Security heightened for anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death
Surgically implanted bombs suspected
Amid reports that terrorists may try to use surgically implanted bombs to get past security checkpoints, security was expected to be heightened at Los Angeles International Airport and other Southland airports today, May 1, on the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX and airports in Ontario and Van Nuys, issued a statement saying that while no specific threats have been received, ``we will continue to maintain vigilance and uphold our constant security posture to ensure the airport and the traveling public are safe ...
“LAWA will continue to monitor global events and stay in direct contact with our federal, state and local partners,” the statement said.
Department of Homeland Security officials also said there was no specific threat of an attack.
“We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death,'' DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard told ABC News.
Security has been stepped up at airports in Europe and the Middle East, and U.S air marshals have been deployed overseas in advance of the anniversary of bin Laden's death, according to news reports from Washington, D.C.
U.S. and European authorities have been warning for the past year that al-Qaida operatives have been working to design non-metal explosives that can be surgically implanted so the carrier can slip unnoticed through airport security.
Rising about 132 feet above the tarmac, the new Tom Bradley terminal at Los Angeles International Airport—or el-a-ex (LAX), as it is more popularly known—evokes thoughts of a cresting wave breaking to the west. The new terminal is part of a $4.11 billion upgrade of one of the world’s busiest airports.
It could easily be symbolic of the great wave of prosperity and growth that swept over the city during Bradley’s 20-year term as mayor, from 1973 to 1993.
LOS ANGELES - After several delays, a divided Board of Referred Powers approved on Tuesday three retail concession contracts at Los Angeles International Airport, including one for a company that lost in the the bidding process.
The board plans to meet again next week to consider awarding fiercely contested food and beverage concession contracts.
"I am delighted to have made this much progress,'' Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said.
Airport officials began soliciting bids for new contracts in May 2009.
Justice Department officials are tight-lipped, but The Associated Press says it knows why federal agents wanted telephone records of its reporters.
A May 7, 2012, AP story broke the news that the CIA had thwarted an al Qaeda plot to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner around the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by American commandos. The story, which included reporting by five staffers, said the plot was significant in part because the White House had told the public that it had no information about planned attacks around the anniversary.
The last two sections of the 408-foot spire on One World Trade Center were finally hoisted on top of a temporary platform on the structure Thursday morning, putting it firmly on its way to becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Delivery of the final two sections was delayed by wind and rain, said Anthony Hayes, assistant director of media for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Final installation of the pieces will happen at a later date, officials said.
Lancaster continues to frame the national debate about the merits of green technology as it welcomes Chinese automaker BYD Co. here to produce electric buses. The city is rapidly becoming known as the “solar capital of the world,” and local officials believe the new manufacturing deal will provide an economic boost on both sides of the Pacific Rim.
BYD Co. (Build Your Dreams) opened shop Wednesday at 46147 BYD Blvd. (formerly 7th Street W., just north of Avenue H) to make the “K9” electric bus destined first for Long Beach Transit.