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  • Chesapeake reaches tentative deal with city of Arlington on royalties

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The city of Arlington contended Chesapeake improperly calculated its royalties by deducting post-production costs and sales to affiliates, but the sides appear to have reached a settlement, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  • How Smartphones Could Someday Correct Your Vision

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Say goodbye to glasses. A new high-tech smartphone accessory can bring images on your device's screen into focus without a trip to the eye doctor, according to LiveScience. This "vision-correcting display" is a thin, transparent material that fits on top of the screen of a smartphone or other device. It works in conjunction with a software program to correct the viewer's focal distance — the range at which the eye can bring objects into focus.

  • The Next Trend? Try a 'Facekini'

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Who would've thought that facekinis — those terrifying ski masks worn by many Chinese beach-goers — would one day make waves in the fashion world?  The brightly colored masks were first spotted on Chinese beaches in the summer of 2012 and have since become a common sight. They cost around $2.50 and are the stuff of nightmares, according to The Global Post. Facekinis have been mocked on social media, and it's easy to see why. But at least one fashion editor reckons they could be the next big thing.

  • Tom Hanks Made the App Store's No. 1 iPad App

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Apps are like a box of chocolates--people are gobbling them up. Tom Hanks can add “created most popular iPad app” to his long list of accomplishments. The Oscar-winning actor’s Hanx Writer app, which gives the illusion of typing on a manual typewriter, sat at number one on iTunes’ app store for the iPad as of Monday evening, according to TIME. Hanx Writer, which was launched on Aug. 14, mimics the look and feel of old typewriters on a touchscreen, complete with the ding noise at the end of a line. Unlike real typewriters, however, this version has a handy delete key. The app is free, though users can purchase different colors, texts and styles.

  • Social media 'Purge' campaigns spark fear of bloody copycats

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    "In five seconds, you will experience anarchy." So begins the theatrical trailer for The Purge: Anarchy. The horror movie, released July 18, creates a world in which the government lifts every law for a 12-hour period, making all crimes — including murder — legal and suspending all emergency services, according to USA TODAY. After a social media scare in Louisville that started with a "fun" post from a high school student, officials in Colorado, Tennessee and other states are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge."

  • KKK raising money for Ferguson police officer

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is planning a fundraiser this weekend for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, according to USA TODAY. "All money will go to the cop who did his job against the Negro criminal," according to New Empire Knights of the KKK. Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the Aug. 9 shooting, has been a police officer for six years, four with Ferguson Police Department, and has never had any disciplinary action taken against him. There's no indication Wilson supports the KKK's efforts.

  • 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer Don Pardo Dies

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Don Pardo, the veteran television and radio announcer, died Monday at 96, his daughter Paula confirmed to CBS Radio. Pardo was best known for his voiceover announcing "It's Saturday Night Live!"

  • A 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Was Arrested During A Ferguson Protest

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was one of eight protesters arrested last night during a demonstration demanding that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon withdraw National Guard troops from the city of Ferguson, according to BuzzFeed. The rally was organized by Organization for Black Struggle after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer. According to a report by The Nation, Epstein was one of 125 protesters who marched to the entrance of Governor Nixon's office chanting, "Hey hey! Ho ho! National Guard has got to go!"

  • Amusement park apologizes for gun shirt error

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology. Mario Alejandro, who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, received a phone call from Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald on Saturday apologizing, and he accepted, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/1v9YY2J ).

  • No Boys Allowed — Hotels With Women-Only Floors

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Women now make up nearly half of all business travelers in the United States and abroad, and most of them are solo travelers. So it’s no surprise that in recent years, more hotels have been clamoring to offer services catering to women’s needs and preferences, according to Yahoo Travel. While some road warriors applaud the extra touches — from smaller slippers and padded hangers to entire floors set aside for female guests (complete with female staff) — there are others who take offense to the notion of women receiving different treatment. Especially when it comes to the mildly patronizing touches of floral décor or the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, and adding yet another surcharge. Some might also argue that prohibiting men from certain rooms or services is flat-out discriminatory or that it might open the door for other forms of separate treatment — after all, men-only floors would generate a lot of controversy.

  • Trayvon Martin's mom pens letter to parents of Michael Brown

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The mother of Trayvon Martin has written an open letter of support to the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose killing at the hands of a white police officer, Darren Wilson, has touched off days of violent protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri — and drawn comparisons to Martin's killing, according to Yahoo News. "I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t," Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, writes in the letter. "I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t." Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26, 2012, sparking demonstrations around the country. Zimmerman, who said he acted in self-defense, was later acquitted of second-degree murder charges.

  • Police Captain Blames 'A Lot' Of The Press For 'Glamorizing' Ferguson Protests

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is surrounded by media. The police leader with authority over the policing effort of the racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, thinks "a lot" of the media has played a part in enabling the violence, according to Business Insider. In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson accused reporters of swarming around agitators, giving "them a platform and glamoriz[ing] their activity."

  • Corey Griffin Dead: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fundraiser Dies at 27 in Diving Accident

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An untimely death after a huge success. Corey Griffin, one of the men behind the ALS #IceBucketChallenge fundraiser and a friend of Pete Frates, who inspired the challenge, has died at the age of 27, according to US Weekly. Griffin passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, Aug. 16, in Nantucket, Mass. according to the Boston Globe. This past weekend, the Nantucket Police Department released a statement reading, "On August 16, 2014 at 2:00 AM, the Nantucket Police Department received a report of a man missing in the harbor after diving from a building on Straight Wharf. Responding officers determined the missing person was Corey C Griffin."

  • BrightSource solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the concentrated beams of solar energy focused upward by the plant's 300,000 mirrors — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair, reports CBC Canada from AP. Federal wildlife investigators who visited BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version. The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

  • New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana, says DC News FOX. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.

  • God will give me two or three more years, says Pope

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Aboard the papal plane - Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then, reports Yahoo/AFP. Talking to reporters on a flight back to the Vatican from South Korea, the 77-year-old pontiff, who seemed in good spirits, was asked about his global popularity, which was evident again during his five-day visit. While the pope has not spoken publicly before about when he might meet his maker, a Vatican source said he had previously told those close to him that he thought he only had a few years left.

  • News 9: Muskogee County Family Shocked To Find Horse Shot, Killed

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    MUSKOGEE COUNTY -A Muskogee County family is sickened after someone intentionally shot and killed one of their horses, reports News 9. For a family that has always had horses and loved them for generations, they're having a hard time understanding how someone could ...

  • These College Friends Are Helping Empower Girls To Follow Their Science-Minded Dreams

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves both always had an interest in the engineering sciences, says the Huffington Post, but after their initial meeting in their early college years, the pair realized just how rare it was for other young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as careers. So they decided to do something about it. A college mentor encouraged Hobbs and Eaves to take their idea to a startup competition on their campus in 2013 and work on a solution to this persistent problem. Within one night of brainstorming, Hobbs and Eaves built the founding idea for Miss Possible .

  • News 9: Chickasha Police Chief Accused In Racial Controversy On Social Media

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    CHICKASHA -The Chickasha police chief is under fire Monday night, dealing with the backlash with social media and now there's a public outcry says News9. It all started over something the chief shared on his Facebook page, and it's one word in particular that ...

  • Missing Marine Wife's Body Found in Mine Shaft

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    The body of pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin was found in at the bottom of a mine shaft, authorities said today, ending a massive two month search. Corwin's alleged lover, Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested in Alaska and charged with her murder, two months after she disappeared from her southern California home.