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Elderly L.A. woman vanishes, is found alone in Maine four years later

Sarah Cheiker had lived in the small bungalow in the Fairfax district for decades, first with her mom and then by herself.<p>But one day in 2008 she vanished, and a bulldozer showed up to demolish her longtime home.<p>"I was shocked. We figured she was dead," said Jim Caccavo, who had been Cheiker's …

Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus infection

A 21-month-old girl who tested positive for enterovirus D-68 in Michigan died after a month-long battle with the respiratory illness, marking the second time a child has succumbed to the virus in the U.S. this week, health officials said.<p>Madeline Reid died at Children's Hospital of Michigan in …

Louisiana infant survives days trapped beneath father's dead body

(Reuters) - A 10-month-old Louisiana baby survived for three days trapped under the decomposing body of her dead father after he suffered cardiac arrest, authorities said on Saturday.<p>The mother was in jail on misdemeanor charges at the time but was released on Saturday to care for the baby girl, …

Train hits 3 people on California coast, 1 killed

Authorities say a passenger train struck people taking photos on a trestle on the California coast and one person was killed and two others were injured.<p>Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason says the victims were among four people shooting pictures around sunset Saturday as a southbound …

Police shoot man to death after answering calls of gunfire

A 25-year-old Back of the Yards man was shot to death by a police officer who was responding to a call of shots fired on the South Side early Sunday morning, authorities said.<p>The man, identified as Ronald Johnson of 5100 block of South Lowe Avenue, was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago …

Ebola threatens chocolate

Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply.<p>Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up …