• The Magic Trick That Could Shorten The FAFSA

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    It's deadline time for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Better known as the FAFSA. The daunting application — with its 108 questions — stands between many college hopefuls and much-needed financial aid. One recent study found that some 2 million students who would qualify for federal Pell Grants don't even fill out the form, NPR reports.

  • Robots Take Over The Sports Section

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    There's a South Carolina vs. Clemson baseball game on. You check for score updates online. You click on a story from The Associated Press. In a few months, there's a good chance that story will have been written by a robot. The Huffington Post reports The Associated Press is once again teaming up with technology company Automated Insights to bring its "robot" journalism to NCAA college sports, AI announced Wednesday. Starting this spring, the AP will crank out automated sports stories on Division I baseball, and will gradually begin to include Division I women’s basketball, Division II and III men’s basketball and Division II and III football within the next two years.

  • Millennials Find Watching YouTube Videos Way More Entertaining Than TV

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Younger audiences watch more hours of video on YouTube and other digital outlets than TV -- simply because they find it more enjoyable and relevant to their lives, according to a new study. Reuters reports consumers aged 13-24 spend 11.3 hours weekly watching free online video compared with 8.3 hours for regularly scheduled TV, according to a study conducted in the fall of 2014 by Hunter Qualitative Research commissioned by digital-media firm Defy Media. A major factor driving Internet-video consumption among millennials, per the study: 62% of survey respondents said digital content makes them "feel good" about themselves vs. 40% reported for TV. According to the survey, 67% of millennials said digital delivers content they can relate to vs. 41% for TV, and 66% said they turn to digital content to relax vs. 47% for TV.

  • KOCO: Russell Westbrook featured in 'Pitch Perfect 2' picture

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Whoever creates graphics and works on the"Pitch Perfect 2" official website is a fan of the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, KOCO reports. Following Westbrook's All-Star Game Most Valuable Player performance Feb. 15...

  • Presidential contender Ben Carson says prison inmates prove homosexuality is a choice

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Ben Carson on CNN. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has an interesting theory about homosexuality, Business Insider reports. Carson argued in a Wednesday CNN interview that people who come out as gay while in prison prove many them weren't born that way. "Absolutely," Carson said when asked whether he thought homosexuality was a choice. "Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight straight. And when they come out, they're gay. So did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

  • Ty Herndon proud to be first country artist to sing love song to another man

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Country singer Ty Herndon came out in November 2014, and he believes it has helped his career, as he says the revelation will enable him to be more honest and vulnerable in his future music, FOX News reports. “I may be the first man in country music to sing a love song to another man. And I’m very proud to do that,” the 52-year-old singer told People and other reporters at the Family Equality Council’s Los Angeles Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills over the weekend. “I’m not changing the he’s for she’s. It’s straight on who I love. Love is universal. I’m keeping it unisex, but there are a few songs that I’ve written that I wrote about my own life. That’s the one thing about country music you got to sing what you know.”

  • The Disturbing Facebook Trend of Stolen Kids Photos

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Lindsey Paris was excited when she saw a new “like” pop up on the Facebook page that she’d set up for her blog Red Head Baby Mama. But the feeling quickly turned into shock after the Atlanta mother clicked on the name of the woman who’d given the thumbs up to a photo of Paris’ then 18-month-old son, Yahoo Parenting reports. The stranger had made the toddler’s image her homepage photo and was presenting Paris’ son asher own child. “I flew into a mother lion rage, then I burst into tears,” Paris tells Yahoo Parenting, of the 2012 incident that still has her on edge. 

  • 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"




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