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  • 911 Dispatcher Handles Call About Her Choking Son

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    (Newser) – A 911 dispatcher in California had to handle a call that struck particularly close to home—the caller was her fiance pleading for help because their toddler son was choking. "I heard him say an address and I perked up, and then I heard him say it again and I recognized that as my own home address," Britney Melchor of Marysville tells KTVU. All ended well, but not before some tense moments.

  • Cops: Woman Faked Drowning to Avoid Court

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    (Newser) – It would normally be good news to learn that a woman feared drowned at Myrtle Beach last weekend didn't drown after all. The catch is that Amy Arrington, 42, is accused of concocting the story in cahoots with her husband to avoid a court appearance, reports WRAL. The fruitless search continued from Saturday evening into Tuesday night after husband Paul Arrington told police his wife walked into the ocean and never returned. Amy Arrington has since turned herself in to Charlotte police and is due in court tomorrow to face charges including identity theft and forgery, reports WSOC.

  • Brazilians Listened to the Song ‘Happy’ a Lot More After Their World Cup Disaster Against Germany, Per Spotify Data

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Anyone watching the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Brazil saw how devastating the 7-1 loss was for Brazilians, Yahoo News reports. Stunned fans cried openly in the stands; photos of tearful Brazilians proliferated; and bleak newspaper front pages dominated the newsstands the next day. Now here’s another depressing data point from the rout. According to Spotify, in the hours following the World Cup match, the Pharrell song “Happy” was played far more often in Brazil than it had been before the match started.

  • These Two Desks Could Help You Live Longer

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Have you heard the latest bad news? Sitting is the new smoking, Yahoo reports. According to one study, every workday you spend sitting costs you 2.5 hours off your lifespan. Sit six hours a day, and you’ll die 4.8 years sooner. It’s true even if you exercise regularly. The solution: The sit/stand desk. Like one of these.

  • Meet the World's Fastest Talking Woman

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    We sat down with the world's fastest talking female. Fran Capo holds a world record for her gift of gab at 603 words per minute — or 11 words per second (no big deal), Yahoo News reports. A YouTube video that's gone viral this week showcases Fran reciting "The Three Little Pigs" really, really, really fast.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight among elite quarterbacks at Manning Passing Academy

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OU's Trevor Knight is among a who's who of top college quarterbacks at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodeax, La., this week. Knight is joined by fellow Big 12 quarterback Bryce Petty, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and others in a group of 40 college quarterbacks who are serving as counselors to more than 1,000 high school football players from around the country.

  • Hostile people more likely to suffer a stroke

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Washington (AFP) - Feeling cynical and hostile toward others may double the risk of having a stroke in middle-aged and older adults, according to a study out Thursday.

  • NFL teams split $6 billion in revenue

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NFL teams, for the first time, equally divided more $6 billion in revenue last season. According to financials released by the Green Bay Packers, the franchise received $187.7 million in national revenue, which represents 1/32nd or 3.1 percent of the overall revenue.

  • Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano says he tore anus during World Cup semifinal against Netherlands

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Argentina's Javier Mascherano suffered a unique injury against the Netherlands. A potentially game-saving tackle by Mascherano late against the Dutch in the World Cup semifinal proved costly, as Mascherano admitted he "spread out his anus in the that last tackle." "I tore the anus ... I don't want to sound crude ... what I did anyone could have done. To be in the final you need a bit of luck." There's been no word on whether or not Mascherano will be healthy enough to play in the final against Germany on Sunday (he also suffered an apparent concussion in the semifinal). If he does play ... how tough is he?

  • No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase : The Two-Way : NPR

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The Justice Department has decided not to bring criminal charges against two police who shot and killed a woman after a wild car chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last fall, NPR reports. The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stanford, Conn., near the White House on Oct. 3 before driving off at high speed. Carey's 1-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the incident but was unharmed.

  • OSU softball: Tracie Adix-Zins hired as Cowgirls pitching coach

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Tracie Adix-Zins, the pitching coach for the Wisconsin Badgers' softball program the past four seasons, has been hired in the same position at Oklahoma State, OSU head coach Rich Wieligman announced today. Before joining Wisconsin, Adix-Zins was at South Dakota State for three seasons as a pitching coach. She was a former Big East Pitcher of the Year and All-American at DePaul.

  • South Tulsa Costco plans get green light from Planning Commission

    By KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Costco hopes to open its south Tulsa store next fall, a company official said Wednesday, according to the Tulsa World. “Optimistically, we are trying to get this thing done in late fall 2015,” said Michael Okuma, real estate development director for Costco. “That is assuming we get approval all the way.

  • Man Who Stole $460K in Quarters Must Return Only Half

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    (Newser) – It's hard to say what's more surprising: Thomas Rica's crime, or his sentence. The former Ridgewood, NJ, public works inspector was sentenced yesterday to five years of probation for stealing more than a million quarters harvested from the city's parking meters. Over a period of several years, prosecutors say Rica would make regular trips to the meter collection room, each time swiping thousands of coins from the buckets there, the Record reports. All told, they believe he stole $460,000, notes AP.

  • Call Girl Accused in Heroin Murder Linked to 2nd Death

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    (Newser) – Two months before Forrest Timothy Hayes was allegedly murdered by high-end prostitute Alix Tichelman, a Georgia nightclub owner whom Tichelman identified as her boyfriend died of what appeared to be a heroin and alcohol overdose, reports CNN. Now, in the wake of Hayes' death, that case is being reopened “to make sure there’s nothing else to it,” says the police captain in Milton.

  • The Spurs Have Quietly Re-Signed Their Entire Team, And It's Terrifying For The Rest Of The NBA

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The NBA has been an absolute circus since July 1, the day teams can officially begin negotiating with players. News of private pick-up games, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's private jet flying to South Beach, and two Exotic Auto Transport trucks outside of LeBron James' home have all sent the internet into a total frenzy. New rumors and reports break so frequently that this off-season already feels more dramatic than the entire past season of actual basketball, according to Business Insider. Amid all the chaos, it's been easy to miss the fact that the San Antonio Spurs, your current NBA champions, are bringing back their entire team. Tim Duncan kicked things off, very quietly opting into the final year of his contract at $10.3 million. Next, the Spurs re-signed two key role players, Boris Diaw (three years, $22.5 million) and Patty Mills (three years, $12 million). The rest of the team's core — Parker, Ginobli, Leonard, Green, Splitter — are still under contract.

  • Todd Akin Takes Back Apology Over 'Legitimate Rape' Theory

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Todd Akin and the rest of America agree on one thing: his odds of beating Sen. Claire McCaskill in his 2012 Missouri Senate race would have been better if not for the whole "legitimate rape" incident. In his new book Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom, Akin defends the "science" behind his comments and lists all the establishment Republicans who did him wrong. What he said in 2012 was that women rarely get pregnant from "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down. Find out what his defense of "legitimate rape" comes down to.

  • 22 Things You Should Never Do Again After 50

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Check out No. 4: Karaoke after Jell-O shots. AARP put a list together -- Activities People Over 50 Should Avoid There is just about nothing I could do when I was 16 that I cannot do now … except hang-up calls and the splits.

  • Bartender Returns $200 She Stole 15 Years Ago

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A woman paid back $200 she stole from a bar 15 years ago while bartending because "it was wrong and I regret it," according to ABC News. When Pamela Hedges, owner of the sports bar Gibb's, found out a letter in her mailbox, she thought it was a credit letter from a bank. But when she opened the envelope, she was stunned to find a $200 check and a handwritten apology from a thief. The note came last Thursday from an ex-employee who worked for Hedges’ bar 15 years ago, asking for forgiveness of a crime. Pamela Hedges, 57, and her husband Gibbs Hedges, 71, owned the bar for 30 years in Beatrice, Neb. While working at the bar, the employee had stolen about $200, the letter stated.

  • Study: Most US Teens Can't Read Their Own Pay Stubs

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Fewer than 30% of U.S. teens understand their paycheck, according to the financial literacy portion of a test administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. More than one in six 15-year-olds is unable to make even simple decisions about everyday spending, and only one in 10 can solve complex financial tasks, according to the test.

  • It's official. It's true. Rosie's coming back.

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    ABC told us just the other day it would be “weeks” before anything would be announced about View co-hosts for the fall, but well, as ABC now says, “plans changed," according to USA TODAY. Rosie O’Donnell will reclaim her View throne, taking a seat next to Whoopi Goldberg, the only View co-host set to return to the show in the fall for a new season. And by the way, the latest name thrown out into the View arena? Meghan McCain. Would Rosie approve?