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  • School Required Reading That Will Change Your Life

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    No summer, no matter how sunny and fun-filled, can last forever, as kids must painfully remember every year with the return of back-to-school shopping and early-morning alarms. Now that back-to-school season has rolled around once again, kids everywhere are engaging in a time-honored ritual: pulling out the school summer reading lists they've been ignoring since June and groaning with dismay and panic.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys release complete schedule

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    An appearance in the MGM Grand Main Event, along with a home game against Maryland inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, highlight the non-conference portion of the Oklahoma State men's basketball schedule. The schedule, which was released Thursday, could have as many as 22 nationally-televised games. 

  • An Oklahoma program treats juvenile sex offenders as kids, not criminals

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Sex offender. The phrase conjures pariahs living under bridges. Adults "grooming" children for devastating abuse. Violent men who take what is not freely given. Broken people. And yet, here comes Tyler, bounding down the hall with his dusty blonde Justin Bieber haircut and chunky sneakers. He turned 16 today. He and his family have just come from Chuck E. Cheese. Tyler’s mom smiles as she tells the other parents in her support and education group at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, "Teenagers can regress back to Chuck E. Cheese if they want."

  • It's a 'Breaking Bad' scavenger hunt

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The era of "Breaking Bad" is truly coming to an end -- and one of the stars is having some fun with it. Aaron Paul announced on Instagram Wednesday night that he will be hosting a "Breaking Bad" scavenger hunt in Los Angeles on the day of the Primetime Emmy Awards in honor of the show's final nominations, according to CNN. "There will be signed 'Breaking Bad' scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and some really cool 'Breaking Bad' art hidden all over the Hollywood area," Paul wrote. "Just wanted to do a little something to say 'Thank You' to everyone that has supported us thru out the years. We couldn't have done it without you!"

  • The perfect way to slice your cheese

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The facts are straightforward: Serve cheese plate, improve situation. No matter the occasion, cheese is bound to make it better . Figuring out how to neatly present said cheese plate, however, is the tricky part. Sure, you can place the cheeses all nice and pretty on a board, but how does one know where to make the first cheese incision? And what about the intimidation factor that comes along with being the first person to whack into that beautiful, unperturbed wedge of brie?

  • This Is What Depression Actually Feels Like

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    For people with depression, it can be a truly difficult task to explain their condition. Because it is a disease that is more commonly associated with mental symptoms -- not outward, physical ones --those on the outside are often curious about what depression feels like. And it certainly feels like something: "In general, the worse the painful physical symptoms, the more severe the depression," researchers wrote in an overview of depression and physical symptoms in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. "Symptoms have been found to increase the duration of depressed mood."

  • The Part Pierce Brosnan Was 'Too Handsome' To Play

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    It's hard to believe there are roles even actors -- people whom society has recognized as being more attractive than the average Joe -- can be too pretty for. Alas, there seem to be, as Pierce Brosnan found out when he gave a call to Frank McCourt, the author of the 1996 memoir "Angela's Ashes," in hopes of being cast in the film adaptation. "I remember reading 'Angela's Ashes,' and I really wanted to play the part in 'Angela's Ashes,' being an Irishman," he recounted in a HuffPost Live interview on Wednesday. "[I] called Frank McCourt up to throw my hat in the ring, and he said, 'Nope. Too handsome. Too handsome.'"

  • Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp break up - CNN.com

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have ended their relationship after three years of dating, a report says. The two split "a couple of weeks ago," one of Mellencamp's friends told Closer Weekly, which was the first to report the news.

  • NCAA Football Player Dies at 21

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Kent State offensive lineman Jason Bitsko, 21, passed away on Wednesday. The cause of death is unknown after a roommate found him unresponsive.   A release posted on the university's official athletics site states police believe an "undetermined medical issue" was a factor. It also included comments from both director of athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes.

  • Kids' Drawings May Predict Future Intelligence

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A large and long-term new study shows the way a 4-year-old draws a person not only says something about their level of intelligence as a toddler but is also predictive of their intelligence 10 years down the line, according to TIME. A team of researchers at King’s College London had 7,752 pairs of identical and non-identical 4-year-old twins draw a picture of a child. Every sketch was rated on a scale from 0 to 12 based on the presence of features, like legs, arms, and facial features. The kids also underwent verbal and nonverbal intelligence measurement tests.

  • Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly tap NRA chief for Ice Bucket Challenge

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Can the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge bring together political foes? Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly hope so. USA TODAY reports the former congresswoman and her husband tapped Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, to be next up in this summer’s viral cause. “We hope one day we can agree upon more than just supporting ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease research,” says Kelly, before getting a bucket of freezing water dumped on his head.

  • Robin Williams' ashes scattered over San Francisco Bay

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    It seems a fitting and sweet send-off. Robin Williams was found dead on Aug. 11 in his Tiburon, Calif., home, near San Francisco. And on Aug. 12, his ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay, according to multiple outlets, including RadarOnline, which obtained a copy of the actor's death certificate.

  • Nearly 400 people 'pay it forward' at Starbucks location

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The acts of kindness began at 7 a.m. Wednesday with a woman, her iced coffee and a stranger's caramel macchiato, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The woman paid for her own drink, then asked to pay for the drink of the person behind her in the drive-through. That person returned the favor and paid for the person behind, and so did that person, until the employees at the St. Petersburg Starbucks on Tyron Boulevard began a tally on green laminated paper near the drive-through window. By 1:30 p.m., the chain had reached 260 customers.

  • Weird new burger trend -- would you try it?

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    This is the the era of the weird burger. You’ve got your grilled cheese burger. Your ramen burger. Your donut burger.  But it was the newest applicant for residence in Burgerville, USA, that gave us pause: the Rice Burger.  Yahoo Food reports the folks behind New York City’s Sobaya and Otafuku are trying to tap into the burger craze with their new shop, Yonekichi, where they’re serving up savory things between rice patty “buns.”

  • Behind 'Saturday Night Live's' struggle to satirize Obama

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    "Saturday Night Live" has been doing political satire for decades — think Chevy Chase as a clutzy Gerald Ford or Tina Fey as a spot-on Sarah Palin. But mining gold from President Barack Obama has been serious work for the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, according to Yahoo TV. In the updated oral history Live From New York, excerpted in The Hollywood Reporter, the cast and crew sound off on the Mount Everest — or should we say the Mount Rushmore — of political impressions. "If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, 'Degree of difficulty, 10-point-10,'" says SNL producer-writer James Downey. "It's like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Photo Of Kevin Durant Next To A Professional Baseball Player Shows You How Tall NBA Players Really Are

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Here is a picture of two professional athletes, both of whom are All-Stars in their respective sports. Kevin Durant is listed at 6'10". Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is 5'6". He's the smallest player in Major League Baseball, but he's not that far off from the height of an average male human, Business Insider reports. This is your semi-regular reminder that we dramatically underestimate how crazy tall NBA players are. This sort of height is so rare that a full 17% of 7-foot-tall American males aged 20 to 40 play in the NBA, according to David Epstein's book "The Sports Gene."

  • Northwestern MutualVoice: Get The Job You Want

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    With fewer than half of U.S. employees satisfied with their current jobs—according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey published earlier this year—the concept of a dream job seems to be less and less attainable. Or is it? If you like your employer but not your current job duties, it might be worth looking at the possibility of creating a new job that you would want. Is that really possible? Ken Wirth did it. When he started with Johnson Controls 25 years ago, he was an auditor. He’s now the senior manager of Records and Archives, a position he created for himself.