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October 18, 2013 |
Criminal charges will not be filed against the firefighter whose emergency vehicle struck and killed a 16-year-old girl who had been aboard an Asiana Airlines jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport, officials announced Friday. San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Stephen M. Wagstaffe said that after reviewing "numerous videos" and reports from coroner's officials, police officers, firefighters and other first responders to the July 6 incident, his office determined there was "no criminal culpability for any individual involved in the response to the airline crash.
October 17, 2013 |
More than a year after his "Battleship" was torpedoed at the box office, filmmaker Pete Berg is set to unveil his new movie in the heart of Hollywood. "Lone Survivor," the director's Navy SEAL drama, will have its red carpet debut at AFI Fest, the eight-day-long film gathering that kicks off Nov. 7. Berg's film, which Universal Pictures will open in limited release in late December before its nationwide launch two weeks later, is one of three additional gala screenings announced by festival programmers on Thursday.
October 1, 2013 |
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The five hikers killed in a landslide that sent 100-ton boulders careening down a mountain were all members of one family, officials said, and the only survivor was a 13-year-old girl whose father threw himself over her body. The avalanche of rocks and boulders, some as large as cars, broke away without warning near Mt. Princeton in central Colorado and slammed into a popular waterfall viewing area Monday. In a 911 call released Tuesday, a hiker told a dispatcher that it looked as if "a whole chunk of the mountain came down.
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September 21, 2013 |
Three decades ago, when so many of his friends were dying of AIDS, Stephen Crohn wondered why he - a gay man whose longtime companion had been one of the first to die from the disease--had managed to avoid it. Was it just a matter of time before he caught the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS? Was there something wrong with the HIV antibody tests he took that always came back negative? Crohn, an artist and freelance editor, lived with the questions for 14 years before he finally learned the answer was in his genes.
September 19, 2013 |
As "America's Got Talent" crowned the winner of its eighth season Wednesday night, the series danced its way to a slight ratings boost over last year, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Talent" brought in an average of 11.3-million viewers, up 7% in total audience from last year's finale, and scored a rating of 2.5 in the advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year-old demographic, up about 4% from the previous year's number. The show's winner, who gets a $1-million prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas, was dance artist Kenichi Ebina, whose martial arts- and illusion-infused routines have wowed the judges the entire season.
September 13, 2013 |
LONGMONT, Colo. - For Carey Scott, life these days is all about watching the angry Big Thompson River, swollen by torrential rains, move closer. Sitting on the deck behind her house, Scott can see the rising floodwaters approach her home in Loveland, a charming mountain town 45 miles north of Denver. She has heard the roar of water in recent days as it overflowed the river's banks and cut off her subdivision. All bridges to the north are under water. She can't escape to the west because Highway 34 has buckled.
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September 7, 2013 |
John Odom struggled to describe what it was like to be back home in Southern California. He had spent the last five months on the East Coast recovering from injuries he sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. "You don't have really the words to describe the feeling to walk in that front door - just such a great feeling inside that, oh my God, I'm home," Odom said in an interview at his home in Torrance on Saturday. "It felt like, for whatever reason, the weight on your shoulders was gone and it was just awesome to be able to go upstairs and get in our own bed. " Odom, 65, and his wife, Karen, returned home from Boston on Friday to a celebration held in his honor by friends and family at a Mexican restaurant in El Segundo.
September 2, 2013 |
The men remember a manicured campus stained by the blood of teenage boys. They remember the explosion of the leather strap - 30 lashes, 50 lashes, more than 100 - and the bloody classroom chairs they scrubbed down later. For more than a century, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna took in damaged children and turned out shattered men. The state closed the school in 2011 after the U.S. Justice Department documented some of the abuse. But the sprawling campus may still be hiding horrors.
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August 22, 2013 |
When Hannah Anderson was rescued from the Idaho wilderness nearly two weeks ago and her abductor killed by FBI agents, it seemed like a clear end to a case that had generated national attention. Hannah's father told the media that she needed privacy to recover and mourn the deaths of her mother and brother at the hands of her kidnapper, a family friend named James DiMaggio. It didn't work out that way. Within hours of his statement, Hannah was sharing details of the ordeal, fielding hundreds of questions and comments from strangers on social media sites.
August 16, 2013 |
TUCSON - Business owners Dave Michelson and Matt Brassard remember the outpouring of support and dollars when they held a fundraiser in Prescott for people whose houses were damaged in the Yarnell Hill fire and the survivors of the 19 firefighters who died fighting the blaze. The community was unified in grief, Brassard said. "It was amazing, the amount of people who came out in support," he added. Now, a conflict over whether to extend full survivors' benefits to the families of 13 firefighters killed on the job June 30 looms over Prescott, creating an uneasiness in the community.