• Holiday Box Office Lowest Since 2001

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    This was a Memorial Day Hollywood would love to forget, says the Huffington Post. Typically the fourth weekend of May is one of the biggest of the year at the box office. This year, the industry’s estimated take between Friday and Monday in the U.S. and Canada was $190 million, according to Rentrak. That is the lowest since 2001—particularly bad when considering that average ticket prices have risen 44% over that time, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. The key reason for the empty multiplexes was the weak performance of “Tomorrowland,” the weekend’s sole new big-budget movie and a rare misfire for Walt Disney Co.

  • KOCO: Snake provides Chickasha DJ with an unwelcomed surprise

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A DJ stepped on and was bitten by a snake while walking into Chickasha’s O.K. Skateland, KOCO reports.

  • Powerful Waterspout Hurls Kids Bouncy Castle Through the Air

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A waterspout that came ashore at a Florida beach turned dangerous after it hit an inflated bouncy castle, ABC News reports, tossing it into the air and injuring three children. The swirling column of wind and ocean water that formed in Fort Lauderdale hit the ground today and video shows that it headed straight towards the amusement ride. The video, provided to ABC News by Brandon Burchett, shows the bouncy castle get caught in the wind, flipping over repeatedly before it was swept even further up in the air.

  • Why now may be a great time to buy a new car

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    There is a perfect storm of sorts at work in the automotive market, says CBS News. Interest rates are at record lows (down 18 percent for buyers with good credit in the past year), oil and gas prices are still cheap and the average U.S.-owned vehicle is more than 11 years old, according to WalletHub's 2015 Auto Financing Report . In its survey of 150 auto financers nationwide, WalletHub reports that the "good places to start" are carmakers (where rates are 49 percent below average) and credit unions (23 percent below average).

  • Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest on domestic violence, child endangerment charges

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Defensive end Ray McDonald, released Monday by the Chicago Bears, has had two other brushes with the law in the past year but not been charged.

  • The 6 most scientifically valid methods to quit smoking

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    (CNN) For more than 50 years we've known that smoking can kill you. It is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and yet 42.1 million people light up and new smokers start every day. "Smoking is my best friend," Atlantan Barry Blackwell said. "It's always with me long after friends have left and people have gone, they are always here." To help people who do want to quit, scientists have looked with great interest into what works. Especially since studies have shown that 90% of those who try to quit, will start smoking again despite their best efforts.

  • Sandra Lee released from hospital

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Celebrity chef Sandra Lee has been discharged from hospital following her double mastectomy last week.

  • Alabama PacSun store removes T-shirt with upside-down American flag design after picture goes viral

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    A controversial T-shirt design featuring an upside-down American flag was removed from an Alabama store after a complaint from a customer went viral on Facebook. An employee with the Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. location at the Tanger Outlets in Foley, Ala., told the Daily News Monday a black A$AP Rocky-designed shirt was removed from the business after they received a complaint from a customer. The employee declined further comment and referred questions to the company's corporate office, which was unavailable for comment Monday.

  • Oklahoma State one of 14 programs to make postseason in football, basketball, baseball

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The NCAA on Monday announced the field for the 64-team Division I baseball tournament, bringing to a close the final postseason field for the major revenue sports in college athletics. Which brings us to our annual tradition of tracking all the programs that reached the promised land on the gridiron, on the hardwood and on the diamond. Once again, it’s not many. With 76 teams reaching the FBS postseason and 24 more in FCS, 68 invites given to the Big Dance and 64 more headed to next weekend’s baseball extravaganza, that’s a total of 232 bids given to 247 postseason-eligible Division I football-playing institutions – and only 14 of them made an appearance in all three. Oklahoma State is one of them.

  • Elephant snatches man's camera, takes 'elphie'

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an elephant during their travels, says CNN. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done it . But how many have had their photo taken by the elephant?

  • KOCO: 75 homes evacuated near Twin Lakes

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CRESCENT — About 75 homes have been evacuated near Twin Lakes in Logan County, KOCO reports. The homes in Crescent were evacuated around 2:30 a.m. Power is off in the area because the homes are under water.

  • Where You Live May Reveal How You're Spending Memorial Day

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off of summer for many Americans - marked with a backyard BBQs and/or trips to beach and to car dealerships. But in some places the holiday's meaning, a remembrance of those who died serving in the military, is likely to be a bigger part of the weekend. The spread of military service around the United States is far from even.

  • Surprise: Using car's air conditioning saves gas

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Want to save fuel on those long summer highway drives? Don't open the window, says USA Today, and crank up the air conditioning. That's just one of the useful -- and frequently surprising -- tips available from fueleconomy.gov , the go-to web site for information on fuel economy.

  • Memorial Day 2015: The Real Story Behind the Holiday

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Memorial Day Weekend usually conjures up images of backyard parties, beaches and beer, says Good Morning America. But Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer. It's actually been an official national holiday for over 40 years aimed at remembering those who served in the armed forces. Here is a brief look at the history behind the holiday and how people are expressing the true meaning of Memorial Day through photos on social media.

  • KOCO: Nearly all public use of Arcadia Lake prohibited by flooding

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Authorities have closed Arcadia Lake to nearly all public access due to flooding, KOCo reports. The city said general day-use and sightseeing is not currently permitted and there is no time table for reopening the lake.

  • WCWS qualifier: No. 1 Oregon to face UCLA in WCWS opener

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    North Carolina State faced several powerhouse programs from the South this season, including defending national champion and No. 1 seed Florida. After getting a good look at Oregon’s top two pitchers and unforgiving lineup during the NCAA Super Regional, Wolfpack coach Shawn Rychcik said the Pac-12 champions have what it takes to win the Women’s College World Series. “Oregon is a heck of a team,” Rychcik said after Oregon swept the best-of-three series with a 9-3 victory Saturday to close out Howe Field. “This is probably the most complete team we’ve played all year. From the hitting to the pitching and the fielding, they’re going to be real hard to beat in Oklahoma City.” The top-ranked Ducks (51-6) will open the eight-team, double-elimination bracket at 6 p.m. Thursday against conference rival and 12-time national champion UCLA, which defeated Missouri in a super regional in Los Angeles. Oregon won two of the three regular-season meetings with the Bruins (50-10) en route to a third consecutive Pac-12 title.

  • WCWS qualifier: UCLA returns to OKC for first time since 2010

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    UCLA softball is going back to Oklahoma City. The No. 7 Bruins have earned a spot in the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2010, punching their tickets with a 10-6 win over Missouri on Sunday. The victory ended a long wait for one of the sport’s most successful programs — one that leads the country with 11 national championships, each one marked on the outfield wall. “You just look at the fence, and you realize where you’re at,” said Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine. But no one on the current UCLA roster has ever stood on the sport’s preeminent stage. Asked this week how a spot in the final eight-team field would feel, junior outfielder Allexis Bennett said: “It’s going to be like going to Disneyland for the first time. Kids in a candy store.” The Bruins will take on Pac-12 rival Oregon on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • WCWS qualifier: Marisa Runyon, Alexis Osorio lead Alabama to Oklahoma City

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The University of Alabama softball team got a tough draw against a tough Oklahoma team in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional. Alexis Osorio was tougher. Lauren Chamberlain, college softball's all-time home run queen, was clutch for the Sooners. Marisa Runyon delivered the most clutch hit of the postseason. The sophomore third baseman hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to propel the Crimson Tide to a dramatic, come-from-behind 5-3 victory Saturday night, bringing a capacity Rhoads Stadium crowd of 3,940 to its feet and delivering a series win to send Alabama to the Women's College World Series. Alabama will play Michigan next Thursday in a first-round game at Oklahoma City's ASA Hall of Fame Stadium at a time to be determined.

  • WCWS qualifier: Michigan advances to 11th Women's College World Series with series win over Georgia

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    When it comes to having success in the postseason, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins said it's more about heart and soul than it is talent. Luckily for her, the Wolverines have proven they have both. On Friday, Michigan came out on top in a rare contest that saw the team fall behind 3-0, claw back and take a lead, only to face the would-be game winning run late in the seventh inning. Hutchins' team beat Georgia 7-6 in its Super Regional final to advance to the program's 11th Women's College World Series.

  • WCWS qualifier: Auburn headed to OKC after sweeping Louisiana-Lafayette

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Two outs. Bottom of the seventh. One runner on. Auburn holding on to a three-run lead. As Louisiana-Lafayette’s Kelli Martinez walked to the plate and the Auburn faithful loudly chanted, “OKC,” the moment and the pressure weren’t lost on Auburn pitcher Lexi Davis. “It’s hard to not let the adrenaline get to you,” Davis said. “That’s one of things I try to work on is slowing the game down in my mind and not letting everything get to me so I don’t over-pitch.” Trying to stay in her zone and not get caught up that her team was one win away from history, Davis delivered to Martinez, who hit a groundball to shortstop Haley Fagan. Fagan cleanly fielded it and threw Martinez out at first base. Oklahoma City — here come the Tigers.




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