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Guy Imitating History Channel Wrecks City's Downtown

Upstate NY inferno destroyed or damaged 20 buildings

(Newser) - Officials say an inferno that destroyed or damaged nearly two dozen buildings in a city in upstate New York was sparked by an amateur bladesmith. The blaze broke out Thursday in downtown Cohoes, near Albany, and was hampered by winds. The Times Union of Albany reports three buildings were destroyed... More »

Blogger Might've Crushed Amelia Earhart Theory

Says newly surfaced photo was published before Earhart vanished

(Newser) - Even when a History documentary claimed a photo showed that Amelia Earhart had survived a 1937 plane crash in the Marshall Islands and was taken prisoner, Kota Yamano didn't buy it. "I have never believed the theory that Earhart was captured by the Japanese military, so I decided... More »

Earhart Experts Cast Doubt on New Photo

Her plane didn't have enough fuel to reach Marshall Islands, says one

(Newser) - Any clue about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart should thrill Ric Gillespie, who's spent nearly three decades trying to solve the 80-year-old case. But a lost photograph included in a History documentary, which purportedly shows that Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan survived a 1937 plane crash in the Marshall... More »

Snoop Dogg: Don't Watch Roots

He's sick of seeing depictions of slavery

(Newser) - To Snoop Dogg, Roots, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, and other depictions of slavery apparently aren't important history lessons, but attempts to rub black people's faces in the oppression they suffered centuries ago. In an expletive-filled Instagram video , the rapper urges fans to steer clear of the History... More »

Former Reality- TV Star Charged With Murder

History Channel star accused of shooting co-worker in Alabama

(Newser) - A former reality-TV star who hoped to strike gold in South America has now been charged with murder. Authorities say hunters found the body of a 40-year-old man, Norman Deon Crayton, in a wooded area south of Dadeville, Ala., early Sunday, per the New York Daily News . Witnesses tell the... More »

New Evidence: Alcatraz Escapees Didn't Die

John and Clarence Anglin would be in their 80s today

(Newser) - Three inmates who famously escaped from Alcatraz prison in 1962 may not be so dead after all. In fact, new evidence that they survived has spawned a History Channel special and inspired a retired US marshal to revive the investigation, the New York Post reports. "This is absolutely the... More »

Meet the Man Who Hunts for Giants

Jim Vieira is looking for bone evidence

(Newser) - He may not have climbed any beanstalks, but Jim Vieira is hard at work attempting to track down giants. He believes that there may, at some point, have been a race of people who were more than seven feet tall, perhaps had two rows of teeth, and lived in America.... More »

Obama-Satan Comparisons 'Nonsense,' Says Bible Actor

Mehdi Ouazzani laughs off controversy

(Newser) - Mehdi Ouazzani isn't the devil, but he has played one on TV—only he didn't realize that some thought he looked like President Obama while he was at it. A veteran Moroccan actor with decades of film experience, Ouazzani was bemused to wake up one morning and find... More »

Internet Freaks Over Bible's Obama-Satan Resemblance

Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni bears striking resemblance to president

(Newser) - The Internet is all aflutter over the resemblance between President Obama and one Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, the actor who happens to be playing Satan in the History Channel's The Bible miniseries . Glenn Beck tweeted about it Saturday, but things really took off on Twitter when last night's episode... More »

Swamp People Star Drops Dead on Boat

Popular backwoods Cajun Mitchell Guist apparently suffered seizure

(Newser) - A tough-as-nails Cajun star of the History Channel's Swamp People dropped dead in his boat yesterday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but witnesses said Mitchell Guist, who would have turned 49 on Friday, appeared to suffer a seizure shortly after launching his boat for another day... More »

Republicans Love Food Network, Weather Channel

Or at least, that's where GOP ad dollars are going

(Newser) - Apparently, Republicans love watching the weather. Campaigns are becoming much more sophisticated about where they spend their ad dollars, the New York Times reports, leading to buys in such unlikely places as the Food Network, Weather Channel, HGTV, and the History Channel. Studies suggest all of those networks have pretty... More »

Got 10 Hours? The Bible Coming to History Channel

Survivor producer Mark Burnett working on 10-hour docudrama, to air in 2013

(Newser) - Making a complete 180 in the moral leanings of his work, Survivor producer Mark Burnett will next be telling epic Scripture stories. The reality TV king and his wife, actress Roma Downey, are producing 10-part docudrama The Bible for the History Channel. Set to air in 2013, the series will... More »

The Kennedys Finds a Home

Controversial miniseries will air in April

(Newser) - Good news for those of you who really, really wanted to watch JFK (or at least, Greg Kinnear’s version of him) discussing his need for “strange ass” : The Kennedys has found a home. After getting booted from the History Channel (reportedly by two of the Kennedys themselves ),... More »

Who Killed The Kennedys? Caroline, Maria Shriver

The cousins lobbied strongly for its demise, sources say

(Newser) - The Kennedys themselves were behind the History Channel’s eleventh-hour yanking of The Kennedys, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. No advertisers or sponsors complained about the controversial miniseries, which was called "vindictive" and "malicious" by a former JFK aide, but both Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver have close... More »

Katie Holmes Will Play Jackie O

Casting complete for History Channel miniseries

(Newser) - Casting for an upcoming History Channel miniseries on the Kennedys is all but complete, with Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes as Jackie, reports Variety . Kennedy fans have been nervous about the series because executive producer Joel Surnow is a conservative, writes Michael Schneider. Among other things, it will... More »

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