• 'Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson under fire again

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A story told by Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson at a Friday prayer breakfast in Florida is bubbling up into controversy, USA TODAY reports. He was talking about sin, good and evil, and hisbrutal story of an atheist has gone viral.

  • Toughest NCAA tournament opponents: germs

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Mostly, it was Duke. Maybe it was the turkey sandwich — or more likely, a routine stomach virus, USA TODAY reports. But on Sunday, when San Diego State's season ended in a 68-49 loss in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32, the battle was against more than the No. 1 seed Blue Devils. Perhaps a dozen members of the Aztecs' traveling party, including head coach Steve Fisher and at least four players, experienced symptoms of nausea. Adding insult to the indignity of it all, their trip home was delayed because still more players were ill.

  • HBO gets its own daily new show

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Vice Media, the company that owns the namesake magazine and a digital news site, said Thursday it has partnered with Time Warner's Home Box Office to produce a half-hour news program, USA TODAY reports. In the four-year deal, Vice's daily newscast — five half-hour shows a week for 48 weeks — will be shown at an undetermined time slot on HBO and streamed to HBO's recently announced stream-only service, HBO Now. The show will start in the "fourth quarter" this year, Vice said.

  • Samson Resources laying off 196 local workers

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Samson Resource Co., the privately held Tulsa oil and gas giant beset by huge debt leverage and falling crude oil prices, is laying off one-third of its Tulsa workforce, the company confirmed Thursday morning. Samson is letting go of 196 employees at the Tulsa headquarters and 270 companywide. The reduction will drop Samson's local workforce below 400 people. "As has been previously communicated, Samson Resources is currently in the process of evaluating restructuring alternatives to address the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices, which have posed huge challenges to the company and to the broader industry," company spokesman Brian Maddox said in a statement. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Building Explodes In Manhattan, Injuries Reported

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    An explosion rocked an East Village building in Manhattan Thursday, causing the building to collapse and sending plumes of smoke down Second Avenue, The Huffington Post reports. Injuries were reported at the building, which is at the intersection of East 7th Street, DNA Info reports. The building could be seen fully engulfed in flames just before 4 p.m. The cause of the explosion wasn't immediately clear.

  • Dean Smith leaves money in his will to former UNC players

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Former UNC coach Dean Smith, who died last month, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every lettermen who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school. The trustee of Smith's trust, Tim Breedlove, said Thursday that the checks were sent out Monday to about 180 letter winners, according to ESPN.com. Instructions in the letter to each player said to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

  • Former St. Louis Cardinals player punched at St. Louis County gas station after racial slur

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford said Thursday he may move away from the St. Louis area in disgust after being punched in an allegedly unprovoked, race-related attack at a gas station. St. Louis County police from the Fenton Precinct arrested James Street, 37, of the 500 block of Saline Road, a white man who allegedly slugged the black former Cardinals player after shouting racial slurs at him and telling him to "go back to Ferguson," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned.

  • Fighting cancer and Ebola with nanoparticles

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    In medicine, finding a substance that attacks cancerous tumors without destroying the healthy tissue around it has long been the Holy Grail. From targeted remedies such as monoclonal antibodies to surgery, cancer has still managed to elude a treatment that discretely and separately attacks it alone.

  • Colon cancer on the rise in younger adults

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Early screening and prevention is being credited for putting a dent in the incidence rate of the second deadliest cancer in men and women. But researchers and physicians say a more troubling statistic has been the increase in colorectal cancers (CRC) — cancers of the colon or rectum — in those ages 20 to 49, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery, a professional medical journal.

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks ranked No. 20 among NBA coaches by ESPN

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Scott Brooks has put together a pretty good resume since taking over as Thunder head coach in 2008, but the Thunder coach is ranked 20th out of 30 NBA coaches in ESPN's latest front-office rankings. ESPN's Forecast panel rated every team's coach on "his guidance and leadership in terms of how it affects overall on-court success, both in the short and long term." Predictably, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is No. 1 on the list, followed by Atlanta Hawks coach (and former Spurs assistant) Mike Budenholzer, Golden State's Steve Kerr, Dallas' Rick Carlisle and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau in the top five. Numerous other coaches who haven't had the success or tenure of Brooks (Kerr and Budenholzer included) are ranked ahead of him. Here's the complete list . Last on the list? Former Thunder guard and first-year New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

  • Samson Resources laying off 196 local workers

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Samson Resource Co., the privately held Tulsa oil and gas giant beset by huge debt leverage and falling crude oil prices, is laying off one-third of its Tulsa workforce, the company confirmed Thursday morning. Samson is letting go of 196 employees at the Tulsa headquarters and 270 companywide. The reduction will push Samson's local workforce below 400 people. "As has been previously communicated, Samson Resources is currently in the process of evaluating restructuring alternatives to address the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices, which have posed huge challenges to the company and to the broader industry," company spokesman Brian Maddox said in a statement.

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs religious objections bill

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced.

  • Family blames pot edibles in Tulsa man's death

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The family of a Tulsa man who shot himself Saturday night in Keystone is blaming his suicide on his ingestion of edible marijuana candies.

  • The Beastie Boys Are Officially Done

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    In interviews with The Daily Beast and GQ, Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, has confirmed the Beastie Boys are indeed done making music following the 2012 death of Adam "MCA" Yauch. "Adam started the band, so it’s done."

  • WATCH: Bus gets swallowed by sinkhole and swept away

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A bus fell through a large sinkhole that had formed in a road in northern Brazil and was suddenly carried away by rushing flood water on 23 March, reports the International Business Times. The passengers of the bus were able to escape the doomed bus before it was swallowed up by the massive hole and nobody was hurt.

  • Prosecutor: Co-pilot deliberately crashed Flight 9525

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps took sole control of the plane and began the ill-fated descent while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit, a French prosecutor during a news conference in Marseille USA Today reports. He did not utter a single word the minute the pilot left the cabin and was alive when the plane crashed, but we can't call it a suicide mission at this point. "The copilot is the only one in the cockpilot,' said French prosecutor Brice Robin. "While he is alone he somehow manipulated the buttons on the flight monitoring system. He was alone at the helm of this plane Airbus 320." Robin said the actions were deliberate and that the pilot asked to regain access to the cockpit but the co-pilot did not respond.

  • Voter encouragement: Oklahoma Legislature doing about-face on election reform

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    After years of doing just about all it could to restrict voting, the Oklahoma Legislature is now trying to encourage it. Historically low voter turnout last year prompted lawmakers to come forward this session with dozens of election reform proposals. About a half-dozen remain in play. The proposals range from increasing the number of absentee ballots a notary public can notarize to an 80-percent reduction in the number of signatures needed for a political party to gain access to the ballot. Others include consolidating elections, online registration and a permanent absentee ballot list. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Business arm of Cherokee Nation approves $6.9 million in Hard Rock renovations

    BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CATOOSA — Starting this spring, changes are coming to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. At its March meeting Wednesday morning, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ board of directors unanimously approved a three-phase $6.9 million capitol project that will launch in May. The first phase is a $2.1 million renovation of the hotel’s lobby, which will add more space to the hotel’s check-in area, currently designed to accommodate about one-fourth of the facility’s hotel rooms. CNB officials anticipate starting the lobby work on May 10 and completing it within 100 days. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Adrian Peterson's April 15th date 'still relevant' says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Adrian Peterson's situation will continue to be evaluated leading up April 15, the earliest date the Minnesota Vikings running back can be reinstated by the league from his suspension. Goodell answered numerous questions on the state of the league, including Peterson's status, at the annual NFL league owners' meetings Wednesday in Phoenix. At the press conference, Goodell said the April 15 date is still relevant. "Yes it is," Goodell said. "We're going to continue the evaluation. We'll have our people and I expect to meet with Adrian before we make a final determination on his status, but we expect to keep that time table." Peterson was suspended by the NFL following his indictment in September for injuring his son with a wooden switch. He was placed on the commissioner's exempt list by the Vikings on Sept. 17 after appearing in just one game in 2014.

  • Patrick Beverley could have season-ending wrist surgery

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has torn ligaments in his wrist and is deciding whether he can play again this season. The Rockets get center Dwight Howard back from injury tonight, but lose Beverley, who will reportedly have further discussions on his treatment and the next steps in seven to 10 days. Beverley left in the third quarter of the Rockets' game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday with a left wrist sprain.




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