• Facebook Photo Reunites Long-Lost Mom and Daughter

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A 23-year-old woman recently reunited with her mother after her Facebook appeal went viral, Yahoo Parenting reports. Stacey Lee was separated from her mother in 1993, when she was only 2 years old, after a family fallout, according to  The Daily Mail . “I was born in Manchester [England] but when I was two I went to go and live with my dad, David, then two years later I moved to Runcorn to live with my granddad and two brothers,” Lee said. “As I approached my teenage years, I always thought about my mum.”

  • Boy sent home from school for Christian Grey outfit

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Thousands of British students mark World Book Day by going to school in costume as their favorite fictional characters. But one 11-year-old found himself in a bind when he dressed as Christian Grey, the S&M-loving billionaire hero of erotic thriller "50 Shades of Grey," USA TODAY reports. Teachers at Sale High School in northwestern England sent Liam Scholes home Thursday after deeming his suit, accessorized with cable ties and an eye mask, unacceptable.

  • 'Big Bang' pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Leonard Nimoy, who died last Friday at 83, never appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" in person, butthe nerd god was kind of constantly present on the nerdy show, given how obsessed Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon, was with him. Heck, the show even featured a game called “Rock, Paper, Scissors … Lizard, Spock.” Nimoy did actually provide his voice for an episode of the show in which Sheldon dreams that his Spock action figure is speaking to him, which was as amazing a cameo as we could possibly think of, USA TODAY reports.

  • 'The dress' used in campaign against domestic violence

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The dress that no one could agree on is now being used for a cause everyone can get behind, USA TODAY reports. The Salvation Army in South Africa used aphotograph of the dress that went viral in Februaryfor a campaign against domestic violence. The original photograph took the Internet by storm because of an optical illusion that left people unable to agree whether it was black and blue or white and cold.

  • Is it okay to use personal e-mail @work?

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Is it okay to write e-mails on Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo from work, even if it's work related? Or should we worried about all the fuss being made about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal e-mail while she was secretary of state and clean up our act? The topic of how we communicate with folks at work is the lead subject in our weekend USA TODAY Tech Roundtable podcast. We got some fascinating responses from a panel of app founders and folks who run tech companies.

  • Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles dies at 88

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Albert Maysles, the revolutionary documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer nonfiction movies by turning a keenly observant eye on both the famous and the ordinary in films like "Gimme Shelter" and "Grey Gardens," has died. He was 88. In a statement, Maysles' family said the director passed away after a brief battle with cancer at his New York home Thursday night. Maysles was best known for a handful of documentary classics he made with his brother, David, in the 1960s and 1970s. The Maysles Brothers — as many referred to them — chose subjects as ordinary as the struggles of Bible salesmen and as glamorous as Marlon Brando, Orson Welles and the Beatles, whom the pair followed in 1964 during their first tr

  • Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and more to be featured at ACM Party for a Cause Festival, to be televised as 'Superstar Duets!'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have announced that the ACM Party for a Cause Festival will feature an unprecedented lineup of country music legends and this year’s ACM Award nominees and chart-topping artists, including Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Patty Loveless, Ronnie […]

  • Class B girls basketball: Coyle knocks off Ft. Cobb-Broxton in OT, advances to title game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Coyle is making a habit of providing entertaining basketball games. The 10th-ranked Bluejackets won a second straight overtime game Friday in the Class B state tournament, this time knocking off No. 8 Fort Cobb-Broxton 59-51 at State Fair Arena. “I couldn’t tell you (what it is) because overtime is the scary part,” Coyle junior Tyra […]

  • 'Big Bang Theory' Remembers Leonard Nimoy With Touching Tribute

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Chuck Lorre and the cast and crew of "The Big Bang Theory" paid touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy at the end of Thursday's episode. The show closed with a photo of the late "Star Trek" star accompanied by the caption: "The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting."

  • Media report: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide future with team

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide whether or not he will return to the Cowboy football program next season, coach Mike Gundy told FOX Sports Southwest on Friday. The Cowboys also begin spring practice on Monday. “He’s got some decisions to make,” said Gundy in David Ubben’s report. “He […]

  • Last surgeries underway in 12-person kidney transplant chain

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Surgeons have started the final operations in an organ donation chain that will result in six patients getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital. Three surgeries Thursday and three Friday at the California Pacific Medical Center represent the largest kidney donation chain in the 44-year history of the hospital's transplant center. The patients are between 24 to 70 years old, and most are from the San Francisco Bay Area. Those who had surgery Thursday were resting comfortably in recovery rooms. Domino-like kidney swaps are becoming increasingly common when a donor's kidney is incompatible with a relative or friend who needs one.

  • Man sentenced to death for murder of Velma teen

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    DUNCAN — An Oklahoma jury has sentenced Miles Bench to death for the murder of Velma teen Braylee Henry. According to reports, a jury of twelve came to a unanimous decision Thursday after about two hours of deliberation. Bench was convicted of first-degree murder in February for beating the 16-year-old teen to death in the backroom of the Tee Pee Totem convenience store in 2012. Prosecutors said that Bench did not know the girl, but attacked her after she entered the store alone. Henry was reported missing June 6 and her body was found in a secluded area near Velma. Bench’s attorneys argued that he was not mentally fit to be held responsible for the crime and that he suffered a psychotic break at the time of the

  • What went wrong, what's next for Oklahoma City's convention center

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

  • Oklahoma treasurer describes insurance bills as ‘shameful’

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s treasurer is describing as “shameful” a pair of bills he says will keep his office from connecting Oklahomans with life insurance proceeds that are rightfully theirs. Treasurer Ken Miller vowed Friday to sue the state if the bills become law. A Senate bill would require insurance companies to check a Social Security death list to see if policy holders have died, but the bill would apply only to policies sold after 2016. A separate House bill would prevent state agencies like the treasurer’s office from using private vendors to conduct contingency-based audits of insurance companies. Rep.

  • Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet. The robotic Dawn craft will circle the dwarf planet for more than a year, exploring its surface and unraveling its mysteries. "It went exactly the way we expected. Dawn gently, elegantly slid into Ceres' gravitational embrace," said Marc Rayman, chief engineer for the $473 million mission managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Ceres is the second and final stop for Dawn, which launched in 2007 on a voyage to the main asteroid belt, a zone between Mars and Jupiter that's littered with rocky leftovers from the formation of the sun and planets

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, March 6, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Willie Nelson Dead? Internet Freaks Out As Another Celebrity Death Hoax Makes The Rounds

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The Internet has been buzzing with news that country icon and legend Willie Nelson has died. One big problem is that the buzz is kind of pointless since the country crooner isn’t dead at all. Sure, he may be 81-years-old, but he’s still alive and truckin’ and touring, so Willie Nelson isn’t dead — he’s simply the victim of another celebrity death hoax, The Inquisitr reports. An article on MSMBC, not MSNBC, reported Nelson was found dead in his Maui home. Many people think the reports of true because of the site's similar name to MSNBC. MSMBC is not a real news site.

  • Harrison Ford plane crash: Facing numerous obstacles, he did ‘best thing’

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — When the engine on actor Harrison Ford’s single-engine plane sputtered and died just after takeoff Thursday, a landscape of obstacles lay on the ground before him. Homes, shopping centers and narrow beachside-community streets crisscross the two miles between the end of the airport landing strip and the sandy Santa Monica coastline. Ford, 72, had few options, and according to Santa Monica flight instructor Jeff Martin, he made the right choice when he picked Venice’s Penmar Golf Course for his emergency landing site. “I think he did the best thing he could’ve done, and he did the thing I’ve feared having to do every time I depart from there in a single-engine airplane,” said Martin, 38, who h

  • See your favorite team's score up in lights

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The digital video screen on the corner of Robinson and Sheridan outside our new downtown offices is quite the hit. It’s a conversation starter for sure. And most of the conversations end with something like, “I just think that screen is cool.” I think they mean it, too. In my business, people rarely say nice […]

  • IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy. Some of the world's most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, are in areas controlled by the group and at the mercy of extremists bent on wiping out all non-Islamic culture and history. The rampage, targeting priceless cultural artifacts often spanning thousands of years, has sparked global outrage and accusations of war crimes. The militants are also believed to be selling ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.