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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Authorities released the name of the caretaker at the home of actor Ving Rhames whose body was found after a mauling by at least two of the actor's dogs. Jacob Adams, 40, was found about 7:15 a.m. Friday in the frontyard of the home in the 12900 block of San Vicente Boulevard, said Lt. Joe Bale, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. An autopsy to determine the cause of death has yet to be scheduled.
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WORLD
July 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two domesticated elephants rampaged through several villages in northeastern India, killing eight people and injuring five others before being shot dead by police, officials said. Police were searching for the owners and trying to establish what caused the violent behavior. Angry villagers protesting the lack of protection burned a local forestry office. The rampage occurred Wednesday near the border of Assam and Mizoram states, an official in the area said.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who lost his ball in a golf course pond could have lost a limb when an alligator latched on to his arm and pulled him into the water, authorities said in Venice. Bruce Burger, 50, was trying to retrieve his ball from a pond on the sixth hole at the Lake Venice Golf Club despite a sign that said "Beware of Alligator." After the gator grabbed him, Burger struck the reptile with his other arm until it let go. He was not seriously hurt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Authorities had no luck Thursday finding the owner of two pit bulls who attacked an elderly woman and killed her poodle in Tustin. The pair of 80-pound dogs, both female, were being held in quarantine at the Orange County Animal Care Center after Wednesday's attack.
WORLD
May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo, biting a woman, dragging her around and causing panic among dozens of visitors, officials said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said. Four people were injured, including the bitten woman, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said. Bokito was sedated with a dart, a spokeswoman said.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A woman snorkeling off Maui was bitten by a shark Monday, about an hour after a nearby beach was closed because of a shark sighting. The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The injuries were to her foot and calf and were not life-threatening, said Maui County spokeswoman Mahina Martin. Authorities did not identify the woman. The attack occurred off Keawakapu Beach in Kihei. It was reported by a bystander. The size and type of shark was not known.
WORLD
May 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A crocodile dragged a 5-year-old boy into a river in western Mexico, and the boy's body was found about 200 yards away two days later, authorities said. Kevin Tapia Alatorre was standing with his parents on the banks of the Tomatlan River, about 50 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, when the 9-foot reptile grabbed him Tuesday, said Roberto Cortes, director of public safety for the town of Tomatlan. The animal fled after police shot at it, he said.
WORLD
April 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A zoo worker had his forearm reattached after his colleagues recovered the severed limb from the mouth of a Nile crocodile. The crocodile severed Chang Po-yu's forearm at the Shou Shan Zoo in Kaohsiung when the veterinarian tried to retrieve a tranquilizer dart from the reptile's hide, zoo officials said. The 17-year-old reptile is one of a pair of Nile crocodiles kept by the zoo. Officials said the zoo got the reptile from an area resident, who had kept it as a pet.
WORLD
February 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An Alsatian police dog named Edge cornered a robbery suspect in Napier, New Zealand, but the man wasn't going without a fight: He bit the dog. Predictably, the dog responded in kind. "He bit the dog first," Det. Sgt. John McGregor said. "The dog did win the fight." The man and a fellow suspect were charged with aggravated robbery of a grocery store.
WORLD
February 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's top female paraglider was attacked by a pair of eagles 8,200 feet above ground in Australia. Nicky Moss, 38, watched, terrified, as the birds began tearing into her parachute canopy. One of them became tangled in her lines and started clawing at her head. "I heard screeching behind me.... They launched a sustained attack on my glider, tearing at the wing," she said.
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