Magma Rising in Washington State’s Mount St. Helens Volcano

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SEATTLE (Reuters) – Eric M. Johnson reports:  Magma levels are slowly rebuilding inside Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington state that erupted in 1980 and killed 57 people, although there was no sign of an impending eruption, U.S. scientists said.

The roughly 8,300-foot volcano erupted in an explosion of hot ash and gas on May 18, 1980, spewing debris over some 230 square miles and causing more than a billion dollars in property damage. Entire forests were crushed and river systems altered in the blast, which began with a 5.2 magnitude earthquake. Read the rest of this entry »


Thousands Mourn Cancellation of ‘Piers Morgan Live’, Outpouring of Grief Follows CNN Announcement

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Sports events in stadiums across the country paused for a moment of silence to commemorate “Piers Morgan Live”, a  program that, according to CNN president Jeff Zucker, was watched by dozens of viewers worldwide

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Multitudes of fans place candles, photographs, flowers, and mementos on the sidewalk in front of CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, in honor of the beloved TV personality’s unexpected departure.

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Mourners gather to pay respects to the host of “Piers Morgan Live” before rushing home to watch “The O’Reilly Factor”

  • “Last fall, the already struggling Piers Morgan Live faced increased competition from a revised Fox News Channel lineup that included a strong new performer at 9 p.m. EST with Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File…” — Entertainment Weekly
  • “CNN confirms that ‘Piers Morgan Live’ is ending,” the network said in a statement. “The date of the final program is still to be determined.” — lattimes.com
  • “…He hosted BBC’s “You Can’t Fire Me, I’m Famous,” and did interview shows and documentaries for ITV…CNN did not comment on Morgan’s future with the channel…” Associated Press – fox news.com
  • “Mr. Morgan’s approach to gun regulation was more akin to King George III, peering down his nose at the unruly colonies and wondering how to bring the savages to heel. He might have wanted to recall that part of the reason the right to bear arms is codified in the Constitution is that Britain was trying to disarm the citizenry at the time.” — David Carr, NYT



[Photos] Sid Caesar: Your Show of Shows

Your Show of Shows

The legendary comedian is dead at 91 — but he leaves behind an extraordinary legacy

View the slide show — Sid Caesar — at TIME.com