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May 10, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Workers clearing rubble from the scene of the multistory garment factory that collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 1,000 workers at last count and injuring around 2,000 more found a woman alive and rescued her Friday, 17 days after the tragedy. The Associated Press reported she was found on the second floor; the New York Times said she was found in a Muslim prayer room in the basement of the building, which afforded her oxygen and enough space to stand up. In any event, she was uninjured, an official on the scene said, but taken to a hospital to be examined.
May 10, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - In a development described as miraculous, a woman trapped in rubble for 17 days emerged alive Friday from the remains of a building that pancaked just outside Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Speaking from her hospital bed, the survivor, a seamstress identified with the single name Reshma in local news reports, told a Bangladeshi television station that she stayed alive by eating dried food, which ran out after 15 days, and drinking sparingly from bottles of water she had around her in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza building.
May 9, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- As Bangladesh struggles to improve its dismal industrial safety record after a massive building collapse last month, another garment industry disaster has raised new cries for reform. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, a fire swept through a garment factory in the capital Dhaka, killing eight people including its managing director and a top police official. Initial reports suggested that the fire in the 11-story building was caused by a short circuit on the second floor that spread to the third and fourth floors, where the factory was located.
May 8, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The death toll from a building collapse in Bangladesh surpassed 800 Wednesday, as salvage workers continued to pull bodies from the rubble two weeks after the disaster. Many bodies were so badly decomposed that DNA samples were collected to identify them, the Associated Press reported. The building just outside the capital, Dhaka, housed several garment factories and was full of  workers when it collapsed April 24.  Some workers said they were told to enter the building despite their concern about visible cracks.
May 7, 2013 | By Richard Greenwald and Michael Hirsch
The deaths of more than 600 garment workers in Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory collapse April 24 is a tragedy that highlights widespread problems in the global apparel industry. But will it be the spark that finally leads to much-needed global reforms? After disasters like Rana, or the fire at another Bangladeshi garment factory in November that killed 112 people, there is a tendency to play detective, to focus on the culprit, whether it be the owner, corruption or lax laws and missing enforcement.
May 6, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Sir Elton John and Taio Cruz entertained at the star-studded 20th anniversary "Race to Erase M.S. " gala fundraiser Friday night in Los Angeles. Kelly Osbourne presented the charity's Medal of Hope to her mother, Sharon, and brother Jack. Charity founder Nancy Davis hosted and among those attending were fashion designers Tommy and Dee Hifiger and a host of celebrities including Rod and Penny Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris, Marg Hellenberger, Howie Mandel, Anne Heche, Cybill Shepherd, La Toya Jackson, Daisy Fuentes, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Mel B, Victoria Justice, Cat Deeley, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Bella Thorne, Ziggy Marley, Kristin Cavallari, Kathy Hilton, Camille Grammar and Kim Richards.
May 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Say there's a concert scheduled at a major Los Angeles venue, but that managers smell gas in the air before the show goes on. Chances are that they will cancel the event and take a loss out of an abundance of caution, said Dov Charney, chief executive of local clothing company American Apparel. But the same steps weren't taken last month, when a garment factory in Bangladesh crumpled soon after workers complained of cracks appearing in the walls, Charney said. More than 600 people died in the collapse, according to several reports.
May 3, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The death toll in the devastating collapse of a Bangladesh building surpassed 500 on Friday as salvage crews continued to pull scores of bodies from the rubble. Nine days after the disaster, more people faced punishment or arrest in connection with the collapse, which spotlighted dismal conditions in the booming Bangladeshi garment industry. The building housed several factories that made clothing for sale abroad. Garment workers say they were forced to enter the doomed building despite their alarm about visible cracks.
May 1, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Reeling from the deadly collapse of a building packed with thousands of factory workers, Bangladeshi laborers rallied Wednesday, marking May Day with renewed calls for workplace safety. The death toll steadily swelled in the aftermath of the disaster last week and continued to grow Wednesday as more bodies were pulled from the rubble, reaching 412 people killed in the collapse, according to the  Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha national news agency. Outrage over the disaster spilled into May Day, an annual holiday meant to champion the rights of workers worldwide.
April 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Bangladeshi government officials and Western apparel companies have pledged to provide financial assistance to the families of more than 1,300 people killed or injured in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building last week. At least 388 people were killed after the building collapsed, crushing and trapping workers from five apparel factories in the multistory building. Disaster relief officials reported 968 people were hospitalized with serious injuries. Hundreds of people remained missing Tuesday, according to the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha national news agency .  Several companies linked to the stricken factories pledged to compensate families of the victims.
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