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  • Auschwitz selfie girl defends actions

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Alabama teen who faced criticism for posting a smiling snapshot of herself in front of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp, is defending her actions, saying that it was a tribute to her father who passed away, according to USA TODAY. Breanna Mitchell posted the selfie on June 20 and about a month later, it went viral. "Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently because I didn't mean any harm," Mitchell told TakePart Live in a video interview posted to YouTube on July 21.

  • LeBron James apologizes for chaos in Ohio neighborhood with cupcakes

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LeBron James wants to make sure he's in the good graces of his neighbors now that he's back in Ohio. So, on Tuesday night, James sent a team from a Fairlawn, Ohio, bakery around his immediate neighborhood in Bath Township to deliver cupcakes to apologize for the traffic jams caused by the interest in James' return earlier this month.

  • Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant share brunch

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The Baddest, meet the Bieber. Kevin Durant was photographed with pop star, Justin Bieber, which Biebs posted to his Instagram on Tuesday. Bieber is wearing a New Jersey Nets hat, while Durant keeps it neutral in his "The Baddest" Nike line. "Brunch @easymoneysniper" is all Bieber puts on his Instagram post (Note: @easymoneysniper is Durant's Instagram handle). Bieber has been photographed in everything from Miami Heat to Los Angeles Lakers gear, so his loyalties are from coast-to-coast. Now, Durant gets some of the Bieber love.

  • Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Blogs About Graduating High School

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Just because her mom is one of the most famous pop stars in the world, doesn't mean Lourdes isn't your typical American teenager — well, sort of. In a new blog post, Madonna's eldest daughter, who goes by Lola, dishes on her graduation from New York's LaGuardia High School, how she's spending her pre-college summer, and what it was like going to prom, according to Yahoo Celebrity. "HEY to all the readers. I don’t know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. It’s very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like its something I’ve been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened," she explained before adding, "There also isn’t the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you’re about mid way into the beautiful summer." "This past weekend I went to a music festival upstate and truly had the most beautiful time," the Material Girl designer mused. "It was a little bit outside of New York, the vibes were amazing. Great crowd of people too and my god I heard such incredible music."

  • Oklahoma TV station apologizes for giving rapper the boot

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Oklahoma City television station has apologized to a popular music artist and said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday "Oklahoma Live!" morning show after producers found out he was a rapper, according to Reuters. Oklahoma City-based performer Jabee Williams, who is black, said on Tuesday the move by TV station KSBI may have been racially motivated. KSBI President CEO Vince Orza, a former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate, said his station typically does not invite rap or heavy metal artists for its morning show but it should have let Williams perform, especially since he has also been on the show twice.

  • ‘True Blood's’ Nelsan Ellis Slams Luke Grimes For Quitting Over Bisexual Storyline

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Nelsan Ellis has long portrayed one of the most popular characters on HBO's “True Blood.” As Lafayette, he's tough and totally unique. The character also happens to be gay. That last detail was purportedly too much for one of his co-stars, who quit over this season's gay storylines, according to The Wrap. Luke Grimes took on the role of James on the show, spending much of last season wooing fellow vampire Deborah Ann Woll‘s Jessica. This season, though, James suddenly had a new face as Nathan Parsons took over the role. At the time, Grimes issued a statement saying that he left over his feature film schedule, and that it had nothing to do with storylines, but HBO alleged that his decision was due to “the creative direction of the character.” That direction became clear as the seventh and final season of “True Blood” started airing, and James was revealed to be bisexual, starting a relationship with Ellis’ Lafayette.

  • Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose: Coroner Rules Socialite's Cause of Death

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Three months after the untimely death of Peaches Geldof, the socialite's cause of death has been revealed. The TV personality and model passed away on April 7, 2014 at the age of 25, and the coroner ruled on Wednesday, July 24, that it was due to a heroin overdose, according to US Weekly. Pathologist Peter Jerreat said in a inquest held in Kent, England, that Geldof's body showed puncture wounds on the elbows, thumbs, and wrists, and she had heroin levels in the "fatal range" in her system. Her blood stream also held traces of methadone, codeine, and morphine.

  • Pit Bull Carries Chihuahua to Safety

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Jonie, a white Lab- Pit Bull mix, was found in a Georgia neighborhood earlier this month carrying an appreciative Chihuahua in her mouth. The pair - named for teenage lovebirds Joanie and Chachi of "Happy Days" fame - were picked up by animal control officers who saw that Chachi was suffering from a severe eye infection, according to Yahoo Shine. Veterinarians had to remove Chachi's left eye, and he was reunited with Jonie last week, after few days of recuperation. "It's not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this," said Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin. "They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart."

  • OU alum Pat Bowlen resigns control of Denver Broncos

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is resigning control of the team as he acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Bowlen, who has degrees in business and law from the University of Oklahoma, helped take the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances and two championships in his 30-year tenure. Bowlen, 70, has placed his ownership in the Pat Bowlen Trust. Bowlen's goal is for one of his seven children to run the team when ready. The Broncos will not be put up for sale.

  • Welfare beneficiaries access cash benefits at Colorado weed retailers

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them. At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.

  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet, reports CBS Minnesota. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially.

  • The 'Seinfeld' Emoji Are Here, And They're Spectacular!

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Earlier this month, it was announced that the guys behind the Seinfeld2000 Twitter and Instagram accounts developed a new set of emoji inspired by the show, says the Huffinton Post, and now they're here and available for a free download on iTunes. Technically these aren't traditional emoji since they're currently available through an app rather than your iPhone’s keyboard; however, you can still write out the message you want, save it and then post to social media or text

  • KOTV: Oklahoma Man Captures Walmart Shoplifting Suspect On Video

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    COWETA - A video showing a man throwing items into an SUV then speeding away is spreading on social media, reports KOTV. The man who shot the video said he posted it on his Facebook account to help police catch a shoplifter who said ...

  • News 9: Neighbors In Choctaw On Alert After Eerie Late Night Knocks

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    CHOCTAW - Neighbors are on alert after they say a strange man has been showing up on doorsteps at night in the Choctaw area, News 9 reports. In one encounter the man said he was a neighbor, but nobody around had ever seen him before who became agitated when one woman said she'd call ...

  • College of Charleston president orders second investigation of Doug Wojcik

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell has ordered a second investigation of embattled basketball coach Doug Wojcik based on new allegations of a physical confrontation with a player and verbal abuse of athletic department staff. One of the allegations in the new report includes a physical confrontation between Wojcik and former Cougar guard Trevonte Dixon, which occurred during a game in the 2012-13 season, multiple sources told The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. A source also said a video of the confrontation between Wojcik, a former coach at Tulsa, and Dixon is part of the report.

  • Joe Paterno's son Jay sues Penn State for 'improper termination'

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jay Paterno is targeting Penn State University in another lawsuit. Paterno today filed a complaint in Philadelphia federal court, where he and fellow former assistant coach Bill Kenney are suing the university for improper termination. Paterno and Kenney were not retained as assistant coaches by Penn State coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012. They are seeking compensation in excess of $1,000,000 and accusing Penn State of engaging in civil conspiracy against them.

  • Former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse dead at 64

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, who is arguably remembered most for throwing a touchdown pass to Golden Richards while running to his right in Super Bowl XII on one of Tom Landry's famous trick plays, died Tuesday night. He was 64. Newhouse battled with his health since suffering a stroke in 2010. He spent much of the past year at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minneapolis, Minn, hoping to get a heart transplant. Newhouse never got strong enough for the transplant before succumbing to heart disease at the Mayo clinic, his son Rodd Newhouse confirmed Tuesday night.

  • Oklahoma man gets consecutive 20-year terms for rapes of intellectually challenged classmates

    BY BILL BRAUN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A man was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison for raping two intellectually challenged men at a Tulsa hotel. Brandon Brady, 22, pleaded guilty previously to two counts of first-degree rape. The charges stemmed from crimes that occurred in April 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown, court records show. Instructors with the High Plains Technology Center in Woodward had brought a group of special-needs students to Tulsa for an annual Skills USA competition to reward and recognize their hard work. The students included Brady and the two victims, who were then ages 19 and 22 and were identified as his classmates. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Angels won't cap former OU pitcher Garrett Richards' innings

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Former OU pitcher Garrett Richards has been a revelation for the Los Angeles Angels this season. Richards has become the Angels’ best starter in their chase for the American League West crown. On Tuesday, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said that he won’t have an innings cap on Richards even though he’s on pace for a career high in innings pitched. Richards has already pitched 131 1/3 innings. His career high was 145 last season. ESPN analyst Jim Bowden said Tuesday that the Angels don’t want what happened to the Washington Nationals a few years back to happen to them come playoff time. “I think the Angels saw what happened a couple of years ago with Washington when they shut down (Steven) Strasburg, when they shut down (Jordan) Zimmerman,” Bowden said. “They had a chance for a World Series and when they shut them down, that kind of ended, and the Angels are in a situation … they want a chance at a World Series. “The shoulder and the elbow are completely healthy, he’s been pitching every fifth day without any fatigue whatsoever, and the velocity is as good as it’s been. Why shut down a healthy pitcher when he’s throwing the way he’s throwing?” Richards, 26, currently ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins (11), strikeouts (134), earned run average (2.47) and Wins Above Replacement for pitchers (3.7).

  • McDonald's Allegedly Fires Mom Whose Daughter Played Outside While She Worked

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Debra Harrell, the South Carolina woman who was arrested after her 9-year-old daughter was found playing alone outside while she was at work, has been fired from her job at McDonald's.