May 14, 2012

Dornier 228     Photo: Superikonoskop/Wikimedia Commons

15 Dead in Northern Nepal Plane Crash

Pilot turned into mountain near airstrip

Fifteen people are dead and six are seriously injured after a small plane crashed into a hillside in Nepal on Monday morning. A Dornier 228 operated by Nepal-based Agni Air went down near Jomsom Airport, 125 miles northwest of Kathmandu. The dead include 13 Indian pilgrims headed to the Muktinath temple near Jomsom and two Nepalese pilots. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Two of the six survivors are infants.

Read more at the BBC

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Mountain Creek     Photo: jenschapter3/Flickr

Ski Resort Sues Over No-Snow Policy

Insurance company won't pay out

A New Jersey ski resort has sued its insurance company for failing to pay out a policy that covers extreme cases of poor weather. Mountain Creek Resort, Inc. claims that it is entitled to $1.7 million from a 16-day stretch of warm weather in December that prevented the area from making snow. The mountain's insurer, Everest Indemnity Insurance Company, disputes the number of days during which temperatures stayed above the policy's 33-degree threshold. The suit is expected to affect how ski resorts manage insurance policies as weather patterns across North America become increasingly unpredictable.

Read more at the New Jersey Herald

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Triathlete     Photo: Matt Runkle/Flickr

U.S. Triathletes Qualify for London Games

Kemper makes fourth Olympic team

Three triathletes secured spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon team with top-nine finishes at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in San Diego on Friday and Saturday. Hunter Kemper, 36, clinched his fourth consecutive Olympic berth with a fifth-place finish, while Manuel Huerta nabbed the other spot on the men's team in ninth place. Laura Bennett placed third overall to join Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, who qualified in London a year ago, on the women's team. Kemper is one of only a handful of triathletes to Qualify for the Olympics after it was introduced in 2000. Later on Saturday, Australian Olympic-bound triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt was hospitalized with chest pains that doctors believe may indicate tuberculosis. He will not be allowed to travel until doctors reach a diagnosis.

Read more at USA Triathlon

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Dalai Lama     Photo: abhikrama/Flickr

Dalai Lama Warned of Poison Plot

Buddhist leader suspects Tibetan agents

On Sunday, the Dalai Lama revealed that he believes the Chinese government is training female Tibetan agents to assassinate him. The Buddhist spiritual leader told the Sunday Telegraph that he has received reports from inside Tibet warning that assassins may try to deliver poison while seeking blessings. "Oh yes. In the hair poisoned and scarf poisoned. So they say they're sick, supposed to seek blessing from me. And my hand touch. That kind of information we received," he said. He added that while it would be impossible to confirm the reports, they had reinforced his need for security. At a press briefing, a Chinese spokesman refuted the report and accused the Dalai Lama of international anti-China separatist activities.

Read more at Global Post

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Paul Watson     Photo: guano/Flickr

Sea Shepherd Founder Arrested

Watson faces charge from 2002 incident

Police in Germany on Saturday arrested anti-whaling activist Paul Watson on an extradition notice issued by Costa Rica. Watson, who founded and leads the group Sea Shepherd, has been accused of attempted murder for disrupting a Costa Rican shark fishing operation in Guatemalan waters in 2002. The crew of the fishing ship, the Varadero, say the Sea Shepherd activists tried to ram them. A Sea Shepherd spokesman says that a video recording of the encounter will clear Watson.

Read more at BBC

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