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Plague Found in China, City of Yumen Sealed Off

Chinese state media reported Tuesday that the city of Yumen has been sealed off since last week, after a 38-year-old man died of bubonic plague. Yumen, which has a population of roughly 30,000, is situated in the northwestern province of …

World’s Largest Flying Aquatic Insect Found in China

The world’s largest flying aquatic insect has been identified in China’s Sichuan province, according to entomologists in the region. The Insect Museum of West China said that villagers from Chengdu presented what they called “weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies …

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Talks Casting Manson, Love

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter discussed the casting of rock stars Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love for the seventh season of the hit FX motorcycle gang drama at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills. Sutter commented, …

Online Dating Site Tests DNA to Determine Matches

A new online dating site catering to sophisticated professionals called Singldout.com offers users the opportunity to submit their DNA to bolster their chances of finding a long-term match. Singldout has partnered with Instant Chemistry, a service that tests DNA for …

Fruit Sold at Costco and Trader Joe’s Recalled

Wawona Packing Company, based in the Central Valley of California, has voluntarily recalled white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines and various plum varieties. The whole fruits were packed between June 1 and July 12, and distributed to Trader …

Tim Tebow Staying in Shape for NFL

With NFL training camps commencing this week, former Broncos and Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is staying in shape and waiting for a call. Tebow has been training at the Performance Enhancement Professionals facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, and also in Los …

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Dating

Twilight franchise actress Nikki Reed is reported to be unironically dating The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, according to US Magazine. The two were spotted jogging together in Los Angeles on Saturday, and then again at the Studio City Farmer’s …

Rare Blue-Colored Red King Crab Caught in Alaska

An exceedingly rare blue-colored red king crab was caught in Norton Sound, Alaska on the fourth of July, and ended up making its rounds as a sort of tourist attraction. Commercial crabber Frank McFarland discovered the unique crab in one …

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Children Out of Will

Court documents obtained Monday revealed that late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman opted to leave his three children out of his will, as he “did not want his children to be considered ‘trust fund’ kids,” according to the Oscar winner’s accountant. …

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Plot Details Leaked

A treatment for the opening scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII has apparently leaked, along with plot details involving confirmed cast members John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Be warned of a potential spoiler alert, though it might be advisable to …

12 Bodies Discovered in Massachusetts Storage Unit

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley confirmed that authorities recovered twelve corpses from a storage unit in Weymouth, Massachusetts late Thursday. The bodies were found in Weymouth, which is situated about 13 miles southeast of Boston, after police found cremains …

Angelina Jolie to Direct Herself and Pitt in Film

Angelina Jolie will star in By the Sea with fiancé Brad Pitt, a film which the actress wrote and will direct. The last time the couple appeared together onscreen was in 2005′s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where the two met …

James Garner Passes Away in Los Angeles at 86

Actor James Garner passed away at his Brentwood area home in Los Angeles Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was 86. LAPD officer Alonzo Iniquez said Garner was found dead of natural causes, after police responded to …

Burt Reynolds Ordered to Pay Ex Loni Anderson $154K

A judge has ordered actor Burt Reynolds to pay ex-wife Loni Anderson $154,520.98, which he owed after the couple divorced in 1993, after five years of marriage. Reynolds, 78, had initially agreed to pay Anderson $234,794.13, 21 years ago, but …

Peregrine Falcon Nest Delays Aircraft Carrier Trip

The U.S. Navy is set to send the decommissioned supercarrier USS Saratoga from Newport, Rhode Island to Texas to be dismantled, but a family of peregrine falcons nesting on board has caused a delay. The Navy isn’t moving the ship …

Fish Oil Supplements Protect Against Alzheimer’s

A new study suggests that fish oil might be one of the most effective preventative measures against developing Alzheimer’s disease, for those who aren’t genetically inclined to develop the common form of dementia. There is presently no cure for Alzheimer’s; …

Dad Beats Son’s Attacker, Calls 911

A Daytona Beach, Florida father walked in on a man sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, and called 911 after severely beating the assailant, rendering the suspect “nice and knocked out” for authorities to arrest. Raymond Frolander, 18, …

Skylar Neese Stabbed by ‘Best Friends’

On July 6, 2012, 16-year-old Star City, West Virginia high school student Skylar Neese was stabbed to death by best friends Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf. After Neese went missing, authorities initially concluded that the teen had likely overdosed on …

Anaconda Loose in New Jersey Lake

A green anaconda is loose in Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township, situated in northern New Jersey, and reptile expert Gerald Andrejcak revealed that state wildlife authorities told him to “keep his mouth shut” regarding the actual species of the snake. …

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Casts Christina Chong

English actress Christina Chong has been cast in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Details on the casting remain vague, but it’s been revealed that Chong, who was featured on Doctor Who and 24: Live Another Day, will play …

Caffeine Powder Blamed for Teen’s Death

The sudden death of a high school wrestler due to a massive caffeine overdose prompted federal health authorities to warn consumers to avoid the substance. Keystone High School prom king Logan Stiner, 18, had a lethal amount of caffeine in …

5-Hour Energy Drink Manufacturer Sued

Michigan-based manufacturer Living Essentials and its parent company Innovation Ventures have been sued by three states over false advertising regarding the wildly popular 5-Hour Energy performance shots. The active ingredients in a 5-Hour Energy shot, which was invented by Indian-American …

Jay-Z Gets Misty While Writing Jeezy Verse

Rapper Jeezy told MTV that Jay-Z became emotional as he penned lyrics for his verse for the single “Seen It All.” Jeezy, 36, revealed, “We got on the phone and [Jay-Z] was like, ‘Yo, Jeezy, when I was writing the …

Gillian Anderson’s ‘Streetcar’ to be Broadcast Live

The rendition of Tennessee Williams’ celebrated play A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson as iconic character Blanche Dubois will be broadcast live worldwide on September 16th. The play, also starring American actor Ben Foster as Stanley Kowalski, is the …