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November 1, 2009 | Associated Press
A convicted rapist who fled before police arrived to arrest him on new rape charges was arrested Saturday in his neighborhood after police found six decomposing bodies at his home. Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said that Anthony Sowell was walking down the street on the east side of Cleveland when authorities spotted him and took him into custody. Sowell initially denied that he was the man authorities were looking for, but admitted his identity as officers began fingerprinting him, Stacho said.
September 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Potential evidence has been seized from the building where a Yale University graduate student was last seen before she vanished days ahead of her wedding, authorities said Saturday. "I will categorically say a body has not been found," FBI spokeswoman Kim Mertz said at a news conference. "Items that could potentially be evidence have been seized. None have yet been associated with Annie Le at this time." Mertz would not confirm reports that the items found included bloody clothing.
May 6, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a boater who went missing near Santa Catalina Island, authorities said Tuesday. Lawrence Nash of Redondo Beach was last seen early Sunday morning leaving a bait barge near Cabrillo Beach Marina. He called an emergency tow service from a mobile phone about 3:30 a.m. Monday and said he was aboard a 12-foot skiff that was disabled and adrift half a mile north of the island, said a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard. -- Alexandra Zavis
December 28, 2008 | David L. Ulin, Ulin is book editor of The Times.
It's always tricky when an author's name becomes an adjective. Orwellian, Machiavellian, Faulknerian -- these designations make it hard to see a writer on his or her own terms. This is perhaps most true of Franz Kafka, whose sobriquet, Kafkaesque, has become a catchall for the weird and inexplicable. Yet 84 years after his death of tuberculosis at age 40, Kafka continues to defy such simplifications, to force us to consider him anew.
December 25, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Zimbabwean human rights activist missing for three weeks was taken to court Wednesday, and state media said she was accused in a plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe. Late Wednesday, a judge ordered Jestina Mukoko and six other activists sent to a hospital under police guard to investigate allegations of torture, a human rights lawyer said.
October 27, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
After combing nearly 5,000 square miles of ocean around the Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says it has stopped searching for two remaining crew members missing after the sinking of a fishing boat off Alaska. Eleven crew members were aboard the fishing boat as it sank early Tuesday. Four survivors were rescued from a life raft. Five were found dead in the water. Testimony by survivors is to begin today at an investigative hearing in Anchorage.
September 18, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
A downtown Los Angeles hospital accused of recruiting homeless people and putting them through unnecessary procedures to collect millions in fraudulent Medi-Cal and Medicare payments is now under fire for the disappearance of a mentally disabled 76-year-old man in failing health. Richard Steingard, a lawyer for City of Angels, said hospital officials were surprised by the allegations in a lawsuit filed by the family of Lawrence Garcia.
September 16, 2008 | From Times wire reports
A plane carrying the U.S. and Mexican heads of the International Water and Boundary Commission disappeared while touring floods along the Rio Grande. Commissioners Carlos Marin, of the U.S. section, and Arturo Herrera, from Mexico, were flying to Presidio from El Paso but the plane did not land as scheduled, Presidio County Judge Jerry Agen said. Agen said searchers were looking in a rough, mountainous section of desert about 60 miles west of Presidio.
September 5, 2008 | H.G. Reza
A man who walked away from a mental facility this week has been found unharmed, but a woman who left Aug. 28 is still missing, an Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman said Thursday. Jeffrey Barkin, 44, was found by Irvine police Wednesday night at a park, hungry and thirsty but in good shape. He had been issued a two-hour pass by the facility and was expected to return. Sheriff's officials declined to identify the clinic. Melissa C. Hamill, 24, was allowed to leave the same facility about a week ago and has not been seen since.
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