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Jan 20, 2012

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke dies at 29

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, seen as an early Olympic gold medal favorite ahead of the 2014 games, died on Thursday from injuries sustained in a training accident in Utah last week, a family spokeswoman said.

Considered one of the leading half-pipe athletes in the world, the 29-year-old was airlifted to Salt Lake City last Tuesday after falling during a half-pipe run in Park City, Utah.

Jan 19, 2012

Canadian skier Sarah Burke dies of injuries-spokeswoman

Jan 19 (Reuters) – World-class Canadian freestyle
skier Sarah Burke died on Thursday from injuries she sustained
in a training accident in Utah last week, a family spokeswoman
said.

Considered one of the leading half-pipe athletes in the
world, Burke was among the early favorites to win the Olympic
gold medal in her sport at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

Jan 19, 2012

Hills below Hollywood sign combed for more body parts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police combed the hills below the famed Hollywood sign for more human body parts on Thursday as the mystery surrounding the discovery of a severed human head, feet and hands there deepened.

Authorities believe the decapitated head and other body parts came from the same body. The parts were found separately this week in the same general area of the 4,200-acre Griffith Park, near hiking trails and not far from the Griffith Observatory.

Jan 19, 2012

Body parts found near famed Hollywood sign

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives investigating a severed human head found in the hills below the famed Hollywood sign discovered hands and feet they believe are from the same body on Wednesday, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

The body parts were uncovered during a search of the 4,200-acre Griffith Park, where two female hikers came across the head in a plastic bag on Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said.

Jan 18, 2012

Man pleads innocent in California hair salon shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of killing eight people at a California hair salon in October in the largest mass slaying in Orange County history pleaded innocent on Wednesday to murder charges.

Former tug boat mate Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, entered not guilty pleas in Orange County Superior Court to eight counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Jan 18, 2012

Severed hand found near decapitated head in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives investigating a decapitated human head found by hikers in the hills below the iconic Hollywood sign have discovered a severed hand in the same general area, Los Angeles police said on Wednesday.

The hand was uncovered during an exhaustive search of a seven-acre expanse of Griffith Park, where two female hikers who were walking dogs came across the head in a bag on Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said.

Jan 18, 2012

Accused California hair salon gunman indicted on murder charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of killing eight people at a California hair salon in October while out for revenge against his ex-wife was indicted on Tuesday on first degree murder charges, Orange County prosecutors said.

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, was indicted by an Orange County grand jury on eight counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder over the shooting spree, called the worst mass shooting in the history of Orange County.

Jan 14, 2012

Doctors: No prognosis yet for injured skier Sarah Burke

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Doctors said on Friday that it was too early to tell the prognosis for top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke who was in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital after a fall.

Burke, an early favorite to win an Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, was taken by air ambulance to University of Utah hospital on Tuesday after falling during a half-pipe run at Park City Mountain Resort.

Jan 12, 2012

Canadian skier Burke undergoes surgery after accident

Jan 12 (Reuters) – Canadian freestyle skier Sarah
Burke, who was seriously injured in a fall earlier this week,
remained in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital on
Thursday following surgery, doctors said.

Considered one of the top half-pipe athletes in the world,
Burke was among the early favorites to win the Olympic gold
medal when freestyle halfpipe makes its debut at the 2014 Games
in Sochi, Russia. She has reached the podium at every career
World Cup start and is a four-time champion at the X-Games.

Jan 12, 2012

Canadian skier Burke undergoes surgery in Utah

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who was seriously injured in a fall earlier this week, remained in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital on Thursday following surgery, doctors said.

Considered one of the top half-pipe athletes in the world, Burke has reached the podium at every career World Cup start, according to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.