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December 4, 2007 | Richard Marosi
Authorities discovered a suspected cross-border tunnel in Tecate on Monday morning after a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit followed the scent of drugs to a compound of trailers north of the border, authorities said. An agent entered a cargo-like container to find a man with a gun in his waistband disappearing inside a hole. Inside the container were thousands of pounds of what was believed to be marijuana, said James Jacques, a Border Patrol spokesman.
May 20, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The aggressive red fire ant Solenopsis invicta has become a scourge of the southern United States, spreading like wildfire and delivering burning stings to unfortunate victims. Now, researchers spying on the ants' underground chambers have learned that their tunnel-building follows a simple, perhaps universal, rule. The discovery, published Monday by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could provide insight for engineers building search-and-rescue robots. Native to the Pantana wetlands of South America, the ants somehow hitched a ride to Mobile, Alabama about 80 years ago. From there they spread throughout the Southeast and then jumped to otherĀ  countries through the United States.
October 27, 1996 | BILL BOYARSKY
The latest Metro Rail subway mess doesn't involve a tunnel collapse. It's a governmental collapse, the result of incestuous political relationships and old-fashioned patronage of the kind we're not supposed to have in Los Angeles. Investigators from the federal government and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority must determine whether the award of a contract to manage the construction of the new Eastside subway tunnel was honest--or the product of back room influence.
August 16, 1989
The Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel, which provides one of the main links between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Fernando Valley, will be closed for as many as six weeks starting Saturday because of road repairs, Los Angeles officials announced Monday. The closure of the surface street is expected to cause traffic jams on suggested alternate routes, such as the San Diego Freeway, the officials said.
December 21, 1988 | Associated Press
The world's longest tunnel, connecting Japan's northern island Hokkaido with the country's main island Honshu, is the 33.66-mile-long Seikan Tunnel, notes an international travel industry journal. The new tunnel, opened in 1987, cuts travel time between Aomori and Hakodate--the gateway cities of the two islands--to 2 hours. Previously, the trip by ferry took 4 hours, according to The Travel Agent magazine.
January 16, 2007 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Geological tests to determine if a water conduit and a highway tunnel can be built between Riverside and Orange counties are scheduled to begin this week in the rugged Santa Ana Mountains . The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California plans to drill two deep holes to explore groundwater levels as well as rock and soil conditions along the routes of the proposed projects.
April 30, 1996
They gather from the four winds. Oregon. Ukraine. New Mexico. Pakistan. Compton. Wherever there is a tunnel to be dug, miners and mine managers arrive to apply their talents and souls to the task. Today, some of the most challenging work is going on beneath the east San Fernando Valley.
Despite the installation of high-powered exhaust fans, state safety inspectors said Saturday that ventilation in the Metro Rail system is still inadequate and ordered that the underground tunnels remain closed until air circulation improves. A Cal/OSHA engineer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he was not surprised by the results of the inspection and doubted that work crews could make sufficient improvements by the time inspectors return Monday.
August 8, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eric Dowling, nicknamed "Digger" for helping excavate tunnels used in the breakout from a World War II German prison camp that became known as the "Great Escape," died July 21 at a nursing home near Bristol, England. He was 92. Dowling played a key role in planning the 1944 escape of 76 prisoners from Stalag Luft III prison, near Sagan in eastern Germany -- now Zagan, Poland. He forged documents, made maps and helped dig three tunnels code-named Tom, Dick and Harry. The daring breakout was one of the most celebrated incidents of the war and inspired the 1963 film "The Great Escape."
January 13, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
U.S. and Iraqi forces Saturday discovered an elaborate insurgent base complete with two tunnels hidden amid the orange and palm groves of Diyala province. On the fifth day of a military campaign across the notorious insurgent redoubt, Iraqi soldiers were searching through farms on the outskirts of Hembis when they spotted a car with wires and canisters. Further investigation with the help of U.S. soldiers revealed two tunnels leading to sleeping quarters, a bomb-making hut with a power line connected to a nearby house, and a blackboard against a tree with concrete blocks arranged like seats around a fire pit. Large quantities of weapons littered the site.
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