CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 |
Valerie and Diane Blackler were inseparable, even when death came. Neighbors said the identical twin sisters enjoyed walks around their Long Beach neighborhood. They were antique collectors, and they loved Disneyland. They were both nurses and carpooled to work. But on Saturday, the 58-year-old women were found dead inside their two-story home in Naples, one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. Long Beach police officers discovered the bodies about 5:50 p.m. in the 100 block of Syracuse Walk as they were checking on the well-being of the women.
January 31, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Suicides among soldiers on active duty dropped steeply last year but went up among those in the National Guard and reserves, according to Army data, suggesting discrepancies in efforts to stem the epidemic of soldiers taking their own lives. About 150 active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year, down from 185 in 2012, the highest annual number on record, according to statistics provided Friday by the Army. But 151 members of the National Guard and Army Reserves not on active duty also took their own lives in 2013, up from 140 the previous year.
January 30, 2014 |
MOSCOW -- Two suicide bombers whose attacks last month in Volgograd raised fears of terrorist strikes in Russia during the coming Olympic Games have been identified and two accomplices arrested, authorities said Thursday. The two bombers struck the Volgograd's railroad station Dec. 29 and a crowded trolley bus the next day, killing 34 people in all. The city is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, site of the Games, and near the Caucasus region, which has long been a battleground between Islamist militants and security forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 |
A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in their lives, nearly nine times the national average, according to a sweeping survey released three years ago. In a new study released Tuesday, researchers dug deeper into that number, analyzing the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey to examine what puts transgender people at such "exceptionally high" risk. Researchers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that the risk of attempting suicide was especially severe for transgender or gender nonconforming people who had suffered discrimination or violence, such as being physically or sexually assaulted at work or school.
January 28, 2014 |
Former Senate aide Jesse Ryan Loskarn, who hanged himself as he faced child pornography charges, left a suicide note saying he had been sexually abused as a child and expressed shame and regret for his conduct as an adult. Loskarn, 35, who was chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), lost his job after authorities raided his Washington home and found the pornography last month. He allegedly purchased sexually explicit DVDs and streaming videos involving underage boys.
January 26, 2014 |
In the latest burst of violence in a week of fatal shootings in public places, a man wielding a shotgun opened fire Saturday morning in a bustling suburban shopping mall in Maryland, killing two people and sending hundreds of terrified shoppers screaming and racing for cover. The motive was unknown and authorities dismissed news reports that tied the killings to a domestic dispute. "We do not know yet what caused the shooting incident," Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters gathered outside the shopping center, known as the Mall in Columbia.