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March 22, 2011 | John Henderson
A pile of long wooden planks stood next to an 11-foot-high plate of dirty glass. Nearby, a beat-up bench didn't look as though it could support a toddler without collapsing. A crude wooden chair on tall legs leaned against a tree. Ropes were everywhere. And torches were scattered about like giant matchsticks. Atop the highest point of Isla Contadora, the debris ruins one of the better views of the Pearl Islands. Located off the Pacific coast of Panama, the Pearl Islands are a string of 190 gems rimmed by powder-white sand and turquoise water and filled with jungle.
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies. Government officials reported that divers had retrieved the bodies by breaking a window on the vessel, but it was unclear whether they had gained entry to the ship. In a sign that hope had run out for the survival of any of the 256 listed as missing, officials asked relatives of those aboard to provide DNA samples to expedite the identification of bodies.
August 10, 2010
Former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant on the reality television show "Survivor" this season. CBS said Monday that the 67-year-old Johnson will be one of 20 castaways sent to Nicaragua. The premiere will air Sept. 15. Johnson will be one of 10 contestants older than 40 who will compete against a group 30 and younger. Johnson won a college national championship at the University of Miami, then won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. He also coached the Miami Dolphins.
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 36 early Sunday. In a sign that hope had run out for finding survivors, authorities have asked relatives of the missing to provide DNA samples to expedite the task of identifying bodies. More than 260 people were still listed as missing and the ship remained submerged off the southern coast. Cranes to hoist the vessel upright were brought to the site, but strong currents prevented authorities from deploying them.
March 26, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Linda McPherson spent most of her life along the Stillaguamish River. Even though her husband of nearly 50 years warned her that the region was prone to mudslides, there was no other place she'd rather be. "If she had to die, I'm glad she died there," her daughter, Kate McPherson, told the Los Angeles Times. On Saturday, Linda and Gary "Mac" McPherson were reading the newspaper in their longtime home on State Route 530, an hour north of Seattle. Mac McPherson heard a roar.
December 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The world is getting to be a crowded place, but there are still enough remote locations to fuel interest in "Survivor," CBS' long-running reality series that just got picked up for its 29th and 30th editions. Host and executive producer Jeff Probst has also signed a deal to return for the new cycles, which will take the longest running reality competition show on TV into 2015. The series launched in 2000 and has since aired 413 episodes with 406 competitors. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Though the show was once a ratings powerhouse, with more than 51 million viewers tuning into the first season finale in August 2000, it has since settled down to become the second-highest rated reality series on broadcast TV in the 18-49 age group.
March 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The Florida sinkhole has emerged into public view, the same as a family's suffering. Officials continued their work Monday of demolishing a Hillsborough County, Fla., home that had been partially swallowed by a sinkhole on Thursday night, taking Jeff Bush, 37, with it. Officials said they had to destroy the home to determine how big a threat the sinkhole poses to the neighborhood, and onlookers and cameras have gaped as an 80-foot-long excavation...
October 26, 2009 | Ted Gregory and Art Barnum
The little girl who got away is 32 now, with two teenage sons. She likes to camp and fish with her family, and she helps her husband remodel their vintage house. But she rarely goes out alone, and she hates getting into her car after it's been parked outside overnight. She is haunted by guilt, dating from when she was 8 years old. On June 2, 1985, Opal Horton and her friend Melissa Ackerman were riding bicycles on a gravel road in Somonauk, Ill., when a man stepped out of a blue AMC Gremlin and asked for directions.
October 22, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- More than 50 followers of spiritual guru James Arthur Ray had endured five days of fasting, sleep-deprivation and mind-altering breathing exercises when he led them into a sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona. People were vomiting in the stifling heat, gasping for air and lying lifeless on the floor, according to participant Beverley Bunn. One man was burned when he crawled into hot rocks, seemingly unaware of what he was doing, she said. "These people, including myself, were really just searching for a better way to live and a better life," she said.
January 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
During a harrowing five and a half hours on a listing ship, Costa Concordia survivor Georgia Ananias of Downey cited "extreme language barriers" as one of the obstacles she and her family faced during their struggle to survive. "The information only came out in Italian and Spanish," she told KPCC , talking about the announcements made while the ship was going down. Ananias pieced together some of the words from her limited Spanish.  She and her family were among the last off the cruise ship that became submerged Jan. 13 near Isola del Giglio off Italy's west coast.
April 17, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Water and weather conditions were making it difficult for divers to reach the Sewol, which sank Wednesday about 12 miles off the coast with 475 passengers aboard, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The death toll rose to 25, with some bodies floating to the water's surface.
April 15, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Was Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis right to leave a taping of “Meet the Press” the other day because producers of the news show apparently reneged on a promise not to use the names of the two brothers accused of the carnage? Haslet-Davis is the professional ballroom dance instructor whose left foot was blown off exactly one year ago today by one of the bombs allegedly planted by the Tsarnaev brothers. She is rightfully receiving a lot of attention now, because it is the anniversary of the blast and because her recovery has been remarkable.
April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Bauman
It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby's room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early - 10:30 - and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. "I started the first wall," she says. "I love that gray. " Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months after I was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, I often slept 15 hours a day. The doctors said my body needed to heal.
April 11, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Calvin Aceves was excited about his first-ever official visit to a college campus. Like so many of the teenagers who would sit and sleep around him over the next several hours, the 17-year-old was preparing to become the first person in his family to go to college. He was planning to hop on a plane next week and fly north to visit UC Davis, another school he had been accepted to. But on Thursday, Calvin was at Union Station in Los Angeles, ready to board a bus to Humboldt State, where a campus nestled in a small, artsy city and surrounded by redwoods awaited the teen from Riverside.
April 11, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
ORLAND, Calif. -- Jonathan Gutierrez, 17, said he was eager to sit at the front of the charter bus that was going to shuttle him and other high school students from Los Angeles to Humboldt County on Thursday, but another student convinced him to sit in the back row. His change of heart may have saved his life. Gutierrez, a student at Banning High School, was one of the survivors of the deadly crash in Orland that claimed at least 10 lives. The 12-hour bus ride was for Los Angeles-area students accepted to Humboldt State University.
April 9, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A broken leg. A shattered ankle. A broken arm. A fractured eye socket. And a memory of terror that will be with her forever, its soundtrack an "unexplainable" noise "that will never get out of my head. " That is what Amanda Skorjanc, 25, remembers after the March 22 Oso landslide that destroyed her home, almost wiped her little town off the map and nearly killed her infant son, Duke Suddarth, who was 22 weeks old when the disaster struck. At least 36 people were killed and 10 others remain missing.
September 15, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
There are many things you can call Fox NFL sports analyst and coaching legend Jimmy Johnson but "wimp" is not one of them. When two blocked arteries prevented him from competing on his favorite TV show, CBS' "Survivor," three years ago, Johnson underwent heart surgery, lost 30 pounds, cut his cholesterol level in half and applied again. The network couldn't resist and offered him a slot on "Survivor: Nicaragua," which premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. (Yes, that's a new night for the granddaddy of reality TV shows)
March 6, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Many memoirs, and some of the best, are survival stories, tales told by that supposedly fortunate person who emerged living but not unscarred from the carnage of natural disaster or personal tragedy. Survival comes with a price tag: Not only must the survivor move forward, but he or she must assess his or her position vis-à-vis what occurred. That is what Brooke Hayward does in her classic memoir "Haywire" (Vintage: 329 pp., $16 paper), now reissued more than 30 years after its original publication, with an introduction by Buck Henry and a new afterword by the author.
April 4, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
KILLEEN, Texas -- Hundreds of people proceeded around a park here late Friday waving American flags in a show of support for those wounded in this week's shooting at nearby Ft. Hood. The gathering was organized by a veterans' group, Red White & Blue, and many former soldiers attended, although the crowd also included military spouses, children and active-duty troops, some in uniform. As they walked around Lions Club Park, with its rolling green fields, squared-away sidewalks and playgrounds, they had time to consider how much their lives had changed since Wednesday's shooting.
March 30, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OSO, Wash. -- Inside Oso Community Chapel on Sunday, locals gathered for a service eight days after a devastating landslide killed at least 18 people, including a 4-month-old girl and her grandmother. There were tears and despair but also songs and joy for those saved from the disaster. Thirty people remain missing. "We pray for strength and endurance for all those working on the rescues," Tim Alskog said. He wore one of the green printed "Oso Strong" T-shirts that have become a common sight around town.
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