• DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A law firm hired by the N.F.L. to investigate footballs used by the New England Patriots has formally asked the Columbia University physics department for help in understanding how weather and temperature could affect the pressure in footballs, according to a summary of the communication obtained by The New York Times. Lorin L. Reisner, a partner in the litigation department of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, called the physics department on Monday, according to notes taken by an administrative manager. “He would like to consult with a physicist on matters relating to gas physics,” the notes said.

  • Congressman Changes Position On Abortion After Talking To Women

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state. "I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive relationships, financial hardship, health scares, rape and incest," wrote Ryan.

  • WATCH: Teacher and students create incredible ‘Uptown Funk’ video

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Meet Scot Pankey, a theater arts teacher who has come up with a novel lesson plan: Learning can be fun.  As part of a class assignment, Pankey led his students in a choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. The dance, which was filmed by students, was completed in a single take, Yahoo News reports. “We are a project-based school… and that means you give the students a project, put them in teams, and they have to come up with solutions.” said Pankey of A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas. “They had three weeks to work on it, then present as a group what they learned.” 

  • Marshawn Lynch might get fined by NFL for his hat

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Marshawn Lynch might get fined after all. At Super Bowl media day, the Seattle Seahawks running back spent his entire availability responding to reporters' questions with " I'm just here so I won't get fined ." Well, ESPN sources report that, after the Super Bowl, the NFL will review whether the hat Lynch wore during media day was permissible. Lynch's hat he wore during his media availability had his own BeastMode logo on it. On Tuesday, the hat ($33) sold out on the clothing line's web site. The NFL has an apparel deal with Nike, and according to ESPN "frowns on players using what is considered a league event to promote something that it has not approved."

  • Apple rich enough to pay everyone $556

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Apple’s (AAPL) printing money hand over fist. You knew that. What you may not know is that Apple has so much dough, it could afford to pay every man, woman and child in the U.S. $556. Each, USA TODAY reports. Selling high-priced hardware – over and over again – is creating a wealth-making machine like the world has never seen. Apple has now amassed a record pile of cash and investments of nearly $178 billion. That’s enough to give every American $556, a fact pointed out by Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices. This massive pile of wealth is generated by the company’s ability to get consumers to line up every two years to sign up for costly contracts for high-priced phones. This business model, which keeps the total cost of the hardware itself largely masked to consumers, helped Apple report a bigger profit than the world has even seen in the fourth quarter of $18 billion.

  • Johnny Depp: A chupacabra 'attacked' me

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    We've heard the "exhaustion" excuse from stars who miss events. But "attacked" by a "chupacabra"? You have to hand it to Johnny Depp for that one. That's what he said was his reason for missing a news conference for his new movie,Mortdecai, in Tokyo on Tuesday, USA TODAY reports.

  • Fan needs RTs to take Steven Adams to 'Law School Prom'

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A law student is is hoping that 1k retweets will be enough for  Thunder  center Steven Adams to take her to prom.

  • VIDEO: D-League teammates ejected after fighting each other

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Kalin Lucas and Jarnell Stokes are basketball players who ended up fighting each other on Tuesday night. The only problem with that? They're teammates. Lucas and Stokes both play for the D-League's Iowa Energy. The Energy was hosting the Rio Grande Valley Vipers when the two got into a brawl in the third quarter.

  • Winona Ryder Says 'Beetlejuice 2' Is Happening

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Winona Ryder has great news for "Beetlejuice" fans. A sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 film has long been discussed. It was widely reported in 2013 that Burton would consider coming on board to direct "Beetlejuice 2."

  • Oklahoma Marine veteran receives all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dustin Butler of Tahlequah has been selected by the national nonprofit Operation Enduring Respect for an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl 49. Butler will receive free transportation, lodging, food and souvenirs. He will also attend a NFL Hall of Fame luncheon with Earl Campbell, Roger Staubach and other former NFL greats. “I can’t really describe the feeling; it’s almost unreal,” said Butler, a member of the Cherokee tribe, told the Tahlequah Daily Press. “I’ve been watching the Super Bowl since I was old enough to remember, and I never expected to ever go in person. Words don’t describe how happy I am to be going and experiencing this firsthand.” Butler served two tours in Iraq. He received an honorable discharge in 2005. In addition to serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Butler also served in the Air Force Reserves from 2006 until 2013, when he was medically discharged. Operation Enduring Respect, founded in 2009, was established to provide an opportunity for military men and women to attend sporting events they might not typically be able to attend. The nonprofit has provided more than 1,000 tickets to five Super Bowls, and also to the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Alamo Bowl games over the past five years.

  • KOCO: Norman Police release recruiting video to the tune of 'Frozen'

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Norman Police Department released a creative recruiting video to the tune of "For The First Time In Forever" from Disney's hit movie "Frozen," KOCO says. The video shows Norman Master Police Officer Carl Pendleton singing a parody of the hit song, and all of the song's words have been changed to say ...

  • KFOR: Metro parents furious after teacher gives students controversial abortion quiz

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    EDMOND - A local biology teacher's multiple choice question about abortion is upsetting students' parents, KFOR reports. Edmond Santa Fe High School officials confirmed Tuesday several biology teachers at the school gave their students a “non graded exercise” – a discussion starter – on human genetic disorders, specifically dwarfism ...

  • KOCO: 'Skimmers' collect credit card numbers at Edmond gas stations

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Thieves targeted gas pumps in Edmond, KOCO reports. The skimmers were hidden inside the pumps at three different Edmond stations: Santa Fe and Edmond Road, 15th and Kelly, and 15th and Broadway ...

  • GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl XLIX Puppy Ad After Backlash, Petition

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    GoDaddy is once again making headlines for its Super Bowl ads, says Yahoo TV. The Internet domain company is causing a stir with what was supposed to be its 2015 spot, which appears to parody Anheuser-Busch's popular puppy-themed ads for Budweiser. Like the beer maker's highly anticipated "Lost Dog" commercial for Super Bowl XLIX, GoDaddy's 30-second spot features an adorable little pup who loses his way. When he finally makes it home, his owner is thrilled -- because she just sold him online using a website she built with GoDaddy.  Viewers immediately reacted to the commercial online -- and not very well. While some thought the twist ending was funny, others said it made light of puppy mills.

  • In Colorado, Oklahoma lawsuit unites those for and against marijuana

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A widely popular figure with a reputation for bipartisanship, Attorney General John Suthers was one of the most vocal opponents of legalizing marijuana in Colorado. But when voters legalized it anyway — by passing a state constitutional amendment in November 2012 — Suthers dutifully implemented the new law, despite his personal objections. So it surprised no one in Colorado when Suthers, during his last few weeks in office before his term expired this month, offered a vigorous defense against a legal challenge from the state of Oklahoma. It might have been a mistake for Colorado to legalize pot, Suthers argued. But it was a mistake Colorado had the right to make. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • State Rep. Sally Kern says anti-gay bills are an effort to support traditional values

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A state lawmaker under fire for three controversial bills targeting the gay community on Tuesday defended the measures as an effort to support traditional values. Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, is the author of House Bill 1599, called the “Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act.” It attempts to nullify federal court action that legalized same-sex marriage after Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional ban. Critics say the measure will not withstand legal scrutiny, among other things. They also said same-sex marriage is an effort toward equality. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • New All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Cast Chosen

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads, has signed on for the Paul Feig-directed reboot, and the studio is now negotiating withKristen Wiig, as well as "Saturday Night Live" players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Negotiations are ongoing but the quartet are expected to sign on as the specter-seeking, poltergeist-punishing and phantom-phollowing foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York. McCarthy and Wiig have worked with Feig before, both breaking out with the director’s "Bridesmaids" comedy.

  • James Caan Files for Divorce From His Wife for the Third Time

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Maybe third time's a charm? James Caan has just filed for divorce from his wife Linda Caan , E! News can confirm, which would mark the couple's third time splitting. The two first married on Oct. 7, 1995, and were later married again in 2005 and 2009. TMZ is currently reporting that the Godfather actor does not have a prenup with Linda.

  • Kevin Durant, JJ Watt sign with American Family Insurance

    By Cliff Brunt, The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday. Durant, the NBA's most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family has signed. American Family is one of the nation's largest insurers. The most recent deals Durant had signed through Roc Nation Sports before this one were with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Sonic, Neff Headwear and the Oklahoma Department of Health.

  • College Football Playoff semifinals not moving says Bill Hancock

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock  told Alabama Media Group on Tuesday that the CFP semifinals will be played on Dec. 31 as scheduled, despite ESPN wanting to move the games to Jan. 2. According to AMG's John Talty, ESPN wanted to move the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl semifinal games to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, as a one-time deal to maximize ratings and allow 'for a more accessible, fan-and-participant-friendly experience for all' ( per ESPN spokesperson ). But Hancock explained why the games are staying put. "The folks at ESPN understandably said 'Will you consider moving to Jan. 2 for this year?' and then reverting back to the schedule we set up two-and-a-half years ago," Hancock said. "This year's ratings were not a part of it, but the fact they saw an opportunity on Saturday was understandable. "We established a new tradition and we had one year of it; why change for one year?"