• Adrian Peterson 'has two choices' says Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Adrian Peterson sage moves on, and the Minnesota Vikings' head coach is laying down the former OU running back's options. "Adrian really has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play," Zimmer told reporters Wednesday at the second organized team activity practice for the Vikings. "He's not going to play for anyone else, that's just the way it's going to be." Peterson hasn't shown up for either day of OTAs so far, and is reportedly unhappy with how the Vikings responded in regard to his indictment in a child-abuse case which ultimately kept him out of football in 2014. Zimmer's words Wednesday go against the threats of Peterson's agent Ben Dogra, who's said the Vikings' all-time leading rusher would never play for the team again . Peterson sitting out of OTAs will cost him $250,000.

  • Former Oklahoma State standout Antonio Smith to sit out Broncos OTAs

    Updated: 25 min ago

    Antonio Smith will not participate in the Denver Broncos' organized team activities due to personal reasons. The former Oklahoma State defensive lineman is under criminal investigation following a complaint of sexual child abuse in Texas. Broncos General Manager John Elway, head coach Gary Kubiak and President Joe Ellis collectively decided that it would be best if Smith took time away from the team. Smith has not been charged. Smith joined the Broncos this offseason after spending 2014 with the Oakland Raider s. He played under Kubiak in Houston, helping lead the Texans to two AFC South titles.

  • VIDEO: Justin Bieber shoots at Kevin Durant with a Nerf gun

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    What is Kevin Durant up to? Oh nothing, just hanging out with Justin Bieber in California. According to this YouTube video, Bieber was in California with Durant last week when he popped him with a Nerf gun. Seems like Durant is enjoying his offseason. Bieber could have at least hooked Durant up with a weapon of his own. Sort of an unfair fight, especially since Durant probably can't get around very well at the moment. At least Durant and Bieber got some shopping done , too.

  • Mississippi the fattest state again | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mississippi is the fattest state in the United States for the second year in a row, with Hawaii being the skinniest, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll on obesity rates released Wednesday found that the national rate rose to about 27.7 percent of the population in 2014, up from 27.1 percent the year before. Gallup said obesity rates were highest in Southern and Midwestern states and lowest in Western and Northeastern states, a pattern that has continued since Gallup started tracking the rates in 2008. Mississippi had an obesity rate of 35.2 percent of the population. The rest of the top five was West Virginia (34.3), Louisiana (33.2), Arkansas (33) and Oklahoma (32.6). By contrast, Hawaii has a 19 percent obesity rate. The Aloha State is followed by Colorado, with a rate of about 20 percent. Colorado has had one of the two lowest obesity rates each year since 2008, Gallup said.

  • Should Stephanopoulos recuse himself from Democratic debates, too? | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos recused himself from moderating a Republican presidential primary debate his network has scheduled for February. But he hasn't said anything about any potential Democratic debates. An ABC spokeswoman declined to speak on that matter, and said they couldn't comment on an event that hasn't been scheduled yet. The Democratic National Committee, which has not released a schedule for any Democratic presidential debates, did not return a request for comment. Stephanopoulos recently admitted he had donated $75,000 to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's nonprofit Clinton Foundation, though the donations were made before Clinton officially declared her bid for the White House. Stephanopoulos apologized after the disclosure, noted the appearance of a bias and said he would recuse himself from moderating the GOP primary debate.

  • The difference between hotels that are dog friendly — and just dog tolerant

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them. Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring along their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees.

  • He Sees A Whirlpool In The Water, But Keep Your Eyes On The Middle. Holy Cow

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Nature is often simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. A man in Dviete, Latvia recorded a whirlpool that looked as if someone had pulled the plug on the river floor. 

  • Aubrey McClendon: Fracking's Cowboy Rides Again

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    America's wildest wildcatter, Aubrey McClendon, found new life -- and new billions -- after his spectacular plunge from the top of the oil game. Trouble has already come calling. In early 2013, during his last days as CEO of Chesapeake Energy CHK -0.4% , Aubrey McClendon was one busy guy. Chesapeake’s board gave him the boot following a litany of accusations about his rampant conflicts of interest, lavish perks, reckless bets and failure to disclose that he had personally borrowed around $1 billion, some from Chesapeake’s own lenders. But before leaving the building, McClendon allegedly gave himself a parting gift. According to a lawsuit filed by Chesapeake in February, he had his assistant print out highly sensitive maps of oil and gas prospects in Ohio’s natural-gas-rich Utica shale formations, and he e-mailed more proprietary and valuable information to his private account. McClendon set up a new operation–American Energy Partners–in offices up the street from Chesapeake’s Oklahoma City campus. He found a deep-pocketed partner in John Raymond, CEO of $15.5 billion Houston private equity outfit Energy & Minerals Group (and son of legendary Exxon CEO Lee Raymond). McClendon quickly got to work: By the time Chesapeake filed its lawsuit alleging theft of secrets, American Energy’s Utica affiliate had already bought up more than $1.5 billion of acreage.

  • Former Durant HS softball signs with USAO

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CHICKASHA – Former Durant High School and Murray State College softball player Mackenzi Clapp has signed with the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma. Clapp was an all-confrence player last season at Murray State.

  • Deaths, gang activity surge as illegals flood border, 30,000 expected | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A crackdown on children attempting to illegally enter the United States by Mexico and other Latin American nations has cut this year's surge to a still-high 30,000, says the Washington Examiner, but proponents believe that has made the situation even more desperate for kids, leading to greater crime and deaths. "Those that are fleeing and trying to get out of their countries are now using even more dangerous tactics with more criminal entities and costing them even more money to get through to safety," said Kimberly Haynes, director of children's services for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service . Baltimore-based LIRS is a key player in caring for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States and advocates for joining the kids with their parents already in the United States. Haynes told Secrets that those they have interviewed this year arrive with horrible stories of how smugglers got them through Mexico and into the United States.

  • A golf outing with Anthony Kim will cost you ... but it's for a good cause

    erik horne | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Anthony Kim has been mostly MIA from pro golf for the past few years, but that doesn't mean he's left golf altogether. Playing in general has been in doubt for the former OU standout, but it looks like he's getting some work in for charity. The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell blogged last week about the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, which generated a record $1.2 million. One of the live auction items? A golf outing with Kim valued at $24,500, with proceeds benefitting the Toby Keith Foundation  and its efforts to build and support the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Kim, who was photographed in April partying up in a Las Vegas nightclub , has rarely been seen in public, let alone on a professional golf course in recent years, but it's good to know he's giving back and swinging the clubs again.

  • Politico: Inside the war on coal

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The war on coal is not just political rhetoric, or a paranoid fantasy concocted by rapacious polluters. It’s real and it’s relentless. Over the past five years, it has killed a coal-fired power plant every 10 days. It has quietly transformed the U.S. electric grid and the global climate debate. The industry and its supporters use “war on coal” as shorthand for a ferocious assault by a hostile White House, but the real war on coal is not primarily an Obama war, or even a Washington war. It’s a guerrilla war. The front lines are not at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Supreme Court. If you want to see how the fossil fuel that once powered most of the country is being battered by enemy forces, you have to watch state and local hearings where utility commissions and other obscure governing bodies debate individual coal plants. You probably won’t find much drama. You’ll definitely find lawyers from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, the boots on the ground in the war on coal.

  • Study shows 12 more were hospitalized in Dallas with Ebola-like symptoms than was revealed

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Last fall, only two people were known to be hospitalized in Dallas after potentially contracting Ebola from a Liberian traveler who died from the disease. They were nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who tested positive. At the time, it was not revealed that an additional dozen people, nine of them health care workers, came down with Ebola-like symptoms while being monitored for possible exposure. A study released Tuesday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine reports that these patients developed fevers, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

  • Dubai's 'floating seahorse' homes

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Dubai is known for its extravagant development projects, like the indoor ski resorts, rotating skyscrapers and "miracle gardens," to name just a few. But the newest project, "The Floating Seahorse," is exceptionally lavish: it's a floating home with underwater rooms.

  • Czech startup that finds hidden cheap flights

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Most people book airline tickets through a travel aggregation website such as Expedia or Travelocity. Or maybe they go direcly t to the website of the airline itself. Those sites actually contain hundreds of cheap, "hidden" flights that airlines don't show to consumers. Regular customers can't see them but their algorithm can, according to Lucie Bresova, the CFO of the Czech Republic-based startup Skypicker.

  • Scientists have the first proof that viruses can beat cancer

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Scientists have the first proof that a “brand new” way of combating cancer, using genetically modified viruses to attack tumour cells, can benefit patients, paving the way for a “wave” of new potential treatments over the next decade, The Independent reports. Specialists at the NHS Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) confirmed that melanoma skin cancer patients treated with a modified herpes virus (the virus that causes cold sores) had improved survival – a world first. In some patients, the improvements were striking. Although all had aggressive, inoperable malignant melanoma, those treated with the virus therapy – known as T-VEC – at an earlier stage survived on average 20 months longer than patients given an alternative.

  • Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark dies at 75

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mary Ellen Mark, one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation, died Monday at age 75, CNN reports. Mark's photography spanned decades and her subjects ranged from celebrities to world leaders to those at the fringe of society, including prostitutes, the homeless and members of the Ku Klux Klan. Mark's most recent project was an exploration of New Orleans to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The project will be published later this summer by CNNMoney.

  • Texas a big step closer to major gun rights expansion

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, CBS News reports, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called "campus carry" measure, barely beating a midnight deadline. The legislation, one of the two major gun rights bills of the session, had appeared destined to fail, with more than 100 amendments lined up in a Democratic effort to kill it. But then Democrats abruptly dropped the amendments about 25 minutes before the deadline, and the chamber's large Republican majority forced a vote, approving the measure 101-47.

  • Nutritionists compare the best on-the-go snack options

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    On-the-go snacking is an inevitable in today's bustling world, says USA Today. But with so much flashy packaging and health-food buzz words, how do you know which snacks will actually boost your energy without giving you a sugar crash — or optimize satiety with its calorie count? Don't let wrapper promises leave your stomach empty. We asked three nutritionists for their take on the nutrition facts and ingredients in six common packaged products — plus a banana, for good measure — we'd likely take on the go.

  • KOKH: Edmond man in license plate dispute arrested

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    An Edmond man who gained national attention over a state license plate dispute has been arrested and transported to the Oklahoma County Jail, KOKH reports. John Keefe is charged with a felony count of violating the bail enforcement act and earlier this year, Keefe said the Oklahoma Tax Commission denied his request for a personalized license plate reading "LGBT Aly" (sic) ...