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December 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Emily the cat is back -- after flying home in the lap of luxury. The curious cat who traveled to France in a cargo container touched down at the Milwaukee airport Thursday, greeted by her family and a group of reporters. A Continental cargo agent handed Emily over to 9-year-old Nick Herndon, son of the cat's owners, Donny and Lesley McElhiney. "She'll be held onto a lot all the way home," Donny McElhiney said.
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NATIONAL
June 8, 2005 | From Newsday
Pam Hearne said she heard a "thunk" outside her home Tuesday morning, but she thought it was the usual morning ruckus caused by neighbors loading stuff onto trucks. When she returned home from work, she glanced into her backyard and saw a severed human leg, naked but for the white Adidas sneaker on its foot. Hearne, a special education teacher, said she was "very scared" when she saw the limb.
TRAVEL
February 27, 2005 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
In January alone, five cruise-ship sailings experienced outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses linked to noroviruses, a group that causes acute bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms generally subside in a day or two. Outbreaks on ships get lots of attention, but the incidence of norovirus illnesses also is rising in other places and among the general population, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported recent outbreaks in nursing homes, schools and hotels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2005 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
The day after 32 Chinese nationals were found in two shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, federal and local authorities said Sunday that they were trying to unravel what appeared to be a human smuggling operation. "Obviously, our intention at the moment is to develop a smuggling case," said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Federal immigration officials were interviewing 32 Chinese stowaways Saturday after they were found in two cargo containers at the Port of Los Angeles. A crane operator was unloading the containers about 6 p.m. and noticed three men climbing out of one, said Lt. Titus Smith of the Los Angeles Port Police. The illegal immigrants were all men who looked to be in their 20s, police said.
WORLD
October 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Italy promised that 13 Kurdish stowaways would get a chance to apply for asylum after reportedly being denied that opportunity when they were discovered on a freighter Oct. 9, the United Nations refugee agency said. For two weeks, the Turkish Kurds had been stuck in a 10-by- 13-foot cabin with only two beds, waiting to hear their fate, an agency spokeswoman said. They were allowed to leave the boat at the Sicilian port of Augusta and were taken to a police station.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of a stowaway was found in the wheel well of an American Airlines jet that had just finished a flight from Miami to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The body was found by an airport worker after passengers had disembarked. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office said the man was in his 20s and died from a lack of oxygen.
NATIONAL
August 26, 2004 | From Reuters
A Cuban woman made it to the United States by stowing away in a wooden crate the size of a filing cabinet on a cargo flight from the Bahamas, officials said Wednesday. The woman was found in the cargo area of Miami International Airport on Tuesday evening by workers with the cargo company DHL and handed over to authorities. It was not clear how the Cuban, in her 20s, hid in the crate, but the U.S.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Maintenance crews found the body of a man believed to be a stowaway inside an American Airlines jet at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, a spokesman for the airport said. Maintenance workers discovered the dead man, estimated to be about 25, in the wheel well of the aircraft. The plane, American Flight 1190, came from Montego Bay, Jamaica, said Dan Maynard, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that operates the airport.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
A former shipping clerk pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to shipping himself from New York to Dallas in a wooden cargo crate. Charles D. McKinley, 25, pleaded guilty to stowing away on a cargo jet, a misdemeanor. The possible punishment ranges from probation to a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced Feb. 4. McKinley declined to comment after the 20-minute hearing.
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