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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Officials are investigating if the driver of a car that allegedly ran a stop sign Saturday and crashed into a SUV -- killing a mother and her four children while the father looked on helplessly -- was on medication at the time. The driver of the Nissan, identified by the California Highway Patrol as Juana Martinez Bejarano, 41, was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries after she collided with the Ford Expedition in Riverdale, south of Fresno, while going about 60 mph, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The mother and four children who were killed in a fiery crash in the Central Valley on Saturday have been identified by Fresno County coroner's officials.  Esmeralda Saucedo, 29, and her four children -- Isaac Saucedo, 1; Nikko Saucedo, 3; Jada Saucedo, 6; and Breanna Reyes, 11; all of Riverdale -- were killed as their father, who was traveling behind the family in a separate car, watched helplessly as the SUV burst into flames. The youngest boy would have turned 2 on Monday. The father suffered burns as he broke out windows of the Ford Expedition in an attempt to free his family, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A mother and her four children died in an accident near Fresno, as the woman's husband tried in vain to pull them from the fiery wreckage of their car, authorities said Sunday. The 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno. With her in the car were her four children, 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year-old girls. Another woman, identified by the California Highway Patrol as Juana Martinez Bejarano, 41, was driving west on Excelsior Avenue in a 2004 Nissan at about 60 mph. At the intersection with South Marks Avenue, Bejarano apparently failed to heed a stop sign, and the two cars collided, the CHP said.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
The Belgian government this week approved new measures allowing the euthanasia of terminally ill children, a decision that on first reading would make most of us gasp. It is a distressing concept, and the idea of helping a child die sounds incredibly cold and morally and ethically unsound - until you dive into the issue. While it raises painful and conflicting emotions, and choices, the Belgians - who have pushed assisted suicide to the edge before - are on the right, groundbreaking track.
HOME & GARDEN
February 14, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I am of a mind that the Sunday paper should be strewn gloriously across the house, a little everywhere - like leaves across New England, like lingerie across a bridal suite - and my wife, having now moved beyond the honeymoon stage of our relationship, thinks the Sunday paper ought to be stacked neatly in one single spot. Multiply that times 1,000, and you have a modern marriage. The minister never said you have to agree on every little thing. Most divisive, I suppose, are children.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Children's advocates are challenging a settlement in a class-action lawsuit in an effort to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information - as well as the images, likes and comments - of teens in advertising on the giant social network. The advocates want the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the Facebook settlement. They say the settlement violates the law in seven states including California that require parents' permission before a child's image can be used in advertising.
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
OPINION
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
For some children in Syria, the civil war is a particular kind of hell. The details of a United Nations report released last week are chilling and gut-wrenching, and go far beyond the kind of civilian slaughter that accompanies shelling of residential neighborhoods - a reproachable hallmark of the fighting in that country. Despite encountering significant hurdles in reaching witnesses, U.N. investigators documented cases in which children as young as 11 were subjected to sexual attacks, their fingernails being pulled, electric shocks to genitalia and beatings.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Shan Li
Children are enjoying hikes in their allowances as the fortunes of their parents brighten. From 2011 to 2013, the percentage of parents giving their children between $11 to $30 a week climbed significantly, thanks in part to an economic rebound, according to data analyzed by T. Rowe Price for Reuters. At the same time, more budget-conscious mothers and fathers who only shelled out up to $10 a week dropped sharply. Some children are seeing even bigger boosts to their spending money.
HOME & GARDEN
January 31, 2014 | Chris Erskine
One by one, they return home - my little Einsteins, my little bombardiers. They circle the old homestead a couple of times, then drop their stuff in the garage and basement, unloading all the ordnance from their college days, including the Ikea furniture that smells of Pabst and Pop-Tarts. It holds memories for them, of late-night study sessions and beer pong. Like very sticky scrapbooks you can sleep on. Oh, this boomerang generation. They treat our houses as temporary storage, right?
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