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March 17, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Federal prosecutors intend to enter autopsy photos of the three Boston Marathon victims into evidence, but they want bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to see only the pictures that will be used in his trial. On Monday, prosecutors asked a federal judge in Boston to grant a protective order that would bar Tsarnaev, 20, from looking at any autopsy photos of bombing victims Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu unless the images are entered into the court record. Tsarnaev is eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted in the April 15 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
August 1, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The two victims killed Tuesday night in separate shootings have been identified. Alfred Jonny Rodriguez, 40, of Los Angeles was shot in Florence-Firestone around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, coroner's officials said. Neighborhood residents first reported hearing fireworks, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County When detectives went to check on the reports, they found Rodriguez lying in the street on the 1900 block of East 71st Street.
February 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Annette Barrera didn't know any of the six people killed in a suspected DUI-related wrong-way crash on 60 Freeway this past weekend, but on Wednesday in Diamond Bar, she attended a vigil for the victims just the same. A victim of a drunk-driving crash last year in Lynwood, Barrera, still wheelchair-bound, said she'd want someone to do the same for her had she not survived. “I didn't die like the six victims that did," Barrera told KTLA-TV , but "if I had died, and I had one of these things, I would like some sort of survivor to come, so I don't feel alone.” The vigil, organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was held to honor the victims of the deadly Sunday crash.  Witnesses reported seeing a red Chevrolet Camaro -- which officials said was driven by Olivia Carolee Culbreath , 21 --  traveling east on the westbound 60 Freeway at more than 100 mph early Sunday morning when it struck a Ford Explorer, which then collided with a third vehicle.
January 17, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
An Indonesian Supreme Court hopeful may have torpedoed his chances at the job after suggesting that women might enjoy being raped, infuriating a wide array of critics. Daming Sanusi made the inflammatory remarks Monday while being interviewed by a parliamentary panel for a seat on the Supreme Court.  When asked whether rapists should be put to death, Daming joked that because both the rapist and the victim “enjoy it,” the court should think twice about imposing the death penalty.
May 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A woman killed over the weekend in a Bay Area limousine fire was going to have a wedding on a hilltop in the Philippines, her family said. Neriza Fojas, 31, had already had a civil wedding ceremony in Las Vegas with her husband, Carlo Moya, but was planning another June 19 on a Manila hilltop, her father told the San Francisco Chronicle . She was scheduled for a gown fitting and was expected to arrive in the Philippines on June 2. ...
June 1, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
Within hours of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, even as the tragedy was unfolding on live television, the machinery of victim fundraising had already started to hum. By 5 p.m. April 16 - less than 26 hours after bomb blasts killed three people and injured more than 260 - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and a handful of business leaders had crafted the One Fund Boston. With "rabbit out of the hat" speed, the fund already had a post office box, bank account, website and articles of incorporation set for filing.
May 23, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
Maria Rodriguez wept in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Nearly seven years after her boyfriend was gunned down by two men carrying AK-47s, Rodriguez tearfully recounted Thursday how she later broke the news to their young daughter that her father would not be coming home. "I just told her, 'One day we're going to see him, but it's not going to be soon,'" Rodriguez said. Rodriguez's boyfriend, Larry Marcial, 22, was one of three people killed on a quiet South L.A. street in the June 30, 2006, attack, which became known as the 49th Street Massacre.
April 15, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Noam N. Levey
BOSTON - More than 144 people hurt in the Boston Marathon bombing were sent to hospitals, officials said, and three were killed. Seventeen of the injured were in critical condition Monday night.  The two bombs hundreds of yards apart created a "very powerful blast" that caused mostly lower-body injuries to bone, soft tissue and blood vessels, doctors said. Ten victims needed amputations. More will need surgery Tuesday, officials said. Also Tuesday, information is to be released about those who died in the blasts.
November 9, 2012 | By Joseph Serna, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Shashank Bengali
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. -- In a sign of how long the rebuilding effort in the Northeast will take, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is shipping in temporary, manufactured homes for displaced residents. About 317,000 people across the region have registered for FEMA assistance, and an estimated $314 million has been allocated for about 61,000 recipients, mostly for rental assistance. The cost and number of registrants is expected to grow. At least 110 people were killed and thousands displaced since Superstorm Sandy caused an estimated $50 billion in damage and economic loss from the Carolinas inland to the Ohio Valley and all the way north to Maine.
June 10, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Friends and family of Carlos and Marcela Franco gathered on Sunday evening to remember a father and daughter who were gunned down during the violent rampage in Santa Monica on Friday. Marcela's aunt Margaret Quinones-Perez said her niece was outgoing and curious. An aspiring clinical psychologist, she was known to greet strangers with a disarming smile and a series of penetrating questions. "To us she was radiant, so beautiful and sassy," Quinones-Perez said She described Carlos Franco as a man who took great pride in providing for his family.
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