• Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake," McClain said via an NFLPA press release. "I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots." McClain, who was second on the Cowboys in tackles (81) in 2014, signed a 1-year deal with Dallas earlier this year. Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was also suspended Thursday for a substance abuse violation.

  • White House touts EPA emission rules as long-term subsidy for wind | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The White House says the power plant rules it plans to roll out this summer are part of a bid to create long-term incentives for wind and solar energy. President Obama's senior climate change adviser, Brian Deese, explained the strategy Tuesday in a conference call with reporters to discuss a new agreement between the U.S. and Brazil to derive 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030, excluding hydro-electric resources. RELATED: EPA bans hydrofluorocarbons over climate change concerns The Environmental Protection Agency's emission rules for power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan, would be used to undergird that goal, according to Deese. Our path to get there is consistent with the overall approach we've laid out, including principally being driven by the long-term incentives in the Clean Power Plan, Deese said. One of the things we intend to accomplish in implementing the final Clean Power Plan rule … is to demonstrate strong, long-term incentives for investments in renewables.

  • Sanders rolls, doubles support in Iowa, Clinton below 60% for first time | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Updated: 35 min ago

    Populist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is on a roll, more than doubling his support in Iowa where the Democratic race is coming down to the independent against Hillary Rodham Clinton, with others like Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley becoming irrelevant. In a new Quinnipiac University poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers released Thursday, Clinton continues to lead, 52 percent to 33 percent for Sanders. That is a huge jump for the outspoken Sanders. In a May poll, it was Clinton by a margin of 60 percent to 15 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders. AP Photo

  • Report: Former OSU guard James Anderson signing with Sacramento Kings

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 37 min ago

    The Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal with former Oklahoma State guard James Anderson, per Yahoo Sports. Anderson, 26, last played in the NBA in 2013-14 with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Anderson has career averages of 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest in four NBA seasons.

  • Author of 'Lies My Teacher Told Me' claims American textbooks have been lying about the Civil War

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Some American textbooks don't want to offend the South and lose sales.

  • Dylann Roof’s sister appeals for donations to pay for wedding, honeymoon after church massacre

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The sister of the man accused of killing nine people at Emanuel AME Church has launched an online campaign to raise money to pay for her wedding and honeymoon after a planned June ceremony had to be cancelled in the wake of the massacre.

  • Texas attorney general could face felony indictment: special prosecutor

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Special prosecutors will ask a Texas grand jury as early as this month to indict the state's attorney general on first-degree felony charges for suspected securities laws violations, one of the prosecutors said on Thursday. A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who came to office earlier this year with strong Tea Party support, was not immediately available for comment. One of which that they will have to determine is if securities fraud was present," said attorney Kent Schaffer, appointed to investigate the suspected violations.

  • EW cover showcases 'Batman v Superman'

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Entertainment Weekly showcases Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman in its Comic-Con themed issue. From EW: Batman v Superman introduces a new Batman only four years after the release of the final film in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Ben Affleck plays an older, wearier Caped Crusader, one drawn at least in part from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. “He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it,” says Affleck. “But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.” The film, directed by Zack Snyder, is set for a March 26, 2016 release date. 

  • Hawaii Just Became The First State To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Checkouts

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    As of Wednesday, grocery stores across the entire state of Hawaii are banned from distributing plastic bags, The Huffington Post reports. The City and County of Honolulu -- which covers the entirety of Oahu, Hawaii's most populated island -- is now enforcing a ban that prohibits stores from handing plastic bags to customers at checkout, making Oahu the last populated island in the state to give the bags the boot.

  • Rare Test Pressing of Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Found

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A test pressing of  Bob Dylan 's  Blood on the Tracks  – one of rock's rarest records with only five known existing copies – is now available  thanks to Amoeba Music . The West Coast record chain recently acquired the test pressing of the classic LP, dubbed the "New York" version, as part of a lot of 4,000 vinyls that Amoeba acquired from  the personal collection of "an iconic industry family."  The asking price on one of the most in-demand vinyls among Dylanphiles: $12,000.

  • Report: Knicks reach out to Enes Kanter in free agency

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder isn't the only team looking at Enes Kanter in free agency. Multiple reports have the New York Knicks reaching out to the 6-foot-11 Thunder center. Kanter reportedly was scheduled to meet with the Thunder  Wednesday in Chicago. The Knicks missed out on free agent power forward Greg Monroe, who instead agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year, $49.4 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks are reportedly interested  in free agent center Robin Lopez as well. Kanter is a restricted free agent, so the Thunder has the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.

  • Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work, NPR reports. Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry. Its purpose is clear: "Helping Georgia's returning citizens find training, assisting Georgia's returning citizens find jobs," he reads off the website.

  • 'Straight/Curve' documentary follows the plus-size fashion revolution

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The fashion industry is slowly opening its doors to plus-size models, Mashable reports. "Straight/Curve," a documentary that will debut next fall, follows top models, photographers, editors and stylists for two fashion seasons, diving into the current status of models in the media whether size zero will remain the norm.

  • OU-Texas makes '10 things that make college football unique' list

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    One of the institutions of college football: The Red River Rivalry. Ranking up there with Army playing Navy every year, old school uniforms, marching bands and live mascots, ESPN's Chris Low lists "Texas vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl" as one of 10 things that make college football unique and should never be changed. From Low: "If you’ve had a chance to see a game in AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World, you know it's a palace. But the Red River Rivalry -- the yearly grudge match between Oklahoma and Texas -- is much more than just a football game. It’s an event, which is why it should never move from the venerable Cotton Bowl and Fair Park in Dallas, even for the swanky confines of Jerry World. There’s no experience in college football quite like it, with the game being played in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas. Where else can you get Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Swan Paddle Boat rides and one of sports’ best rivalries all in one October swoop? There’s a deal in place to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl, where it has been played since 1932, through 2025. And even though the Cotton Bowl Classic moved to Jerry World in 2010, here’s hoping the Longhorns and Sooners will be settling their business with Big Tex standing guard for a long time to come."

  • Thousands evacuated after train carrying toxic chemicals derails in Tennessee

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Maryville, Tennessee, on Wednesday night, forcing the evacuation of thousands of local residents living within a 1-mile radius of the crash site, Mashable reports. The train derailment occurred Wednesday at 11:50 p.m. ET, and caused toxic substances aboard the train to catch fire. As of Thursday morning, the fire was still burning.

  • WATCH: Tornado rips off roof, blows up electrical transformer in Missouri

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    At least one tornado touched down in western Missouri on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. It reportedly hit about 20 miles southeast of Kansas City, near Unity Village, and left thousands without power, Mashable reports.

  • A YouTuber removed her makeup to reveal the Internet's harsh beauty standards

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    YouTuber My Pale Skin started posting photos of herself without makeup on social media a few months ago and received dozens of shaming comments. She decided to highlight them in a video to show how false images of perfection and unrealistic beauty standards can damage a person's self-esteem, Mashable reports.

  • Eye color, alcoholism linked, study says

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one, Yahoo Health reports.

  • Mom gets perfect haircut before chemo treatment

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Sarah’s mom knew the chemotherapy treatments would claim her hair. In an effort to make light of a very heavy situation, she gave Sarah free reign to give her the coolest haircut she could come up with, Yahoo Makers reports. “My mom asked me for something fun to play with before chemo takes her hair,” Sarah posted on Reddit under her username, borrow_a_feeling. The post quickly became a trending item on the site, with commenters weighing in with support and admiration. 

  • Texas Man Builds Miniature House in Hopes of Avoiding College Debt

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Joel Weber said he's determined to incur less college debt by living in the tiny, 145-square-foot house he built, rather than struggling to pay higher rent in his college town of Austin, Texas, Good Morning America reports. "I wanted a place to call home," Weber told ABC News. "I wanted it to be affordable so I could be debt-free and let it be an investment to give back to the community — not just dumped into rent that I wouldn't get any return on."