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Police: It's possible body is missing RI student

The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office is trying to determine whether a body found in Providence is a Brown University student who went missing last month. City police say members of the Brown crew team found the body Tuesday afternoon in the water off India Point Park. Authorities say the man appeared to be in his 20s. They say it’s possible he may be 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, the Brown student who disappeared March 15. Relatives of the Bryn Mawr, Pa., man have been searching for him. Continue Reading →

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Florida girl, 2, who lost limbs in lawn mower accident suffers setback

The 2-year-old Florida girl who lost part of both legs in a lawn mower accident earlier this month suffered a setback after her parents say the skin grafts on her right infected, TampaBay.com reported. Ireland Nugent had been recovering as planned, but the discovery demanded an unexpected surgery Tuesday and more surgeries in the coming weeks. “With this set back, it will keep her in the hospital for several more days,” the family said in a Facebook update, according to MyFoxTampaBay.com. “While this is minor, we are all disappointed, but we remain focused on the incredible news that she is receiving is fantastic care from her doctors and that all of you continue to lift her in your prayers.” A family spokesman told the Tampa Bay Times that the further surgeries are a ‘minor setback.’ Continue Reading →

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Lion cage where California intern died worked properly, USDA says

The enclosures at a Central California wild animal park where a lion killed an intern were working properly at the time of her death, federal officials said. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the agency’s investigation on the day after the mauling in March found no violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at Project Survival’s Cat Haven. USDA investigators looked at whether proper enclosures were in place, and whether they were in good working order, among other things. “We looked at anything and everything that could have contributed to that incident, including enclosures, the employee training program, procedures for cleaning enclosures and feeding the animals, and we did not find any violations,” said USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole. The federal agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent two people — an inspector and a big cat specialist — from its office in Fort Collins, Colo., after the attack that killed Dianna Hanson, 24, of Seattle. Continue Reading →

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Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword. He came upon what he describes as a melee between a woman and a man. His son stayed inside to call 911 while he approached the man along with other neighbors who came to help. Continue Reading →

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US Customs plane helps stop 3,300 lbs of cocaine

U.S. customs officials say they helped law enforcement in Panama intercept more than 3,300 pounds of pure cocaine this past weekend. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports a P-3 aircraft crew was patrolling the open waters near Panama City, Panama, Saturday. They detected a speedboat carrying four suspects, fuel barrels and multiple packages. The crew notified Panama law enforcement and directed three Panamanian interceptors to the speedboat’s location. Panamanian law enforcement fired warning shots, causing the speedboat to stop. Continue Reading →

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Ex-CIA director David Petraeus to be New York college professor

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus is replacing one kind of intelligence work with another. Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York said Tuesday the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy. He starts Aug. 1. Petraeus has a doctorate from Princeton University and has written widely on international relations, military strategy and tactics and national security issues. Continue Reading →

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