Norwegian BASE jumper Eliliv Ruud died near the Grand Canyon on Tuesday when his parachute failed to open after he struck a cliff face and spiraled out of control. The accident took place at Salt Trail Canyon in northern Arizona. According to a spokesman from the sheriff’s office, Ruud, 37, was about 500 feet down when a gust of wind blew him against the canyon wall. Ruud struck a cliff and spiraled down the rest of the way. Rescue crews were flown in but had to hike to the scene of the ... Read More
The International Olympic Committee stripped four 2004 Athens Olympics track and field athletes of their medals on Wednesday after retesting about 100 doping samples. Yuriy Bilonog of the Ukraine (gold, shot put), Ivan Tskikhan (silver, hammer throw) and Irina Yatchenko (bronze, discus) of Belarus and Svetlana Krivelyova of Russia (bronze, shot put) all lost their medals. IOC rules allow blood samples to be frozen for eight years after competition and then tested again using improved technol... Read More
Software mogul John McAfee was arrested in Guatemala City on Thursday after entering the country illegally. McAfee, 67, said on Wednesday that he had requested asylum in Guatemala, and that he feared he would be killed by police if he returned to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull.
"He will be in danger if he is returned to Belize, where he has denounced authorities," said his Guatemalan lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.
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Patrick Avery, one of New Zealand's most promising young cyclists, died suddenly in the middle of a race on Tuesday. The President of Cycling Rotura posted on the club's Facebook page that Avery fell off his bike toward the end of the 15-minute Cycling Rotura criterium and that emergency services were unable to restart his heart: "If you have not heard Patrick fell off his bike towards the end of the Crit, there is a possibility he had a heart attack but we do not know the cause." Avery was 21... Read More
With grizzly populations on the rebound in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, federal officials are considering lifting protections on the threatened species. As early as 2014, officials are considering transferring authority over the estimated 1,600 bears in Glacier and Yellowstone to individual states, who have expressed interest in opening a hunt to reduce the rising incidence of bear-human encounters. But officials insist that the hunt would not be as aggressive as the controversial w... Read More