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August 15, 2013 | By Monte Morin
They're the tiny recyclers of the ocean floor -- voracious, pink-plumed worms that devour entire whale skeletons, then scatter their eggs to the current in hopes that offspring will find new bones. The creatures, which were first discovered off California in 2002, in waters more than 1.5 miles deep, are so alien that biologists weren't sure initially that they were worms. They lack mouths and stomachs and the male worms are so tiny they spend their lives living inside the larger females.
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February 28, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists have discovered the DNA of millions of tiny organisms entombed in the ancient dental plaque of four medieval skeletons.  The findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, have implications for research into what our ancestors ate, how they interacted, and what diseases they fought, the authors write. "I feel like we discovered a time capsule that has been right under our noses this whole time," said Christina Warinner, a molecular anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma and the lead author of the study.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991
The skeletal remains of a person who may have been shot in the head were found Tuesday in an open field in the Saugus area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The bones were found about 1:45 p.m. in a field near Redview Drive and Golden Triangle Road, Deputy Hal Grant said. Deputies said they did not know yet if the skeleton was that of a man or woman and had no idea how long the body had been there.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia -- The United States didn't strike gold at the Sanki Sliding Center, but it made a lot of history. From Erin Hamlin's first-ever American medal in singles luge to Steven Holcomb's drought-ending bobsled runs, the sliding sports accounted for some of Team USA's most memorable moments in the Caucasus Mountains. "Dreams are a scary thing, because there is always a chance you won't accomplish them," said Steve Langton, who won bronze in both the two-man and four-man bobsled events.
NEWS
July 30, 1990
A landscaper working in the courtyard of an abandoned mid-city hotel unearthed the skeletal remains of a person wrapped in a blanket, authorities said Sunday. The worker was turning over soil with a pick at 11:30 a.m. Saturday when he struck an orange blanket buried in a planter box of the building at 1250 S. Western Ave., said Officer Frank Ramirez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division. "He tugged hard on the blanket and a skull popped out," Ramirez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2011 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
It's not unusual in Los Angeles for construction crews to find buried remains, but it is surprising to find a cemetery. Under a half-acre lot of dirt and mud being transformed into a garden and public space for a cultural center celebrating the Mexican American heritage of Los Angeles, construction workers and scientists have found bodies buried in the first cemetery of Los Angeles ? bodies believed to have been removed and reinterred elsewhere in the 1800s. Since late October, the fragile bones of dozens of Los Angeles settlers have been discovered under what will be the outdoor space of La Plaza de Cultura y Artes downtown near Olvera Street.
NEWS
June 25, 1994 | Reuters
The skeletons of 30 medieval monks have been uncovered during building work to extend London's underground rail system, archeologists said Friday. The graves were found on the site of an ancient monastery, St Mary's Abbey. All contained male adults, except for one 18-month-old baby. "The baby was quite a surprise, but we will never know why it was buried with the monks," said Pat Wilkinson, an archeologist. It has not yet been decided if the bones will be reburied or put in a museum.
WORLD
February 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The skeletal remains of at least 100 people were found at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The corpses were between 2 and 3 years old and may have come from a local cemetery, local health authorities said. Police said they received a tip-off that a dump truck of a private company contracted by the municipality had dropped the bodies there. Bones were left in labeled black plastic bags discovered by people sifting through garbage at a dumpsite about 19 miles from Rio de Janeiro.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1996
The mystery surrounding the two human skeletons found at the home of a former mortuary worker cleared a bit Saturday when they were found to be classroom specimens that might have been used for teaching decades ago. A coroner's official said an examination of the skeletons showed no foul play. "It's not of forensic interest. It's not a body that was exhumed. They're not Native American remains," said Orange County Deputy Coroner Cullen Ellingburgh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A pair of skeletons found by police at a local home are the remains of two men who lived in the early 1900s, authorities said Monday. The bones--bolted together with wiring and wing nuts--may have been used in decades past as education tools, Anaheim Police Sgt. Steve Sain said. Investigators found the skeletons in separate coffins at a house during a search last week in connection with an ongoing embezzlement investigation, Sain said.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - Locked in a battle for Olympic bronze, best friends Matt Antoine and John Daly knew one of them would leave disappointed. The American skeleton racers, however, never could have imagined the depth of that disappointment. Unable to catch the first- and second-place leaders, Antoine and Daly had engaged in a seesaw battle for third place during the first three heats at the Sanki Sliding Center. At the start of the final run Saturday, Daly sat in fourth, just four-hundredths of a second behind his teammate.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - An Olympic medal had eluded Noelle Pikus-Pace in the cruelest of ways during her career. In 2005, a runaway bobsled struck her in an outrun of a Canadian track, shattering her leg and causing her to miss the Turin Games in 2006. Five years later, she missed a medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver. So, her jubilation was understandable Friday after she finished second in the women's skeleton event. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "This is better than gold for me," she said, through a mixture of tears and laughter.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
In the days leading up to the biggest skeleton race of her career, Noelle Pikus-Pace did something world-class athletes rarely do: She took some time off to soak in the Olympic atmosphere with her husband and children. The United States' top racer participated in only two of six official training runs here, passing on opportunities to familiarize herself with the course and its unusual uphill passes. It's an unorthodox approach -- especially with the women's competition starting Thursday -- but it's one that has worked for Pikus-Pace since she came out of retirement two years ago. "Being a mom is my first priority and it always will be. To be able to do this all together is a perfect storm," she said before the Games officially opened.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best Bets to watch at the Sochi Olympics on Friday: Men's Super Combined Ted Ligety, who won this event in 2006 in Turin, Italy, gets a chance to make his mark for the U.S. team. And, of course, there is always Bode Miller, who won the gold in 2010 in Vancouver. However, it's a very deep field and the softening snow is making things unpredictable. Men's Figure Skating It should be a great final day of men's competition in the free skate as the three best skaters are fighting for podium spots.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia -- With a heavy heart and a distracted mind, U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender pushed through her final training runs this week. Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of her father's death, an event so devastating she contemplated quitting her sport. Her two practice runs that day were among the slowest she had posted since arriving here nearly two weeks ago. "She tried to push through it, but it was an emotional day," U.S. coach Tuffy Latour said. "[Thursday] we can focus on the race.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
Noelle Pikus-Pace's journey to Sochi, Russia, began the moment she walked away from skeleton racing after the Vancouver Games. Seemingly content with her fourth-place finish in 2010, she no longer wanted to spend months on the road, moving from country to country while her family stayed behind. She wanted to be home with them in Utah, where she didn't have to worry about missing both the extraordinary and mundane moments in her daughter Lacee's life. She would, of course, miss the thrill of competing and whipping headfirst down an icy track at 90 mph. But those feelings seemed insignificant when compared with how much she had missed her family while competing on the World Cup circuit during the previous two seasons.
NEWS
June 23, 1992 | From Associated Press
Scientists have determined that two skeletons unearthed in a Siberian city are those of murdered Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, solving a 74-year-old mystery, a researcher said Monday. The remains of the czar and czarina were among nine skeletons dug up last summer from a pit in Yekaterinburg, said researcher Alexander Blokhin. A third skeleton was identified as that of the Romanov family doctor, Sergei Botkin, he said.
NEWS
March 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
A panel of museum curators, anthropologists and Indians recommended Wednesday that museums with skeletal remains of Indians give them to tribes with legitimate claims to the remains. The group also asked Congress to pass a law that will assure that the remains and ceremonial burial objects are "disposed of in accordance with the wishes of the affiliated cultural group."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK City, Utah -- Comedians who make the successful transition to drama are as common a sight as David Spade on the Academy Awards podium. But Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader pull off impressive dramatic range and make for a convincing brother-sister pair in "The Skeleton Twins," a study in depression and familial relations that feels serious-minded without being overly heavy. The duo star in Craig Johnson's feature, which made its debut in the past week at the Sundance Film Festival and will hit theaters in the late summer or early fall via Lionsgate.
SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | By David Wharton
You don't see this in the NFL. Noelle Pikus-Pace, a top American in the Winter Olympic sport of skeleton, won a season-opening World Cup race in Calgary, Canada, only to be told -- an hour or so later -- that she had been disqualified. The reason? Her sled failed a post-race inspection because of an extra piece of tape wrapped around the handle. "Clearly, clearly, I should not have been disqualified," Pikus-Pace told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I'm so frustrated.
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