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Helicopter crash leaves 5 dead near Las Vegas

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Five people are dead after a helicopter crashed into the River Mountains during a tour of the Las Vegas Strip and the Hoover Dam on Wednesday.

The pilot has been identified as Landon Nield, 31. He was a pilot for Sundance Helicopters for several years, the Washington Post reported.

Numerous witnesses heard the crash and reported seeing smoke in the mountains just off of the edge of Lake Mead.

The crash site is in a remote area about 30 miles away for the Vegas Strip and it is not accessible by road, which delayed the initial rescue attempts and caused officials to delay recovery and investigation until Thursday morning, CTV reported.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

This is not the first accident Sundance Helicopters has experienced. In 2003, a helicopter slammed into a wall while flying through the Descent Canyon.

A New York grandmother was completely humiliated Tuesday at JFK Airport in New York during a strip search.

Lenore Zimmerman, 85, said that she was pulled into a private screening room by security and then undressed of all her clothes, Fox News reported.

"I'm hunched over, in a wheelchair, and I weigh under 110 pounds" Zimmerman said. "Do I look like a terrorist?"

According to the Transportation Security Administration, no strip search was conducted, the Associated Press reported.

A statement from TSA stated, "TSA does not include strip searches as part of our security protocols."

Zimmerman said that during the search her shin was gashed by her walker and she "bled like a pig." She did not seek medical attention for her injury.

Man arrested in White House shooting probe

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An Idaho resident was arrested Wednesday in Pennsylvania in connection with the White House shooting incident last Friday.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was arrested after an anonymous tip alerted the Secret Service of his involvement in the shooting, BBC reported.

One bullet broke through the external pane of glass on the south side of the White House but was stopped by the protective inner layer of bulletproof glass. Another bullet hit the building.

It is not clear if the shooting was an assassination attempt, CNN reported.

Hernandez will appear in federal court in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The last time a shooting took place at the White House was in 1994 when Francisco Martin Duran shot the mansion 27 times in an attempt to assassinate Bill Clinton.

Major League Catcher Kidnapped In Venezuela

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The catcher for the Washington Nationals baseball team was kidnapped Wednesday in his home country, Venezuela.

Wilson Ramos, 24, was in Venezuela to play for local team Tigres de Aragua during the Major League Baseball's off-season, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ramos was kidnapped from his family's home near Valencia by four gunmen.

Venezuelan authorities said they have located the vehicle used to kidnap Ramos, but have not had any communication with the victim or the abductees.

The targeting of baseball players by criminal organizations is not rare in Venezuela, CNN reported.

The kidnapping showcases Venezuela's soaring crime rate.

Seven confirmed dead in M5 accident in Somerset

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Seven people were killed and 51 were injured in a 34-vehicle pile-up on the M5 in Somerset, Eng. on Sunday.

Nine of the injured victims were treated at the scene, 25 are being treated at the Yeovil District Hospital, and 17 of the most seriously injured are being treated at Musgrove Park Hospital, BBC reported.

Witnesses reported seeing a dense fog or smoke over the road before the accident took place. A firework display that was held at the Taunton rugby club is believed to be the source of this smoke, the Guardian reported.

Anthony Bangham, the incident commander, said, "There was significant smoke across the carriage-way, which was very distracting and very difficult to drive through."

Attendees of the fireworks reported it being a huge display that generated a lot of smoke.

A Miami Beach comedian is using his skills in comedy in attempt to be elected as Miami Beach Mayor.

Steve Berke, 30, is not running as a Democrat or a Republican. His political party is known as the "After Party," NBC reported.

Berke's popularity has been increased by his pro-marijuana motives. If elected, Berke plans on decriminalizing marijuana so that people caught with small amounts are only fined, and not arrested.

Berke's main opponent is the current mayor, Matti Herrera Bower.

"I am the anti-politician," said Berke. "Maybe I can be the first person ever to use comedy to win an election," the New York Times reported.

Berke's candidacy videos include him smoking marijuana, drinking vodka shots, and partying with models.

Berke has cameras recording his every move in order to pitch his story as a reality show.

The federal government has decided to allow a man living as an "adult baby" to continue collecting Social Security disability checks after Sen. Tom Coburn requested an investigation from the Social Security Administration.

Stanley Thornton, 25, has been receiving about $860 per month in disability payments. He claims that the payments are not based on his lifestyle as an adult baby, but on his conditions which range from post-traumatic disorder to ADHD, Fox News reported.

Thornton underwent a three-hour interview with Social Security investigators and an FBI agent over his disability status. He later said he was exonerated by all of the agencies, the Washington Times reported.

Thornton is convinced that his appearance on the National Geographic Channel's "Taboo" sparked this investigation.

On the show, Thornton wore baby clothes, was spoon fed, slept in a crib, and was read bedtime stories.

Thornton said that he will continue living his adult baby lifestyle.

Three people were arrested Saturday after a landlord found four mentally handicapped adults shackled to a water heater in a basement storage closet of a Northeast Philadelphia apartment building.

Turgut Gozleveli, landlord, thought one of his tenants was attempting to conceal a dog after he found a dog dish in the basement. He found much more than he bargained for.

The victims were a female, 29, and three men, 32, 35, and 41. Each of the victims have the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The victims had been locked in a 10 feet by 15 feet room for up to a week. The room contained a metal bucket for feces and a jug of orange juice.

The victims suffered from bed sores and malnourishment.

The suspects are Linda Ann Weston, 51; Thomas Gregory, 47; and Eddie Wright, 49.

They are facing charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment, CNN reported.

The motive behind the crime appears to be the victims' Social Security checks.

ESPN Permanently Drops Football Pregame Song

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Three days after Hank Williams Jr., country musician, compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, ESPN permanently cut his opening song to Monday Night Football on Thursday.

The controversy began Monday when Williams appeared on the television show "Fox & Friends." On the show, he inadvertently compared Obama's actions to those of Hitler, the New York Times reported.

A spokesperson for ESPN said, "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open," the International Business Times reported.

In a statement issued by Williams since the incident, he admitted that the Obama-Hitler analogy was outlandish.

Williams' song had been the opening for Monday Night Football since 1991. A spokesperson for ESPN reported that the song was tired and it was time for a change.

Apple to kill iPod classic, shuffle?

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The iPod classic, along with its cousin the iPod shuffle, may be on the short track to discontinued.

According to an unnamed source, Apple will release the iPhone 5 next week in conjunction with discontinuing the iPod classic and the iPod shuffle, CNN reported.

With the removal of these two products, all of Apple's iPods would be touchscreen, the Huffington Post reported.

The iPod classic has been credited with rejuvenating Apple over a decade ago and the iPod currently makes up 7 percent of Apple's revenue.

The iPhone and iPad, which both have video steaming capabilities along with music storage, have in some ways trumped the usefulness or necessity of having an iPod.

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