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‘Gollum’ actor’s reading marks 75th anniversary of ‘The Hobbit’

The celebration of the 75th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit Saturday was highlighted by an in-character reading by actor Andy Serkis, who will reprise the role of Gollum in the upcoming movie adaptation of the book. Serkis lent his voice and his body movements to first play the…

‘Catch Me If You Can’-inspired Italian man impersonates airline pilot

An Italian man arrested after flying as a fake airline pilot told police he was inspired by the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. The unnamed man, who was going by the name Andrea Sirlo, tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one jet by posing as a pilot.…

Endangered giant black leatherback turtle released into the ocean after rescue in Massachusetts

A male giant black leatherback turtle rescued by New England Aquarium officials on Thursday morning was released back into the Atlantic Ocean this weekend after being treated for “dehydration, trauma and shock,” according to the aquarium. The endangered turtle, which is seven feet long and weighs 667 pounds — underweight…

Nine climbers killed, four missing after Himalayan avalanche hits two camps on Mount Manaslu

At least nine climbers have been killed and another four are missing after one of the deadliest avalanches in recent years tore down a Himalayan peak obliterating everything in its path. One tented camp nearly 7,000 metres above sea level was levelled and a second, 500 metres further down, was…

Chris Hayes: Romney tapes reveal ‘plutocracy’ just ‘whining’ about everything

“This is what plutocracy looks like,” Chris Hayes told his audience on Sunday after viewing the now-infamous Romney 47% tapes. “The first thing that jumps out is that a lot of the question [asked of Romney] are really inane.” “The folks in the room all but advise Romney to tour…

Thousands gather in Belgium for climate change sing-a-long

Thousands of Belgians both north and south of the Flemish-French language divide joined a weekend singalong to fight climate change, with organisers claiming more than 60,000 people took part. The weekend “Sing for the Climate” event aimed to film as many people as possible singing the same song in scores…

Atlanta Mayor: Romney a ‘defective’ candidate

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) said on Sunday’s Meet the Press that Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax show once again that the candidate is “defective,” comparing Romney to a race car driver who is constantly grinding along the track’s wall. During…

Paul Ryan accuses Obama of ‘dismantling’ NASA, letting China win space race

President Obama has given up on the space program and is allowing rival superpowers China and Russia to dominate that field, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan said at a campaign stop in Florida on Saturday. “I think it’s important that we have a space program that has a clear mission;…

Top Romney adviser: U.S. is a ‘nation of people dependent on government’

Bay Buchanan, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign, on Sunday doubled down on the Republican presidential nominee’s comment that 47 percent of Americans refused to take personal responsibility for their lives by asserting that the entire country was “a nation of people dependent on their government.” In video published…

Clinton: Republican voter suppression targeting African-American churches

Former President Bill Clinton is warning that President Barack Obama’s edge in the polls may not be enough to defeat GOP hopeful Mitt Romney because the Republican Party was using voter suppression techniques to target traditionally Democratic voters like African-American church members and the elderly. “How much will the vote…

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