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November 11, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
November 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Santa Ana man is in jail Tuesday after police say he nearly beat his infant daughter to death. Andres Tafoya, 30, was arrested over the weekend after dropping his severely injured 2-month-old daughter off at a local hospital. Police said Tafoya was alone with his daughter Friday after his girlfriend - the infant's mother - left for work. In the mother's absence, Tafoya allegedly punched the baby multiple times in the head. When police went to investigate, Tafoya fled and stayed on the streets because he “basically had nowhere to go,” said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
October 31, 2013 | By Kay S. Hymowitz
When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls' problems - their low self-esteem, lax ambitions, eating disorders and, most alarming, high rates of teen pregnancy. Now, though, with teen births down more than 50% from their 1991 peak and girls dominating classrooms and graduation ceremonies, boys and men are increasingly the ones under examination. Their high school grades and college attendance rates have remained stalled for decades.
October 25, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple are the parents of Maria, a blond, green-eyed 4-year-old girl taken by police in central Greece last week from the Roma settlement where she was living, Bulgarian authorities said Friday. Authorities undertaking a drug raid had arrested a Greek Roma couple, Crhostos Salis, 39, and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, suspecting Maria had been abducted. The couple, still jailed, said they had informally adopted her from her Bulgarian Roma parents.
October 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Three people who were killed in a multi-car crash in Fontana earlier this week have been identified as a mother, her boyfriend and her 2-year-old daughter. The San Bernardino County coroner identified the two adult victims as Shawn Michael Scott, 33, of Fontana, and Helen Terry Amaya, 33, of El Monte. KTLA-TV identified the toddler as Amaya's 2-year-old daughter, Joelene. The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. near Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard when a speeding car ran a red light, Fontana police said.
October 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
An El Monte man apparently killed his daughter and her girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in a double murder-suicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the three dead as Harry Maldonado Jr., 65, Evie Maldonado, 32, and Diana Amaya, 38. They were found shot to death inside the garage of an apartment complex, where they lived together with other relatives, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the sheriff's homicide bureau.
October 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
An El Monte man apparently killed his daughter and her female friend before turning the gun on himself in a double murder-suicide Tuesday night, authorities said. Los Angeles County coroner's officials Wednesday identified the three dead as Harry Maldonado, 65, Evie Maldonado, 32, both of El Monte;  and Diana Amaya, 38. They were found shot to death Tuesday night inside a garage of a home in El Monte, according to sheriff's and coroner's officials. Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department believe Harry Maldonado shot the two women before turning the gun on himself.
October 15, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
It's a classic variation on the eternal triangle: brilliant doctor, innocent subject and the transgressive experimentation that binds and threatens to destroy them. In the case of the elegant creepfest "Eyes Without a Face," the patient is the doctor's disfigured daughter, and his single-minded pursuit of a remedy is motivated by guilt as much as by hubris and love. The lyrical and the gruesome have seldom entwined so seamlessly or with such disturbing power as they do in Georges Franju's 1960 feature, a tale of mad science and fatherly devotion gone extravagantly wrong.
October 14, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Richard Winton, Ashley Powers
Kellye Taylor spent her last recess as she had so many others: sitting on a folding chair at a Long Beach park, watching her students clamber on a jungle gym. Then a man crept up to her side, thrust a sharp object into her neck and ran off, police said. Taylor, 53, slumped over. Her students screamed. A fellow teacher frantically asked her what to do. Taylor gasped: Calm down. Call 911. The students raced back to their school. A fellow teacher stayed at Orizaba Park and tried to stem the bleeding.
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