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3 More Bodies Found in Tenn. Wildfire Ruins, Toll at 7

It's unclear how many more people are missing

(Newser) - Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains area of Tennessee, raising the death toll to seven, the AP reports. Search-and-rescue missions continued, and Sevier County mayor Larry Waters said they had found three people who... More »

Father Searches for Family Amid Horrific Tenn. Wildfire

'We are just hoping for a miracle'

(Newser) - More than 14,000 people have evacuated as a wildfire engulfs the Tennessee cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, with hundreds of them ending up in emergency shelters around the area. Michael Reed hopes his wife and their young daughters are among them. Reed tells WATE he spoke to his... More »

Bear Was Killed After Attack on Hiker—the Wrong Bear

He 'fit the profile,' says Smoky Mountains rep

(Newser) - Wildlife officials shot and killed a 400-pound bear thought to have attacked a hiker in Great Smoky Mountains National Park earlier this month. The only problem: The bear was innocent. DNA tests on the animal show the male black bear wasn't the overly aggressive one that bit a 49-year-old... More »

Tenn. Dad Saves Son From Bear

Pop uses rocks to beat back bear in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(Newser) - A desperate dad pried open the jaws of a black bear and pelted him with rocks as the animal attacked his 8-year-old son during a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. "The bear was staring at me," said the boy, Evan Pala, who was... More »

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