A 63-year-old ultramarathoner died on Sunday after disappearing during a 50K trail race on Mount Diablo, near San Francisco. According to SFGate, Rene Brunet was on pace to meet the race's nine-hour cutoff time when he passed the last checkpoint. When Brunet didn't cross the finish line, race officials sent out a party to find him. Searchers found him at the bottom of an embankment about three miles from the end of the race.
"I had seen him in the morning, a couple of times during the day, an... Read More
The U.S. Forest Service is stepping up its wildfire-fighting efforts with a major policy change that will allow nighttime air attacks. A specially trained crew and helicopter are now ready to carry out wildfire operations at night in Southern California.
This is the first time nighttime firefighting will be employed since the 1970s, when it was banned for safety and cost reasons. The Forest Service reversed this policy in response to findings that they did not handle the devastating 2009 Sta... Read More
Slathering up with sunscreen can help you look younger. In a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers in Australia found that people who regularly apply sunscreen are 24 percent less likely to show signs of increased aging. There's just one catch: You have to apply sunscreen every day to see the results.
"Protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen regularly has the added bonus of keeping you looking younger," Adele Green, one of the study’s aut... Read More
A 19-year-old California man is missing and presumed dead after tumbling over a 594-foot waterfall in Yosemite, park officials say. Aleh Kalman of Sacremento was swimming in the Merced river about 150 feet upstream from the falls when he was caught in a current and swept over the edge. While rescuers have yet to find his body, park spokesperson Kari Cobb said that the chances Kalman survived are slim.
Kalman is the second person killed in a tumble from a Yosemite waterfall this year. In May, ... Read More
A candidate for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee has called for a "more creative approach" of adding sports to the Summer Olympic. Rather than axing out entire sports to remain within a cap of 10,500 athletes and 28 sports, Denis Oswald favors removing less competitive events within disciplines, the Associate Press reports.
"If you streamline some sports and keep only their events which are really universal, you could go further," Oswald said at a news conference. "This s... Read More