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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 | Christine Hanley and Lance Pugmire
He was a former lawman who called himself "Mask" and advocated a hold-nothing-back lifestyle that helped transform mixed martial arts fighting into a craze and turned his own fighting apparel company into a multimillion-dollar business.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2009 | Ruben Vives
The coroner's office Friday identified a 13-year-old boy who was killed after he tried to outrun a freight train. Stacy Frierson of Fresno was tossed about 20 yards when a freight train traveling 60 mph struck him Thursday, said Lt. Gregg Sanders of the Fresno Police Department. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanders said. An autopsy was pending, a Fresno coroner's official said. Stacy was in a group of 4 to 5 children who were running south on Fruit Avenue near Ashland Avenue.
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.
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.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
The woman who barely escaped with her daughter when a commuter plane plowed into their house, killing her husband and all 49 people aboard, returned to the disaster scene Wednesday. While she was there, investigators continued to collect evidence they hope will tell them what brought down the aircraft. Karen Wielinski, 57, and her daughter Jill, 22, were escorted by police to the site where her home once sat.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2009 | Bob Drogin
If tragedy brings people together, the still-unexplained crash of a Continental Airlines commuter jet Thursday night forever links Beverly Eckert and Alison Des Forges, two extraordinary women who led separate crusades, against seemingly impossible odds. Eckert was a Sept. 11 widow who turned her grief into powerful advocacy.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter and Peter Pae
Descending through a snowy mist toward Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the crew of a Continental commuter flight noticed a significant ice buildup on the windshield and wings of the plane, despite having turned on the craft's de-icer.
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