• Woman leaves McDonald's over 'service' kangaroo

    Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    A Wisconsin woman who brought a kangaroo into a McDonald's says she left the store voluntarily after a customer called police to complain, Yahoo News reports. Beaver Dam Police say they responded to an anonymous call about the woman, Diana Moyer, who brought a kangaroo, Jimmy, into the fast-food restaurant.

  • Former Arrow Trucking CEO Doug Pielsticker pleads guilty to tax evasion, fraud

    BY CARY ASPINWALL and COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Former Arrow Trucking Co. CEO James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to commit tax fraud. He could face up to five years in prison on each count. Pielsticker could also face fines on each count of up to $250,000. He could also be given an alternative fine that could be double the gross amount of the losses to victims, which is at least $25.6 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Will Amazon move into old Radio Shacks?

    Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Is Amazon looking to go back to the future with Radio Shack? Bloomberg reporting the biggest online retailer is considering buying some Radio Shack stores if, as expected, the struggling electronics chain files for bankruptcy. The idea would be for Amazon to use the old Radio Shack locations to display its products, such as the Kindle, and possibly as a pickup center for customers. Yahoo Finance Senior Columnist Michael Santoli points out that a move like this wouldn’t be that far afield for Amazon.

  • 80 Monopoly sets made with real money inside

    Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    There can't be a Monopoly fan in the world who has not dreamed of one day playing a round with real money. Now, for the 80th anniversary of the game's first appearance in France, manufacturers are providing exactly that -- at least for 80 lucky buyers, AFP reports. Only one set will land the major jackpot, in which every game note is replaced by real money -- for a total windfall of 20,580 euros ($23,268).

  • RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest

    Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    RadioShack Corp. is preparing to shut down the almost-century-old retail chain in a bankruptcy deal that would sell about half its store leases to Sprint Corp. and close the rest, according to people with knowledge of the discussions Bloomberg reports. The locations sold to Sprint would operate under the wireless carrier’s name, meaning RadioShack would cease to exist as a stand-alone retailer, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks aren’t public. The negotiations could still break down without a deal being reached, or the terms could change.

  • News 9: Sonic's Two Guys Campaign Hits 10-Year Mark

    Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - Oklahoma-owned Sonic serves millions of customers across the nation, says News 9, and over the past 10 years, the food chain has grown in popularity, in part, because of the two guys behind the wheel. Becoming one of America's favorite duos. T.J. Jagodowski and Pete Grosz, both improvisational actors, first hung out at the drive in back in ...

  • McDonald's Will Soon Accept Hugs As Payment

    Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    McDonald’s is taking love as legal tender. As part of a promotional offer from Feb. 2 through Valentine’s Day, the fast-food behemoth will be accepting expressions of affection as payment for food. Winners will be randomly selected at pre-designated times at participating McDonald's locations, and a McDonald's employee will instruct them to perform a "random act of Lovin'," The Huffington Post reports. The company will announce the “Pay with Lovin’" campaign in a commercial slated to air Sunday during Super Bowl XLIX.

  • Nationwide Explains Depressing Super Bowl Ad

    Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Nationwide Insurance's depressing Super Bowl ad generated so much backlash Sunday that the company issued a late-night statement explaining that the spot — which featured a young boy who turns out to be dead — was meant "to start a conversation, not sell insurance," NBC reports. The ad, which aired in the first half of the New England Patriots' 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, shows the tousle-haired tyke talking about all the life experiences he'll never get to experience because he's dead. The reaction from social media was immediate and blistering:

  • Lost dog finds way to top of Super Bowl Ad Meter

    Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    The Budweiser puppy has done what the Seattle Seahawks could not — it won back-to-back Super Bowls, USA Today says. If you're keeping score, not only is that two in a row for the puppy, but three in a row for Anheuser-Busch and the 13th time in the past 15 years that Anheuser-Busch has won USA TODAY's Ad Meter ranking of all the ads by a consumer panel. For the 27th consecutive year, USA TODAY'S Ad Meter's consumer panel of 6,703 voters rated the Super Bowl ads — 61 commercials that cost advertisers up to a record $4.5 million per 30-seconds of airtime.

  • Visa loves the fees and announces a stock split

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Visa is surging, and that's likely a good sign for the economy. The credit card company reported an 11% jump in payment volume. Over $1 trillion worth of transactions were made on Visa (V) cards from October 1 to December 31. That's not too far off from the size of the total Australian economy, and that was only one quarter for the company. Visa also announced a stock split. On March 19, investors who hold one share in the company will receive four shares. It's a common move by companies when their stock price gets too high. Visa currently trades for about $250 a share, which will make shares about $63 apiece after the split.

  • 'Fresh Off The Boat' sitcom draws backlash after tweet

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat," the first sitcom to feature an Asian American family in two decades, has run into renewed controversy a week before its debut. While the show has been praised for its potential to rebut stereotypes, its social media team flubbed when it tweeted a graphic featuring caricatures of different races underneath the phrase "We're all a little #FreshOffTheBoat."

  • 12,000 joints rolled for Super Bowl '12th Pack'

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SEATTLE -- Solstice employees are working double-time to fill orders of their new 12th Pack in time for the Super Bowl, reports KING5. "It's not like I go home with cramps or anything," Katy Filippone smiled. Filippone is a pre-roll aficionado, but even for her, the joint-rolling speed inside Solstice's production room is moving fast. She's rolling about 180-220 joints in an 8-hour shift. That's double her normal pace.

  • WATCH: Budweiser’s ‘Lost Puppy’ Super Bowl Ad Will Make Football Fans Cry in Their Nachos

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Football fans might want to start pretending there is something in their eye now in advance of Sunday’s big game, because if Budweiser’s newest Clydesdale commercial has anything to say about it, viewers will be bawling by halftime, says Yahoo TV. In this year’s one-minute-long ad, through a series of unfortunate logistical events, the beer brewer’s adorable puppy gets lost somewhere very far from his stable-full of beloved horses. The determined little guy does what he has to do to get home, while his human owner canvases the neighborhood.

  • Apple rich enough to pay everyone $556

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Apple’s (AAPL) printing money hand over fist. You knew that. What you may not know is that Apple has so much dough, it could afford to pay every man, woman and child in the U.S. $556. Each, USA TODAY reports. Selling high-priced hardware – over and over again – is creating a wealth-making machine like the world has never seen. Apple has now amassed a record pile of cash and investments of nearly $178 billion. That’s enough to give every American $556, a fact pointed out by Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices. This massive pile of wealth is generated by the company’s ability to get consumers to line up every two years to sign up for costly contracts for high-priced phones. This business model, which keeps the total cost of the hardware itself largely masked to consumers, helped Apple report a bigger profit than the world has even seen in the fourth quarter of $18 billion.

  • KOCO: Outlet Shoppes confirms new restaurant, says more stores to be announced

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City's outlet shopping center is banking on food to drive retail business, with plans to add several new restaurants to the space, KOCO reports. Ted's Cafe Escondido is the only new restaurant able to be revealed now, she said, but four additional ones would all be located on current empty fields surrounding the ...

  • Ruby Tuesday Sued for Discrimination—Against Men

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit in Eugene this week that accuses the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain of unlawfully discriminating against its male bartenders and servers by hiring only women for summer positions at its Park City, Utah, location, The Oregonian reports. The lawsuit seeks an injunction that would prevent Ruby Tuesday from depriving men of employment opportunities based on their sex; an order forcing the company to eradicate its wrongful employment practices; and to pay losses suffered by two male workers denied jobs in the summer of 2013.

  • Syriza Win in Greek Election Sets Up New Europe Clash

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    ATHENS—Greek voters handed power to a radical leftist party in national elections on Sunday, a popular rebellion against the bitter economic medicine Greece has swallowed for five years and a rebuke of the fellow European countries that prescribed it. With nearly all votes counted, opposition party Syriza was on track to win about half the seats in Parliament. In the wee hours of the morning, it clinched a coalition deal with a small right-wing party also opposed to Europe’s economic policy to give the two a clear majority.

  • Report: Fox News protestor shoots himself outside News Corp. building

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    A man protesting Fox News shot himself in the chest and was critically injured outside of the News Corp. building on Monday, according to The New York Post. The man was found outside of the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan with a small-caliber pistol lying next to him. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

  • Glitter-Shipping Website Sells for $85K

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The founder of Ship Your Enemies Glitter, a single-purpose website that lets customers anonymously ship their enemies glitter, has sold his business for US$85,000 less than two weeks after starting it, The Guardian reports. Mathew Carpenter, a 22-year-old Australian, launched the site with little but a PayPal account and some well-written advertising copy. But a week later, he was swamped by orders, leading him to put the whole thing up for sale in an attempt to rid himself of what he described as a “horrible product”. The site was sold on Flippa, an online marketplace where entrepreneurs can trade in start-ups, domains or toolkits for building a business from scratch. Bidding rapidly rose to $70,000 in the first days on sale, before stalling until the last hours, when a further $15,000 was added on the price.

  • Not in My Back Acreage: Defenders of Tradition in Keystone Pipeline Fight

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    BRADSHAW, Neb. — An unpainted wooden barn sits in a snow-dusted cornfield along a gravel road, one of many that dot the rural horizon here, says the New York Times, however, this barn contains no horses, tractors or farming tools. Its roof is covered with solar panels, there is a windmill out front, and the interior is plastered with signs with slogans like “Build Our Energy” and “ #NOKXL ,” in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which could run under the property if President Obama approves the project. The 1,179-mile pipeline, first proposed in 2008, would carry oil from Canada into the United States, connecting with existing pipelines in southern Nebraska. In Congress, the Senate continues to debate a bill to approve the pipeline, and the House has already passed a bill to approve its construction. Four Harrington sisters — Abbi, Terri, Jenni and Heidi — grew up in the 1960s and ’70s tending livestock and crops here, and three of them have remained in Nebraska and continue to farm the land. They fear that construction of the pipeline could threaten their livelihood and a family farming tradition that dates back about 150 years, to when their great-great-grandfather settled on the plot.