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Aug 1, 2012 - The Associated Press

Rough landing for helicopter

CODY -- Four people suffered minor scrapes and bruises when a malfunction caused a helicopter to make a rough landing in a field near Cody.

A man was flying a friend and her parents on a sightseeing tour when the helicopter began to malfunction around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward says the pilot brought the helicopter down in a field about seven miles southeast of Cody.

Steward described it as between a "hard landing and a crash." He says the chopper was totaled.

Man pleads guilty to starting fire

CASPER -- A Casper man says he started an apartment fire because he wanted his girlfriend to pay more attention to him.

Forty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Oliver pleaded guilty to first-degree arson in the case on Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.

He started the fire in mid-April when four adults and two children were inside. They were able to escape.

Oliver said he planned to put out the blaze and save everyone.

Under the plea deal, Oliver won't serve more than six years in prison. The felony normally carries a penalty of up to 20 years.

Accident kills man in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- One man is dead and a 10-year-old boy injured after they were thrown from their horses during a guided trail ride in Yellowstone National Park.

Park officials say some birds spooked the horses in the Tower Junction area Monday afternoon.

Yellowstone officials identified the man killed as 56-year-old Carl Dullmaier, of Gernsheim, Germany. They say Dullmaier had a head injury and he died after he was flown to a Billings, Mont., hospital.

The unidentified boy was taken to a Mammoth Hot Springs clinic with minor injuries.

Also Monday, a bull bison threw a 65-year-old man from Thailand into the air at Mammoth Hot Springs. Meanwhile, a thermal feature near Old Faithful burned a 37-year-old man from Provo, Utah.

Both men were taken to hospitals. Park officials didn't release their names.

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