• Betsy Palmer, who played Jason's mom in 'Friday the 13th,' dies at 88

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Entertainment Weekly says Betsy Palmer, who starred as Mrs. Voorhees in the original Friday the 13th and its sequel, died on Friday at 88, her manager confirmed to the Associated Press . Palmer had more than 60 film and television credits to her name, but is perhaps best remembered as Jason’s mom – a.k.a. the killer cook from the popular horror franchise. It was a role that Palmer only took, in part, to buy a new car. Palmer called the script for Friday the 13th a “piece of junk.”

  • Enrique Iglesias Continues Concert After Slicing Hand on Drone

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    ABC News reports singer Enrique Iglesias is recovering after his fingers were sliced when he grabbed a drone during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico . The accident happened Saturday, when Iglesias was performing in front of 12,000 fans, and things appeared to be going fine: Iglesias was in the middle of singing his hit “Escape.” Video from a fan in the crowd captured the frightening moment when his hand got caught in the drone’s sharp rotating blade.

  • Tracy Morgan's emotional first interview since deadly car crash

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Tracy Morgan spoke to TODAY's Matt Lauer in his first interview since a multiple-vehicle collision a year ago left him critically injured. "The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there," Tracy Morgan said Monday in his first interview since the deadly car accident a year ago that nearly took his life. The comedian spoke to TODAY's Matt Lauer exclusively, less than a week after settling a lawsuit against Walmart over the June 7, 2014 crash.

  • Wichita State student killed in terrorist attack, called a ‘hero’

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita State University announced the death of one of their students, reports KSN. Abduljaleel Alarbash, 22, was killed in a terrorist attack Friday morning at a mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Reports indicate that Alarbash, acting as a volunteer security officer outside the mosque, stopped the suicide bomber from entering the building, ultimately saving up to one thousand lives.

  • KOCO: Video shows teens shooting out cameras, windows of local business

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    A streak of vandalism has cost a business in Moore thousands of dollars, KOCO reports. The manager of Okie Express Car Wash near S.W. 17th Street and Telephone Road said a couple of kids went on a rampage Friday night, starting at the front of the business, shooting out one camera and a window ...

  • Muslim woman denied unopened soda on airline claims discrimination

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    A Facebook post by a Muslim chaplain about being denied an unopened can of soda because of what she said was discrimination on a United Airlines flight has sparked a flurry outrage on social media. "I am in tears of humiliation," Tahera Ahmad, wrote on Facebook, describing a situation in which she requested an unopened can of Diet Coke during a flight for hygienic reasons, but was told by a flight attendant that it was against policy. Ahmad noticed that the same attendant had given a man an unopened can of beer, and questioned the inconsistency, accusing the flight attendant of discrimination, she wrote on Facebook. "'We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane'" Ahmad said the flight attendant responded.

  • Google partners with Levi's to create interactive clothing

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Google's Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) division announced it is partnering with Levi's to create "interactive textiles" — wearable technology built into regular clothing, Mashable reports. Called Project Jacquard, the effort focuses on making the idea of electronic clothing practical.

  • Denver's first openly weed-friendly hotel opens for business

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Rest easy, globe-trotting cannabis connoisseurs: Denver now has an openly marijuana-friendly hotel, Mashable reports. Nativ, which opened for business on Thursday in the LoDo District, has no lava lamps or Bob Marley posters, or whatever people generally associate with stoner culture. Colorado has been trying to ditch that image long before Amendment 64 passed, which allowed recreational marijuana to be purchased and consumed in private residences starting Jan. 1, 2014.

  • Sweetest things airlines have done for passengers

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Heartwarming is not typically a word many travelers associate with airlines. Miles, delays, and fees — yes. Butheartwarming? Not so much. Now more than ever, some airlines are trying to change that, Yahoo Travel reports. Earlier this month, Southwest Airlines got word minutes before takeoff that the family of a passenger on one of its flights had a family emergency. The airline quickly reacted. A customer service representative told the passenger, whose phone had been switched off on the plane, to call her husband, who informed her that their 24-year-old son was in a coma. The woman was escorted to a private waiting area while her luggage was rerouted and her ticket rebooked on the next direct flight home. They even packed her lunch, all free of charge.

  • 6th-grader delivers best apology of all time for prank call to 911 dispatcher

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Since at least 1992, when Snoop Dogg was heard doing it in the intro to a track on Dr. Dre’s epic debut album, “The Chronic,” shouting “deez nuts” as the answer to practically any question has been an infallible favorite for boys of all ages. The more than 10 million views — and 81,518 likes — on this 15-second video is proof.  So it’s not exactly shocking that a sixth-grade boy used the line on a 911 dispatcher in Savannah, Ga., this week. He can’t possibly be the first adolescent to do such a thing, but he might be the first to write a handwritten apology for it, Yahoo News reports.

  • Racist trolling casts pall over U.S. spelling bee

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee, AFP reports. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. Chances are as good as ever that another one will follow suit at this year's finals Thursday at the Gaylord National convention resort by the Potomac River outside Washington.

  • Dennis Hastert Indictment: Feds Say Cover-Up Was Related to Sexual Misconduct, Report Says

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, federal law enforcement officials said, according to a report published Friday. The report was  published by Tribune , citing two unnamed federal officials. NBC News could not immediately confirm the report. "It was sex," a source told Tribune.

  • Huge swimming snake eats catfish in incredible photo

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    An Illinois fisherman snapped a photo that's gone viral of a huge snake munching on a bullhead catfishin Iowa waters, USA TODAY reports. Colin Wehrle of Moline, Ill., sent the Iowa Department of Natural Resources his photo via Facebook on May 26, entitled "Took this photo Saturday while fishing in Iowa. This snake has a tasty catfish for lunch." He told The Des Moines Register on Thursday that he took the photo May 23 with a GoPromounted on a GoPole at a private lake in southeast Iowa.

  • Darren Sharper pleads guilty in federal sexual assault case

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Former New Orleans Saintsplayer Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in connection with allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states, the latest development in the former Pro-Bowler's fall from grace, The Associated Press reports. Sharper, wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled together, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs to commit rape and two counts of distributing drugs to commit rape. Sharper was first arrested in January 2014 in Los Angeles on rape charges and has been jailed since February of that year. Allegations of drug-related rapes in other states — Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana — eventually followed.

  • Cancer can't beat this boy's superhero spirit

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    A pint-sized super-boy is heading to Phoenix Comicon this weekend, ready to mingle with the comic-book superheroes that inspire him, USA TODAY reports. "Want to watch me save the world?" Dylan Marshall asks. To hear 5-year-old Dylan tell the story, he and the Hulk, glowering from a spot in Dylan's bedroom, do it all the time. "Want to see me fly?" he asks, already suited up in his blue-and-red Superman gear. "I fly on the grass." And off he goes, his arms stretched out. He's flying — but only for a minute.

  • High school valedictorian silenced over speech disclosing he was gay

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    A St. Vrain Valley charter school's leadership is under fire from gay rights activists and others for blocking a class valedictorian from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay.

  • Cab fare jumper sentenced to walk instead

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — You may want to reconsider not paying your cab fare in one Ohio community, you may get a difficult and unusual punishment. WOIO reported that Victoria Bascom didn't pay her fare for a ride between Cleveland and Painesville.  Instead of just paying what she owed, a judge gave her a choice either serve 60 days in county jail or walk 30 miles within 48 hours starting Friday, according to WOIO.

  • 'Serial' Podcast Is Officially Returning For 2 More Seasons

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    After five months of silence, the creators of the popular true-crime podcast "Serial" have announced that it will in fact be coming back for a second — and third — season, BuzzFeed reports. The second season will begin in fall 2015, and the third in the following spring. Other than these basic facts, the creators, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, haven’t revealed much about the upcoming seasons, BuzzFeed reports.

  • Do doctors overscreen for cancer?

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The issues surrounding early diagnosis of cancer are very complicated. The short response is that it depends on which patient and cancer. The long version is that there are many cancers being diagnosed, including low-grade prostate cancers in older men and preinvasive breast cancers in older women, that don't need to be diagnosed and don't need to be treated. These low-grade cancers have a natural history way beyond average life expectancy, so the large majority of these patients will die of other causes before they have symptoms from their cancers.

  • Floods in Texas and Oklahoma bringing surprise snakes to homes

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DALLAS/OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The heavy rains that have pelted Texas and Oklahoma this week have brought some unexpected visitors to homes in the region, like the 4-foot (1.22-meter) rat snake that found cover in an unexpected spot at Jeff Lara's residence. "I opened my grill cover and he jumped at me," said Lara, who lives Edmond, north of Oklahoma City. Wildlife officials have warned that flooding in Texas and Oklahoma is causing snakes, alligators and other reptiles to seek dry land in populated areas.