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Mike is a writer and videographer based in Lexington, KY. Follow Mike on Twitter and Google+.
Crater Lake Snowshoe Hiker Missing

Rangers at Crater Lake National Park are searching for a snowshoe hiker who has been missing since April 28. Authorities said the hiker rented snowshoes from the Oregon park’s general store and set forth to hike and snap photos, before …

X-15 Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies at 83

NASA test pilot and astronaut William Harvey “Bill” Dana passed away Tuesday at age 83. According to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Dana, famed as a research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering …

Yingluck Shinawatra Ousted from Office by Thai Court

The Constitutional Court in Thailand ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Wednesday, along with nine members of her cabinet, in an abuse-of-power case that will likely push the politically fragile democracy into further turmoil and violence. Thailand’s highest court cited a …

Pussy Riot Urges Congress to Crack Down on Russia

Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were on Capitol Hill Tuesday lobbying for further sanctions against Russia, citing human rights violations they had witnessed first-hand under President Vladimir Putin’s administration. In a private meeting, the …

Sharia Law Prompts Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott

The Night Before the Oscars, an annual gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, may be hosted at a different venue henceforth, due to the Sultan of Brunei’s ownership of the storied inn. The Motion Picture & Television Fund, which …

Dayton Hospital Shooting Leaves One Injured

A former housekeeping employee of a Dayton, Ohio Veterans Affairs hospital brought a gun into the facility and was involved in a break room scuffle, which left a present VA employee with a gunshot wound to the ankle. The suspected …

Paine College Shooting Leaves One Critically Injured

A second shooting Monday within a 24-hour time period at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia has left one student seriously wounded. The victim was shot in the head inside a dormitory, and the the injury is life threatening. A 21-year-old …

Battlestar Galactica’s Sackhoff Voices EVE: Valkyrie

Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff is starring in CCP Games’ upcoming multiplayer virtual reality dogfighting shooter, EVE: Valkyrie, playing the role of Rán Kavik. Sackhoff’s Rán isn’t a playable character, but rather a voice that can be heard in the player’s …

‘True Blood’ Season 7 Photos Online

The seventh season of the HBO vampire drama True Blood premieres on June 22, and new photos from the final season have been released online. A teaser trailer for season 7 was posted last month, which indicated that the storyline …

Goblin Shark Netted Off Florida Keys

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, a commercial shrimping trawler netted an extremely rare goblin shark off of the Florida Keys on Wednesday, the second specimen ever to be recorded in the Gulf of Mexico. …

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Actor, Dies at 95

Actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., best known for his roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I., passed away at his ranch in Southern California on Friday. He was 95. In a statement, the actor’s daughter Stephanie Zimbalist …

Sophia Loren Honored at Cannes Film Festival

International film star and Italy’s most renowned actress Sophia Loren has been named the Guest of Honor at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 14-25 in Cannes, France. Aside from attending a screening of her new film, …

Lil Za, Friend of Bieber, Gets Probation

Lil Za, best known as the younger brother of rapper Lil Twist, as well as for being a frequent house guest of Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber, has been granted probation stemming from drug and vandalism charges filed after a …

Kurt Cobain Note Bashes Courtney Love

With the recent 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s April 8, 1994 death, interest in the late Nirvana frontman has hit fever pitch. Seattle police have recently stated that they won’t be reopening the case regarding the passing of the iconic …

Qatar Airport Receives First Flights

Hamad International Airport opened today in the Qatari capital of Doha, with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from Doha International Airport. National carrier Qatar Airways is scheduled to fully move into the airport on May 27. The new airport …

Brunei Sharia Law Going Into Effect

Hassanal Bolkiah, 67, The Sultan of Brunei, plans to begin enforcing Sharia law for Muslims and non-Muslims on Thursday, despite concerns from human rights campaigners and international watchdog groups. In the Arabic-speaking world, Sharia, also known as Islāmī qānūn, means …

William Shatner Honored by NASA for Service

NASA honored iconic actor William Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians Saturday, the Distinguished Public Service medal. Shatner received the citation while attending his own Hollywood Charity Horse Show in Los Angeles, which raises money for children’s causes. …

Whale Carcass Feared Ready to Explode

Residents of Trout River in Newfoundland, Canada fear that a blue whale carcass that washed ashore last week may be ready to explode. The stinky, 82-foot-long cetacean has been expanding due to a buildup of various gasses, and might go …

Samantha Ramsey, 19, Shot Dead by Kentucky Deputy

The Boone County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a teenage driver over the weekend by a deputy who claims the deceased was attempting to run him over. Deputy Tyler Brockman shot Samantha Ramsey, 19, of Covington, …

Lena Headey Pleased with Game of Thrones Rape Scene

The HBO epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones recently aired a rape scene involving stars Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which has caused some controversy, and now Headey has commented that “it felt great.” For those uninitiated in the lore …

Mega Millions Winners in Florida Claim $207 Million

A central Florida man and woman have stepped forward to claim their half of the $414 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot on Tuesday. Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier, both 35, claimed $207 million in winnings from the Florida Lottery, and …

Oklahoma Botches Execution, Postpones Another

An Oklahoma death row prisoner died of a heart attack roughly 20 minutes after waking up during his execution mid-injection, due to faulty equipment. The scheduled execution of a second inmate for the evening was subsequently postponed. Corrections Director Robert …

Scorpions Drummer Jailed for a Month in Dubai

Scorpions drummer James Kottak was arrested at Dubai International Airport for drunk and disorderly conduct on April 3, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the crime of insulting Islam. According to Dubai state-run newspaper The National, Kottak …

Jennifer Lawrence and Boyfriend Buy a House

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and beau Nicholas Hoult reportedly bought a house in London, after looking at properties in the area for the past few weeks. Lawrence, 23, and Hoult, 24, met on the set of X-Men: First Class in 2011, …