May 1, 2012

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Norwegian Swimmer Dies in Flagstaff

World champion, 26, likely had heart attack

Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the 2011 world champion in the 100-meter breaststroke, died on Monday in Flagstaff, Arizona, after suffering what doctors believe was a heart attack. Dale Oen, 26, was discovered by teammates after he collapsed in the shower Monday evening. He was participating in a high-altitude training camp for the London Olympics with the Norwegian swim team. Dale Oen captured Norway's first Olympic swimming medal, a silver, at the 2008 Games in the 100m breaststroke. He won the same event at the 2011 world championships in Shanghai.

Read more at Reuters

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Exotic Pets May Return to Zanesville

Official can't keep leopards, macaques

Ohio agriculture officials decided on Monday that four exotic animals may return to the Zanesville farm from which they were released in October after the farm's owner, Terry Thompson, killed himself. The state says it does not have authority to keep the spotted leopard, black leopard, and two Celebes macaques that are currently quarantined at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Local authorities will ultimately decide whether Thompson's widow Marian can reclaim the animals. A bill that will ban ownership of most exotic animals beginning in 2014 and require current owners to implant their pets with microchips is pending in the Ohio legislature.  

Read more at The Columbus Dispatch

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Lebanese Skier Shot From Syria

Cross-border incident leaves man injured

A skier was injured at a resort on Lebanon's Mount Hermon on Monday when gunmen opened fire from across the country's border with Syria. Security officials say that the assailants used light machine guns to shoot at a group of Lebanese and Swiss skiers; Antoine Hajj, one of the Lebanese skiers, was shot in the shoulder. Syrian soldiers have fired accross the border several times over the past months. Cameraman Ali Shaaban was killed on April 9 after Syrian forces opened fire on a crew from the Al-Jadeed satellite television channel.

Read more at Reuters

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BC Hang Glider Pilot Charged in Death

Passenger died after 1,000-foot fall

A pilot involved in a fatal hang-gliding accident in British Columbia's Fraser Valley on Saturday has been charge with obstructing justice after his client fell 1,000 feet. William Orders, a certified glider pilot, was arrested shortly after 27-year-old Lenami Godinez dropped 1,000 feet to her death 30 seconds into a hired flight. Witnesses said it appeard that Godinez, who was seen clutching at the pilot's feet before she fell, was never properly secured. Officials have confiscated the glider and have charged Orders with obstruction of justice for witholding what they would only say is "key evidence." A police representative said more charges could be brought as the investigation continues.

Read more at CBC News

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