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  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level.

  • UPDATE: Pickup, train collide in Norman Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A pickup and a train collided in Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday on Lexington Avenue near N Flood Avenue.

  • Oklahoma AG appeals district court decision on lethal injection drugs

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs. The Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled in error when she sided with death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. The judge ruled in March that the state statute protecting drug suppliers was unconstitutional because inmates could not find out the source of drugs used in their executions, even during court proceedings.

  • Three takeaways from same-sex marriage arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Three judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Denver on Thursday in Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case. The same judges heard arguments on April 10 in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, which is very similar to the one from Oklahoma. In both, a federal judge struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage on 14th Amendment grounds _ that the bans violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples. The federal appeals court is hearing both cases on a fast track _ though there is no deadline for a decision _ and whichever side loses is expected to appeal to the U.S.…

  • OKC@125: Events list, mayor Q&A's, Sunday special section

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A special section in this Sunday’s Oklahoman will mark Oklahoma City’s 125th anniversary with a review of the city’s history by business reporter Steve Lackmeyer, “Tales of the Land Run” by historian Bob Blackburn and tons of historical photos, with layout by Todd Pendleton.

  • Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    I made an offhand remark on the radio the other day that the Thunder this season wasn’t as good as the Thunder last season. At least going into the playoffs. I hadn’t really researched the numbers on that much, but if you remember, the Thunder was historically dominant last season.

  • Looking to the weekend weather ...

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    For weather updates from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ Shower and thunderstorm chances will return late Saturday as an upper level wave approaches the plains.

  • Syrian state TV: 14 people killed in car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV: 14 people killed in car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs.

  • Jury finds Oklahoma man mentally fit to stand trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DUNCAN — A jury says an Oklahoma man charged in the death of a 16-year-old girl is mentally competent to stand trial. The Stephens County jury made its recommendation Thursday after hearing three days of testimony in the competency trial of Miles Bench. Prosecutors charged Bench with first-degree murder for the 2012 death of Velma teenager Braylee Henry. Defense attorneys had argued that Bench’s mental health has deteriorated since his arrest. They argued that Bench could eventually become competent through medication and rehabilitation. But prosecutors argued that Bench has shown his mental competence while in jail, including an escape attempt and intentional fasting that has led him to lose more than 100

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday. The announcement underscored that Japan hasn't abandoned its plans to continue whaling in both oceans for research purposes, an allowed exception to a global ban on commercial whaling. Last month, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to suspend its Antarctic program because it was virtually commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended. The annual spring hunt along Japan's northern coast is to begin next week, and the distant northern Pacific expedition in May, with another coastal hu

  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring “no confidence” in Barresi. Barresi campaign manager Robyn Matthews says it’s no surprise Barresi’s reform efforts are being opposed by those who Matthews says are “guarding their own kingdoms.

  • Hearing to be set for Oklahoma woman in 1992 case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    BRISTOW— A preliminary hearing is expected to be set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson’s mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank. A hearing is scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp’s 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp’s 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Investigators acting on a tip from Beverly Noe’s brother — Grover Prewitt — found the bodies of the three last spring. The three were buried in a hole on land Prewitt once owned near the small town of Terlton. Grover Prewitt was charged

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 18, 2014: Celebrate the release of Horse Thief's new album at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of local band Horse Thief’s debut full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” at 8:30 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave. Deerpeople and Pageantry also will be on the bill. As previously reported, Horse Thief signed last year with Bella Union and released its well-regarded debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” in April 2013.

  • Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu said. The fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 aboard. It was participating in a Good Friday ceremony that involves parading a Virgin Mary statue at sea before the passengers headed into Larantuka town in East Nusatenggara province for prayers and processions. With strong currents and high waves off Flores island, the boat began to tip and many people panicked. It sank shortl

  • Sunshine, calm winds ahead Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the low 70s in central Oklahoma Friday. Skies will be sunny.

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions. U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week. The two cases are the first to reach an appellate court since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, gay rights lawyers have successfully convinced eight federal judges that the ruling means courts must strike down laws against gay marriage because they deprive same-sex couples of a fundamental right.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: Becoming a big-league city

    William Crum | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    MAPS wraps up its first decade by showing its worth, and the NBA’s Hornets take up residency in a move that shows Oklahoma City can be a big-league town.

  • Record Store Day celebrates vinyl

    By Grace Gordon, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    About midnight Saturday, patrons will begin to line up in Oklahoma City and Norman for the seventh annual international event known as Record Store Day. The event helps vinyl enthusiasts expand their collections while boosting sales for small businesses.

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum working on new enhancements

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The exhibit designer, an Edmond native, is back to orchestrate memorial museum renovations.