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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.
March 18, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
A 19-year-old Chapman University soccer player died Monday night after collapsing during a pickup soccer game, the Orange County coroner said Tuesday. Bryce Turner, a sophomore midfielder from Louisville, Ky., collapsed about 9 p.m. and was treated almost immediately by student trainers and paramedics on the Orange campus, according to a university statement. Turner was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, where he died at 10:01 p.m. The cause of death is still being determined, according to the coroner's office.
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.
November 7, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood, Ellingwood is a Times staff writer.
The plane crash that killed Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino this week made one thing clear: No matter how the government explains what happened, few Mexicans are likely to believe it. Authorities insist they have no evidence of foul play in Tuesday's fiery rush-hour crash, which also killed former top anti-drug prosecutor Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos and 12 other people.
August 10, 2008 | Peter H. King, Times Staff Writer
It followed the common pattern. At first, details were few: nine fatalities in the crash of a helicopter ferrying firefighters in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Seven of the dead and three of the injured were contract firefighters, hired hands brought down from Oregon to bolster the lines in an onslaught of Northern California fires. Later in the week names and ages were released, followed by face-shot photographs posted on a company website.
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?
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