Wildfire season is off to a roaring start this year as two large blazes have already caused hundreds of evacuations and damages. In the Great Smoky Mountains, a 200-acre fire that began Sunday evening has destroyed at least 30 rental cabins at the Pigeon Forge resort area of Sevier County, and forced the evacuation of 200 people. No serious injuries were reported.
The second fire, west of Fort Collins, Colorado, began on a dry, windy Friday night and has so far destroyed between 750 and 1,000... Read More
Authorities have arrested six men in connection to the rape of a Swiss woman who was on a cycling tour with her husband in Madhya Pradesh, India. The men are believed to all be between 20 and 25 years old and from a local Indian tribe. According to deputy inspector general of police D. K. Arya, all six have confessed to the crime.
From the Washington Post:
The 39-year old Swiss woman and her husband were traveling by bicycle Friday to the city of Agra, site of the renowned 17th-century marb... Read More
A British man and his son died while hiking in the French Alps near Chamonix this weekend. Peter Saunders, 48, and his 12-year-old son, Charlie, were hiking the Couloir des Bossons in the Mont-Blanc range on Saturday. The popular trail can be slippery and hard to follow this time of year. Authorities believe that the son slipped and fell and that his father fell while trying to search for him.
The rescue centre at Annecy received a brief call from the father at around 3 p.m. on Saturday, sa... Read More
Contestants in the 2013 Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent will be subject to drug testing after the event. The United States Anti-Doping Agency will randomly select six of the top ten finishers in the 26.2-mile marathon and four of the top ten finishers in the 13-mile ascent and administer tests. It is the first United States trail race to announce drug testing.
"We have some very famous records for our races, and when these records are broken, like they were last year, we want peopl... Read More
Bad weather over the weekend stymied rescuers' efforts to reach a skier stuck in a crevasse near Lake Louise, Alberta. The victim, a man from British Columbia, was skiing the popular Wapta Traverse with two other people when he fell. His companions immediately triggered their emergency beacon, but crews were unable to respond because of heavy snow and avalanche risk.
The two remaining skiers were evacuated on Friday, Parks Canada said, but as of Sunday crews had still not reached the fallen s... Read More