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Non-native Burmese pythons killing off native species in the Florida Everglades

Scientists suspect that tens of thousands of non-native Burmese pythons have invaded the Everglades, wreaking havoc on the natural ecosystem and its native species. Whether they were dumped by pet owners when they got too large (they can reach lengths of 26 feet) or simply escaped from exotic pet stores…

School suspends cancer survivor for growing hair to donate

A charter school near Flint, Michigan is refusing to make an exception for a 17-year-old leukemia survivor who is growing out his hair to donate to other cancer patients. Officials at Madison Academy in Burton suspended J.T. Gaskins over a week ago after they determined that his hairstyle violated the…

Watch: 6-year-old girl reacts to father’s surprise return from Afghanistan

Six–year-old Bailey Paige, from Utah, got a birthday present this year that she’ll never forget. After months of being away in Afghanistan, her soldier father, Sgt. Adam Paige recently surprised Bailey in the middle of her classroom. As luck would have it, NBC News cameras were there to capture the…

Heath Frisby lands first snowmobile front flip at Winter X Games

During the 2012 Winter X Games on Sunday night, 27-year-old Heath Frisby became the first person to ever successfully land a snowmobile front flip during competition, which earned him the gold medal. “I set a goal for myself and I’ve always told myself, ‘I can’t do two things at once,…

Man held in solitary two years without trial cannot remember ordeal

A New Mexico man, who expects to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of his life, was awarded $22 million last week after he was tossed in solitary confinement for two years and never given a trial, but he remembers very little of the ordeal, Raw…

Animatronic dinosaurs roam museum halls

The Queensland Museum of Natural History is celebrating its grand reopening with a spectacular display of animatronic dinosaurs. They roam the halls, ride the escalators — and frighten small children. The museum, located in Brisbane, Australia, has just undergone a $US 14 million renovation. There is a special exhibit to…

Arizona cop investigated over bullet-riddled picture of Obama

The Secret Service is investigating an Arizona police officer over a picture he posted on Facebook that appeared to show President Barack Obama riddled with bullets. Peoria’s Sgt. Pat Shearer admitted to KNXV that he took the photo of several young men — possibly minors — posing with guns and…

Romney charity money went to ‘pray away the gay’ group

Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday night to discuss how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney indirectly helped fund so-called “pray away the gay” therapy. The Tyler Charitable Foundation, set up and funded by the Romneys, donated $10,000 in 2006 to the…

Penguin literally takes a crap on Kentucky Senate

Lawmakers weren’t the only ones doing business on the Kentucky Senate floor on Tuesday. State Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine (R-Southgate) had brought an African blackfooted penguin named Paula as a part of her presentation for a resolution honoring the Newport Aquarium. “Are we talking about the penguin that…

Maddow: PolitiFact is undermining the word ‘fact’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tore into the fact-checking website PolitiFact on Wednesday for confirming that President Barack Obama’s job numbers were correct, but rating his comments only “half true.” During the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Obama stated: “In the last 22 months, businesses have created more…

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