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Scientists probe recent rockfalls at Yosemite NP

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — As the giant granite El Capitan briefly slumbers, scientists are racing to identify any areas of dangerous new instability on a popular but restless climbing route that last week released enough rubble to fill 750 dump trucks.

It’s likely that Mother Nature — not climbers — caused the two massive rockfalls that killed Welsh athlete Andrew Foster, 32, severely injured his 28-year-old wife, Lucy, and smashed through the sunroof of an SUV driven by Florida tourist Jim Evans, who is now hospitalized with head injuries.

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