• Kobe Bryant Signs With WME

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    With the next NBA season widely considered to be his last, Kobe Bryant has quietly signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. Although his marketing contracts will continue to be handled by his Landmark Sports agent Rob Pelinka, WME will represent the 14-time All-Star in film, TV, books and digital, similar to what it does for its other superstar athlete clients, including LeBron James, whoseburgeoning Hollywood portfolio includes executive producing the Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse, developing the Esquire docuseriesWinner’s Circle and an untitled NBC game show and playing himself in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. For his part, Bryant recently executive produced his first project, the documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which aired on Showtime on Feb. 28.

  • Navy Mom Surprises Son With More Than Just His Diploma at Graduation

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    One high schooler got a lot more than just his diploma on his graduation day, Good Morning America reports. “I got really worried and thought she forgot my name,” Steven Turner Jr. told ABC affiliate WBMA of the long pause before his name was read. But then he noticed the reason for the silence. His mother, Vera Turner, a Petty Officer 2nd class in the Navy, was there to surprise her son on his big day -- just as he was about to walk across the stage in his cap and gown.

  • Photo of Marine Praying With Bride-to-Be Goes Viral

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A photo of a young Marine praying with his bride-to-be quickly went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the wedding photographer, Good Morning America reports. U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray with his bride Maggie before their ceremony in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday. So with the help of their family and wedding photographer Dwayne Schmidt, Caleb was guided to the cabin where Maggie was getting ready for the service, where the couple joined hands around a corner so as not to break tradition and see each other before the altar.

  • Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans, community in full-page ad

    Erik Horne | Updated: 8 min ago

    Class move from new Thunder coach Billy Donovan. Donovan, the former University of Florida coach, took out a big full-page ad in the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun this weekend, thanking the fans, UF’s administration and community for their support during his 19 years on the job with the Gators. Donovan was introduced as Thunder coach earlier […]

  • The most powerful women in the world

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The world’s most powerful woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has a lot on her mind these days: Mediterranean migrants, Russian sanctions, homegrown spying scandals, Eurozone stability and the Germanwings crash, to name a few pressing issues. One thing she surely isn't thinking about is that come next year's U.S. elections, she could lose her title of nearly nine years running to the one person with a credible and mathematical chance of winning, Forbes reports. Hillary Clinton has appeared on this FORBES ranking for every year since it was first launched in 2004 as, in order, a U.S. senator, secretary of state and influential personality. In 2015 Clinton is No. 2, just a breath and a ballot away from the crown.

  • Missing Mom Swept Away by Texas Floods Called Sister as Rain Poured Down

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A missing mother of two made a frantic phone call to her sister as deadly floodwaters inundated Texas over the weekend, Good Morning America reports. Julie Shields said her sister Laura McComb had been in touch with her Saturday night when the rain started pouring down in Wimberley, a river town between Austin and San Antonio.

  • Family endures Nazi occupation in reality show

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    In a remote mountainside village, a frightened Czech family struggles under the privations of Nazi occupation, with food rationed and Gestapo spies everywhere as German soldiers patrol the streets, The Guardian reports. The scene is not a costume drama but the first episode of a new Czech TV reality show that features a modern-day family living among actors who play Nazi soldiers and the hamlet’s other residents, in an attempt to recreate life under the Nazis during the second world war. Three generations of the family eat meagre rations, dress in the style of the era and endure the daily hardship their predecessors would have experienced after Hitler’s 1939 invasion of the country.

  • Texas homecoming queen killed in flood while driving home from prom

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A Texas homecoming queen on her way home from prom was caught in a flash flood and swept to her death, New York Daily News reports. Alyssa Ramirez, 18, was driving to Devine from San Antonio when she was stranded in high water, dialing for help before she was overwhelmed, relatives told local news stations. “She did the right things,” aunt Roberta Ramirez told News 4 San Antonio. “She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.”

  • How to head off kids' summer weight gain

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    School's out or about to be out around the nation. In an ideal world — one many adults say they remember — kids would spend the next three months swimming, biking and running around outside. Each evening, they would come home to nutritious family dinners. In the real world, lots of kids will spend the summer watching more TV, playing more video games and, possibly, getting even less exercise than they do during the school year. Despite the dismal reputation of school food, many will eat junkier diets too, USA TODAY reports. The result, studies suggest, is that summer is now prime time for excess weight gain — a serious health issue in a country where one third of children and teens are overweight or obese.

  • Supreme Court will consider redefining 'one-person, one-vote' principle

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether state legislative districts must have roughly equal numbers of legal voters rather than overall populations, USA TODAY reports. The case was filed by voters in Texas who claim their ballots carry less weight than those of voters whose state Senate districts include large numbers of illegal immigrants. While the Constitution is intended to protect the principle of one-person, one-vote, what remains unclear is whether districts must be apportioned based on the number of residents or the number of legal voters.

  • Grandmother of child found dead in swing speaks out

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The grandmother of a 3-year-old boy found dead at a Maryland playground last week said her daughter would never do anything to hurt her son, USA TODAY reports. On Friday, Charles County (Maryland) Police found Romechia Simms swinging her deceased son for what investigators said was an "unusual amount of time" at a La Plata playground. Simms is facing no immediate charges in connection to the incident, and is being treated at a local hospital.

  • Person who died in Monday storms identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A person who died as a result of a tornado Monday in Bryan County has been identified as 48-year-old Sandra Marsha Swinney, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner confirmed Tuesday.

  • Some very 'Good People' at Carpenter Square

    By Elizabeth Hurd | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Human struggles in South Boston at Carpenter Square Theatre

  • Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial ingredients getting booted

    Updated: 34 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. Instead of "black pepper flavor," for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain's chief food innovation officer. The Mexican-style chain also says the artificial dye Yellow No. 6 will be removed from its nacho cheese, Blue No. 1 will be removed from its avocado ranch dressing and carmine, a bright pigment, will be removed from its red tortilla strips. Matthews said some of the new recipes are being tested in select markets and should

  • Charter buying Time Warner Cable as TV viewers go online

    Updated: 36 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they're confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and Internet giant. The deal comes a month after Comcast, the country's largest cable provider and owner of NBCUniversal, walked away from a $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 cable company, after intense pressure from regulators. The government worried that the company would be able to undermine increasingly popular online video competitors like Netflix because the bigger Comcast would have more than half the country's high-sp

  • Rebel Wilson launching plus-size line at Torrid

    Linda Miller | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Actress Rebel Wilson puts her special spin and personal touches on an upcoming holiday fashion collection at Torrid.

  • Search resumes for those missing in Texas floodwaters

    Updated: 43 min ago

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams resumed the search Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river carried a Texas vacation home off its foundation and slammed it into a bridge downstream. In Houston, authorities recovered three more bodies from the floodwaters — two of them in the city and a third in a vehicle on Interstate 45. That brings to 11 the number of people killed by the storms in Oklahoma and Texas. The water rose overnight after the area received about 11 inches of rain, much of it in a six-hour period. Between 500 and 700 homes in surrounding Harris County have sustained some level of damage, according to county flood control district spokeswoman Kim Jackson.

  • Gunman, 1 other, killed in North Dakota Wal-Mart shooting

    Updated: 45 min ago

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Two people, including the gunman, died and another person was injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, police said. Police did not provide information about the gunman or victims. Grand Forks Air Force Base issued a statement saying an airman was involved in the shooting, but did not elaborate. The shooter was the only person with a gun, and no police officers fired a weapon, according to Lt. Derik Zimmel. "We do not believe there is any further risk to the public," Zimmel said. He would not go as far as to say the gunman shot himself and provided no details of what led to the shooter's death.

  • Home at last: Oklahoma State could play two rounds at Reynolds Stadium

    By John Helsley | Updated: 47 min ago

    OSU learned Sunday that it would be hosting a Stillwater Regional for the second straight year. Monday brought the completion of the bracket, as well as a potential bonus – the promise of a Super Regional in Stillwater, if the Cowboys can navigate through the weekend.

  • Oklahoma State offers Collinsville LB Levi Draper

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Collinsville linebacker Levi Draper has piled up scholarship offers the entire offseason, but Tuesday he received his first in-state offer. Oklahoma State offered the 2017 recruit, which brought his total to eight offers. “Blessed to have received an offer Oklahoma State #BeACowboy,” Draper tweeted. Draper is 6 foot 2 and 215 pounds. He also has […]