A raging wildfire burning near Los Angeles has torched more than 33,000 acres and is belching out smoke and ash that is traveling as far away as Las Vegas. The choking smoke, driven by high winds and triple digit temps, has firefighters struggling to contain the inferno, fire officials said late Sunday.
1,673 firefighters continue to battle the blaze which is burning in the Angeles National Forest just north of the city. High temperatures and wind whipping through canyons has prevented firefighters from getting even close to any sort of containment.
About 20,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Continue reading →
Via avclub: At the recent MST3K (aka Mystery Science Theater 3000) reunion, series creator Joel Hodgson teased some big news for the show at Comic-Con, and tonight that news has been revealed via the show’s new home at Netflix. First, some exciting news from the writer’s room: Joel McHale and Dan Harmon have joined the show as writers under previously announced head writer Elliott Kalan. They’ll be working alongside two members of the original crew, Bill Corbett and Mary Jo Pehl, who have joined the show’s writing staff along with booking onscreen appearances we’ll tell you more about below.
It’s also been revealed that the new season of MST3K will appear on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand:
Casting-wise, Bill Corbett will also be returning to the show to reprise his character of Brain Guy in a guest-starring role. Likewise, Corbett’s RiffTrax compatriot Kevin Murphy will appear as Professor Bobo, and, completing the late-season Mads trio, Mary Jo Pehl is set to guest star as Pearl Forrester. Continue reading →
Hashtag “#DNCLeaks” had been trending with over 250,000 tweets before disappearing from the platform entirely Friday evening. After many Twitter users protested the removal, it curiously returned as “#DNCLeak.”
#DNCLeaks was trending #1. @twitter pulls it from the list completely, gets called on it, then replaces it with #DNCleak to cover themselves” Continue reading →
A pair of Florida paramedics have been arrested after engaging in a “selfie war” competition that used patients under their care as “props.” The game included holding open one patient’s eyelid and exposing a private area of an elderly woman. Many of the victims were unconscious at the time the photos were taken.
Kayla Renee Dubois, 24, and Christopher Wimmer, 33, were arrested by deputies and charged with multiple felonies. Authorities identified a total of 41 patients used in the game ranging from ages 24-86.
A massive Utah Lake toxic algae bloom, 150 square miles in size, has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi river. The antifreeze colored phenomenon has sickening more than 100 people who reported vomiting, diarrhea, headache and rashes after coming in contact with the affected waters.
Farmers, who depend on the lake for fresh water, have been left scrambling for new sources of the wet stuff during some the hottest days of the season.
The bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae has spread rapidly to cover almost all of 150-square-mile Utah Lake, turning the water bright, antifreeze green with a pea soup texture and leaving scummy foam along the shore. Continue reading →
Since last week, Pokemon Go players have been subjected to constant bugs, but now a new update for the game promised to fix some of the issues. But did it work? Most say “no.”
The update, which itself indicated it provided “minor text fixes,” appears to have fixed a minor error related to text. The addressed error message appears after catching Magikarps. The bottom line is, none of the game’s major problems appear to have been addressed by this update.
This three footstep bug, of course, is an issue players have been having for days whereby the “nearby” tracker is broken and displays every Pokemon as being three steps away, regardless of where it actually is. Continue reading →
The company which claims to be the world’s last VCR manufacturer, has announced they will make the final unit this month.
At one time, Japan’s Funai Electric, who began manufacturing video-cassette recorders in 1983, sold 15 million units a year. Besides lack of demand, the company says it is becoming increasingly difficult to find parts.
A Funai spokesperson said that customers have been the company and asking where they can find the last few products. Continue reading →
Gunfire erupted at a Munich shopping mall Friday evening. Several people are reportedly dead and multiple others wounded.
The shooting occurred at around 6 p.m. local time at the Olympia shopping mall. The shooter was neutralized according to a police spokeswoman. *Correction* the shooter or shooters have not yet been apprehended.
Lynn Stein, who said she works at the Jack Wolfskin store in the mall, told CNN that the shooter was inside the mall.
“I heard several shots,” Stein said. “(I) was just going to buy something while my coworker was still in the shop. Continue reading →
Donald Trump’s full speech as prepared for delivery at tonight’s highly anticipated RNC convention appearance. The following text is according to a draft obtained by POLITICO Thursday afternoon.
TRUMP: Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order. Continue reading →