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July 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The April 8 crash of the Marine Corps' new V-22 Osprey aircraft in Arizona that killed 19 Marines was caused by "human factors," investigators said, primarily pointing to the pilot's rapid descent and slow engine speed, which caused the plane to stall and veer out of control. Moreover, the pilot of a second V-22 that was flying ahead of the doomed aircraft contributed to the fiery crash, investigators said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB RAY F. HERNDON and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A guest at Knott's Berry Farm fell more than 100 feet to her death late Friday night while riding Perilous Plunge, billed by the theme park as having the steepest and highest drop of any water ride in the world. Knott's officials immediately closed the attraction, and state investigators tried Saturday to determine how the accident occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and KARIMA HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The wife of actor William Shatner was discovered dead on the bottom of the couple's swimming pool after an apparent drowning, police said Tuesday. Nerine Shatner, a model by trade, an actress by aspiration, accidentally drowned while swimming alone Monday evening, police said. The Shatners had been married nearly two years, although William Shatner had filed for divorce last fall, according to court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2006 | Steve Hymon and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
The ski patrol had been at work since first light, inspecting Mammoth Mountain's reopened runs after a week of heavy snow and blustery winds. By midmorning Thursday, seven of them had set to work digging out a nearly buried fence erected to keep skiers away from one of the mountain's dangerous volcanic vents. Suddenly, the snow beneath them gave way. Two of the ski patrollers dropped into a 21-foot maw filled with deadly carbon dioxide fumes and landed on the ground, trapped in a deep hollow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2008 | Rene Lynch, Times Staff Writer
It was a question that many were thinking, but no one dared ask. When Christopher Laurie, son of Harvest Christian Fellowship leader Greg Laurie, was killed in a car crash July 24, the first order of business was tending to the family -- particularly Christopher's wife, Brittany, who is due to give birth later this year, and their young daughter, Stella. Sooner or later, though, someone would have to raise the issue: What about the Harvest Crusade?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1996 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
Playing with a gun turned deadly in Reseda when a man put a loaded firearm to the back of a friend's head and killed him when the weapon accidentally discharged, police said. Hector M. Quintero, 20, was arrested Thursday night and accused in the death of Jorge Capuchino, 18. Quintero and others at the Gault Street apartment where Capuchino was killed, initially told police the dead man was shot by three unknown assailants, said Los Angeles Police Det. Rick Swanston of the West Valley Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2000
A 6-week-old girl died Saturday night after she was mauled by the family's dog, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The attack occurred in the girl's home in the 15500 block of Fellowship Street in Valinda, an unincorporated area between La Puente and West Covina, Deputy Cruz Solis said. An uncle baby-sitting the newborn left the child on a bed unattended while he went to the kitchen to prepare a bottle for her, Solis said.
NEWS
August 18, 1996 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was no secret in Hollywood that producer Don Simpson had a drug problem. But the depth of his addiction was not revealed until the night he died. On Jan. 19, police discovered more than 2,200 pills and tablets stockpiled in alphabetical order in a bedroom closet next to the bathroom where Simpson's body was found.
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