1 killed, 2 hurt in bear attack on campground

COOKE CITY, Mont.

1 killed, 2 hurt in bear attack on campground

At least one bear rampaged through a heavily occupied campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their cars as an animal tore through tents. Authorities said three separate attacks left a male dead and a woman and another male injured at the Soda Butte campground. The woman suffered severe lacerations and crushed bones from bites on her arms, and the surviving male was bitten on his calf. Wildlife officials did not release the names or ages of the victims. Wildlife officials were inspecting the campground to determine what happened. "We don't know if it was one bear, two bears, a black bear or grizzly bear," Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said. "Obviously, the bear's gone now. Will it come back tonight? That's the question."

ALBANY, N.Y.

Governor won't face charges

New York Gov. David Paterson will not face criminal charges for calling up a woman who later dropped domestic violence charges against a top aide, though the aide could still face prosecution, according to an investigative report issued Wednesday. Retired Judge Judith Kaye, tasked by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo with examining Paterson's role in the assault case, said the Democratic governor's actions did not constitute witness tampering or any related offense.

Afghanistan

25 die in bus blast as NATO toll rises

A packed bus hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 25 people aboard and injuring 20 more. Meanwhile, officials reported three more international service members were killed — two Italians and an American. The Italians died Wednesday in a roadside bombing north of Herat, the Italian Defense Ministry said. The American was killed Tuesday in the south, NATO said. July is already one of the deadliest months for U.S. troops in the nearly nine-year Afghan war, with 59 service members killed so far. That's just shy of the 60 that died in June — the deadliest month for U.S. forces.

Elsewhere

Germany: The world's third most-wanted Nazi suspect, Samuel Kunz, 88, who lived undisturbed for decades after World War II, has been charged with participating in the murder of 430,000 Jews while serving as a low-ranking guard at a death camp.

South Korea: The United States and South Korea on Wednesday concluded four days of military exercises meant to warn North Korea, which is accused of sinking a South Korean warship in March.

United Nations: Canadian Carman Lapointe-Young, the former chief auditor for the World Bank, won approval from the General Assembly on Wednesday as undersecretary-general for oversight, the head of the U.N.'s internal watchdog agency.

France: President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ordered authorities to expel Gypsy illegal immigrants and dismantle their camps, amid accusations that his government is acting racist in its treatment of the group.

Washington: President Barack Obama's nominee to be chief of U.S. intelligence, James R. Clapper, is expected to be approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee when the panel meets today, a staffer told the Associated Press Wednesday.

Times wires

1 killed, 2 hurt in bear attack on campground 07/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:13pm]

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