• OU College of Architecture dean dies of heart complications

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The dean of the OU College of Architecture died Friday morning of heart complications, OU President David Boren announced. 

  • Crisis threatens LSU football, says La. governor

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Gov.  John Bel Edwards  laid out  an absolute worst case scenario  Thursday night (Feb. 11) for Louisiana if state lawmakers refuse to go along with  the package of tax increases  he has proposed.  In a rare statewide televised address, Edwards told viewers that the state would be forced to take extreme action -- such as throwing people with off of kidney dialysis and shutting down hospice services -- if new taxes didn't go into place over the next few months.

  • Watch Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in 'Born to Be Blue' Trailer

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Actor plays legendary jazz tumpeter in biopic by director Robert Budreau.

  • Milo Yiannopoulos: Twitter Will Try To Sway The Presidential Election

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Associate Editor at Breitbart.com, Milo Yiannopoulos, alleged that Twitter is on the verge of collapse and will try to influence November’s presidential election on behalf of the Democratic nominee. Yiannopoulos, during an interview with Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, claims that Twitter’s management is obsessed with shutting down conservative ideas on the social media platform. “There is absolutely no question that that is precisely what is directed at…It becomes very, very clear once you start looking at who is employed at Twitter. This guy used to work for Obama. This guy used to work for Hillary.”

  • Martin Shkreli offers Kanye West $10M for new album

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    You won't be able to purchase Kanye West's newest album if Martin Shkreli has anything to say about it. The pharmaceutical CEO, who recently made headlines after being accused of widespread securities fraud, took to Twitter on Thursday to offer the famed rapper $10 million in exchange for exclusive access to Kanye's newest album, "The Life of Pablo." West, who is no stranger to controversy and social media himself, did not immediately reply.

  • Families of Americans killed by Mexican cartels sue HSBC for laundering billions

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Four families of Americans killed by Mexican drug cartels are suing British banking giant HSBC for allegedly contributing to their deaths by allowing the gangs to launder billions of dollars. It is a fresh setback for the bank, whose operations in Mexico have been under scrutiny by US authorities for years. The bank processed at least $881m in cash for Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, regarded as the most powerful drug gang in the world, according to US authorities. The suit claims that HSBC “knowingly provided continuous and systematic material support to the cartels and their acts of terrorism by laundering billions of dollars for them. As a proximate result of HSBC’s material support to the Mexican drug cartels, numerous lives, including those of the Plaintiffs, have been destroyed”.

  • Detroit Police Sergeant Under Investigation After Comparing Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance To KKK

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit police sergeant who allegedly criticized Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show by posting a reference to the Ku Klux Klan is being investigated. The sergeant, who was unnamed but is reportedly a 17-year veteran of the department, apparently didn’t like the halftime performance — particularly Beyonce’s dancers, who were sporting afros, berets and dressed in an all-black style similar to the Black Panther party. At one point in the performance, the dancers raised their fists to the sky and made a formation on the field in the shape of an X that, according to the sergeant, was attributed to black activist Malcolm X. The sergeant was so displeased with the performance that he took his option to his personal Facebook page, saying next year’s halftime show should include the KKK. The post included a photo of Beyonce’s dancers above a group wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes, according to a report by WJBK. It included the text: “So if the dance troupe at the top is ok for this years’ halftime show, then the one at the bottom should be ok for next years’, right?”

  • Two-thirds of US students are taught climate change badly, study finds

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Nearly two-thirds of schoolchildren in the US are taught lessons on climate change that do not rise to the level of a sound science education, according to new research on Thursday. The finding provide new evidence on the source of the confusion and denial surrounding global warming in American public life. In the first national survey of classroom science teachers, researchers found there was short shrift given to the teaching of climate change in public middle and high schools in all 50 states. The survey of 1,500 teachers, published in Science on Thursday, found most pupils spend only an hour or two in the course of an academic year learning about climate change in middle and high school – and much of what they are taught is confusing or simply wrong.

  • Congress approves permanent Internet access tax ban

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation placing a permanent ban on states' taxing Internet access, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law. By a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final approval to a bill toughening enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods, which contains the permanent extension of the "Internet Tax Freedom Act." The measure also would ban some taxes on digital goods and services and will put an end to a series of temporary extensions on the tax prohibitions.

  • Parents outraged after students shown ‘white guilt’ cartoon for Black History Month

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    A Virginia school district has banned the use of an educational video about racial inequality after some parents complained that its messaging is racially divisive. The four-minute, animated video — “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race” — was shown last week to students at an assembly at Glen Allen High School, in Henrico County, as a part of the school’s Black History Month program. The video contextualizes historic racial disparity in the United States using the metaphor of a race track in which runners face different obstacles depending upon their racial background. It has been shown hundreds of thousands of times at schools and workshops across the country since it was created more than a decade ago, according to the African American Policy Forum, which produced it.

  • Ted Nugent's 'anti-Semitic' rant sparks outrage; gun owners call for NRA ouster

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The National Rifle Association is facing mounting pressure from gun owners to distance itself from longtime board member Ted Nugent after the "Cat Scratch Fever" rocker posted shocking anti-Semitic images and messages on Facebook. On Monday, Nugent posted a photo of 12 prominent American Jews and accused them of being the driving force "behind gun control." The post called Michael Bloomberg the "Jew York City Mayor and also mentioned Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, among others. He called them "punks" and said they would "deny us the basic human right to self defense and to keep and bear arms while many of them have paid hired armed security." An Israeli flag appears next to each photo. The image has circled in white supremacist groups for years, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

  • Now even Pandora is struggling with its future

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Music streaming service Pandora had a bizarre day Thursday just before announcing its latest earnings report, Mashable reports. Its stock moved up and down so wildly — suddenly jumping from $8.35 a share to $11.20 a share  —  that the New York Stock Exchange forced trading in Pandora stock to come to a sudden halt. 

  • 'Tiny Dancer' will never be the same after you hear 'Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders'

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    New York musician Mel Flannery and her husband, Danny Sher have put their talents into "Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders," a song that's a Sanders-centric take on the Elton Johnclassic "Tiny Dancer," USA TODAY reports.

  • College player assaulted for helping rape victim

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    University of Tennessee football players confronted and assaulted wide receiver Drae Bowles as retribution for helping a woman who said she was raped by then-Volunteer players A.J. Johnson and Mike Williams, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Nashville on Tuesday. USA TODAY reports Bowles took the woman to a hospital on the night of the alleged rape in November 2014 and supported her decision to report the incident to authorities, according to the lawsuit.

  • Pro-choice group demands moderators asks Dem candidates about abortion

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    NARAL Pro-Choice America is disappointed that Clinton and Sanders have yet to be asked about abortion.

  • 10 legit reasons you shouldn't move to Oregon

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oregon is a popular destination for people moving within the United States, but do they really know what they're getting into?

  • IRS chief: Blame rotten customer service and data hacks on Obamacare

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Koskinen says money that would have fixed the problems were spent on healthcare compliance.

  • A stranger pledged $1 million to put these kindergartners through college

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Two mothers ran to hug and thank a stranger at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim last week. Few words were spoken, given a language barrier, but there were tears of joy. The stranger, Marty Burbank, will be paying for their kindergartners to go to college. Burbank is pledging to fund each student's tuition for two years at community college and two years at a California state school -- or the equivalent if they want to attend elsewhere. All they have to do is draw a picture or write an essay each year about what going to college will mean for them and their families.

  • Twitter is losing customers and its stock is falling

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    It's hard for the small core of Twitter addicts to accept, but Twitter just isn't popular enough to be successful. In fact, Twitter is losing customers. The social media company reported Wednesday that it lost 2 million users in the last three months of 2015. Shares plummeted as much as 12% in after-hours trading. Twitter had 305 million active users by the end of 2015. By contrast, Facebook (FB, Tech30) has 1.6 billion. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) has eight products with over 1 billion users each. Even Instagram surpassed Twitter in September, growing to 400 million users.

  • Florida LGBT Rights Bill Dead; Still Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Florida, it's also still completely within the law for an employer to fire someone for being gay or a landlord to deny housing to a transgender tenant in large swaths of the state. For the tenth time, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers (yes, even some Republicans) and some of Florida's biggest employers tried to change this by supporting the Florida Competitive Workplace Act. It failed again after dying today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, this was the first time the bill actually received a hearing in all the years it's been introduced. Plus, if it did somehow make its way through the Republican-controlled Senate, it likely would have died in the much more conservative House. Gov. Rick Scott hadn't specifically addressed the bill this year, but given his history on gay rights, it's unlikely he would have signed it, anyway.




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