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March 13, 2008 | Liam Gowing
Credit Johnny Depp and his pirate pals. Or thank Viggo Mortensen and the inhabitants of Middle-earth, or all those lightsaber-wielding Jedis. But the bottom line is that even after the advent of more advanced weaponry, swords are simply cool. Enter the Academy of Arms. Barely 2 months old, the nonprofit "Knightly Martial Arts" school is already offering instruction on three different forms of swordplay: English Broadsword, German Longsword and Italian Longsword. Known to historical re-enactors and Renaissance Faire performers everywhere, these are not the namby-pamby instruments used by the glove-smacking, satisfaction-demanding dandies of the 18th century.
April 8, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to remove 50 nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles from their silos over the next four years but not eliminate them from the U.S. arsenal, a move aimed at complying with a 2010 treaty with Russia and avoiding a fight with members of Congress from states where the missiles are based. Lawmakers had feared reductions in nuclear forces required under the New START treaty would eliminate an entire ICBM squadron at one of three Air Force bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming where the U.S. keeps its 450 Minuteman III missiles - a potentially major economic blow.
West Germany is scrambling to prepare for an impending invasion from the East on a scale that North Atlantic Treaty Organization war games never dared to imagine. On Wednesday, the entire 90,000-strong East German Volksarmee will join forces with the West German Bundeswehr in a military merger of former foes.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. He told him that he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, the 29-year-old allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire at two officers. One was wounded before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
April 28, 2012 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney on the stump, singles at the bar, car salesmen on the lot: All sorts of people are practicing the art of persuasion, with varying degrees of success. We like to think that we make our own decisions, that we're in control. But we're all open to persuasion by others, says Robert Cialdini, professor emeritus of psychology at Arizona State University and author of "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. " Humans have been testing their own trial-and-error persuasion techniques forever, Cialdini says.
October 18, 2012
Re "Syrians report use of cluster bombs," Oct. 15 The article accurately describes the heinous nature of cluster bombs and their long-lived capacity to maim and injure people. Mainly civilians. Often children. Really, who would think up and manufacture such a weapon? You cite the Convention of Cluster Munitions, which bans their use, and note that Syria, unlike 100 other countries, has not signed it. You neglected to mention that the United States has also not signed the treaty (along with our friends China, Russia, India, Israel and Pakistan)
May 17, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russian officials on Friday defended the country's weapons sales to Syria, saying the country is primarily providing defense systems that are in line with international treaties. Responding to news reports that Russia has sent advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he did not understand why the media were making an issue of the sales. “We haven't concealed that we have been supplying weapons to Syria based on signed contracts without violating any international treaties or Russian legislation, one of the strictest in the world in terms of export control,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Black Sea resort area of Sochi after meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
September 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 150 people were arrested and 25 weapons were seized in a three-week operation against gang violence in Pomona, authorities said Tuesday. The weapons confiscated during "Operation Triple Beam" included assault rifles and handguns, the Pomona Police Department said. Officers working with the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested 165 people, some of them wanted on warrants for violent felonies, according to police. The crackdown focused on several locations in the city about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, police said.
May 13, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Alton D. Romig Jr., 58, is "chief skunk" at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s famed Skunk Works secretive weapons development facility in Palmdale. It's one of the most coveted jobs in aerospace. For more than 70 years, workers at the shadowy site have designed and built the world's most innovative military aircraft, including the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter. About 2,000 people work on 600 programs at Skunk Works, which got its nickname in 1943 at its original Burbank headquarters that was located next to a manufacturing plant that produced a strong odor.
November 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A Pomona man previously convicted of possessing child pornography was indicted Friday on federal charges of illegally possessing a slew of weapons, including eight handguns, two shotguns and a rifle, authorities said. Ky Cheng, 43, faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to the U.S. attorney's office of the Central District of California. Cheng, an Army veteran, was convicted of possessing child pornography six years ago after a court martial.
April 3, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo, Richard Simon and Joe Mozingo
KILLEEN, Texas - Beyond the mystifying question of why a person goes on a rampage to kill innocent people, residents of this military town have to deal with an even more vexing one: Why does it keep happening to them? "There's a psychological toll on this town," Terrence Barksdale, 44, said at his tattoo shop just outside the base. "This is the second time. The next person might try something even more asinine. " With two long wars, his staff had already gotten accustomed to the somber task of regularly inking memorial tattoos for soldiers who died in combat.
March 31, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz demanding that eight new double-shelled storage tanks be built to hold waste that is in leaky underground tanks with single steel walls.
March 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. — With a fastball he can dial up to 97 mph, a big overhand curve and a sharp-breaking slider, Garrett Richards has the kind of electric stuff to average at least one strikeout an inning. But the less the 25-year-old right-hander tries to blow pitches by hitters, the better he seems to do. Richards threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-2 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out two. Of the 19 outs he recorded, 13 came on ground balls.
March 21, 2014 | By David Zucchino
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Yanking aside a tree branch, Jason Watson peered into a waterlogged trench. He pointed out discolored metal drums sunk halfway in the water. "Blister agents, choking agents, blood agents," Watson said, listing the array of chemical weapons inside thousands of metal containers that were buried on this 38,000-acre base after World War II. Watson is part of a team charged with finding, identifying and eventually cleaning up 17 long trenches that snake for six miles, crammed with World War II chemical agents and munitions.
March 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Hal Douglas was a movie star, but only until the feature film started. Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia," "Lethal Weapon," "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump. " Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries - he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.
March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Two men were arrested Tuesday in San Bernardino County on suspicion of illegally trafficking in firearms after they allegedly sold guns to agents from the California Department of Justice. Hours after the arrest of Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale, and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley, investigators using search warrants discovered more than 300 handguns, rifles, two World War II grenades and one mortar round at homes on Beardsley Avenue in Oildale and on Cronese Road in Apple Valley.
June 12, 2012 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
SABHA, Libya - Abdallah takes out his pistol and hands it to a friend. He says he is in good company, so he does not need it. Dressed in military camouflage gear and scarves, Abdallah and his six Libyan Tuareg companions sit under a tree that provides scant protection from the Saharan sun in southern Libya. They have been smuggling munitions to Tuareg insurgents in northern Mali for much of the last eight months. "We know the desert; there is nobody who can stop us," says one of the men, Omar.
September 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 37-year-old Simi Valley man was arrested Thursday and charged with impersonating a police officer and possessing a stolen cache of weapons including assault rifles, grenades and large amounts of ammunition. Jeffrey Edmonds identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department captain and had a counterfeit badge and police identification, according to authorities. Detectives tracked Edmonds after responding to a report of stolen weapons from a firearms manufacturer in Castaic, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
March 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In court testimony during the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, a friend of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius offered a portrait of a young man who “loved weapons” and shouted angrily at a policeman who picked up his gun and ejected a bullet from it. The friend, Darren Fresco, recounted Pistorius' angry reaction when questioned about his gun by police who had stopped Fresco for speeding. Pistorius and the athlete's then-girlfriend were passengers.
March 11, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
What would Jesus shoot? Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God - and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns. The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y.,  shows an AR-15 - an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state - with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn't spelled “piece,” but it could have been.
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