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Self-help talk show hosts commit suicide by inhaling helium

Two self-help talk show hosts were found dead in their New York City home on Monday in what police said was an apparent double-suicide. Lynne Rosen, 46, and John Littig, 48, hosted the call-in talk show “The Pursuit of Happiness” on WBAI-FM. Authorities told The New York Daily News that…

Rep. McDermott snaps at Fox News host: ‘You are putting words in my mouth! Stop it!’

Things got heated on Wednesday when a Democratic congressman agreed to an interview with Fox News, the conservative network that has apparent obsession with devoting hours of airtime every day to covering the news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted certain political groups. Following a day where Fox News…

Bill Nye: ‘Heat energy’ caused 2.6 mile-wide tornado in Oklahoma

Excess “heat energy in the atmosphere” contributed significantly to making last week’s EF5 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma grow to an astonishing 2.6 miles-wide, science educator Bill Nye told CNN on Tuesday. The El Reno tornado was the widest-ever on record, and the National Weather Service said its winds nearly…

A-Rod among 20-plus baseball players facing suspension for doping: report

Award-winning baseball player Alex Rodriguez is among more than 20 heavy hitters facing suspension for doping in the coming weeks, according to a report by ESPN. Anonymous sources told the sports network that the suspensions spring from an investigation into the owner of Biogenesis of America, which sold supplements to…

Up to 10 trapped after four-story building collapses in Philadelphia

Several people were trapped in the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, rescue officials told local media. The structure, located centrally near 22nd and Market Street, was next-door to a building that crews were demolishing. It’s not immediately clear what caused the collapse. Philadelphia Fire…

Parents of dead 2-year-old: We told kids ‘not to touch’ the unattended gun

The parents of a 2-year-old who died in Tennessee after her 5-year-old stepbrother fatally shot her with an unattended revolver say that they told their kids “not to touch the gun unless momma and daddy are around.” Almost three years after the death of Camron Wallace, the trial of parents…

Scientists create ‘thought-controlled’ flying robots

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a new type of interface that allows humans to control airborne robots with the electricity generated by thoughts, according to research published Tuesday in the Journal of Neural Engineering. The invention uses a special electroencephalography (EEG) cap to measure the brain’s electrical…

Arr! Michigan to formally recognize ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution to officially recognize September 19, 2013, as International Talk Like a Pirate Day. “Thank you, matey,” state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) said on the Senate floor. “Today we have passed speak like a pirate day.” The resolution noted that International Talk Like…

Christian TV ‘prophet’: Native Americans need to ‘repent for their ancestors’ animism’

Self-proclaimed television prophet Cindy Jacobs recently warned people with Native American heritage that they should “repent for their ancestors’ animism” because they are particularly vulnerable to evil spirits. In an episode of her web series 10 Minute Prayer School last week, Jacobs said that the Leviathan spirit described in Job…

Colorado ‘birther’ radio host loses job after assaulting producer

A controversial Colorado “birther” radio host has lost his job after an in-studio brawl with a longtime associate and producer. According to Denver’s Channel 9 News, Peter Boyles was fired by KHOW in the wake of a “heated physical exchange” with producer Greg Hollenback. What sparked the fight is unknown,…

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