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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park officials said Thursday they have no plans to add new warning signs or other protections to the area where three young people were swept over a 317-foot waterfall this week.
Witnesses say the three hikers ignored warnings and climbed guard railing at the top of Vernal Fall on Tuesday to wade into the Merced River several dozen feet from the water's drop.
One woman slipped, and two men fell in while trying to save her. Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman says the site’s railing and single sign are adequate and it’s the visitor’s responsibility to exercise judgment and caution when near any cliff.
ATLANTA — Georgia’s attorney general moved to halt the videotaping of an execution scheduled for Thursday night, which could become the first known video recording of a U.S. execution since 1992.
State prosecutors on Thursday asked a state judge in Butts County for permission to appeal her ruling allowing the video recording to the Georgia Supreme Court.
The state’s top court on Wednesday had let the lower court's ruling stand, citing a procedural error by the state. The court held the state had not moved through the proper channels to appeal.
BERLIN — The bones of Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess were exhumed under cover of darkness, burned and secretly scattered at sea after his grave became a shrine for thousands of neo-Nazis, a cemetery official said Thursday.
Workers removed Hess’ remains from his family’s plot with the permission of his relatives, cremated the bones and dispersed them before dawn on Wednesday, said Andreas Fabel, a cemetery administrator in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel.
Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland saying he wanted to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany.
SAN DIEGO — Calling all superheroes, zombies, space aliens, comic-book lovers and kids of all ages: Comic-Con is here.
The pop-culture convention, which annually draws thousands of costumed fans to San Diego, began Thursday, but the die-hards (and those with weekend-long passes) were getting a peek at the colorful convention floor on Wednesday night
The line for badges to access the festival was already wrapped around the San Diego Convention Center by Wednesday afternoon.
Upon receiving their passes, conventioneers perused a 192-page event guide and toted oversized loot bags emblazoned with “The Justice League” as they milled about the streets of downtown San Diego in anticipation of the festival’s opening.