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Filmmakers to farmers seek drone bonanza by influencing D.C.
Drone aircraft photography won an Academy Award this year for technical achievement and is increasingly beckoning Hollywood studios seeking dramatic aerial footage at low cost. There's just one holdup: it's illegal in the U.S.
Catholic Church's best-known exorcist shows how it's done
The den of the Catholic Church's best-known exorcist is an unassuming place, a small third-floor room in a home for aging priests hidden in an obscure corner of southern Rome. I walk down the hospital-like hallway on my way to meet him, and the priest anticipates my knock before it happens. The door swings open, and there he is.
Social media sting returns stolen dogs to owner
A sting operation launched after two stolen English bulldogs were recognized on a Facebook page led to the arrest of three people near Oklahoma City this week, officials said.
Cherry cigars entice teens with candy flavors, researchers say
Almost every flavor chemical found in tested sweets, including grape and cherry, are used in combinations in similarly flavored cigars and dipping tobacco, Portland State University researchers said in a letter posted Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
More than 40 percent of middle and high school students who smoke use flavored small cigars, which are similar in size and shape to cigarettes, or use menthol cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a study last year.
Oklahoma woman confesses to sex with boy, 13
Police in Oklahoma’s Cherokee County arrested a 27-year-old woman this week after they said she confessed to having sex with a 13-year-old boy on multiple occasions.
Why college athletes need a union
Leticia Romero came to Kansas State University from the Canary Islands to play basketball. After Romero's freshman season - a successful one on the court, in which she averaged more than 14 points per game - the coach that recruited her was fired, and several assistant coaches chose to leave as well. As a consequence, Romero decided she wanted to transfer.
No need for tablet with curved-screen G Flex by LG
There's a bit of hilarious marketing copy on LG's web page discussing the features of the G Flex -- in describing the smartphone's curved design, it claims that the device "follows the curvature of your face, for an outstanding voice and sound experience by reducing the gap between the microphones and your mouth."
Funny, because I don't see many people smash their phones to the side of their face. I know the crap that my face leaves on a screen, and I don't even wear makeup. And though the G Flex is indeed curved, it's not curved by that much, so voice isn't magically amplified for the other half of a phone conversation.
That being said, much of the site's advertising copy is spot on. The G Flex is a powerful device, with a curved screen and high-powered processor that helps videos and games play like a dream.
AT&T provided a device that I tested out for about 10 days. It's available at AT&T retail stores around Joplin ranging from $299 with a two-year contract to $694.99 without.
Parents think babies can learn to read, but experts are dubious
You've got a precocious baby who seems to love books (chewing them, at least). And you've seen the advertisements for products that say your infant can get a head start on that all-important skill of reading.
NSA is tweeting in code
The Internet was abuzz this week over a cryptic tweet sent by the National Security Agency's careers account, which looked like (1) a particularly bad pocket tweet, (2) the latest from Rakesh Agrawal, or (3) a coded message containing national secrets/spy instructions/something else out of the FX drama "The Americans:"
Police say Minn. teen planned to kill family, bomb school
A 17-year old student is accused of organizing an elaborate plot to murder his family and attack his school sometime in the next two weeks in an effort to kill as many students as he could, according to police.
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