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Cincinnati zookeepers ‘gorillafy’ an abandoned baby ape

When a two-month baby gorilla named Gladys needed a mommy, zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo dressed for the occasion. “We’re gorillafying her,” keeper Ashley Chance told CBS News. “That’s what we call it. We act like gorillas, like a grown mother would do.” Clad in black medical scrubs and a…

‘Game of F*cks’ highlights HBO show’s colorful language

A new parody video by Slacktory highlights the “126 reasons” it would be tough to air HBO’s Game of Thrones on regular cable — and most of them start with the letter F. A handy to a companion chart for “Game of Fucks” points out that the “F-bomb” constitutes the…

Arkansas residents evacuate as Exxon-Mobil tar sands pipeline ruptures

An Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes and shutting down sections of interstate highway. According to Little Rock’s KATV, a hazardous materials team from the Office of Emergency Management has contained the spill and is currently attempting a…

Meet Cyro: the robotic jellyfish that will haunt your dreams

If you’re frightened of the ocean, or the creatures that lurk beneath the waves, we recommend that you read no further.  According to the Los Angeles Times, engineers at a Virginia Tech lab are working on a giant, synthetic…  …

Maddow: Republican Latino outreach going hilariously badly so far

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow looked at recent efforts by the Republican Party to broaden its appeal among Latino voters and found the efforts by the GOP to be somewhat lacking. “We begin tonight with the Republican Party,” said Maddow, “a party specifically trying to…

Maine’s ‘Zumba madam’ avoids trial with guilty plea

The details behind “Zumba Madam” Alexis Wright’s prostitution service will not be heard in court after the dance instructor pleaded guilty on Friday to 20 out of 106 counts against her. WCSH-TV reported that the deal struck by Wright’s attorney and prosecutors will have her serve a 10-month jail sentence…

Memphis cops wary of ‘powder kegs’ during Ku Klux Klan rally

A large portion of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, will be locked down Saturday to avoid hostilities during a rally organized by the Ku Klux Klan. WMC-TV reported on Friday that pedestrian, commercial and auto traffic will be diverted around the area surrounding the Shelby County courthouse, where the rally is scheduled…

Religious group ‘apologizes’ for linking marriage equality supporters to Nazis

A religious group in Minnesota issued a public half-apology on Friday for an online posting that accused supporters of marriage equality of practicing the “Nazi philosophy of propaganda,” Minnesota Public Radio reported. It its statement, Minnesota for Marriage said it “regrets that statements considered by many to be offensive” appeared…

More than 200 manatees killed in Florida by ‘red tide’ algae

Wildlife officials in Florida are facing an especially stiff challenge this year in saving the state’s manatee population from a poisonous brand of algae that has spread around the coast. CBS News reported on Friday that 207 manatees have died this year after being infected by toxins released by “red…

Former Atlanta school superintendent and 34 others charged with racketeering in cheating probe

The former superintendent of Atlanta’s public school system was among 35 people indicted on Friday in connection with a cheating scandal that dates back to 2001. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Beverly Hall, former Atlanta Public Schools human relations director Millicent Few and other administrators were indicted on 57 counts…

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