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Famed Wingsuit Jumper Alexander Polli Dies in Crash

The 31-year-old dual Italian-Norwegian national crashed into a tree in in the Couloir Ensa near Chamonix

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    BASE jumping trailblazer Alexander Polli died Monday after a wing suit crash in the French Alps, authorities told NBC News.

    The 31-year-old dual Italian-Norwegian national crashed into a tree in in the Couloir Ensa near Chamonix, an area popular with BASE jumpers.

    "It's a location where there are a lot of accidents," a rescuer with the PGHM mountain rescue unit said.

    Video of Polli's earlier "high-speed hole shot" through the opening of "Batman Cave" in Montserrat, Spain, in 2013 has racked up more than 13 million views on YouTube.

    Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    [NATL] Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

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