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NATIONAL
March 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Louisville official was critically injured and two other people were hospitalized after falling about 30 feet when stairs collapsed inside a historic downtown building. Downtown Development Corp. Director Alan DeLisle and three others were touring the building when the wooden staircase to the third floor crashed to the first floor, said Louisville Fire spokesman Sgt. Salvador Melendez. Firefighters pulled DeLisle, Deputy Director Patti Clare and building owner Paul Bariteau from the rubble, said Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Abramson.
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WORLD
March 1, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Panamanian authorities said a prominent ruling party lawmaker and son of a former vice president had died in a traffic accident. A police statement said Tomas Altamirano Mantovani was killed when a vehicle he was riding in overturned on a highway east of Panama City. A bodyguard and another man in the car were hospitalized. Altamirano, 49, was the son of former Vice President Tomas Altamirano Duque and the head of the National Assembly's Canal Affairs Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after she was rescued from the Point Fermin cliffs in San Pedro, authorities said. The unidentified woman was airlifted from the bottom of the cliffs and taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center with leg, back and neck pain, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched to the 1000 block of Paseo del Mar about 12:42 p.m. by helicopter, boats and trucks, Humphrey said.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Utah woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her long fingernails has lost them in a car crash. Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident Tuesday. Redmond's nails, which hadn't been cut since 1979, were broken in the crash. According to the Guinness website, her nails measured a total of more than 28 feet long in 2008, with the longest nail on her right thumb at 2 feet, 11 inches.
WORLD
February 10, 2009 | Maria De Cristofaro and Sebastian Rotella
A comatose 37-year-old woman at the center of a right-to-die case dividing Italy passed away Monday night amid an uproar over the government's last-ditch bid to keep her alive against the wishes of her family. The death of Eluana Englaro, who suffered massive brain damage in a car accident 17 years ago, occurred as the case was being discussed by the Senate in Rome.
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