• 80-year-old traveler becomes Internet superstar

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    In the spirit of YOLO (You only live once), one grandmother is traveling around the world at the impressive age of 80. Lena Toksanbaeva is a devoted mother and grandmother who had never left her native home of Kazakhstan. That is, until her children convinced her to take a trip to London.

  • KFOR: Oklahoma judge sends tardy defendants directly to jail

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    An Oklahoma County judge is fed up with her courtroom's lack of punctuality, reports KFOR. More than half a dozen people were sent to jail. Their crime? They all showed up late to court.

  • KOCO: Several cars hit sinkhole on I-35 in Kay County, says OHP

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    KAY COUNTY — Several vehicles have hit a sinkhole on Interstate 35 in Kay County, KOCO reports. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the outside lane of northbound I-35 is closed just south of exit 231 because of the sink hole.

  • Why Was The Flooding In Texas So Bad?

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Heavy rainfall and flooding devastated parts of Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, destroying homes, forcing evacuations and killing at least a dozen people, the Huffington Post reports. But how did things get so bad? The anomalous nature of the weekend’s rainfall and communities’ existing vulnerability to flooding came together with devastating results.

  • Serious Injuries Reported After Tornado Hits Texas Drill Rig

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    May 27 (Reuters) - At least three people were injured on Wednesday when a tornado hit a natural gas drilling rig in northern Texas, the Hemphill County sheriff and a hospital official said. One victim sustained minor injuries, the second had non-life-threatening injuries to the face, and the third suffered "an impalement to the abdomen," Hemphill County Sheriff James Pearson said in a statement.

  • Carrie Underwood announces surprise to fans

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Country superstar and new mom of adorable  baby Isaiah , says the Nashville Sun Times, announced to her fans on social media Tuesday morning that she will be performing at the 2015 CMA Music Festival on June 13th in Nashville.

  • Former Edmond Santa Fe, Tennessee guard Josh Richardson to work out for Grizzlies

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Former Edmond Santa Fe and University of Tennessee guard Josh Richardson will participate in a pre-draft workout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday morning, according to the (Knoxville) News Sentinel. Richardson will be joined by former Arkansas guard Ky Maddden, former Florida State guard Aaron Thomas, former Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton, former Florida forward Chris Walker and former Arizona forward Brandon Ashley. Richardson is represented by BDA Sports Management. The first-team All-SEC member and two-time member of the league’s all-defensive team was not invited to the NBA draft combine in Chicago.

  • Adrian Peterson on missing OTAs: 'Business, not personal'

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Adrian Peterson isn't at Vikings organized team activities, but not because he wants out of Minnesota. The former OU running back told ESPN reporter Josina Anderson in a statement Wednesday "the reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. "It's about securing my future with the Vikings," Peterson said. "It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings." Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday at the second day of OTAs that Peterson has one of two options when it comes to this season: Play for Minnesota or not play at all .

  • The world's 10 most expensive plane tickets

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Just joined the nouveau riche with an unexpected lottery win? Perhaps you've hit it big on some forgotten sports bet? Or were there a few more dimes in that piggy bank than you expected? Maybe you're just curious how the rich and famous fly when money is no object and luxury has no limits. Whatever your reason for being here, Hopper's selection of 10 flights and their matching figures will do well to inspire a gasp.

  • Nebraska Abolishes the Death Penalty

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The legislature overrides the governor’s veto to make Nebraska the first conservative state since 1973 to reject capital punishment.

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

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Adrian Peterson saga 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: 15 hr 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.