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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Ruben Vives and Joseph Serna
The 21-year-old woman who authorities say was drunk when she drove the wrong way on the 60 Freeway, killing six people, had been previously convicted of driving under the influence. Olivia Carolee Culbreath was 17 when she was convicted of drunk driving in San Bernardino County, Department of Motor Vehicles officials said. State records also show she was cited for traffic violations at least two other times. The DMV said the restrictions on her license hadn't been lifted until last week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Firefighters responding to reports of someone injured in front of a Simi Valley home Tuesday instead found two bodies lying in the front yard, officials said. Ventura County firefighters made the discovery while responding to a call about a person who fell and appeared injured in the 3300 block of Billie Court. Instead, firefighters found the bodies of an adult man and woman, according to Simi Valley Police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon. Details about the condition of the bodies or any wounds the pair may have had were not immediately released, nor were their identities.
NEWS
March 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Five more bodies were recovered Monday from the Costa Concordia, more than two months after the cruise ship struck a reef and became submerged off the Tuscan coast, the Italian Civil Protection agency reported. That brings the official death toll of the Jan. 13 disaster to 30, with two people still missing and presumed dead. The bodies were found by search crews Thursday, the statement says, but it took 34 divers and 15 vessels to retrieve them in a recovery effort that started Monday morning local time.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Two bodies found in northeastern Mississippi were identified as a Tennessee woman and her daughter as authorities increased their search for the man believed to have abducted them and two other children. Police continued to search the area around Guntown, Miss., for Adam Mayes, 35, who has probably altered his appearance and may be using aliases, officials said. He is wanted in connection with the disappearance of four members of the Bain family from their western Tennessee home on April 27. The bodies found in a Mississippi home used by Mayes were identified as Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter, Adrienne Bain, 14, the FBI said Monday night.
WORLD
January 28, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Bodies found dumped in a well in northeastern Mexico may be those of the 18 musicians and staff of a band that went missing after a Thursday night performance, authorities said. The members of Kombo Kolombia were reported missing Friday by family members who said they lost contact with the group after it performed at a bar along a highway about 30 miles north of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon state. On Monday, Gov. Rodrigo Medina told reporters that early signs indicated the bodies discovered the day before in the community of Mina are probably the missing members of Kombo Kolombia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession of dental gold from human remains, and five counts of commercial burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He will serve his term in local custody and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to veterans wounded in combat.
WORLD
August 23, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- At least five bodies recovered from a mass grave outside Mexico City have been identified as those of young people kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in the heart of this capital three months ago, Mexican authorities said Friday. Officials from the federal attorney general's office said the five were identified based on tattoos, dental records and, for one, a prosthetic device. A total of 13 bodies were pulled from the muddy pit on a Christmas tree farm about 25 miles east of Mexico City, Renato Sales, a senior prosecutor, said in a hastily called news conference.
NATIONAL
April 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over a decade beginning in 1996, Megan Huntsman gave birth to at least seven babies in her home at Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, their bodies concealed in boxes that were stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday. Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail -- $1 million for each of the babies she is accused of killing -- after a preliminary court appearance on Monday, a spokesman for the Utah County jail told the Los Angeles Times.
WORLD
January 9, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The bodies of six slain men were found in four cars in the Stavropol region of southern Russia, officials said Thursday, triggering an anti-terrorism alert and raising fresh security concerns in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. In two of the cases, booby traps were discovered near the vehicles, the officials said. One explosive device went off without harming anyone. The first of the incidents was discovered Wednesday in the village of Tambuktan, about 200 miles from Sochi, which will play host to the 2014 Winter Olympics next month.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
New Mexico defense attorney Dan Cron says he knows police have a lot of responsibilities at a crime scene, especially when someone is shot and killed by officers. But one of them is not snapping pictures with a cellphone camera. A state police officer is under investigation for taking unauthorized photographs of Sam Pauly, a 33-year-old man shot and killed by police. After a traffic accident, officers had followed his brother to the residence that the men shared, about 10 miles east of Sante Fe. The New Mexico State Police chief this week apologized for the actions of the unnamed officer and said such "unprofessionalism" would not be tolerated.
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