National Parks Seeing Huge Spike in Visitations This Year

national-park-serviceGRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors headed to the Grand Canyon lately know to expect two things: breathtaking views and long waits.

Tourists are showing up in big numbers at Grand Canyon and other national parks like Zion, Yellowstone and Yosemite. The crowds are driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns ahead of next year’s National Park Service centennial.

With the busy Labor Day weekend still ahead, the Park Service already has recorded 5 million more visitors from this time last year.

Park officials are making due with the resources they have and paying overtime to keep as many entrance gates open as possible. Visitors are encouraged to use shuttles.

The Park Service launched a campaign this year to reintroduce the parks and is giving free passes to fourth graders and their families.

Ex-Wrestler ‘Superfly’ Charged in Girlfriend’s 1983 Death

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (Wikipedia)

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (Wikipedia)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former professional wrestling star has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend in eastern Pennsylvania more than three decades ago.

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the results of a grand jury investigation of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of Brooklyn, New York.

Argentino was pronounced dead after authorities were called to a hotel room near Allentown in May 1983.

Seventy-two-year-old Snuka, now living in Waterford Township, New Jersey, wrote in his 2012 autobiography that he was innocent in her death, which he said ruined his life. He said he never hit or threatened her.

Court records indicate that Snuka was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Texas Teen Dies After Amoeba Enters Brain

Medical-ChartHOUSTON (AP) — A relative says a 14-year-old boy has died after encountering a rare amoeba while swimming in a lake north of Houston.

Michael Riley Jr.’s family says he developed a headache and became disoriented after swimming with his cross country team Aug. 13.

The incoming high school freshman was diagnosed with Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (men-ingo-in-SEPHALITE-us). The amoeba entered his nasal passages and made its way into his brain.

Riley’s cousin Jennifer Hohman said in a statement Sunday he was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma until tests proved he had lost all brain function and couldn’t breathe without support.

The hospital disconnected the ventilator Sunday. Hohman confirmed that he died.

Health officials say the amoeba infected 35 people in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014.

Deputy Shoots Man Suspected of Stalking Outside WWE Facility

WWEORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A deputy shot a man who authorities say was stalking a female wrestler outside a World Wrestling Entertainment training facility in central Florida.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the man had life-threatening injuries after he was shot Monday, and he was undergoing surgery. The sheriff didn’t immediately identify the man.

Demings says the deputy had no choice but to shoot the man who he believed had a knife outside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Demings says the man charged the deputy, who tried to retreat before firing his gun.

The sheriff says there was a court order prohibiting the man from being on WWE property since he had been stalking a female wrestler. The sheriff wouldn’t identify the wrestler.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

Lawyer: Former Franchisee Alerted Subway About Fogle

subwayNEW YORK (AP) — A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer.

Cindy Mills exchanged phone numbers with Fogle after they met at an event, said Robert Beasley, a lawyer who represents Mills.

After Fogle began talking about paying for sex with minors, Beasley said Mills alerted a regional Subway contact in Florida where she is based. Later, she alerted Jeff Moody, who was in charge of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, he said.

Subway did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The company has previously said it does not have a record of Mills’ complaints, which were previously reported by Business Insider. The publication initially kept Mills’ identity anonymous at her request, but identified her Thursday.

3rd Grader Who Shot Child at School Got Gun in Home Kitchen

school-shootingAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia say a third-grader who accidentally shot a classmate at school found the weapon while exploring his family’s kitchen.

The shooting happened Tuesday at Hornsby Elementary School in Augusta. Authorities said the child was playing with the gun inside a desk when it accidentally discharged, grazing a girl. School officials say she was treated at a hospital and released.

Richmond County Department of School Safety Chief Alfonzo Williams said in a statement the boy was looking around his house for a toy and found the gun hidden in a curio stand in the kitchen. Williams said he used a chair to climb onto a counter to get to the gun.

The students’ names weren’t released because of their ages.

The Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1i47fV4 ) reports that school officials are reviewing security measures.

2 Virginia TV Station Workers Fatally Shot During Live Shot (VIDEO)

MONETA, Va. (AP) — The general manager of a TV station in Virginia says two crew members were fatally shot on air in central Virginia.

Jeffrey A. Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, identified the two killed as Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

The station says in tweets and in a story on its website that the incident happened at a shopping center. The station says law enforcement officials are on the scene.

The station is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves the southwest and central part of the state. The shopping mall is just off Smith Mountain Lake.

Moneta is about 25 miles southeast of Roanoke.

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO

Driver Beaten After Striking Child in Minnesota

police-lights-redWINONA, Minn. (AP) — Police say a pickup truck driver who accidentally struck a 4-year-old boy who had dashed into the street was beaten by bystanders in southeast Minnesota.

The child and the driver were taken to a hospital in Winona to be treated for their injuries Monday.

Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams told KAGE that when the man got out of his vehicle to check on the child, bystanders started kicking and punching him. Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack told The Associated Press that two or three people attacked the man.

Police say the 18-year-old driver sustained scrapes and a chipped tooth and was released from the hospital. Authorities don’t know if the boy also has been released but said his injuries don’t appear life-threatening.

Winona is about 110 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

Second Cancers Are on the Rise; 1 in 5 US Cases is a Repeat

Medical-ChartSecond cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before.

When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the original tumor.

The trend is partly a success story: More people are surviving cancer and living long enough to get it again. Second cancers also can arise from the same gene mutations or risk factors, such as smoking, that spurred the first one. And some cancer treatments such as radiation can raise the risk of a new cancer forming later in life.

Doctors say cancer survivors should have a formal plan for monitoring and screening in the future.

Earliest Breast Cancer More Risky for Some Women, Study Suggests

Medical-ChartCHICAGO (AP) — New research finds that chances of dying from very early breast cancer are small but the disease is riskier for young women and blacks. Those disparities have been seen previously in more advanced cancer.

Death rates 20 years after diagnosis totaled about 3 percent for women whose breast cancer was confined to a milk duct. The death rates were twice as high for those younger than 35 and in blacks — but still lower than those with more common invasive breast cancer.

The findings will likely add to the debate over how to treat these early kinds of tumors.

Researchers analyzed government data on more than 100,000 women diagnosed with DCIS — ductal carcinoma in situ.

The study was published Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology.