• Kentucky Clerk Denies Marriage Licences 'under God's authority'

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Despite a Supreme Court ruling that compelled a Rowan County clerk in Kentucky to give out marriage licenses to gay couples, Kim Davis refused to comply once again on Tuesday morning by denying marriage licenses to everyone. Ryland Barton, a reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, reports that Davis said she made the decision "under God's authority."

  • Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Command) that were recovered in the excavation were put up for sale on eBay, and now we know just how much cash they generated. According to the Alamogordo News, the game sales totaled $107,930.15, with more than $65,000 going directly to the town. In addition, the Tularosa Basin Historical Society received over $16,000 while more than $26,000 was spent on shipping and other expenses. A total of 881 cartridges covering 60 different titles were sold overall; a copy of E.T. was the highest single sale at $1,535.

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. "I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn't know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars,'" Tang said, according to Parashak

  • 2 Maryland law enforcement dogs die of heat exhaustion inside car

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Two Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services K-9 dogs died from heat exhaustion last week when a vehicle's air conditioner failed at the Baltimore City Detention Center. A bloodhound, Kojack, and Dingo, a Dutch Shepherd, were taking part in operations Tuesday to transfer prisoners from the facility ordered closed by Gov. Larry Hogan. "The dogs were in a car where the air-conditioning system malfunctioned," said department spokesman Gerard Shields, adding that one dog died at the scene; the other died the next day. Both died from heat exhaustion, he said.

  • Emails: Hillary kept close ties to Clinton Foundation while at State | Washington Examiner

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Thousands of Hillary Clinton's private emails released by the State Department Monday evening illustrate the deep ties Clinton maintained to her family's foundation while serving as secretary of state. Clinton seemingly kept close tabs on the Clinton Foundation's activities — a situation the Obama administration had hoped to avoid when bringing Clinton into the State Department in 2009. Much of her involvement with the foundation focused on its work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. The Clinton Foundation was heavily involved in projects across Haiti after the disaster, many of which have subsequently been criticized.

  • Radioactive chemical spill occurred last fall at University of Tulsa, officials announce

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Authorities are working to clean up a year-old radioactive chemical spill on the University of Tulsa’s north research campus that was just brought to university officials’ attention last week. Tracerco, a company contracted through TU, spilled a small amount of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 in the Process Building on TU’s North Campus in the fall 2014 semester, but university officials just learned of the spill Aug. 25, university spokeswoman Mona Chamberlin said. After university officials learned of the spill, they restricted access to the building and notified the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, which has since been investigating. University officials sent a campus-wide email about the spill on Monday.

  • Priceline.com reveals top Labor Day, Fall destinations for 2015

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    As we look ahead to Labor Day Weekend, priceline.com has released its top destinations for Labor Day 2015, as well as the best value hotspots. Not surprisingly, Las Vegas is the No. 1 Labor Day destination, based on bookings made on priceline.com. Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Seattle round out the top five.

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine recognized for leadership on space issues

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    In the 1st District, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is known for his iconoclastic conservatism and willingness to challenge the status quo. In Washington, he is known as one of the few people paying much attention to the nation’s space satellite programs. It’s a technical subject, unglamorous and unlikely to make headlines in anything except a few wonky niche publications. As Bridenstine says, “This is the kind of stuff that won’t get you elected and folks back home don’t care about.”

  • Susan Sarandon calls upcoming Glossip execution 'a horrible thing' on 'Dr. Phil'

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Sixteen days ahead of Richard Glossip's scheduled execution, another celebrity has joined actress Susan Sarandon and anti-death-penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean to discuss whether Glossip — a death-row inmate for nearly two decades — should get a new look at his case. Sarandon and Prejean were featured on Dr. Phil McGraw's Monday afternoon show called "Dead Man Walking," a reference to the film in which Sarandon portrayed Prejean's efforts to fight an inmate's capital punishment sentence. The one-hour broadcast was previously recorded, but the three discussed the facts surrounding Glossip's case. "I do feel passionately that you're about to do a horrible thing," Sarandon said, referencing Gov. Mary Fallin. "There is so much information that has come forward that was never presented at any of Richard's trials. ... We're just asking for (a 60-day stay) to show this information so you're not responsible for doing a horrible thing."

  • Barricaded man who threatened Claremore police officers sentenced to 20 years in prison

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    CLAREMORE — A man who threatened ignite a residence filling with natural gas has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for threatening four Claremore Police Department officers. Christopher Nigel Coats, 37, of Claremore, pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was sentenced to 20 years each on the assault and battery counts and 10 years apiece on the other two charges, all terms of which will run concurrently. In October 2014, police were pursuing Coats for possession of a stolen vehicle when he barricaded himself in his home and opened a natural gas line. As four police officers entered the residence, Coats held up a cigarette lighter and said, "It's gas."

  • Cat takes a bullet and saves 3-year-old

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    YORK, Pa. -- We've all heard that cats have nine lives and Opie is no exception. Early Thursday morning a stray bullet went through a window in Angelica Sipe's home. 

  • What the media, public didn't see when Katrina victims arrived in Oklahoma

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Rushing to Muskogee that afternoon — after a frantic phone call from an editor who didn’t seem to care about the laws of physics, much less the laws of the road, as far as how long it would realistically take to get there — I didn’t think I was going to make it in time. The buses from New Orleans were reportedly getting close, if they hadn’t already arrived, and the evacuees would soon be unloaded, checked-in and resting comfortably in their new dormitories. Or so I thought. Instead, I got to stand around for several hours chatting with Red Cross volunteers, all of us getting wet, then dry, then wet again from scattered rain showers. The weather cleared long enough to give us a spectacular sunset, and after dark we listened to cicadas sing to each other across the grassy fields of Camp Gruber, a National Guard base where the federal government was sending 1,500 people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Officials would periodically give the press an update on the whereabouts of those buses — telling us they were 15 minutes away, or an hour, or 45 minutes, or just now crossing the Red River, or passing through Dallas. But in fact, nobody had the slightest idea where the buses were, until suddenly, well after dark on the first Saturday of September 2005, they finally pulled through the gate.

  • WPX Energy announces $185 million asset sale

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Tulsa-based domestic energy producer WPX Energy will execute an $185 million asset sale, the proceeds of which will be used to start paying down debt from its recent purchase of RKI Exploration & Production LLC. WPX Energy announced Monday that it has agreed to sell a North Dakota gathering system for approximately $185 million to a private equity fund managed by the Ares EIF Group, a subsidiary of Ares Management LP.  The parties expect to close the transaction in approximately 60 days. The sale is part of WPX’s deleveraging plan targeting $400 million-$500 million in divestitures by the end of 2015. WPX is also targeting a similar sale in 2016.

  • On the death of the postcard

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A love letter (typed on a computer and published on the Internet) to hand-written travel correspondence. Read on.

  • OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook marries Nina Earl in star-studded Beverly Hills ceremony


    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard married his college sweetheart in an private ceremony on Saturday

  • How to tell if your apps are snooping on you

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    New chip from Qualcomm promises to detect apps that invade your privacy or contain malware

  • Tulsa mother's invention featured in new issue of Parents magazine

    By RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Grocery shopping with a toddler and a newborn in tow is a struggle for any parent. The toddler is in the cart seat, and the baby carrier is in the basket taking up room where all your groceries for the week are supposed to go. So what do you do? Good question. One that Tulsa’s Lisa Pinnell stayed up at night trying to solve. And she did. Her best-selling solution is featured in the September issue of the national Parents magazine.

  • Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state's secession from the United States on the primary ballot next spring. Texas is one of only two U.S. states, the other being Hawaii, that were once internationally recognized sovereign nations, with diplomatic ties to other countries. Although legal experts said it would be unconstitutional for Texas to break away via a primary vote, there is still a spirit of Texas independence among many in the Lone Star State.

  • 'Boy lover' professor still employed at U-M despite federal indictment

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The self-proclaimed "boy lover" who traveled to Florida in part to have sex with a 14-year-old was formally indicted in federal court Thursday, records show.

  • Redskins name Kirk Cousins starting quarterback for entire season. What's next for RGIII?

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    What's next for Robert Griffin III? The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is now the Washington Redskins' backup, as head coach Jay Gruden has named Kirk Cousins the starting quarterback for the entire season, according to multiple reports. Griffin III, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor, has battled with numerous injuries since his sparking rookie campaign in which he led the Redskins to the playoffs and won Rookie of the Year honors. Since that season, the Redskins have a 7-25 record.