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May 16, 2011 | Chicago Tribune
Flames swept through a three-floor apartment building in Illinois early Sunday, killing six, injuring 12 and forcing some residents to leap from their windows to escape, authorities said. One person escaped by climbing hand over hand along a cable before dropping to the ground. Firefighters rescued at least five people from the building in Aurora, about 40 miles west of Chicago, authorities said. A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition at Loyola University Medical Center's burn unit.
November 1, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
U.S. and allied forces have failed to reduce the number of civilian fatalities caused by them in Afghanistan despite a two-year effort by American commanders, internal U.S. military statistics show. Civilian deaths have risen 11% from 144 at this time last year to 160 in 2010. The increase has coincided with the rising number of incidents in which U.S. and NATO attack helicopters mistakenly fired on Afghans who turned out to be civilians, the previously unreleased statistics show.
July 30, 2010
A foolish housekeeping mistake ended up costing the life of a beloved giant panda at the Jinan Zoo in China last week. Zoo staff were disinfecting an area that shared a ventilation system with the enclosure for Quan Quan , a 21-year-old panda that had given birth to seven cubs, earning her the title of "heroic mother." Toxic fumes from the cleaning job caused her lungs to collapse. Tragic accidents can befall animals in any setting — at a zoo, in a forest. But there is a special responsibility due to animals when humans hold them in captivity.
April 8, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
Two teenagers were killed Tuesday when the car they were traveling in crashed into a tree in Orange County, authorities said. The incident was reported about 1:40 p.m. on Trabuco Canyon Road, which winds through the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains in the unincorporated community of Trabuco Canyon. The pair, ages 16 and 18, died at the scene, said California Highway Patrol Officer Gabe Montoya. The teenagers were the only people in the car, a Mustang, and the crash did not appear to have involved any other vehicles, he said.
February 4, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
A 4-year-old girl died after she became trapped in a washing machine, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. The child, identified as Kayley Ishii, apparently climbed into a front-loading washing machine Monday afternoon at her home in Mission Viejo, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. Her mother told investigators the girl's 15-month-old brother managed to start the machine, and it was several minutes before she realized what had happened. "The mother frantically tried to rescue the daughter and called paramedics," Amormino said.
December 30, 2008 | associated press
More than 300 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were missing and feared dead off India's eastern coast after they jumped from a rickety boat that had been adrift 13 days and tried to swim to shore, an official said Monday. Authorities rescued 102 others on the boat. Officials were searching for the missing in the waters near the Andaman Islands, said Vijay Singh, an Indian coast guard spokesman.
November 28, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Leonard is a Times staff writer.
Three men enjoying the ocean view at Point Mugu were swept to their deaths Thursday afternoon by a wave that pulled them into the water along with two companions who were able to scramble to safety, authorities said. The victims -- ages 17, 19 and 21 -- were standing at the water's edge on the landmark Mugu Rock taking photographs of the ocean about 1:50 p.m. when a wave knocked them into the surf, Ventura County sheriff's officials said.
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