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  • Inhale: Marijuana initiatives should keep Senate Democratic

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    When it comes to supporting the national push to legalize marijuana in several states, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democratic colleagues should just inhale, says the Washington Examiner. It might save their jobs. Armed with powerful statistics, Brookings Institution expert John Hudak said that having pro-marijuana initiatives on the fall ballot should draw younger, passionate Democrats to the polls and help Reid keep his leadership position and the Senate in Democratic hands. “The presence of those initiatives will likely rive younger and more liberal voters to the polls,” said Hudak in his report headlined, “Harry Reid should love marijuana: How legalization could help keep the Senate blue.”

  • OU football: Blake Bell No. 1 on depth chart at tight end for Sooners

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma Football's Twitter account announced Monday that former quarterback Blake Bell is the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart for the Sooners entering the first game against Louisiana Tech. Bell (6-foot-6, 259 pounds), in his first season as a tight end, will line up with the first-team offense on Saturday in Norman. Redshirt sophomore Taylor McNamara (6-5, 245) is listed as the No. 2 tight end for OU.

  • Guy Charged With Using His Kilt to ... Shoplift

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A man accused of stealing electronics and stuffing them into his kilt was arrested Thursday, according to The Oregonian. Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Kraus said employees of Fry's Electronics first spotted Daniel Ducret, 37, on Wednesday as he slid items into the front pouch of the kilt. Ducret made off with several small electronics including a toy helicopter, Kraus said.    The next day, store staff again spotted Ducret in the kilt and observed him putting items in the pouch. Staff detained the man and called the Wilsonville Police Department.

  • Burger King eyes Tim Hortons for tax inversion deal

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Burger King is working on a whopper of a business deal, according to USA TODAY. The burger chain is in talks with Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons about merging, a plan that, if accomplished, would create the world's third-largest fast food restaurant company, with more than 18,000 outlets in 100 countries and about $22 billion in system sales, the companies said in a statement. Shares of Burger King (BKW) jumped 16% in pre-market trading on the news that the companies were looking to create a new, publicly traded company headquartered in Canada.

  • Docs urge delayed school start times for teens

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Let them sleep! That's the message from the nation's largest pediatrician group, which, in a new policy statement, says delaying the start of high school and middle school classes to 8:30 a.m. or later is "an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss" and the "epidemic" of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the nation's teens, according to USA TODAY. Multiple factors, "including biological changes in sleep associated with puberty, lifestyle choices, and academic demands," negatively impact teens' ability to get enough sleep, and pushing back school start times is key to helping them achieve optimal levels of sleep – 8½ to 9½ hours a night, says the American Academy of Pediatrics statement, released Monday and published online in Pediatrics.

  • Kid Writes Story About Killing a Dinosaur, Gets Arrested

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A South Carolina high school student was arrested and suspended after handing in a class assignment in which he wrote about killing his neighbor’s pet dinosaur with a gun he purchased to “take care of the business," according to FOX News. Freshman Alex Stone said it was only a joke. His mother, Karen Gray, was irate he got busted. Gray said Summerville High School administrators acted rashly when they reported her son to cops last Tuesday on the second day of school.  “I could understand if they made him rewrite it because he did have ‘gun’ in it. But a pet dinosaur?” Gray told CBS affiliate WCSC. “I mean first of all, we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun.”

  • Watch how OU welcomes the first freshman accepted into this year's fall class

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Here's the University of Oklahoma's video posted on Lexie Dare's welcome to the university.

  • Tiger Woods parts ways with swing coach Sean Foley

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will no longer be working with swing coach Sean Foley. Woods thanked Foley on his website for his help as a coach and for his friendship. Foley also issued a brief statement via tigerwoods.com. "My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together." "Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him," Woods said. "With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship."

  • GOP senator calls Hillary Clinton 'war hawk'

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war, according to The Associated Press. Paul is a leading anti-interventionist in the GOP and is considering running for president. Last year he opposed President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria. In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Kentucky Republican predicted a "transformational election" if the Democrats nominate "a war hawk like Hillary Clinton."

  • 'True Blood' Series Finale Ends with a Wedding – and a Funeral

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    If "True Blood" has taught fans anything, it's that nothing lasts forever – even immortal vampires, according to People.com. After seven seasons, the HBO drama has died the true death and ended on Sunday after 80 episodes of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, witches and fairies. As the final episode begins, Bill (Stephen Moyer) comes over to explain that he is choosing the true death to give Sookie a normal life with children. Sookie (Anna Paquin) protests and insists he should get help, but asks Bill to leave when he formally implores her to end his life with the last bit of fairy power she has left. His logic? Not only will he get to join his children and wife in the afterlife, but Sookie will also no longer be "catnip" to vampires because of her blood.

  • Taylor Swift thanks 'Girls' creator Lena Dunham for feminism lesson

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Girls have got to stick together! Taylor Swift got vocal about her views on feminism in an interview with Britain's The Guardian on Aug. 22, admitting that she still has much to learn on the topic, the "Shake It Off" singer, 24, credited Girls star Lena Dunham for mentoring her on women's rights, according to US Weekly. “As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men," Swift admitted to The Guardian. "Becoming friends with Lena — without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for — has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”

  • Damage From Northern California Earthquake Could Reach $1 Billion

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Northern California is cleaning up today, a day after suffering its strongest earthquake in 25 years, according to Good Morning America. A state of emergency remained in effect following the South Napa Earthquake, which struck about 3:20 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them. The jolt injured more than 100 people, buckled roads and damaged historic buildings in the heart of the state’s wine country. A 13-year-old was critically injured by a crumbling fireplace.

  • Peyton Manning Shows His Angry Side After Illegal Hit Gives Teammate A Concussion

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Peyton Manning showed a side rarely seen when he was flagged for a taunting penalty after throwing a touchdown pass. After the pass, Manning got into the face of safety D.J. Swearinger of the Houston Texans and gave him a gentle headbutt and exchanged some angry words, according to Business Insider. On the scale of clumsy puppy to John Starks in the NBA playoffs, this was definitely a 1.5 but it was still a headbutt and completely out of character for Manning. The bad blood was left over from the play before when Swearinger was flagged for an illegal hit on Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker. Swearinger delivered a forearm to the head of Welker who was knocked out of the game with a concussion, Business Insider reports.

  • Kevin Durant Reveals His Go-To Pump-Up Song For the Past 4 Years

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In a recent press conference, Kevin Durant described his absolute favorite song of all time, which sets his pre-game mentality. "It just makes me feel...right," he said with a starry look in his eyes. Stack.com reports Durant went on to call Clipse's "I'm Good" his "theme song," which ideally would be played when he first walks into the arena.

  • Man Who Pirated ‘Fast & Furious’ Movie Gets Almost 3 Years in Prison

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A computer programmer who filmed "Fast & Furious 6" from the back of a cinema and then uploaded it to the Internet has been jailed for almost three years, according to Sky News. The pirated copy of the film was downloaded 779,000 times, costing one of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers more than $4 million. Philip Danks, 25, from Walsall, West Midlands, was the first person in the world to record and distribute the movie illegally after filming it on its release day on May 17 last year.

  • ACLU Sues Over Closed Blinds in Botched Clayton Lockett Execution

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    The ACLU and two news organizations filed a federal lawsuit Monday to force Oklahoma prison officials to let witnesses watch executions from beginning to end, NBC News reports. The litigation is a response to the botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, in which the execution team closed the blinds when the inmate began appeared to regain consciousness and struggle 20 minutes after the drugs were administered. The suit asks the court to order that all witnesses, including the media, be able to view the proceedings from the moment the prisoner enters the execution chamber until he or she is taken out.

  • ESPN: Inside Jared Lorenzen's lifelong weight battle

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Ex-NFL QB Jared Lorenzen still loves football. But what do you do when your appetite for food competes with your appetite for the game? From the story, written by Tommy Tomlinson ... The day after the Seahawks crushed the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, Lorenzen suited up at quarterback for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League, the latest in a string of indoor teams he's played with in recent years. He wore a jersey that clung to him like snakeskin. The River Monsters listed him at 320 pounds. His real weight was somewhere due north. He doesn't know how much he weighed exactly. He hasn't stepped onto a scale in six years.

  • People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers in Alzheimer's Research

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to an experimental Alzheimer's drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome, NPR reports. Alzheimer's researchers are increasingly interested in people like McCowan because "people with Down syndrome represent the world's largest population of individuals predisposed to getting Alzheimer's disease," says , director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UCSD. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that's best known for causing intellectual disability. But it also causes Alzheimer's. "By the age of 40, 100 percent of all individuals with Down syndrome have the pathology of Alzheimer's in their brain," Rafii says.

  • Miley Cyrus sent a homeless man to accept her VMA award

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Leave it to Miley to rock the VMA boat one way or another, says USA Today. This time it wasn't with a wrecking ball, but with a homeless man. When she won the award for best video of the year, she sent a young man who was all dressed up and could have been an up-and-coming rocker, to the microphone. But he was Jesse, her "date" for the night.

  • Suge Knight Shot Multiple Times After VMA Party Turns Violent

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood at around 1:30 AM Sunday, and Suge Knight  was shot twice and taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was rushed into surgery, eyewitnesses and Suge's family tell TMZ. A source close to Suge tells TMZ he was shot in the stomach and arm and apparently in other places as well. Tyson Beckford, Robert Ri'chard and Apple de Ap all say they were inside the pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown when they heard 4 shots ring out inside the club.  Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/08/24/suge-knight-shot-stabbed-one-oak-outside-club-ambulance-hospital/#ixzz3BPIx4mxT