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BUSINESS
October 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Since Congress beefed up whistle-blower rewards in late 2006, tips about suspected tax cheats owing at least $2 million have jumped more than tenfold, the Internal Revenue Service said. In 2008, the agency received tips on 1,246 suspected tax dodgers, each owing more than $2 million. That's up from 116 big-money tips in 2007.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2008 | Richard Marosi
U.S. authorities intercepted a suspected immigrant-smuggling boat off the coast Thursday morning in the latest in a string of maritime smuggling attempts. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered the 28-foot boat loaded with 11 suspected illegal immigrants -- nine men and two women, all Mexican -- while on patrol 15 miles off Point Loma. One man was arrested and will be charged with alien smuggling, authorities said. -- -- Richard Marosi
NATIONAL
May 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Six protected sea lions found dead in government traps this month died of overheating, not gunshots, as had been initially suspected, the National Marine Fisheries Service said in Portland. Investigators had suspected foul play after finding sea lions covered in blood and puncture wounds inside a trap at a dam between Washington and Oregon. But a review found that the deaths were consistent with heat exhaustion.
OPINION
March 4, 2006
Re "The fascists of free speech," Opinion, Feb. 25 I was amazed when Catherine Seipp referred to a "snotty San Francisco clerk" as a "suspected homosexual." What exactly is he suspected of doing, and how did Seipp determine he was a likely suspect? Because he lived in San Francisco and worked in a bookstore? Or perhaps because he was snotty? Does she also quickly root out "suspected Jews and Muslims," or "suspected communists," like some right-wing bloodhound? This ridiculous, stereotypical labeling continued as she claimed that she understood the Muslim world "all too well" -- not on the basis of extensive scholarly research and thought but on the anecdotal evidence of "helpful news photos" of placard-waving "shrouded women," who, of course, certainly must represent the views of the more than 1.2 billion Muslims throughout the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2009 | Richard Marosi
Federal authorities intercepted two smuggling boats Tuesday off San Diego County in separate incidents in which some suspected illegal immigrants appear to have escaped after wading to shore. Customs and Border Protection agents patrolling the coast about 3:30 a.m. arrested two suspected smugglers on a boat eight miles offshore. The men, both Mexican citizens, had just dropped off six passengers at a beach in Carlsbad, and two of those were later arrested, authorities said. The other four were not found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Border Patrol agent shot a suspected migrant smuggler in the leg in a San Diego motel room. The injury is not life-threatening. Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott said two agents tried to arrest two suspected smugglers early Wednesday at the Economy Inn motel, near the border. One suspect allegedly began moving his hands under the bed sheets, prompting an agent to fire his weapon. Authorities did not release the identity of the man who was shot. Earlier this month, Border Patrol agents shot and killed a suspected migrant smuggler near a casino in east San Diego County.
WORLD
January 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an army patrol in the restive south, killing all eight soldiers in the group, beheading one. An army spokesman said the attack was a reaction to what he called the military's progress in tracking down rebel leaders. But it was the second blow for the government in two days, coming after six suspected militants escaped from jail. Later, a bomb exploded at a market, injuring at least 27. More than 2,800 people have been killed in the last four years in Thailand's southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, and some parts of neighboring Songkhla.
WORLD
June 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian officials said five militants and four police officers have been killed in the violence-plagued south. The local interior ministry in Rostov-on-Don said police killed three suspected militants, including a woman, in Dagestan province. A police spokesman in neighboring Chechnya said a clash in the province left two militants and four police officers dead, and four officers wounded. He said the clash occurred when police pursued a group of militants suspected of killings of civilians and arson.
NEWS
April 18, 1989
A West German police officer was killed and another injured as experts tried to defuse a radio bomb confiscated from suspected Palestinian terrorists. The bomb exploded at federal police headquarters in Wiesbaden, officials said. A similar bomb disguised as a radio is believed to have caused the explosion that blew Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky Dec. 21 over Scotland, killing 270 people. An identical radio bomb containing plastic explosives and an air pressure-sensitive detonator was seized during an October raid on suspected Palestinian terrorists in the German city of Neuss.
WORLD
August 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled that a list barring hundreds of candidates suspected of corruption from running in elections is constitutional, despite complaints that it singles out opponents of President Hugo Chavez. The list, released in February by the country's top anti-corruption official, prevents 272 mostly opposition-aligned politicians from running in November's state and municipal elections. Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, a close Chavez ally, argued that he has the right under law to impose restrictions on potential candidates suspected of corruption.
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