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Olympics skydiver dies in stunt

– The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wingsuit.

Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV said Thursday that Mark Sutton was killed during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters.

The firm said Sutton’s death was “a tragic loss for the global wingsuit community.”

Wingsuits – aerodynamic jumpsuits that make wearers look like winged superheroes – allow fliers to jump from planes or helicopters and soar long distances before opening parachutes to land.

Swiss police confirmed that Sutton died Wednesday when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient.

They gave his age as 42.

The former army officer was an accomplished skydiver who had a starring role in one of the most memorable parts of the 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony.

Crew in deadly UPS jet crash identified

Federal investigators found no initial evidence that a UPS cargo jet suffered engine failure or was burning before it clipped trees at the end of a runway and slammed into a hillside, killing the two crew members onboard, officials said Thursday.

UPS identified the victims as Capt. Cerea Beal Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C., and First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn.

In an email, the company said the Jefferson County, Ala., medical examiner had confirmed their identities.

A former Marine helicopter pilot, Beal had been with UPS since 1990. Fanning, described by UPS as an aviation enthusiast who was active and well-known in Lynchburg, had worked with the company since 2006.

Cockfighting arrests include princess

A Romanian princess and her husband, a former sheriff’s deputy, are apparently among several people federal agents arrested in Eastern Oregon on Thursday in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring.

Indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court in Portland charge Irina Walker, 60, and her husband John Wesley Walker, 67, with hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch outside the small Morrow County town of Irrigon.

3 sentenced in Rio in rape of American

A Rio de Janeiro court convicted three men in the gang rape of an American woman aboard a public transit van that shocked Brazil and made headlines around the world.

Judge Guilherme Schilling delivered the verdict Wednesday, sentencing 20-year-old Jonathan Froudakis de Souza and 21-year-old Walace Aparecido de Souza Silva each to 49 years and three months in prison on rape, robbery and extortion charges.

Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, whose age was not given, was sentenced to 21 years and seven months in prison, while a minor detained in connection with the rape has yet to be tried.

A court statement on the decision said the attacks on the woman “in many instances were laced with sadism and complete disdain for the victim.”

Virus kills 5 tigers, lions at sanctuary

Apollo was his usual friendly self at feeding time, even though the 12-year-old tiger was fighting a virus that had sickened numerous big cats at his North Texas animal sanctuary.

But hours later, he had a seizure and died. Four more tigers and a lioness soon suffered the same fates in an outbreak that the refuge’s founder calls “an absolute living nightmare.”

More than a dozen lions and tigers are still suffering from canine distemper at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie.

The outbreak of the virus – which has no cure and is usually associated with dogs – was discovered in late May at the refuge about 30 miles northeast of Dallas.

Experts believe raccoons likely started the outbreak by crawling around the huge outdoor cages that house more than 50 lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats and other cats. The virus can progress from respiratory and digestive issues to neurological problems.

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