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Two hikers in their 70s got lost in dense forest on Valentine’s Day. On Saturday, rescuers found them alive

(CNN)An intense search in Northern California ended joyously on Saturday when rescue teams found a couple in their 70s who went hiking more than a week ago and got lost in dense forest, said Sgt. Brenton Schneider of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Kiparsky had lost her shoes and neither had eaten in more than a week, but Irwin had enough spirit to begin singing as rescuers approached, Schneider said. Their family is “ecstatic to say the least,” Schneider said. Kiparsky and Irwin were last seen February 14 at a…

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California hiker is found dead on top of a glacier after missing for days

(CNN)A three-day search for a California hiker has ended after he was found dead on top of a glacier in Sequoia and Kings National Park. Stringer did not tell anyone his hiking plans or potential routes, and authorities said he’d recently bought hiking equipment and took mountaineering course. His vehicle was found shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, authorities said. A forensic analysis of Stringer’s cell phone found that he had made one call Nov. 3 — before his planned hike. Inyo search and rescue crews deployed a helicopter during the…

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Pilot of Hawaii tour helicopter sent no distress call before fatal crash

(CNN)A tour helicopter that crashed in Hawaii, killing all seven people aboard, was flying in rain and fog with visibility of only 20 feet, according to a witness cited in a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The witness told the NTSB he was on a hiking trail in Koke’e State Park when he heard a “hovering helicopter followed by a high-pitched whine.” “Knowing something was wrong, he attempted to locate the helicopter but was unable due to the adverse weather conditions and fading daylight,” the report said.…

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Three mountain lions killed after they ate human remains near a popular hiking trail in Arizona

(CNN)Officials in Arizona killed three mountain lions who ate human remains close to a popular hiking trail. The mountain lions are not suspected of killing the victim, Game & Fish officials said. Authorities are trying to determine what happened on the trail, the sheriff’s department said. “Mountain lions are not routinely scavengers. A mountain lion eating human remains is abnormal behavior. Those that do are more likely to attack a human being in the future,” Game & Fish Department Regional Supervisor Raul Vega said in a statement provided to CNN…

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Hikers in California’s Sierra Nevada found the remains of a Japanese internee from World War II

(CNN)In early October, two hikers were traversing an alpine path, high in California’s Sierra Nevada range, when the unexpected happened: they stumbled upon human remains. That’s where the story takes another unusual turn. The remains belonged to Giichi Matsumura, a Japanese man who had lived in an internment camp for those of Japanese ancestry during World War II, according to a DNA analysis by the Department of Justice. He disappeared in 1945 The 46-year-old Matsumura was living with his family and 11,000 other incarcerated Japanese at the Manzanar War Relocation…

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