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January 4, 1996
Actor Mark Harmon rescued two teenage boys Wednesday from a burning car that had crashed near his Brentwood home, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. "Mr. Harmon broke out the car windows and pulled the boys to safety," said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman. "The youths owe their lives to the action of Mr. Harmon," he said. One youth suffered severe burns over 30% of his body and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Humphrey said.
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
As a chief boatswain's mate yelled one of the most unusual orders ever heard aboard ship--"Release the whale!"--the California gray whale named J.J. was lowered gently into calm seas Tuesday two miles off the San Diego coast. The 19,200-pound, 31-foot-long mammal--the largest ever kept in captivity--initially began swimming back to San Diego.
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
October 19, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Below-zero temperatures and shifting winds continued to threaten three stranded whales Tuesday as rescuers readied for a dangerous, go-for-broke attempt to free the animals. The effort has become a race against time, complicated by the wind, bitter cold and shifting ice. Observers said that the young California gray whales were tired and at least one has pneumonia.
August 16, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A barge carrying nearly 200 oil-pipeline workers capsized and sank Thursday in a typhoon in the South China Sea, killing at least 16 people, rescue workers said. Rescuers battling gale-force winds had recovered 12 bodies by early today, but they said time was running out to find survivors. Among 11 people still missing were four divers, believed to be three Britons and a New Zealander, who were dragged to the bottom of the sea inside a diving chamber attached to the barge.
As lightning lacerated the darkening sky over Mt. Whitney and thunderclaps started a deafening roll, the 13 hikers saw the old stone hut with its corrugated metal roof as a welcome refuge from the drenching downpour. It nearly became their tomb. "I was sitting on the floor, my back against one of the walls," said Edward (E.J.) Wueherer, a hiker from Tehachapi. "All of a sudden I saw this flash and I felt this jolt like on my funny bone, and my toe started burning.
November 9, 1997
As the rainy season draws near, city and county fire departments are gearing up as usual for swift-water rescues. Throughout the year, each department's swift-water team undergoes training for rescuing victims from the county's waterways. An average of six drownings a year occur in the county's more than 600 miles of flood-control channels. The 52-mile Los Angeles River is just one part of the flood-control system.
June 15, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson region have saved 177 people during the last 30 days in the southern Arizona desert as summer temperatures have reach perilous levels, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Officials said agents rescued 52 of the 177 just in the last week, when temperatures soared near 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  The recent rescues by the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol reflect a larger trend. Agents from the sector have performed 372 rescues during the current fiscal year.
July 20, 1988 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
A former deliveryman with a penchant for taking down license numbers emerged Tuesday as the hero in the rescue of two kidnaped girls, one of them Candi Talarico, a 4-year-old whose kidnaping six weeks ago touched off a nationwide search.
March 14, 2014
Lakers' ownership announces they've signed Kobe to a max contract without knowing the status of his health, Phil announces he's signing with the Knicks, and Webster's dictionary announces they're putting a picture of Jim next to the word "Blunderbuss. " Jerry Leibowitz Culver City :: You could put Phil Jackson, Pat Riley and Jerry West in the Lakers' front office and they still wouldn't be able to surround the aging $24-million-per-year Kobe Bryant with enough talent to resurrect the Lakers in one or two years because there isn't enough room left under the salary cap. Bryant will just have to endure his frustration over the Lakers losing all the way to the bank.
March 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I've been accused of ruining the reputation of the entire animal rescue movement - dooming thousands of dogs to death - with my column on Tuesday about a spat over a lost-and-found pet. If you missed the column , here's a recap: Rosa Torres' dog disappeared from her backyard, landed in a shelter with no tags or ID and was bailed out by an animal rescue group, Karma Rescue. The group adopted the dog out to a new home the next day even though it had received calls and emails from Torres trying to reclaim her lost pet. It bothered me that Karma Rescue didn't respond to Torres until her dog had already been placed with the new family.
March 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remained missing hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers Saturday, and a search-and-rescue effort was underway, officials said. Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, was scheduled to land in the Chinese capital at 6:30 a.m. but did not arrive. It departed from the Malaysian capital at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers about two hours later, the airline said.
March 6, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Strive as one might for objectivity, certain shows come equipped with viewer expectations. So when Denis Leary announced that USA would be debuting his comedic accompaniment to "Rescue Me," a natural reaction, at least among Leary fans, would have been "Yay. " Then, when the first episode of "Sirens," which premieres Thursday, turned out to be one long (literally and figuratively) penis joke, an equally natural reaction might have been "Gaack. " Which is no doubt why USA sent three episodes for review.
March 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The wife of a mountain bicyclist who died after he got lost in the Santa Ana Mountains last weekend said she was angry with the Riverside County Sheriff's officials for delaying rescue efforts amid extreme weather. “I don't think they made the right choice,” Christyna Arista, 33, said in an interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise.   On Saturday morning, Arista's 34-year-old husband, Andres Marin, left his Corona home for an 18-mile bike ride as a heavy storm system moved into Southern California.
March 3, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Somewhere in this city, a family is falling in love with Rosa Torres' dog. Three weeks ago, 8-month-old Raffiki disappeared from Torres' Panorama City backyard. Torres scoured the neighborhood, hung fliers, searched Craigslist and posted pictures on a Facebook page dedicated to missing pets. She visited her local animal shelter again and again and again. She didn't realize someone had found Raffiki and taken her to an animal shelter on the other side of the San Fernando Valley, 10 miles from Torres' home.
August 4, 2009 | Joel Rubin and Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police on Monday rescued a hostage who had been shot in the stomach and held in a Riverside County home in a suspected kidnapping-for-ransom, authorities said. The hostage was "taken by force" from his home in Van Nuys on Wednesday and taken to a two-story residence in an area of Riverside County near Corona, said Lt. Anne Clark of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division.
September 1, 1995 | Special to The Times
A retired Glendale firefighter crawled through the front door of a neighbor's burning mobile home early Thursday and pulled a woman to safety as flames devoured the structure. Julia Helmuth, 59, was in critical but stable condition Thursday night at UC Irvine Medical Center's burn unit. Firefighters said she is alive because of the quick actions of Dan R.
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 34-year-old man who got lost overnight after setting out on an 18-mile bike ride was found dead Sunday along a stretch of Cleveland National Forest. Andres Marin left his home Saturday morning for a Corona trail that leads into Cleveland National Forest, said a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. About 5:30 p.m., Marin called relatives at home to say he was lost and would try to make it down the hill before it got dark. Family members called authorities and a search was initiated at 6 p.m., but because of bad weather, rough terrain and other unsafe conditions, rescue teams weren't able to make their way up the trail Marin had taken.
March 2, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Four hikers hoisted by helicopter from Malibu Canyon about 3 a.m. Sunday were cited by state park rangers for "unsafe recreational activities," officials said. The group had crossed Malibu Creek when the water was low, but became stranded as rain deluged the drainage. They called authorities about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Los Angeles County sheriff's search-and-rescue teams deployed on the ground, slogging up the narrow canyon with little visibility, sliding mud and a creek that had become a roaring river.
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