September 24, 2013

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Ocean Rower Sarah Outen Touches Shore

After 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea

Sarah Outen touched shore in Alaska's Aleutian Islands Monday after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. The 28-year-old became the first woman to row across the North Pacific Ocean solo, the Washington Post reports. It's part of her plan to circumnavigate the globe by kayak, bike, and ocean-rowing shell.

Her arrival in Alaska was treacherous. Outen's team was forced to tow her small boat into harbor after currents pushed her toward the rocks about a half mile out. She was also nearly hit by a cargo ship in recent days after her radar failed. She plans to return to the point where she was towed in spring 2014 when she continues her expedition.

Her first attempt ended in 2012 when her boat was badly damaged in a tropical storm. In 2009, she became the youngest person and first woman to row across the Indian Ocean.

Read more about the growing popularity of ocean-rowing expeditions.

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Armstrong Financier Complicit in Doping, According to Emma O'Reilly

Thom Weisel and Mark Gorski implicated

According to Lance Armstrong's former employee, two of his finaciers were involved in his doping activities. Emma O'Reilly has stated in a sworn affidavit that Mark Gorski and Thom Weisel were present when masking Armstrong's doping was discussed. The affidavit was published last year, but many of the names were redacted.

According to the New York Daily News, O'Reilly stated:

"I remember being in a room with Lance, Thom Weisel and Mark Gorski when the three of them came up with the explanation for the presence of corticosteroids in Lance's sample," O'Reilly claims in the affidavit. "I was giving Lance a massage at the time, and the three of them were talking about what needed to be done in order to excuse Lance's positive test."

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Thieves Steal $10,000 Worth of Goats

Hawaii farmer offering reward

The owner of a Hawaii farm is offering a reward for any information leading to the return of 23 goats that were kidnapped from the property sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Keal Pontin, the owner of the missing goats, said the kidnappers placed duct tape over the animals’ mouths to keep them from making noise during the heist. This was probably a traumatic experience for the usually friendly animals, Pontin told KHON-TV.

Among the kidnapped goats were a number of pregnant nannies due to give birth this week. The missing goats are valued at about $10,000 and police are actively investigating the crime.

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