• Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress

    Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    The Samaritans, a well-known suicide-prevention group in Britain, recently introduced a free web app that would alert users whenever someone they followed on Twitter posted worrisome phrases like “tired of being alone” or “hate myself.” A week after the app was introduced on its website, more than 4,000 people had activated it, the Samaritans said, and those users were following nearly 1.9 million Twitter accounts, with no notification to those being monitored. But just about as quickly, the group faced an outcry from people who said the app, called Samaritans Radar, could identify and prey on the emotionally vulnerable — the very people the app was created to protect. “A tool that ‘lets you know when your friends need support’ also lets you know when your stalking victim is vulnerable #SamaritansRadar,” a Briton named Sarah Brown posted on Twitter. A week and a half after the app’s introduction, the Samaritans announced it was reconsidering the outreach program and disabled the app.

  • Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The use of surveillance software by abusive spouses to monitor the phones and computers of their partners secretly has reached “epidemic proportions” and police are ill-equipped to tackle it, domestic violence campaigners have warned. Helplines and women’s refuge charities have reported a dramatic rise in the use of spyware apps to eavesdrop on the victims of domestic violence via their mobiles and other electronic devices, enabling abusers clandestinely to read texts, record calls and view or listen in on victims in real time without their knowledge.

  • OU football: Defensive tackle Matt Romar injured at practice

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OU defensive tackle Matt Romar was carried off the field in a stretcher and had his neck immobilized at bowl practice in Orlando. An OU spokesman said Romar was taken to the hospital in an ambulance as a precaution. Romar, a redshirt freshman, has recorded nine tackles in 12 games for the Sooners this season.

  • Police: Cartel claims they have kidnapped Border Patrol agent

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A person claiming to be a member of a cartel said they have kidnapped a border agent and threatened the agent's life, according to police. Border Patrol is making contact with all personnel in the Rio Grande Valley sector at this time. They have now confirmed that all agents working the day of the threat have been accounted for.

  • Republicans warm to Loretta Lynch

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general is winning over Republicans. Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has met privately with several Republican senators in recent weeks, earning some of their early support ahead of what is expected to be a contentious set of nomination hearings early next year.

  • West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett to retire from football

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Multiple concussions in a little over a year have led to the end of Clint Trickett‘s football playing career. West Virgina coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed Friday that Trickett, the Mountaineers' starting quarterback, will not play in the Liberty Bowl on Monday against Texas A&M. Following Holgorsen's annoucement, Trickett said that he was retiring to pursue a coaching career. Trickett revealed that he had suffered five concussions in a little more than a year, even  admitting he hid two of the concussions from West Virginia medical staff.

  • Justin Gilbert says he's learned from teammates' criticism

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Justin Gilbert has had a rocky rookie season for the Cleveland Browns, one that's brought on rare public criticism from teammates. Gilbert didn't say exactly what he did wrong to invoke his teammates' harsh stance, saying " it's family business ," but the former Oklahoma State defensive back says he's learned from the public criticism . On Friday, Gilbert told Cleveland media he "messed up" and "it's a minor setback for a major comeback." Earlier this week, Browns defensive veterans Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby each had comments about Gilbert, with Dansby questioning whether Gilbert could make the transition to the NFL. "I don't know if he can make the transition," Dansby said Monday . "It has to be within him. He has to look in the mirror and do that himself." Whitner followed by saying " it's time to grow up and not be a kid anymore . It's a wasted year for him" in reference to Gilbert. Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has 29 tackles, eight passes defended and one interception for a touchdown this season.

  • Iran expands 'smart' Internet censorship

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    By Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday. The Islamic Republic has some of the strictest controls on Internet access in the world, but its blocks on U.S.-based social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are routinely bypassed by tech-savvy Iranians using virtual private networks (VPNs).\

  • Anti-De Blasio banner seen above Hudson River

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The bad blood between NYPD cops and Mayor de Blasio became an air war Friday. A plane trailing a banner reading "DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU" flew over the Hudson River in a show of disdain for the mayor after two officers were executed in their squad car in Brooklyn last Saturday. Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the message "want to remain anonymous."

  • OU vs. Clemson among top bowls in terms of NFL talent

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Russell Athletic Bowl matchup between OU and Clemson might not have the luster of the College Football Playoff games, but it'll still have its share of NFL caliber talent. ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay ranked college football's remaining bowl games based on NFL talent. He leads with the Rose Bowl between Oregon and Florida State, which features 16 players who could be drafted in 2015. Checking in at No. 7 is the Russell Athletic Bowl, where McShay says "you should keep an eye on the line of scrimmage." From McShay ( Insider content ): "The Sooners have a pair of second-round offensive tackles in Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson. Williams is the higher-graded of the two and is more consistent and powerful, while Thompson is a more natural athlete who needs to remove some inconsistencies from his game. "The entire Oklahoma O-line will have its hands full with the Clemson D-line, starting with DE/OLB Vic Beasley. He's a difference-maker as a pass-rusher whose first-step quickness and closing speed are near elite."

  • Blue acquires Reggie Williams and future draft pick

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue has acquired guard Reggie Williams through its returning player rights. Williams previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and its D-League affiliate. He's played in 180 games with Golden State, Charlotte and Oklahoma City over his five-year career. The Blue also acquired a third-round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for forward Ron Anderson.

  • Dustin Diamond, actor who played “Screech” on “Saved by the Bell,” arrested in Ozaukee Co.

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) -- Dustin Diamond, the actor best known for playing Screech on "Saved by the Bell", was arrested early Friday morning, December 26th in Ozaukee County.

  • Pot Shot: Pro-Marijuana Group Mocks Maureen Dowd With Christmas Card

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A pro-marijuana group has mocked New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd with a new Christmas card.

  • What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

  • Ten home robots to lighten your domestic chores

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    At the end of every year in recent memory, it seems, high-tech optimists have predicted the next year as the one when robots will finally lift from our shoulders the burden of dreary domestic tasks. Think washing floors, scrubbing the grill, cutting the lawn, watering plants, changing cat litter, vacuuming the carpet — and, for good measure, pacifying the baby and entertaining the older children. That was certainly the case at the close of 2013, said Dan Kara, a robotics analyst with ABI Research. “This was supposed to be the year where everything was going to be different,” Mr. Kara said. “Again.”

  • ​The biggest astronomy stories of 2014

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The year 2014 was a packed one for astronomical science. Over the last 12 months, scientists made historic progress in the study of Mars, had two close encounters with comets, and may have found hints of dark matter and signals from the Big Bang. It's enough to make us eager for 2015 to see what new discoveries await. But there are some stories that stand out from the crowd that was space science in 2014. Here is our list of the biggest astronomy stories of the year:

  • An Update On Screen Time

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    New research may be changing the debate over how we think about screen time for young children. We've seen many ways that media can have a positive impact on kids and learning. Mr. Rogers used his TV show to instill values and teach lessons in our country's youngest audience. And through Daniel Tiger, Fred Rogers' focus on social and emotional learning continues to reach a whole new generation. As classrooms and teachers get more connected, using apps and media in and out of school, our view of screen time is changing.

  • Court in Ireland rules on life support for pregnant woman

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    DUBLIN --  Life support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus can't survive to birth, Ireland's second-highest court ruled Friday in a case that reignited debate over the country's abortion ban. Lawyers representing the rights of the woman and the unborn child -- who in Ireland has a constitutionally protected right to life -- said they wouldn't appeal the judgment by a three-judge Dublin High Court. It normally shuts during the Christmas period, but convened an extraordinary session to hear pleas from the woman's family for her life-support machines to be shut down. The woman, whose identity was concealed by the court to protect her privacy, was declared clinically dead Dec. 3 four days after suffering a severe head injury in a fall. The woman, who was in her late 20s with two young children, already had been hospitalized after doctors found a cyst in her brain.

  • Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith out with a lacerated spleen

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will miss the regular-season finale against San Diego on Sunday because of a lacerated spleen. Smith picked up the injury in the Chiefs' 20-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Chase Daniel will get the start in Smith's place against San Diego on Sunday. The injury is a big blow to Kansas City's slim playoff hopes. The Chiefs (8-7) are currently in the No. 9 spot in the AFC. In order to make the playoffs, the Chiefs have to win and have the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans both lose (per NFL.com ).

  • Marcus Smart returning to Celtics starting lineup

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is making his return to the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. Smart started his first career game earlier this week in a loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which he logged three points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes. Celtics coach Brad Stevens went back to veteran Jameer Nelson as the starter against Orlando on Tuesday, but Smart gets the call against the Nets as he works his way back from ankle and achilles injuries. Those injuries have limited Smart to just 13 games for the Celtics this season, with averages of 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest.