• Principal Loses Post Over Misspelled Sign

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Some serious misspellings on a school sign may have cost a principal her position, according to CBS New York. It’s prominently positioned over the entryway at Paterson’s Public School Number 20, but it took more than a week for anyone to take notice and fix the glaring mistakes on the school’s sign. As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, the controversial sign included misspellings of the words ‘December’ and ‘reports’ which were spelled ‘Dicember’ and ‘reepor’ respectively. The number ‘1’ was also backwards.

  • Study: Hugs Can Help Fend Off Colds

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Instead of an apple, could a hug-a-day keep the doctor away? According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, that may not be that far-fetched of an idea. Led by Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty University Professor ofPsychology in CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Published in Psychological Science, they found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.

  • Ambush cop killings not uncommon

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Fatal ambushes, similar to an attack this weekend on two New York City police officers, have been among the leading causes of firearm-related police deaths for the past several years, according to data maintained by a national law enforcement group. USA TODAY reports at midyear, an analysis conducted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which closely tracks officer deaths, found that ambushes were the second-leading cause of firearm killings. As recently as 2012, ambushes accounted for the most fatal shootings involving police: 30% of the 50 firearm deaths that year were attributed to such attacks.

  • Sony plans to eventually release 'The Interview'

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    A lawyer for Sony says the studio still plans to distribute "The Interview" after it was withdrawn due to threats from North Korean hackers, USA TODAY reports. "Sony only delayed this," David Boies, a lawyer for Sony, said on Meet the Press on Sunday. "Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed I don't think anyone knows quite yet." Sony had previously released a statement saying that it had "no further release plans" for the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco in a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Saudi Arabia: We'll never cut oil production

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Saudi Arabia has a tough message for oil producers hurting from the price crash: We'll never cut production. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi also said he wasn't conspiring to take out rival producers by driving down the price.

  • Reward increased to find Waco meteorologist's shooter

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    WACO, TX -- An anonymous donor helped increase the reward for the person who shot a central Texas weatherman, KTRK reports. The anonymous $5,000 donation raised the reward to find the shooter to $10,000. A sketch was released earlier this week of the person who shot KCEN meteorologist Patrick Crawford outside the station in Falls County on Wednesday.

  • Sen. Tom Coburn on his friendship with President Obama: ' I just love him as a man'

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Tom Coburn, the conservative Republican senator from Oklahoma, announced earlier this year that he has prostate cancer and will be ending his term two years early, says CBS News/60 Minutes. This is an interesting man. He's an obstetrician who has delivered over 4,000 babies. Called the "Godfather of the Tea Party," he has been a powerful and effective force against government spending. He opposes gay marriage, he's against abortion rights and says global warming doesn't exist. And yet, he became one of Barack Obama's closest friends in Congress. It may be Washington's most unlikely friendship, but it is a lesson that political opposites can work together in highly partisan and dysfunctional times.

  • Sony Pictures hack fuels speculation about studio's possible sale

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Fallout from the crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has called into question exactly what the future holds for one of Hollywood's biggest names, the Los Angeles Times reports. A paralyzed computer system has hampered the studio's ability to make deals, promote upcoming movie releases and conduct business. Some employees at the Culver City film and television studio still were having trouble accessing their email this weekend. But, beyond the day-to-day running of a studio, there's a sense in Hollywood that big changes are ahead. "Major upheaval will occur at Sony," said Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC's Annenberg School. "This will reset the studio's relationship with Japan."

  • Most and least reliable small cars

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    By definition, buyers of small cars are cost conscious. They want to get a good value on something fuel-efficient that will remain dependable for years to come, says Yahoo. Based on Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey that collected data on more than a million vehicles, there are a few compact models that shine and several that should be avoided. All things being equal, steer toward cars with a better-than-average predicted reliability to put the odds in your favor for trouble-free ownership. Here, we present the most and least reliable subcompact and compact cars.

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo, says Reuters, can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person's detention or imprisonment - in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object.

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

    Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages. On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!" they wrote. John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd is expected — even if the festivities are likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John's hell-raising rock 'n' roll days.

  • Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    With that pitch, coder boot camps are poised to get much, much bigger. Is this a new education delivery system?

  • New York Pain Clinic Doctor Is Sentenced in Overdose Deaths of 2 Patients

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    A pain doctor in Queens who was convicted of manslaughter in the overdose deaths of two patients was sentenced on Friday to more than 10 years in state prison. The doctor, Stan Xuhui Li, 60, of Hamilton, N.J., ran a one-day-a-week pain clinic in Flushing, Queens, where he saw as many as 80 patients in a day and did most of his business in cash, handing out prescriptions for opiates and tranquilizers. The manslaughter convictions against Dr. Li were unusual for New York State, where doctors who are caught providing drugs to addicts are usually charged with criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance.

  • Time Lapse: Amsterdam Light Festival

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Watch this visually stunning hyperlapse video shows off the bursts of color dotting the landscape of Amsterdam during the third installment of its Light Festival. Video courtesy of film maker  Jack Fisher .

  • Baby Jesus gets GPS

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Attention thieves and pranksters considering nabbing the baby Jesus from the Indiana Masonic Home's Nativity scene: Don't do it. Jesus has GPS. New York-based BrickHouse Security, which operates a distribution center in Indianapolis, is donating several GPS monitors that will be put inside the baby Jesus and other statues on display at the Masonic Home's iconic archway.

  • NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper.

  • DeMarco Murray still practicing, Weeden misses for personal reasons

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray attended practice for the third-straight day and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that Murray looks like he's on schedule to play Sunday against the Colts. Both Murray and offensive guard Zack Martin are listed as questionable. "Murray and Martin, I’m pretty positive about having the ability to play them and to get that decision,” Jones said Friday on KRLD/105.3 FM. “Both of those guys, you should be able to count on them." More in doubt is the status of right tackle Doug Free, who is doubtful with an ankle injury. Backup quarterback and former Oklahoma State standout Brandon Weeden missed Friday's practice for personal reasons.

  • OU football: Sooners take awesome Christmas card photo

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Some OU football players are in the holiday spirit. Several of the Sooners sent out a Christmas photo over Twitter Friday morning. Included in the photo are roommates/teammates Ty Darlington, Cody Thomas, Connor Knight, Grant Bothun and Joey Palange. “Merry Christmas from my roommates to yours! @G_BO_ @connor_knight15 @TyDarlington56 @codythomas_12 @JoeyFingaz47,” Trevor Knight tweeted out Friday morning. There's too much awesome in this photos. In no particular order: Palange mean-mugging while holding a massive five-pronged fork. Tacky sweaters. Darlington's very small tie. Random life-sized Bob Stoops. Miniature red tree. Cody Thomas sunglasses.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'I'm Trying To Figure Out' Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson sounded off on the media firestorm that ensued after his father, Phil, argued that being gay is a sin in a 2013 GQ interview, The Huffington Post reports. "Some of the things he said in that interview, I didn't agree with -- and I've even said so," Robertson tells Larry King in a Dec. 15 chat. "We love everybody ... In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay." As to whether or not he thought that being gay or lesbian was a choice, Robertson added, "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am."

  • Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Hacking

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film "The Interview" over a hacking by North Korea a "mistake," NPR reports. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end news conference. He added that he was "sympathetic" about their concerns, but, "I wish they would have spoken to me first."