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January 13, 2014 | Hugo Martin
Grouse all you want about shrinking airline seats and annoying fees for onboard food, drinks and entertainment, but the industry's safety record is looking up. The world's airlines had one of their safest years on record in 2013. There were 29 airline accidents last year, which, combined, resulted in a record-low 265 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network, a private research group in the Netherlands. That's out of about 31 million commercial flights worldwide. The world's airlines had a pretty safe year in 2012 as well, with 475 fatalities from 23 airline accidents, including passenger and cargo flights, the research group said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 15-year-old Murrieta girl was in a coma and on life support Thursday after she was injured over the weekend in a skateboarding accident, according to a report in the Riverside Press Enterprise . Maddison "Mads" Olson, a sophomore at Murrieta High School, tumbled while speeding down a steep hill in Mission Viejo on Sunday. She was found unconscious, her father said in the news report. She was not wearing a helmet. Fire crews took the girl to the Mission Viejo campus of Children's Hospital of Orange County.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Her pursuit of perfection simply had to be steered in another direction, rechanneled into the offices of numerous doctors and countless hours of physical therapy. U.S. Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler was staring at the most significant challenge of her life, regaining full vision after a freak training accident on a trampoline resulted in a broken right eye socket, a fractured nose and concussion. This occurred in June 2012, more than six years after Bleiler stood on the podium at the Olympics in Turin, Italy, with a silver medal around her neck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bus carrying 43 inmates was in an accident on the 5 Freeway in the Newhall area Wednesday night, but no injuries were reported, authorities said. The accident was on the southbound side of the freeway near Roxford Street and involved at least one other vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said. The vehicles were on the right-side shoulder, Officer Alex Rubio said. The roadway was cleared shortly after 10 p.m. Officers were investigating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people were injured Tuesday night in a car accident in Boyle Heights that left one victim in grave condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The other victims suffered critical and minor injuries in the accident in the 2700 block of East Washington Boulevard, an LAPD spokesman said. Firefighters had to rescue at least one person trapped in the vehicle. The accident was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m.  Los Angeles Police Department investigators were dispatched to the scene. No other details were immediately available.
SPORTS
December 30, 2013 | Wire reports
Doctors offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher's head injuries Monday, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher has been put in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation. "We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," Dr. Jean-Francois Payen , the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, said at a news conference.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Harrowing details are emerging Thursday afternoon in a single-car crash that killed the grandson of former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. A second man died and a third had to wait several hours to be rescued from a car mostly submerged in a water-filled ditch along a highway in central Florida, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report. Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, who was driving the vehicle, were both killed in the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Three years after a truck competing in a desert off-road race careened into a crowd of spectators, a $5.8-million settlement was reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in Lucerne Valley, the pickup truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and became airborne, slamming into the crowd. The accident killed eight and injured dozens. The settlement, which is the resolution of multiple lawsuits filed by victims and their families, was reached Tuesday, the lawyers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
A Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol car and SUV collided in Palmdale on Saturday, leaving two people dead and two others with minor injuries, authorities said. The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at 17th Street East and Avenue R, said Inspector Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Paramedics pronounced two people dead at the scene, he said. The sheriff's deputy involved in the accident was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. ALSO: Man's car containing his wife's ashes is stolen at carwash Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is latest campus to report meningitis case Ronni Chasen autopsy report reveals early police account of her death lisa.girion@latimes.com Twitter: @lisagirion lisa.girion@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Three Lancaster residents, including a 12-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in a single-vehicle accident on the northbound 110 Freeway just north of downtown Los Angeles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Two women, ages 37 and 19, and the young girl were pronounced dead at the scene following the accident that occurred about 12:15 a.m. near the connector to the northbound 5 Freeway, authorities said. The driver of the GMC minivan, identified as a 55-year-old man, and several other passengers, including a 36-year-old man, a 13-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, all suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said.
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