August 15, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Jar removed from bear cub’s head

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Biologists in Florida say that after at least 10 days with its head trapped in a jar, this bear cub was days away from death.
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Ocala, Fla. – A black bear cub in Florida affectionately known as “Jarhead” can finally enjoy a good meal.

A clear plastic container was removed from the 6-month-old cub’s head after being stuck for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through trash in a neighborhood in central Florida.

Biologists say the cub was days away from death because the jar made it impossible to eat or drink. The team had to tranquilize the mother bear and then grab the cub to remove the jar from the bear’s head.

The subdued mother was then put in a trap and the cubs followed. After she awoke and nursed the cubs, the bears were moved to a less populated area nearby.

8 killed by vehicle at off-road race

Los Angeles – A vehicle ran into a crowd and killed eight people during an off-road race Saturday night in the Southern California desert, authorities said.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said one of the vehicles in the race called the California 200 plowed into the crowd Saturday night.

In addition to those killed, 12 people were injured and many of the wounded were airlifted to hospitals, she said.

The race was being held in Soggy Dry Lake Bed near the city of Lucerne Valley.

Pilot says clouds were low at time of crash

Anchorage, Alaska – A pilot flying in the area of this week’s Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others has estimated that clouds were as low as 600 feet at the time of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board’s chairwoman said Saturday.

Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference that that is well below previous estimates of between 1,000 and 2,000 feet. The pilot of the small plane also told investigators that visibility was between five to seven miles, she said.

The cause of Monday’s crash on a remote mountainside in southwest Alaska hasn’t been determined.

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