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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 12, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The body of their president was finishing a long journey home Sunday, and by the tens of thousands, Poles poured into the streets of a paralyzed capital to watch it pass. It seemed as if nobody could bear to sit at home, as if they had to take some physical part in a national tragedy that happened in a place that was braided into the Polish psyche -- and yet lay distant, on the far side of a geographic border and an ideological boundary. The remains of President Lech Kaczynski were recovered from the site of the plane crash in Russia that killed 96 people Saturday, including many top Polish officials and leading figures from the nation's recent history.
March 17, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
The California attorney general's office said Wednesday that it has arrested a suspect in an alleged prescription drug ring that Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said provided illegal drugs to actor Corey Haim. Haim was found unresponsive last week at his mother's apartment. He later died at a hospital in what Los Angeles Police Department officials said appeared to be an accidental overdose. Brown announced Friday that his office was investigating a "massive" drug ring that provided prescriptions for Haim.
February 28, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Carol J. Williams and Robert Faturechi
One car barreled through a stop sign, struck a tree and landed upside down in a Texas lake, drowning four people. Another tore across an Indiana street and crashed into a jewelry store. A third raced at an estimated 100 mph on a San Bernardino County street before striking a phone pole, killing the owner of a sushi restaurant. At least 56 people have died in U.S. traffic accidents in which sudden unintended acceleration of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles has been alleged, according to a Times review of public records and interviews with authorities.
February 28, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
Two drivers who struck a 13-year-old girl who was crossing Sunset Boulevard on her way to catch her school bus have not been charged in her death, Los Angeles police announced. The preliminary investigation into the girl's Friday morning death found that it was a tragic accident rather than a hit-and-run crime, as was initially believed, said Los Angeles Police Capt. Nancy Lauer. "At this point, we have not arrested nor have we booked either of the drivers," she said. "It appears to be a horrible accident."
January 17, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Patrick J. McDonnell
A boat packed with suspected illegal immigrants capsized early Saturday in the surf off a state beach in San Diego, leaving one migrant dead and triggering a search-and-rescue effort that lasted throughout the day, authorities said. The incident illustrates an uptick in maritime smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border as smugglers respond to a buildup of forces and barriers at the land boundary separating San Diego from Baja California. Six people from the capsized vessel were rushed to area hospitals, but one died en route, said Jackie Dizdul, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
January 2, 2010 | By Anna Gorman
An early morning fire at a mobile home park in Palm Springs on New Year's Day killed three adults and two children, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Coroner's officials have not identified the victims and do not know if they were from one family. The fire was reported about 5:15 a.m. in the Western Village Mobile Home Park at 150 Oregon Trail. Twenty-five firefighters fought the blaze and had it contained by 6:30 a.m. While dousing the flames, firefighters found the bodies of the three adults.
December 24, 2009 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
Mark Sromalla was aboard a sailboat in San Diego Bay with his boss and their wives on Sunday, enjoying a fireworks display and preparing for the annual procession of boats decked out in holiday lights. Then he saw a Coast Guard vessel heading toward his group's boat at a rapid rate of speed. Sromalla, an oil products sales manager, worried that the patrol boat was going to hit their sailboat, but it moved aside at the last moment. "The speed was incredible," he recalled in an interview with The Times.
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