‘Colbert Report’ to return Monday after absence

Posted Feb. 19, 2012, at 7:18 p.m.

NEW YORK — A representative for Stephen Colbert says “The Colbert Report” will return Monday after a sudden break due to the ailing health of the star’s mother.

The Comedy Central show last week substituted repeats for scheduled shows on Wednesday and Thursday. At the time, the network said only that the cancellations were because of “unforeseen circumstances.”

Colbert is expected to address his absence on Monday. His 91-year-old mother, Lorna Colbert, is ill.

Earlier on Twitter, Colbert thanked those who had offered “thoughts and prayers.”

Colbert’s father, James Colbert, and two of his brothers were killed in an airplane crash in 1974.

Every February Yosemite waterfall turns to lava

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Nature photographers are flocking to Yosemite National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare phenomenon that happens only in mid-February.

That’s when the setting sun hits an ephemeral waterfall on El Capitan at just the right angle, making it appear as if lava is flowing over the top. It lasts for only about two minutes while the Earth and sun are optimally aligned.

The spectacle that transforms Horsetail fall is reminiscent of the old firefall of embers that occurred nightly off Glacier Point until 1968. But this natural fire fall had gone largely unnoticed until 1973.

Now Internet chats have spread the word and hundreds of photographers hoping for clear skies will converge until Feb. 24, when the sun’s angle changes and it disappears for another year.

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