• Michael W. Smith talks Oklahoma City, hymns and God's sovereignty

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith discussed his visits to Oklahoma City and his music in a brief interview before taking the stage recently at the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Man who spent $100K to look like Justin Bieber found dead

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Botched reality TV personality Tobias Strebel, known for his similar appearance to Justin Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 room on Aug. 21 in North Hills, Calif., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 35. Strebel died Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Coroner's Office. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, and the cause of death has not yet been determined. TMZ broke the news of Strebel's death. Strebel was reported missing earlier this month, having last been seen in West Hollywood on Aug. 18.

  • Siblings Taking Sides: Josh and Anna Duggar's Families Clash over Cheating, Porn Scandal

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    While Josh's sisters have come to his defense in the wake of the scandal, Anna's brother slammed his brother-in-law as a "pig" Anna and Josh Duggar's families are getting involved in the most recent Duggar scandal, which erupted on Thursday when Joshconfessed to cheating on his wife Anna and having an addiction to pornography. 

  • Jared Fogle's foundation reportedly a sham

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Bad news keeps on coming regarding former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. It turns out, the Jared Fogle Healthy Lifestyle Nationwide School Grant Program was a sham. Many believed the foundation was built to combat childhood obesity — something Jared says was a personal struggle growing up. But according to tax records, the charity never actually issued a grant, despite his promise to give schools and community organizations $2 million.

  • Wiz Khalifa forced to the floor and handcuffed for riding a ‘hoverboard’

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa was forced to the ground and handcuffed at Los Angeles international airport on Saturday after refusing to dismount his "hover board" — a self-balancing, two-wheeled scooter. Video footage posted to Twitter and Instagram shows Khalifa talking with US customs officials before being pushed to the floor and handcuffed by three officers. The officers can be heard telling the rapper to "stop resisting" multiple times, with Khalifa calmly replying "I'm not resisting sir, I'm not resisting." Khalifa later tweeted about the incident, saying: "All because I didn't want to ditch the technogy [sic] everyone will be using in the next 6 months. Do what you want kids." He later added: "I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don't like it eat a dick!"

  • Watch the Foo Fighters Rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church

    Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Westboro Church, which has a history of protesting LGBT people, Jews, and military servicemen, was picketing at the entrance of the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Friday, where the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform. The Foo Fighters responded by driving up to the venue, to wild cheers from fans. Bandleader David Grohl and his band led a clap-along to Rick Astley’s 1987 single, “Never Gonna Give You Up” (the term “Rickrolling” refers to hyperlinking a seemingly relevant topic to Astley’s video). Grohl topped the performance off with a sign that read “Keep It Clean;” bandmate Taylor Hawkins brandished another sign, “You Got Rick Roll’d (Again).”

  • Police handcuff rapper Wiz Khalifa at Los Angeles airport

    Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa was handcuffed and then released by U.S. Customs officers after refusing to stop riding his hoverboard at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said on Sunday.

  • From obesity to duplicity: Jared's fall to Earth

    Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The plan that Jared "The Subway Guy" Fogle announced in 2008 was like so many things about him: big, inspirational and, it would turn out, false. A top celebrity spokesman worth $15 million, Fogle said he wanted to promote more than sandwiches. His nonprofit foundation would distribute $2 million to schools and community organizations to fight the condition that had plagued Fogle for years, childhood obesity. But the Jared Foundation has not issued a single grant, records show.

  • The world met Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint exactly 15 years ago

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    15 YEARS AND ONE DAY AGO, THE WORLD HAD NEVER SEEN THESE SMILING FACES BEFORE

  • Petition for Jon Stewart to moderate presidential debate has over 100,000 signatures

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Quick: Do you want Jon Stewart to remain in your political life, if only for one night? There’s a petition for you! Launched two weeks ago, a Change.org plea for the former Daily Show host to moderate one of the 2016 presidential debates has reached over 117,000 signatures as of those posting. “Over the last 16 years, Jon Stewart has played an influential and iconic role in covering US politics and media,” the petition reads. “We believe he should continue that tradition as a moderator at one of the 2016 Presidential Debates.”

  • Search warrant served at home of Gene Simmons of Kiss

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A search warrant was served at the Los Angeles home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, but the rocker and his family are not considered suspects, authorities said. The division that handles online crimes against children executed the warrant Thursday, according to Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department. "No members of the Simmons family are suspects in the case and were extremely cooperative," he said.

  • Australian 'Prisoner' star avoids jail for child sex abuse

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, who played a sadistic prison warden nicknamed "The Freak" in an Australian soap opera, avoided jail on Friday when she was sentenced for molesting a 14-year-old devoted fan of the series more than 30 years ago. The series, set in a women's prison, was known as "Prisoner" in Australia, and "Prisoner: Cell Block H" or "Caged Women" overseas. It ran from 1979 to 1986. Kirkpatrick, 74, whose character Joan "The Freak" Ferguson would molest inmates with the excuse of conducting body searches, was convicted in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday on two counts of indecently assaulting the troubled girl in Kirkpatrick's Melbourne home in the 1984 and one count of gross

  • Television networks looking back at Katrina

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's Robin Roberts and Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith, who anchor specials this weekend about the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastating Gulf Coast landfall, both had reasons to avoid the topic. Mississippi native Roberts reported on the hurricane in 2005 while living through a harrowing few hours not knowing whether her mother and sister had survived. Smith was the point person for a network with many viewers who did not want to believe that government mismanagement had cost people their lives. "The stories that are told 10 years later of what happened to people are very worthwhile," Smith said. "It's just very hard." Fox News begins the television remembrances Friday at 10 p.m. EDT wi

  • Miss America pageant host: Chris Harrison of 'The Bachelor'

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Chris Harrison of ABC's "The Bachelor" is this year's host of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. It's the seventh time he has handled the duties. His co-host will be announced in the coming weeks. Harrison will be joined at Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 13 by celebrity judges Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Kevin O'Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya. The pageant started in Atlantic City and returned in 2013 after eight years in Las Vegas. Last year's winner was Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, who took some flak for performing Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while tapping a red plastic cup on the floor as her talent.

  • Pakistan court bans film after suspected militant complains

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for a suspected Pakistani militant wanted by the U.S. said Thursday a court has banned an upcoming Bollywood movie that imagines his client being assassinated. Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on his head over alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, had petitioned the Lahore High Court to ban the film "Phantom" in Pakistan, saying it posed a threat to his life and was Indian propaganda meant to hurt Pakistan's image. "It is absurd to say that (Saeed) is linked to the attacks in Mumbai," lawyer A.K. Dogar told The Associated Press. "We hope the government of Pakistan will take steps to implement the court order.

  • Original Auguste Rodin bust stolen from Danish museum

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police are searching at home and abroad for two men suspected in last month's theft of a small bust by French sculptor Auguste Rodin from a Copenhagen museum. Chief investigator Ove Randrup says surveillance video shows two men with "eastern European features" who are believed to have removed the 25.5-centimeter (10.4-inch) verdigris green patina bronze "Man with the Broken Nose" from the downtown Glyptotek museum on July 16. Randrup on Thursday declined to comment on reports that the men likely had neutralized the alarm when visiting the museum nine days earlier. They were able to walk away during normal opening hours with the bust in a bag without being stopped.

  • Lovecraft fans mark author's 125th birthday in Rhode Island

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fans of author H.P. Lovecraft are marking his 125th birthday with a four-day festival and conference in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. The NecronomiCon (NEH'-kroh-NOM'-ih-kon) begins Thursday with an opening ceremony at the First Baptist Church in America. Other events include a birthday party with music and movies in downtown Providence. Lovecraft was born on Aug. 20, 1890. He lived most of his life in Providence and died penniless in 1937. Decades later, fans put up a gravestone that bears the words "I am Providence." His stories often featured Providence or other New England towns. Lovecraft's work was known as "cosmic horror.

  • World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd has book deal

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd, whose three goals in the 2015 final led the U.S. to a 5-2 victory over Japan, has a book deal. The 33-year-old Lloyd is working on a memoir that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release in fall 2016. The publisher announced Thursday that the book, currently untitled, will cover her rise from nearly quitting soccer in 2003 and her emphasis on physical and mental strength. An edition for young readers also is planned. Earlier this summer, the midfielder and Olympic gold medalist scored six goals in seven women's World Cup matches, including a hat trick against Japan.

  • Slovenian avant-garde rock band makes Pyongyang debut

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Slovenian avant-garde rock group Laibach is known for pushing the envelope — wearing military uniforms on stage, toying with socialist and Marxist themes, making visual references to authoritarian symbols. In Pyongyang, they played songs from "The Sound of Music." The group, known for its growling, visually charged style of music, performed Wednesday before a full house at a concert hall in Pyongyang in one of North Korea's more unusual attempts at opening the door to what is generally seen as the decadent and vaguely threatening pop culture of the West. The Sound of Music choice had some subversive elements of its own, as the original was set in the era of Nazi Germany.

  • Robin Williams' kids ask judge to toss wife's estate claims

    Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the latest court filing in the ongoing battle over Robin Williams' estate, the late actor's children say his wife is trying to increase her share of his estate at their expense. Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams are asking a judge to dismiss a petition filed by Susan Williams. The December 2014 petition asked the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon home that she shared with Williams from the jewelry, memorabilia and other items Williams said the children should have. The children in their Aug. 14 filing say the estate's trustees have determined the division of all of Williams' personal property, and those decisions are final. They accuse Susan Williams of holding on to property that is




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