• Report: Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with center DeAndre Jordan

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The I-35 rivalry between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks just got a whole lot bigger. Free agent center DeAndre Jordan has reportedly agreed to join the Mavericks on a max deal worth about $81 million over four years. The 6-foot-11 Jordan, a native of Houston, had a career year for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging career highs in points (11.5), rebounds (15.0), and field goal percentage (.710). Jordan led the league in rebounds per game and field goal percentage for the second consecutive year.

  • Bubba Watson to paint over Confederate flag on General Lee

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PGA golfer Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag that adorns the roof of the General Lee, the car from the late 1970s-early 1980s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard." Watson, purchased the car at an auction in 2012, announced Thursday evening he's making the change. "All men ARE created equal," Watson tweeted . "I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA." The decision comes in the aftermath of the murders of nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., which has sparked debate nationwide over whether the Confederate flag should still fly on the grounds of the state capitol building of South Carolina, and whether major retailers should sell merchandise with the flag on it. More from NewsOK : Bubba Watson regrets asking Kevin Durant for his shoes before Thunder-Clippers playoff game

  • Spurs' Becky Hammon to be first female head coach in summer league

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Becky Hammon will coach San Antonio's summer league team in Las Vegas, the Spurs told ESPN's Marc Stein on Friday. Hammon will be the first female head coach in summer league history. Natalie Nakase served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clipper in 2014. This past season, Hammon - the six-time WNBA All-Star who joined the Spurs staff upon retirement -completed her first season as an assistant with the Spurs, becoming the first female full-time assistant in NBA history.

  • Jefferson's iconic U.Va. Rotunda amid $58 million face-lift

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider's web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site. The Rotunda face-lift is part construction zone — hardhats, safety glasses, big equipment — part art restoration. In its interior, also veined with scaffolding, workers are crouched in cramped spaces shoveling out red clay beneath the foundation to make room for modern mechanical features, such as wiring and plumbing. In another area, two patterns of brick have been laid out, like carpet samples, before a final selection is made. Outside, a crew uses a special concoction and brushes to scrub years of grime f

  • The Haunted House has risen from the dead

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 18 hr ago

    It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive will haunt again starting tomorrow (Saturday) night. After more than half a century in operation followed by a couple of months dark, The Haunted House reopens with a new owner and name. The new owner is Patrick M. Boylan, who made is fortune as an event planner, and the new name is J. Bruner's at The Haunted House. About nine years ago, Boylan rescued J. Bruner's Steakhouse in Osage Beach, Mo., from an untimely demise. Now, Boylan waves his re-animating wand at the iconic restaurant owned and operated for 51 years by Marian Thibault, who died in May. J. Bruner's at The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Dr., is taking reservations

  • Shooting Fireworks (with a camera)

    Nate Billings | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Fireworks shows are stunning displays to witness but can be difficult to photograph. I often encourage people to sit back and enjoy the show, leaving their cameras in their bags (or pockets). However, here are some tips if you're interested in trying your hand at fireworks photography and have a camera with manual controls.  1. Use a Tripod. Although camera technology has changed a lot over the years, the fundamental elements for taking photos of fireworks have not. You still need two main ingredients: slow shutter speeds and a steady camera. The best way to steady your camera is to use a tripod. Without a tripod, movement of your camera will cause motion blur and ruin your shot.

  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An IS statement, released late Thursday, said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped. Photographs released by the group show IS militants destroying the busts with large hammers. Another photo shows the smuggler being whipped.

  • Richard Mize: Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    Richard Mize | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column (below the photo). See the entire section here. Fair housing ruling lost amid furor BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com You can’t be blamed if you missed this controversial Supreme Court ruling — by my count there were about a half-dozen. Federal health care law: in. Same-sex marriage: in. State execution chemicals: in. Anti-gerrymandering state redistricting commissions: in. Ten Commandments monument: out. And the almost overnight surrender of the Confederate battle flag is as tendentious as any court ruling. A boring ol’ ruling on fair housing law barely

  • California regulators approve higher electricity rates for most customers

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators approve higher electricity rates for most customers.

  • High school sports: Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier resigns

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.” Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school.

  • Woman known for trying to sneak on planes released from jail

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she's through with her run of stowaway attempts. "I feel free as a bird," 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman told reporters outside the jail Thursday. Hartman was arrested after trying several times to get past security at O'Hare and Midway airports in April and May. She has tried numerous times in recent years to board flights without a ticket and succeeded at least once, flying from San Jose to Los Angeles last August on a Southwest Airlines flight. In that incident, she slipped past an agent who was checking a family's boarding passes, went through security screenin

  • Why Is Reddit On Strike?

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    If you’re one of Reddit’s 160 million monthly visitors, chances are you’ve noticed something strange with the site over the past day. A widespread moderator protest has broken out, and many of the default subreddits have been changed to “private,” meaning almost no one can see them. For a site that gets billions of pageviews a month, it’s a pretty drastic situation to have many of its most major attractions shut down from /r/funny to /r/gaming to /r/videos and many, many more. It’s like getting to a theme park and having half the rides closed, and users are wondering just what on earth is going on. For the long answer, turn to Reddit itself, where a post in /r/outoftheloop explains all the drama in excruciating detail . I’ll try to sum it up in a more succinct fashion.

  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. "We were hungry, and I cried for two days," Limnioti said. "I felt homeless in New York." The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. The couple's U.S. adventure started after their June 6 wedding in Volos, Greece, a port ci

  • Official sued in landmark marriage case reads at gay wedding

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate led to last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has delivered a Bible reading at a gay wedding. Thursday's nuptials in Columbus came less than a week after the court legalized gay marriage in a case stemming from a lawsuit against health director Rick Hodges. The litigation began in Ohio but ultimately combined six lawsuits filed by 32 couples, widowers and children in four states that didn't recognize gay marriage. Hodges told the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1RUunA7 ) he's been friends with one of the grooms, Steve George, for 25 years. George worked in Republican Gov.

  • Officials lift evacuation after Tennessee train derailment

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents were returning home Friday after they were evacuated when a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire. An evacuation order has been lifted for about 5,000 people who live within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site, Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said during a Friday news conference. Most of those evacuated received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday by emergency workers who told them they should leave immediately. The concern stemmed from the contents of the car that derailed: liquid acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes including making plastics. It's flamm

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean. And sometimes, routes are cut because there isn't enough demand. Nothing is illegal about that. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, whether airline tickets, sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares. The government's invest

  • Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur. Soldier Field, which was the last place legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia played with the band before his death in 1995, is hosting the final three shows of the short "Fare Thee Well" tour in what the remaining core members — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — say will be the last.

  • KOCO: Police looking for 2 suspects following Motel 6 stabbing

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Police are looking for two suspects involved in a stabbing Friday morning at a motel near Interstate 40, KOCO reports. A 48-year-old man was stabbed in the back at a Motel 6 near I-40 and Sooner Road ...

  • Small earthquakes recorded in north-central Oklahoma

    AP | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake that was recorded at 12:19 a.m. Friday.

  • CORRECTS: Solar-powered airplane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking 5-day flight from Japan

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — CORRECTS: Solar-powered airplane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking 5-day flight from Japan.