• Facebook Takes a Step Into Education Software

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook , which transformed communication with its social networking service, now wants to make a similar impact on education. The Silicon Valley company announced on Thursday that it was working with a local charter school network, Summit Public Schools , to develop software that schools can use to help children learn at their own pace.

  • 50 incredible bars you should drink at in your lifetime

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Make this your boozy bucket list.

  • Kim Davis is a Democrat. Why does that matter?

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    What's the big deal? A panel of experts explain.

  • I-40 westbound closed in east OKC due to trailer fire

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Crews are responding to a fire on I-40 westbound in the area of the Fort Smith junction.

  • Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages, cites First Amendment right to religious freedom

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day reportedly won't perform same-sex marriages in his Salem courtroom.

  • Experience California Wine Country

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Discover the wines and flavors of California Wine Country, with recommendations and advice from the experts at USA TODAY Travel.

  • Merle Haggard Laments New Country Music About 'Screwing on a Tailgate'

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Iconic outlaw blasts bro country, applauds Sturgill Simpson. Merle Haggard  is one of the most name-checked singers in modern country music, honored by a string of songs — including Eric Church's "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" and Mo Pitney's "I Met Merle Haggard Today" — that tip their hats to the pioneering outlaw. As it turns out, the respect isn't exactly mutual. 

  • Migrants Fleeing Hungary Start a Long March Toward Germany

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    LONDON — Haggard and defiant, a large number of migrants marched from the Keleti train station in Budapest toward Germany on Friday, pledging to walk 300 miles rather than remain in a country where they are not welcome. “This is going to go down in history,” said Rami Hassoun, an Egyptian migrant from Alexandria who was helping corral the crowds on a six-lane highway, where the migrants were being watched by the police.

  • When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    The rise of legal marijuana seems to be fueling a spike in the number of pets that become unhappily high off of pilfered treats. The dose is rarely fatal, but it can be a buzzkill.

  • What Diseases Can You Get from a Water Fountain?

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    This is a tricky question because it depends on how you define a “fountain.” The kind you drink from and the kind you sit beside present different risks, although neither is normally very risky. Many people seem to be nervous about drinking from water fountains, even though it is well known that the municipal water of all major American cities is nearly always carefully monitored for germs and is safe to drink. In most cities, the water that comes out of home taps, park fountains and sidewalk fire hydrants is exactly the same.

  • Greek woman saves a Syrian man lost at sea for 13 hours

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Sandra Tsiligeridu was cruising back to the Greek holiday island of Kos with family and friends last Thursday when she spotted something out of place in the sea up ahead. A pair of hands appeared to be waving at her from the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Maybe it was a diver; maybe it was someone else. Tsiligeridu's husband Dimitris eased up on the controls of their twin engine motor boat and veered left in order to avoid him. But as they got closer, Tsiligeridu realized something terrible was happening, and she screamed at Dimitris to turn around. What she saw next would stay with her forever.

  • Texas State student rides her Barbie Jeep around campus after DWI arrest, Internet loves it

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Some people ride bikes or public transit when their licenses are suspended, but one battery-powered, Barbie Jeep-riding Texas State student is not allowing a DWI arrest stop her from getting around on her own four wheels. Tara Monroe, an industrial engineering junior, said her license was automatically suspended after refusing a breathalyzer test after a Waka Flocka concert. Her father drove to San Marcos from Kingwood, her hometown, to strip her of her vehicle, leaving her with a bike to get around. “Riding a bike around campus sucks,” she told MySA.com. “Like really sucks.”

  • Edward Snowden says Hillary Clinton 'ridiculous' to think emails were secure

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Edward Snowden has branded as “completely ridiculous” the idea that Hillary Clinton’s personal email server was secure while she was secretary of state. The National Security Agency whistleblower was speaking in an interview with Al-Jazeera. In 2014, Clinton accused Snowden of inadvertently helping terrorists. Since then she has toned down such criticism and said the NSA needs to be more transparent.

  • Man arrested for threatening to 'kill all white people' in La Plata, Md.

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    LA PLATA, Md. (WJLA) — A Maryland man has been arrested for making threats against La Plata residents on social media. Carlos Anthony Hollins, 20, of Waldorf, Maryland, has been charged with threats of mass violence for allegedly sending a tweet Wednesday afternoon that read: "IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO. MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE ! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LAPLATA. #BLACKLIVESMATTER" The Twitter account from which the tweet was sent has since been suspended.

  • 11-year-old shoots, kills suspected home invader

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY – An 11-year-old shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a suspected St. Louis County home invasion Thursday. According to Sgt. Brian Schellman, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department, the incident occurred on the 10,000 block of Hallwood Drive around 2:25 p.m. Two suspects attempted to break into the house when an 11-year-old boy inside the home picked up a loaded gun and fired one shot, striking the 16-year-old. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene inside the home.

  • Pentagon Now Says Army Mistakenly Sent Live Anthrax to All 50 States

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has repeatedly said the scandal over the military's mistaken shipment of live anthrax spores around the nation and the world would get worse -- and he was right. The number of labs that received live anthrax has more than doubled to 194 since Work and Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's top acquisition official, released a report in July on the shipments of the deadly pathogen from the Army's Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. The number of states receiving live anthrax also more than doubled to include all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

  • The FBI Now Needs a Warrant To Use Its Phone-Sniffing Stingray Boxes

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Privacy took a blow last week when the NSA got permission to keep operating a massive dragnet. Here’s some better news: As of today, federal agents should have a harder time using Stingrays to spy on cell phones. Today, the Department of Justice issued a new policy that requires federal agencies to get a search warrant before they deploy a “cell-site simulator,” aka Stingray, in all but the most dire circumstances. (The Stingray is just the name of one specific device, made by the Harris Corporation, which pretends to be a cell tower in order to trick nearby phones into connecting to it.)

  • Baylor DE Shawn Oakman suspended for opener against SMU

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Baylor has suspended All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman on the eve of the Bears' season debut against SMU, according to Bleacher Report. Oakman, the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks last season with Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. The reason for the suspension, as well as the length, is unclear. In June, Jenni Carlson wrote about Oakman's big personality at Big 12 Media Day.

  • You need to check out Japan's Street View for cats right meow

    Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    If you're a human and you're plotting out a Sunday stroll, Google Street View is usually just a few clicks away. But what if you're a cat? Hiroshima, Japan's tourism board has created a web app that let's you peer through the eyes of our feline friends as they navigate the world. It's essentially the same as Google Street View, but at cat-eye level.

  • Oklahoma officials investigating dog-skinning case

    Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Davis officials are offering a cash reward for information in a dog-skinning case.