Blog Posts by Alyssa Newcomb

  • 'The Colbert Report' to Resume Taping

    'The Colbert Report' to Resume Taping (ABC News)Stephen Colbert will resume taping new episodes of his political satire show Monday.  The comedian mysteriously suspended production last Wednesday.

    Comedy Central and Colbert have not commented on the reason for the hiatus, but Colbert tweeted on Friday: "My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern."

    On Wednesday morning, the show promoted what would have been on that night's program.

    "Watch Stephen help shape the message of Colbert Super PAC with the help of political strategist Frank Luntz," read the last tweet from the Colbert Report Twitter account, suggesting the cancellation was sudden.

    This marked the first time "The Colbert Report" had ever suspended production, according to comedy news blog the Beat.

    Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," from which the Colbert was spun off, has canceled production only twice, once after the death of a staff member, and once when host Jon

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  • Police Believe Remains Had Been in Woods 'For Years'

    Police have recovered another skeleton from a wooded area in Manorville, N.Y., that appears to be something of a dumping ground for dead bodies, after a man jogging with his dog alerted authorities.

    "The [remains] have been there for several years," a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Police Department told "There is no indication they were connected to the others, but obviously we're going to look into that."

    The remains of four other individuals have been found in the area in recent years, but the mystery behind them has gone largely unsolved.

    Matt Samuel, who found the latest skeleton, told the New York Daily News he had walked by the area "a hundred times before" but noticed Friday night that something unusual was sticking out of the ground.

    "It was wrapped in bed sheets and a plastic bag. It was a whole body, but just the bones, there was trees growing up through it, so it has been there a long time," he said.

    The partial remains of two

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  • Robin Thicke Arrested in New York City

    Robin Thicke Arrested in New York City (Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images)Soulful singer Robin Thicke was arrested in New York City today on a charge of criminal possession of marijuana.

    Police spotted the "Lost Without You" singer smoking a joint inside of a Cadillac Escalade. One other person was in the car but was not arrested.

    Thicke, 34, is the son of "Growing Pains" actor Alan Thicke.

    The singer has released five studio albums and is married to actress Paula Patton. The couple have a son, Julian Fuego, 1. was unable to reach Thicke's representative for comment.

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  • Boy, 6, Survives Mountain Lion Attack

    Boy, 6, Survives Mountain Lion Attack (ABC News)A 6-year-old boy is recovering from a mountain lion attack that left him with scrapes and puncture wounds to his face.

    Rivers Hobbs was walking with his family on a sidewalk between a restaurant and Chisos Mountain Lodge, where the family was staying in Big Bend National Park in west Texas, when the a mountain lion attacked him and clawed at his face.

    "It had a hold of his face. The cat was clamped on his face," Jason Hobbs, Rivers' father,  told KOSA-TV. "[I] reached down and got my knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and let it go at that point."

    A representative from the Big Bend National Park said it was the second attack of the day, but in the other incident the people were able to drive off the mountain lion by hitting it with a backpack.

    "From the description, it's small and haggard looking," park spokesman David Elkowitz told the Houston Chronicle. "It would appear to be a young lion."

    Park officials are still looking for the mountain lion.

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  • Car Surfing Video: 'This Is Insane'

    What started out as a day of reckless fun - captured for posterity on home video - turned deadly for two Florida teens.

    "This is insane!" one of the teen boys can be heard saying in a video shown in court prior to the driver's sentencing on charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving.

    Five teens piled into an SUV being driven by Josh Ritter on Feb. 1, 2011. Ritter, 19, drove down a dirt road in DeBary, Fla., at nearly twice the speed limit, when the car flipped over, according to police.

    Carlos Velazco, 18, who was hanging from the roof rack of the car during the accident, died.   Hunter Perez, 18, who was sitting in the back seat, was unable to escape when the vehicle burst into flames.

    Kenyana Hawkins, 18, who was also riding on the outside of the vehicle survived.

    Ritter and another passenger, Ryan Jenkins, 17, sustained injuries.

    Ritter pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to one year of house arrest and five years of probation. He must also speak publicly

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  • Ayla Reynolds: Windows Broken at Missing Maine Toddler's House

     Ayla Reynolds: Windows Broken at Missing Maine Toddler's House (ABC News)

    Two windows were smashed at the home of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, police said today.

    Officers responded to a 911 call at the Waterville, Maine home around 11:15 p.m. last night after Reynolds' grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, said she heard someone throwing things through windows at the house.

    "No rocks or thrown objects were recovered, leading officers to believe that the windows were damaged by a bat or some other object that was carried away from the scene," Waterville Police said in a statement.

    Police conducted a search of the surrounding area, but it did not turn up any leads.

    The twenty-month-old has been missing from her home since Dec. 17.

    Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, 24, told police he last saw his daughter when he put her to bed that night.

    Police have classified the disappearance as a crime and have found traces of Ayla's blood in a basement her father had been using as a bedroom.

    "What [police] were unwilling to confirm to the

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  • Winter Storm Blasts Colorado, Heads East

    After blasting parts of Colorado with up to 6 feet of snow, the strongest storm of the winter season is now on track to pummel the central plains.

    A winter storm warning was issued for parts of western Nebraska, northeastern Kansas and southeastern Iowa.

    A little over a foot of snow blanketed parts of Nebraska overnight. Impaired visibility also prompted officials to close Interstate 70, which connects Kansas and Denver, as well as a portion of the eastbound I-70, which connects Denver to the town of Limon.

    But for pizza delivery man John Dermon, he had no choice but to drive through the snow and ice.

    "I've got brand new tires, cause I expect the winter to be Colorado winter. One day it's gorgeous and the next day, there's two feet of snow on the ground," he said.

    Officials from the Department of Transportation told the Associated Press they are unsure when the roadways will reopen.

    The storm also caused an avalanche of 600 flights, including arrivals and departures, to be

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  • Service Dog's Licks Save Owner's Life

    A lick of the face and a nudge of the hand from Danny, a miniature schnauzer, helped Bethe Bennett regain consciousness after she fell in her Glendale, Ariz., home.

    Bennett fell on her tile floor Friday and broke her femur. She lay on the ground in excruciating pain, aware that no visitors were coming until Tuesday.

    "I was scared. I really thought I was going to die," Bennett told "I knew I was going into shock because I'm a nurse."

    But Danny,  a trained service dog who used to care for Bennett's now-deceased mother, lent a helping paw that helped save his devoted owner's life.

    "I started asking Danny to get me the phone," Bennett said. "He ran back and forth a couple of times barking and finally jumped up and knocked the phone over and pushed it with his nose toward me."

    But then Bennett realized the paramedics may not have been able to get into her locked house.

    "Paper!" she asked Danny. He brought over five sheets, one of which had the phone

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  • Cross-Dressing 'Aunt Barbara' Top Tupperware Seller in North America

    At 6-foot-5 with heels and a bouffant wig, "Aunt Barbara" is the top Tupperware seller in North America. The gaudy Long Island, N.Y., housewife is the brainchild of Robert Suchan, 43, a former social worker who quit his job to sell full-time as Aunt Barbara after he became a hit on the Tupperware party circuit.

    "The phone rings every day," he said. "The emails don't stop."

    Aunt Barbara sold $250,000 worth of products last year, making Suchan the top seller in North America.

    Suchan, who has been selling Tupperware since 2007, said it takes him 20 to 25 minutes to slather on "as much make-up as possible" and throw on his heels, dress and wig. "I have it down to a well-oiled machine," he said.

    After his transformation is complete, it's all about entertaining and selling.

    Suchan has high praise for the entire Tupperware line, but his favorite products to sell are can openers and cheese graters. "It's the most hygienic can opener you can buy," Suchan said. "And I love

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  • Camel Predicts Super Bowl Winner

    Camel Predicts Super Bowl Winner (ABC News)

    If a clairvoyant camel is to believed, the New York Giants will take home the Super Bowl trophy next Sunday.

    Princess, a 25-year-old camel who lives at the Popcorn park Zoo in Lacey township, N.J., has accurately predicted the winners of five of the past six Super Bowls, the zoo's general manager, John Bergmann, told ABC

    Bergmann writes the name of one team on his right palm and the other on his left palm. He then places a graham cracker in each hand. Whichever cracker Princess nibbles is the winner.

    "She chose without hesitation this year," Bergmann said.

    Princess has honed her prognosticating skills by predicting the outcome of New York Giants and New York Jets games since 2006, after a local radio station contacted Bergmann about getting an animal involved in the deejay's weekly picks pool.

    "Overall, she has actually had 88 right and 51 wrong," Bergmann said. "That's pretty good."

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