Scattered reports of an unusual incident at the MGM Mirage casino yesterday continue to filter in. Emergency services and state police called to the hotel after a suspected attempted heist discovered extensive damage to the buildings top floor, and have thus far failed to trace the casino’s owner, Luther Aurelius. No contact with his suspected kidnappers has been made, but a ransom demand is expected shortly. Both civilians and police at the scene have reported pronounced feeling of nausea and disorientation, coupled with prolonged blackouts spells and localised short term amnesia. Anyone concerned is asked to call toll-free on 1-800-652342,

Police are also investigating reports of a second attempted break at the Olympus Casino in south west Vegas. Links are being drawn between the feelings of nausea, amnesia and disorientation experienced by those close to the Olympus attack, and the symptoms reported by those near the Mirage incident. However, the damage inflicted on the frontage of the casino suggest the use of main force, most likely in the form of explosive charges. Onsite liaisons have confirmed that traces of military grade explosive were found at the scene.

The MGM Mirage Poker Tournament, sponsored by Piper-Heidseck and Southern Comfort has been suspended pending the conclusion of the police investigation into the recent disappearance of Mirage owner, Luther Aurelius. Competitors are requested to contact the competition offices and leave a copy of their touring itinerary and contact details.

The US bathyscape Cetea today launched on its expedition to investigate the recently discovered Atlantic oceanic trench. Tentatively dubbed the Thalassian Trench by its discoverer, in honour of the ancient Greek God of the Sea, it is hoped that the trench will provide a new frontier for human science and discovery.

Crew Roster:
Commander Troy Walker
First Officer Jose Luna
Technician Gino Papuli
Deep Sea Ops. Adam Schumacher

Archaeologists today expressed tentative excitement at the discovery of what is claimed to be a fragment of the lost colossus of Rhodes. The fragment, uncovered in the city of Şanlıurfa in Turkey was discovered during annual conservancy work on artefacts recovered from the Temple of Nevali Cori - a Neolithic settlement dating back to 8000BC, which now lies submerged under the waters behind the Atatürk Dam. Further analysis of the fragment is scheduled to take place, but is hampered by the religious sensitivity of the area surrounding Şanlıurfa. The international community remains sceptical.