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VIDEO: Journalists in Sochi share hilarious and horrifying hotel experiences
Journalists covering the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia are tweeting photos about their horrible hotel conditions. Yellow water, unfinished construction, broken doors and stray dogs characterize the scene in Sochi.
Guard announces federal fraud investigation
Oklahoma National Guard personnel may have committed fraudulent acts being investigated by federal authorities, a spokesman said.
Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss said the probe began after investigators found $29 million may have been lost nationwide due to fraud from a program designed to help bolster recruiting efforts by providing financial incentives to National Guard members, retirees and citizens.
“We know that some Oklahoma guardsmen may have committed fraudulent acts that are being investigated by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Moss said.
Russian president taking a beating before ‘Putin’s Games’ have started
Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as an athlete, whether he’s skiing, playing hockey, throwing judo opponents or riding bare-chested on horseback. Russia’s iron-pumping, iron-fisted president views the Sochi Olympics as another contest to be won — but with much more at stake than gold medals.
Heroin resurgence seen sparked by cheap cost, easy availability
Heroin, suspected of killing actor Philip Seymour Hoffman this weekend, has for years been a forgotten drug, overtaken by abuse of prescription painkillers.
Now it's back, and in a big way.
VIDEO: Most passengers caught in Texas airport with gun not convicted
While trying to bring a gun through a Texas airport will get you arrested and cost you thousands of dollars, you may not be convicted of a crime.
VIDEO: Congressman threatens New York reporter
Following Tuesday's State of the Union address, New York Rep. Michael Grimm threatened to "break" a New York television reporter in half and throw him off a balcony.
Norwegian lawmakers nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize
Edward Snowden was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politicians for contributing to transparency and global stability by exposing a U.S. surveillance program.
VIDEO: Snow, ice paralyze traffic across South
Motorists across Alabama and Georgia spent Tuesday night and much of Wednesday huddled in their cars as a paralyzing mix of snow and ice coated roads and rendered the few snowplows and salt trucks ineffective.
Edmond’s ‘Biggest Loser’ moves to final round
Edmond’s David Brown has reached one more plateau in his quest to lose weight. Tuesday the announcement was made that he had made it to the final three in The Biggest Loser contest.
The season’s three finalists who will weigh-in for the $250,000 grand prize and the title of “The Biggest Loser” during next week’s live finale broadcast include: Brown, a 43-year-old construction company project manager and phone company social commerce leader, Bobby Saleem, a 28-year-old attorney from Chicago, Ill.; and Rachel Frederickon, a 24-year-old voice-over artist from Los Angeles, Calif.
In the end, Rachel finished in first place with a time of one hour and 32 minutes in the Triathlon. She was immune from elimination at the upcoming weigh-in. Brown finished second.
Brown said the most nerve wracking part was the weigh-in because he always weighed in last.
Brown said the hardest work he did was emotional. “From week to week I was having to confront and overcome different fears,” Brown said. “I was pushing myself every day to the utmost limits. When you are at the end of your rope physically you have to deal with your emotions. I was journaling and praying a lot.”
Shannon steps forward for Senate race
Oklahoma’s Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning with a goal to preserve God given values that do not originate from government, he said.
A crowd of nearly 100 supporters packed the Jim Thorpe Association as Shannon spoke with his wife Devon at his side.
“Friends that is the firm foundation on which our nation stands,” Shannon said. “And at the core of those rights is that which I believe the human heart desires more than anything. That’s freedom. Freedom to worship — freedom to speak your mind — freedom to live as you choose to pursue any dream you see fit.”
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