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UPDATE: Whale that killed trainer involved in other deaths

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A SeaWorld spokesman says a killer whale that attacked and killed a trainer in Orlando is the same one involved in two other deaths, including a Canada trainer's.

 

SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs says the whale that killed 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of a horrified audience Wednesday is Tilikum.

Tilikum was one of three whales blamed for killing a trainer in 1991 at Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.

A man's body was also found draped over Tilikum at Orlando SeaWorld in July 1999.

Daniel Dukes reportedly made his way past security at SeaWorld and either jumped, fell or was pulled into the frigid water of Tilikum's huge tank.

An autopsy ruled that he died of hypothermia, but authorities said it appeared Tilikum bit the man and tore off his swimming trunks.

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) -- The second run of the Olympic women's giant slalom was postponed Wednesday due to dense fog and rescheduled for Thursday.

 The first leg was held in driving snow and low visibility, and organizers attempted to get the second run in by shortening the course and delaying the start several times. But the fog only got worse, slowly creeping down the mountain and making it nearly impossible to see, and eventually the second run was put off.

The forecast calls for rain and snow through Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Elisabeth Goergl of Austria led the opening leg in 1 minute, 15.12 seconds. Taina Barioz of France was only 0.02 behind, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 0.16 back.

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