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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…

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…

VIDEO: Week-old panda cub dies of unknown cause at National Zoo

WASHINGTON — A baby giant panda born just one week ago at the National Zoo in the US capital died on Sunday of still to be determined causes. Panda keepers and volunteers “heard a distress vocalization from the mother, Mei Xiang, at 9:17 am and notified the veterinarian staff immediately,”…

Open Facebook invitation leads to birthday party riot

A mistaken setting on Facebook led to a birthday party in Holland getting overrun Saturday, as thousands of party-crashers turned a girl’s Sweet 16 into a riot. According to EuroNews, the girl mistakenly listed her party as a public event, leading to 30,000 people being invited online and between 3,000…

Man mauled, critically injured after jumping into tiger’s den at Bronx Zoo

A New York man suffered puncture wounds to his back, as well as a broken arm and ankle, after jumping out off the monorail at the Bronx Zoo and into the tiger’s den. According to WNBC-TV, officials are still trying to determine exactly why 25-year-old David Villalobos made the leap,…

From inside the chrysalis to epic migration: ‘Flight of the Butterflies’ revealed in 3D

Documentary that captures butterfly’s extraordinary 2,000-mile trek across North America to Mexico is tipped to be next smash hit nature film The extraordinary 2,000-mile journey made by millions of butterflies each autumn from Canada, through the USA to Mexico is revealed in minute detail for the first time in a…

WATCH: Seattle crowd subdues robbery suspect

A jewelry store robbery in Seattle Friday was thwarted by a group of bystanders, who piled onto the suspect while waiting for police to arrest him. According to KING-TV, the suspect was shooting a gun as he fled from the scene when he was tackled by Roberto Sandoval, a doorman…

Dan Savage on Romney: That man is a homophobe

Gay activist and columnist Dan Savage said Thursday that it didn’t matter if Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was personally anti-gay or just had anti-gay policies. “I think he is 100 percent anti-gay,” he told Current TV host John Fugelsang. “I don’t make a distinction between an honest bigot and…

Liz Cheney blames Obama for protests in the Middle East

Fox News contributor Liz Cheney on Thursday said the protests in the Middle East were a result of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. “Look the president, at best, you can say he is AWOL on this, but in fact I think what you’ve seen in the Middle East is a…

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