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June 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Six Flags Inc., the second-biggest U.S. theme-park operator, closed a free-fall ride at four of its parks after a cable snapped on the attraction at its Louisville, Ky., park and severed the feet of a 13-year-old girl. Cedar Fair, operator of amusement parks including Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, said it temporarily shut down five similar rides at its locations. Rides at Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags' Magic Mountain in Valencia were not affected.
March 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The film crew walked out on the old railroad trestle high above Georgia's Altamaha River, then placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for actor William Hurt. The plan called for Hurt to lie on the bed in a dream sequence for the film "Midnight Rider," in which he plays rock singer Gregg Allman. Two trains had already crossed the bridge that day, and the crew was told no more were scheduled, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard recalled. Then a train came barreling toward them. "We all ran for our lives," Gilliard said.
July 15, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ and PATRICIA CALLAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS; Times staff writers Rene Lynch and Eric Bailey contributed to this report
State safety inspectors Wednesday interviewed the operator believed to be responsible for a roller coaster crash this week at the Orange County Fair, focusing on the possibility that he was distracted from activating the ride's brakes because he was trying to do two jobs at once.
March 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
A woman who died after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Santa Ana on Thursday night has been identified, police said. Maria Vancinijavier, 51, was struck in the 1600 block of West 1st Street around 8:15 p.m. by the driver of a 2001 Volvo, authorities said. Vancinijavier was wearing dark clothing and the driver tried to avoid her, according to Santa Ana police. The driver also called 911 and stayed at the scene, police said. Vancinijavier was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.  ALSO: LAPD mourns the loss of one of its own at downtown funeral Manson family killer Bruce Davis gets parole grant, but may not walk FBI ramps up Hawaii search for suspected terrorist in Calif.
January 16, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
People who wear headphones might want to ditch them while walking outside. A study finds that accidents involving pedestrians wearing the devices have tripled in recent years. Researchers combed several sources to find incidents in the U.S. of crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles between 2004 and 2011. Searching the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Google News archives and Westlaw Campus Research. They found 116 cases of death or injury involving pedestrians wearing headphones.
August 10, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The message of the proposed freeway signs doesn't seem controversial, memorializing individuals killed in traffic accidents and urging California motorists to drive safely. But a proposal to allow families to pay the California Department of Transportation to put up dozens of such signs along state highways has been caught up in a revolt by environmentalists against what they see as the growing clutter of signs and billboards along California roadways. The latest flare-up involves plans to expand a program that allows families to pay $1,000 to cover the cost of signs that read, "Please Don't Drink and Drive -- In Memory of . . ."
November 23, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
On Black Friday, shopping carts aren't the only collision shoppers should worry about. Insurance company Progressive Corp. said that Black Friday is one of the worst days of the year for parking-related accidents. On the day after Thanksgiving last year, claims from parking-related accidents increased 37% when compared with other Fridays, the company said. A year before, claims were up 17%. PHOTOS: The Black Friday rush About 13% of Black Friday insurance claims were related to rear-end collisions, 11% from collisions with parked cars and 8% from drivers backing into another vehicle.
March 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
HAWTHORNE, Nev. -- The Hawthorne Ordnance Museum commemorates the history of the nearby Hawthorne Army Depot with display cases and showrooms bristling with bombs, bullets, mines, torpedoes and missiles. Many of them came from the depot, which surrounds the town with thousands of squat storage buildings and half-buried ammo bunkers arranged in neat rows across hundreds of square miles of otherwise featureless desert. Its newest exhibit, however, is a massive granite memorial funded with local donations and designed as a testament to decades of safe working conditions at the sprawling base, the economic backbone of the region since World War II. The museum was preparing to place the memorial on a permanent stand near its entrance when a 60-millimeter mortar round exploded at the depot Monday night, killing seven Marines and injuring eight other servicemen -- seven Marines and a Navy corpsman.
January 29, 1991
A study of the effects of ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION on weapons systems concludes that NINE ACCIDENTS in the first week of the Persian Gulf War can be blamed on malfunctions involving that type of radiation. The HERO Project (for Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation on Ordnance) suggests that problems with radio, radar and static electricity can cause aircraft crashes and accidental missile launches and detonations.
September 2, 2010 | By Julie Cart and P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Mariner Energy, which owns the platform that erupted in flames Thursday, has been involved in more than a dozen offshore accidents in the Gulf of Mexico in the last four years, including at least four fires and a well blowout, according to federal regulators. In one of those accidents aboard the oil and gas platform known as Vermilion Block 380, which seriously injured a worker in 2008, federal inspectors highlighted "unsafe workmanlike operations," according to federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement records.
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
March 6, 2014 | By Paula L. Woods
No advice is more confusing to writers than "write what you know. " Taken to its solipsistic extremes, it would mean novelists could not write characters outside of their own gender, race, geography or professional background. While the works of Susan Straight, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth George and others make clear the fallacy of that thinking, a writer's experiences and observations do play a significant role, along with research, in creating a believable universe for their characters and stories.
February 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City. The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was just a little thing. When veteran TV reporter Miles O'Brien was stacking some cases filled with TV gear on Feb. 12, one of the cases fell on his left arm. "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it," O'Brien, a former CNN reporter for 17 years, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday in which he recounted the incident. "It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be OK without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial?" Maybe. Because what happened next shocked him, as well as many of his fans and aquaintances, who have been sharing the  post he wrote detailing what happened next . The next day, his arm got sore and swelled up. It kept getting worse.
February 21, 2014
After a weeklong stay, the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix sent me on my way on Jan. 5 with five stitches, a titanium alloy plate in my neck and a hard plastic Össur Miami J cervical collar that will remain on my neck until late March. A few weeks later, I learned what I'd been charged for the Miami J: $447. Had I been given the chance, I could have purchased the brace online for less than $100. Allowing that sort of comparison shopping is one small thing policymakers could do to slow the growth of healthcare spending.
February 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Freestyler skier Maria Komissarova of Russia is recovering after a 6 1/2-hour surgery following a training accident at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Saturday while preparing for the Sochi Olympics women's skicross event next week, according to Russian officials. Komissarova crashed at the end of a series of three jumps near the top of the 1,200-meter course, according to Jenny Wiedeke, spokeswoman for the International Ski Federation. “The operation is over … it's been successful,” said Mikhail Verzeba, a Russian ski federation official who told the Associated  Press that Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back.
February 4, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A blizzard that had pummeled northeastern Colorado on Friday moved across Nebraska and into southwestern Iowa on Saturday, causing dozens of accidents on highways as visibility was reduced to near-zero in some places. The storm, the first major snowfall this winter for Colorado and the Midwest, dropped about 20 inches of snow in some parts of Nebraska, said Matt Masek, a National Weather Service meteorologist in North Platte, Neb. By Saturday afternoon, the storm, with wind gusts up to 30 mph, had moved into southwestern Iowa, where snow totals ranged from 4 to 11 inches, said Roger Vachalek, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Des Moines.
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
On the field, the Seahawks are known for causing turnovers, but off the field, the teams' fans are the ones who are fumbling their devices. Smartphone users who are rooting for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII are 46% clumsier than users who are rooting for the Broncos, according to a survey conducted this month by SquareTrade , a San Francisco company that sells device insurance. According to the survey, nearly 25% of fans rooting for the Seahawks have had a cellphone accident within the last 12 months.
February 13, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. is recalling almost 800,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars to fix a problem that could prevent the airbags from deploying in a crash. The automaker said it knows of 22 such accidents, including five in which six people died. GM said each of those crashes occurred under unusual circumstances in which the cars were being driven across dirt and rough terrain.  Neither model was designed to be an off-road vehicle. Photos: Worst cars ever sold in America “All of these crashes occurred off-road and at high speeds, where the probability of serious or fatal injuries was high regardless of airbag deployment.
February 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The construction worker injured Friday at the site of the World Cup stadium in the Amazon city of Manaus has died and now others employed there are threatening to go on strike, further hampering efforts to prepare for this summer's soccer tournament in Brazil. Antonio Jose Pita Martins, a 55-year-old from Portugal, was killed while disassembling a crane that was used to install part of the roof at the Arena da Amazonia, where the U.S. will play its second group-play match in June.
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