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  • Labor Day gas prices cheapest since 2010

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The late summer slide in global crude oil prices will push the cost of U.S. gasoline to its lowest Labor Day level since 2010. Better yet: prices are likely to continue dropping to 2014 lows by mid-autumn, according to USA TODAY. Nationally, regular, unleaded gasoline will average $3.41 a gallon - 18 cents cheaper than 2013's Labor Day weekend and 42 cents a gallon less than the record $3.83 average for the 2021 holiday weekend . The energy markets have shrugged off tensions in the Middle East, the Ukraine-Russia conflict and minor supply disruptions during normal peak summer driving season, USA TODAY reports.

  • Mitt Romney: 'One of a million' chance of running in 2016

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    What are the odds Mitt Romney runs for president in 2016? The former Republican nominee cited a memorable scene from Jim Carrey’s "Dumb and Dumber" to explain, according to USA TODAY. You know the one: “One of a million,” Romney told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday. “Somebody else has a better chance than I do,” Romney said in the radio interview. “And that’s what we believe, and that’s why I’m not running. And you know, circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there. I remember that great line from Dumb and Dumber.”

  • Gap, In Unusual Move, Discloses Men And Women Are Paid Equally

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Gap Inc., as part of a national move toward transparency around the gender wage gap, disclosed Tuesday that it pays men and women equally for the same jobs, according to BuzzFeed. The retailer, which also owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Piperlime, confirmed the 1-to-1 ratio with Exponential Talent LLC, a consulting firm focused on diversity and gender-related strategy. It chose to announce its findings today on the anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. Gap was founded in 1969 by Donald and Doris Fisher, a husband-and-wife team.

  • Special effects whiz turns son into action hero

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Daniel Hashimoto just wants his kid's dreams to come true, at least a little. Earlier this year, we first saw James, aka Action Movie Kid, in a hit viral video created by the wizardly dad who's an After Effects artist at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles, according to Yahoo's Trending Now. The first installment of "Action Movie Kid" included stunts and themes from science-fiction and superhero movies such as "Star Wars," "Batman," and "Iron Man." The video quickly gained momentum after its debut and even garnered international media attention. Now the dynamic duo is back with another round of great moments that are bound to make for another viral blockbuster.

  • Uproar after in-flight seat squabble diverts plane

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The debate over whether it’s acceptable for air passengers to recline their seats has been dividing frequent flyers for years, according to Yahoo Travel. So perhaps it was inevitable that it would get physical. You’ve probably heard of a scuffle that broke out this weekend on board a United Airlines flight between two passengers who were debating that very point. The Associated Press reports a female passenger tried to recline her seat, only to be blocked by the guy behind her who had what’s called a “Knee Defender” — a $22 device, banned on United and most other major U.S. carriers, you clip on the seat in front of you to prevent it from reclining.

  • How can a handcuffed man locked in a patrol car shoot and kill himself?

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The attorney representing the family of Victor White III -- a 22-year-old man who authorities claim shot and killed himself while locked in a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind him -- says police are not only responsible for his death but launched a cover-up immediately afterwards.

  • Dez Bryant, Jerry Jones meet privately to discuss deal

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and owner Jerry Jones met Tuesday at the club’s Valley Ranch training complex to discuss the receiver’s contract and a possible long-term deal, as reported by ESPNDallas.com. The former Oklahoma State star and the Cowboys have been in talks for months, but haven't been able to reach an agreement. One ESPN source said the "biggest impediment to getting a deal done is the amount of guaranteed money." Bryant has said that he  does not want to negotiate during the regular season.

  • 'Walking Dead' Showrunner Addresses Daryl's Sexuality, Confirms Gay Male Character Is On the Way

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman set tongues wagging earlier this month when he floated the possibility that original survivor Daryl Dixon could be gay, telling ComicBook.com, “It’s been discussed.” Now, the AMC hit’s showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, is weighing in on the “Is-he-or-isn’t-he?” buzz. “We know all sorts of things about the characters that we haven’t revealed,” he shares, before insisting, “[But] we’re not holding back information on Daryl’s sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways.  We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That’s been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he’s still on that journey."

  • Meet the Dad Who Recorded His Daughter’s Epic Selfie-Spree

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Skylar Beckham loves taking selfies and sending them to her friends. “I probably take about 50 a day,” Skylar, 13, of Cincinnati, Ohio, told ABC News. Normally, she’s the one in control of the camera. But this time, her dad, Rob Beckham, took a sneaky selfie of his own, secretly filming Skylar at a stop sign as she was posing, and posing and posing in the backseat of his car, according to Good Morning America.

  • 'Orange Is The New Black' Star Laverne Cox's Powerful Response To Street Harassment

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Leave it to "Orange Is The New Black" actress and advocate Laverne Cox to turn a painful personal story into a poignant teachable moment. In this video from Keppler Speakers, Cox describes a moment in which two men harassed her on a New York City street -- and an ugly combination of racism, misogyny and transphobia ensued, according to The Huffington Post. Cox, though, turns this difficult experience into something deeply resonant. Not only does she step back to recognize the frighteningly high rates of violence against the transgender community, she also makes a larger point about the nature of bullying.

  • Kobe Bryant Thinks LeBron James Is Worth $75 Million, Defends His Monster Contract

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Last December, Kobe Bryant went down with a season-ending injury shortly after signing a $48-million contract extension that will make him the highest-paid NBA player until 2016, according to Business Insider. Some criticized Kobe for not taking a larger pay cut at a point in his career when his skills are diminishing. In an SI cover story by Chris Ballard, one anonymous GM said Kobe had "zero" trade value because of his salary.

  • Joseph Randle in a running back battle in Dallas Cowboys camp

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    With former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle injured, the Dallas Cowboys re-signed running back Phillip Tanner to bolster the running game. The Cowboys already have former OU running back DeMarco Murray firmly set in the No. 1 spot, and Lance Dunbar projects as the No. 2 back. A series of injuries to Randle and Ryan Williams has opened up an opportunity for Tanner. Randle, a fifth-round pick out of OSU in 2013, has been sidelined this week after suffering an oblique injury against Miami on Saturday. He had some flashes of good play on special teams against the Dolphins,  which could give him an edge over Williams for the No. 3 running back spot. DallasCowboys.com writer Nick Eatman says the team has elected to keep four RBs on the roster in recent times, meaning Randle is one of three players fighting for two spots.

  • Border chaos: 375,000 pending immigration cases, Obama lawyers AWOL | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Two top federal judges Wednesday said the nation’s immigration courts are in chaos, with the backlog of cases at an historic high of 375,000 for just 227 judges, leading to a minimum three-year delay in hearings for illegal immigrants. In Washington to take advantage of the current crisis to demand a new court system, the judges accused the Justice Department of treating their courts like Cinderella’s abusive family by starving them of money and support and blamed the insufficient Justice funding for letting illegals “linger” in the country. “Immigration courts are the forgotten stepchild,” said Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco. She was speaking on behalf of the National Association of Immigration Judges, which she is president of. Fellow Judge Denise Noonan Slavin, the vice president of the judge’s union, said that the courts have the “status of Cinderella,” having to scrounge for supplies, support and money. She said that the lack of money forces judges to delay cases and that is “allowing those who are not entitled to be here, linger.”

  • OSU basketball: Cowboy Alumni Weekend set for Sept. 5-6

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma State men's basketball team will host its annual Cowboy Basketball Alumni Weekend Sept. 5-6 in Stillwater, as announced by the university on Wednesday. Check-in is scheduled for Sept. 5 between 1-4 p.m. in the Northwest Lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena, with a dinner to follow at 7 p.m. in the Conoco-Phillips OSU Alumni Center. A campus tour of the newest athletic facilities at OSU is set for the morning of Sept. 6. Last year's event brought back more than three dozen former players spanning seven decades. Former players who have not been contacted directly are encouraged to call the Cowboy Basketball office (405-744-5845) or e-mail Assistant AD/Basketball Joseph Biggs at joseph.biggs@okstate.edu .

  • Rock legend files for divorce from wife of 36 years

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator.  A petition for dissolution of marriage was filed by Young in their hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29th. A hearing is scheduled for December 12th. A rep for Neil Young had no comment.

  • 9 Things Only People With Depression Can Truly Understand

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    There's been a lot of dialogue surrounding depression -- particularly in light of recent events -- as people struggle to understand why and how it affects people in the ways that it does. And for the 350 million people worldwide with the condition, it can be just as hard to articulate its effects as it is to understand it.

  • Teammate defends Michael Sam over ESPN 'shower' story

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Before Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, ever set foot on an NFL football field, doubters had claimed that he would be a distraction to his team and shunned by his teammates. However, in the first media flare-up regarding Sam's orientation, he has received the definitive support of one of the strongest voices in his locker room, according to Yahoo Sports. The precipitating incident was an ESPN report on how Sam, no sure thing to make the Rams' roster, was adjusting to life with his new teammates. And after some initial cliches, the report took a sharp turn, focusing for almost a full minute on Sam's showering habits.

  • Fashion Giant Apologizes For Pajamas That Look Just Like A Concentration Camp Uniform

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Fashion giant Zara pulled a children’s shirt from its stores after customers complained that the striped pajama top with a yellow star resembled Holocaust prison garb. The shirt, produced in Turkey, was sold in the Spanish retailer's Albanian, French, Israeli and Swedish online stores. It was removed on Wednesday hours after it went on sale.

  • 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Edgar Allan Poe

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    "Do not fear for Eddy!" the doomed man called out as he boarded a steamship out of Brooklyn. These, among Edgar Allan Poe's last words to his family, were spoken to his aunt Maria in June 1849; in October he was found dying in the street in Baltimore, incoherent and dressed in another man's clothing. The irony of his departing words, and the mysterious circumstances of death, all seem rather fitting for the father of the detective story.

  • OU football: Putting the paint on Owen Field

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Football is here, as evident by OU writer Jason Kersey's photo at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. OU opens against Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Here are some more game details including how to watch .