The country watched in horror as tornadoes ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, and the reported death toll rapidly rose, from 51 dead to as high as 91 Monday.
But Tuesday morning brought something of a silver lining, when officials announced confusion had led them to report a much higher number of victims than originally suspected.
“We have got good news. The number right now is 24,” Amy Elliott, the chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office, said in a televised press conference.
"There was a lot of chaos,” she said.
Elliott explained the "silver lining" came as a result of some "difference in the calls that had been reported to us and the decedents we actually received."
"Fewer losses is better, of course," Elliott told the Los Angeles Times.
"It was a very eventful night," she added, explaining that downed communication lines only exacerbated the chaos.
The vast majority of college grads in the U.S. work in jobs that aren’t strictly related to their degrees, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
In 2010, only 62 percent of U.S. college graduates had a job that required a college degree. Further, the report estimated that just 27 percent of college graduates had a job that was closely related to their bachelor's degree.
Individuals with graduate degrees, including doctors and lawyers, are not included in the data on undergraduate majors. With that exclusion, there are many jobs that simply don't require a particular field of study.
The report also found that finding a job related to one's degree or major is slightly easier in big cities. Chances for finding jobs which require degrees improve up to six percent and the chance of people working in the particular field of their undergraduate degree increased up to nine percent in a big city.
According to the report, “big cities have more job openings and offer a wider variety of job opportunities that can potentially fit the skills of different workers.” And for those who are un- or underemployed and looking for work, the report found that the larger local labor market in a big city "makes it easier and less costly for workers to search for jobs."
Microsoft revealed the new "Xbox One" game console Tuesday during an event at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters.
According to Market Watch the device was presented by the President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, Don Mattrick.
Mattrick called the "Xbox One" the "ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system" adding that the company's plan was to take "passion for gaming and turn that on to [an] entire TV experience."
Among the several new features the console offers are the capabilities of being controlled via voice commands or through Windows-based touch devices. In addition, the device will feature a Snap Mode that allows for multiple programs to be run at the same time as well as a Skype application.
Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities told MarketWatch the most important take from the presentation was the new Xbox's "complete entertainment experience."
More details about the Xbox One, possibly including its launch date, will be revealed at the E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles, Calif. which takes place on June, 11.
A French anti-gay activist killed himself inside the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris Tuesday, just days after President Francois Hollande signed a bill to legalize gay marriage.
Far-right historian Dominique Venner, 78, took out a gun while standing next to the main altar and shot himself through the mouth around 4 p.m. local time, police said, according to the BBC.
Police began the evacuation of the cathedral immediately, and it remained closed for four hours.
Witnesses said Venner made no statement before shooting himself but he did leave a note. Police declined to reveal its contents.
Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, the rector of Notre Dame, said he believed Venner's suicide was the first inside the cathedral in its 850-year history, although some had jumped from the building's twin towers.
"We will pray for this man as we pray for so many others who are at their wits' end," Jacquin said.
Venner had taken part in recent protests against the legalization of gay marriage, and posted a long essay on the subject on his website before killing himself. His historical work includes treatises on extreme nationalist themes, including supporting the ideology of the pro-Hitler Vichy regime during the Second World War.
He was also a member of the Secret Army Organisation, which opposed Algerian independence and tried on several occasions to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle.
Venner's suicide appeared to be his final act of protest against the gay marriage legalization. Not only did he choose a church altar -- the traditional spot for marriage ceremonies -- but his last posted writings pointed toward his belief for a need for drastic action.
"New spectacular and symbolic actions are needed to wake up the sleep walkers and shake the anaesthetised consciousness," he wrote.
"We are entering a time when acts must follow words."
Railing against the incursion of Sharia law and "Islamist control," Venner called for a protest to repeal the gay marriage law on May 26.
"It is here and now that our destiny is played until the last second," he wrote. "And these final seconds are as important as the rest of a lifetime."
The Atlanta Falcons were approved a $200 million loan by NFL owners for the construction of a new stadium.
FoxNews reports the City of Atlanta signed an agreement with the Falcons allowing for the construction of a new stadium starting March.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement Tuesday that he was "excited with the outcome of today's vote" and that he looked forward to participate in a project that would "benefit the city and state for many years to come."
Blank added that the stadium will be a multi-purpose arena and that it will probably be under construction for the next four years.
The Falcons, who have played in the Georgia Dome since 1992, expect to play in their new stadium for the start of the 2017 season.
In addition to unveiling its new Xbox One "all-in-one entertainment system," Microsoft used its presentation to announce the development of popular video game Halo into a live-action television series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Steven Spielberg is set to executive produce the scripted "Halo" series, based on the multibillion-dollar game franchise that centers on a fight for humankind against an alliance of aliens. The series will include exclusive interactive Xbox One content created in partnership with 343 Industries and Xbox Entertainment Studios.
For Microsoft, the transition to a full home entertainment system and the development of an original series around the game comes as digital platforms including Netflix and Amazon are creating original scripted content. Other non-gaming additions include voice search for TV, music and movies.
NFL owners selected Levi's Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, as the host for the 2016 Super Bowl by secret ballot in Boston Tuesday.
The new Levi's Stadium, set to open in Santa Clara, Calif. in 2014, beat out Miami's Dolphins Stadium for the hosting rights for the anniversary game.
Miami also lost out to Houston, which was chosen to host the 2017 game.
The only other Super Bowl hosted by San Francisco was in 1985, held at Stanford Stadium, when the 49ers defeated -- who else? -- the Miami Dolphins, 38 to 16.
The Bay Area bid committee focused their presentation focused on the high-tech features of the new stadium, which will be ticketless and cashless, and offer WiFi access to its 75,000-capacity crowd. The facility will feature sustainable design elements, including a green roof and conservation-minded plumbing.
Team leadership also pledged to donate 25 percent of money generated by the game to help combat local poverty.
“Even before breaking ground in April of 2012, the vision for Levi’s Stadium has always been to build a venue that showcases all that is special about the Bay Area,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Innovation, sustainability and fan experience are the pillars of which we designed and constructed this facility."
“We look forward to NFL fans from around the globe enjoying our region and our stadium, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.”
Two days after Italian media claimed Pope Francis had been caught on video performing an exorcism, the Vatican has come forward to deny the claims.
The rumors came about Sunday after Francis was seen putting both his hands on the head of a young man in a wheelchair. The Pope's actions prompted many to think he was performing an exorcism. However, Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statesmen that wasn't the case, NCR reported.
According to the Telegraph, Italy's TV2000, a Catholic television channel owned by the Italian Bishops Conference, claimed the act took place in St Peter's Square after Mass on Sunday.
[VIDEO CREDIT: TV2000 via Telegraph]
ESPN currently has 7,000 employees -- but that number is set to drop by at least 300, USA Today reports.
The network, owned by the Walt Disney Company, was originally reported to drop more than 400 employees. A later statement clarified that the number was closer to 300 -- nearly 5 percent of their workforce.
Last quarter, revenue for Disney's media networks rose by 6 percent to $4.96 billion, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On May 7, Disney stock hit its all-time high.
An initial report from Deadspin said that the reduction is ESPN's first major layoff since 2009.
“We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs,” the company said in a Tuesday statement.
The Atlantic cites the cost of sports rights as the reason for the layoffs.
The company signed on for a $770 million, 11-year deal for exclusive rights to broadcast tennis live from the U.S. Open, starting in 2015. ESPN did not disclose the cost of launching the Southeastern Conference Network in 2014, but said it could bring in $240 million in subscriber fees when it launches. ESPN also just got a new SportsCenter set, which cost more than $125 million to build.
The layoffs are company-wide and reportedly concentrated in the digital department. The laid-off employees will be able to work through the end of the week. Staff was told that the layoffs are tied to ESPN not meeting its profit margin.
Forbes recently called ESPN "the world's most valuable media property," estimating its worth at $40 billion.
The daughter of Barbara Walters, Jacqueline Walters Danforth, was arrested May 19 for driving under the influence.
A police report obtained by TMZ says that Danforth, 44, had a blood alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit with a .218 on the breathalyzer.
Danforth and a male passenger were both intoxicated when they got pulled over for driving without headlights at 1:24 a.m. But when police put her passenger, potentially her boyfriend, in handcuffs, Danforth got violent.
While the cop was cuffing him, she began shouting and grabbed one of the officers.
The arresting officer had to put Danforth on the ground to subdue her because he "was afraid that [Danforth] may run into traffic on the highway," he wrote in the report.
Danforth has been on several shows with her mother to talk about her tough teenage years, during which she confessed to substance abuse. She also made a vow to stay clean and out of trouble.
For some time, she ran a wilderness program for troubled girls. The program closed in 2008.
Danforth was released on $1,000 bail.