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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | Kate Mather
Of all the mourners who filled the 3,500-seat cathedral Thursday -- including hundreds of police officers, a host of city officials, the governor -- it was the people sitting in the front row at Officer Nicholas Lee's funeral who mattered the most. One by one, those who eulogized the Los Angeles police officer turned their attention to his wife and two daughters. Lee was a dedicated cop, they said. But above all else, he was a family man. "That's what I'm most proud of," said Capt.
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March 14, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For seven years St. David's Episcopal Church has served as a concert venue for Austin's vibrant South by Southwest Conference. This week it also became a place for mourning. Holding flowers and sheets of paper with prayers, about 100 people gathered outside the on church to mourn 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of Amsterdam and 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West of Austin, who were struck and killed when a car plowed into a crowd early Thursday. Twenty-three others were injured. Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old music producer from Killeen, Texas, has been arrested.
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March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Bail has been set at $3 million for a Texas man accused of drunkenly steering his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest music festival, records show. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen was booked into Travis County jail and charged with one count of capital murder, though more charges may be added later, the Associated Press reported . A court date was not immediately available. Reports indicate Owens -- an aspiring rapper and music producer -- was in town to try and showcase his music, like thousands of other aspiring artists hoping to get noticed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Four female occupants of a car were killed after the driver lost control on a San Bernardino road Thursday night and plunged into a flood control channel, authorities said. The crash occurred after the car spun out and went through a rail, causing two of the occupants to be ejected while the vehicle plunged into the flood channel, burst into flames and burned the other two "beyond recognition," according to the California Highway Patrol. Earlier reports had put the number of dead at three.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A dump truck that collided with a Los Angeles police cruiser last week in Beverly Hills, killing one officer and injuring another, was up to date on its required inspections and did not have any recent violations, California Highway Patrol records show. The truck - a 1994 Kenworth big rig - was last inspected by CHP officers from the Commercial Vehicle Section at the truck's terminal on July 31, 2012, records show. Last week, the truck skidded down Loma Vista Drive near Robert Lane before it tipped on its side and spilled a small excavator it was carrying, colliding with the police cruiser Officer Nicholas Lee was driving in the opposite direction, LAPD officials said.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Michael Muskal
AUSTIN, Texas -- The South by Southwest festival will go on, officials said Thursday, after a tumultuous night during which a suspected drunk driver, who faces capital murder charges, allegedly killed two people and injured 23 others at the city's premier festival of music, film and technology. At a morning news conference, officials gave a slightly different version of events but agreed with SXSW chief Roland Swenson who said the show would go on, though many of the staffers would rather go home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The 22-year-old driver of a speeding Jeep that went off Interstate 8 and down a steep embankment was killed but a passenger and baby survived, the CHP said Thursday. The woman was driving a Jeep at a "high rate of speed" Wednesday night in the Alpine area of eastern San Diego County when it swerved to avoid a slower-moving vehicle. She lost control of the Jeep as it went off the freeway and down about 150 feet of steep embankment, the California Highway Patrol said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino City Fire Department investigators were at the scene late Thursday of a triple-fatality car crash. A fourth victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Few details were available on the single-automobile wreck, which occurred near East 5th Street east of Cooley Street. The Press-Enterprise reported that the car rolled over near a bridge and plunged 20 feet into a flood control channel. "The car was on fire and there was screaming in there,” a witness, a woman who identified herself only as Rose, told the newspaper.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A US Airways jet crashed when a tire blew out during takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday evening, but no injuries were initially reported, a company official said. "Plane just crashed. But we are ok," one apparent passenger, Dennis Fee, posted on Facebook, followed by a photo of passengers fleeing a US Airways jet that appeared intact but whose nose was in contact with the ground. Flight 1702 was taking off en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when a tire blew out, US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Hooks told the Los Angeles Times.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A US Airways jet carrying 149 passengers and five crew members crashed in Philadelphia on Thursday evening after a tire blew out during takeoff and the plane's nose gear collapsed when the pilot decided to abort the flight, officials told the Los Angeles Times. Flight 1702 was headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but the Airbus 320 jet instead saw its journey conclude at the end of a Philadelphia International Airport runway, where it skidded off the tarmac with its nose to the ground.
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