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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 4-year-old boy who stopped breathing during a routine visit to the dentist Monday died shortly thereafter at a hospital, police said. Javier Villa of Santa Ana was found to be unconscious at Megdal Dental Care on North Bristol Street about 1 p.m. by a hygienist who noticed saliva coming from the side of his mouth, fire officials said. Office workers immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and continued until paramedics arrived and took over.
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NEWS
February 1, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court held Monday that the Orange County survivors of a man who voluntarily ingested cocaine and died of an overdose cannot collect life insurance benefits intended to cover deaths by "accidental means." In a 5-2 decision, the court said that the death was not caused by "accidental means" because the deceased could have reasonably anticipated that death or great bodily injury would occur from ingesting a hazardous, illegal drug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Summoned to a couple's Woodland Hills condominium last spring, police officers heard a sad but familiar tale. The wife, an active 70-year-old, said she had come home from a tennis match to find her husband of five decades dead in his bed. He was 80, diabetic and suffered from high blood pressure, she told them. Officers consoled the woman and arranged for the body to be sent to a funeral home. But three days later, on the eve of his cremation, a perfunctory check at the mortuary triggered a series of stunning revelations: The man had been beaten to death, the murder weapon was a coffee cup from the kitchen, and the prime suspect was his widow.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A tragedy devastating to experience can feel generic when transferred to the screen, and that, despite everyone's best intentions and an outstanding performance by Nicole Kidman, is what happens with "Rabbit Hole. " Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire's play about a married couple trying to cope with the accidental death of their 4-year-old son was nominated for five Tonys and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and it's likely that the intensity and intimacy of the theatrical experience was a factor in its success.
NEWS
August 14, 1988 | JAMES JEFFERSON, Associated Press
After Kevin Ives and his best friend were run over by a train, the state medical examiner ruled that they had smoked so much marijuana that they lay down on the tracks and did not hear the roar of the oncoming Union Pacific freight. Dr. Fahmy Malak's report said the boys slept as if in a coma, motionless, in identical positions, their legs across the rails and their torsos between the tracks, as the train bore down with horn blaring and bells clanging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Accidental deaths by drug overdose and drowning in swimming pools showed "dramatic" increases in Orange County last year, with 344 people dying by accidental means in 1986, up from 308 the previous year, according to a report issued Thursday by Sheriff-Coroner Brad Gates. There were 750 more deaths in the county from all causes in 1986 than in 1985, the report said. But not all the news was bad in the coroner's annual statistics on deaths in Orange County.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
Death rates from unintentional injuries of children from birth to age 19 fell by nearly 30% in the United States from 2000 through 2009, largely because of a 41% drop in deaths in car crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. That amounts to more than 11,000 children saved during the decade, Dr. Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a news conference. "The rate is among the worst of all high-income countries," she said, and the real shame is that most of the deaths "are predictable and preventable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Tennis umpire Lois Goodman, charged with bludgeoning and stabbing to death her 80-year-old husband in April with a coffee mug, has passed a lie-detector test administered by a former FBI examiner in which she denied killing her husband, her attorneys said Tuesday. The attorneys said they would give the results to prosecutors in hopes the charges against the 70-year-old Woodland Hills resident would be dropped. She has pleaded not guilty. The examination, in which Goodman denied killing her husband, Alan, or having any involvement in his death, was conducted by former FBI polygraph examiner Jack Trimarco during the first week of October, Robert Sheahen, one of her attorneys, said.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the hearts of fans and fellow actors during decades of an award-winning career, accidentally died of a deadly mix of drugs, New York medical officials announced Friday. The office of New York's chief medical examiner said that Hoffman had died from "acute mixed drug intoxication" from substances including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines. His body was found Feb. 2 in his apartment in Manhattan's West Village. Police have said that Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm and at least 50 packets containing heroin in the apartment.
BUSINESS
November 9, 1996 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An outbreak of E. coli illness linked to a California company's unpasteurized apple juice claimed its first fatality Friday with the death of a 15-month-old Colorado girl. Anna Gimmestad, an only child, died at Children's Hospital in Denver after a two-week battle with kidney failure, known to be a complication of an especially virulent bacterial strain known as E. coli O157:H7. The child's parents, from Greeley, Colo., said the child had consumed fruit "smoothies" made by Odwalla Inc.
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