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April 22, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, and that could play a role in their health risks, researchers reported Monday. Anyone who's ever lived with a teenager knows they often don't get the eight to nine hours of sleep the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Researchers writing in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics looked at one group of young people - those in a lower socioeconomic community.
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April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Aviation experts and authorities say they are baffled at how a teen stowaway survived a 5-1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jetliner wheel well and appeared to emerge unscathed. Stowing away in a plane wheel well does not usually end well, experts say. Those who do so may fall to their deaths, be crushed by the landing gear or succumb to cold and lack of oxygen. Federal Aviation Administration records show that of the 105 people known to have stowed away on flights around the world over the last 67 years, only 25 lived through the ordeal, a survival rate of 23.8%.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Three Hollywood executives accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the late 1990s say the allegations against them are false.  Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed Monday by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Egan accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting him. ...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014
Northern California-reared country singer Kevin Sharp, whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, has died at 43. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, told the Sacramento Bee . He died Saturday,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kurt Streeter
A teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii and survived has been turned over to child protective services and is unlikely to face criminal charges, the FBI said. The 16-year-old had run away from home when he climbed a fence at San Jose's Mineta international airport on Sunday morning and crawled into the left rear wheel well of  Hawaiian Airlines  flight 45. “He was not planning on going to Hawaii,” said FBI Honolulu spokesman Tom Simon. “He just got on a plane.” Authorities called it a “miracle” that the teen survived the 5 1/2-hour flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
San Jose International Airport said it is reviewing how a teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii managed to get on the airport's runway without being detected by security. Authorities say security video shows the teen from Santa Clara hopping a fence at the San Jose airport and climbing into the wheel well of a jetliner.  It's unclear how long the boy was on the tarmac and why security officials didn't detect he was there. The 16-year-old survived the flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii and survived did not know where the plane was headed when he climbed aboard, FBI officials said Monday. The 16-year-old, who has not yet been charged with a crime, had run away from home when he climbed a fence at San Jose's Mineta International Airport om Sunday morning and crawled into the left rear wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45. “He was not planning on going to Hawaii,” said FBI Honolulu spokesman Tom Simon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped San Jose Mineta International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara made his way on to a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767, then disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until late Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him, 2,350 miles to the west, wandering on another tarmac, this one at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous 5 1/2-hour odyssey - weathering frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a flight compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. The transoceanic misadventure left authorities questioning both how the stowaway so easily gained access to the jumbo jet and how he survived with so little apparent trauma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | Nita Lelyveld
For two weeks now I've had a problem that can only be described as good: drowning in a flood of emails and messages from readers -- and not one of them angry. Hundreds have contacted me in praise of a young woman I wrote about who had no money for a prom dress and so made one out of soda-can tabs. They've asked how to help her, even though many admitted that they're barely getting by themselves. Brie Fainblit lives in Palmdale with her disabled mother and her aunt, who shoulders two part-time jobs to support them.
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April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 20-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after crashing his sports utility vehicle into a Palmdale apartment building, killing a 16-year-old girl while she slept, authorities said. Roberto Rodriguez, of Palmdale, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, authorities said. Investigators believe the suspect was drunk at the time of the crash. The incident occurred about 3:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of East Avenue R, said Deputy Collin Reddy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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