• More theaters bail on 'The Interview' in wake of hackers' threat

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    More theaters are yanking "The Interview" from their holiday schedules in the wake of a threat from hackers urging moviegoers to avoid seeing the film on Christmas Day, according to The Los Angeles Times. New York-based Bow Tie Cinemas said Wednesday it was scrapping plans to screen the Sony comedy at its 55 movie theaters, which have roughly 350 screens. Bow Tie is one of the oldest theater chains in the country with theaters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and Colorado. 

  • Murder conviction of 14-year-old executed in 1944 overturned

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A judge has overturned the murder conviction of a 14-year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 in the deaths of two white girls in segregated South Carolina, according to The Associated Press. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen ruled the state did a great injustice when it put George Stinney in the electric chair less than two months after he was convicted and just 12 weeks after he was arrested.

  • Meteorologist shot outside Waco TV station; suspect on the loose

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A meteorologist at a Waco TV station was shot several times Wednesday morning, according to KHOU.com. Patrick Crawford is the morning meteorologist at KCEN, our sister station. Crawford exchanged words with the suspect outside the station, according to DPS trooper D.L. Wilson. The suspect then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot Crawford.

  • Skating Out Classroom Stress As A 'Derby Dame'

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Every fall, on the first day of school, Nina Park greets her new honors English class with a game called "two truths and a lie." Her students, 10th-graders at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Mass. have to guess which is which. "I tell them, 'Reading is my favorite thing to do, I'm Instagram famous, and I play roller derby,' " she says. "And every year, they get it wrong." It'd be hard to blame them for failing her test, NPR reports.

  • WATCH: 40 photographers team up to capture stunning London time-lapse

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Time-lapses might be pretty common these days but this one is spectacular. Earlier this month, more than 40 photographers clubbed together to produce 80 clips featuring 35,000 images for one awesome video, Mashable reports.

  • Obama says he's been mistaken for valet because he's black

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet, Mashable reports. Obama tells People magazine that every black professional male his age has had someone hand over their keys while waiting outside a restaurant. That happened to him, he said.

  • Netflix comes to cord havers, will be available on Dish Network's set-top boxes

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Netflix has struck its first deal with a major U.S. pay-TV company, bringing its content to Dish Network's set-top box, Mashable reports. Starting Wednesday, Dish subscribers that have the newest version of the company's digital video recorder — called Hopper — will be able to stream Netflix content for the standard $7.99 to $8.99 monthly fee.

  • "7th Heaven" Dad: Yes, I Molested Girls

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Embattled actor Stephen Collinshas released a lengthy statement to PEOPLE in which he admits to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors. The 67-year-old – who has remained out of the public eye ever since a recording of him confessing to child molestationwas released to TMZ – goes into detail about the incidents that occurred over a 20-year time span. In vivid detail, Collins explains how there were three victims from 1973 to 1994, and how "I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way" in the last 20 years. 

  • Classic is a welcome nod to BlackBerry's past

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Back in September in a bold attempt to lift bloodied former smartphone champ BlackBerry off the canvas, the company came up with a completely radical business-focused device, a phone shaped like an actual U.S. passport. The design of that BlackBerry Passport was polarizing, applauded by some for being innovative, ridiculed by others for its weirdness, USA TODAY reports. There's nothing strange about the newest BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Classic that is modeled after the BlackBerry Bold 9900 handset that came out in 2011 when the Waterloo, Canada based-company was still called Research In Motion.

  • Singer almost quit a year before 'Voice' win

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The Voice's Season 7 winner almost didn't make it to the NBC singing competition, USA TODAY reports. Craig Wayne Boyd, 35, the country singer who moved to Nashville a decade ago to pursue a music career, came close to giving up his dream in the face of financial pressures. "I remember a little more than a year ago sitting in a pickup outside of a club after I had played to basically no one and talking to my drummer and saying, 'Listen, I may have to quit because it's not paying my bills and I'm losing my house.' I lost my pickup. I didn't know what I was going to do. And him telling me, 'Dude, you can't do that,'" the singer said Tuesday during a post-finale press conference with his coach, Blake Shelton, and host Carson Daly.

  • J.K. Rowling confirms there was a Jewish character in 'Harry Potter'

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Harry Potter‘s adventures may be long over, but J.K. Rowling continues to keep giving her fans little gifts of information about her magical world. This time she’s offering a Hanukkah gift of sorts, USA TODAY reports. When a fan asked if there were any Jewish wizards or witches at Hogwarts, Rowling had a pretty clear answer. ". @benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard."

  • Kurt Busch's ex describes him as alcoholic, depressed

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    DOVER, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was described by his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, as someone struggling with alcoholism and depression in the lead up to the night he allegedly erupted into a rage and smashed her face into the bedroom wall of his motorhome. Attorneys for Busch described Driscoll as a mercenary who was an unbelievable storyteller, and a public relations professional who was bent on trying to destroy the driver's career. The comments came during a day-long protection order hearing over a protection from abuse order filed by Driscoll last month.

  • I may be the last, says Dalai Lama

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The Dalai Lama: "Whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to the Tibetan people." But he told the BBC it would be better that the centuries-old tradition ceased "at the time of a popular Dalai Lama". The Dalai Lama suggested the UK had taken a soft line with China over Hong Kong's recent student-led pro-democracy protests for financial reasons. He also said the international community needed to do more to encourage democracy in China.

  • Sony Hack: Carmike Cinemas Drops 'The Interview' 

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Carmike Cinemas will not show the Sony comedy The Interview, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter.  The decision followed new threats from hackers issued Tuesday. During discussions with theater owners during the course of the day, Sony Pictures told exhibitors who had booked The Interview that it planned to move forward with the movie's release, but that they were free to decide not to show the film, and that the studio would support them in whatever decision they made. Carmike's headquarters are in Columbus, Ga. It operates 278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states. The situation throughout the day was very fluid: Neither the National Association of Theatre Owners nor the individual national theaters chains have yet publicly spoken about the situation. But according to some insiders, exhibitors are wary of becoming liable if they show the movie and any violence occurs.

  • New study: People who feel younger live longer

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life, says CNN. If those fibbers truly believe that they are younger than what it says on their birth certificate, a new study shows they are among a group of people who have a lower death rate. That's compared with those who felt their age or who even feel older than their years.

  • Residents Riled Over Pot-Smoking Santa Display

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A Southern California medical marijuana dispensary has agreed to remove its holiday decorations after it found itself at the center of a town controversy, NBC Los Angeles reports. The Harbor House of Dank in San Pedro hired an artist last week to paint Christmas decorations, including a pot-smoking Santa, on its store front. The paintings also depict a snowman holding a prescription pill bottle. Hundreds of people expressed their anger about the décor on the "Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch" page, a closed Facebook group which had 2,784 members as of Tuesday afternoon.

  • Tim Burton Is In For Directing 'Beetlejuice 2' -- And That's Not All

    Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Sure, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton have projects like “Big Eyes” and “Birdman” keeping them busy nowadays, but every time we get the chance to sit down with the frequent collaborators, the conversation quickly drifts to “Beetlejuice 2," MTV reports. Keaton told the outlet on February 13 that he was in if Burton was, and on October 17 he mentioned that they were waiting for a script; but now Burton is here to set the record straight — “Beetlejuice 2″ is happening, and some very familiar faces will return.

  • OU listed as one of the top journalism schools in the country

    Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    The University of Missouri at Columbia’s School of Journalism was once again far and away the No. 1 choice as the top J-school in the country in the annual NewsPro-RTDNATop Journalism Schools poll of news professionals, according to the Radio Television Digital News Association. A series of ties followed. Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism tied for fourth place, while the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication tied for fifth place. 

  • 'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew

    Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    One of the big, controversial questions to emerge from the Senate investigation into the CIA interrogation of terrorism suspects is this: Did President George W. Bush know the specific techniques used by the CIA to interrogate terrorism suspects? Accounts differ. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report says one thing, Bush himself says another in his memoir. To try to keep it simple, NPR explores what happened in two crucial years — 2002 and 2006. In a future post, NPR will focus what Bush may have known based on a major policy speech in which he first publicly revealed the existence of secret prisons.

  • Apple Prevails in Antitrust Suit Over iPod Music

    Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    A jury has decided that Apple did not use software to block songs sold by competing music stores from playing on the iPod so that it could secure a monopoly over the digital music market, according to The New York Times. The jurors determined Apple had used a version of the iTunes software that it issued eight years ago to deliver genuine improvements for iPods sold between 2006 and 2009. The jury of eight rendered its verdict on Tuesday after about three hours of deliberation, wrapping up a class-action antitrust suit that had kicked around in various courts and in various forms for 10 years before it finally went to trial here in federal court in early December.