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The new crash test dummy — not this one — will weigh 271 lbs and have a body mass index of 35. Automakers use the dummies to prove their vehicles are roadworthy.

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Crash test dummy will be heavier to reflect fatalities among obese

Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics.

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LA increases use of probation for non-violent offenses

An immate uses a mirror to look outside

The District Attorney's office reports 14 percent of low-level felons in September were given reduced time behind bars and probation instead of traditional jail sentences. That's up from 3 percent.

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Garcetti announces goals to end LA's housing crisis

Eric Garcetti

Garcetti, who is tackling poverty by increasing the minimum wage in LA, announced housing policies this week. He didn't say how - or when - he'd implement them.

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Kansas airport crash leaves at least 4 dead (updated)

Wichita Airport

Wichita fire officials say at least four other people were taken to a hospital and five more are unaccounted for after the Thursday morning crash at Mid-Continent Airport.

Health More

Nurse in Maine breaches quarantine with bike ride

Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday.

Kaci Hickox openly defies the state's governor, who has threatened to get a court order to compel her isolation, by setting off on a morning ride with her boyfriend.

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Long Beach aims to encourage preschoolers to go to college

Long Beach City College Preschool

As part of the push for universal preschool, Long Beach officials and educators plan to take their message to attend college out to the earliest learners.