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  • Duran Duran Sues Duran Duran Fan Club

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Duran Duran, the ’80s pop group known best for the hit song “Hungry Like the Wolf,” is suing their Glenview-based fan club after it allegedly breached its contract by not giving the band its promised revenue, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. entered into a contract with Duran Duran in 2010 that stipulated the company would create and manage a fan club for the band. The fan club was also to warehouse and sell band merchandise, maintain accurate fan club records, collect membership fees, keep accurate accounting and give Duran Duran 75 percent of all profits, the suit said. Worldwide Fan Clubs would keep the other 25 percent, The Sun-Times reports.

  • Dogs Get Jealous Like Us

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Any dog owner would testify that dogs are just as prone to jealousy as humans. But can one really compare Othello’s agony to Roscoe’s pique? The answer, according to Christine Harris, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, is that if you are petting another dog, Roscoe is going to show something that Dr. Harris thinks is a form of jealousy, even if not as complex and twisted as the adult human form, according to The New York Times.

  • Rachel Maddow's Description Of Botched Execution Will Give You Nightmares

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Rachel Maddow gave a chilling account of the botched execution that took place in Arizona Wednesday night, Huffington Post reports. Maddow described the disturbing death of Joseph Wood, the inmate whose execution went horribly wrong on Wednesday after the state used the same drugs that caused the faulty executions of death row inmates in both Oklahoma and Ohio earlier this year.

  • Jaguars owner Shad Khan: Team won't cut ties with Justin Blackmon

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan told reporters Thursday that the team does not plan on releasing Justin Blackmon following the troubled wide receiver's latest DUI arrest. "We want him to get help he needs," Khan said, according to Jaguars.com. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Thursday...

  • Jaguars should cut Justin Blackmon says ESPN writer

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    ESPN.com's Jacksonville Jaguars writer Mike DiRocco says Justin Blackmon should be cut. Blackmon, a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State, was arrested in Edmond for possession of marijuana on Wednesday. DiRocco cited that Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell has repeatedly said there's no reason to cut Blackmon, but Wednesday's arrest changes things. "At some point, what's best for the franchise overrides what's best for the player," DiRocco says. "The best thing for the franchise, at this point, is to cut Blackmon loose."

  • Report: Two Texas football players charged with sexual assault

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    University of Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were charged with sexual assault, a second degree felony, on Thursday, according to a report from Brian Davis of the Austin-American Statesman. The charges stem from an incident in the early morning hours of June 22nd in UT’s San Jacinto dormitory. Sanders, a junior wide receiver who was expected to start for the Longhorns in 2014, has also been charged with improper photography.

  • Conservative feminists find their voice

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Unless you've been living in a political vacuum, you've likely heard Democrats accuse Republicans of waging a "war on women." Recently, Republicans have started throwing this rhetorical weapon right back at Democrats saying, no, you are the ones waging a war on women, according to Ozy.com. With single women a key demographic target in the 2014 campaign, conservatives are making a major push to counter the idea that they are anti-woman. That includes running a strong set of female candidates in marquee Senate races.

  • White, Asian men rule the roost at Twitter

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Succumbing to growing public pressure, Twitter released the gender and ethnic breakdown of its work force Wednesday, showing that it looks like most other major technology companies: overwhelming male, white and Asian, according to USA TODAY. In the U.S., nearly 90% of Twitter's workers are white or Asian. And more than 90% of technology jobs in the U.S. are held by whites or Asians. Men make up 70% of all staff but 90% of technology staff, according to figures released by the company's vice president for diversity and inclusion, Janet Van Huysse.

  • Real estate heir accused of urinating on CVS candy

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    A wealthy New York City real estate heir who was acquitted in the murder of a Galveston man, faces criminal mischief charges after workers said he relieved himself on a candy rack at a CVS store, according to KHOU-TV. A CVS employee told police that Robert Durst, 71, picked up a prescription at the pharmacy on Sunday at about noon, then exposed himself and urinated on some candy in the store before leaving. The CVS employee called police.

  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore had an easy time striking down Colorado’s ban in a ruling Wednesday — largely because Colorado is in the 10th Circuit, which already has struck down similar bans, according to BuzzFeed. Ultimately, though, Moore noted that the outcome of the Utah marriage litigation, Herbert v. Kitchen, will control the outcome for Colorado. And though the state requested a stay until that case is resolved — and despite prior Supreme Court action granting stays in the Utah marriage and marriage recognition cases — Moore denied Colorado’s stay request.

  • Arizona Attorney General's Office Pushes Back, Says Inmate 'DID NOT Gasp For Air' During Execution

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    An Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed Wednesday’s execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood said the inmate “gasped” hundreds of times during the execution process, according to BuzzFeed. In a request to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made while the execution was in progress, the lawyers for Wood wrote that he was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour." Despite that, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, wrote to BuzzFeed, “I witnessed the execution thought [sic] and he DID NOT gasp for air. I encourage you to look at video from the families who were interviewed.”

  • How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded...

  • James Harden: 'Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players.'

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    If Chandler Parsons is looking for bulletin board material for next season, it’s going to be pretty easy to find. First Dwight Howard said the Rockets’ loss of Parsons “won’t affect us at all.” Which is kind of what you expect Howard to say, still it’s a bit of a dis, NBC Sports reports. Then James Harden took it another step. Harden is in the Philippines for an event he can’t actually play in and spoke with the Philippines Star about a variety of issues, but when asked about the loss of Parsons and other roster moves Harden said this: "Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”

  • Justin Blackmon not only Jacksonville Jaguars receiver hurt by substance abuse issues

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Following another arrest of former Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars' history of receivers with NFL substance abuse policy violations continues to grow. Ace Sanders said Tuesday that he was facing a four-game suspension for a second violation of the league's policy. That was before Blackmon was arrested late Wednesday for possession of marijuana. The Jags' strange history of substance abuse within its receiver ranks dates back more than a decade, writes ESPN's Mike DiRocco.

  • Justin Blackmon: Inner circle was mum on former OSU receiver

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    A month from yesterday, ESPN's Jacksonville Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco wrote that not many people know what's up with Justin Blackmon. "Very few people know where Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is, what he's doing and whether he is receiving treatment for substance-abuse," DiRocco wrote. We know a little more now, as Blackmon was arrested late Wednesday for possession of marijuana in Edmond. Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette wrote in June that those around Blackmon were keeping a tight lid on what was going on with the former OSU star. "That's my son. I'm mom and try not to be the person that's sharing [information about Blackmon]," said Donna Blackmon. The Jaguars have kept their distance from the former No. 5 overall pick this offseason. Jacksonville drafted two receivers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and the team has said they don't expect Blackmon to be reinstated from his NFL substance abuse suspension in 2014. DiRocco said teammates and former coaches have had sporadic contact with Blackmon.

  • Dogs really do get jealous, scientists say

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Ever feel like your dog was jealous when you played with another pooch, Today asks? It might not have been your imagination, according to a new study. The object of jealousy: a stuffed dog that barked and wagged its tail. Researchers compared how dogs reacted to their owners petting the faux canine with how they reacted to them showering love on a jack-o-lantern pail and reading a noise-making pop-up book aloud. Dr. Christine Harris, an emotion researcher at UC San Diego, got the idea for the study after playing with her parents' three border collies.

  • GM to pay victims $400 million to $600 million

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of ifs faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths. The families of those killed and people injured in crashes involving the ignition switch can start filing for payments next month. The automaker has been under fire from Congressional, Justice Department and federal safety regulators for the delay and could face criminal charges.

  • Wealthy eccentric freed in lurid murder case now charged with urinating in drug store

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    In the upscale shopping district of Rice Village, you expect to find nice shops, good restaurants and expensive cars, but you don’t expect to find a very rich man who beat a murder rap urinating on a counter in the neighborhood drug store, KHOU reports. Still, that’s what law enforcement authorities allege happened in the latest twist to the strange saga of Robert Durst. Durst, the wealthy heir to a New York real estate fortune who was found not guilty in a lurid 2003 Galveston murder trial, was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly relieving himself on a checkout counter and a candy rack at the CVS pharmacy in Rice Village.

  • Surgeons remove 232 teeth from teenager

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday and Yahoo reports. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar told AFP. "We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it may be a simple surgery but once we opened it there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone," she said.

  • News 9: Greer County Authorities Looking For Escaped Inmate

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    GREER COUNTY - Law enforcement in Greer County are looking for an escaped inmate from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, News 9 reports. The missing inmate is 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website says Kelsey is 5'10," weighs 169 pounds and has ...