LOS ANGELES — A Yellowstone National Park hiker whose body was found last week was mauled and killed by a grizzly bear, authorities confirmed Monday.
The hiker was identified as 59-year-old John Wallace of Chassell, Mich. He was traveling alone and had pitched his tent in a campground along the Mary Mountain Trail on Wednesday.
His body was discovered Friday morning by two hikers. An autopsy conducted Sunday confirmed that Wallace died of traumatic injuries from a bear attack.
Social media fuels college megaparty in Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — An apartment complex near Colorado State University that used Facebook to advertise “the biggest pool party of the year”’ got more than it bargained for — at least 2,000 people, most of them college students, showed up.
It wasn’t long before the police followed.
Four people were arrested at the Fort Collins apartment complex Saturday. Ten people were taken to the hospital, most of them for overconsumption of alcohol or minor injuries.
The party’s Facebook page had nearly 3,000 registered people. Police estimated at least 2,000 people showed up at the complex about 65 miles north of Denver. Officers had to shut down surrounding streets while they cleared the complex.
Arizona man survives pruning shears impalement
TUCSON, Ariz. — Hospital officials say an 86-year-old Arizona man is lucky to be alive after he accidentally impaled himself with pruning shears.
University Medical Center said Monday that Leroy Luetscher of Green Valley was working in his yard on July 30 when he dropped a pair of pruning shears, which landed point-side down in the ground.
When Luetscher went to pick them up, he lost his balance and fell face-down on the handle. The handle penetrated his eye socket and went down into his neck, resting on the external carotid artery. Half the shears were left in his head, while the other half was sticking out.
Luetscher was rushed to the hospital, where surgeons removed the shears and rebuilt his orbital floor with metal mesh, saving his eye.
Doctors say Luetscher still has slight swelling in his eyelids and minor double vision but has otherwise recovered.
Gadhafi’s wife, 3 children flee to Algeria
TRIPOLI, Libya — Members of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s family have fled to neighboring Algeria, the Algerian government said Monday.
Algerian state television reported that Gadhafi kin who arrived Monday through a border crossing between the two countries include his wife, Safiyah, his daughter, Aysha, and two of his sons, Hannibal and Mohammed. The group also included an undisclosed number of Gadhafi’s grandchildren, Algeria said.
It is still not known where Gadhafi himself is.
Rebels have ended Gadhafi’s 42 years in power, occupying his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli and consolidating control over the capital. But they are keen to capture Gadhafi and put him on trial for crimes committed during his reign.
26 militants, 10 soldiers killed in Yemen fighting
SANAA, Yemen — A new round of fierce fighting in southern Yemen killed 10 soldiers and 26 militants, military officials said Monday, the latest battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaida-linked fighters, .
Another 38 militants and about 30 soldiers were wounded in the clashes that took place near the city of Dufas in the southern province of Abyan, they said.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations, said the fighting took place over the past 24 hours. Among the military dead was a colonel.
The U.S. and other Western powers have looked on with concern as al-Qaida gains a strong foothold in southern Yemen. The U.S. considers the Yemen spur of al-Qaida as one of the most active in worldwide terror.