Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Driver, 87, plows into motorcyclists

Police say an 87-year-old driver crossed the center lane of traffic and struck a bevy of motorcyclists participating in a New Hampshire memorial ride, killing two of them. Six other people were hurt.

Police say as many as 200 motorcycles were riding on Route 12 on Saturday morning in Westmoreland, N.H., when a car driven by Robert Lockerby of Walpole, N.H., swerved into their lane. Killed were Gary Champney, 59, of Alstead, N.H., and Aaron Robar, 41, of Newport, N.H. Five other motorcyclists and Lockerby's 87-year-old wife were hurt. Two were airlifted to hospitals.

Police say neither speed nor alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash. The ride was in honor of Army Spc. Justin Rollins, a Newport native who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in March 2007.

Grizzly kills hiker - Denali National Park officials say a hiker photographed an Alaska grizzly for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him.

Denali Park Superintendent Paul Anderson said Saturday it's the first fatal attack in the park's history. Investigators have recovered the camera and looked at the photographs, which show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively before the attack Friday afternoon.

The photos show the hiker walked within 50 feet of the bear, far less than the quarter-mile buffer required by park rules. Investigators confirmed that the hiker had received safety training and would have known the rule.

Boy, 7, shoots neighbor in accident - Connecticut state police say a 7-year-old boy accidentally shot his adult neighbor in the chest using the man's own handgun.

Police say the injury to Anthony Joseph Delucia, 52, was not life- threatening. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., where he was in stable condition.

Authorities have not said how the boy got the gun or what led to the shooting Friday in Prospect, Conn. …

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