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  • Study Reveals Interesting Link Between Men's Height And Marital Success

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Tall or short may affect more than just a man's suit size -- according to a new study it may also impact the success of his marriage, Huffington Post reports. Sociologists from NYU combed through data using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) -- which has collected information on the same 4,500 families since 1968, according to the Huffington Post.

  • The UN Just Officially Condemned America's Racist Police Brutality

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The news:  The protests in Ferguson — and law enforcement's abysmal response to them — have sparked condemnation from around the world (especially from some unlikely critics including Iran, Egypt and Russia), Mic.com reports. Now the UN has finally made an official statement on the events following Michael Brown's shooting death, and it's strongly worded to say the least. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), an international racism watchdog panel, said on Friday that it "remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," according to Reuters.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Florida State's Chris Casher won't play against Oklahoma State

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Florida State's defense will be short-handed tonight's game against Oklahoma State in Arlington.  Starting strongside linebacker Chris Casher, who played in 13 games last season as a redshirt freshman for the Seminoles, will not dress for tonight's Cowboys Classic, a source confirmed to Florida State's Rivals.com site. Casher did not participate in the Seminoles' final practice in Tallahassee on Thursday. When asked about Casher's absence, head coach Jimbo Fisher said the sophomore was in class. His absence tonight is also academic-related, according to the source, but it could be resolved as early as this week or next.

  • Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay player, cut by St. Louis Rams

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The St. Louis Rams have pushed the pause button on the football career of rookie linebacker Michael Sam. Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, was released Saturday in the final round of cuts, missing out on a spot on the 53-man roster. There’s still a possibility Sam could wind up with the Rams. In order to place him on their practice squad, they would need to place him on the waiver wire for a day, thus making him available to the league’s other 31 teams. Sam, a standout defensive end at the University of Missouri, was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as ‘America’s ambassador to Muslims’

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s? As the State Department’s new special representative to Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Washington Post reports. All are places where his brand is not, let’s say, wildly popular.

  • Local authorities say they're unlikely to use armored vehicles should civil unrest occur

    By DYLAN GOFORTH World Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa Police Department have three armored vehicles between them, but leaders of both agencies say they have never been used here in a civil disturbance and likely would cause more harm than good if they were, Tulsa World reports.

  • Lee Corso drinks Stone Cold Steve Austin's beer, shoots guns on College GameDay

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    If you bring Stone Cold Steve Austin on your show, you have to drink at least one beer. Well, College GameDay's Lee Corso does. He's the Charles Barkley of the Saturday show -- anything goes -- and he shared a beer with the WWE star on the set of GameDay Saturday morning in Texas, where ESPN is there covering Oklahoma State-Florida State. Corso picked Florida State to beat the Cowboys, but defied his usual rule of using a prop from the team he picks to win (like say, a spear for the Seminoles), because ... well he's Lee Corso and no one is going tell him what to do. Corso picks the Noles and still goes "pistols firing."

  • OSU football: 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay sign condemned by university

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    ESPN's College GameDay has become a must-watch show every Saturday morning, so much that fans have taken to making creative signs based on the feature game each week. One sign went too far Saturday in Arlington, Texas, the site of OSU-Florida State -- Cowboys vs. Seminoles. The sign which read " Send'em home" #trail_of_tears #gopokes " was originally favorited by the Oklahoma State Twitter account, but the university issued a brief statement against the sign and its offensive message via Twitter on Saturday. In tweets to followers on Saturday, @okstate explained that it " missed the hashtag at first glance and unfavorited ."

  • Erasing Your Bad Memories May Soon Be Possible

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Using state of the art laser and gas techniques, scientists working with mice make stunning breakthroughs in turning bad memories into better ones, Time.com reports. Memories are a complex combination of objective information—the color of a car, the size of a building—and less tangible emotional feelings, like fear, anxiety, joy, or satisfaction, according to Time.com. But to scientists, memories are nothing more than a series of chemical and physical changes, the firing of a nerve here, which sends electrochemical impulses to another nerve there, which together encode everything that we associate with a memory.

  • Supermarket Donates Ice Cube Sales To ALS, Challenges Competitors To Do The Same

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Thanks to the viral ice bucket challenge, in-demand cubes are flying out of freezers and one supermarket is using the surge to contribute to the cause, Huffington Post reports. British supermarket giant Tesco is donating its profits from rocketing ice cube sales to the Motor Neurone Disease Association , a U.K. group that funds research and supports patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other forms of motor neurone disease, according to Huffington Post.

  • China is now using drones to catch “terrorists” in Xinjiang

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Chinese government announced last  week  (Chinese) that it had deployed drones to the autonomous western region of Xinjiang, where separatist attacks have been on the rise in recent years, Quartz reports. The New York Times’ Sinosphere blog, citing Chinese state media reports,  says the drones will be used to track the movements of Muslim Uyghur separatists, who the government calls “terrorists”, in the region’s southwestern county of Yarkant, according to Quartz. The area was the site of the latest attacks that left over 100 people dead.

  • Exorcising a Phobia, One Stroke at a Time

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    On the morning before he was to report to the pool, Attis Clopton sat in a storefront breakfast spot near his Brooklyn apartment munching a glazed doughnut, says the New York Times. He was worrying. It was a glorious day, blue sky and hot. The kind when they say the only sensible place to be is in the water. But, please, let’s not go there. As he imagined what lay ahead, his hands got clammy. He needed to think about something else — anything else. Anything but water. The next morning, he was starting swimming lessons. Such an ordinary thing — learning to swim. Preschoolers do it every day. This was different.

  • American Dream turned nightmare: 40 hour work week grows to 47-60 hours

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The old “9 to 5” work week is becoming about as obsolete as the American Dream, says the Washington Examiner. A new Gallup poll finds that economically-stressed Americans are now working an “average” of 47 hours, with a growing number clocking 60 hours or more. “Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours,” said Gallup, based on their 2014 Work and Education survey.

  • Texas A&M win means $1M in furniture for fans

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Texas A&M's big win over South Carolina on Thursday paid off to the tune of more than $1 million for some Aggies fans. Some 600 people will receive furniture for free due to a College Station promotion that promised the giveaway if Texas A&M beat South Carolina by at least 10 points. The Ashley Furniture branch in College Station offered all furniture purchased from Aug. 16-27 for free if the Aggies beat the Gamecocks by at least 10 points.

  • Teacher Who Resigned Accused of Having Cocaine Delivered to Her at School

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A teacher who suddenly resigned two weeks ago amid an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency has been indicted by a grand jury in Kentucky. Arin Staples is accused of having cocaine delivered to her at Holmes Middle School in Covington, Kent., where she was a teacher, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said. She was indicted Thursday on a charge of prohibited acts related to controlled substances, a Class D felony that could bring one to five years in prison. Staples resigned shortly after being questioned by investigators.

  • In just 6 months, 37,477 illegal immigrant kids released, only 280 deported

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Washington Examiner reports the Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports. The Health and Human Services Department released a list of 126 counties 29,890 of the kids were placed into, sometimes with their parents who are also in the United States illegally. Those counties include some of the most exclusive in the nation, including the Washington suburbs of Fairfax and Loudoun in Virginia and Howard and Montgomery in Maryland. Fairfax received 1,023. States like California and New York were given large numbers of the unaccompanied children, while President Obama’s home state of Illinois, where experts expected many to go, received only 175, according to the list.

  • 'Tragic accident': Family of Uzi mishap victim doesn't blame girl

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old who was learning how to shoot an Uzi , said they feel “sorry” for the girl, NBC News reports. "We know it was a tragic accident and that it's something that we're all going to have to live with,” Vacca’s 19-year-old daughter Ashley said in an exclusive NBC News interview to be aired Friday on the TODAY show. The 39-year-old veteran was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon Monday morning at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, when she pulled the trigger and the kickback caused the gun to lurch over her head, investigators said.

  • Republican Governor Agrees To Expand Medicaid In His State

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania agreed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, joining 26 states and the District of Columbia, the Huffington Post reports. Federal regulators accepted a modified proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) that will offer an estimated 500,000 low-income individuals subsidies to purchase private insurance. The plan allows some low-income individuals to be charged premiums for coverage, and permits the number of available benefit plans to be reduced from 14 to two -- a "high-risk" option and "low-risk" options -- according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner lauded the agreement in a statement, and urged other states to expand Medicaid as well. Corbett is only the 9th Republican governor to sign on.

  • Joan Rivers joked about her death day before surgery scare: 'I'm 81 — I could go at any moment'

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A beaming Joan Rivers joked about her mortality at a Manhattan gig just hours before she was rushed to the hospital, reports New York Daily News. “She did a joke onstage, she goes, ‘I’m 81 — I could go at any moment,’” recounted Shade Rupe, 45, who attended the Wednesday night show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. “‘I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!’” The comedian did an hour-long show before an appreciative audience at the intimate 99-seat venue before posing for a picture with Rupe.