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June 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON--A second worker injured in an explosion and fire at a central Louisiana petrochemical plant has died and a few others remained hospitalized Friday. Scott Thrower, 47, of St. Amant, La., suffered burns Thursday morning in the explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, La., about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, according to Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain. Thrower was treated at the burn unit at Baton Rouge General Medical Center and died midday Friday, Cain told the Los Angeles Times.
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NATIONAL
June 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Four people were shot and killed in a St. Louis business building Thursday, a police homicide officer told the Los Angeles Times. The shootings were inside a building known as the Cherokee Place Business Incubator, a project that houses several independent companies. Police are still investigating the incident that began at about 1:40 p.m., said the officer, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak for the department. Details of the incident were sketchy, but police said there was no active search for a gunman.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two men and two women were found shot dead inside a St. Louis healthcare business after an apparent workplace murder-suicide in which the owner killed his employees before killing himself, police said Thursday. No one else was injured, and police said it appeared there were no witnesses. A woman apparently related to one of the victims fell to her knees and started crying when she and others arrived at the scene, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "The gentleman who killed the other three people inside the office appeared to have an argument with others and at some point opened fire with a weapon," St. Louis Police Capt.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - At least one person was killed and 77 injured Thursday in an explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in the Louisiana town of Geismar, part of a heavily industrial region known as “Cancer Alley.” “This has been a tragic incident,” Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said during a briefing near the plant Thursday afternoon. “There will be further investigations afterward to determine what happened and to make sure this doesn't happen again.” He said officials had not released the name of the man who died because they were in the process of notifying his relatives.
SPORTS
June 9, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach John Savage was as giddy as his typically stoic demeanor would allow after his team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-0, Saturday night to advance to the College World Series. "Whenever you get to Fullerton and win two games, beating what I think is the best team in the country, it says a lot about your character," Savage said. Fans of Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Louisiana State might disagree about Fullerton's being the best team, but Savage's excitement was understandable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A 33-year-old woman who escaped from a Louisiana prison while serving time for manslaughter was arrested in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. Keana Barnes is believed to have broken out of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women by jumping out her first-floor cell window and scaling several fences, including at least one barbed wire fence, on Jan. 1. Her bold escape and violent criminal history earned her a spot on the U.S. Marshals Service's...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
On screen and off, Kerry Washington is a strong woman with strong convictions. Not only does she play the tough political crisis manager Olivia Pope on ABC's highly rated show "Scandal," she also commanded the national stage on the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. So it's a bit incongruous to see Washington taking on a role like Broomhilda von Shaft - a plantation slave desperately in need of being rescued by her man - in "Django Unchained. " Washington, though, describes herself not just as a feminist but also a womanist - a term coined by Alice Walker to define black feminism.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Sarah Childs might be getting a lump of coal for Christmas. But she's also gotten the gift of a temporary restraining order, which means she can continue giving her neighbors an eyeful. U.S. District Judge James Brady of the middle district court of Louisiana has ordered Denham Springs, La., officials to leave Childs alone about her home's Christmas display,  the Associated Press reports. Childs has been fighting with her neighbors, and on Nov. 27 -- as the American Civil Liberties Union put it in a  complaint against the city -- "installed on the roof of her house a string of holiday lights in the shape of a human hand with an extended middle finger.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A federal jury has ordered a Los Angeles recruiting firm and its owner to pay $4.5 million to 350 teachers who said they were lured from the Philippines for teaching jobs in Louisiana but ended up being exploited. The verdict, handed down Monday at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, followed a two-week trial in which lawyers for the teachers argued that Universal Placement International Inc. and its president, Lourdes "Lulu" Navarro, charged excessive fees that saddled the teachers with debt.
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