Daniel Woods and Alex Puccio beat a stacked field in Colorado Springs on Saturday to win the 2012 American Bouldering Series National Championships. Woods took three attempts to top out two of the four finals problems, barely edging Ethan Pringle to take first place. American Michael Baustista was the only competitor to finish the last finals problem, but was bumped down to third place when he forgot to match hands on the finish hold. On the women's side, Alex Puccio was the only competitor to... Read More
A viscous winter storm that blew through Yellowstone and Grant Teton national parks this weekend stranded 160 travelers and slowed the search for a missing snowboarder. Whiteout conditions and high avalanche danger prevented snowplows from clearing a 22-mile stretch of road between Grand Teton and Yellowstone, forcing park rangers to close the main highway Saturday afternoon. Travelers were given emergency shelter at two mountain lodges and an elementary school. The weather also kept rangers f... Read More
Beginning this fall, Google will deploy underwater cameras mounted on submarines to photograph and map the Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The project, called the Catlin Seaview Survey, will produce results similar to the "Street View" option on Google Earth, but underwater. Project chief scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the project will map the reef below 30 meters, where most reef divers rarely go. Researchers hope the project will raise public awareness about the effects of climate change ... Read More
Australian clothing company Billabong has withdrawn its sponsorship of South Africa's Jeffrey's Bay surf competition, the Association of Surfing Professionals announced on Friday, removing one of surfing's grand events from the 2012 ASP World Tour. Billabong is facing continued financial troubles amidst a sluggish global retail market and high debt. The 2012 ASP World Tour will now feature 10, not 11, events.
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Federal agents have arrested seven people across the United States since last weekend in connection to a rhino horn smuggling ring. Twenty rhino horns, $1 million in cash, and $1 million in gold bars were among the items seized during raids of homes and businesses associated with the international smuggling ring. Four of the defendants were arrested in Los Angeles, including a Chinese citizen who was arrested at the airport. Federal agents served search warrants in five states. "We have shut d... Read More