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Alaska man survives brown bear attack, thanks to quick-thinking friend

iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — An Alaska man said he survived being pulled off of his bike and attacked by a large brown bear, thanks to his quick-thinking friend.

Alex Ippoliti said he and his friend James Fredrick were riding along a gravel road on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a U.S. military facility in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday morning when they heard rustling coming from the woods nearby. Ippoliti said the two kept moving, but the bear went for Frederick.

The bear “came out of nowhere and pulled him off his bike,” Ippoliti told ABC News.

Ippoliti, a member of the Air Force who was on base that day as part of a recreation program, said he knew he had to think fast in order to save his friend’s life.

“When she dropped him, she turned toward me, and I was able to spray the bear,” he said.

The bear scampered back into the undergrowth, and Ippoliti called 911. He then worked with Fredrick to stop his bleeding while they waited for help to arrive.

The pair had taken all the appropriate precautions while traveling along the road, Ippoliti said, and although he has biked in the area many times, he had never encountered a brown bear before.

“We had bear bells on, and there was a lot of visibility on the gravel road as we were coming down,” Ippoliti said. “We didn’t see the bear until she attacked. I had bear spray in a pack on my bike, and it was very easy to get it from there, fortunately.”

After he sprayed the bear to get her away from Frederick, Ippoliti said they noticed a cub up in a tree. The pair walked down the road as quickly as possible away from the mother and her cub.

“There were a couple times I thought we should stop, but James kept telling me, ‘We have to keep going,'” Ippoliti recalled.

Once they made it about 10 minutes down the road, approximately a quarter-mile from the encounter, he said they no longer heard the bear.

An environmental conservation officer who patrols the base for animal-related incidents was the first to meet them, and Fredrick was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was treated for his injuries. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

He later posted a photo with Ippoliti next to his hospital bed with the caption “This dude saved my life yesterday.”

Ippoliti said he met Fredrick about a month ago through an amateur race team and their shared interest in riding on gravel trails.

Ippoliti said that after saving his friend, he hit the trails again the next day with his son. During a mountain bike race on Sunday, about 15 miles from the attack, he said his son and other riders encountered a black bear but no one was hurt.

“It’s a perception lately that there seems to be more [bear attacks] than normal. Everyone is kind of on edge about it right now,” Ippoliti said. “I still plan to go ride and do whatever I can to be smart about it and stay prepared so that I can be safe.”

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Puppy befriends baby goats on Maine farm

Sunflower Farm Creamery(CUMBERLAND, Maine) — It’s time for some cuteness overload.

Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, Maine, is known for posting really adorable photos and videos on its social media profiles.

One should expect nothing less from a place that boasts its hosting of “farm yoga.”

So on June 21 when the farm introduced their new St. Bernard puppy — Frances — the online community braced for some adorable footage.

“She is resting up for her first farm yoga class and meeting the goats tomorrow morning,” Sunflower Farm wrote on its Facebook page about Frances.

On Sunday, the farm posted the moment its social media audience had been waiting for: Frances meeting the Sunflower Farm goats.

Frances seemed to fit right in with the goats, as seen in the video, trotting alongside them and romping around with them in the barn.

Sure, there were faceoff moments, but all were playful in nature. At one point, the goats leapt from bag to bag of pine shavings as Frances chased them.

“The goats are very interested in figuring out what she is, and so far, Mildred, the 8-week-old goat kid, is most interested in befriending her,” Sunflower Farm Creamery wrote on its YouTube page. “Mildred had a rough start and grew up inside for her first two weeks … so it is no surprise that she is the least suspicious of the pup.”

All during the video, Frances’ tail can’t stop wagging.

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Missing NC teenager found in Georgia after more than a year

iStock/Thinkstock(DULUTH, Ga.) — A teenage girl from Charlotte, North Carolina, has been found alive in Georgia after she went missing more than a year ago and a 31-year-old man is now in custody, according to the FBI.

The teenager had been missing since May 23, 2016, and was found this weekend at a home in Duluth, Georgia, more than 200 miles away from her hometown, the FBI said Sunday.

The FBI said its Atlanta-based agents worked with detectives from the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia to locate the girl after a special agent in Charlotte received information about the case.

Michael Ren Wysolovski, 31, was taken into custody in Georgia and is “facing a number of state charges,” the FBI said. The Bureau added that additional charges could be forthcoming.

Wysolovski has been charged with sodomy/aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, interference with custody and cruelty to children/deprivation, according to court records.

The teen, who authorities say has been reunited with her parents, had allegedly met Wysolovski online, her parents told ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

The girl’s parents said Wysolovski allegedly drove the teenager to his Georgia home. While in Georgia, the missing girl spoke to a woman online and told the woman she was missing; that woman allegedly contacted the teen’s parents Friday night, which led to her rescue, her parents told WSOC.

Once authorities had received the tip about the girl’s whereabouts, they acted quickly, her parents told WSOC.

“We got the first message at 8:09 (p.m.) and then by 12:32 (a.m.), they had her,” her mother told WSOC.

Wysolovski is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon, according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV.

The FBI said its agents in Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are continuing to investigate and will work with the FBI in Atlanta and the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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Two Marines seriously burned in flash fire

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two Marines were seriously burned Sunday night in a ground flash fire at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California that broke out while they were performing routine aircraft maintenance on a fighter jet.

“At approximately 10:18 P.M. (PST), a ground flash fire occurred on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar injuring two Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMFA-112) who were performing routine aircraft maintenance on an F/A-18 at the time,” said a statement from the Third Marine Air Wing based at Miramar.

“Both Marines are currently being treated for severe burns at the UC-San Diego Regional Burn Center,” said the statement. “This incident is under investigation.”

An earlier Marine statement had attributed the Marine injuries to an explosion that was later changed to a ground flash fire.

Flash fires can ignites suddenly from a combination of air and a flammable liquid or gas, usually around electrical equipment. These short-duration fires can be of high intensity and extremely dangerous.

VMFA-112 is a Marine Corps reserve unit based out of Fort Worth, Texas. This incident is under investigation.

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T. rex kayaks down flooded Michigan street

Katrina Spry(NEW YORK) — The calm after the storm also brought a little comedy in Midland, Michigan, when a man dressed as a Tyrannosaurus rex was spotted kayaking through flooded streets.

Over the weekend, homeowners began the onerous process of cleaning up after heavy rains caused flooding in several Michigan counties, ABC affiliate WJRT reported.

On Friday, Midland resident Travis Spry decided to bring a little levity to the situation, suiting up in a dinosaur costume and paddling into the flooded street outside his home. His wife captured the moment on her phone.

“We got lots of rain and flooding over the weekend and we needed some comic relief,” his wife, Katrina Spry, told ABC News.

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Massachusetts man found guilty in ‘Baby Doe’ murder trial

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A Massachusetts man has been found guilty of murder in the second degree for the killing of 2-year-old Bella Bond, who was nicknamed “Baby Doe” after her unidentified body washed up on a Boston area beach.

The defendant, Michael McCarthy, was dating the victim’s mother, Rachelle Bond, at the time of the girl’s death. Her body was found in June 2015.

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BG Man Injured In Hancock County Motorcycle Crash

6/26/17 – 5:34 A.M.

A motorcycle crash injured a Bowling Green man Sunday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on State Route 37 just before 4:30 p.m.

Michael Palmer II was riding his Harley-Davidson northwest when he went off the right side of the road and into a ditch. Hanco Ambulance took Palmer to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Deputies cited Palmer for failure to control.

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Philando Castile’s family reaches $3M settlement in police shooting case

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The family of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the City of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota, according to a joint statement from both parties.

The settlement follows the acquittal of Yanez on June 16 of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety.

Castile was killed on July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop, and his death, as well as the acquittal of Yanez, have drawn protests across the country.

The joint statement notes that no taxpayer money from the City of St. Anthony Village will be used to fund the settlement.

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Plenty Of Road Paving Projects Continue In Findlay And Hancock County

6/26/17 – 5:24 A.M.

There will be plenty of roadwork apart from the I-75 widening project both in and out of Findlay this week. ODOT says crews will resurface U.S. 224 from Broad to Main Street, State Route 12 from I-75 to Main Street, State Route 37 between Lincoln and Blanchard avenues, and State Route 568 between Main Street and Beech Avenue.

Crews are restricting traffic to one lane through the work zones. Route 12 remains closed during work hours between Western Avenue and Glessner Street in Findlay.

Crews are also repairing pavement on U.S. 224 from the Putnam County line to State Route 235, State Route 235 between County Road 86 north of Benton Ridge to McComb, and State Route 568 from Findlay to the Seneca County line.

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Road Closures, Lane Shifts Set For I-75 Widening Project This Week

6/26/17 – 5:14 A.M.

We’ll see some new road closures and lane shifts related to the I-75 widening project in Findlay this week. ODOT is closing River Road and Howard Street underneath the I-75 bridge starting today. The closures will last around 90 days. ODOT plans to maintain traffic to homes and businesses in the area.

The agency also has a change in the traffic pattern on I-75 planned for this week. ODOT says crews will shift one lane of southbound traffic to the northbound side of the interstate by late this week. During the transition drivers who want to get to U.S. 224 and State Route 12 will follow a detour on northbound I-75. Once workers complete the shift, drivers who want to exit at U.S. 224 and Route 12 will use the far-right lane, while through traffic will use the lane shifted toward the northbound side.

ODOT expects the shift to last through the rest of the summer.

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