• Hot again Wednesday in central Oklahoma, but chances for rain move in Thursday and Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Central Oklahoma will be hot again Wednesday. But there is a chance for rain Thursday.and Friday.

  • Clarence Page: Why Obama freed his inner 'Kenyan'

    Clarence Page Tribune Content Agency | Updated: 15 min ago

    It must make the birthers' heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That's only one good reason for him to do it. "Birthers" are people who just can't — or refuse to — get it through their narrow minds that Obama was born as he and documentation says he was, a legal United States citizen. Yes, I'm thinking of you, Donald Trump. "I suspect that some of my critics back home are suspecting that I'm back here to look for my birth certificate," the President quipped at a Saturday night state dinner hosted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta.

  • Where will the new jail sales tax money go?

    Phillip OConnor,Todd Pendleton | Updated: 16 hr ago

    An advisory committee recently recommended building a new facility to replace the problem-plagued Oklahoma County jail and paying for it with a county sales tax. The committee recommended that the sales tax not exceed one penny and last not more than five years.

  • American dentist said to have paid $55K to kill beloved lion in Africa

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Minnesota dentist who caused an international uproar when he reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe, issued a statement late Tuesday saying he regretted the animal's death, but thought he was acting legally. Walter Palmer, who was included in a 2009 New York Times feature on big game hunting, said that he had "hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled."

  • India Death Debate

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    In this July 28, 2015, photo, an Indian woman participates in a protest against the hanging of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, in Mumbai, India. Jailed for more than two decades over his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, he has made many appeals and is scheduled to be hanged Thursday, July, 30, 2015.

  • KFOR: Oklahoma City attorney charged with federal sex crimes wants children allowed in his home

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    An Oklahoma City attorney accused of federal sex crimes wants a judge to change his bond conditions. Michael Billings is accused of traveling to Peru to have sex with underage girls. Billings has been under house arrest, but now he’s requesting for children other than his own to be allowed in his home. A judge let him out of jail on bond last year, but because he’s an alleged sex offender, he’s not allowed to be around children.

  • CEO shares $27 million with staff after selling his firm

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    This is what profit sharing should look like. The CEO and co-founder of a Turkish food delivery company has paid out $27 million to 114 employees after selling the firm. Nevzat Aydin told Turkish newspaper Hurriet his employees deserved to benefit from the sale. "If there is a success, we have accomplished it all together," he was quoted as saying.

  • Being topless in public is legal, woman reminds others after police encounter

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you're topless in any part of British Columbia and a police officer tells you to put a shirt on, you don't have to obey. That's the message a Kelowna woman wants to deliver to anyone who doesn't realize being topless in B.C. is legal. Susan Rowbottom says she was at a local beach last week, sunbathing without a top on, when an RCMP officer approached her and told her to cover up. Rowbottom said she did as she was told at the time, though she was fairly certain it was legal for both men and women to be bare-chested in public.

  • Naked, knife-wielding suspect serenades police with banjo

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - A Vancouver man was taken into police custody after a standoff that featured the suspect serenading officers with a banjo. Officers were called to the 8500 block of NE 36th Circle after reports of a naked man walking around with a knife.  When they arrived at the man’s home, he refused to surrender. Neighbors saw the man, identified by police as Andrew Helmsworth, yelling at officers, and said at one point, Helmsworth walked outside with a banjo, which he played for the officers.

  • Man shot in northwest Oklahoma City Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A man was found with gunshot wounds at a northwest Oklahoma City hotel. The shooting is under investigation at the Days Inn.

  • Eurotunnel says more than 37,000 attempts by migrants to reach Britain blocked since Jan. 1

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Eurotunnel says more than 37,000 attempts by migrants to reach Britain blocked since Jan. 1.

  • Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such conspiracy theories — including one that Bland's mug shot was taken after her death — have prompted death threats against county officials. "Because of some of the things that's gone out on social media, this county has been literally attacked," he said at a news conference, adding that the FBI is investigating the most serious threats. "Sandra Bland was alive and well" until she was found hanging on July 13 in her cell at the Waller County Jail, Duhon said.

  • Zimbabwe seeks dentist from U.S. in hunting death of protected lion

    By FARAI MUTSAKA Associated Press | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Zimbabwe seeks dentist from U.S. in hunting death of protected lion ZIMBABWE | HARARE — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly helping lure the lion outside of its protected area to kill it. The American faces poaching charges, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba. The American allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt the lion, Zimbabwean conservationists said, though the hunter and his local partners maintain they didn’t know the lion they killed was

  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What it means

    By BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. The company is counting on tens or even hundreds of millions of people to download its latest release in the coming months. Many people also will get Windows 10 as part of new PCs. The launch will be accompanied by a global marketing campaign for an event the company hopes will be pivotal — both for its own future and for a vast audience of computer users around the world.

  • Twitter sees sharp revenue rise, but user growth slows

    By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it ever can become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to succeed Dick Costolo, who stepped down recently. Co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey is the interim CEO. Dorsey said while the results show “good progress in monetization,” the company is “not satisfied” with audience growth. On average, Twitter had 316 million monthly active users in the second quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year but up less than 3 percent from the first quarter of this year.

  • OKC Thunder: Could an orange alternate jersey disrupt the Thunder's Bedlam peace?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Seven years ago this month, we learned we were getting an NBA team of our very own. Things haven’t been the same since — they’ve been better. The Thunder has brought this state together like little else has. Sooners and Cowboys now cheer for the same team. Oklahoma City and Tulsa now agree about something. Heck, people in Oklahoma have even come to love a Texas Longhorn. But could this cats-and-dogs-living-together utopia be getting a test? Behold, the orange jersey. Last week, a photo leaked showing what appears to be a sheet of all the NBA’s uniform changes for next season. The mock-ups haven’t been acknowledged by the league. The changes haven’t been verified by all the teams.

  • U.S. consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September

    By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Consumer confidence slips WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That’s the lowest since September’s reading of 89. Consumers’ assessment of current conditions fell slightly to a still-healthy 107.4 from 110.3 in June; but their outlook for the next six months dropped sharply to 79.9 this month, the lowest since February 2014 and down from 92.8 in June.

  • OKC police seek felon in home invasion, shooting

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Naco Lamont Hopkins, 39, of Oklahoma City, is sought on a complaint of robbery with a dangerous weapon related to a March home invasion in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for July 29, 2015

  • Three disposal wells change operations after earthquakes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The actions came after a swarm of earthquakes hit the area in the last week, including quakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.0 on Monday. Crescent is about 40 miles north of Oklahoma City.