• Mom gets perfect haircut before chemo treatment

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Sarah’s mom knew the chemotherapy treatments would claim her hair. In an effort to make light of a very heavy situation, she gave Sarah free reign to give her the coolest haircut she could come up with, Yahoo Makers reports. “My mom asked me for something fun to play with before chemo takes her hair,” Sarah posted on Reddit under her username, borrow_a_feeling. The post quickly became a trending item on the site, with commenters weighing in with support and admiration. 

  • Texas Man Builds Miniature House in Hopes of Avoiding College Debt

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Joel Weber said he's determined to incur less college debt by living in the tiny, 145-square-foot house he built, rather than struggling to pay higher rent in his college town of Austin, Texas, Good Morning America reports. "I wanted a place to call home," Weber told ABC News. "I wanted it to be affordable so I could be debt-free and let it be an investment to give back to the community — not just dumped into rent that I wouldn't get any return on."

  • A Tennessee store put up a "no gays allowed" sign — and it's totally legal

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, a store in Grainger County, Tennessee, put up a sign with a terrible message: "No gays allowed," Vox reports. Jeff Amyx, a baptist minister who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies, told WBIR 10 News that he put up the sign because he's religiously opposed to gay and lesbian couples, and that he has no intent of taking the sign down.

  • The Sixers got 3 players and a 1st-round pick for nothing in one of the most lopsided NBA trades ever

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    While the Philadelphia 76ers and GM Sam Hinkie continue to struggle in their search for a superstar in the draft, the team's radical rebuilding plan paid off in a big way in a trade with the Sacramento Kings, Business Insider reports. The Kings wanted to clear cap space to make a run at free-agency targets Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, and Wes Matthews. The Sixers, who have more cap room than anyone in the NBA because they refuse to sign free agents, were more than happy to take on salary from the Kings.

  • Bo Duke tweets photo of Dylann Roof in protest after TV Land dumps ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In a 2001 documentary about the making of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” show creator Gy Waldron said the Confederate flag that appears on a car featured on the show — like the Good Ol’ Boys themselves — was never meanin’ no harm, The Washington Post reports. “Painting the Confederate flag on the roof of the car was done very innocently,” Waldron said, “because in the ’50s and ’60s it was very common to find Confederate flags painted on cars. There was never a political statement to be made by it. It was just part of the tradition. And once we had put it in there I saw no reason to bow to any pressure groups. We’re not making any statement regarding slavery or post-slavery or integration or anything like that. ”

  • Outraged mom refuses to answer school question

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The mother of an incoming kindergartner in Connecticut has persuaded officials to revise their school forms after speaking out about a question that she says got too personal. The inquiry: “Type of birth: Vaginal__ Cesarean__," Yahoo Parenting reports.

  • 'G' is for 'good-bye'! 'Sesame Street' fans are really sad about Maria's retirement news

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Welp, there goes another little piece of our childhoods! Maria from "Sesame Street" — aka actress Sonia Manzano — is leaving the show after more than 40 years, she revealed during an appearance at the American Library Association conference earlier this week, USA TODAY reports.

  • Google driverless cars in accidents again, humans at fault — again

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Google's autonomous cars were once again involved in accidents while out mapping the streets of Mountain View, Calif. But in both instances, as with the dozen or so previous incidents over years of testing, humans in other vehicles were at fault, according to Google. USA TODAY reports the search company released its latest autonomous-car monthly report Wednesday, detailing two accidents in which drivers rear-ended their driverless tech-equipped Lexus SUVs while stopped at a red light.

  • Whole Foods execs apologize for overcharging

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Whole Foods top executives said they "made some mistakes" in a video posted to the company's blog after an investigation in New York City claimed the high-end grocery chain consistently overcharges for prepackaged food, USA TODAY reports. "Straight up, we made some mistakes, we want to own that," co-CEO Walter Robb said alongside co-CEO John Mackey.

  • How this year's Shark Week is going to be different

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Shark Week is all grown up. USA TODAY reports the annual summer programming fest on Discovery Channel marks its 28th year several weeks earlier than usual, starting Sunday and with a greater emphasis on science.

  • Report: Greg Monroe to sign with Milwaukee Bucks

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Power forward Greg Monroe will reportedly sign a max contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Monroe (6-foot-11, 250 pounds) will receive a reported $49.4 million over three years , with a player option on the third year of the deal. Monroe, 25, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season for the Detroit Pistons, who drafted him out of Georgetown in 2010.

  • Chicago extends taxing power to online movies, music, more

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently to expand its taxing power. The added costs are the result of a ruling by the city Finance Department that extends the reach of ordinances governing two types of taxes — the city amusement tax and the city personal property lease transaction tax — to cover many products streamed to businesses and residents alike.

  • Homeless man who found, turned in $2,400 leaves police with one more surprise

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    VICTORIA, B.C. — A homeless man in Langford, B.C., who turned in $2,400 he found on the street has also rejected thousands more that were raised for him after his story drew media attention, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The owner of the lost $2,400 was later found. But that wasn’t the end of the story. The homeless man’s honesty led others to start up a fundraising campaign on his behalf.

  • Josh Heupel's dad says former OU offensive coordinator is loving Utah State

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ken Heupel, the father of former Oklahoma quarterback and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, says his son is adjusting well to his new job at Utah State. Along with former wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, Josh Heupel was fired following the Sooners' 8-5 season in 2014. At a life skills camp in Catoosa this week hosted by Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation, Ken Heupel told the Tulsa World that Josh "loves it there" in Logan, Utah, in his new role as offensive coordinator. Ken also said the Heupels weren't surprised by OU making the move to move on from his son as an assistant. OU hired 31-year-old East Carolina assistant Lincoln Riley in January to replace Josh Heupel. "We all know this is a big boys business," Ken said. "We understand what the situation is and that type of thing."

  • PHOTO: Rickie Fowler goes golfing with his girlfriend

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    This is how you vacation. Rickie Fowler is taking some time off before he makes a run at The Open Championship. The former Oklahoma State golf standout is out at Baker's Bay (Bahamas) playing against his girlfriend Alexis Randock in a closest to the pin contest. The Open Championship (a.k.a. The British Open) is at St. Andrews in two weeks. What better way for Fowler, who placed second in last year's Open behind Rory McIlroy, to get ready than chillin' in the islands, playing left-handed and shirtless?

  • The dire state of airport food in one photo

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Airport food is never something to look forward to, but this Reddit user's bacon and egg sandwich takes "sad" to new levels.

  • One of the Most Important Tools in Science Now Fits Inside Your Phone

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    We use them to spy on exoplanets, diagnose skin-cancer, and ID the makeup of unknown chemicals. They're on NASA spacecraft flying around Saturn's moons right now. Yes, right alongside the microscope, the optical spectrometer—an instrument that breaks down the light that something reflects or emits, telling you what its made of—is one of the most ubiquitous tools in all of science. Today, Jie Bao, a physicist at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, has just discovered a fascinating way to make them smaller, lighter, and less expensive than we ever thought possible. By using tiny amounts of strange, light-sensitive inks, Bao and his colleague Moungi Bawendi—a chemist at MIT—have designed a working spectrometer that's small enough to fit on your smartphone. Because of the tool's simple design and its need for only an incredibly small amount of the inks, Bao says, his spectrometer only requires a few dollars worth of materials to make. They report the research today in the journal Nature.

  • Now you can enjoy a rooftop lounge in New York City without leaving the airport

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Rooftop bars are all the rage in New York in the summer, and for good reason: The heat on the streets can be unbearable. Now Jetblue is joining the trend at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, opening the T5 Rooftop on Wednesday. The outdoor area covers 4,046 square feet, and offers free Wi-Fi, food carts and views of the New York City's skyline.

  • Caitlyn Jenner needs a fashion intervention

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The newly minted Caitlyn has been doing a victory lap in New York since Sunday’s LGBT Pride March in a series of figure-flattering, age-appropriate frocks . On Tuesday, Jenner went shopping at Patricia Field’s Bowery store, where she continued her style showcase as she stepped into the “Sex and the City” stylist’s shop wearing a saucy leopard wrap dress from DVF. Unfortunately, she emerged looking like a deranged Carrie Bradshaw after a bad acid trip in the JCPenney juniors department.

  • Which polls will determine who makes the first GOP debate?

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    For GOP presidential candidates, winning the right to participate in the first debate on Fox News next month means they'll have to be ranked as one of the top 10 contenders, the Washington Examiner reports, but that ranking may well depend on which polls are used. A Fox press release from May says the leading 10 candidates, based on an average of the five most recent national polls, will be able to debate. The polls "must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques," Fox said.




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