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August 10, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Elizabeth man accused of trying to make unwanted contact with Chelsea Clinton has been arrested in New Jersey on charges of having an unlicensed firearm and ammunition stored near the White House, the Secret Service said. Vladimir Zelenkov, 26, who was arrested at his home, had an unauthorized semiautomatic weapon and ammunition in a safety deposit box at a bank at at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., the arrest warrant said. The White House is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A U.S.
June 18, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A gun buyback event held over the weekend in East Los Angeles yielded 152 weapons, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said this week. The cache of weapons exchanged for gift cards to Target or Ralphs included several assault rifles as well as handguns, shotguns and standard riles, the department said. The event was held Saturday at Belvedere Park, one of several such sessions that encourage residents to turn in guns, no questions asked, in exchange for gift cards or in some cases cash.
November 12, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez
Deputies detained three juveniles on the Metro Blue Line on Tuesday evening after receiving a report that they were armed with guns, law enforcement authorities said. The three were detained at the Willow Station while deputies searched the train, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The search temporarily delayed Blue Line service, Metro said. The deputies were assisted by Long Beach police as they searched the train with their guns drawn. No weapons were found and the three teens were released, said Lt. Barry Shapiro of the Sheriff's Department's transit unit, which patrols the train lines.
July 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As anti-drug-trafficking agents closed in on a North Korean freighter about to enter the Panama Canal this month, the crew from the rogue communist country took evasive action. They sought to outrun the swift Panamanian patrol boats with their 450-foot tramp steamer, loaded down with at least six containers of antiquated Cuban air-defense equipment hidden under 10,000 tons of bagged sugar. They pushed back investigators in a vain effort to prevent being boarded. They sabotaged the ship's crane to hinder the searchers' access to the cargo.
December 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials are warning that anyone discharging a firearm into the air to celebrate the new year not only risks killing someone but could also face a lengthy prison sentence. "Firing into the air weapons in celebration puts innocent lives at risk," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said last week. "Nothing ruins the holiday season like an errant bullet coming down and killing an innocent. " Villaraigosa said the misuse of firearms is on everyone's mind in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left six adults and 20 children dead.
November 5, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Israel's navy seized a cargo ship today and said it intercepted at least 300 tons of weapons being smuggled from Iran to Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas. The weapons seizure was Israel's largest in its decades of effort to curb the flow of arms to militant foes in the Middle East. Hundreds of crates -- opened to reveal dark green rockets, mortar shells and boxes of grenades and bullets -- lined the dock in Israel's port of Ashdod hours after the predawn naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea. By evening, Israeli forces were still unloading the 40 containers of armaments reported found aboard the Antigua-registered vessel, Francop, which remained under guard in the port.
March 18, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
  At a small table in a hotel restaurant where elderly men drank coffee and played speed chess, Abu Ismail's phone rang. He picked it up and squinted at the caller ID. "Allo," he said. "A 16? How many? $2,000? If it's clean, bring it, yes. " With that, Abu Ismail bought one M-16 assault rifle for the Syrian rebellion. For months, arms merchants such as Abu Ismail have been buying black-market weapons in Lebanon for the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
June 14, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Christi Parsons and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Delivering weapons and ammunition to beleaguered Syrian rebels will take weeks, White House officials acknowledged Friday as the administration's decision to supply arms set off a debate about how far, and how fast, President Obama's plunge into the conflict will take him. The move, after months of hesitation, has been widely viewed as a possible turning point toward far greater U.S. involvement in the 2-year-old civil war. But the...
May 30, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Under mounting pressure to keep its massive budget in check, the Pentagon is looking to cheaper, smaller weapons to wage war in the 21st century. A new generation of weaponry is being readied in clandestine laboratories across the nation that puts a priority on pintsized technology that would be more precise in warfare and less likely to cause civilian casualties. Increasingly, the Pentagon is being forced to discard expensive, hulking, Cold War-era armaments that exact a heavy toll on property and human lives.
August 25, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Actress Shannon Lucio has just overpowered two rogue cops using everything from a pants belt to a shard of glass. She applied the "one mind, many weapons" technique taught to her by former Marine Sgt. Jon Barton, who was watching the action unfold as the cameras rolled inside a former shoe warehouse in North Hollywood on Sunday night. Barton trained Lucio, who plays a CIA-trained assassin in an indie action feature called "Insert," in various combat techniques and the proper way to fire handguns.
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