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  • Former Sonics guard Gary Payton: Durant, Westbrook 'the new era'

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former Seattle SuperSonics point guard and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton has never been shy on or off the court. "The Glove" still isn't short of words even post-career, as he told TMZ Sports that Kevin Durant is the new era of the NBA and there aren't many real point guards in the league anymore. "Durant deserves it right now," Payton said of the MVP award. "He's been doing his thing. It's going to be a new era. "LeBron, come back." Payton counted Westbrook in the new era as well. "It's shooting guards now," Payton said of the point guard position, counting Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Rajon Rondo as the only true point guards in the league. "You're got shooting guards now playing point guard. Steph Curry, Westbrook."

  • GOP consulting firm employee starts 'Boats 'N Hoes PAC'

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO — An employee at a leading Republican consulting firm used by lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Donna Campbell, among others, registered a political action committee with the state by the name of “Boats 'N Hoes PAC” earlier this month. Shaun Nowacki, listed as comptroller for Blakemore and Associates consulting firm, registered the PAC with the Texas Ethics Commission on April 1, according to state records.

  • Why One Man Traveled Almost 3,000 Miles To Take On The Federal Government At A Ranch In Nevada

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    In early March, the Bureau of Land Management sent a letter to cattle rancher Cliven Bundy informing him they intended to impound his "trespass cattle," contending he owes more than $1.2 million in fees. On April 5, they started rounding up the cattle on his property. Since then, his story has become a cause for conservative activists frustrated with the federal government. The plight has attracted numerous activists to his property, and the conflict between Bundy's supporters and federal officials exploded onto the national scene last weekend. Days after agents with the Bureau of Land Management ended their effort to round up Cliven Bundy's cattle to ease mounting tensions, the showdown between the rancher and the federal government is still attracting armed conservative activists from around the country to a dusty stretch of land about 80 miles east of the Vegas Strip.

  • Blake Griffin would support use of medical marijuana in NBA

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin told Rolling Stone magazine he'd be in support of medical marijuana use in the NBA. Griffin said that players struggle with the side effects of pain killers, and marijuana would be a better alternative. From Rolling Stone: "It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense."

  • OSU hoops recruit Myles Turner to announce college choice on April 30

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Myles Turner, the top uncommitted prospect in the 2014 basketball class, will unveil his college decision in a televised ceremony on ESPNU at 4 p.m. on April 30. For now, Turner is deciding amongst a list of schools that includes Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, SMU and Duke.

  • Rapper severs penis, jumps off building, but survives - CNN.com

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said. Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the second level of the building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said.

  • Report: Milwaukee Bucks to announce sale, won't move

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Milwaukee Bucks will announce later Wednesday that the longtime owner Herb Kohl has reached an agreement to sell the team to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for a purchase price of $550 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction. The move nixes any idea of the Bucks moving on to another city, say Seattle to replace the SuperSonics (now the Thunder). Kohl, a longtime U.S. senator who bought the team for $18 million in 1985, made keeping the team in Milwaukee a condition of the sale.

  • Valerie Harper Says She Is 'Absolutely Cancer-Free'

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Valerie Harper's inspiring battle against terminal brain cancer may now have a miraculous ending: The actress has revealed she is "absolutely cancer-free." "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy," the 74-year-old Rhoda star told Closer Weekly. "[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh, my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging.' "

  • Principal: High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school. As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.

  • Obama statement on immigration sets stage for executive action

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    President Obama on Wednesday called on the House to "listen to the will of the American people" and vote on Senate-passed immigration legislation, something the White House knows is unlikely to happen as long as Republicans are deeply divided on the issue.

  • Louisiana House votes to keep unconstitutional anti-sodomy law on the books

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Louisiana House of Representatives rejected legislation, on Tuesday, that would remove the state's symbolic ban on certain kinds of sodomy. The bill failed by a wide margin on a vote of 27-67, with 11 members not voting. Louisiana's anti-sodomy law was overturned and declared unconstitutional in 2003, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling such state statutes could not be enforced.

  • This Awesome Interactive Map Shows The Most Popular Music in America

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The latest data visualization of Americans’ music preferences is a heat map that plays different types of music as it shows which parts of the country like particular genres the most. The rock and oldies, blues, folk, rock, punk, metal and rap & hip-hop genres seem to have the most universal appeal, according to “The All-American Music Map."

  • Senate clears path for corporate tax giveaways

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Congress isn’t great at getting things done. But when it comes to a host of tax breaks—ones that tend to benefit big businesses and wealthy individuals—it always manages to find a way. When the Senate comes back after its April recess, it’s slated to take up legislation that would extend $85 billion in tax breaks that would benefit everyone from NASCAR track owners and Hollywood studios to corporate multinationals.

  • KFC brings back the Double Down

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Back in 2010 it was hard to escape news of the KFC Double Down. From The Colbert Report to YouTube to USA TODAY, consumers were endlessly intrigued by a bacon 'n' cheese sandwich that used two fried chicken filets instead of a bun. For those who didn't get to sample the meaty menu item, KFC is offering one more chance: Starting April 21, the Double Down will return to the fast-food chain. You heard it here first. Once again, the sandwich will be available for a limited time, according to USA TODAY.

  • A Man Rode A Boris Bike Along The Sheer Edge Of London Bridge

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    So a man rode a Boris bike along the edge of London Bridge during last Friday’s morning rush hour, according to BuzzFeed. London Bridge stands about 29 feet (almost 9 metres) above the river Thames. The rail the man was cycling across is only a few inches wide.

  • Tennessee coach leaves amid toxic dysfunction

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    It is time to test the Tennessee River water that flows past Knoxville, according to Yahoo Sports. Test it for toxic levels of dysfunction. There is something in the water, or the soil – or, most likely, the people – at the University of Tennessee that has turned the athletic department into a transient, turmoil-ridden place. Basketball coach Cuonzo Martin’s departure Tuesday for California is just the latest huh? moment for a school that has been buffeted by them in recent years.

  • Should Schools Introduce Dress Codes for Parents?

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    If you’re a busy parent who brings your child to school each morning, you probably don't give much thought to what you throw on before heading out the door. But if your kid goes to school in Florida, you might soon have to ditch those yoga pants and starting dressing up for the drop-off, according to Yahoo Shine. One Florida school board member is proposing a dress code for parents in order to set a good example for students. According to a story published recently in the Sun Sentinel, Broward County Public Schools board member Rosalind Osgood broached the topic during a recent school board meeting, citing as an example fathers who pick their children up wearing saggy pants at Boyd Anderson High School in her district. (She notes that students at that school are banned from wearing saggy pants.)

  • Study: Dangers for casual pot smokers

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, according to Reuters. A new study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University's medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain, Reuters reports.

  • Teen sacrificed life to save other students

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Ismael Jimenez, a teenager who was killed in last week's bus crash in California, died a hero, according to Yahoo News. The 18-year-old high school student perished while helping save fellow passengers after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus they were riding on a highway near Orland, Calif., according to officials from Jimenez's high school. Four other students, three adults and both the bus and FedEx drivers died in the crash.

  • Seahawks running back Christine Michael takes girl with autism to her prom

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A couple months after being part of a Seahawks team that won a Super Bowl, Christine Michael couldn't have looked any happier dancing at a high school prom, according to Yahoo Sports. His date, Taylor Kirkwood, looked even happier. Kirkwood, from Houston, is autistic and suffered from scoliosis until surgery a couple years ago. Michael, a former running back at Texas A&M, was a friend of the family and gladly accepted an invitation to be Kirkwood's prom date, according to a story on Click2Houston.com.