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  • Erasing Your Bad Memories May Soon Be Possible

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Using state of the art laser and gas techniques, scientists working with mice make stunning breakthroughs in turning bad memories into better ones, Time.com reports. Memories are a complex combination of objective information—the color of a car, the size of a building—and less tangible emotional feelings, like fear, anxiety, joy, or satisfaction, according to Time.com. But to scientists, memories are nothing more than a series of chemical and physical changes, the firing of a nerve here, which sends electrochemical impulses to another nerve there, which together encode everything that we associate with a memory.

  • Supermarket Donates Ice Cube Sales To ALS, Challenges Competitors To Do The Same

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Thanks to the viral ice bucket challenge, in-demand cubes are flying out of freezers and one supermarket is using the surge to contribute to the cause, Huffington Post reports. British supermarket giant Tesco is donating its profits from rocketing ice cube sales to the Motor Neurone Disease Association , a U.K. group that funds research and supports patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other forms of motor neurone disease, according to Huffington Post.

  • China is now using drones to catch “terrorists” in Xinjiang

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Chinese government announced last  week  (Chinese) that it had deployed drones to the autonomous western region of Xinjiang, where separatist attacks have been on the rise in recent years, Quartz reports. The New York Times’ Sinosphere blog, citing Chinese state media reports,  says the drones will be used to track the movements of Muslim Uyghur separatists, who the government calls “terrorists”, in the region’s southwestern county of Yarkant, according to Quartz. The area was the site of the latest attacks that left over 100 people dead.

  • Exorcising a Phobia, One Stroke at a Time

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    On the morning before he was to report to the pool, Attis Clopton sat in a storefront breakfast spot near his Brooklyn apartment munching a glazed doughnut, says the New York Times. He was worrying. It was a glorious day, blue sky and hot. The kind when they say the only sensible place to be is in the water. But, please, let’s not go there. As he imagined what lay ahead, his hands got clammy. He needed to think about something else — anything else. Anything but water. The next morning, he was starting swimming lessons. Such an ordinary thing — learning to swim. Preschoolers do it every day. This was different.

  • American Dream turned nightmare: 40 hour work week grows to 47-60 hours

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The old “9 to 5” work week is becoming about as obsolete as the American Dream, says the Washington Examiner. A new Gallup poll finds that economically-stressed Americans are now working an “average” of 47 hours, with a growing number clocking 60 hours or more. “Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours,” said Gallup, based on their 2014 Work and Education survey.

  • Texas A&M win means $1M in furniture for fans

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Texas A&M's big win over South Carolina on Thursday paid off to the tune of more than $1 million for some Aggies fans. Some 600 people will receive furniture for free due to a College Station promotion that promised the giveaway if Texas A&M beat South Carolina by at least 10 points. The Ashley Furniture branch in College Station offered all furniture purchased from Aug. 16-27 for free if the Aggies beat the Gamecocks by at least 10 points.

  • Teacher Who Resigned Accused of Having Cocaine Delivered to Her at School

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A teacher who suddenly resigned two weeks ago amid an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency has been indicted by a grand jury in Kentucky. Arin Staples is accused of having cocaine delivered to her at Holmes Middle School in Covington, Kent., where she was a teacher, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said. She was indicted Thursday on a charge of prohibited acts related to controlled substances, a Class D felony that could bring one to five years in prison. Staples resigned shortly after being questioned by investigators.

  • In just 6 months, 37,477 illegal immigrant kids released, only 280 deported

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Washington Examiner reports the Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports. The Health and Human Services Department released a list of 126 counties 29,890 of the kids were placed into, sometimes with their parents who are also in the United States illegally. Those counties include some of the most exclusive in the nation, including the Washington suburbs of Fairfax and Loudoun in Virginia and Howard and Montgomery in Maryland. Fairfax received 1,023. States like California and New York were given large numbers of the unaccompanied children, while President Obama’s home state of Illinois, where experts expected many to go, received only 175, according to the list.

  • 'Tragic accident': Family of Uzi mishap victim doesn't blame girl

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old who was learning how to shoot an Uzi , said they feel “sorry” for the girl, NBC News reports. "We know it was a tragic accident and that it's something that we're all going to have to live with,” Vacca’s 19-year-old daughter Ashley said in an exclusive NBC News interview to be aired Friday on the TODAY show. The 39-year-old veteran was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon Monday morning at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, when she pulled the trigger and the kickback caused the gun to lurch over her head, investigators said.

  • Republican Governor Agrees To Expand Medicaid In His State

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania agreed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, joining 26 states and the District of Columbia, the Huffington Post reports. Federal regulators accepted a modified proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) that will offer an estimated 500,000 low-income individuals subsidies to purchase private insurance. The plan allows some low-income individuals to be charged premiums for coverage, and permits the number of available benefit plans to be reduced from 14 to two -- a "high-risk" option and "low-risk" options -- according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner lauded the agreement in a statement, and urged other states to expand Medicaid as well. Corbett is only the 9th Republican governor to sign on.

  • Joan Rivers joked about her death day before surgery scare: 'I'm 81 — I could go at any moment'

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A beaming Joan Rivers joked about her mortality at a Manhattan gig just hours before she was rushed to the hospital, reports New York Daily News. “She did a joke onstage, she goes, ‘I’m 81 — I could go at any moment,’” recounted Shade Rupe, 45, who attended the Wednesday night show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. “‘I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!’” The comedian did an hour-long show before an appreciative audience at the intimate 99-seat venue before posing for a picture with Rupe.

  • Miley Cyrus' date turns himself in to Oregon jail

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A homeless man who attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus has turned himself in to police, authorities said and CNN reports. Jesse Helt, 22, took center stage at Sunday's VMA broadcast when he accepted the video of the year award on behalf of the pop star. He used the spotlight to talk about issues affecting homeless youth.

  • KOCO: OG&E warns metro about scammers

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Scammers hitting the metro are looking to scare people into giving them money, KOCO reports. OG&E spokesman Randy Swanson said scammers posing as OG&E representatives are calling and going door to door threatening to cut off power within the hour unless people pay for ...

  • News 9: Chickasha Woman Accused Of Attacking Paralyzed Man With A Lighter

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A Chickasha woman is accused of attacking a paralyzed man by taking a lighter to his legs, News 9 reports.  Shane Anderson says he can't feel his legs but could smell something and soon realized ...

  • Another plane diverts over reclining seat dispute

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    For the second time this week, a U.S. passenger jet has made an unscheduled landing after a dispute over reclining a seat, USA Today reports. An American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris diverted to Boston on Wednesday night after a 60-year-old French passenger erupted when the passenger in front of him reclined her seat, and he grabbed a flight attendant who tried to calm him, the Justice Department said Thursday.

  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kevin Durant shows you what's inside his fridge

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a part of Sports Illustrated's Fridge Raider series, Thunder forward Kevin Durant opened up his refrigerator to show off what he keeps on chill. Most of what Durant consumes is fish and veggies for protein (as well as STRONG & KIND bars), and natural foods like oatmeal, fruit and a lot of water. But the Thunder star does have a sweet tooth, particularly for Twizzlers, honey buns and Oreos.

  • Five OU players on Mel Kiper's Top 10 NFL prospects by position rankings

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks the top 10 players at every position. His latest rankings were released on Thursday (via ESPN Insider), and Oklahoma has numerous players on the list. Daryl Williams (No. 6 OT), Eric Striker (No. 4 LB), and Charles Tapper (No. 8 DE), and Michael Hunnicutt (No. 5 K) are all in Kiper's top 10 at their respective positions. Dorial Green-Beckham may not see the field for the Sooners this year, but DGB is ranked No. 6 on Kiper's list of wide receivers. As expected, Florida State has a ton of top prospects on the list as well. Oklahoma State will have to face 11 Seminoles in Kiper's rankings, including three players (QB Jameis Winston, K Roberto Aguayo, OG Josue Matias) who are ranked No. 1 at their position.

  • Tony Stewart returning to racing Sunday at Atlanta

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Tony Stewart is returning to racing this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first race since he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race Aug. 9 at Canandaigua, N.Y. Stewart has sat out of the last three races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He is currently 26th in the Sprint Cup points standings.

  • Beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley was waterboarded by ISIS

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.