Grizzly attacks, kills lone hiker in Alaska’s Denali Park

Posted Aug. 26, 2012, at 8:24 p.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A grizzly attacked and killed a lone backpacker in Denali National Park and Preserve on Friday after the man encountered the bear next to a river and lingered there snapping pictures, according to the National Park Service.

The death is the first fatal bear mauling in Alaska in seven years and the only one in the 6 million-acre park’s recorded history, going back more than 90 years, the Park Service said.

“It’s an extremely rare event, and it’s not common that we even have injuries related to bears,” said park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin. “We don’t see a lot, and we think some of that is due to our education.”

But the man apparently ignored key parts of that education, which the Park Service says he received prior to heading into the backcountry. Photos on the victim’s camera showed he stayed near the bear, instead of leaving the area, as required by his permit, park officials said.

One bear has been killed by wildlife troopers.

Sudden cardiac death less likely after exercise, study says

People whose hearts stop functioning during or shortly after exercising are three times more likely to survive than those who have cardiac arrest unrelated to working out, researchers said.

The Amsterdam Resuscitation Study looked at 2,517 cardiac-arrest cases in the Dutch capital’s greater metropolitan area over a three-year period. Scientists found 145 of the patients were exercising during or within one hour of cardiac arrest and were mostly biking, playing tennis, working out at a gym or swimming, according to the research presented today at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich.

Almost half of the patients who were exercising survived the event and they had a much better prognosis than those who weren’t working out, the study said. Only 15 percent of those whose cardiac arrest wasn’t exercise-related lived, the study said. Those who were exercising were mostly young and male and suffered cardiac arrest in a public place where they were more likely to receive car diopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, from a bystander, according to the researchers.

High-ranking Haqqani commander reported killed by US drone

ISLAMABAD — A top commander of the Haqqani network, a group responsible for numerous deadly attacks on Western and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan last week, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence service.

The commander, Badruddin Haqqani, is the brother of the network’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, and the son of the militant organization’s founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani. His death would be a significant setback to a wing of the Afghan insurgency that U.S. officials have long regarded as one of the deadliest sources of attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and in eastern Afghanistan.

Syrian rebels accuse army of atrocities in Damascus suburb where 371 died

ANTAKYA, Turkey — A weeklong government siege of a rebel-occupied Damascus suburb has killed at least 371 people, including 122 whose bodies were reportedly found in a mosque, anti-government activists said Sunday.

The violence with which the Syrian army stormed Darayya, southeast of the capital, shows what appears to be renewed determination by the government of President Bashar Assad to reassert authority in suburbs that were seized by rebels last month after a July 18 bombing that killed four top Assad advisers.

It was impossible to know how many of the dead were combatants and how many were civilians. A list of the dead published on the website of the Darayya Local Coordinating Committee, an anti-Assad group, showed 40 female names, plus nine others whose sex could not be determined. Two were identified as girls. The rest appeared to be male, though the ages of most were not given.

Fighting in Darayya had been fierce for several days.

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