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NATIONAL
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Chen “Michael” Deng traveled with a group of as many as 30 friends to a sparsely populated area of Pennsylvania for a weekend of what was supposed to be fraternal bonding. It cost him his life, officials say. Deng, 19, a freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan, was with three other pledges of his school's chapter of Pi Delta Psi fraternity at a rented house in Tunkhannock Township in the Poconos, some 75 miles west of New York. There the pledges were hazed, officials said. “He was blindfolded, in the dark, carrying some weight and asked to get from point to point while several of his brothers were striking, tackling, punching and pushing him,”  Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
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SPORTS
February 26, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
IOC President Jacques Rogge says the death of a Georgian luger will forever be associated with the Vancouver Games, just as the slaying of Israeli athletes remains a legacy of the Munich Olympics. Rogge says the International Olympic Committee accepts "moral responsibility" but not legal responsibility for the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili . The IOC chief says the training crash death will always cast a shadow over the Vancouver Olympics, but should be taken separately from the overall success of the Games.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The day after Peaches Geldof's death, authorities are searching in and around the house where the model, writer and socialite was found, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.  After the autopsy, the coroner will open an investigation and decide whether an inquest -- such as that into the death of singer Amy Winehouse -- is merited, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.  No evidence of drugs was found at the home near London where the 25-year-old was...
OPINION
January 12, 2014 | By Erika Hayasaki
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Saturday is Gun Appreciation Day, an occasion to feel good about a consumer product that is guaranteed to play a role in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans this year. That's not hyperbole. Roughly 30,000 people have been killed annually by guns in this country since 1979, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, the body count was 31,672. That places guns in unique company as a legal, over-the-counter product that, in the hands of some users, will kill people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Police found empty nitrous oxide canisters in a Claremont McKenna dorm room where a student was thought to have fatally inhaled the gas, KTLA reported . Claremont police received a call around 12:55 a.m. Friday about an unconscious male who had been inhaling nitrous oxide, Lt. Shelly Vanderveen told The Times . The practice is commonly known as  "huffing. " Officers, and later paramedics, responded to Berger Hall and attempted to revive the student before taking him to a hospital, Vanderveen said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
They celebrated in New York, they celebrated in front of the White House, they celebrated in Lawrence, Kan., and in towns and cities across America. And they celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden in a place that didn’t exist when the 9/11 attacks took place -- Facebook. Dozens of “Osama bin Laden is Dead” Facebook pages sprung up Sunday evening, giving that social network's denizens an opportunity to celebrate, vent or -- the Internet being what it is -- posit conspiracy theories that refuted the notion that Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan (or that he had even existed in the first place)
NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- With rescuers entering the sixth day of their search effort, the death toll from the mudslide east of the town of Oso was expected to rise "dramatically," officials said Thursday. Sixteen have been confirmed dead.  But officials believe they have located at least nine more bodies in the square-mile debris field of the Snohomish County landslide. Officials said 90 people are missing or unaccounted for. Chief Travis Hots, of Snohomish County Fire District 21, said the recovery effort is arduous, somber and can take hours once searchers find a body in the slurry.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Justin Bieber on Wednesday sent "thoughts and prayers" to the family of a 29-year-old paparazzo killed Tuesday while he was shadowing the pop star's Ferrari, trying to obtain pictures during a traffic stop. "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement obtained by L.A. Now . "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves.
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