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  • American Dream turned nightmare: 40 hour work week grows to 47-60 hours

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The old “9 to 5” work week is becoming about as obsolete as the American Dream, says the Washington Examiner. A new Gallup poll finds that economically-stressed Americans are now working an “average” of 47 hours, with a growing number clocking 60 hours or more. “Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours,” said Gallup, based on their 2014 Work and Education survey.

  • Teacher Who Resigned Accused of Having Cocaine Delivered to Her at School

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A teacher who suddenly resigned two weeks ago amid an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency has been indicted by a grand jury in Kentucky. Arin Staples is accused of having cocaine delivered to her at Holmes Middle School in Covington, Kent., where she was a teacher, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said. She was indicted Thursday on a charge of prohibited acts related to controlled substances, a Class D felony that could bring one to five years in prison. Staples resigned shortly after being questioned by investigators.

  • In just 6 months, 37,477 illegal immigrant kids released, only 280 deported

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Washington Examiner reports the Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports. The Health and Human Services Department released a list of 126 counties 29,890 of the kids were placed into, sometimes with their parents who are also in the United States illegally. Those counties include some of the most exclusive in the nation, including the Washington suburbs of Fairfax and Loudoun in Virginia and Howard and Montgomery in Maryland. Fairfax received 1,023. States like California and New York were given large numbers of the unaccompanied children, while President Obama’s home state of Illinois, where experts expected many to go, received only 175, according to the list.

  • 'Tragic accident': Family of Uzi mishap victim doesn't blame girl

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old who was learning how to shoot an Uzi , said they feel “sorry” for the girl, NBC News reports. "We know it was a tragic accident and that it's something that we're all going to have to live with,” Vacca’s 19-year-old daughter Ashley said in an exclusive NBC News interview to be aired Friday on the TODAY show. The 39-year-old veteran was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon Monday morning at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, when she pulled the trigger and the kickback caused the gun to lurch over her head, investigators said.

  • Republican Governor Agrees To Expand Medicaid In His State

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania agreed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, joining 26 states and the District of Columbia, the Huffington Post reports. Federal regulators accepted a modified proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) that will offer an estimated 500,000 low-income individuals subsidies to purchase private insurance. The plan allows some low-income individuals to be charged premiums for coverage, and permits the number of available benefit plans to be reduced from 14 to two -- a "high-risk" option and "low-risk" options -- according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner lauded the agreement in a statement, and urged other states to expand Medicaid as well. Corbett is only the 9th Republican governor to sign on.

  • Joan Rivers joked about her death day before surgery scare: 'I'm 81 — I could go at any moment'

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A beaming Joan Rivers joked about her mortality at a Manhattan gig just hours before she was rushed to the hospital, reports New York Daily News. “She did a joke onstage, she goes, ‘I’m 81 — I could go at any moment,’” recounted Shade Rupe, 45, who attended the Wednesday night show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. “‘I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!’” The comedian did an hour-long show before an appreciative audience at the intimate 99-seat venue before posing for a picture with Rupe.

  • Miley Cyrus' date turns himself in to Oregon jail

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A homeless man who attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus has turned himself in to police, authorities said and CNN reports. Jesse Helt, 22, took center stage at Sunday's VMA broadcast when he accepted the video of the year award on behalf of the pop star. He used the spotlight to talk about issues affecting homeless youth.

  • KOCO: OG&E warns metro about scammers

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Scammers hitting the metro are looking to scare people into giving them money, KOCO reports. OG&E spokesman Randy Swanson said scammers posing as OG&E representatives are calling and going door to door threatening to cut off power within the hour unless people pay for ...

  • News 9: Chickasha Woman Accused Of Attacking Paralyzed Man With A Lighter

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A Chickasha woman is accused of attacking a paralyzed man by taking a lighter to his legs, News 9 reports.  Shane Anderson says he can't feel his legs but could smell something and soon realized ...

  • Another plane diverts over reclining seat dispute

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    For the second time this week, a U.S. passenger jet has made an unscheduled landing after a dispute over reclining a seat, USA Today reports. An American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris diverted to Boston on Wednesday night after a 60-year-old French passenger erupted when the passenger in front of him reclined her seat, and he grabbed a flight attendant who tried to calm him, the Justice Department said Thursday.

  • Beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley was waterboarded by ISIS

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • Oklahoma County judge declares Lindsey Nicole Henry law unconstitutional

    By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer/TULSA WORLD | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    An Oklahoma County District Court judge has ruled unconstitutional a law that allows the use of public funds to send special-needs students to private schools. This ruling continues a nearly four-year legal battle over the constitutionality of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities law, which the plaintiffs argue violates the Oklahoma Constitution's prohibition on the use of public funds for private religious institutions. "Introducing government into private and parochial schools is not what we should be doing. So I am pleased with the ruling," said Melissa Abdo, one of 12 plaintiffs in the case filed last October.

  • Autopsy released on Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett's botched execution

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A Texas medical examiner’s autopsy of inmate Clayton Lockett’s body after his botched execution found the inmate died "as the result of judicial execution by lethal injection." Autopsy results were released Thursday, nearly four months after the lethal injection drugs used to execute Lockett in April left him mumbling and writhing on the gurney. Officials initially estimated his autopsy would take about three weeks. The autopsy notes seven attempts to start an IV line on Lockett and concludes: "It is our opinion that Clayton Derrell Lockett, a 38-year-old black male, died as the result of judicial execution by lethal injection."

  • Oklahoma DOC releases logs showing executed inmate Clayton Lockett's last days, hours

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER World Enterprise Editor AND CARY ASPINWALL World Staff Writer, TULSA WORLD | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Department of Corrections log of executed inmate Clayton Lockett's last minutes contains a gap regarding what happened when the blinds were lowered and when he was pronounced dead, records show. Oklahoma DOC released logs Thursday showing what happened in the days and hours leading up to Lockett's April 29 execution. The log also refers to the person who started Lockett's failed IV as a phlebotomist, despite DOC's claims that a paramedic started the IV.  The log and related documents were released Thursday, nearly four months after the lethal injection drugs used to execute Lockett left him mumbling and writhing on the gurney. Officials initially estimated his autopsy would take about three weeks.

  • Edmond Sun: Mercy hosts groundbreaking for new breast health facility

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Mercy dignitaries broke ground on a new $69 million breast health and cancer treatment and research building on the grounds of Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City Wednesday, the Edmond Sun reports.

  • Do you have a decisive marriage?

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    New research shows that how thoughtfully couples make decisions can have a lasting effect on the quality of their romantic relationships, says Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times. Couples who are decisive before marriage — intentionally defining their relationships, living together and planning a wedding — appear to have better marriages than couples who simply let inertia carry them through major transitions. While the finding may seem obvious, the reality is that many couples avoid real decision-making. Many couples living together, for instance, did not sit down and talk about cohabitation.

  • Tsarnaev sister arrested in New York City; threatened victim with bomb

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Boston Globe reports a sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was arrested in New York on Wednesday after allegedly threatening a woman in a domestic harassment case, saying, “I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you.” Ailina Tsarnaev of North Bergen, N.J., was arrested at a police station in New York City Wednesday afternoon, charged with one count of aggravated harassment. She was released with a summons to return to a criminal court in Manhattan on Sept. 3, said police Lieutenant John Grimpel. Grimpel said the victim of Ailina Tsarnaev’s alleged threat has a child with the father of one of Tsarnaev’s children. Grimpel did not elaborate on the nature of the dispute.

  • Tom Brokaw, execs fuming over NBC chief's remark

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    NBC News president Deborah Turness had to apologize after infuriating top execs and talent by announcing the network news organization had been asleep for 15 years, says Page Six. Turness, who came to the job from Britain’s ITV News one year ago, dropped the tactless clanger in a New York Times interview on Sunday , saying, “NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years . . . I think the organization had gone to sleep.” Sources tell us Tom Brokaw , managing editor and anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” from 1982 until 2004, Turness’ predecessor Steve Capus (NBC News president from 2005 to 2013 and now executive producer of “CBS Evening News”) and CNN chief Jeff Zucker “are apoplectic” over Turness’ remark.

  • Diane Sawyer Says Goodbye To 'World News'

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    ABC's Diane Sawyer ended her tenure as anchor of "World News" on Wednesday, marking another milestone in a long and iconic career in TV news, says the Huffington Post. In a warm goodbye, Sawyer thanked her viewers and said she felt privileged about her time sitting in the anchor chair. "It has been wonderful to be the home port for the brave and brilliant forces of ABC News around the world and to feel every single night you and I were in a conversation about the day together. Sometimes, as we know, there have been tough stories but you always made it clear, like me, you believed that better will come, that the future is one of possibility," she said. "With gratitude for these years, I thank you and I'll see you right back here on ABC News very soon."

  • FBI investigates JPMorgan hack attack

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO – JPMorgan Chase and at least four other financial institutions were hacked recently in a series of coordinated attacks, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY. The source, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said investigators believe Russian hackers were the source of the attacks. What is less clear is whether the attacks were prompted by U.S. sanctions against the Russian government. The sophisticated cyberattack resulted in the loss of sensitive data, said, citing security experts.