• China eases 'one child' policy to boost births

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    China's "one child" policy is still technically in force, yet Zhang Xue and her husband are expecting in March— and might even get a government bonus for the second child, USA TODAY reports.  That's because the world's most populous nation, with 1.35 billion people, is moving to encourage more offspring, a significant revision to the communist government's strict system of birth control to counter a rapidly aging society and shrinking labor force. Instead of facing a massive fine or a forced abortion or sterilization that rule-breakers have risked over the three decades the policy has been in effect, Zhang and her husband might qualify for a $1,600 subsidy.

  • Protesters: Oklahoma not ‘OK’ for Seattle’s elephants

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Opponents of a plan to ship Woodland Park Zoo’s two elephants to the Oklahoma City Zoo crowded into a Seattle City Council meeting Monday, pressing council members to veto the move and send the animals to a sanctuary,the Seattle Times reports. The council opened the floor to comment, even though the elephants’ fate wasn’t on the agenda. “We want to impress upon the City Council that a resolution is needed to stop this ill-conceived move to the Oklahoma City Zoo,” said Alyne Fortgang, co-founder of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants.

  • Media Matters founder wants New York Times 'correction' on Hillary emails report

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    David Brock, founder of the liberal Media Matters watchdog and a Hillary Clinton loyalist, said on Wednesday that a New York Times report on Clinton's email practices while secretary of state was "sloppily done" and "based on a false premise," the Washington Examiner reports. "The piece didn't stand up to scrutiny after it was published," said Brock on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he called on the Times to issue a correction to the report, which was written by Michael S. Schmidt and published Monday night. The Times reported that Clinton, a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, exclusively used a private email account to conduct government business, though federal rules require that government officials have their electronic correspondence stored by federal agencies.

  • Police say Obama bullet ban isn't needed, AR-15 round isn't a threat

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A top police representative on Tuesday said that there is no history of criminals using a round popular among AR-15 rifle shooters against officers, undermining the Obama administration's argument for banning the 5.56 M855 "lightgreen tip," the Washington Examiner reports. "Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem," said James Pasco, executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police , the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members. He told Secrets that the round used mostly for target practice "is not typically used against law enforcement."

  • Woodward News: Man injured in elevator fall while filming historic Woodward building

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A Woodward man has been transported to University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Trauma Center in Oklahoma City after falling with an elevator from the second story of an historic Woodward building, the Woodward News reports. According to a family member, Monday evening Aaron Van Dorn, the grandson of Woodward rancher and owner of Sonic Dwight Van Dorn, suffered numerous broken bones and brain trauma when he fell with the elevator.

  • The Seattle Times Editorial: Zoo elephants to OKC? Not so fast

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    An editorial from The Seattle Times says that Seattle city leaders must save elephants Bamboo and Chai from being sent to another zoo. To quote the editorial: Chai and Bamboo are headed to the Sooner State, if a misguided decision by The Woodland Park Zoo board stands. By choosing to send its elephants to another zoo in Oklahoma City, the board ignored the preference for sanctuary by Mayor Ed Murray, a majority of the Seattle City Council and many of this region’s animal-rights supporters. Zoo officials should reconsider shipping Chai and Bamboo into the middle of Tornado Alley, a region with much more volatile and extreme weather than Seattle. Yet, the zoo is already preparing the two Asian elephants for a 2,000-mile, 40-hour journey in giant crates.

  • Hollywood Reporter: Oprah Winfrey on Closing Harpo Studios, OWN Expansion, Broadway Plans

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By year’s end, Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Studios will close its doors, with the 26-year-old company's productions transitioning to OWN headquarters in Los Angeles, says the Hollywood Reporter. The news, which Winfrey delivered in person to her Harpo staff on Tuesday morning, comes two months after her burgeoning cable network moved into a new space in West Hollywood. Though the Chicago lease continues through April 2016, Winfrey and her key executives intend to stop the back-and-forth routine they've been balancing for nearly half a decade sooner than that.

  • Andrew Lack's return to NBC could signal return of Brian Williams

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Former NBC News president Andrew Lack's return to 30 Rock --  he is currently in talks about a "top job" in the news division  -- would catalyze a major shakeup among the executive leadership and would likely signal Brian Williams' return to the network, current and former high-level NBC News staff told the On Media blog on Monday, Politico reports. Lack, who served as NBC News president from 1993 to 2001, is a close friend and adviser to Williams and the man responsible for making him anchor of the NBC Nightly News ten years ago. High-level sources who spoke to On Media on Tuesday said that Lack's return to NBC News should be taken as a near-guarantee that NBC would move to reinstate Williams as anchor of the Nightly News.

  • Ben Carson: Prisons prove being gay is a choice

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Ben Carson says homosexuality is a choice because many people "go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay." The neurosurgeon and potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 made the comment in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo that aired Wednesday on "New Day."

  • Blake Griffin nearing return for Clippers

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Blake Griffin has intensified his workouts since undergoing elbow surgery and could return as soon as Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The former OU star is close to four weeks removed from surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow. If he returns Sunday, Griffin will have sat out 11 games.

  • Former OSU wrestler Johny Hendricks has a new restaurant in Texas

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Johny Hendricks has won an NCAA wrestling national championship and a UFC title. Now, he's trying to win in the kitchen. Hendricks is financially backing Big Rigg Steakhouse in Midlothian, Texas, which he opened in January. He's working with family members and even bussing tables. In the piece from the Dallas Morning News, Hendricks talks about focusing on giving back to Midlothain, the town he's settled with his wife and three daughters.

  • Texas Nurse Nina Pham Sues Dallas Hospital Over Ebola Infection

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, sued a Texas hospital on Monday, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from contracting the deadly virus and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with it, Reuters reports. In the suit against Texas Health Resources (THR) in Dallas County Court, Pham claims the hospital did not initially provide nurses with proper protective equipment or properly train staff on how to treat the disease.

  • Here's When 'Orange Is The New Black' Returns

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Mark your calendars, cancel your plans and get the snacks ready: "Orange Is the New Black," "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," the Wachowski's "Sense8," Jennette McCurdy's thriller "Between" and a handful of other new Netflix originals have premiere dates, The Huffington Post reports. Check it out: May: "Between"June 5: "Sense8"June 12: "Orange Is the New Black" Season 3June 17: "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"

  • Edward Snowden In Talks To Return To U.S., Lawyer Says

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home, Reuters reports. Anatoly Kucherena, who has links to the Kremlin, was speaking at a news conference to present a book he has written about his client. Moscow granted Snowden asylum in 2013, straining already tense ties with Washington. "I won't keep it secret that he... wants to return back home. And we are doing everything possible now to solve this issue. There is a group of U.S. lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I'm dealing with it on the Russian side."

  • DOJ Finds Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A Justice Department investigation has found that the Ferguson Police Department discriminates against black residents and routinely violates the Constitution and federal law, an official told The Huffington Post. The results of the investigation were detailed in a meeting between Ferguson and Justice Department officials on Tuesday. A Ferguson official confirmed to The Huffington Post that city and Justice Department officials were meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The so-called “pattern or practice” investigation of the Ferguson Police Department was announced by the Justice Department in September last year, just weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

  • Why You Can't Get Your Favorite Tea at Starbucks

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    If it has Oprah’s name on it, it is bound for success; but since January when Starbucks started carrying Teavana’s Oprah Chai, along with nine other flavors, many stores have not been able to keep the teas in stock. Yahoo Food reports Starbucks, which has almost 22,000 stores in 66 countries, previously blamed the shortage on problems at the ports, but now a company spokesperson is saying it is just because of the transition from their former marquis tea brand Tazo. “We are experiencing slower than usual replenishment, but we are in the process of replenishing our teas, and apologize to customers for any inconvenience,” said Alisa Martinez, a Starbucks spokesperson.

  • Hillary Clinton camp fires back over email claims

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman says the former secretary of state did not violate federal records laws by using a personal email account when she was at the State Department, Yahoo News reports.  “Like secretaries of state before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Nick Merrell, Clinton’s spokesman, said in a statement Monday. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained. When the department asked former secretaries last year for help ensuring their emails were in fact retained, we immediately said yes.” The statement comes in response to a New York Times report that Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure as secretary.

  • Hockey player traded to Wild after daughter writes to team

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The NHL Trade Deadline can sometimes feel mechanical and cold. These are names on the transaction wire, additions to rosters. What gets lost is that these are moves that interrupt lives and affect families, Puck Daddy reports. Thanks to Jordyn Leopold, we’ve all been reminded about the human side of the trade deadline. Jordyn Leopold is the 11-year-old daughter of Jordan Leopold, a defenseman who played for theColumbus Blue Jackets this season. In January, she wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild front office asking the team to trade for her father, a University of Minnesota product who was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 

  • Bill Clinton's portrait includes shadow of blue dress

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The artist who painted the official White House portrait of President Bill Clinton says he quietly included a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal — and the infamous blue dress — in his painting, Yahoo News reports. “If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantel in the Oval Office,” Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.” The revelation of Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern, created a firestorm in American politics and led to the president’s impeachment in 1998.

  • Where to celebrate St. Patrick's day ...

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    It may not be top of mind when you think of the Caribbean, but on many islands Saint Patrick's Day is as Caribbean as a rum punch on a sunny afternoon.




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