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  • BP Oil Spill Caused Sickness In Fish, Researchers Find

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla., July 9 (Reuters) - Oil that matches the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been found in the bodies of sickened fish, according to a team of Florida scientists who studied the oil's chemical composition. "We matched up the oil in the livers and flesh with Deepwater Horizon like a fingerprint," lead researcher Steven Murawski, a professor at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science in Tampa, told Reuters.

  • LeBron James' move could signify new NBA business model

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Franchises shedding payroll to free up money under the salary cap to sign free agents, players changing teams, short-term contracts, draft picks collected as assets, year-round coverage — this sounds a lot like the NFL. Except it isn’t. It’s the NBA. The past few weeks of craziness could be the new normal, at least until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, USA Today reports. With LeBron James returning home to Cleveland, the Eastern Conference has been flipped on its proverbial head. The Cavaliers are now a contender and the Heat may be rebuilding with an aging Dwyane Wade and potentially no Chris Bosh.

  • South Tulsa Costco plans get green light from Planning Commission

    By KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Costco hopes to open its south Tulsa store next fall, a company official said Wednesday, according to the Tulsa World. “Optimistically, we are trying to get this thing done in late fall 2015,” said Michael Okuma, real estate development director for Costco. “That is assuming we get approval all the way.

  • Study: Most US Teens Can't Read Their Own Pay Stubs

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Fewer than 30% of U.S. teens understand their paycheck, according to the financial literacy portion of a test administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. More than one in six 15-year-olds is unable to make even simple decisions about everyday spending, and only one in 10 can solve complex financial tasks, according to the test.

  • Slurp, munch freebies for a week at 7-Eleven

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A free Slurpee may no longer be enough to make folks stop, so 7-Eleven plans to boost its odds of luring tech-savvy consumers into the store for its 87th birthday celebration, according to USA TODAY. Sure, again this year the chain will give away millions of free 12-ounce Slurpees on its birthday on Friday. But the convenience store giant will expand its freebie celebration into the following week by handing out everything from free ice cream bars to free cookies to free Big Gulps — if you've downloaded its app, USA TODAY reports.

  • Best cities to launch a startup

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    1. Oklahoma City If you have entrepreneurial dreams, you'll want to consider Oklahoma City, CNN Money reports. It nabbed the title of the best place to launch a small business last year, according to NerdWallet's second annual ranking.

  • Walmart Sorry for Decorative Death Camp Poster

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Walmart and other retailers pulled a home decoration poster of Nazi Germany's notorious Dachau concentration camp sign, according to ABC News. A phrase on the gate in German states "Arbeit macht frei," which roughly translates to "work makes you free." Walmart, Sears and Amazon pulled the item from its website over the weekend, as first reported by

  • Would You Pay $1,000 for a 'Proud Whopper' Wrapper?

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    To mark San Francisco Pride, the city's annual gay pride celebration last month, one of the Burger King locations along the parade route released a "Proud Whopper," the fast food chain's same old signature sandwich, but with one new feature: It was served up in a rainbow-colored wrapper emblazoned on the front with the phrase "Introducing the Proud Whopper" and on the reverse side with the witty tag line "We are all the same inside," according to Yahoo Shine. A pretty cool idea, for sure. But cool enough for someone to dole out $1,000 to own one measly wrapper that came off a burger someone else ate? We'll find out soon enough. An eBay member, who uses the handle bigrockandrollstar, has put the wrapper up for sale on the auction site and started the bidding at an aggressive $1,000.

  • Boone Pickens: 'I'm a patriotic American'

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Six years after veteran energy executive Boone Pickens introduced the "Pickens Plan," America still does not have a comprehensive national energy plan. Why, asks CBS News? Pickens has a one-word explanation: Washington. "You've got to change some things in Washington because what we're doing is wasting a hell of a lot time," Pickens told said in an interview that covered energy policy, OPEC and politics.

  • Restaurant Owner Sues Google for Sabotaging Weekend Sales

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner Rene Bertagna could not understand what was going on. Then, a regular diner mentioned Google Places had listed Serbian Crown as closed on weekends and Mondays, according to The Wire. Because of this incorrect listing, Bertagna's business suffered so much he had to lay off the staff and eventually close shop completely by April 2013, about a year after the incorrect Google Places listing went up. Serbian Crown, like most restaurants, was busiest on weekends. Located in a wealthy suburb and known for selling exotic meats (even lion) it had been successful for forty years. After the incorrect Google Places information was discovered, the owner hired an Internet consultant to adjust and take control of the listing, however the damage had already been done. Bertagna is claiming that he never used Google Maps, or even the Internet, so he did not make the initial change to the restaurant's hours. His lawsuit puts the blame solely on Google for allowing the listing to be "sabotaged" and not acting swiftly or strongly enough to undo the damage, The Wire reports.

  • Self-serve beer stations make debut

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Self-serve beer stations are up and running in Target Field, says ABC LA and ESPN, so Minnesota Twins fans and those who attend the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities next week can decide what they want and even how much they want of it. The machines, called DraftServ, are a partnership between concessionaire Delaware North and Anheuser-Busch. Fans attending Twins games can go to a cash register, show their ID and preload a $10 or $20 card. Fans then scan the card at the machine and can choose between four beers and regulate how much they want to have poured.

  • TGI Fridays takes a chance on 'endless' appetizers

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    There all-you-can eat buffets. No-limit salad bars. And even eat-'til-you-drop dessert bars. But this may be a first for a national restaurant chain: endless appetizers. USA TODAY reports TGI Fridays, whose signature item is arguably its appetizer line, today launches a high-profile but risky "Endless Appetizers" summer promotion that offers all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person.

  • Netflix is looking to pay someone to watch Netflix all day

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Ploughing through your new favourite series on Netflix is something you probably enjoy doing after a working day, but what if it was your working day? You see, Netflix has a fancy recommendation engine that suggests movies and shows you might like based on your prior viewing habits. To do that successfully, it needs information from a special group of humans that goes beyond the basics like genre and user rating, reports. "Taggers," as they're known, analyze Netflix content and feed the recommendation engine with more specific descriptors if, for example, a film is set in space or a cult classic. In short, these people get paid to watch TV all day, and Netflix is currently hiring a new tagger in the UK.

  • 3 Female Justices Furious in New Contraceptive Ruling

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    (Newser) – A divided Supreme Court today allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs. The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal. Instead, it can write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and that it objects to emergency contraception. The college does provide coverage for other birth control.

  • Starbucks Praises Barista Who Defended Breastfeeding Mom

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    After a mother in Ottawa, Canada, was scolded by a customer for nursing her baby inside a Starbucks and a male barista came to her aid, the coffee giant expressed support for its employee, saying he did the right thing, according to Yahoo Shine. “We want everyone who comes to our stores to enjoy their visit and to be treated with dignity and respect," Louisa Girotto, director of public affairs at Starbucks Canada, tells Yahoo Shine. "We were very pleased with the customer service our partner offered the woman who was breastfeeding, and I will reach out to him directly.”

  • This Dirty Bed Just Sold for Over $3.7 Million

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    When Tracey Emin got dumped, she didn’t get out of bed for four days, depressed. Then she took her dirty bed and turned it into a famous work of art, reports. ‘My Bed’ was sold at a Christie’s auction in London on Tuesday for around $3.77 million, a huge spike since it sold to world-class art collector Charles Saatchi in 2000 for about $200,000.

  • Meet the mom who makes moonshine

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    A decade ago Troylyn "Troy" Ball; her husband, Charlie; and their three kids moved from Austin, Texas, to Asheville, North Carolina, to find a climate that would be help relieve her sons' constant allergies. There, they didn't just find new weather, they found a new life, according to Yahoo Shine. Ball, now 54, was able to afford in-home care for two of her three sons, who suffer from a rare metabolic disease that has left them nonverbal and wheelchair bound, and for the first time in her life she was able to work outside the home. And when her new neighbors began coming over to say hello, many toting a jar of moonshine, Ball figured out what she wanted to do for a living: make her own liquor. Today, Ball runs Asheville Distilling Co., the only legal moonshine distillery in the country owned and operated by a woman. She's also one of just five women to own a distillery in the United States, Yahoo Shine reports.

  • OU's $39.9 million investment in Bob Stoops yields big return

    By GUERIN EMIG, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    NORMAN — OU football and big business intersected again at the university’s regents meeting Wednesday, and Bob Stoops was there as usual, Tulsa World reports.

  • This Genius Printed His Resume On Beer (And Got The Job)

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Creativity is key -- especially in graphic design. That's why one graphic designer in Canada sought to separate himself from other recent graduates by printing his resume on a pack of beer, the Huffington Post reports.

  • Walmart cuts iPhone prices

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    If you're still holding out for the price of the newest iPhones to drop, your time has come, says CNN Money. Walmart said it is cutting the price for both the iPhone 5s and 5c beginning 9 a.m. Friday. With a two-year contract, a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S will cost $99, coming down from $149. The 16-gigabyte iPhone 5c will be $29, down from $49.