Officials at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, announced Sunday that runners who tied for third place in the women's 100-meter final can choose to break the tie by either a runoff or a coin toss. Judges initially ruled Jeneba Tarmoh third place in Saturday's race for the final spot on the women's 100-meter team but declared a dead-heat finish with Allyson Felix after reviewing photos. A runoff will be held if one or both athletes chooses that option. If both athletes r... Read More
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort announced Thursday that it will close popular local ski area June Mountain for summer operations without plans to reopen. The news came as an unwelcome surprise to June Mountain patrons, who tout the resort's friendly atmosphere and lack of crowds. "I can say in all honesty that June has something you don't just don't see many places anymore: soul," said professional snowboarder Jeff Kramer. In a press release, CEO Rusty Gregory said that June has operated at a lost... Read More
A boat carrying 206 people seeking asylum in Australia capsized in rough seas south of Indonesia on Thursday. The boat's crew radioed a distress call to Australian rescuers late Tuesday but gave no location. Australian authorities advised them to return and notified Indonesian authorities, but a surveillance plane found the boat capsized halfway between Java and the Australian territory Christmas Island on Thursday afternoon. Forty men clung to the boat's hull while others drifted with flotsam... Read More
A National Park Service climbing ranger fell to his death on Mount Rainier Thursday as he helped rescue a party of climbers on the peak. Nick Hall, 34, was preparing four injured climbers for evacuation by helicopter when he slipped, tumbling 3,700 feet down the side of the mountain. Three of the four climbers were later extracted by helicopters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while the fourth spent the night on the mountain with two rangers.
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A 79-year-old Florida woman returned from running an errand to find a giant sinkhole had opened up underneath her property and collapsed half of her house on Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday, the hole had swallowed Susan Minutillo's back bedroom and bathroom, and measured 20 by 40 feet. City officials in Hudson, near Tampa Bay, condemned the property, and have told Minutillo's neighbors to evacuate.
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