local 700 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said more than a dozen workers employed by NBC Studios in Glendale walked off the job late Monday morning, weeks before the show's debut. The workers are seeking a union contract, including health insurance and pension benefits, the guild said. PHOTOS: 2013's highest-paid media executives “This is an experienced, top-notch crew, putting together a primetime series for broadcast on NBC,” editors guild President Alan Heim said in a statement.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
The battle lines are hardening in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's so-called range war against the federal government over his right to graze cattle on public lands. Arguments have moved from the Nevada desert to the nation's capital, where Nevada's two U.S. senators, Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Harry Reid, recently faced off on a television public affairs show in Las Vegas. Heller described Bundy's cadre of armed supporters as “patriots” during the show, "What's the Point," on KSNV-TV News 3. Reid repeated his claim that the so-called militia men are “domestic terrorists.” Officials from the Bureau of Land Management say Bundy is illegally running hundreds of head of cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A standoff with Whittier police that lasted more than 12 hours ended early Friday morning after a man surrendered and his alleged hostage was freed unharmed from inside an apartment. The incident concluded peacefully about 4:22 a.m., Whittier Police Officer Brad White told KTLA . Police were called to the complex in the 7900 block of Bright Avenue about 4 p.m., officials said. When officers arrived, White said, they saw windows being broken out of the complex and a conflict between a man and a woman inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies are in a standoff with a man who fled as deputies tried to approach him at a shopping center in Fontana, authorities said. Deputies tried to make contact with the man, who is the subject of a criminal investigation, about 1:15 p.m. at Summit Plaza, said Sgt. Anthony Vega. As they approached, the man fled and a short vehicle pursuit ensued, Vega said. The man drove to a residence in the 3700 block of American Elm Road in the community of Rosena Ranch, where he has been holed up since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Victoria Kim
A man who allegedly shot and injured a police officer during a hostage standoff in Inglewood has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said. Christopher Warsaw, 45, was being held in lieu of $1-million bail after he surrendered Wednesday night without incident following hours of negotiations, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Police said Warsaw had been holding his girlfriend and her teenage daughter hostage. Neither was harmed. "I guess the negotiator built enough trust with the suspect, who felt he would be fairly treated and safely taken into custody," said Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Dodgers fans seeking to voice their frustration or confusion over the team's TV standoff are invited to a rally on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Short Stop bar in Echo Park . Times “Fan of the House” columnist Chris Erskine will host the free event, and has invited fans to voice their concerns or raise questions on the situation. Among the issues: Is the controversial TV deal, in which 70% of the market cannot view the team's games on TV, the Dodgers' fault, or that of Time Warner Cable?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A nine-hour standoff in West Covina between police and a gunman ended Thursday when officers said they discovered the man's dead body inside a home. Cpl. Rudy Lopez said the man was found by SWAT team members with a gunshot wound. A weapon was also recovered. The standoff started shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, where a resident reported that a bullet had struck his home, Lopez said. Officers arriving at the location said they heard more gunshots coming from a home across the street.
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