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  • Hotel leaves Oklahoma City Thunder opponents telling ghost stories

    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder has championship-caliber talent, but the team’s playoff hopes may rest — though not in peace — with one bit player who remains largely unseen. She is an apparitional sixth man, of sorts, who may or may not exist at all, in this world or any other. But Effie the housekeeper has been known to play wicked defense and haunt Thunder opponents, most of whom stay at the 103-year-old Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Large men unafraid of attacking the lane, diving headfirst into the seats or lobbing pressure-packed shots shudder at the mere thought of Effie. More important, perhaps, they lie awake the night before a game, their prescribed rest undone by phantom pains.

  • Mayor Who Fired Lesbian Police Chief Caught On Tape In Homophobic Tirade

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- The mayor of a tiny South Carolina town has triggered protests, prayer vigils and even a city council vote to weaken his powers after firing longtime police chief Crystal Moore, who is a lesbian and who some believe is a target of the mayor's homophobia.

  • Why the U.S. government is 'trolling' terrorists on social media - CNN.com

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    "We don't negotiate with terrorists," has long been the standard refrain of governments when it comes to violent extremists. But these days, in the realm of social media, at least, they are talking to them. In recent years, the U.S. State Department has launched social media efforts to engage jihadists and their sympathizers online, contesting their claims with the intention of dissuading potential converts to Islamic extremism.

  • Transgender Icon Claims She Was Banned From Facebook For Using 'Tranny' And 'Shemale'

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Following a week of controversy surrounding language and its use against and in the transgender and drag communities, transgender icon Jayne County claims to have found herself banned from Facebook for using words that some activists have stated are transphobic, according to The Huffington Post. Jayne County, hailed as one of rock n' roll's first gender variant icons and a fixture in the Andy Warhol factory scene, posted a Facebook status on Tuesday that contained the words "shemale" and "tranny."

  • The Story Behind Viral Photo Of OKC Bombing Victim's Grandbaby - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Hundreds are expected downtown on Saturday for the 19th Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Brittany Montoya comes here not just on April 19. She also comes here during many other milestones in her life. It's her way of keeping her mother close. But one photograph turned what Montoya hoped to be a private tribute public.

  • Whoopi Goldberg Lands Pro-Marijuana Column

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Whoopi Goldberg: comedian, actress ... weed columnist? The celebrity has landed a new writing gig for a pro-marijuana website. Goldberg's column premiered today on the Cannabist, the Denver Post's website covering legalized marijuana in Colorado, Newser reports. In her first piece, Goldberg writes about her beloved vaporizing pen, which she says relieves her glaucoma headaches.

  • Team clones stem cells from 75-year-old's skin

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Researchers say they have made powerful stem cells from both young and old adults using cloning techniques, and also found clues about why it is so difficult to do this with human beings, according to NBC News. The team, at Massachusetts-based Advanced Cell Technology and the Institute for Stem Cell Research in Los Angeles, say they used the cloning methods to create the stem cells to match a 35-year-old man and a 75-year-old man. They used a bit of skin from each man, took the DNA from the skin cells and inserted it into the egg cell of a female donor, and grew very early embryos called blastocysts, the team reports in the journal Cell Stem Cell. Cells from these embryos closely match the men and could, in theory, be used to make near-identical tissue, blood or organ transplants for the men, NBC News reports.

  • LinkedIn tops 300 million members

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Professional social network LinkedIn announced that the service topped 300 million members, 100 million of which are based in the U.S., according to USA TODAY. In a statement released Friday, Deep Nishar, the senior vice president of products and user experience at LinkedIn, says more than half of its global traffic will generate from mobile devices by the end of the year. "While this is an exciting moment, we still have a long way to go to realize our vision of creating economic opportunity for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce," says Nishar.

  • Chris Brown trial could start Friday afternoon

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A judge in Washington is expected give her verdict soon in the trial of a bodyguard for singer Chris Brown on an assault charge, according to The Associated Press. Brown's trial could start as soon as Friday afternoon, after the judge finishes the trial of bodyguard Christopher Hollosy. Both men are facing an assault charge after a Maryland man says they punched him outside a Washington hotel in October. Hollosy's trial began Thursday, the AP reports.

  • New Prince album coming under Warner Bros. partnership

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A new album, a deluxe reissue of Purple Rain and more unheard music: That's what Prince fans can expect from his new global licensing deal with Warner Bros. Records, according to USA TODAY. "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," Prince said in a news release. The deal covers all of Prince's albums, from 1978's For You to the new one. The announcement comes two months before the 30th anniversary of the release of his best-selling album, 1984's Purple Rain, which has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. Prince plans a digitally re-mastered deluxe version of the album to coincide with the anniversary, USA TODAY reports.

  • KOCO: Car collides with train in Norman, police say

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Authorities are responding after a car collided with a train in Norman, KOCO reports. The collision at North Flood Avenue and Lexington Street occurred about 10:20 a.m. Officials said at least one person was injured. The driver of the car was extracted from the vehicle.

  • Heartwarming way grieving dad honors daughter

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A father whose toddler recently passed away has taken his grief to social media with a powerful Fundly campaign, inspiring parents to not only cherish their own children, but also honor his late daughter, too. April 3 was a typical evening — Larry Carroll, a 39-year-old Los Angeles-based reporter was home with his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Savannah (nicknamed Savvy), his 5-year-old son, and his wife, who is currently eight-and-a-half months pregnant. "I put Savannah to bed in her crib, and she had a bit of a fever but everything else was normal,” Carroll tells Yahoo Shine. However, the next morning, he didn't hear his little girl waking up for their usual 6 a.m. breakfast of peanut butter toast. “She would lick off all the peanut butter and hand the bread back to me,” says Carroll. When he went to check on Savannah, he discovered that she had passed away in her crib during the night, from causes not yet known, Yahoo Shine reports.

  • Hayden Panettiere not asked to appear in 'Heroes' reboot

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Hayden Panettiere won't be appearing in the new NBC "Heroes" remake. In fact, she wasn't even asked, according to The New York Daily News. The 24-year-old "Nashville" star revealed to Cosmopolitan that she didn't realize the show would be coming back until a family member clued her in. "Well, it was a shock to me," Panettiere said. "In fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it."

  • Actress Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest, according to The Associated Press. "It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard," Novak, 81, said in a telephone interview Thursday, after she released an open letter condemning remarks by Donald Trump and others about her appearance. In her letter, Novak said: "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives."

  • Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest building

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah -- a prospect looking more likely as work begins next week. Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services have recently announced testing materials to build the 3,280-feet (1 kilometer) skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, by comparison, stands at a meeker 2,716 feet, or 827 meters).

  • Teenagers who trade high-end sneakers

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    With sneakers slung around their shoulders and pockets full of cash, young boys huddle in hotel ballrooms and high school gyms, shouting and bartering as if they belong on a trading room floor, according to The New York Times. In a flurry of transactions, John, who is only 13 years old, bought, sold or exchanged 20 pairs of designer basketball sneakers and walked away with seven, four more pairs than he started with. His collection’s retail value climbed to $1,155 from $340. Teenagers who have grown up with eBay and the Internet have learned the art of trading up, sometimes earning a profit in the process, The Times reports.

  • Galveston medical examiner identifies Edmond runner who died at ‘Run Like a Diva‘ half marathon

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    GALVESTON — KHOU reports a woman died Sunday after collapsing at the finish line of the Run Like a Diva half marathon in downtown Galveston, medical personnel and race organizers said. The Galveston County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 27-year-old Kaytie Joiner, of Edmond, Oklahoma. Her cause of death is still pending.

  • VIDEO: Kids try to figure out Walkman cassette players

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Remember popping in a tape cassette of your favorite band into a portable Walkman player? It wasn't that long ago that we all thought a Walkman and a pair of headphones were the ultimate way to listen to music, says c/net. In this "Kids React to Walkmans" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine, kids and teens attempt to figure out the portable cassette player known as the Walkman. In the video, kids and teens alike poke and prod the Walkman, without a clue as to how the portable player actually plays music.

  • Man who plunged from Denver balcony ate 6 times recommended amount of pot cookie

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A college student who jumped to his death from a Denver hotel balcony last month ate six times the recommended amount of a marijuana cookie before his death, the Denver Post reports. Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., died last month at a Holiday Inn in northeast Denver while visiting with three friends. An investigative report by Denver police into Thamba's death released this week details events leading up to the young man's death.

  • Chelsea Manning named Honorary Marshal in San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Arrested in May, 2010 and convicted in August 2013, Manning is currently confined at the military correctional facility at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, says SF Pride. Widely hailed as both a hero and a traitor, the 2013 SF Pride Board’s decision to revoke her status as Grand Marshal fueled an international controversy and created intense strife within the local LGBT and progressive communities. In January, in the spirit of community healing, and at the behest of SF Pride’s membership, in January, the newly elected SF Pride Board of Directors reinstated Manning’s status as an honorary Grand Marshal for the 2014 Celebration and Parade.