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January 15, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Gillette is moving into the below-the-neck manscape landscape in a big way with its new Body Razor, which it is touting as "the first razor built for the terrain of a man's body. "  This news came to our attention in the form of a package, delivered to our office, that included a smooth-chested, swim-trunks-wearing Ken doll to which one of these new Body Razors has been securely twister-tied. Once we got past the bizarre presentation to focus on the razor itself, it seemed vaguely familiar -- as if we'd seen the distinctive handle shape and rounded three-blade head somewhere before.
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March 11, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The man whose head, hands and feet were found scattered below the Hollywood sign in 2012 was probably cut apart with a saw, according to an autopsy report. Coroner's officials also wrestled with a prosecutor's question of whether Hervey Medellin 's remains were frozen before they were dumped in Griffith Park, given the lack of decomposition and time that had elapsed from when authorities believe he was killed. But ultimately a forensic anthropologist consulting on the case wrote that the theory could not be "supported or refuted" with the limited photographic evidence available.  HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim More than two years after the grisly discovery along a Bronson Canyon trail, Los Angeles police this week announced an arrest in the slaying of 66-year-old Medellin: his boyfriend, who had long been a person of interest in the case.
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SCIENCE
July 10, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
An international team of archaeologists have discovered that two mummies found on an island off the coast of Scotland are, like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, composed of body parts from several different humans. The mummified remains, as much as 3,500 years old, suggest that the first residents of the island of South Uist in the Hebrides had some previously unsuspected burial practices. The West Coast of South Uist was densely populated from around 2000 BC until the end of the Viking period around AD 1300.
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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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October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
Body parts found at two treatment plants 30 miles away from each other appear to be related, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The upper torso of a woman was found at a waste treatment plant near Whittier on Monday and is believed to match a pelvis and legs found Saturday at a water treatment plant in Carson, officials said. Detectives are treating the matter as a homicide, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Sheriff's Department. Coroner's officials said they will examine the DNA of the body parts to be sure they are linked.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Snooki's totally grossed out about one part of her body, and she's thinking about fixing the situation. No, not that Situation, "Jersey Shore" fans! Where should we focus? Her breasts, she says. "My boobs are disgusting!," the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant revealed on the Friday episode of " Bethenny ," via E! News . Hey, things happen when you have a kid and then lose a ton - or even 40 pounds - of baby weight. Especially on a 4-foot, 8-inch frame. They're "hanging," she said, because they got so big when she was pregnant.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A man who purchased the contents of a Florida storage locker made a grisly discovery when he found a batch of crudely preserved human organs inside, including hearts, brains and lungs. One heart was reportedly found in a 32-ounce drink cup filled with formaldehyde. Pensacola police are still trying to determine the source of the organs, locate survivors and figure out why the owner -- a former medical examiner -- had them. They're also trying to assess whether any laws were broken in the disposal of the human remains.
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March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago has been charged with murder, prosecutors said. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in connection with the 2012 death of 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. Campos-Martinez was being held on $1-million bail in Texas pending an extradition hearing.
HEALTH
September 13, 2012 | By Psyche Pascual
Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is used to hearing his work described as science fiction. Way back in 1999, he and his team grew bladders in a lab and successfully implanted them in patients with spina bifida. Then in 2004, his team grew urethras for five young boys in Mexico City. Eight years later, the laboratory-grown tissue looks as natural as the boys' own. At the rate research like Atala's is progressing, scientists predict that replacement organs will be a reality within years, not decades.
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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March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man   arrested in the 2012 death of his boyfriend, whose head, hands and feet were scattered below the Hollywood sign, made "inconsistent and suspicious statements" to police after his partner's body parts were found, court documents showed. A search warrant affidavit filed in connection with the killing of Hervey Medellin said Medellin's partner, Gabriel Campos- Martinez , then took a polygraph test, which revealed he was "deceitful of dismembering the victim's body and having knowledge of the victim's murder.
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March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The head was discovered first, wrapped in a plastic 99 Cents Only Store bag along one of the hiking trails below the Hollywood sign. The right hand and feet were found a day later, this time in a Rite Aid bag buried in a 6-inch grave. The left hand was uncovered hours later. Now, more than two years after the grisly discovery in Griffith Park, Los Angeles police have announced an arrest in the slaying of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin: Medellin's boyfriend, who had long been a person of interest in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago has been charged with murder, prosecutors said. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in connection with the 2012 death of 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. Campos-Martinez was being held on $1-million bail in Texas pending an extradition hearing.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Gillette is moving into the below-the-neck manscape landscape in a big way with its new Body Razor, which it is touting as "the first razor built for the terrain of a man's body. "  This news came to our attention in the form of a package, delivered to our office, that included a smooth-chested, swim-trunks-wearing Ken doll to which one of these new Body Razors has been securely twister-tied. Once we got past the bizarre presentation to focus on the razor itself, it seemed vaguely familiar -- as if we'd seen the distinctive handle shape and rounded three-blade head somewhere before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 55-year-old Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he killed two missing women, including one whose body was discovered in trash bags along a roadside in Rosarito, Mexico, in 1996. Aurangzeb “Simon” Manjra took a plea offer in exchange for pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of Glendale resident Esperanza Torio and the second-degree murder of 44-year-old Los Angeles resident Maria Santos, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney.
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November 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities Tuesday identified the woman whose remains were found last month at two water treatment plants 30 miles apart as Erin Lynn Cruz, 27, of East San Gabriel Valley. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said a cause of death has not been determined. Cruz was last seen in the La Puente area late on the evening of Oct. 23, according to sheriff's homicide detectives. The body parts were discovered beginning Oct. 26, when a pelvis and legs were found at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in the 24500 block of South Figueroa Street in Carson.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan's Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held - and others squatted beside - the corpse's severed legs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities Tuesday identified the woman whose remains were found last month at two water treatment plants 30 miles apart as Erin Lynn Cruz, 27, of East San Gabriel Valley. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said a cause of death has not been determined. Cruz was last seen in the La Puente area late on the evening of Oct. 23, according to sheriff's homicide detectives. The body parts were discovered beginning Oct. 26, when a pelvis and legs were found at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in the 24500 block of South Figueroa Street in Carson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
Body parts found at two treatment plants 30 miles away from each other appear to be related, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The upper torso of a woman was found at a waste treatment plant near Whittier on Monday and is believed to match a pelvis and legs found Saturday at a water treatment plant in Carson, officials said. Detectives are treating the matter as a homicide, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Sheriff's Department. Coroner's officials said they will examine the DNA of the body parts to be sure they are linked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The upper torso of a woman found Monday in a San Gabriel Valley water treatment plant is believed to match a pelvis and legs found 30 miles away at another sanitation plant, sheriff's detectives said. Detectives are treating the woman's death as a homicide, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Authorities believe the body entered the sanitation system somewhere in the San Gabriel Valley. Investigators recovered more body parts Monday afternoon but were still trying to locate a missing arm of the woman, who they believe is Latina.
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