• EXCLUSIVE: MH370 will 'NEVER be found' as 'there's no sensible theory to where it is'

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    MISSING Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will NEVER be found as there's no sensible theory as to where it might be in the most remote part of the world, an author has claimed.

  • Passenger tossed after flipping out over staff's 'Merry Christmas'

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bah, humbug! A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners eighth on Forbes' list of College Football's Most Valuable teams

    Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Texas is still on top, but the gap is closing as Notre Dame, Michigan and others draw nearer. The Longhorns are now worth $131 million, down 6 percent from a $139 million valuation last year. Oklahoma comes in at No. 8 with a valuation of $93 million.

  • Tony Romo calls Pro Bowl an honor, but hopes Cowboys can't play

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Tony Romo is one of six Cowboys players to earn a spot in the Pro Bowl. The quarterback considers it an honor. He also hopes he and his teammates are unable to attend. The Pro Bowl will be played outside of Phoenix on Jan. 25, one week before the Super Bowl is at the same site. "Something like that is very humbling," Romo said. "At the same time, I think we all know what our goals are. Hopefully none of us are playing in that football game and we're all playing in Arizona for the championship." The Cowboys had six players selected to play in the Pro Bowl: Romo, receiver Dez Bryant, running back DeMarco Murray, and offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.

  • Census: State population grows by nearly 25,000 in past year

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Oklahoma added nearly 25,000 residents in the past year ending July 1 but grew slower than the national rate, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. The state population increased from 3,853,118 in 2013 to 3,878,051 in 2014, according to Census Bureau estimates released Monday. The state’s 0.6 percent annual growth rate, which averages about 68 new residents per day, was slower than the 0.7 national population growth rate and even slower than that in Texas, which grew by 1.7 percent. But Oklahoma increased in population at a faster rate than in the neighboring states of Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri, where the population increased 0.3 percent in each state since 2013. In all, 23 states grew faster in population than Oklahoma between 2013 and 2014. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former President George H.W. Bush To Remain In Hospital

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    In what his staff is calling a precautionary measure, former President George H.W. Bush was taken to a hospital in Houston by ambulance Tuesday night after experiencing shortness of breath, NPR reports. Bush, 90, is being kept at Houston Methodist Hospital for observation, his staff says. "Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues," local TV station KHOU reports.

  • Lawton's Jalin Barnett gets chance to face nation's No. 1 player

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    ESPN listed some key matchups to watch for in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, and one of them has Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett going up against one of the best defensive linemen in the nation. ESPN has Barnett, an Oklahoman All-State selection, ranked as the No. 1 offensive gurad prospect in the Class of 2015. He's playing for Team Black at the All-American Game, where he'll get to face off against defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. of East Saint Louis, Ill. Beckner (6-foot-4, 298 pounds) is rated as the  No. 1 player in the nation by ESPN.com. Barnett is ranked 43rd overall. From ESPN.com (Insider content): "With Barnett's size and strength, it is tough to bull-rush the big man who flashes ability to sink and reset well. It is no easy task to work around Barnett either once he gets locked on, as he can maintain a good base and displays the short-area lateral agility to mirror rushers. This is a matchup in the heart of the trenches that should result in some great battles." You can watch Barnett and Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

  • Fans drunk in love with Drinking Jacket Kickstarter

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Too bad the Drinking Jacket won't be ready in time for this New Year's Eve. A Kickstarter campaign looking to fund the apparel made for booze aficionados was only seeking $50,000, and has instead netted more than $450,000.

  • #SaveBela dog gets a reprieve

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The Internet got its Christmas wish to #SaveBela. Bela is now being sent to live at a Utah animal sanctuary. The Indiana German shepherd tugged at collective heartstrings last week when it was revealed he could be euthanized due to a stipulation in his late owner's will.

  • Google now displays song lyrics in search results

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Google is starting to show the full text of song lyrics in search results. It's a clean and quick solution to the current messy method of looking up lyrics. Song lyric sites are notoriously slow, and they inundate you with pop-up ads.

  • Four simple steps to beating the holiday blues

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her. "The holidays can feel like a lonely time of year, and it's hard to hear about everyone else's fun plans," the 29-year-old Manhattanite says. "I don't have that warm and fuzzy feeling."

  • New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration recommended a change in the discriminatory and unscientific policy that effectively prohibited men who have sex with men from donating blood for life. Those guidelines kept any man who had sex with another man — even just once — since 1977 from donating blood forever, NPR reports. While gay discrimination has been reduced in so many other areas of life, up until now, there hasn't been enough medical or political will to intervene on the blood ban. That policy perpetuated stigma without improving safety. However, the new policy would ban blood donation for men who have had sex with another man for the past year. So the most likely outcome is that the vast majority of gay or bisexual men still won't be able to donate blood.

  • A Very Native American Christmas

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    With the spread of Christianity among some Native Americans in the early 20th century came certain Christmas rituals — trees and presents and jolly old Santa Claus — that were folded into traditional wintertime celebrations, NPR reports. According to a 1909 account in the Tombstone Epitaph, members of the Gila River Indian Community — living on reservations in Arizona — were introduced to imported-from-Europe Christmas customs, such as St. Nicholas and Christmas trees. "It was the first time the Indians had ever seen the good old saint and they were highly amused and pleased." The Yale Expositor of St. Clair County, Mich., reported on December 18, 1913 that for certain Sioux dwelling in South Dakota, Christmas and its accoutrements came through government-run schools. In each village, the Sioux collected funds for a feast. One member dressed up as Kris Kringle and made speeches and handed out presents. Native American children, the newspaper noted, "were quick to show interest in the Christmas tree."

  • Report: Josh Smith to Houston Rockets

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Wanting to play for a winning team with a chance to win the title, Josh Smith has decided to join the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Smith was released by the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday less than two years into a four-year deal. The Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies were all seen as potential suitors for Smith. Smith is averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season.

  • Circus 'Pandas' Were Really Painted Dogs

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Not so much an open-and-shut case; more of a black-and-white one. The owner of an Italian travelling circus has been charged with the use of false documents after it was discovered that two pandas in his show were, in fact, chow chow puppies that had been dyed, The Guardian reports. A spokeswoman for the forestry corps, which in Italy deals with many of the offences involving animals, said audience members were encouraged to pay to have their photograph taken with the fake pandas. “It happened regularly before the start of the show,” she said.

  • Director Angelina Jolie Dieted to Support 'Unbroken' Actors

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Angelina Jolie's new film "Unbroken" sees her lead actor Jack O'Connell portray the incredible story of Louis Zamperini. The former Olympic athlete spent 47 days drifting in the Pacific after his plane came down during the Second World War, only to be rescued by Japanese troops and incarcerated for two years in a brutal prisoner of war camp, RadioTimes.com reports. The camp is overseen by a ruthless prison guard, "The Bird", played by Japanese popstar Miyavi (real name Takamasa Ishihara) in his acting debut. All the actors playing inmates had to lose a considerable amount of weight to reflect the harsh conditions of life in captivity – and Miyavi reveals Jolie showed her support by abstaining too.  "She came to the set every day, giving advice to the actors, and she actually didn't eat much [either]," he tells RadioTimes.com.

  • Sony works out deal to show 'Interview' online

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    It's not 3,000 movie theaters but it might be even better: "The Interview" is set to show on Christmas Eve on the Internet, including on YouTube, the world's largest video website, USA TODAY reports. Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed on Wednesday that it has worked out a deal to make the threatened Seth Rogen/James Franco assassination farce available to anyone with an Internet connection and a credit card. As of 10 a.m. PST on Wednesday, the film will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and the dedicated websitewww.seetheinterview.com at a price of $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99, Sony said.

  • Video shows officer shooting armed teen near Ferguson

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Authorities released a surveillance video Wednesday showing a confrontation that ended the night before with a white police officer killing an armed black man in this St. Louis suburb, according to USA TODAY. The shooting happened about 5 miles northwest of Ferguson, where a white police officer fatally shot unarmed Michael Brown in August, sparking months of civil unrest. At about 11:15 p.m. CT Tuesday while conducting a routine business check, a police officer saw two males at the side of a gas station, Sgt. Brian Schellman, a St. Louis County police spokesman, said in a statement.

  • Adam Sandler tops Forbes 'most overpaid' actors list

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    For the second year in a row, Forbes magazine declares Adam Sandler the "most overpaid" actor in Hollywood, meaning his movies bring in the lowest return on investment, according to USA TODAY. Ouch. And double-ouch given that Sandler was among the stars dissed in leaked e-mails from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack. His movies were disparaged for their "mundane, formulaic" quality.

  • Johnny Manziel: 'I have to take this a lot more seriously'

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Johnny Manziel made his first NFL start in Week 15. And it did not go well — his QB rating was 27.3. (For comparison, Tony Romo’s is 82.3.) But, now that Manziel’s rookie season is over (he’s out with a hamstring injury), he had some interesting thoughts, USA TODAY reports. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer relayed them on Twitter: "#Browns Manziel: "I have to take this a lot more seriously. It's a job for me now."