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Scary news today out of Asia:

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale has hit the Japanese prefecture that houses that nation's Fukushima power plant, the same one that was crippled when a tsunami struck in March 2011.

Fukushima Power Plant Pic

In response to today's event, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to shut down all six reactors at the facility and focus on tackling pressing issues such as leaks of radioactive water.

Thus far, the company has not reported any abnormality in radiation or equipment after the earthquake.

The 2011 natural disaster resulted in three reactors melting, with officials confirming that radioactive groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean.

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Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, who introduced the world to Super Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, died this morning of pneumonia in Japan.

The video game pioneer was 85 years old.

Yamauchi was president of the company from 1949 (seriously) until 2002. He first introduced the Nintendo Entertainment System to America in 1985.

At the time of Nintendo's inception, it was a playing card company, but needless to say, it changed with the times to become the behemoth it is today.

Hiroshi left the company in 2002, and reportedly declined to accept a pension of $9-14 million annually, claiming Nintendo could put it to better use.

With an estimated net worth of over $2 billion, Hiroshi Yamauchi was the 13th richest man in Japan. He is survived by his wife and three adult children.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day, an excuse for shenanigans for buccaneer enthusiasts across the seven seas, is apparently a thing. And it's today's thing!

Every September 19, businesses use the faux-holiday as an excuse for promotions, i.e. Long John Silver giving away free whitefish if you just say “Arrr!”

Krispy Kreme doles out donuts to anyone doing the same, which was awkward for this guy who just had an eye problem and didn't know, but fun for everyone else!

As for how to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day beyond the usual YARRRRRR-ing, that's really up to you and how devoted you are to this great idea.

We've put together some solid ideas after the jump:

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A man covered in white face paint and donning a curly red wig, ruffled collar, giant round nose and giant eyebrows is causing quite a stir in the British town of Northampton.

Yes, a clown is stalking the streets like Pennywise from Stephen King's It.

The creepy figure first appeared on Friday, September 13, with residents posting sightings of him on Twitter and no one quite sure what the heck is going on.

The clown is simply standing on street corners and holding balloons and a teddy bear, waving at those who pass by and… okay, this is freaking us out just to write about.

No wonder some have called the police.

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Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner has been hit with a tax evasion penalty to the tune of $53.5 million. Of course, when you're worth a reported $2.3 billion ...

T. Warren

Warner was charged with federal tax evasion after allegedly failing to report more than $3 million in income earned in a Swiss bank account back in 2002.

The CEO struck a plea bargain with prosecutors to stay out of prison.

Ty was looking at five years in prison for the crime, but by agreeing to plead guilty to the tax evasion charge, and pay the penalty ASAP, he'll be free.

Warner's lawyer said Ty accepts responsibility, calling the debacle "an unfortunate situation that Mr. Warner has been trying to resolve for several years now."

Probably wishes he'd put all his money in Beanie Babies. Oh, wait ...

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Ayvani Hope Perez, a 14-year-old Georgia girl kidnapped by two gunmen in a home invasion early Tuesday has been found alive, officials said.

Perez was in good health, officials said, and was being evaluated.

Ayvani Hope Perez Photo

A nationwide Amber Alert was issued after Ayvani was taken at about 2 a.m. Tuesday by armed men from her family's home in Ellenwood, a suburb of Atlanta.

Two suspects are in custody, Clayton County police chief Gregory Porter said at a news conference Wednesday, but officials are looking for other suspects.

Ayvani was found at a location in Conyers, Ga., "through hardcore law enforcement work," Porter said. He didn't release any more details of where or how.

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Starbucks wants to be an official gun-free zone.

In an open letter on the company's website, CEO Howard Schultz told customers not to bring weapons to Starbucks stores or outdoor seating areas.

Starbucks won't slap an outright ban on guns, he says, because enforcing such a ban "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers."

He's just asking to please not bring them in.

In an interview with USA Today, Schultz says that "the presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers."

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Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video was recreated using a pendulum statue at Grand Valley State, which was not happy with its students' antics.

The Allendale, Mich., college boasts a pendulum statue comprised of a 42-inch steel ball hanging on a 50-foot cable. It's one serious "Wrecking Ball."

Used by numerous drunk students to produce naked Vines.

This got so bad that the school intervened. The campus landmark, which has been up for years, has since been taken down. According to reports:

"After several naked Vine videos imitating Miley Cyrus, Grand Valley State University has taken down the pendulum structure better known as the GV Wrecking Ball."

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Rest easy, Miley Cyrus. You are no longer the most offensive individual in the country.

An LSU fraternity has apologized for hanging a sign Saturday that referenced the deadly 1970 shooting on the campus of Kent State, prior to the schools doing battle on the football field.

The sign read: "Getting Massacred Is Nothing New to Kent St."
 

LSU Fraternity Sign

On May 4, 1970, National Guard officers opened fire on protesting students, killing four in the process.

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Has Twerking actually been banned in a small town in Louisiana?

According to reports, the "dance" craze Miley Cyrus helped popularize has become a criminal offense in DeQuincy, punishable by fines and up to 30 days in jail.

And we thought the saggy pants ban (a real thing) was bad.

A criminal offense? Miley has a lot of haters, yes, but ... jail?!

While Twerking can get you suspended from school (see Scripps Ranch Twerk Team) or shamed by your parents (see above), that seems extreme, no?

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