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Two dogs stung to death, two people hurt in Altadena bee frenzy

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Two dogs and two people were attacked by a hive of bees in Altadena yesterday, and today both dogs have died from their stings, according to reports.

The Pasadena Star-News reports that the dogs lived at a home on the 2900 block of North Marengo Avenue (CBS says it was the 2000 block), and a large hive of bees was ensconced in one of the walls of the house.

According to reports, the bees swarmed and stung the dogs repeatedly just before 4 p.m. yesterday. What made them attack is unclear. Two people were also stung and obtained medical treatment.

The dogs’ owner took them to a vet, according to a fire captain from the L.A. County Fire Department. They succumbed the next day.

Bee attacks are not at all rare in Southern California. This AP story from last year, for example, details a horrific attack on a man in a wheelchair in Santa Ana -- and finishes up with a tale about bees stinging a 1,000-pound hog to death in Arizona. It is not clear whether the bees in the case were Africanized honeybees, also known as “killer bees.”

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Investigators search for clues after burning body found on Altadena sidewalk

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A burning body was found on the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue in Altadena.

An Altadena resident made a grisly discovery Sunday morning when he came upon a burning human body lying on the sidewalk, and authorities say an autopsy is pending as they search for answers.

The victim, determined to be an adult black male, was found at around 6 a.m. on the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the case. His body was in a fetal position and still aflame, according to reports. Authorities have not yet been able to determine his identity due to the extent of the burning.

The Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy to determine, among other things, whether he was dead before being set on fire.

According to one local report, following the discovery a few neighbors in this normally quiet area were seen assembling on a nearby street corner to pray for the victim.

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