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Man's gun goes off, killing 7-year-old son

MERCER, Pa.

Man's gun goes off, killing his 7-year-old son

Authorities say a 7-year-old boy was shot to death when a gun accidentally went off as his father was getting into his truck outside a western Pennsylvania gun store. The boy was shot Saturday morning at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the man got into the truck while holding the gun. Joseph Loughrey, 44, told police he had emptied the magazine but didn't realize a bullet was still in the chamber. Craig Allen Loughrey was shot in the chest and died at the scene.

Yellowstone, Wy.

Wolf killed outside Yellowstone park

Yellowstone National Park's best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was killed Thursday outside the park's boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported. The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was the alpha female of the park's highly visible Lamar Canyon pack. The animal had been a tourist favorite for most of the past six years. She was fitted with a $4,000 collar with GPS tracking technology, which is being returned, said Daniel Stahler, a project director for Yellowstone's wolf program. A portrait of 832F appears in the current issue of the magazine American Scientist.

HONG KONG

N. Korea may delay launch of rocket

North Korea said today it might have to postpone a rocket launch it had previously said would take place as early as Monday, citing unspecified problems encountered by its technicians. North Korea was "at the final stage" of preparing for the launch when its scientists and technicians began "seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite for some reasons," said a spokesman for the Korean Committee of Space Technology. The United States, South Korea and Japan have urged the North to cancel the launch, and China, the North's main ally, called on it to show "restraint."

CARACAS, Venezuela

Chavez plans new surgery for cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday night that his cancer has returned, requiring surgery. Chavez, who won re-election on Oct. 7, also said for the first time that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Chavez, 58, said he would return to Cuba today to undergo surgery in the coming days. It will be his third operation in about a year and a half. He first underwent cancer surgery for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer in Cuba in June 2011. Another surgery took place in February after a tumor appeared in the same area.

Elsewhere

Johannesburg, South Africa: South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital Saturday for medical tests. A statement issued by President Jacob Zuma said there was "no cause for alarm."

New Bataan, Philippines: Typhoon Bopha, which left the Philippines after killing nearly 600 people and leaving hundreds missing in the south earlier in the week, has made a U-turn and is now threatening Luzon island in the north, officials said Saturday.

Piedras Negras, Mexico: Mexican authorities said gunmen rampaged in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo in northern Chihuahua state, killing at least six people, including a child.

Times wires

Man's gun goes off, killing 7-year-old son 12/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:44pm]

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