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April 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
French police raided a building in the Pyrenees mountains that Spain called a major arms factory for the Basque separatist group ETA. The raid in St. Michel, close to the border with Spain, follows the capture Friday of three key ETA members in southwestern France, including its logistics chief and a former leader of the group. The workshop to make bombs and rocket launchers was located in an outbuilding of a house.
May 4, 1989 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Weapons producers are girding for a painful and protracted downturn in which important military programs will be canceled and workers laid off, prompting concern that the industry may never see another heyday quite like the 1980s. General Dynamics Corp., Hughes Aircraft Co., Litton Industries Inc., Lockheed Corp., Northrop Corp. and TRW Inc. have been laying off workers from at least some of their divisions in Southern California and anticipate further moderate cutbacks or zero growth for some time, the contractors have told The Times.
April 24, 2003
If the U.S. has nothing to hide or fear regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, then it is imperative for us to allow U.N. weapons inspectors to continue their work as soon as possible. This is not about punitive measures toward the United Nations or countries that did not support the war effort. It's about the U.S. giving validity to its claim and eliminating the doubt that will arise, both inside and outside of our country, if we allow only a "private screening."
August 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
India's Supreme Court released Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt on bail, citing a technicality weeks after he was convicted of illegally possessing guns linked to 1993 bombings in Mumbai, Dutt's lawyer said. Dutt received bail because the Mumbai court that convicted him had not yet provided him with a copy of his sentence, said his lawyer, Surender Singh. Five other people convicted in the same case also were granted bail on the same technicality.
January 16, 2000
Whom do you think you're kidding with your editorial "A Bit of the Old West" (Jan. 4)? The editorial contains no data as to how many of the concealed weapons issued in Orange County were used in the commission of a crime. Now, if the permits issued were used in violent crimes, this would be a powerful indictment of the sheriff's policy. Something else not mentioned was the years of positive experience law enforcement has had in states like Arizona and Florida, where concealed-weapons permits have been issued in the tens of thousands.
Renee Benson used an emotional plea. Vickie Yates used an attorney. Both women tried to dissuade the Los Angeles Board of Education last week from expelling their children for having weapons at school, a problem that has prompted tougher punishments in an effort to stem campus shootings. "She made a stupid mistake but sometimes children of 13 make stupid mistakes," Benson said, her eyes brimming with tears.
Sid Landau, a convicted child molester and the first target in Southern California of the state's "Megan's Law," was taken into custody Wednesday after parole officers read a newspaper account saying he possessed something that looked like razor. Landau, convicted twice for molesting boys, is prohibited by the conditions of his parole from possessing weapons. He was released later in the day after a search of his home revealed nothing.
July 30, 1986 | JACK SMITH
As a citizen who has always paid his taxes honestly and without complaint, I am sometimes depressed when I read in the paper about some corporation that has grossly overcharged the government for something I was helping to pay for. Of course most of our taxes go for weapons, and weapons are so expensive that few of us can feel that we are contributing in any substantial way to any one weapon.
November 30, 2011 | By Mark Magnier and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday for a landmark three-day visit to the long-isolated nation focused on encouraging further political reforms, assessing recent progress and providing a road map for forging closer ties with the United States and Europe. But the highest priority of a meeting with Myanmar's foreign minister, according to a senior State Department official traveling with Clinton, will be to seek assurances that the Southeast Asian nation will halt purchases of missile technology from renegade North Korea.
February 12, 1993 | Dana Parsons
As I travel around Orange County under cover of darkness, tapping people on the shoulder and saying, "Is there anything bugging you?" I generally get one of two responses. By far the most frequent comment is, "Don't ever come up behind me and tap me on the shoulder again." After I assure them, they usually say something about the escalating nature of anger and violence in society, especially among young people. I'm way past shockproof when it comes to hearing about kids and violence.
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