A member of the Westboro Baptist Chuch, an extremist religious clan notorious for picketing the funerals of servicemen, Roger Ebert, and most recently, Boston Marathon victims, has linked the deadly Oklahoma tornado to Jason Collins' decision to come out. The 34-year-old NBA player recently made headlines as the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport.
Fred Phelps Jr., the son of Westboro's leader Fred Phelps, tweeted Monday that God "smashed" Oklahoma when Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant said he supported Collins
"OK Thunder's Durant flips God by praising f** Collins. God smashes OK. You do the math," Phelps Jr., said.
"God's wonderful wrath in Oklahoma reminds me: #GodCursesUForF**Marriage #GodIsYourTerrorist #GodWillRepay #GodAvengesHisPeople #GodH8sU," he continued later.
This isn't the first time anyone has blamed severe weather on homosexuality. Christian chaplain John McTernan said in 2012 that Hurricane Sandy was caused by the "homosexual agendas" of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
The "700 Club's" Pat Robertson made similar declarations about tornadoes last year. He said tornadoes occurred because Americans weren't praying enough.
"God didn't send the tornadoes," the televangelist said. "God set up a world in which certain currents interfere and interact with other currents. If enough people were praying, He would intervene. You could pray. Jesus stilled the storm. You could still storms.”
Christie Prody recently told "Inside Edition" that her ex-boyfriend O.J. Simpson was "very charming," but he often threatened her and compared her to Nicole Brown Simpson after he was famously acquitted of his ex-wife's murder.
Prody was 21 when she started dating the 46-year-old Simpson. The ex-NFL star had just been acquitted of Brown's murder, but often compared his new girlfriend to his ex-wife.
“I was young and so he could try to shape me, mold me, into what he wanted," Prody, now 38, alleged in the interview. She also said Simpson wanted her to dye her hair blonde to look more like Nicole.
“It was very hard to deal with that everyday, comparing me to Nicole. ‘Nicole did this, Nicole did that. You should do this, that’s what she did,'” Prody said, according to the The New York Post.
Prody, now 38, also claimed that Simpson threatened her.
“He would say things to me like, ‘You better watch out so something bad doesn’t happen to you like Nicole,'" she said.
Prody and Simpson ended their 12-year relationship in 2008, shortly after he was arrested for armed robbery in Las Vegas. He is now serving a 33-year prison sentence.
Maria Shriver filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011, after she discovered that the former governor of California had fathered a son with one of his household employees, Mildred Baena, and had had affairs with other women.
Though the separated couple have finalized the terms of the divorce, TMZ said Tuesday that neither Schwarzenegger nor Shriver are in a rush to make it official.
While some sources told the gossip site that that the two haven't divorced yet because it has no immediate impact on their lives. But other sources say that they're both holding out for a reconciliation.
Media outlets caught them kissing at a Beverly Hills event last month.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver managed to put aside their differences for the graduation of their daughter, Christina, over the weekend.
In a new interview with Esquire magazine, the "World War Z" star provided another unflattering portrait of what he has described as an unsatisfying marriage to Jennifer Aniston.
"For a long time I thought I did too much damage -- drug damage," Brad Pitt, 49, said of a time in his life, "about a decade ago," when he felt unhappy and unfulfilled. The timing coincides with his marriage to Aniston -- they divorced in 2005.
"It was a feeling of, 'Get up.' Because otherwise, what's the point?" he continued.
Pitt also publicly criticized his marriage to Aniston in a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, in which he insinuated that she made his life boring.
Though surgery to remove a cyst in Tony Romo's back will keep him out of organized team activities for the next three weeks, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback said the hindrance will have "no effect on training camp."
“That’s why I did it now," Romo told the Dallas Morning News of his surgery.
"This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there’s a good chance I’m on the field for mini-camp," he said.
“It was something I felt like was nagging me just enough,’’ Romo said of the cyst, which he first noticed . “I wanted to make sure to get it done now. I wanted to take care of it earlier rather than later.’’
Despite questions about whether the team knew of Romo's cyst before they signed him to a $108 million contract extending in March, the quarterback said he didn't feel any sign of the problem until April.
"It was just kind of like, 'What is this? Let's go take care of this,' " Romo told a reporter for the Cowboys' official website. "There was no 'Woah, that's the biggest thing I've ever seen.' It was just a little cyst, so we just took it out and they said 'OK, you're good.' "
Romo signed his six-year, $108 million extension contract with the Cowboys back in March, in a deal that made him the highest paid player in the history of the franchise.
Several media outlets reported last week that Beyonce had become pregnant with her second child. The speculation was fueled by news that the 31-year-old superstar had fallen ill before a Belgium concert, and her own comments about wanting more children.
But the program director of New York's Hot 97 radio station said Jay-Z flatly denied the rumors in an email.
Ebro quoted the 43-year-old hip-hop mogul as saying: "It's not true. The news is worse than blogs."
Pregnancy or no, Beyonce doesn't seem to be slowing down. She'll finish up the global stops on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour June 1 and start performing stateside June 28.
Darius Rucker performed "Wagon Wheel," a unfinished Bob Dylan song popularly covered by Old Crow Medicine Show in 2004, at the Grand Ole Opry last month. The 47-year-old former frontman of Hootie and the Blowfish also included the famous tune on his latest solo album, "True Believers."
Rucker just couldn't ignore one country music fan's response to his song choice over the weekend, firing back at a fan who tweeted: "Leave country to the white folk."
"WOW. Is this 2013 or 1913," Rucker hit back.
"I'll take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism," the country music star said.
He also addressed the online controversy in a Tuesday interview with Rolling Stone.
"I was absolutely shocked," he said.
Here's Rucker's rendition of the classic tune:
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.