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  • The psychology behind becoming a 'Human Barbie'

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Ever since Barbie became one of the world’s most popular dolls, little girls have aspired to be just like the pretty plastic toy. While her body is certainly enviable — flat stomach, long legs, and large chest — her proportions are not only unrealistic, they’re also dangerous to try to emulate. But that hasn’t stopped some individuals — usually grown women — from attempting to be like her. Lolita Richi, a 16-year-old from Ukraine, is the latest (and youngest) “Human Barbie” to emerge, according to Yahoo News.  Lolita has a 20-inch waist, a 32F bra size, and wears color contact lenses to emulate the wide-eyed doll-look of her fictional idol. The teenager insists that she hasn’t gone under the knife and that her photos haven’t been digitally manipulated, but her proportions seem to indicate otherwise. Dr. Anthony Youn, a Michigan-based, board-certified plastic surgeon who has not treated Lolita, told Yahoo Health that it would be “virtually impossible” to look the way that she does naturally.

  • Ice Bucket Challenge - wisdom teeth = THE BEST ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE VIDEO EVER

    Richard Hall | Updated: 5 hr ago

    YouTuber m3gtr0n decided it’d be a great idea to record herself doing the ice bucket challenge an hour after having her wisdom teeth removed. And it’s the funniest darn thing I’ve seen all week. It’s also the best ice bucket challenge video out there. Have a look: Instant replay:

  • WATCH: Motorcyclist Pulls Off Miraculous Recovery After Collision With Car

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Usually a collision on the highway would means injuries are sure to follow, but what happens in this video ends in a completely unexpected manner. The incredible nature of the chain of events will most likely cause you to watch the footage a couple of times. At first, it just looks like a normal drive on a bridge, when suddenly, a motorcycle comes into view and goes full speed into another vehicle in front of it. What's astonishing is that the rider doesn't go down. Instead, the motorcyclist goes full-on Spider-Man and appears to land on the roof of the car he or she collided with, Trending News reports. Differing accounts place it in either Russia or Belarus. Like many other incredible videos, the 30-second clip is recorded on a dashboard camera, which has become more popular in former Soviet states as a way to film potentially corrupt police.

  • Garth Brooks Makes Concert History, Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Garth Brooks is at it again. The country superstar, who will be returning to the road in September, has added one last show to his Chicago run, bringing the total to 11 concerts there. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show on Friday, September 5th, at Allstate Arena go on sale Saturday, August 23rd, 10:00 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster, according to Rolling Stone. With the first stop on his world tour, which kicks off September 4th in Chicago, Brooks has already shattered his previous record for ticket sales in a single city in North America. Previously, the record was 162,822 tickets sold for the Target Center in Minneapolis from October 6th through the 14th, 1998. "After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," said the singer in a statement. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people that wanted tickets and could not get in the system, now have a chance to see the show and get their tickets at face value and not have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."

  • Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The use of child soldiers — teenage boys dressed in military uniforms and carrying assault rifles — is commonplace in South Sudan and will be the subject of U.N. Security Council discussions next month, the top U.N. official for children and armed conflict said Thursday. South Sudan has suffered from decades of conflict, and the U.N. official, Leila Zerrougui, said the country had cut down on the use of children in combat until massive violence broke out in December. Zerrougui said that when she visited the rebel commander David Yau Yau in June, there were child soldiers alongside him when he greeted her. "We are seeing that the ongoing violation against children is a trend and is committed b

  • Image of Asia: Deterring protesters in Kashmir

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    In this photo by Mukhtar Khan, police spray colored water at Kashmir government employees who are protesting for better job conditions in Srinagar, the main city in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. The protesters are demanding more pay and a regular status for contract workers. Protests are common in Indian Kashmir, where many residents oppose Indian rule, and police have often used colored water to identify protesters and deter them by ruining their clothes. ___ AP photographers on Twitter: http://apne.

  • Turkey's ruling party nominates Foreign Minister Davutoglu to succeed Erdogan as premier

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party nominates Foreign Minister Davutoglu to succeed Erdogan as premier.

  • Oklahoma Corrections Department considers decommissioning prison towers

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    As part of a department staffing evaluation, the state Corrections Department is considering closing down towers at six state facilities. Those towers are typically manned by an officer with a rifle, and some officers say closing them could create serious safety issues.

  • Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues as they scramble to identify him, from image analysis and voice-recognition software to social media postings and testimony from former captives. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the masked jihadi pictured holding a knife to Foley's throat is likely British, and linguists say his accent suggests he is from the London area. Britain's Metropolitan Police is involved in the hunt for him, as are British intellige

  • Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo. Prabowo Subianto, a former general with links to the regime of ex-dictator Suharto, had alleged massive fraud in the July 9 polls and filed a complaint in the Constitutional Court. He presented evidence and witness testimony for his claim, but all nine judges at the court ruled it was groundless. "The ruling is final and binding, but does not necessarily reflect truth or justice," Tantowi Yahya, a spokesman for a coalition of political parties supporting Subianto, told a news co

  • SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home. "Pay back the money!" chanted members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a party that wants to redistribute resources to the poor and entered parliament for the first time after elections in May. Dressed in red overalls and berets, the new party's members have become a rowdy presence in the South African parliament, where lawmakers are supposed to observe formal question-and-answer guidelines and address one another as "Honorable Member." The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters is Julius Malema, a

  • No mental exam needed, sex abuse suspect argues

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A defense attorney is opposing prosecutors’ request for a mental evaluation for a man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. Prosecutors are seeking the exam for Matthew Durham, who has been indicted on three felony counts that accuse him of traveling from Oklahoma City to Kenya to sexually abuse children at the Upendo Children’s Home. In court papers filed Wednesday, defense attorney Stephen Jones argued that there was no basis for the mental exam because he’s given no notice of an insanity defense or an incompetency claim. Jones says Durham is assisting in his own defense and is responding appropriately during court proceedings.

  • Swedish town celebrates link to the Bronx

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nearly four centuries after Jonas Bronck set foot in America, his birthplace in southern Sweden is finally recognizing its historical link to the New York borough that bears his name. On Saturday the small town of Savsjo (SEV-sher), deep inside the pine forest of Smaland province, is celebrating the 375th anniversary of the sea captain's 1639 arrival in what is now the Bronx, where he was the first European settler. Several descendants of his family in the U.S. will join representatives from the Bronx and local officials in a ceremony unveiling a monument to Bronck.

  • Eat your broccoli: Produce eaters have more meaningful lives, study says

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: 15 hr ago

    There's already plenty of research that supports the idea that a diet full of fruits and vegetables leads to a happier life, but a new study says that eating produce can lead to a life full of more curiosity, pleasure and meaning.

  • Charlie and the Doll Factory? Internet rebuffs Penguin's new cover of beloved book

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A new cover for the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has many online shaking their heads.

  • Mongolia, China pledge $10 billion in annual trade

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — China and Mongolia pledged Thursday to almost double their annual two-way trade to $10 billion by 2020 as President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia. China also agreed to give the landlocked country access to ports in its north and northeast, the official Xinhua News Agency said. No details were immediately given. Xi met with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia in the Mongolian capital Thursday, after which the two signed a joint declaration upgrading ties to a "comprehensive strategic partnership" based on trust, friendship and "a common aspiration for closer ties of mutual benefit," X

  • Sri Lankan activist: Gov't trying to hurt UN probe

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to deny entry to U.N. investigators is intended to undermine the credibility of an ongoing war crimes inquiry, an activist said Thursday. Paikiyasothy Saravanamuttu, chief of the independent Sri Lankan think tank Center for Policy Alternatives, said he believes the inquiry can still be conducted effectively because much evidence is available outside Sri Lanka and testimony can be gathered from within the country through video conferencing. Rajapaksa said Tuesday that he will not allow the three U.N. investigators to visit Sri Lanka to inquire into allegations of war crimes committed by government troops and now-defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in the clo

  • Flooding in Nepal kills US tourist, capsizes boat

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An American tourist died trying to cross a flooded river in Nepal on Thursday, and two people were missing from a crowded boat that capsized on another river swollen by monsoon rains in the Himalayan country. The body of Joseph Edward Wheeler, 82, was found hours after he was swept down the Paruwa River, police official Janak Shahi said. Wheeler had boarded an overnight bus to west Nepal, but the driver stopped because the bridge was damaged by days of flooding. The man decided to cross the river on foot but was swept away. He was from Virginia, but no hometown was given. Separately, an overcrowded wooden boat with 100 people on board capsized crossing the Bagmati River south of the capital Katm

  • AAA Oklahoma predicts jump in Labor Day travel

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    AAA Oklahoma predicts that more residents will be traveling over the Labor Day holiday, with a 2 percent jump expected over last year’s numbers. The organization estimated that 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over the holiday. That’s compared with the 400,300 Oklahomans who traveled last Labor Day. AAA Oklahoma says nearly 85 percent of the state’s travelers will get to their destination by car, with the remainder choosing to fly or travel by bus or train. Nationwide, AAA predicts that 34.7 million people will travel over the holiday period, which AAA defines as Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1.

  • Oklahoma County Free Fair celebrates centennial

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The 100th annual Oklahoma County Free Fair starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at State Fair Park. The fair will feature a variety of activities, including exhibits, an ice cream sundae making contest and a time capsule presentation.