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March 26, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - The stories rang with fear and frustration, pain and the occasional flicker of joy. But the storytellers Wednesday were not the survivors of the deadly mudslide that slammed into the Stillaguamish Valley. For the first time since a mountain of mud buried a small rural enclave called Oso and largely cut Darrington off from the rest of the world, a small number of rescuers spoke at length of their long hours on "the pile," of plucking the living from a square mile of mud and debris, of tagging the dead bodies of neighbors.
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NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Of all the help that has arrived here along the Stillaguamish River in the wake of Saturday's deadly mudslide, one group in particular stands out. The state mortuary assistance team is now in place and ready to work. "There is a point at which you bring them in," John Pennington, director of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, told reporters during a rain-soaked Tuesday morning news conference. "This is that particular point. " The death toll stands at 14, and the list of the missing or unaccounted for is still 176. But officials said Tuesday both of those numbers should change by day's end. With 156 emergency workers scouring the debris and dozens more en route, more bodies are expected to be recovered as the emergency effort shifts from search and rescue toward simply recovering bodies from the square mile of debris.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Maria L. La Ganga
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Six more bodies were found Monday in the massive Washington mudslide, bringing the death toll to 14, officials said. The announcement confirming the deaths came from  the Snohomish County Twitter account . A news conference was scheduled for early Monday evening. Despite the efforts of rescuers, no survivors have been found since the Saturday mudslide just east of Oso. The square-mile debris field smashed through a rural cluster of homes about an hour's drive north of Seattle.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Danger and uncertainty hang like a pall over the small towns along the Stillaguamish River. The mudslide that tore across State Route 530 - leaving nearly a square mile of debris and slicing a scar in the hillside taller than the Washington Monument - threatened to continue moving Monday. Search-and-rescue teams equipped with sonar, hovercraft and dogs were pulled back from the hardest-hit area for two hours out of fear that they too might become casualties of Saturday's deadly slide.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings captain Dustin Brown looked ready after a full practice Wednesday and a serious "bag skate" for about 50 minutes Tuesday. On top of that, he sounded poised to rejoin the lineup after a two-game absence because of a lower-body injury. The targeted game: Thursday against the Washington Capitals at Staples Center. "We'll see how it goes the next 24 hours but based off today, I think I'm ready to go," Brown said Wednesday after practice. "Just making sure I'm ready to go. Everything has gotten better over the last few days, progressively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's deputies in Orange County are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman whose body was found in Caspers Wilderness Park earlier this year. Authorities said tests have revealed that the woman was petite, approximately 30 years old and had shoulder-length wavy dark brown hair. The body, which was discovered Jan. 6, had been exposed to the elements for at least six months, detectives said. The wilderness park is located off Ortega Highway outside San Juan Capistrano.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities believe the woman whose body was at an Anaheim trash collection center Friday may be the victim of homicide. The body was discovered at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 1100 block of North Blue Gum Street, Lt. Tim Schmidt, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times. The collection center is in the city's industrial district near the intersection of the 91 and 57 freeways. The Orange County Register reported that detectives were hoping to identify the woman through tattoos and fingerprints.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2014 | By David Zucchino
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In almost every sense, Emilio Vicente is an American success story. He grew up a shy kid in the North Carolina mill town of Siler City. His parents, who moved there when he was 6, had little formal education and worked long, punishing shifts at a chicken processing plant to support their seven children. Vicente's strong grades and college boards earned him a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, one of the nation's most prestigious public universities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago was being held in Texas with bail set at $1 million, pending an extradition hearing. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in the 2012 death of his partner, Hervey Medellin, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Campos-Martinez was arrested by LAPD's elite robbery-homicide detectives Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison.
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