• Richard Mize: Dual-Service Couples Could See Basic Allowance for Housing Slashed

    Richard Mize | Updated: 6 min ago

    Senate takes aim at housing allowance for dual-service couples. Read all about it at military.com. A Vietnam vet friend of mine says: “The Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) has been part of the basic military pay for, well forever. Now Congress plans to punish couples who are both in the military, by giving them just one […]

  • ‘Paradigm change’ could mean faster access to more effective cancer drugs

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The National Cancer Institute’s announcement Monday that it will soon begin a nationwide trial to test treatments based on the genetic mutations in patients’ tumors, rather than on where the tumors occur in the body, highlights a profound shift taking place in the development of cancer drugs. Researchers increasingly are using DNA sequencing, which has become far faster and cheaper over time, to identify molecular abnormalities in cancers. That technology is allowing them to develop drugs they hope will prove more effective in specific sets of patients and to design clinical trials that get the most promising drugs to market more quickly. Traditionally, drug trials have focused on cancers in specific organs, such as the lungs or prostate. But that model is being upended by newer approaches such as basket trials, which group together patients with similar genetic mutations, regardless of the location of their cancers.

  • Tramel: Adrian Peterson looks bad but isn't all wrong

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 27 min ago

    Adrian Peterson has reported to the Minnesota Vikings, and he did what most NFL players do. Backed down. Peterson talked tough in the winter, when he said the Vikings had not supported him during his legal troubles last September, when he was charged with injuring his child, and that his family was not crazy about staying in […]

  • California water use fell 13.5 percent in April after low snowpack, order by governor

    Updated: 27 min ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water use fell 13.5 percent in April after low snowpack, order by governor.

  • Apple to Announce New Music Services

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    More than a decade after it revolutionized music ownership with digital downloads through iTunes, Apple Inc. is again trying to change how consumers listen to their favorite songs with a new subscription streaming service and a renewed push into Internet radio, The Wall Street Journal reports. At its developers’ conference next week, Apple is expected to announce a new set of music services, putting the company in competition with Spotify, the world’s leading streaming service, as well as Internet-radio player Pandora and even traditional broadcast stations.

  • Five Oklahoma State University students are bound for Cambridge

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU had five students admitted to the graduate program at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

  • Your Netflix Binging May Soon Include Commercial Breaks

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    We interrupt your otherwise enjoyable Monday to announce that, for the first time ever, your tranquil Netflix streaming experience may soon be interrupted by commercials, Yahoo Tech reports. According to Cord Cutters News, some Netflix subscribers have recently reported seeing ads before and after shows. Netflix admitted to the publication that it’s “always testing new things via the service,” but it would not confirm any plans of furthering the rollout of the apparent ad experiment.

  • Mom Calls Out Breastfeeding Shamer on Facebook

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A mother who was publicly shamed for breastfeeding her baby in a T.G.I. Fridays restaurant — by a man who took her picture and posted it, with criticism, on social media — has pushed back with a fierce response that’s been galvanizing supporters from around the world, Yahoo Parenting reports. “Many of the comments that followed [his post] were nothing less than harassing and shameful to not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother,” wrote Conner Kendall of Terra Haute, Indiana, on Thursday in a lengthy and passionate Facebook post that has been shared more than 73,000 times. “Let’s show everyone that we will not stand for being put down, shamed, and harassed for simply fulfilling our children’s most basic need.”

  • The Miami Heat Have Big Plans For 2016

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Once again, the Heat need Dwyane Wade. Do they need him more than he needs them? It’s going to be an interesting offseason or two, DeadSpin reports. Last summer, Wade opted out of the final two years of his deal to sign a new two-year contract, in order to give Miami flexibility to fill out its roster. It was far from the first time Wade, who’s spent his entire 12-year career with the Heat, took less security or less money to help his front office—the Big Three, and much of the supporting cast, wouldn’t have been possible without Wade taking less than the max.

  • After 5-Year-Old With Disability Was Bullied, These Bikers Had Her Back

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A group of Albuquerque bikers came to 5-year-old Albuquerque girl’s rescue this week, according to KRQE News 13. The girl who was bullied on her way home from school got an unexpected visit by the Punishers. They’re loud, big, burly bikers dressed in black. While the men may appear dark and dangerous, the Punishers, a law enforcement motorcycle club in Albuquerque are far from it. “We are all pretty soft hearted. I’m actually a nurse,” said Punishers LE/MC Albuquerque President Norman Gonzalez.

  • Drake Bell Is Under Fire for Transphobic Tweet About Caitlyn Jenner

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    While Caitlyn Jenner's family members have been overwhelmingly supportive after her big debut as a woman on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair, former child star Drake Bell shared an alleged transphobic tweet about the Olympian on Monday, June 1, US Weekly reports. "Sorry..." Bell, 28, wrote. "Still calling you Bruce." Shortly after, the actor deleted his tweet and attempted to explain to fans that his intention was not to insult her.

  • Adrian Peterson's father says Vikings RB returned for 'love of the game'

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Adrian Peterson’s father said Tuesday his son has returned to the Vikings for the "love of the game," and the former OU All-American is not going to worry about his contract situation. Upon Peterson appearing at Vikings camp for the first time during voluntary organized team activities, Nelson Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press it was his son's decision to come back. "Adrian is his own man and he makes his own decisions," said Nelson Peterson. "He came in on his own and I think everything will work out good. ... He’s just come to play football and like coach (Mike) Zimmer said, he has a contract, so we’re going to play. He’s going to do what he loves to do." Peterson said he would report to camp on Tuesday after missing the first of three OTAs last week.

  • Retiring Edmond Public School Superintendent David Goin honored at reception

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Edmond Public School Superintendent David Goin was honored in advance of his retirement after 16 years with the school district. His last day will be June 24.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook are the best No. 35, 0 in NBA history

    Erik Horne | Updated: 39 min ago

    No. 0 and No. 35 have become synonymous in the NBA for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, respectively. Not convinced? Well, vintage sports apparel company Mitchell and Ness created a list of the best players to wear each number in NBA history - from 00 to 99 - and the Thunder duo is on it. From mitchellandness.com: "In just 8 seasons, Durant has shown us that he's the best player to ever wear #35. Keep in mind that he's only 26." Now, some of this exercise is quite funny when you look at the names represented. Fourteen numbers have never been worn in the NBA, and some of the numbers aren't exactly flush with talent or legendary players to pick from (See No. 57).

  • Swiss attorney general says Sepp Blatter not under investigation by Swiss authorities

    Updated: 40 min ago

    BERN , Switzerland (AP) — Swiss attorney general says Sepp Blatter not under investigation by Swiss authorities.

  • North Carolina Senate overrides governor's veto of marriage opt-out bill

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill. The Republican-led state Senate reached the three-fifths majority needed to override McCrory’s veto in a 32-16 vote. The legislation now goes back to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, which passed it last week by a margin wide enough to override the veto. The bill allows magistrates and other officials to refuse to perform marriages or issue marriage certificates by citing a “sincerely held religious objection.” Once they have asked to opt out in writing, magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months. Senate leader Phil Berger said the bill struck a balance between the legal ruling that allowed same-sex marriages to begin in the state last year and the rights of state employees to exercise their religion.

  • Business as usual at SAfrican lion park after fatal attack

    Updated: 41 min ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Despite a fatal lion attack the previous day, business ran pretty much as usual on Tuesday at the Lion Park north of Johannesburg, and visitors were driving through with all their windows rolled up. An American woman — still unidentified — was killed by a lioness Monday when the animal attacked her through a car window. The car's windows were open, contrary to park rules, park management said. Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park, said Tuesday that it is "operating as usual" except the area where the attack occurred has been closed off. At the entrance, tour guides and private operators shepherded dozens of visitors into the park, driving minibus taxis and safari vans covered

  • Police target transient areas for man who stalked Mila Kunis

    Updated: 51 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are focusing on transient populations in the search for a man sentenced for stalking actress Mila Kunis after he escaped from a Southern California mental health facility. Deputy Chief Reaver Bingham of the Los Angeles County probation department said Tuesday that Stuart Lynn Dunn has few local contacts and investigators have no leads. Bingham says his agency is getting help from the sheriff's department and Los Angeles and Pomona police. Dunn disappeared Saturday from the Olive Vista Behavioral Health Center in Pomona. Bingham says he climbed through a bathroom window and scaled a barbed-wire fence. Dunn pleaded no contest to stalking the "Black Swan" and "That '70s Show" actress

  • Oklahoma lawyer says fiduciaries must continually monitor retirement fund performance

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 1 hr ago

    McAfee’s Barbara Klepper discusses the Supreme Court’s take on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciary duty to monitor plan investments.

  • Next up for Wal-Mart pay raises: department managers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 an hour by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers. The wage hikes are part of a $1 billion program at Wal-Mart that also includes improving training and offering employees more control of their schedules.