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September 12, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Though far less devastating an enemy than the house-chewing termite or the apartment-infesting bedbug, the cockroach remains one of urban man's most reviled insect enemies. Now, a team of engineers has learned to control these insects' movements like a kid would a toy car. Researchers have been working to build small, maneuverable robots that creep, leap and crawl like living critters - and such robots could be useful for search-and-rescue operations. But bug-sized bots are difficult to design and power.
March 30, 2014 | Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
Volunteer firefighter Jan McClelland, who runs a dairy farm outside this tiny town on the edge of the Cascade Range, was delivering baby goats on the morning of March 22. It was a sunny Saturday in birthing season, filled with the gentle mewling of new life. Summer Raffo, punctual to the core, was heading down State Route 530, passing through Oso on the way to one of her three jobs. She had an appointment to shoe horses in nearby Arlington, and she would not be late. Her anvil was stowed in her blue Subaru.
June 2, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
People awoke in the Springfield, Mass., area on Thursday to the damage done by tornadoes that had raced through the region, leaving at least four dead and about 40 injured, officials said. “When I spoke with the mayor of Springfield yesterday, he told me they had about 10 minutes' warning” before Wednesday's tornadoes, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on  ABC's "Good Morning America. " "When you consider how quickly the tornadoes developed and then touched down, the fact that there wasn't even greater damage and loss of life is a remarkable thing," the governor said.
March 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday it had a new "credible lead" that suggested Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably crashed 680 miles northeast of the search area where more than a dozen planes and ships have been looking the last 10 days. The location was changed after a new analysis of radar data from the South China Sea and Malacca Strait before contact was lost with the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it disappeared March 8. "It indicated that the aircraft was traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," the Australian agency said Friday.
October 8, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Brutus eyes the scene before him. It is a mountain of debris -- a twisted mass of tree branches, leaves and wood siding rising maybe 20 feet. He pants, ears high, whining slightly. All 90 pounds of his German shepherd body seem to indicate only one thing: Let's have it. "This is his game," says Lee Haus, 39, his handler, as she smiles down at her 4-year-old search and rescue dog. "He's anxious to get going."
January 16, 2010 | By Mark Silva
With hundreds of American firefighters involved in a furtive search-and-rescue operation in Haiti working against the clock, the U.S. government was flying medical teams, food and water into the earthquake-stricken nation for a relief effort of historic proportions. Four days after an earthquake that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and left the capital in ruins, an expanded search and rescue in the rubble of Port-au-Prince will soon transition to a relief effort. Search-and-rescue operations were to continue at least through the weekend.
When the Loma Prieta earthquake collapsed a 1 1/2-mile span of freeway in Oakland four years ago, the city's search-and-rescue units were overwhelmed by the disaster and forced to rely on outside assistance. Virtually the same situation occurred during Monday's massive temblor, when Los Angeles firefighters had to call outside units to help pull victims from the rubble of a Northridge apartment building and two other sites.
After 23-year-old hiker Wade Johnson disappeared into the misty, fern-choked wilderness of the Koolau mountains, rescuers searched the jagged ridges by helicopter and on foot. They set off full of hope. In the end, three men made the ultimate sacrifice. Enveloped in swirling clouds, their fire department helicopter crashed and burned, killing the pilot and two police officers. Each man left behind a young family. Johnson, a college student, was never found.
In the worst naval air crash in decades, 27 crew members are believed to have died in the midair collision of two Navy P-3 Orion anti-submarine planes during a training mission Thursday off the San Diego coast. The crash occurred 60 miles southwest of San Diego at 2:30 a.m. as a storm pounded the area, Navy officials said. Search-and-rescue workers discovered wreckage from the downed planes but as of late Thursday they had not found any bodies in the heavy seas.
August 14, 1989 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
U.S. military helicopters on Sunday located the wreckage of a plane that crashed last Monday with Texas congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others aboard. Witnesses who visited the site said there were no survivors. U.S. rescue and recovery teams said that the plane hit a mountain about 4,300 feet above sea level, having missed clearing the peak by about 300 feet.
March 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Fearing more moving earth at the site of Saturday's deadly mudslide, search-and-rescue workers were pulled back Monday afternoon from searching for the dead and missing, officials said. "There are concerns about additional slides in the same area affected Saturday," Snohomish County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Shari Ireton told reporters. "Ground crews have pulled back, and geologists are on the ground. " But there were still more than 100 responders in the field Monday afternoon, Ireton said, using search dogs, hovercraft, air support and sonar devices to look for survivors and victims in the square mile of deep debris about an hour north of Seattle.
March 20, 2014 | Barbara Demick and W.J. Hennigan
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that two objects that could be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had been seen by satellite off the western coast of Australia. "New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search ... in the south Indian Ocean," Abbott told Australia's Parliament in Canberra on Thursday morning. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of two objects possibly related to the search.
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.
February 26, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped. “We're looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents. “It's very dense,” Hoover said.
December 11, 2013 | John M. Glionna and Michael Muskal
Veterans of Lovelock, an isolated northwestern Nevada town with just one stoplight, know all about the lethal one-two punch of bitter-cold weather and the bleak, inhospitable Kamma Mountains that surround them. The 2,000 residents also revel in their sense of neighborliness. Those factors came together Tuesday as scores of community members put chores aside to join a search that ended in the dramatic rescue of a young family that folks here consider one of their own -- two adults and four small children on a weekend outing who vanished in subzero weather.
May 20, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Hailey Branson-Potts
As night fell in Oklahoma, a massive search and rescue operation was  underway to locate survivors from the mile-wide tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people and injuring many others. “We have got massive devastation in the community of Moore. Homes, schools and a hospital have been hit,” said Terri Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.  “Responders are out there responding to people trapped under debris.
April 11, 1989 | From United Press International
The Hong Kong government has signed a contract to buy eight helicopters from American manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, a company announcement said. The $54-million contract calls for five general purpose helicopters and three search and rescue variants and provides for options at a fixed price for an additional four general purpose helicopters, Sikorsky said. The S-76 helicopters are to be used by the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. "These aircraft will be the most advanced civil search and rescue helicopters available," Sikorsky President Eugene Buckley said.
August 2, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
A Fresno County Sheriff's deputy's gravity-defying sprint saved a hiker as the man started to slide off a ledge on the side of a Sierra Nevada peak. "In five years with search and rescue and 30 years as a paramedic, it was the most dramatic rescue I've ever seen," said Russ Richardson, leader of the Fresno County Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team. "It was pretty heroic. " On Saturday afternoon it had come down to what hiker Lawrence Bishop believed was the last moment of his life, he recalled on Tuesday.
April 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Rick Rojas and Irfan Khan
Mike Leum, the reserve chief of search and rescue for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, has a 20-year-old daughter. So when he met with the parents of the college student who got lost while hiking in Orange County's back country, he had a promise for them. “I looked them both in the eyes and told them definitely that we were going to find her,” Leum said. “I'm glad I was able to come through on that.” On Thursday, that college student's voice secured her rescue.
November 2, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has rescued a hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail after Hurricane Sandy, authorities said Friday. Park rangers, after a two-day hike through chest-deep snow in the Great Smoky Mountains, located Steven Ainsworth, 56, of Washington, N.C., on an isolated part of the trail near the North Carolina border. Ainsworth was airlifted to a local hospital. Highway patrol and state park officials said Ainsworth was trapped for days in the snow - which reached record levels for October under Sandy's strength - and only had a day's worth of food and a liter and a half of water left when he was rescued.
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