The family of Nik Zorocic has called for an investigation into the finish-line crash that killed the Canadian skicross racer in Switzerland in March. Officials from the Canadian ski federation had called Zoricic's death a "freak accident," after the skier hit a plastic fence after flying wide on the course's final jump. On Wednesday, Tim Danson, a lawyer for Zoricic's parents, said the finish-line structure was not safe. "It is unacceptable that an elite athlete like Nik Zoricic can make a pe... Read More
A hunter accidentally shot his girlfriend on Saturday in eastern Florida after he mistook her for a wild hog. Steven Egan, 52, heard a rustling sound in the bushes and took a shot with his .30-caliber rifle. Instead of a hog, though, the bullet hit his girlfriend Lisa Simmons' upper legs. Emergency officials airlifted Simmons to a hospital where she underwent surgery. No charges were filed, and the local authorities are calling it an accident. "He was very sympathetic that he'd shot his girlfr... Read More
A forthcoming study on bicycle-use habits suggests that people who buy used bikes are more likely to ride them. The study also found that bike owners who make $200,000 or more per year are more likely to buy used bikes (22 percent) than new ones (12.5 percent). Owners of used bikes are also more likely to bike to work, visit bike shops, and buy more bicycling accessories. The full results will be released next month by The Gluskin Townley Group, a marketing and research consulting firm.
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A 10,000-year-old skeleton of an early American dubbed Young Hol Chan II has vanished from the underwater reservoir where it was interred in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico City's National Institute of Anthropology and History posted "wanted" flyers in supermarkets, bakeries, and dive shops around the town of Tulum, asking residents to keep a lookout for the bones, which they presume were stolen. The cenote, or sinkhole, in which the remains were discovered in 2010 also holds the Young Man ... Read More
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a former BP engineer for allegedly deleting hundreds of text messages about the scale of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the first to arise from the 2010 disaster. Kurt Mix, who was part of a BP team trying to estimate the amount of crude flowing from the well, was arrested and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for destroying evidence. In court papers, the FBI said it was investigating whether BP knew the oil well ... Read More