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January 14, 2010 | By Tina Susman and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- The capital of Haiti lay in ruins Wednesday, shattered by an earthquake it was not built to withstand. With most international aid yet to arrive, bodies lined the streets, the injured gathered at hospitals devoid of doctors or functioning equipment, swaths of the city were reduced to rubble and even the presidential palace -- long a symbol of whatever stability the country could muster -- was damaged and sagging. Most telecommunications were down, making it next to impossible for the government and aid agencies to count the casualties or assess the extent of damage from the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck Tuesday afternoon.
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September 29, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Rescue workers using megaphones to call out to survivors climbed through mud Tuesday in a slow, slogging search after a landslide crashed into a sleeping village in southern Mexico. Despite fears of widespread loss of life in the town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, only a few people were missing by Tuesday evening. Poor road and weather conditions throughout the day had hampered rescue efforts and attempts to fathom the full scale of the slide. Swollen, chocolate-colored rivers swept over their banks in places.
NEWS
March 10, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The number of cancer survivors in the United States nearly quadrupled from 1971 to 2007, growing from 3 million to 11.7 million, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The increase reflects earlier detection, improved diagnostic methods, more effective treatment, improved clinical follow-up after treatment and an aging U.S. population, the agency said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . Breast, prostate and colorectal cancers were the most common types of cancer among survivors, and female survivors (54.3%)
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January 7, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Survivors who escaped the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder years after the event, a study finds. Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health surveyed 3,271 survivors two to three years after surviving the attack. About 95% said they had at least one recent post-traumatic stress symptom, and after screening, 15% were positive for PTSD. Only 4.4% reported no symptoms. Several risk factors for PTSD included which tower and floor people were on when the attacks occurred; when they were able to evacuate; exposure to the post-collapse dust cloud; witnessing some horrific scene (seeing a plane hit the towers, witnessing people falling or jumping from the towers)
NEWS
May 12, 2000
Kudos to Lynell George ("When a Loved One Chooses Death," April 12) for the insightful, in-depth article about Sam and Lois Bloom and the hours of Life-Saving support that they offer survivors of suicide. My life was tragically and forever altered when my fiance chose to end his life. During the weeks and months of despair that followed, the Blooms were like a beacon of light for me in an otherwise dark world. They continue to selflessly devote an incredible amount of their time participating in suicide research and helping survivors cope and heal after a loved one has died by suicide.
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September 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A South Carolina police officer says he listened in disbelief as two men he saw running from blazing plane wreckage described how they escaped the inferno. Lt. Josh Shumpert said Wednesday he later learned the men were former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM. Shumpert had kept the badly burned men talking as they waited for medical help Friday night after the crash in Columbia. The musicians were the only survivors. Two pilots and two passengers -- all from the L.A. area -- were killed.
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November 13, 1996 | Reuters
Fishing boats carrying more than 300 men reached safety six days after a cyclone ravaged southeast India's coastline, but almost 1,000 others were still missing, Andhra Pradesh state officials said Tuesday. "Three hundred fifteen fishermen have been found, 985 are still missing," said Vijay Kumar, a senior official coordinating relief operations from Hyderabad, the state capital.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday assured the survivors of Oklahoma's deadly tornado that the nation is “there for them” and that the government will keep its focus on the rescue effort as long as is needed. As emergency workers worked to find survivors amid the rubble in Oklahoma City and its suburbs, Obama said he has dispatched top officials to the region and directed his advisors to do all they can to help. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away,” Obama said in a morning statement at the White House.
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January 24, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could survive anything as brutal as a gunshot wound to the head. And yet about 10% of the time, such victims do live. But what happens next? What kinds of lives do – can – people go on to have? To get a sense of the possibilities, staff writer Melissa Healy interviewed four victims of such injuries and chronicled their lives since the event: Leonard Rugh, shot in 1969 while serving in Vietnam; Matthew Gross, shot on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in 1997; Jackie Nink Pflug, shot in Malta in 1985 during an airplane hijack; Danny Rodriguez, shot in 2009 during a run-in with a gang after a party.
WORLD
March 13, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
As temperatures dropped in Japan overnight, rescuers searched for survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left many stranded without electricity, food or water. Almost 2 million households were without power in the freezing north, according to Kyodo News Agency, and about 1.4 million were without running water. About 300,000 people had been evacuated nationwide as of Sunday, the news agency reported. The death toll rose to 1,597, with hundreds more missing, officials at the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters said early Monday.
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