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November 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The wife of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared in September after taking off in his single-engine plane from a Nevada airstrip, asked a court to declare him legally dead. The request is a step toward resolving the legal status of the 63-year-old Fossett's estate, which according to court papers is "vast, surpassing eight figures in liquid assets, various entities and real estate," said attorney Michael A. LoVallo, who filed the petition in Chicago.
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WORLD
November 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities flew a Dutch man back from the Netherlands to the Caribbean after he was re-arrested as a suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in 2005. "We have evidence that she is dead," Aruba prosecutor Hans Mos said. He said Joran van der Sloot, 20, will appear before a judge Monday as authorities seek to hold him for at least eight more days while pursuing the case against him and two others.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2007 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
When Daniel Scagnelli's best friend went missing this month, he turned to an unusual source for help -- Facebook, the ubiquitous social-networking website popular with college students and young adults. Scagnelli asked more than 400 friends linked to his Facebook page to spread the word about Kyle Fleischmann, who disappeared Nov. 9 after leaving a saloon in Charlotte, N.C. So far, about 56,000 people have joined Scagnelli's Facebook group and more than 1,700 messages have been posted.
WORLD
November 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three young men previously detained as suspects in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway were rearrested Wednesday on the basis of new evidence, the public prosecutor's office said. Dutch student Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the death of Holloway, the office said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives were searching Tuesday for three grandchildren of Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-Diamond Bar) who were believed to have been kidnapped by their mother. Detectives were dispatched to the 22000 block of Cello Drive in Diamond Bar late Monday to investigate the suspected abduction of the three boys, Deputy Oscar Butao said. The oldest child, Brian, is 8 and his brothers, Evan and Christian, are 6-year-old twins, Butao said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Navy ships and aircraft as well as Coast Guard rescuers continued their search Thursday evening for two Navy sailors who disappeared while kayaking off San Nicolas Island on Wednesday. Authorities said the two Seabees, who had been stationed on the island for the last two weeks, were last seen about noon Wednesday in two, 6-foot blue-and-white kayaks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A child molester suspected in the disappearance of a Rancho Santa Margarita college student was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender, as the missing woman's friends and relatives demanded his help in their search. "All our waking moments are focused only on finding our daughter and discovering what has happened to her," Reza Jou, father of 19-year-old Donna Jou, said on the steps of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The mystery of Atlantic City's missing mayor appeared to be close to a conclusion, with a request from City Council members before a judge to declare his office vacant. An attorney for Mayor Bob Levy explained that the town leader's two-week disappearance involved time at a Somerset County clinic known for treatment of substance abuse and mental-health issues. He is now at his home, the attorney said.
WORLD
October 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
As many as 15 Pakistani troops were missing after several days of fierce fighting with pro-Taliban militants near the Afghan border that left scores dead, the army said today. The troops disappeared after militants attacked security posts and a foot patrol near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region, the military said. The fighting came as Gen. Pervez Musharraf tries to secure another term as president, vowing to shore up Pakistan's troubled effort against Islamic extremism.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Ground searchers found the wreckage of a plane carrying nine sky divers and a pilot that crashed in the rugged central Cascades. There was no immediate word on whether there were any survivors. The missing Cessna 208 Grand Caravan left Star, Idaho, near Boise, Sunday evening en route to Shelton, Wash., northwest of Olympia, but did not arrive as scheduled.
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