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Baby killed in attack by family dog in New Jersey

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Authorities in Middlesex County are investigating the death of an infant Saturday in what is believed to have been an attack by the family dog.

At 6:17 a.m. Saturday, Woodbridge police received a call for an unresponsive baby on Mereline Avenue, according to a police statement. Authorities said the infant was "believed to have been attacked by the family dog."

Officers found the mother and the baby with serious injuries from the dog and the baby was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The mother and father were transported to the hospital for treatment, authorities said.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office did not immediately respond to questions Saturday.


Man killed by crocodile in Kendraparan district in Odisha, India - 7th such death in 7 months for the area

A 34-year-old man was killed by a crocodile in Odisha's Kendrapara district on Friday, officials said.

The incident happened around 8.30 am in Dakhinabheda village on the outskirts of the Bhitarkanika National Park when Nimai Mallick was fetching water from the river with a bucket to irrigate his field, they said.

The crocodile dragged him into the river and killed him. A few hours later, his half-eaten body was fished out from the river by forest guards and fire services personnel, they added.

Nimai is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son, said a forest official. This was the seventh such death in the area in as many months, he said.



Record snowfall blasts North Platte, Nebraska - 17.4 inches in a day

Record snowfall impacts North Platte
Record snowfall impacts North Platte Thursday
A winter storm rolled into the area yesterday evening and blasted North Platte with snow. The snow began falling just around 5:00pm Thursday and as the evening progressed, the snow came flying down.

According to the National Weather Service, North Platte Office, a new single-day record was shattered when the weather service reported at 6:00am that 17.4" of snow was recorded. The previous record 13.9" that was set on January 18th, 2023.

Nebraska Department of Transportation crews are still clearing roads and travel is not advised. I-80 westbound is still closed from Paxton to Kearney while I-80 eastbound is closed from Sidney to Gothenburg. Highway 30 is also closed from Ogallala to Gothenburg. click here for the latest road conditions.

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Avalanche forecaster Nick Burks killed in avalanche near Anthony Lakes, Oregon

Anthony Lakes, OR. |
Anthony Lakes, OR.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, an avalanche accident occurred on the north side of Gunsight Mountain (8,342โ€ฒ) in the Elkhorn Mountains near Anthony Lakes, Oregon.

Nick Burks, an avalanche forecaster with the Northwest Avalanche Center and a part of the snow safety team at Mt. Hood Meadows ski area, was killed due to trauma sustained in the slide.

The Central Oregon Avalanche Center shared the news of the slide on Thursday, March 7, writing on social media that its staff was deeply saddened to announce the death of Burks and stating that a full investigation and report will be forthcoming in the coming days.


This Week in Volcano News: White Island volcano court case, advancing Lewotolok lava flow

Lewotolo Lava flow
Lewotolo volcano on March 3
During the last week, a lava flow advanced very close to but thankfully bypassed a village in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, a major court case was settled relating to the White Island volcano disaster in 2019. And, in Japan, the submarine Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano may have just produced a brand new but small volcanic eruption.

This video will discuss these stories and list the 45 volcanoes which are currently erupting around the planet.


Woman killed in dog attack in South Africa

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Tryphinah Mngomezulu died last week Saturday.

Police spokesperson Donald Mdlhuli says Mngomezulu's body was discovered by her employers at a home where she apparently worked as domestic worker.

"The team has so far managed to make some progress in the investigation, one being the confiscation of a CCTV footage. Police would like to refute suggestions that there was load shedding during the time of the incident.

"The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has already been contacted and from the details received by the investigators, the concerned dogs which allegedly attacked and killed the woman were put down on Sunday, 3 March 2024."


Firenado or fire tornado in Primorsky Krai, Russia

Natural fires have been raging in the Primorsky Territory for several days. According to the regional emergency rescue department, firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to residential buildings in the Khasan district. The operational headquarters of Primorye decided to triple the forces and means to fight the fire, in connection with which additional tankers were allocated and guards were also deployed in five more fire departments.

Meanwhile, RIA Novosti reported that two natural fires covering an area of 363 hectares are being extinguished near the villages of Khasan and Gvozdevo. Fortunately, there is no threat to populated areas. A video circulating on the international web shows a fiery tornado that miraculously did not spread to populated areas.


Bizarre fish behavior baffles experts in Lower Florida Keys

Paddle boarder Joyce Milelli came across this sick sawfish .
© Joyce MilelliPaddle boarder Joyce Milelli came across this sick sawfish in late January while leading a tour near Geiger Key. Five days later it was found dead amid an outbreak of deaths among endangered sawfish.
A marine mystery has researchers searching for answers in the Lower Florida Keys.

Since December, 20 critically endangered smalltooth sawfish have been reported dead, according to the latest numbers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"This is a very large species and the size of the sawfish we're seeing coming inshore and eventually dying," said Gil McRae, director of FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

And while smalltooth sawfish are the only species reported dead, they are not the only ones seeing an impact.

"That's not something I've ever seen fish do...ever," said Gregg Furstenwerth, a resident of Little Torch Key.

Comment: An earlier report from February: Endangered sawfish have been found dead in Lower Keys, Florida - other fish also dying


Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Philippine Sea

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred under the sea 91 km (57 mi) from North Sulawesi, Philippines, in the afternoon of Friday, Mar 8, 2024 at 5.11 pm local time (GMT +8).

The quake had a moderate depth of 125 km (78 mi) and was felt widely in the area.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.


Tourist mauled by bear while skiing in North Macedonia

A brown bear is photographed in a forest near the Russian border in eastern Finland
© Getty ImagesA brown bear is photographed in a forest near the Russian border in eastern Finland
A tourist on a skiing holiday in Europe has been attacked by a bear.

The Danish skier was injured in a bear attack at a nature park in North Macedonia, in an area where authorities say mild winters have led to a surge in the brown bear population.

The skier was taken to a hospital in the western city of Tetovo, said Stojance Angelov, head of the country's state-run Crisis Management Centre.

He suffered injuries to his left leg in the attack that took place in the Shar Mountain area.

Mild winters in recent years have caused bears to cut short or skip hibernation, leading to a surge in their population and increased sightings in urban areas.