October 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- At least 89 people died Sunday in a stampede near a Hindu temple in central India when people panicked on a crowded bridge. In addition to the confirmed death toll, many of the 100 injured were in critical condition, so the death toll was likely to rise, according to Dilip Kumar Arya, Chambal Range deputy inspector general of police. [Updated at 9:33 p.m. Oct. 13: The death toll rose to at least 109. ] Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered at the Ratangarh temple in central Madhya Pradesh state Sunday morning for the last day of a nine-day religious festival when a crowd bolted on a packed bridge, authorities said.
September 16, 2013 |
If publicity-averse Thomas Pynchon decided to come out of seclusion, would he do it on Twitter? With an account named @PynchonOfficial? No, says his publisher. "It's a fake," Penguin Press Vice President Tracy Locke confirmed via email. The fake Pynchon Twitter account launched Sept. 3. Although it has posted only a handful of tweets, it included the sensational "'Bleeding Edge' is my last book. I'm done with fiction. T.P. " Remember: Fake. Pynchon is the 76-year-old author of "Gravity's Rainbow," which won the National Book Award in 1974.
August 20, 2013 |
Alex Band, leader of local rock band the Calling, described in detail what he says was an abduction and assault after a performance in Lapeer, Mich., on Sunday. Band said the alleged early morning attack left him with a fractured lower spine, 15 stitches to his chin, three broken teeth and bruises on his stomach after being hit with what he said was a police baton. He said he was left for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer, a city about 60 miles north of Detroit.
August 8, 2013 |
Stephen Colbert became the talk of the Internet on Wednesday after a star-studded dance party to the Daft Punk hit “Get Lucky” went viral. Given the level of attention generated by the clip - and the last-minute cancellation and corporate in-fighting that proceded it - it was only a matter of time before the conspiracy theories began. On Wednesday's “Colbert Report,” the host set the record straight: No, the Daft Punk incident was not, as one writer at the music website Pitchfork alleged, an elaborate ruse to drum up publicity for the VMAs later this month on MTV, a network also owned by Comedy Central's parent company, Viacom.
June 12, 2013 |
No bombs, so life will go on. Again. As it does. Princeton University exhaled after police determined that a vague phone threat made to multiple buildings on the campus turned out to be an apparent hoax. But before the campus could relax, the people filed out. Sniffer dogs filed in. Then the threat disappeared. Life carried on. As far as tradition goes, bomb threats are like the campaign promises of the crime world: Often cliche; regularly untrue; but never, ever ignorable.
May 30, 2013 |
Last year, Animal Planet aired the "docufiction" special "Mermaids: The Body Found" and grabbed the cable channel's strongest ratings since the death of Steve Irwin in 2006. So it's no surprise that last weekend, they returned to the ocean for "Mermaids: The New Evidence. " What is surprising is that this follow-up special netted Animal Planet's largest audience ever. About 3.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the special, which claimed to have never-before-seen footage taken of the mermaids in the Greenland Sea. Both "Mermaids" specials were hoaxes, designed to look like real documentaries.