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March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Sheldon Street in the Sun Valley area were closed Monday night after a fatal collision, the California Highway Patrol said. The lanes were expected to remain closed until around 10 p.m, the agency said. The incident was reported about 7:45 p.m.  Initial reports from officers at the scene stated that a body was lying in the middle of the freeway and may have been hit by more than one vehicle, the CHP said. There were reports that the victim may have been a pedestrian, but that was not immediately clear, according to the agency's Los Angeles traffic management center.
March 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The film crew walked out on the old railroad trestle high above Georgia's Altamaha River, then placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for actor William Hurt. The plan called for Hurt to lie on the bed in a dream sequence for the film "Midnight Rider," in which he plays rock singer Gregg Allman. Two trains had already crossed the bridge that day, and the crew was told no more were scheduled, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard recalled. Then a train came barreling toward them. "We all ran for our lives," Gilliard said.
March 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
A woman who died after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Santa Ana on Thursday night has been identified, police said. Maria Vancinijavier, 51, was struck in the 1600 block of West 1st Street around 8:15 p.m. by the driver of a 2001 Volvo, authorities said. Vancinijavier was wearing dark clothing and the driver tried to avoid her, according to Santa Ana police. The driver also called 911 and stayed at the scene, police said. Vancinijavier was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.  ALSO: LAPD mourns the loss of one of its own at downtown funeral Manson family killer Bruce Davis gets parole grant, but may not walk FBI ramps up Hawaii search for suspected terrorist in Calif.
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
March 6, 2014 | By Paula L. Woods
No advice is more confusing to writers than "write what you know. " Taken to its solipsistic extremes, it would mean novelists could not write characters outside of their own gender, race, geography or professional background. While the works of Susan Straight, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth George and others make clear the fallacy of that thinking, a writer's experiences and observations do play a significant role, along with research, in creating a believable universe for their characters and stories.
February 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City. The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was just a little thing. When veteran TV reporter Miles O'Brien was stacking some cases filled with TV gear on Feb. 12, one of the cases fell on his left arm. "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it," O'Brien, a former CNN reporter for 17 years, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday in which he recounted the incident. "It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be OK without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial?" Maybe. Because what happened next shocked him, as well as many of his fans and aquaintances, who have been sharing the  post he wrote detailing what happened next . The next day, his arm got sore and swelled up. It kept getting worse.
February 21, 2014
After a weeklong stay, the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix sent me on my way on Jan. 5 with five stitches, a titanium alloy plate in my neck and a hard plastic Össur Miami J cervical collar that will remain on my neck until late March. A few weeks later, I learned what I'd been charged for the Miami J: $447. Had I been given the chance, I could have purchased the brace online for less than $100. Allowing that sort of comparison shopping is one small thing policymakers could do to slow the growth of healthcare spending.
February 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Freestyler skier Maria Komissarova of Russia is recovering after a 6 1/2-hour surgery following a training accident at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Saturday while preparing for the Sochi Olympics women's skicross event next week, according to Russian officials. Komissarova crashed at the end of a series of three jumps near the top of the 1,200-meter course, according to Jenny Wiedeke, spokeswoman for the International Ski Federation. “The operation is over … it's been successful,” said Mikhail Verzeba, a Russian ski federation official who told the Associated  Press that Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back.
February 13, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. is recalling almost 800,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars to fix a problem that could prevent the airbags from deploying in a crash. The automaker said it knows of 22 such accidents, including five in which six people died. GM said each of those crashes occurred under unusual circumstances in which the cars were being driven across dirt and rough terrain.  Neither model was designed to be an off-road vehicle. Photos: Worst cars ever sold in America “All of these crashes occurred off-road and at high speeds, where the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment.
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