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Two killed in jumping accident

Extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man have died in a BASE jumping accident, a Yosemite National Park spokesman said. He said Potter and Graham Hunt died late Saturday after attempting a wingsuit flight from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point. Search-and-rescue crews found their bodies yesterday in the Yosemite Valley. No parachutes had been deployed. Potter was known for bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, in which he would parachute from a fixed structure or cliff. BASE jumping is illegal in Yosemite. Potter was 43. He completed solo ascents and tightrope walks across some of the world's most famous rocks, and appeared recently in a film, BASE jumping with his dog.


No action on Ferguson bills

Missouri's legislative session began with hundreds of protesters shutting down the Senate, demanding changes to state law in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. It ended Friday with the Senate again shut down, this time because of its own partisan divisions, and without action on a Ferguson-inspired bill that would have rewritten the laws on police using deadly force. All told, more than 60 Ferguson-related measures were introduced this session. One measure passed, limiting the powers and revenues of municipal courts. But some legislators said they had failed to pass anything meaningful in response to Brown's death. "We don't have one piece of legislation that anyone here in this body can go home and say, hey, we did this for Ferguson," said Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills).


12 Marines injured in Osprey landing

A Marine Corps Osprey made a hard landing yesterday and 12 Marines were taken to a hospital, military officials said. The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey can take off and land like a helicopter but has wings to fly like an airplane. It had a "hard-landing mishap" about 11 a.m., the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit said. The unit's Marines were in training for a week at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu.


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