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Gardener dies in bee attack

A 55-year-old man went into cardiac arrest and died after being stung more than 500 times by bees as he cleared brush from a property in southern California.

The man was gardening in San Diego County when he was attacked by the bees.

Deputy fire chief Scott Henry said the man ran about 200 yards to an outhouse in an attempt to escape. He said firefighters found the man inside in full cardiac arrest.

Firefighters began CPR and took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



2,745-mile bike challenge

Adventurers James Cracknell and Ben Fogle today revealed their next mammoth challenge -- a 2,745-mile bike race route from Canada to Mexico.

The Tour Divide is the world's longest off-road race and the pair are aiming to break the course record in 17 punishing days.

The duo, both biking novices, will be seen tackling the course -- which involves climbs equivalent to scaling Mount Everest seven times from sea level -- in a BBC Two series later this year.

Previous challenges undertaken by the duo have included crossing the Atlantic in a rowing boat, for TV series Through Hell And High Water.



Nuns hit by $360k rip-off

A professional fundraiser has been indicted on charges that he stole more than $360,000 (€270,000) from a private school run by an order of Catholic nuns.

A Worcester County grand jury indicted 37-year-old Michael Hlady on charges of fraud, identity theft and larceny. He is accused of taking money from the Venerini Academy in Massachusetts.



Muggers prey on ballerina

Muggers punched a Russian ballerina in the face and took her ballet shoes while she was returning home from a performance in New York City.

Natalia Osipova was walking home on Manhattan's Upper West Side around midnight when she was attacked by two men. They punched her in the face and stole her bag, which contained pointe shoes valued at about $100.


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