• Claremore firefighter dies in high-water rescue as up to 6 inches of rain falls in Tulsa metro area

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    A Claremore firefighter died during a high-water rescue Saturday night as a complex weather system pushing through the state caused widespread flash flooding. Capt. Jason Farley died during a rescue in a housing addition just southwest of Claremore, Fire Chief Sean Douglas said. Farley was one of two firefighters swept into a drainage ditch. His body was recovered about 1 a.m. Sunday and the incident is still under investigation, Douglas said.

  • 'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in car crash

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Famed mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia Nash were killed Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, NJ.com reports. Nash, a Princeton University mathematics professor, won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994 for his work in game theory, specifically the "Nash equilibrium." Nash's battle with paranoid schizophrenia was documented in Sylvia Nasar's bestselling 1998 biography of Nash titled "A Beautiful Mind," and the 2001 Academy Award best picture winning film of the same name.

  • Ireland passes same-sex marriage referendum

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Dublin, Ireland (CNN) Same-sex couples will soon be able to walk down the aisle in the Emerald Isle.   Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote on Saturday -- and what a popular vote "yes" was in the landmark referendum that will change the nation's constitution.   With votes tallied from nearly all of Ireland's 43 parliamentary constituencies, the measure will sail through with more than 60% of voters approving, according to official results.

  • Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of 48 Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to a difficult fight in the House, where it faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats.

  • Former Oklahoma police official charged in assault

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A former McAlester police lieutenant was charged Friday with three felony counts related to child sexual abuse, The McAlester News-Capital reports. Martin Stites, 59, of McAlester, now faces two charges of sexual abuse — child under 12, and one lewd molestation count in Pittsburg County District Court. Prosecutors filed the charges almost two and a-half weeks after Stites was arrested. Stites is accused of assaulting a 3-year-old girl multiple times.

  • TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting' After Josh Duggar Molestation Claims

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule in the wake of accusations that star Josh Duggar molested several underage girls as a teenager. TLC refused to comment on the incident Thursday, but the network sparked outrage later that evening when it ran a 19 Kids and Counting marathon. As of early Friday, the show had been scheduled to air on the morning of May 27, but it has since been taken off the schedule.

  • 11-year-old graduates from college with 3 degrees

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    An 11-year-old Sacramento boy who said regular school “bored” him graduated from American River College in Sacramento (ARC), Calif. alongside 1,800 students May 20, USA TODAY reports. Tanishq Abraham told   KXTV that it “feels good to graduate with three Associate’s degrees,” which he earned in math and physical science, general science and foreign language studies. Abraham graduated from high school at the age of 10 and has been taking classes at ARC since he was 7 years old, according to a report by NBC’s KCRA. Home-schooled by his mother, Abraham earned a 4.0 GPA in high school.

  • Surprising news about kids and mental health

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A surprising new report published this week found that the rate of severe mental impairment in children and teens has declined in the past decade —findings that seemingly contradict other information collected on youth mental health, Yahoo Health reports. The report, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed mental health in nearly 54,000 kids and teens aged six to 17. It was based on ratings provided by their parents, who scored their children on an impairment scale (as opposed to reporting on an actual diagnosis their child might have received).

  • Teen defends 'Border Patrol' image in high school yearbook

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Jessica Morales, 18, said she was shocked to open her high school yearbook last week to see what she felt is a racially offensive photo depicting the "border patrol" interacting with students in stereotypical costumes, Good Morning America reports. "It was just really offensive because it kind of belittles the whole issue," Morales told ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida, referring to the immigration process that both of her parents are still enduring.

  • Muhammad Ali's 16-year-old grandson is a 3-star football recruit who can run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Thirty-four years after his last professional fight, Muhammad Ali's legacy lives on — not in the ring, but on the football field. His 16-year-old grandson, Biaggio Ali-Walsh, has developed into a three-star running back at national-powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Nevada, Business Insider reports. Bleacher Report did a video feature on Ali-Walsh, who already has scholarship offers from UNLV and Louisville, and his brother Nico.

  • Mom's Facebook Shaming Video of 13-Year-Old Goes Viral

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Video of a mother shaming her 13-year-old daughter for having a hidden Facebook account has gone viral, ABC News reports. Val Starks found out that her daughter had a secret Facebook account on which she said she was 19 years old and used a photo of herself in a bra as her profile image. She confronted her daughter about the account and the adult men who had asked to be her friend, bringing up the dangers of Internet predators.

  • 53 people in nine states sick after eating raw tuna

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states, health officials said Thursday, The Associated Press reports. Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public Health said. Other affected states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Ten people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to state and federal officials. The source of the outbreak is unknown, but most who fell ill reported eating sushi containing raw tuna.

  • Coke wants to tap into start-up mojo

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    When you think of Coca-Cola, your mind doesn't go to tech start-ups and venture funding. But Coke wants entrepreneurs to think again. USA TODAY reports the Atlanta-based soft-drink behemoth is now in the business of seeding small companies whose tech-based ideas could help improve its bottom line. So far, 11 start-ups in 10 countries have made the cut, including this city's Wonolo, which stands for work now locally. Think of it as an Uber for labor, providing just-in-time bodies to – in Coke's case – restock empty shelves at a moment's notice. In fact, Uber is now one of Wonolo's many customers. But the labor start-up exists thanks largely to Coke.

  • Obama tweets draw racist, hateful comments

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Sometimes it's the "anti-social media." President Obama's new Twitter account is drawing a slew of racist and sexist comments that include calls for his suicide or his lynching, USA TODAY reports. Using the Twitter handle POTUS -- the acronym for President of the United States -- Obama's messages are pretty basic.

  • Family mourns student who died on graduation day

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Walking on the graduation stage is one of life’s happiest moments. It should have been Aminah’s happy moment on Friday, USA TODAY reports. “We watched her walk, and I shouted at the top of my lungs for her,” said cousin Shahina Ahmed. On Friday, Aminah Jennifa Ahmed got degrees in biology and business from the University of Texas at Arlington. Family members and friends say she was smart and caring, but that day, she was also hurting.

  • Now what for the Duggars?

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Will they or won't they? Will the TLC network keep the damaged Duggar family's show, "19 Kids and Counting," on the air? It's an open question now that eldest son Josh has admitted he was accused of molesting underage girls as a teenager, and his pious parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, admitted they knew about it and worked to ensure he was never charged, USA TODAY reports. TLC is not talking about its plans, at least not yet.

  • In Oklahoma, Scott Walker wins the day

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin impressed conservative candidates in Oklahoma City Thursday, continuing the early wave of momentum he’s been building for months on the trail. Walker won the day as a trio of likely (but still undeclared) Republican presidential candidates argued that America needs them – and only them – in 2016. Three of the 10 likely or declared Republican candidates speaking at this week’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference took the stage Thursday amid local Oklahoma Republicans’ addresses to make their case to more than 1,000 southern activists.

  • Ireland could make history with gay marriage vote

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DUBLIN — In what could be a historic vote, says USA Today, an estimated 3 million people across Ireland were expected to cast ballots Friday on whether to approve same-sex marriage, a change that appeared likely to pass despite opposition from the Roman Catholic church in this overwhelmingly Catholic nation. A "yes" vote to change Ireland's constitution to give gay couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples would mark the first victory for gay marriage by nationwide referendum. Eighteen other countries have legalized same-sex marriage through legislation or the courts, but not by a public vote. Approval by Irish voters would be a sea change ,in a country that only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993.

  • KFOR: Nightmare road has rural Oklahoma residents fearing more rain

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND COUNTY - More rain means more concern for rural Oklahoma citizens, says KFOR, as residents are pleading to the county for help. The road is about a mile long, and when it rains… people living there say it’s more of a muddy ditch.

  • KOCO: Accident snarls traffic on NB I-35 in Norman

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NORMAN — Authorities are investigating an accident on northbound I-35 in Norman, KOCO reports. The crash is at the I-35 and Highway 9 interchange. A semi overturned in the crash.




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