Fifth monk sets himself on fire
A monk set himself on fire to protest China's tight grip over Buddhist practices in Tibet, the activist group Free Tibet said Monday. The London-based group said the monk, Kalsang, age 17 or 18, is from the Kirti monastery in western Sichuan near the Tibetan border. The group, which calls for self-determination for Tibet, said it is the fifth such self-immolation this year. The monk's condition was unclear.
Bear euthanized after two deaths
A grizzly bear that fatally mauled a hiker in Yellowstone National Park has been killed after DNA evidence linked it to the scene of a second hiker's death. Superintendent Dan Wenk said Monday that the decision to euthanize the bear was meant to protect park visitors and staff. But officials said they may never know definitively whether the same bear that killed Brian Matayoshi in July also killed John Wallace in August because evidence showed multiple bears near Wallace's body. The bear was not removed after Matayoshi's death because it was reacting naturally to defend its two cubs.
Telescope looks into deep space
A huge and powerful new telescope has begun probing the universe from a high-altitude plateau in northern Chile, and astronomers said Monday that they hope it will reveal the earliest dawn of the cosmos. The telescope allows astronomers to see some of the darkest and coldest regions of space — areas where galaxies are created, stars are formed, and planets form around those stars, according to the operators.