• John Wilkes Booth Was Not A Deranged Lone Madman, Historian Says

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    President Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth, is largely regarded as a deranged, lone gunman, says NPR. But historian Terry Alford, an expert on all things John Wilkes Booth, tells Morning Editon's Renee Montagne that's not the case. His new book, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, tells the story of a well-liked actor and his life before going down in history as the man who assassinated a president. Booth was born into a prominent family of actors. According to Alford, he had the good looks, and exceptional range as an actor to stand out, playing both dark roles as bad guys, and softer roles such as Romeo. By 1865, the 26-year-old was a headliner on the American stage. As Alford explains, Booth was so rich and famous, he was the first actor known to have had his clothes torn by fans.

  • Tom Brokaw addresses Brian Williams controversy: 'really, really serious'

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    In his first extensive public comments on the matter, says CNN Money, Tom Brokaw, who held the anchor chair at "NBC Nightly News" for more than 20 years, called the controversy surrounding Williams' exaggerated tales a "really, really serious case." "There's a process underway," Brokaw said at an event held at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Monday night. "And the important thing is that the process is very carefully constructed, and we owe it to everybody -- including Brian and his family and certainly the people who work at NBC News who risk their lives everyday, and to the integrity of what NBC News has stood for all these years -- to let the process play out, to hear what the final conclusions are and then deal with it at that point." The "process" Brokaw cited is an internal fact-checking investigation into fibs and exaggerations told by Williams over the years. It is being led by Richard Esposito, the news division's head of investigations.

  • Flakka: New Synthetic Drug Is More Potent Than Predecessors

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    "Flakka," says NBC News, is a new designer drug luring some young Americans and is even more potent and more addictive than its synthetic predecessors, which long skirted the law, experts say. On the street, it's also called "gravel" for its white, crystal chunks. In the lab, it's known as a stimulant, part of a chemical class called cathinones, with the amphetamine-like effects of Molly and Ecstasy. In the media it's been dubbed "the insanity drug." Indeed, flakka has fueled a recent, bizarre a spate of public behavior, all occurring in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On April 4, a man who had smoked flakka ran naked in the streets, claiming people had stolen his clothes. In March, a man on flakka impaled himself on a spiked fence outside the police station. He survived. In February, a man on flakka tried to kick in the police station door, claiming cars were chasing him.

  • Watch Arizona Police Car Ram Suspect in Foot Chase

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Shocking dashboard camera videos released by authorities in Arizona show a patrol car crashing into an alleged armed suspect who police said had been on a day-long crime spree, ABC News reports. Mario Valencia's February 19 alleged spree included robbing a 7-11, breaking into a church and committing arson, invading a home and stealing a car, the Marana Police Department said. He then allegedly stole a rifle and ammunition from Walmart and fired the gun not far from the store, according to police.

  • FDA: Kind bars not so kind to your health

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The Food and Drug Administration is tearing into several Kind fruit and nut bars, blasting the company's claims they are healthy, the Washington Examiner reports. Apparently there is a federal criterion for what is considered healthy, and Kind doesn't meet it, according to a recent FDA warning letter to the company. The agency singled out the labels for four Kind bars: almond and apricot, almond and coconut, peanut butter-dark chocolate and protein, and dark chocolate-cherry cashew and antioxidants.

  • Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Anne Koller was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer in 2011 and has been fighting it since. But it's not just the cancer she's fighting. It's the bills. "Think of those old horror flicks," she says. "The swamp creature ... comes out and is kind of oozy, and it oozes over everything."

  • Thabo Sefolosha says in statement 'injury was caused by the police'

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is out for the remainder of the season thanks to an injury he says was caused by New York City police. Sefolosha suffered a fractured fibula while being arrested last week outside of 1Oak nightclub for obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Video of the arrest shows multiple officers taking Sefolosha to the ground while Atlanta Hawks teammate Pero Antic sits curbside. On the advice of his legal counsel, Sefolosha did not discuss the facts of his case, in which he and Antic are contesting charges. "Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law," Sefolosha said in a statement issued Tuesday . "I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injyr and that the injury was caused by police." In the same statement, Sefolosha also apolgized for "any distraction this incident has caused." "I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to my family and friends, the Hawks organization and my teammates," Sefolosha said. "This has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation."

  • Gap, Target, Abercrombie among 13 retailers investigated for hourly wage practices

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked 13 major retailers for information on their use of so-called "on call shifts," where employees call in a few hours ahead of time to see if they will work or not.

  • Tori Spelling Hospitalized With Burns After Falling Onto Hibachi Grill at Benihana

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Tori Spelling is recovering after spending time in the hospital for severe burns, suffered at a brunch at Benihana last week -- get details!

  • OSU women's basketball: Lakota Beatty not returning to Cowgirls

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma State guard Lakota Beatty announced that she is not returning to the Cowgirls basketball team in 2015-16. Beatty announced her decision via Twitter on Tuesday, saying she was "Truly thankful for everything Oklahoma State has done for me/blessed me with but I have decided that I will not be returning back next year." Beatty did not specify whether or not she is transferring to play basketball at another school. Beatty, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Anadarko, started eight games for the Cowgirls in 2014-15, and averaged 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 25 games. On Friday, Cowgirls point guard Roshunda Johnson announced she was leaving the basketball program .

  • Coffee Shop Gives Anti-LGBT Lawmakers A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    A North Dakota coffee shop is flipping the script on discrimination, The Huffington Post reports. The Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo recently posted a sign targeting state House members who voted down Senate Bill 2279, which would have protected the LGBT community from discrimination. The sign read: "Ban effective immediately. The listed Men & Women are now banned from entering this establishment.* This is based solely on age, gender, race, beliefs, color, religion & disability." Underneath was the annotation for the asterisk: "Unless accompanied by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersex or Asexual person.”

  • Periscope threatens to ban ‘Game of Thrones’ pirates

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    It didn’t take long for the Internet to use Periscope, the new Twitter-owned mobile video streaming app, for some skeezy and illegal activity, Yahoo Tech reports. On Sunday, there were reports that Periscopers were sending out live personal broadcasts of the season premiere of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ by pointing their iPhones at the television or computer screen and pressing record. This, in turn, prompted threats of account closures from Periscope.

  • Who played Hillary Clinton the best on 'SNL'?

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Kate McKinnon revived her maniacally wide-eyed impersonation of Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. The sketch — on the eve of Clinton’s announcement that she is running for president — quickly became part of the news cycle, as media outlets waiting for official word from Team Hillary played clips of McKinnon’s send-up over and over, Yahoo Politics reports. McKinnon joins a long line of “SNL” cast members to play the former first lady.

  • Dad builds his 3-year-old a '60s-style VW bus bed

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Most parents wait until their children are teenagers to get them vehicles. This dad decided not to wait that long, Yahoo Makers reports. A Colorado man, who runs the blog The Treehouser under the name “DIYDad,” shares with Yahoo Makers his biggest do-it-yourself project yet: a bed in the form of 60s-style Volkswagen bus he made for his daughter’s 3rd birthday.   “The impetus was that my daughter was going to grow out of her crib at any moment,” DIYDad says. “I’d seen some neat beds online but all were expensive.”

  • Meet YouNow, the app teens love and parents fear

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    YouNow, a “live-casting” personal broadcasting service threatens to displace Snapchat as the app most likely to keep parents awake at night, Yahoo Tech reports.  If you haven’t heard of YouNow, you’re probably old. Each month, some 4 million members create and watch more than 100 million webcasts, as other YouNow fans communicate with them via live chat. But more than a third are between the ages of 13 and 18, and another 40 percent are in their early 20s. Much of this activity happens late at night, on phones or laptops, under the noses of their oblivious parents. There’s even an entire genre of YouNow streams devoted to watching people sleep. Yes, really.

  • Some McDonald's are now accepting Taco Bell receipts as payment

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The promotion, which appears to be limited to McDonald's locations in Northeast Pennsylvania, is a sign that the burger chain is worried about its breakfast competition, according to Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski. "Clearly, at least some McDonald's folks are concerned about the potential competition at breakfast that Taco Bell could provide over time — and maybe is providing right now," Kalinowski wrote in a research note, Business Insider reports.

  • Abraham Lincoln assassination coverage revisited

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    On an April night 150 years ago, Associated Press reporter Lawrence Gobright was working late in the nation's capital when he heard hurried steps and a man burst into the room to tell him President Abraham Lincoln had been shot, The Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal reports. Thus began one of several remarkable feats in journalism that put The New York Herald, the nation's most widely read newspaper at the time, on the streets at 2 a.m. on April 15, 1865, with news of the shocking crime at Ford's Theater. It was one of the first papers to publish news of the shooting based on Gobright's reporting, and over the next 18 hours it would follow up with six more editions.

  • Hillary Clinton goes unnoticed in Ohio Chipotle

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Hillary Clinton may be trying to present a more humble image on her road trip to Iowa in a van she has dubbed "Scooby," but her efforts to become more of an "everyday American" have already made her downright unrecognizable to some, USA TODAY reports. When Clinton popped into a Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio, and moseyed on over to the counter to order a chicken burrito bowl, she left without anyone in the place giving her a second glance.

  • Will Big Tobacco become Big Marijuana?

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    While federal law makes their entire industry illegal, many marijuana store owners, growers and retailers fear something completely different: Big Tobacco, USA TODAY reports. Today, most legal recreational marijuana operations are small, limited to a single state and barred from ever getting large by regulators who want to keep a close eye on the fast-growing industry. But those small operators struggle to get bank loans for expansion, often produce an inconsistent product and sometimes have no idea how to balance supply and demand for their crops.

  • Former Broken Arrow pitcher Archie Bradley riding high during 'surreal' time with Diamondbacks

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    After beating the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw 6-0 in his major league debut Saturday Archie Bradley went out to dinner with family members and friends. About 55 of them. Bradley, a Broken Arrow High School product, gladly picked up the tab after giving up just one hit, and striking out six in six innings. He even picked up his first Major League hit in the game. Next up for Bradley: The San Francisco Giants and a duel against World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on Thursday.




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