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Avalanche claims two Italian skiers

Jan. 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Two men were killed Friday in an avalanche in northern Italy, emergency responders said.

The incident took place in Cortina D'Ampezzo, a small village in the Dolomites mountain range, near the Austrian border. The men, cousins from the town of Anterselva di Mezzo, were skiing an unmarked slope when a large sheet of snow and ice detached and crashed down the mountain, ANSA News Agency said.

Their bodies were found Friday, officials said.

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