• Strict rules 'Road Runner' cartoons had to follow

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Try as hard as he might, Wile E. Coyote could never quite catch the Road Runner. Now, the nine rules set for the series by the creator behind the Looney Tunes classic, which stacked the deck against the character, have caused much social media buzz, Yahoo TV reports. Chuck Jones’ rules that governed each and every encounter between Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote have gone viral on Twitter after director Amos Posner shared a page from the 1999 autobiography of Jones, Chuck Jones, Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist.  

  • Dad Teaches Daughter a Very Public Lesson About Lying

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A father in South Carolina found an unusual way to punish his young daughter for allegedly plagiarizing her school work – he made her wear a sign on the side of the road admitting her mistake, Yahoo Parenting reports. “I lied about my grades, and stole someone’s school work,” the sign read, according to witnesses in South Carolina who saw the girl holding it on the street corner.

  • Facebook Photo Reunites Long-Lost Mom and Daughter

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A 23-year-old woman recently reunited with her mother after her Facebook appeal went viral, Yahoo Parenting reports. Stacey Lee was separated from her mother in 1993, when she was only 2 years old, after a family fallout, according to  The Daily Mail . “I was born in Manchester [England] but when I was two I went to go and live with my dad, David, then two years later I moved to Runcorn to live with my granddad and two brothers,” Lee said. “As I approached my teenage years, I always thought about my mum.”

  • Boy sent home from school for Christian Grey outfit

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Thousands of British students mark World Book Day by going to school in costume as their favorite fictional characters. But one 11-year-old found himself in a bind when he dressed as Christian Grey, the S&M-loving billionaire hero of erotic thriller "50 Shades of Grey," USA TODAY reports. Teachers at Sale High School in northwestern England sent Liam Scholes home Thursday after deeming his suit, accessorized with cable ties and an eye mask, unacceptable.

  • 'Big Bang' pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Leonard Nimoy, who died last Friday at 83, never appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" in person, butthe nerd god was kind of constantly present on the nerdy show, given how obsessed Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon, was with him. Heck, the show even featured a game called “Rock, Paper, Scissors … Lizard, Spock.” Nimoy did actually provide his voice for an episode of the show in which Sheldon dreams that his Spock action figure is speaking to him, which was as amazing a cameo as we could possibly think of, USA TODAY reports.

  • 'The dress' used in campaign against domestic violence

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The dress that no one could agree on is now being used for a cause everyone can get behind, USA TODAY reports. The Salvation Army in South Africa used aphotograph of the dress that went viral in Februaryfor a campaign against domestic violence. The original photograph took the Internet by storm because of an optical illusion that left people unable to agree whether it was black and blue or white and cold.

  • Is it okay to use personal e-mail @work?

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Is it okay to write e-mails on Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo from work, even if it's work related? Or should we worried about all the fuss being made about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal e-mail while she was secretary of state and clean up our act? The topic of how we communicate with folks at work is the lead subject in our weekend USA TODAY Tech Roundtable podcast. We got some fascinating responses from a panel of app founders and folks who run tech companies.

  • Willie Nelson Dead? Internet Freaks Out As Another Celebrity Death Hoax Makes The Rounds

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The Internet has been buzzing with news that country icon and legend Willie Nelson has died. One big problem is that the buzz is kind of pointless since the country crooner isn’t dead at all. Sure, he may be 81-years-old, but he’s still alive and truckin’ and touring, so Willie Nelson isn’t dead — he’s simply the victim of another celebrity death hoax, The Inquisitr reports. An article on MSMBC, not MSNBC, reported Nelson was found dead in his Maui home. Many people think the reports of true because of the site's similar name to MSNBC. MSMBC is not a real news site.

  • Facebook, Apple among 379 that file to support gay marriage

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    It's not the Fortune 500, but it came close, says USA Today. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson were among 379 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, pressing the high court to overturn a lower court's ruling that upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four states. The brief in the Obergefell v. Hodges case argues that without a uniform principle, employers and their employees suffer from significant burdens. It cites evidence showing the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Prohibiting same-sex marriage, the companies argue, makes it tougher to recruit and train employees.

  • Daylight Saving Time 2015: Tips for Springing Forward

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    It's time to spring forward, but the sweet act of moving the clocks an hour ahead can deliver a blow to your sleeping schedule, ABC News reports. For most, daylight saving time is an exciting sign of spring that comes with a slightly sleepy Monday. But if you're not a morning person to begin with, your mood and productivity can take a dive. Daylight saving time has been blamed for car accidents, workplace injuries and stock market dips in the past. That's because people are experiencing more than just jet lag this time of year. They're dealing with a new light-dark cycle.

  • Anticipating Nationwide Right to Same-Sex Marriage, States Weigh Religious Exemption Bills

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    As it looks increasingly likely that the  Supreme Court  will establish a nationwide right to  same-sex marriage  later this year, state legislatures across the country are taking up bills that would make it easier for businesses and individuals to opt out of serving gay couples on religious grounds, The New York Times reports. “The L.G.B.T. movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions,” said State Senator Joseph Silk, an Oklahoma Republican and the sponsor of a bill in that state. “And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.” Concern over the expansion, which has accelerated in the last year with a flurry of federal court decisions, is driving a good deal of support for the bills. “They don’t have a right to be served in every single store,” said Mr. Silk, the Oklahoma state senator, referring to gay people. “People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions.”

  • Oklahoma’s Death Penalty Plan Would Be Too Cruel For Dogs

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma is poised to allow a method of execution that has never been tried before: suffocation with nitrogen gas. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 85-10 to support a bill from Republican Rep. Mike Christian, a former state trooper and enthusiastic supporter of the death penalty. The bill now moves to the state Senate, where it is also expected to command majority support. BuzzFeed reports studies of animal euthanasia paint a mixed picture. In a 2008 report on methods for dispatching dogs and cats, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, based in London, ruled that nitrogen asphyxia should not be used. “Current evidence indicates this method is unacceptable because animals may experience distressing side effects prior to loss of consciousness.” Dogs may hyperventilate before losing consciousness, while mice and rats show signs of panic.

  • Dad says high school teacher called son 'Taliban'

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A father is asking that his 14-year-old son’s teacher be fired after she called him a “rag-head Taliban," Yahoo Parenting reports. In a school board meeting for the Broward County Public Schools on Tuesday, Youssef Wardani requested that Maria Valdes, who he says used the derogatory term in French class on February 2, be fired or suspended for one year without pay.

  • WATCH: Wild video shows angry bison slamming into SUV

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    An American bison being trailed by cars inside Yellowstone National Park took its anger out on a parked SUV in its path, ramming into the car that had two passengers inside, ABC News reports.  Tom Carter, a 60-year-old attorney from Texas, was sitting inside a Nissan Xterra with his friend, Suzie Hollingsworth, a Yellowstone tour guide, when they saw a group of bison approaching them head-on. Carter pulled out his phone just in time to record a video of the bison veering off on its own and ramming their SUV.

  • 5 people born in the 1800s are still with us

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Has it really been more than 15 years since we were marking the arrival of a new century? How about nearly 115 years? Yes, there are still five people alive — all of them women — who saw the dawn of the 20th century, USA TODAY reports. And three of them are Americans. (Several others also claim to hail from the 19th century — one Mexican woman even says she is 127 –— but lack the records to back it up.)

  • Hillary Clinton: I want the public to see my email

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said late Wednesday she requested the State Department to disclose all of her e-mails from her tenure as the nation's top diplomat, amid controversy over the use of a private account for government business, USA TODAY reports.  Clinton posted on Twitter shortly before midnight Wednesday that she wants the public to see her e-mail, marking the first time she has commented publicly about the controversy. "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible," she said.

  • Man confesses to killing, brings body to lawyer's office

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A man who drove a dead neighbor to his attorney's office claiming he killed him in self defense will not be arrested, his attorney, Robert Harris, said late Wednesday. USA TODAY reports John Marshall walked into Harris' law firm in Fort Myers, Florida Wednesday claiming he had killed a man in self-defense in Bokeelia and brought the body with him in the bed of his pickup. Lee County Sheriff's deputies on the scene declined to confirm whether Marshall will be arrested or not.

  • Gay marriage case to reach Supreme Court April 28

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The Supreme Court's next date with history is April 28, USA TODAY reports.  The court announced Thursday that 2 1/2 hours of oral argument on whether states can ban same-sex marriage will take place that day inside the same marble chamber that housed Wednesday's debate on Obamacare. It had already been known the arguments would take place that week. Briefs from same-sex couples challenging the bans in four Midwest states were filed last week. Friend-of-the-court briefs supporting them have been arriving this week in advance of a Friday deadline.

  • Dallas 6th Grader Captures Teacher's Profanity-Laced Lecture On Cell Phone

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    DALLAS – While a 12-year-old student recorded with her cell phone, her teacher delivered a nearly 7-minute profanity-laced lecture, reports CBS DFW. “If you don’t give a f***, then I don’t give a f***. If you don’t give a f***, then I don’t give a f*** ,” said the teacher at DISD’s Holmes Middle School. The 6th grade student played the recording for her mother after school on Monday. “I was really upset. I was really, really, really upset,” said Diana, who asked that her last name not be used. For Diana, the foul language isn’t the worst part.

  • Does the State Department trust Hillary Clinton in email flap? Signs of doubt …

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A number of Hillary Clinton defenders cite the talking point that she has turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department and has therefore satisfied the requirement that she turn over all email from her private account to government archivists, says the Washington Examiner, but the State Department itself is being more cautious. Indeed, a look at Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's statements from the last two days suggests the Obama administration is not ready to vouch for its former secretary of state. On Tuesday, Harf said, "We reached out to all of the former secretaries of state to ask them to provide any records they had. Secretary Clinton sent back 55,000 pages of documents to the State Department very shortly after we sent the letter to her. She was the only former secretary of state who sent documents back in to this request. These 55,000 pages covered her time, the breadth of her time at the State Department."




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