Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Two days after the grisly
discovery, the case of the Los Angeles hotel water tank corpse is a
mystery with many unanswered questions.
The decomposing body of Elisa Lam floated inside a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel while guests brushed their teeth, bathed and drank with water from it for as long as 19 days.
A maintenance worker,
checking on complaints about the hotel's water, found the 21-year-old
Canadian tourist inside one of four water cisterns Tuesday morning, Los
Angeles Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.
How and where did Elisa Lam die?
robbery-homicide detectives are treating this as a suspicious death for
obvious reasons, Lopez said. Falling into a covered water tank behind a
locked door on top of a roof would be an unusual accident.
An autopsy was completed,
but the cause of death is deferred pending further examination,
assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said Thursday. That may take six to
It will be several weeks
before investigators have the toxicology lab report which would show
whether Lam had any drugs in her system.
Any marks, injuries or wounds may suggest Lam died elsewhere and was dumped into the tank by her killer.
Water in Lam's lungs could be a sign that she drowned, but it might not tell why she was inside the small tank.
One clue comes from security camera video of Lam inside a hotel elevator the last day she was seen.
She is seen walking into
the elevator, pushing the buttons for four floors and then peering out
of the opened elevator door as if she is hiding or looking for someone.
Clad in a red hoodie, Lam at one point walks out of the elevator before
returning to it, pushing the buttons again. She then stands outside the
open elevator doorway, motioning with her hands, before apparently
Lam checked into the
Cecil Hotel five days earlier, January 26, on her way to Santa Cruz,
California, according to police in her hometown of Vancouver, British
Why did it take so long to find Lam?
Lam's parents reported
the University of British Columbia student missing in early February.
Her daily calls home stopped on January 31, police told reporters on
February 6 at a Los Angeles news conference.
Because it was an
international case -- and her parents and sister flew to California to
find answers -- the case may have gotten more attention than most of the
several thousand missing person reports made in Los Angeles each year.
A search of the hotel then found no sign of Lam, including a trip to the roof with a police search dog, Lopez said.
Strange things began
happening with the hotel's water supply later in the month, according to
Sabina and Michael Baugh, a British couple who spent eight days there
until checking out Wednesday. The water pressure dropped to a trickle at
"The shower was awful,"
Sabina Baugh said. "When you turned the tap on, the water was coming
black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal."
The tap water "tasted
horrible," Baugh said. "It had a very funny, sweety, disgusting taste.
It's a very strange taste. I can barely describe it."
But for a week, they
never complained. "We never thought anything of it," she said. "We
thought it was just the way it was here."
Knowing now what they
didn't know then about the water is sickening, Michael Baugh said. "It
makes you feel literally physically sick, but more than that you feel it
psychologically. You think about it and it's not good."
Eventually, the hotel
maintenance department investigated the water problem, sending a worker
to look into the tank, police said. He saw Lam's lifeless body at the
A hard-working family
Randy Schmidt, a
spokesman for the University of British Columbia, said Lam was
registered in a class in August, but was not registered in any classes
this year, according to records.
"Unfortunately, we do not have much more to say, other than to extend our deepest sympathies to the family," said Schmidt.
According to Los Angeles police, Lam tended to use public transportation.
Teika Steins, manager of
a hostel in Toronto, Canada, said Lam stayed a week there in early
December. Steins called the young woman friendly and outgoing.
Flowers and signs were left Thursday outside the temporarily-closed Lam family restaurant in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Tanya Grohmann, who
works nearby, said she was saddened by the loss and the fact the family
did not know what happened to the young woman.
"They are a hard-working
family. They immigrated here," she told CNN affiliate CTV. "They've
been in the neighborhood for nine years working. ... They're honest
Why did hotel stay open after discovery?
New guests continued to
check into the Cecil in the hours after firefighters removed Lam's body
from the water tank. But each guest was asked to sign a waiver releasing
the hotel from liability if they become ill. "You do so at your own
risk and peril," the hotel's release said. Guests who already paid for
their rooms would not get refunds if they move out, it said.
CNN's repeated calls to the hotel for comment were unreturned Wednesday and Thursday.
The Los Angeles Public
Health Department immediately tested the water supply, but told the
manager they could stay open as long as they provided bottle water and
warned guests not to drink the tap water.
The results of the
testing showed no harmful bacteria in the tank or the pipes, according
to Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the department.
Chlorine in the city's water may be the reason it is safe, he said.
All of the tanks and
pipes in the building still must be drained, flushed and sanitized,
Bellomo said. The water will be retested after that process, which
should take several days, he said.
interviewed by CNN on Wednesday indicated the hotel management did not
tell them about the body in the water supply they had been drinking and
Qui Nguyen learned about
it from a CNN reporter Wednesday morning. He decided not to sign the
waiver and instead find a new hotel.
Many of its guests are
tourists from other countries drawn by the hotel's billing as a
"European-style" hotel that is the perfect accommodation for
But if they take Kim
Cooper's tour bus ride through the neighborhood, they would hear about
the Cecil being the former temporary home to at least two convicted
murderers, including "Night Stalker" serial killer Richard Ramirez.
Ramirez paid $14 a day to stay on the 14th floor during his 1980s
killing spree, Cooper said.
The Cecil Hotel is "in
the heart of the action, allowing our guest to embrace the city and the
surrounding areas that make Los Angeles famous," according to the
description you'll hear when you call there and are placed on hold.
In fact, the hotel is
just a few blocks away from the infamous Skid Row district in downtown
Los Angeles, but 16 miles from the beaches of Santa Monica, eight miles
from Hollywood's Walk of Fame and 12 miles from glamorous streets of
Beverly Hills that are prominently featured on the Cecil's website.
If you want a
reservation at the Cecil you will have to wait until next month. The
website said the hotel is "sold out" until March 1. After then, you can
book a room for $65.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:58 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:58:19 GMT
EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Foggy here in East Texas this morning with a dense fog advisory in effect until 10am. Otherwise, a stalled out front near Lufkin will provide a 20% chance of scattered afternoon andMore >>
Foggy here in East Texas this morning with a dense fog advisory in effect until 10am. A stalled out front near Lufkin will provide a 20% chance of scattered afternoon/evening thunderstorms.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:49:29 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) -- We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD. The school district isn't releasing much information but a spokesperson says the district wasMore >>
We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD.More >>