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POSTED July 5, 2012 10:14 p.m.

PACK OF DOGS MAULS BICYCLIST IN DELHI: DELHI  (AP) — Authorities in the Central Valley say a man suffered serious injuries when he was mauled by a pack of roaming dogs while riding his bike.

The attack on Wednesday morning near the town of Delhi in Merced County left the man with bite marks on his arms, legs and torso. He was in serious, but stable condition at a hospital.

Merced County Sheriff's officials say a pack of about six dogs — most pit bulls or pit bull mixes — dragged the man off his bike. The same pack had apparently chased another bicyclist earlier. That person suffered a leg bite, but was able to get away.

Sgt. Scott Dover says the dogs came from three homes in the area and appear to have jumped backyard fences. They have been gathered up and quarantined.

Their owners could face criminal charges.

SUSPECT IN STANDOFF WITH  DEPUTIES FOUND DEAD: TURLOCK  (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether gunfire from Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies or a self-inflicted gunshot wound killed a man involved in a July 4 shootout.

Deputies responding to a report of an armed relative threatening to kill himself on Wednesday went to a rural home near Turlock. Sheriff's spokesman Raj Singh says the suspect then shot once at the deputies, who returned fire.

It's not clear whether the suspect, who has not been identified, was struck. He apparently returned to the house after the shooting and was found dead several hours later.

An autopsy will determine whether he shot himself or was killed by the deputies.


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park say a 45-year-old extreme-sports writer fell to his death rock climbing in Yosemite.

Authorities identified the victim on Thursday as Michael J. Ybarra, a freelance correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and a Los Angeles Times contributor.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says Ybarra was climbing alone in the Sawtooth Ridge area on the border of the park and Mono County when he fell about 200 feet. He was reported missing by his family Sunday. A Mono County helicopter spotted his body on Tuesday. Cobb said park rescue crews retrieved the body Wednesday.

Ybarra is the second accidental fatality this year in the park. A ranger died when a tree fell onto his cabin in January. There were 14 fatalities in 2011.


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