• ‘Paradigm change’ could mean faster access to more effective cancer drugs

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The National Cancer Institute’s announcement Monday that it will soon begin a nationwide trial to test treatments based on the genetic mutations in patients’ tumors, rather than on where the tumors occur in the body, highlights a profound shift taking place in the development of cancer drugs. Researchers increasingly are using DNA sequencing, which has become far faster and cheaper over time, to identify molecular abnormalities in cancers. That technology is allowing them to develop drugs they hope will prove more effective in specific sets of patients and to design clinical trials that get the most promising drugs to market more quickly. Traditionally, drug trials have focused on cancers in specific organs, such as the lungs or prostate. But that model is being upended by newer approaches such as basket trials, which group together patients with similar genetic mutations, regardless of the location of their cancers.

  • Police target transient areas for man who stalked Mila Kunis

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities focused on transient populations in the search for a man sentenced for stalking actress Mila Kunis after he escaped from a Southern California mental health facility. Probation officials said Tuesday that Stuart Lynn Dunn had few local contacts and investigators had no leads. Dunn disappeared Saturday night from the Olive Vista Behavioral Health Center in Pomona by climbing through a bathroom window and scaling a barbed-wire fence, said Deputy Chief Reaver Bingham of the Los Angeles County probation department. Officials went to look for Dunn after he didn't come back from the shower, Bingham said. "We're treating him as dangerous," Bingham said Monday. "We never know the state of mind o

  • Tramel: Adrian Peterson looks bad but isn't all wrong

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Adrian Peterson has reported to the Minnesota Vikings, and he did what most NFL players do. Backed down. Peterson talked tough in the winter, when he said the Vikings had not supported him during his legal troubles last September, when he was charged with injuring his child, and that his family was not crazy about staying in […]

  • Apple to Announce New Music Services

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    More than a decade after it revolutionized music ownership with digital downloads through iTunes, Apple Inc. is again trying to change how consumers listen to their favorite songs with a new subscription streaming service and a renewed push into Internet radio, The Wall Street Journal reports. At its developers’ conference next week, Apple is expected to announce a new set of music services, putting the company in competition with Spotify, the world’s leading streaming service, as well as Internet-radio player Pandora and even traditional broadcast stations.

  • Five Oklahoma State University students are bound for Cambridge

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU had five students admitted to the graduate program at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

  • Your Netflix Binging May Soon Include Commercial Breaks

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    We interrupt your otherwise enjoyable Monday to announce that, for the first time ever, your tranquil Netflix streaming experience may soon be interrupted by commercials, Yahoo Tech reports. According to Cord Cutters News, some Netflix subscribers have recently reported seeing ads before and after shows. Netflix admitted to the publication that it’s “always testing new things via the service,” but it would not confirm any plans of furthering the rollout of the apparent ad experiment.

  • Mom Calls Out Breastfeeding Shamer on Facebook

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A mother who was publicly shamed for breastfeeding her baby in a T.G.I. Fridays restaurant — by a man who took her picture and posted it, with criticism, on social media — has pushed back with a fierce response that’s been galvanizing supporters from around the world, Yahoo Parenting reports. “Many of the comments that followed [his post] were nothing less than harassing and shameful to not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother,” wrote Conner Kendall of Terra Haute, Indiana, on Thursday in a lengthy and passionate Facebook post that has been shared more than 73,000 times. “Let’s show everyone that we will not stand for being put down, shamed, and harassed for simply fulfilling our children’s most basic need.”

  • The Miami Heat Have Big Plans For 2016

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Once again, the Heat need Dwyane Wade. Do they need him more than he needs them? It’s going to be an interesting offseason or two, DeadSpin reports. Last summer, Wade opted out of the final two years of his deal to sign a new two-year contract, in order to give Miami flexibility to fill out its roster. It was far from the first time Wade, who’s spent his entire 12-year career with the Heat, took less security or less money to help his front office—the Big Three, and much of the supporting cast, wouldn’t have been possible without Wade taking less than the max.

  • After 5-Year-Old With Disability Was Bullied, These Bikers Had Her Back

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A group of Albuquerque bikers came to 5-year-old Albuquerque girl’s rescue this week, according to KRQE News 13. The girl who was bullied on her way home from school got an unexpected visit by the Punishers. They’re loud, big, burly bikers dressed in black. While the men may appear dark and dangerous, the Punishers, a law enforcement motorcycle club in Albuquerque are far from it. “We are all pretty soft hearted. I’m actually a nurse,” said Punishers LE/MC Albuquerque President Norman Gonzalez.

  • Drake Bell Is Under Fire for Transphobic Tweet About Caitlyn Jenner

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    While Caitlyn Jenner's family members have been overwhelmingly supportive after her big debut as a woman on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair, former child star Drake Bell shared an alleged transphobic tweet about the Olympian on Monday, June 1, US Weekly reports. "Sorry..." Bell, 28, wrote. "Still calling you Bruce." Shortly after, the actor deleted his tweet and attempted to explain to fans that his intention was not to insult her.

  • Retiring Edmond Public School Superintendent David Goin honored at reception

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Edmond Public School Superintendent David Goin was honored in advance of his retirement after 16 years with the school district. His last day will be June 24.

  • North Carolina Senate overrides governor's veto of marriage opt-out bill

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill. The Republican-led state Senate reached the three-fifths majority needed to override McCrory’s veto in a 32-16 vote. The legislation now goes back to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, which passed it last week by a margin wide enough to override the veto. The bill allows magistrates and other officials to refuse to perform marriages or issue marriage certificates by citing a “sincerely held religious objection.” Once they have asked to opt out in writing, magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months. Senate leader Phil Berger said the bill struck a balance between the legal ruling that allowed same-sex marriages to begin in the state last year and the rights of state employees to exercise their religion.

  • Business as usual at SAfrican lion park after fatal attack

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Despite a fatal lion attack the previous day, business ran pretty much as usual on Tuesday at the Lion Park north of Johannesburg, and visitors were driving through with all their windows rolled up. An American woman — still unidentified — was killed by a lioness Monday when the animal attacked her through a car window. The car's windows were open, contrary to park rules, park management said. Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park, said Tuesday that it is "operating as usual" except the area where the attack occurred has been closed off. At the entrance, tour guides and private operators shepherded dozens of visitors into the park, driving minibus taxis and safari vans covered

  • Oklahoma lawyer says fiduciaries must continually monitor retirement fund performance

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 5 hr ago

    McAfee’s Barbara Klepper discusses the Supreme Court’s take on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciary duty to monitor plan investments.

  • Sepp Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress. Speaking at a hastily arranged news conference on Tuesday, Blatter says “this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football.” Blatter says that despite his re-election victory “FIFA needs a profound restructuring.” Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March.

  • 2016 announcements create unique Facebook maps

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    When South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham launched his campaign for the presidency at a Monday event in his tiny hometown of Central, S.C., the biggest burst of Facebook activity about him came from — you guessed it — South Carolina, USA TODAY reports. Other top locales for Facebook chatter about Graham on Monday were North Carolina, D.C., New Hampshire and, for some reason, Maine. As the aspirants for the 2016 presidential nominations announce their candidacies, they have left a unique digital footprint on the nation's Facebook conversation, according to data assembled by the giant social media platform.

  • Hound styles itself as Siri or Cortana with a PhD

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Tired of talking to your smartphone's personal assistant like Tarzan? You know the drill: "Find coffee." Soon you won't have to. SoundHound, the free app with 260 million downloads that listens to music or humming and tells you what's playing, debuts a new app Tuesday inprivate Android-only beta called Hound. A full consumer launch comes this summer, and an iOS version will follow as well, USA TODAY reports.

  • Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips sends terrifying letters from prison

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The handwritten letters have arrived with the same return address: Lawrence Phillips G-31982, Kern Valley State Prison, P.O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216. Yes, that Lawrence Phillips. USA TODAY reports the star running back on University of Nebraska’s national championship teams in 1994 and 1995. A first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 1996 NFL draft. A convicted felon — sentenced to 31 years for driving his car into three teenagers and assaulting an ex-girlfriend — under suspicion for the recent death of his cellmate in a maximum-security prison 140 miles north of Los Angeles.

  • Iggy Azalea engaged to NBA player boyfriend

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Iggy Azalea's boyfriend Nick Young celebrated his birthday by proposing, USA TODAY reports. The Los Angeles Lakers player asked Azalea to marry him during his 30th birthday party in California on Monday night. And we have to say, it's quite the engagement ring.

  • Has Adam Sandler’s contempt for his audience sunk his box-office draw?

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Though he technically made his starring debut in the ill-fated, little-seen 1989 comedy Going Overboard, Adam Sandler’s film career really began with 1995’s Billy Madison, his first solo vehicle after rocketing to stardom as a lovable, giggle-prone, guitar-strumming man-child on Saturday Night Live. In keeping with the persona he developed on SNL and in his stand-up, Billy Madison—which Sandler co-wrote—cast him as an insanely wealthy, belligerent child of privilege who would rather drink and goof around than make a meaningful contribution to society. Billy lives only for his own pleasure until his father, a self-made man, tells his 27-year-old son that he must go through all of grade school and high school again in order to take over his dad’s company. Billy Madison must be close to Sandler’s heart, because he named his production company Happy Madison after his breakthrough hit and Happy Gilmore, its follow-up. From the perspective of 2015, it almost feels like Happy Madison’s name was a defiant statement by Sandler that he would refuse to evolve beyond the comedy he made at the very beginning of his film career. To be fair to Sandler, he has intermittently shown an interest in venturing outside his comfort zone, most notably in his riveting dramatic performances in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love and Judd Apatow’s Funny People, but Sandler cannot make a step forward as an actor without following it up by five steps back into his comfy world of adolescent juvenilia.