• Oklahoma County listed in top 5 most disaster-prone places in America

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Fires. Floods. Storms. Hurricanes. Volcanoes! The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared more than 3,000 disasters since 1953, covering the gamut of large-scale calamities ranging from tornadoes to terrorism, and everything in between, The Washington Post reports. Since 1964, they've been tracking these disaster declarations at the county level. The award for most disaster-prone place in the U.S. goes to Los Angeles County, CA, which has experienced 53 disasters in that time period -- on average, a little more than one disaster per year.  Oklahoma County, OK comes in at number 4, on the strength of its severe storms, fires and ice storms.

  • WATCH: Stand-up paddleboarder videos orca whales swimming under him

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Paddle boarder Rich German, of Laguna Beach, Calif., heard tell of a pod of orcas in the area earlier this month and took to the waters himself in hopes of an encounter, Discovery News reports. He got his wish, along with some incredible footage of a pod of five killer whales interacting with him. "I always had this dream, and that was to see orcas," German said. The video below documents his dream come true.

  • Turning a page, J.C. Penney to revive its catalog

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    J.C. Penney ( JCP ) has spent the last year returning to the comforts many of its customers grew to love, such as coupons and sales. Now, another old-fashioned feature is set to return: The store's catalog.

  • Homicide suspected after missing Inola man found dead at Tulsa motel

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A 70-year-old Inola man last seen Jan. 15 was found dead Wednesday morning near a Tulsa motel, police said. Gerald Hail's body was found in the 3200 block of South 79th East Avenue on Wednesday, Tulsa Police Department homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said. Police have not said what injuries, if any, Hail suffered, but homicide investigators are on the scene. Hail was last seen nearly a week ago at his home in the 14000 block of East 580 Road, authorities said.

  • High school coach charged with biting another coach in face

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A high school coach in suburban Atlanta is accused of biting another coach's face. An arrest warrant says South Cobb High School girls basketball coach Melonie Joyce Martin was standing about two inches from coach Tyrone Harris when authorities say she bit him in the eye and nose.

  • The Financial Consequences of a Bad Flu Shot

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The polar vortex has abated (at least for the time being ), but flu season is far from over. By now, mid-January, many of my colleagues have fallen ill and been confined at home with chicken soup and Netflix. This has been a bad year for the flu , in part because this year's vaccine hasn't been as effective as hoped

  • The Magic Formula For Everyone's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Martha Stewart has been full of surprises lately. She dares to say what everyone else is thinking about Gwyneth Paltrow , she's admitted that she knows how to roll her own joints and the woman even owns and operates her own personal drone . Also, shockingly, the domestic goddess is seemingly incapable of tweeting a food photo that doesn't resemble barf , which goes against everything she stands for in her perfectly manicured world.

  • OKC Thunder valued at $930 million by Forbes

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Forbes.com released its annual NBA team values Wednesday and the Oklahoma City Thunder is listed as the 13th most valuable franchise in the league. Forbes has the Thunder's current value rated at $930 million, up from $590 million in 2014 . The massive jump in team values has been seen leaguewide since last season. Forbes attributes it to "a massive new $24 billion television contract, a nearly six-year bull market in equities creating tremendous wealth, and cheap credit." In 2015, 11 teams are valued at $1 billion or more compared to just three teams last season. The Los Angeles Lakers top this year's list with a current value of $2.6 billion.

  • Cops: Teen Posed as OB/GYN for a Month

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Police say a teenager in Florida was “playing doctor” inside a real medical facility, FOX13Now.com reports. The teen, who posed as a doctor, was able to walk the halls of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Police say he wore a white coat with the St. Mary’s logo.

  • Man Finds Letter Wife Hid, Discovers Long-Lost Son

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    P.S. You’ve had a son for 61 years. A man in Grand Rapids, Mich. last year learned about a son he never met after finding a letter his wife hid for decades, The New York Daily News reports. The two finally met on Monday and are catching up on their better-late-than-never bond.

  • Bravo Star Trying to Outrun Train When He Was Killed

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Video taken by a camera on the Metrolink train that fatally struck Bravo reality TV star Greg Plitt Jr. shows the popular fitness expert running on the tracks away from the oncoming train during an apparent filming for a sports drink promotion, The Los Angeles Daily News reports. “The (video) we’ve been able to view is from the Metrolink — it’s a camera on top of the train. It shows an individual running on the tracks,” said Burbank police Officer Joshua Kendrick, a spokesman. “The train is coming in his direction. He’s running away from the train. ... It is an area on the tracks where trains are moving back and forth at high rates of speed.” The 37-year-old former Calvin Klein model and fitness trainer, who lived in Burbank, was struck about 4:05 p.m. Saturday by a Metrolink southbound train approaching the Burbank station. None of the roughly 180 passengers on board were injured, authorities said.

  • The Oatmeal's Kickstarter Reaches Goal in 8 Minutes

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Matthew Inman, creator of quirky comic website The Oatmeal, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new card game, called Exploding Kittens, Mashable reports. In the vein of Russian roulette, players go around in a circle, drawing cards from a deck, until one of them picks up an exploding kitten. That player immediately "explodes" and loses. Players can strategically use other cards they've picked up to negate an exploding kitten, or make it more likely for other players to pick one up. All of the cards feature Inman's signature Oatmeal-style drawings, and many include drawings from his past comics.

  • New low: DNC curses 'WTF' at GOP chairman

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Say what? Just hours after President Obama talked about bipartisanship in his State of the Union Address, the Democratic National Committee used the cursing acronym “WTF” twice in an email about Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, says the Washington Examiner. “Reince, WTF are you talking about?” was the email header. It came on a DNC fact-checking email that included a YouTube of Priebus on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" giving a somewhat confusing explanation of why the English version of the GOP State of the Union rebuttal didn’t include a mention of immigration, but the Spanish version did.

  • Frilled shark caught off Australian coast

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A 300-toothed frilled shark, with a face fitting of a sea monster, was caught off the waters of Victoria, Australia, last month, USA TODAY reports. The rarely sighted shark has ancestors dating back 80 million years and is known as a "living fossil,"according to the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association. The shark is about 6 feet in length, with a body that looks like an eel and has a sharklike tail. The association posted an image of the catch on its website.

  • Chelsea Clinton mum on Hillary in 2016: 'I'm waiting, too'

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Chelsea Clinton apparently is on that long list of people standing by for her mom to say something about the 2016 presidential race, USA TODAY reports. In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, the former first daughter didn’t share any details about an announcement coming from Hillary Rodham Clinton. “No, I’m waiting, too,” Chelsea Clinton said. “It’s really sweet how my mom is just so clearly happy being a grandma and I know she’s going to be a great grandma, whatever other choices she makes in her life.”

  • Younger folks want healthier food - and will pay for it

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Younger consumers are much more interested in — and willing to pay premium prices for — food products they perceive as for healthier than are older consumers, according to a global consumer survey shared exclusively with USA TODAY on Monday. The Nielsen's Global Health and Wellness Survey offers compelling statistical evidence that younger consumers worldwide are far more concerned about everything from food ingredients to genetically modified food to organic foods than are their parents and grandparents, according to the survey of 30,000 consumers in 60 countries. The most health-centric are Generation Z — consumers under age 20 — with 41% saying they would willingly pay a premium for "healthier" products. That compares with 32% of Millennials (ages 21 to 34) and about 21% of Baby Boomers (about 50 to mid-60s).

  • New Facebook feature flags fake news

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Anyone can now report scams, hoaxes and incorrect news as 'false' on Facebook. Facebook wants to crack down on the scourge of fake news stories that go viral on the social network. You've seen them in your feed: false reports of celebrity deaths, conspiracy theories presented as real news, promises of free iPads if you share a link, quotes attributed to the Pope that he never said.

  • Doctor Shot at Brigham and Women's Has Died

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Dr. Michael Davidson, a cardiovascular surgeon who was shot twice on the second floor of Brigham and Women’s Hospital this morning, has died, Boston.com reports. The suspected shooter, Stephen Pasceri, died earlier of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Davidson, 44, of Wellesley, was shot at the hospital’s Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center. The incident began just after 11 a.m., when police say Pasceri came into the building asking for Davidson.

  • Surfing community stunned after Brazil's Ricardo dos Santos shot dead

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Brazilian surf star Ricardo dos Santos has died after reportedly being shot by an off-duty police officer, CNN reports. Heartbroken tributes poured in from the 24-year-old's surfing peers. "An incredible human being!" wrote Carlos Burle , another top Brazilian surfer, in a post on Instagram . He said dos Santos had "a whole life ahead of him."

  • KFOR: Boy Scout trailers stolen, thousands of dollars in camping equipment inside

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    BETHANY — Two trailers were stolen in the metro, filled to the brim with Boy Scout supplies, reports KFOR, and what’s worse: they were stolen from the parking lot of a Bethany church. The two trailers were invaluable to the scouts, but it’s what’s inside of one of them that’s really troubling the troop ...




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