• Walmart sorry for making ISIS cake

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    In a now-removed YouTube video that gained almost half-a-million views in three days, a man named Chuck Netzhammer condemns Walmart for making a custom Islamic State battle flag cake for him the day after his request for a Confederate flag cake was denied, USA TODAY reports. In the video, Netzhammer of Louisiana holds up the white cake with black icing depicting an ISIL symbol and says, "That's an ISIS battle flag cake that anybody can go buy at Walmart … but you can't buy a Confederate flag toy, with, like, say, a "Dukes of Hazzard" car." (The Islamic State also is known as ISIL and ISIS.)

  • Apple busted for price fixing, fined $450M

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A federal appeal court Tuesday upheld a ruling charging Apple of illegally conspiring to inflate e-book prices to consumers, despite a vigorous legal battle from the company, USA TODAY reports. The appeal is a win for the Justice Department which accused the gadget maker in 2012 of orchestrating an abusive e-book pricing policy with book publishers. Many of the associated publishers settled the case, but Apple dug in with an appeal. Apple has claimed the U.S. took too much liberty with antitrust rules to punish it. The company has waged a three-year and costly legal campaign to try to beat the charges.

  • Misty Copeland becomes the first black female principal dancer in American Ballet Theater's history

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Misty Copeland made history this week when she was promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, making her the first African American woman to hold the position in the company’s 75-year history, USA TODAY reports. Copeland has spoken candidly about issues of race in the ballet world before, which earned her a great deal of new fans and introduced more people to ballet, and her performances were some of the most popular at the company in the past few years.

  • Why 2 American museums are fighting to keep art stolen by the Nazis

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Two American museums, having acquired valuable artworks once taken by the Nazis, are now battling in court against the descendants of the victimized Jewish collectors to protect their multimillion-dollar assets, The Washington Post reports. And the approach is part of a strategy increasingly used by museums, according to a new report from an advocacy group highlighting the challenges that claimants face when trying to recover works stolen by the Nazis.

  • Leap Second: Why Today Will Be 1 Second Longer and Could Screw Up Your Computer

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    If today feels longer than your normal Tuesday, you're not imagining it, says ABC News. A leap second will be added to the clock on this last day of June, creating the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems not equipped to handle the change.

  • Jupiter, Venus to converge in Star of Bethlehem moment

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Starting on Tuesday, Jupiter and Venus will be so close in the night sky that you could cover them both with the tip of an outstretched finger, says CBS News. The two planets will be just a third of a degree apart as seen from North America. They will be easy to spot as the brightest objects in the sky, after the sun and moon. Venus, appearing as a crescent, will be even brighter than its neighbor. Not far to their upper left, appearing much fainter, is Regulus, the alpha star in the constellation Leo.

  • Edmond man accused of using pet for sport

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office charged an Edmond man with crime of animal cruelty following an investigation by Edmond Animal Services, KOCO reports. According to court documents obtained by KOCO 5, David Hunter Todd was seen by at least two witnesses “bowling with his cat” at his Edmond apartment near E. 2nd Street near S. Coltrane Road.

  • Texas attorney general says judges can deny same-sex marriage licenses

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country Friday, politicians from both sides of the aisle began weighing in on the decision, USA TODAY reports. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement Sunday saying state workers can refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if doing so is contrary to his or her religious beliefs.

  • Charleston Officer Fired Over Confederate Flag Underwear

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A police officer in Charleston, South Carolina was recently fired over a controversial pair of underwear, HuffPost Live reports.

  • NBC dumps Donald Trump

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    More consequences for Donald Trump after his comments about Mexican immigrants: NBC dumped his beauty pageants and reiterated he will not be in "The Apprentice" anymore, USA TODAY reports. The network, which has been under pressure to fire Trump since last week when Univision announced it would not air Trump's Miss USA pageant in Spanish, said in a statement that "respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values."

  • Woman finds 8.52 carat diamond at Arkansas park

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro, The Associated Press reports. Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. The park does not provide an estimate of the diamond's potential value.

  • Bristol Palin says new unwed pregnancy was 'planned'

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    She insisted she not be lectured but she got them anyway, so Bristol Palin is ticked off and changing her public description of how she feels about her second unwed pregnancy, USA TODAY reports. "This pregnancy was actually planned," she declares in her latest blog message, posted Sunday and entitled "My Little Blessing."

  • Report: Next iPhone to add Force Touch

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    It appears a feature for the Apple Watch and latest line of Macbooks will make an appearance on the next version of the iPhone, USA TODAY reports. According to Bloomberg, the successors to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will include Force Touch, which reads the pressure users apply to the touchscreen with their fingers.

  • Man beaten to death after Kenny Chesney concert

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Seattle Police are asking for the public's help finding a suspect in the death of a man following a fight near CenturyLink Field after a Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday night, USA TODAY reports. It happened about 9 p.m. near 5th Avenue and S. Weller Street. Witnesses said two men were fighting and one suffered head injuries. Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he died.

  • The First Trailer For The Chris Farley Movie Will Make You Feel A Lot Of Things

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    "I Am Chris Farley" — a documentary about the beloved comedian who died in 1997 — opens in theaters on July 31, and BuzzFeed has your exclusive first look at the trailer.

  • Revealed: Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this year | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Despite claims the administration was caught off guard , the White House and four Cabinet departments predicted last year's surge of at least 60,000 illegal juveniles over the U.S.-Mexico border and expect it to more than double to 127,000 this year, according to an internal document says the Washington Examiner. A 24-page administration PowerPoint for congressional appropriators dated April 22, 2014 bluntly stated that border arrivals of "unaccompanied alien children" would rise "by nearly a factor of 10" in 2014 to 60,000 and jump to 127,000 "if these growth rates continue." It is shown below. Indications are that this year's surge won't meet that record number, but will be the second highest in recent history.

  • WATCH: Brazil pranksters cover vehicle parked in handicapped spot with thousands of stickers

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A video from Maringa, Brazil, shows the fierce public shaming of a driver who illegally used a handicapped spot, says the New York Daily News.  The video shows hundreds of people lined up on both sides of the street to jeer and laugh at a driver who returned to a car and found it covered with thousands of blue stickers. The white wheelchair sign also adorned the side and back. The audacious scene had garnered more than 500,000 views as of Thursday.

  • News 9: Two U.S. Postal Service Mailboxes Were Pried Open In OKC, Police Say

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Two drive-thru mailboxes were broken into overnight Sunday, News 9 reports from Oklahoma City police. Sunday evening only trash bags and duct tape held the drop boxes together, and cones kept anyone from driving up to them.

  • Poll: 72% fear economic crash, concern 'highest ever' | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The ever-expanding Republican presidential field, which threatens to splinter over social issues as dark horses grab hot-button topics for attention, is being urged to stick to the economy where the real pot of voter gold sits, says the Washington Examiner. "Concern over the economy is the highest I've ever seen," top GOP pollster Ed Goeas told the moderate Republican Ripon Society . He said 72 percent are worried about an economic downturn. "Republicans need to get into the game on better turf and that means talking in specifics about how we will bring the economy back and help create the jobs that go with real recovery," added pollster David Winston . The exit polls from the 2012 and 2008 primaries and caucuses back them up, and show that the candidate who was considered by voters to be best on the economy usually won that state's contest.

  • News 9: Multiple Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma Residents

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A series of earthquakes shook many Oklahoma residents awake late Thursday night and early Friday morning, News 9 reports. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least seven earthquakes have been reported in the Edmond, Guthrie area overnight. The first, a 3.6 magnitude, was recorded at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, eight miles northeast of Edmond and nine miles south of Guthrie.




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