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July 2, 2011 | David Zucchino
Sometimes the remains of American war dead arrive at the military morgue intact, sealed inside a "human remains pouch" — a body bag. Sometimes they arrive as "dissociated remains" — a leg, an arm or other body parts ripped loose by the force of a roadside bomb or suicide bomber or air crash. And sometimes there are commingled remains of several victims of a blast or crash, including service members, civilian bystanders and, in some cases, a suicide bomber. Air Force Lt. Col. Laura Regan literally lays hands on remains of the dead.
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NEWS
May 24, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
As travelers gear up for Memorial Day, families flying coach on United Airlines who don't have "elite" flier status may need to pack an extra dose of patience. United has dropped the “families can board first” do-si-do from its boarding process. "We figured it would be better to simplify that process and reduce the number of boarding groups," United spokesman Charles Hobart told CNN. If you and your family are flying first- or business-class, you can board early. United isn't the only airline that doesn't give families priority.
WORLD
January 10, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN -- Scores of families bearing wreaths of flowers crowded Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on Thursday to greet the hostages released this week in Syria, who rejoined their families tearfully after months in captivity. One was hoisted joyfully onto relatives' shoulders. “It was very difficult,” another freed man said on Iranian state television, tears falling from his eyes as his stood alongside his daughter. He thanked officials for working to secure their release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
More than $20,000 has been raised online for the families of five people who died in a fiery crash in Burbank as businesses throughout the city plan to host more fundraisers this weekend. The  single-car crash occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway. It appeared the vehicle was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed when the driver apparently lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment, Burbank police said.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Vice President Joe Biden drew on tragedy in his own life as he shared in the grief of families of victims of Flight 93 on Tuesday, offering his hope on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that each passing year brings them additional comfort. Biden lost his wife and infant daughter in a car accident, which also seriously injured his two young sons, just weeks after he was first elected to the Senate 40 years ago. He said at a Tuesday gathering in Shanksville, Pa., that he understood that "no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns," and how it can feel "like you're being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1989
The Times is to be commended for publishing two very touching articles concerning AIDS and its impact on two families who never thought they'd be impacted by this hideous disease. However, both stories carried a thinly veiled tone that these were somehow "innocent" families who had not been involved in high-risk activities, so their infection is that much worse. Statements such as these indirectly convey the message that some people are "less innocent" than others. A virus does not discriminate.
TRAVEL
November 25, 2012 | By Jen Leo
The family-travel website that moms and dads didn't even know they wanted - let alone needed. Name: Minitime.com What it does: Introduces kid-friendly destinations - along with kid-friendly hotels - in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. What's hot: What slingshots this new family travel website to the head of the line is that its travel suggestions are based on the age of your kids. Just punch in the ages (up to three should cover the range) and check out its destination and hotel suggestions, accompanied by photos from real families.
NEWS
August 19, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Girls, it has to be done tonight," the balding computer whiz whispered as he roused the two teen-agers--one his daughter, the other his sister-in-law and secret lover--from a restless sleep. Startled, the girls awoke to the cool, past-midnight quiet of their bedroom and set to work, putting months of helter-skelter, clandestine planning into murderous motion.
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