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April 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A crash on the Antelope Valley Freeway on Saturday night in Palmdale left one person dead and gridlocked traffic. Officials with the California Highway Patrol said the crash occurred on the northbound 14 Freeway at about 8:15 p.m. near Avenue O. Officer Patrick Kimball of the CHP said a fatality from the crash was confirmed at 9:40 p.m. but did not have any further details. Shortly after 10 p.m., Kimball said the area was probably still congested because not all lanes of traffic had reopened.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
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March 27, 2014 | By Connie Stewart and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Snohomish County authorities confirmed late Thursday that they had recovered 17 bodies from the devastating mudslide.  The 17th body was an infant, 4-month-old Sanoah Huestis, whose grandmother's remains were recovered earlier in the week. Sanoah's mother, Natasha Huestis, had confirmed to the Los Angeles Times in the afternoon that the child's remains had been recovered. Sanoah body was found 10 feet from her grandmother's body, Natasha Huestis said. Christina Jefferds, 45, was babysitting.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings by officers, according to a damning report released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Jocelyn Samuels said the Albuquerque Police Department needed a "systematic change" to address a long-ingrained culture of using deadly force - a culture the report called indifferent to operating within constitutional guidelines. "This is no longer an acceptable way to proceed," Samuels said.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
The California Department of Public Health has announced the state's first fatality of the year due to West Nile Virus. An 88-year-old woman from Kern County died after being infected by the virus, which is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. “This unfortunate death reminds us that we must protect ourselves from mosquito bites to prevent West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne infections,” Dr. Ron Chapman, the department's director, said Friday in a statement from the agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian as he walked across the street in Studio City on Saturday night, police said. The victim, a Santa Monica man whose name has not been released, was walking northbound across Ventura Boulevard at Fairway Avenue about 11:45 p.m. when he was struck by a white Mercedes driving east, police said.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes sped away and police were still searching for the suspect Sunday morning, said Officer Bill McConnell of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2012
A welder injured in an explosion on an oil platform off the Louisiana coast two weeks ago has died -- only hours after his family had arrived at his bedside, the Philippines Embassy announced. "We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera , one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16 incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Black Elk Energy said in a statement Saturday. "We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Pentagon said Monday that a prisoner died at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on Saturday, the ninth fatality at the prison for terrorism suspects since it opened more than a decade ago. Authorities were withholding the name, nationality and age of the detainee pending notification of his family, according to a statement issued by Joint Task Force Guantanamo at the U.S. naval base in southern Cuba. An autopsy was planned, the statement said, and there was no immediate report on the suspected cause of death.
NEWS
December 3, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
A driver who veered into oncoming traffic on California 126 outside Fillmore on Thanksgiving Day, killing five people, himself and a fetus, was legally drunk, according to test results released Friday by the California Highway Patrol. Frank R. Shoults, 43, of Thousand Oaks, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22%--more than twice the legal limit for motorists, according to a patrol spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
An Orange County man has died of swine flu in the state's fourth death related to the outbreak. The man, whose age and city of residence were not immediately available, had other preexisting health conditions, officials said. Statewide, there are more than 1,000 confirmed or probable cases of novel H1N1 virus, with about 62 hospitalizations, officials said. -- Kimi Yoshino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The victim suffered a gunshot wound just before 6 p.m. Saturday at 92 nd Street and Central Avenue, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, who authorities said was in his late 40s, has not been identified. He was transferred to a local hospital where he later died, Joseph said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The incident was possibly gang-related, he said.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Connie Stewart and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Snohomish County authorities confirmed late Thursday that they had recovered 17 bodies from the devastating mudslide.  The 17th body was an infant, 4-month-old Sanoah Huestis, whose grandmother's remains were recovered earlier in the week. Sanoah's mother, Natasha Huestis, had confirmed to the Los Angeles Times in the afternoon that the child's remains had been recovered. Sanoah body was found 10 feet from her grandmother's body, Natasha Huestis said. Christina Jefferds, 45, was babysitting.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Margie Beskau would seem to have a strong lawsuit against General Motors for millions in damages. Eight years ago, her 15-year-old daughter, Amy Rademaker, died in a Chevrolet Cobalt - one of the cars the automaker has now admitted had a deadly safety defect. A faulty ignition switch shut off the car, leaving its teenage driver without power steering, brakes or air bags. But Beskau probably will never collect in the civil courts, legal experts say, because GM has been absolved of all responsibility for crashes before the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, responding to a barrage of criticism about a Fire Department hiring system that eliminated thousands of qualified applicants, announced Thursday afternoon that he is scrapping the process. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," Garcetti said in a statement. The mayor said he made his decision after he discovered that Fire Department "staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders. " A class of 70 new recruits is in training.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Traffic deaths in the United States declined last year, reaching the lowest level in more than a decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. Some 41,059 people were killed in highway crashes, down by more than 1,600 from 2006. The fatality rate of 1.37 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled in 2007 was the lowest on record, the agency said. California had the largest decline: 266 fewer fatalities.
NEWS
August 13, 1985 | United Press International
A 76-year-old Florida man has become the 134th fatality in the Aug. 2 crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a hospital spokesman said Monday. Sidney Segal, of West Palm Beach, who had been treated for burns over 35% of his body and a fractured pelvis and clavicle, died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, the spokesman said. His wife, Florence Segal, 76, was killed in the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A Mendocino County sheriff's deputy died Wednesday in a shootout with an armed suspect who fled the scene and was later found dead in an apparent suicide, authorities said. Mendocino Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino died in the shootout about noon, the Press Democrat reported. The suspect was identified as Ricardo Antonio Chaney, 32, of Oregon. He is suspected in a crime spree that started early Wednesday with a reported armed robbery in Eugene, where he allegedly stole a black four-door BMW by forcing its occupants into the trunk, the Press Democrat reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who shot 19-year-old Sidney Wallace to death a year ago. Wallace, a resident of Los Angeles, and two others were shot about 9:15 p.m. March 28, 2013, as they were standing at a parking lot adjacent to an apartment complex in the 200 block of East Hill Street in the South Wrigley area of Long Beach. Police found Wallace with multiple gunshot wounds in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at scene by fire paramedics.
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