Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

HELENA, Mont. — A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday. The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the Gallatin National Forest on Saturday was at least the seventh bear attack on a human since May in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Legasa, awaiting his second surgery on Monday, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his hospital room in Bozeman, Montana, that he and his hunting partner were moving toward some elk when he… Read More

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Trump marvels at damage from Hurricane Michael in Florida

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. — President Donald Trump marveled at the roofless homes and uprooted trees he saw Monday while touring Florida Panhandle communities ravaged by the force of Hurricane Michael. Trump toured devastated coastal communities by air, land and foot before he and the first lady helped hand out bottled water at a Federal Emergency Management Agency aid distribution center, where the needy signed up for temporary housing and picked up clothing, diapers, water and other supplies. The president said someone described Hurricane Michael to him as being “like a very wide, extremely wide, tornado.” “Look behind you. I mean, those massive trees are just ripped out of the earth.… Read More

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California utilities shut off power amid wildfire concerns

SAN FRANCISCO — Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, two major California utilities for the first time cut power to some customers amid high winds — and another power provider was considering similar action. Pacific Gas & Electric began cutting power Sunday night to tens of thousands of customers in Northern California after the National Weather Service warned of extreme fire danger across the state due to high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation. San Diego Gas & Electric followed suit Monday, turning off power to about 360 customers in foothill areas near Cleveland National Forest, where multiple blazes have scorched large swaths of land in recent years. Pacific… Read More

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Here are the highlights from Trump’s interview with ’60 Minutes’

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump sat down with CBS’ Lesley Stahl for an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. The president discussed topics such as North Korea, China, Russia, voting, climate change and much more. We’ve selected tweeted videos of the interview to help you catch up. Trump says there will be consequences if Saudi Arabia is responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death: “I don’t want to hurt jobs.” President Trump says there will be consequences if Saudi Arabia is found to be behind journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, but he won’t commit to sanctions or cutting sales of military equipment. 60 Minutes, Sunday. https://t.co/lO8gSASPJZ pic.twitter.com/VhAEOoDBN6 — 60 Minutes… Read More

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France: 12 die in floods unseen in more than a century

PARIS — Flash floods that tore through several towns in southwest France following an overnight storm killed at least 12 people, authorities said Monday. Some residents had to be helicoptered from rooftops as the equivalent of several months of rain poured down in a few hours and turned waterways into raging torrents. Initially, the French Interior Ministry reported 13 deaths from the floods in the Aude region. French officials lowered the number to 10 later, saying some victims had been counted twice. The Interior Ministry and Aude officials put it at 12 after two more bodies were recovered in the towns of Trebes and Carcassonne. At least six of the… Read More

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No cellphones, no gas: No end to misery in hurricane zone

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Residents of hurricane-ravaged communities in Florida’s Panhandle turned to volunteers and each other for help Monday, the fifth day without cell service, electricity or, in many cases, shelter. Trevor Lewis, a member of a six-person search-and-rescue unit, said he watched people “cry out in joy” when his team let them use its cellphones to contact loved ones for the first time in days. “The amount of stress that people are in, not just from losing everything, but not having phones, power, food, water, puts a huge toll on the emotional factor of people stuck in these houses,” Lewis said. “And it really ups the ante a… Read More

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Bones of a Neanderthal child show it was eaten by giant pre-historic bird, scientists say

SALT LAKE CITY ? The story behind Poland’s oldest human remains is a little hard to swallow. Scientists recently identified fossils found in Poland a few years ago as the remains of a human child who was apparently eaten by a giant bird. According to CNN, because the child’s remains were found among animal bones, it wasn’t until this year when researchers could do a lab analysis, which found some of the bones were identified as human. The bones were recognized as phalanges, which are digital bones of a human hand. Two anthropologists, Anita Szczepanek from Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Erik Trinkaus from Washington University in St. Louis, both… Read More

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Flash floods kill at least 13 people in southwest France

PARIS — Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. People had to be helicoptered to safety from the roofs of their homes as overnight storms dumped the equivalent of several months of rain in just a few hours. Worst hit was the town of Trebes, east of the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. The rains that swept in from the Mediterranean killed nine people there, Interior Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle said. He told BFMTV that the floods in the Aude region also killed four other people in… Read More

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Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain’s remoteness

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world’s best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn’t been scaled in eight years. Local police chief Bir Bahadur Budamagar said a group of villagers reached the climbers’ camp site on Saturday on Gurja Himal, a less-popular but pristine mountain in the shadow of Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-highest peak and a day’s walk from the nearest village. The climbers included Kim Chang-ho, the first South Korean to summit all 14 Himalayan peaks over 8,000 meters without using supplemental oxygen,… Read More

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Syria’s 2 key border crossings reopen, with Jordan, Golan

QUNEITRA, Syria — Two key Syrian border crossings reopened on Monday after years of war and violence — one with Jordan for commercial traffic and the other with the Israeli-held Golan Heights for U.N. peacekeepers — in a major boost to President Bashar Assad’s government. The crossing with Jordan brought a promise of restoring trade and movement between the two countries. At the crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, U.N. observers were finally able to return, four years after they left the area because of fighting. The simultaneous reopening was highly symbolic, reinforcing the Syrian government’s message that it is slowly emerging victorious from the seven-year conflict. It also restores… Read More

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