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6-year-old girl set to become youngest spelling bee contestant ever

The annual Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee is set to have one of its precocious contestants standout from the others, as a six-year-old Virginia girl will become the youngest participant in the competition’s history. In a story released Monday from WJLA-TV, Lori Anne Madison is prepared to participate in the prestigious competition, which begins…

WATCH LIVE: Romney and McCain honor fallen veterans

Mitt Romney participates in a Memorial Day tribute with Sen. John McCain in San Diego, California. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast May 18, 2012.  …

Pro-LGBT church destroyed by fire in Minnesota

A historic Minneapolis church known for supporting LGBT rights and other progressive causes burned to the ground on Sunday night. According to the StarTribune, the Walker Community United Methodist Church caught fire around 8:20 p.m. Five of the firefighters who battled the blaze for hours were taken to the hospital,…

Adviser brags Romney told joke about firing hotel maid

A senior adviser to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said recently that an old joke about firing a hotel maid proved that the candidate wasn’t as stiff as he seems. At a Washington Post event, chief correspondent Dan Balz asked senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom what was the “most fun…

WATCH LIVE: Obama remembers soldiers’ sacrifices on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama remembered the service of U.S. military Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, where he placed a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier and spoke about soldiers who had lost their lives during service for the country. Obama also authored an op-ed in the military newspaper Stars…

Hayes: Calling soldiers ‘heroes’ all the time is ‘uncomfortable’

MSNBC host Chris Hayes offered up a not so common perspective on Memorial Day Sunday, sharing that elements of the day, including calling soldiers “heroes,” makes him “uncomfortable.” “Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero?’” Hayes asked himself on Up with Chris Hayes. “I feel uncomfortable about…

Atheists sue Florida County to remove Ten Commandments monument

A group of atheists is suing Bradford County, Florida because they say a 6-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments has no place on the courthouse lawn. American Atheists Communications Director Blair Scott told Raw Story that the monument made the members of his organization in Bradford County into “second-class…

Mark Zuckerberg randomly appears in ad for China’s police force

Just in case the last few weeks haven’t already been eventful enough for Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO now is creating more headlines by making a shock appearance in a Chinese commercial released Sunday. According to the website China Smack, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan randomly appeared in the commercial for…

Heckler brands Tony Blair a ‘war criminal’ over JPMorgan payments

A heckler burst into a room where former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair was testifying on Monday and branded him a “war criminal” over alleged payments by JPMorgan for the Iraq war. David Lawley-Wakelin, who was from the Alternative Iraq Enquiry, momentarily halted Blair’s testimony to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry…

David Attenborough lends voice-over to tortoise mating with shoe

When venerable British naturalist and nature film writer David Attenborough appeared on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show, he was presented with a challenge worthy of a man of his eminence. “Your voice-overs, they elevate things,” Norton began. “They give it kind of an air of seriousness and lightness. And we…

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