• Bono’s advice to Christian musicians: Get real

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    "Why I am suspicious of Christians is because of this lack of realism," the U2 frontman says in a new documentary. Years ago, Bono invited a Christian writer to meet him, and the writer turned him down. Eugene Peterson, whose translation of the Bible into contemporary language,  “The Message,”  has proven enormously popular, was hard at work on adapting the Old Testament.

  • Johnny Manziel indicted on misdemeanor charge of assault

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Johnny Manziel was formally indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday, the latest off-the-field development in the life of the troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback, USA TODAY reports. The single misdemeanor domestic violence charge --- which stems from an alleged incident with his former girlfriend in January --- was handed down by grand jury that convened on Thursday. The charge appeared on the Dallas County District Court records website on Tuesday.

  • Prince's family warned of drug use

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has published a video interview with attorney Mike Padden, who represented Prince’s now-deceased half-siblings Lorna and Duane Nelson. He says they informed him the singer had a “significant problem” with Percocet and cocaine more than a decade ago, USA TODAY reports. He added that Lorna even foretold of Prince’s death: “The way she phrased it was that her brother would die before his time and he would die of a heart attack.”

  • Bill Cosby loses appeal as court rules criminal prosecution can proceed

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby’s attempt to throw out his criminal case because of what he called a decade-old deal not to prosecute him. The mid-level state superior court ruled Monday that the criminal sex assault case against Cosby can proceed, prompting the district attorney to press for a preliminary hearing date. Cosby, 78, is facing trial over a 2004 encounter at his home with a then Temple University employee who says she was drugged and molested by the comedian. Cosby says they engaged in consensual sex acts.

  • Cheerios Tweet saluting Prince angers grieving fans

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    When a big story breaks, sometimes food brands are a little too eager to join the national conversation, leading to hastily published social media posts. Cheerios, which is owned by Minneapolis-based General Mills, decided to Tweet a simple salute to Prince Rogers Nelson after the superstar rocker’s passing last Thursday. “Rest in peace,” Cheerios Tweeted with a simple purple background and the hashtag #prince.

  • Oklahoma's Carolyn Hart a finalist for book prize

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Mystery novelist Hart has written dozens of books in a career spanning four decades.

  • Pop music superstar Prince has died

    Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop music superstar Prince has been found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen. The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry." The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits "Wanna Be Your Lover" and soared over the following decade with such albums as "1999" and "Purple Rain.

  • ESPN fires Curt Schilling for ‘unacceptable’ Facebook post

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    ESPN ran out of patience with Curt Schilling and the network fired the baseball analyst Wednesday, The Washington Post reports. Schilling had proved unwilling to temper his controversial comments on social and political topics, and in his latest episode, he shared a Facebook meme about transgender issues that many found offensive.

  • Joe Walsh Pulls Out of Republican National Convention Concert, Says He Was Misled

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Joe Walsh once ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign for the presidency, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be associated with this year’s race. The Eagles star pulled out of a concert scheduled for July 18 in Cleveland, after he says he was misled about its mission, Ultimate Classic Rock reports.

  • Chyna, Former WWE Superstar, Found Dead

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Former WWE Women's champion Chyna died Thursday. "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real-life superhero," read a statement on her official Twitter account. "Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the ninth wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her." Her manager confirmed her death to Pennacchio. WWE announced the news later in the evening.

  • Billy Corgan compares 'social justice warriors' to the KKK

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has compared so-called “social justice warriors” to Maoists and the Ku Klux Klan in an interview with radio host Alex Jones. Corgan called the activists a “propaganda control arm” who are “here to control us” as Jones chimed in: “It’s classic tyranny.” “They’re Maoists. They have the Little Red Book in their hand. You’re not gonna get them back.” Corgan said. “The only thing that’s going to adjust their ideological fixation is reality.” Corgan said the “hashtag generation” of activists use peer pressure, shaming and mocking to force their way on forums like Twitter, which Corgan quit last year. “If you think someone is dumb or uneducated or a bigot or something, mocking them is not usually the best way to get through to them,” Corgan said.

  • Teen returns Thor's wallet, gets $10,000 reward

    Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Even Thor needs a hero sometimes. When Australian actor Chris Hemsworth left his wallet in a Los Angeles restaurant, 17-year-old Tristin Budzyn-Baker came to his rescue, USA TODAY reports.

  • Love It Or List It sued over shoddy renovations, ridiculous falsehoods

    Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    A North Carolina couple is suing the producers of Love It Or List It, saying the show left them with a house that was shoddily constructed. The Raleigh News & Observer says that Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan agreed to participate in the hit HGTV series under the guise that they were considering a move to a rental property with their teenage foster children. The problem, according to the suit against Big Coat TV and Aaron Fitz Construction, was that the show’s principals—designer Hilary Farr, real estate agent David Visentin, and contractor Eric Eremita—are “actors or television personalities playing a role for the camera,” not people who “played more than a casual role in the actual renovation process.” 

  • The Actors Who Play Jon Snow and Ygritte Are a Real-Life Couple

    By ELIANA DOCKTERMAN, TIME Magazine | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    The arrows that killed Ygritte on  Game of Thrones  might as well have been shot by Cupid himself: former co-stars Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) made their debut as a real-life couple at the Olivier Awards on Sunday. You may recognize the couple from that steamy cave scene or the ever quotable line: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Fans will recall that Ygritte tragically died in Jon Snow’s arms after being shot by Olly at the end of season four. (It’s official: Olly is the only person not rooting for this couple.) For nearly four years,  rumors  have swirled that the onscreen lovers were seeing each other in real life, but both actors  denied the relationship —until now. Harington  recently admitted  on a British talk show that the two started dating while filming their beyond the Wall scenes in Iceland. “I fell in love in Iceland,” he said on the Jonathan Ross Show. “I fell in love with my co-star.”

  • Amy Schumer talks writing, body image ahead of Oklahoma City show

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Comedian Amy Schumer to tackle body image, extreme dieting and more in OKC and Tulsa tour stops.

  • ‘Star Wars’ actor moved to psychiatric facility

    Published: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    "Star Wars" actor Jake Lloyd reportedly has been transferred to a psychiatric center to deal with his schizophrenia after spending nearly 10 months behind bars. The former child star, who portrayed a young Anakin Skywalker in "The Phantom Menace," was arrested last June after he led police on a wild, high-speed car chase through two counties in South Carolina. Now, however, authorities believe he is better off seeking treatment for his mental condition than he would be if he simply continued his term in jail, TMZ reports.

  • Merle Haggard dead at 79

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Merle Haggard, the working man’s poet, an architect of the Bakersfield Sound, and an artist who influenced country music like few others, died Wednesday in California. He had just turned 79 years old, and had been in failing health for some time, leading to the cancellation of several concert dates, including two nights at the Ryman Auditorium that were originally scheduled for March.