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June 15, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
The X-47B, the Navy's new experimental drone, caused a stir in the Washington area when residents mistook the sleek, bat-winged robotic jet for a UFO. The drone was strapped to the back of a big rig en route this week to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in southern Maryland from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. Along the way motorists snapped photos and took to Twitter to describe their astonishment. Others, according to a Fox station affiliate in Washington, were so perplexed they called police.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Abele
As the found-footage horror genre reaches the please-lose-it-again point, "Alien Abduction" arrives to remind us how tedious the camping trip set-up has become as well. Taking the notorious "ghost lights" above North Carolina's Brown Mountain as its inspiration, the movie purports to be Air Force-leaked footage from an 11-year-old autistic boy's camcorder of how things went horribly wrong for his family on a weekend nature outing. (Considering some of the eye-level shots, he must be a very tall 11-year-old.)
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NATIONAL
August 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - For decades, Area 51 was the U.S. government's Cold War-era secret that hid in plain sight, the 5-ton elephant in the Nevada desert that Washington continually denied (“No, it's not there.”), prompting reams of conspiracy theories. Well, now it's official: Area 51 really does exist. In newly declassified documents, the Central Intelligence Agency is acknowledging the existence of the mysterious war-test site in central Nevada that has captivated listeners on the far ends of the radio dial, spawning countless UFO conspiracies.
OPINION
August 21, 2013 | By Jonathan Turley
Last week, the U.S. government declassified a report about a secret facility in Nevada. Such declassifications are nothing new but, from the report's 400 pages, two words immediately jumped out: Area 51. The government had finally acknowledged the name of a controversial base in the desert north of Las Vegas where it conducted top-secret research. The document's release will do little to quash the glut of Area 51 conspiracy theories about recovered alien spaceships and government cover-ups.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
If you believe the government, 65 years ago today a UFO totally didn't crash at Roswell, N.M., and spawn a massive cover-up, because aliens totally aren't real. Maybe not. But a tantalizing controversy dates from way back then. On July 8, 1947,  the Dallas field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a teletype message saying that the Air Force had recovered “an object purporting to be a flying disc ... near Roswell, N.M. The disc is hexagonal in shape and was suspended from a ballon [sic]
NEWS
September 11, 1994
Jack Smith's column over the years has been a shining ray of reason in a country where most people seem incapable of recognizing superstitious or supernatural baloney when they see it. Jack should consider UFO lover John Norkin's letter, ("Jack Should Stick to Earthly Matters," Sept. 4) a badge of honor. I'm sure Jack will continue to show the UFO silliness for the garbage that it is--just as he has done for several decades. That's why we love him. JAMES R. GALLAGHER Huntington Beach
OPINION
November 21, 2002
The Leonid meteor storm was a total bust! I was in the desert just outside the city of Palm Springs from 1:30 to 4 a.m. Tuesday expecting to see the light show of the century (up to 6,000 shooting stars in one hour). All I could see were a bright moon, three fluttering bats, one flying owl, a possible UFO and one wimpy shooting star. I am definitely canceling my star party in the year 2098, when the next Leonid meteor storm hits the Earth. Rick Schreiner Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1999
I was nonplused and shocked at F. Kathleen Foley's mean-spirited, dismissive take on my play "Stolen Time" ("E.T.-Themed 'Time': Hilarity, Call Home," Oct. 8). Rarely is a play dismissed so cavalierly in The Times. Claiming the stage is set for "high hilarity," Foley apparently fails to recognize that "Stolen Time" is both a comedy and a drama, a fact that other reviewers were clear about. The play is not simply a "high-concept" romp at a UFO conference that appeals to "the lunatic fringe."
MAGAZINE
June 28, 1992
Like any sect of true believers, the promulgators of satanism paranoia deal in faith, not fact. Like the alternate universe of UFO buffs, the "defenders of the faith" feed not from truth but from tracts handed out by itinerate fundamentalist preachers and others who make a living reprinting baseless "facts" about this so-called widespread activity. It is obvious, in the wake of the McMartin debacle, that children can and do lie, particularly when prompted by well-meaning, wrong-headed adults.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 8 - 14 in PDF format TV listings for the week of July 8 - 14 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Ricky Gervais Show: Appropriately enough for a season finale, Karl describes his most memorable moment from the past year. Also Stephen shares an embarrassing story about buying contraceptives and reads entries from Karl's diary (9 p.m. HBO)
NATIONAL
August 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - For decades, Area 51 was the U.S. government's Cold War-era secret that hid in plain sight, the 5-ton elephant in the Nevada desert that Washington continually denied (“No, it's not there.”), prompting reams of conspiracy theories. Well, now it's official: Area 51 really does exist. In newly declassified documents, the Central Intelligence Agency is acknowledging the existence of the mysterious war-test site in central Nevada that has captivated listeners on the far ends of the radio dial, spawning countless UFO conspiracies.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A screaming comes across the sky. Is it Superman? Thomas Pynchon ? Or just a meteor en route to Chelyabinsk, Russia, that somehow made a wrong turn and got lost over New Jersey? Well, if you really want to know, here's a tip: Don't ask the FBI. Whenever there is an upsurge of activity in the heavens, like last week when flashing lights were reported across the skies of the Northeast United States. Keen-eyed observers rush to the obvious conclusion: No, not that it is the logical result of a galaxy full of falling objects.
WORLD
November 6, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Adding to the litany of issues besetting neighboring nuclear rivals China and India, ranging from border disputes to the Dalai Lama to trade deficits, is a new one: UFOs. "Over 100 UFOs seen along China border," said a headline in Tuesday's Times of India. Indian troops guarding the often-tense 2,100-mile border between the two Asian giants say the objects seen in recent months are yellow spheres that appear to lift off from the Chinese side, slowly traversing the sky for three to five hours before disappearing.
WORLD
October 16, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - In a case that has dogged Anglo-American relations for a decade, Britain said Tuesday that it would not send a confessed computer hacker to the United States to face charges relating to a spectacular break-in of Pentagon databases and other sensitive networks around the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. Home Secretary Theresa May also said that the British government, Washington's closest ally, would reexamine its controversial fast-track extradition treaty with the U.S. to see how some suspects might be kept here in Britain for trial rather than shipped across the Atlantic.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 8 - 14 in PDF format TV listings for the week of July 8 - 14 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Ricky Gervais Show: Appropriately enough for a season finale, Karl describes his most memorable moment from the past year. Also Stephen shares an embarrassing story about buying contraceptives and reads entries from Karl's diary (9 p.m. HBO)
NATIONAL
July 8, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
If you believe the government, 65 years ago today a UFO totally didn't crash at Roswell, N.M., and spawn a massive cover-up, because aliens totally aren't real. Maybe not. But a tantalizing controversy dates from way back then. On July 8, 1947,  the Dallas field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a teletype message saying that the Air Force had recovered “an object purporting to be a flying disc ... near Roswell, N.M. The disc is hexagonal in shape and was suspended from a ballon [sic]
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1986 | RUTH REICHL
You really ought to go see Rebecca's. It's at 2025 Pacific Ave. in Veni(213) 306-6266)--and it doesn't look like any restaurant you've ever seen before. Walk through the door and you enter a mad world where crocodiles crawl through the air, an octopus exercises his tentacles as he hangs from the ceiling and a private dining room (with walls made of onyx) hovers over the bar like a UFO coming in for a landing.
BOOKS
September 4, 1994
Susan Dewan's review of "Abduction" by John Mack accepts the notions that so-called "UFO abductees" bring back wisdom from kindly aliens, concerned for Earth's welfare. She says this near-universal message is "much more important than the endless debate over whether UFOs are real. . . ." Alas, no "abductee" has ever announced any news that was simultaneously true and unambiguous, and that Earthly science did not already know. Shouldn't helpful aliens tell us about dangers that aren't already subject to Angst in our own, human media?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A poll has found that President Obama has a commanding lead over Mitt Romney on an issue that neither candidate has addressed with even a single policy speech: how they would handle an alien invasion. National Geographic Channel found that nearly 65% of Americans surveyed said they believed that Obama was better able to handle an alien onslaught than the Republican presidential candidate. And no, that's not the kind of alien from another country. It's the green kind, with fangs and tentacles and maybe some slime dripping from its beak-like jaws.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
The X-47B, the Navy's new experimental drone, caused a stir in the Washington area when residents mistook the sleek, bat-winged robotic jet for a UFO. The drone was strapped to the back of a big rig en route this week to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in southern Maryland from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. Along the way motorists snapped photos and took to Twitter to describe their astonishment. Others, according to a Fox station affiliate in Washington, were so perplexed they called police.
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