• Former Gov. Rick Perry: Obama has made the world less safe

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday blasted President Barack Obama's record on foreign policy, calling for a harder-line approach in the Middle East and accusing the administration of "making grave calculations that make the world less safe." Speaking on the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the likely Republican presidential contender said, "Our country has entered a time of testing, and our political leadership has failed the test." "At no time in the last 25 years has the future been more uncertain and the world more dangerous than it is today," he said, calling the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East "the worst threat to freedom since communi

  • Toby Keith to headline Mack, Jack & McConaughey's April 16 Gala Night

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas – Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, Academy of Country Music Award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, have announced that Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith will headline its Gala Night on April 16 as part of MJ&M’s […]

  • Video: 'Marvel Universe Live!' flies, swings and smashes into Oklahoma City TONIGHT

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Marvel Universe Live!’ flies, swings and smashes into Chesapeake Energy Arena The live stunt show brings together more than 25 Marvel characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain Marvel, who have to keep fragments of the […]

  • UPDATE: Fatal crash reported in Grady County, Oklahoma Friday morning on U.S. 81

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a crash with fatalities Friday in Grady County. The crash was on U.S. 81 at a county road north of Chickasha.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 27, 2015: See 'The Mountaintop' at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Today’s featured event: GUTHRIE – See the Katori Hall’s award-winning drama “The Mountaintop,” a joint production of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Poteet Theatre and Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Pollard Theatre, 120 W Harrison Ave. The intimate drama boldly reimagines the final night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. […]

  • OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer at 10:30 a.m.

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

  • Family and Medical Leave Act rights expanded for same-sex couples

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Charlie Plumb, of Oklahoma City law firm McAfee & Taft, discusses updates to federal guidelines that make the treatment of same-sex couples more consistent under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Jewish woman says modesty spans religions and cultures, launches modest online marketplace

    Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Nava Brief-Fried is passionate about fashion and design, but most of all, she's passionate about helping women find modest clothing. That's why she created a modest marketplace for women around the world.

  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

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    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University. Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured. It was the latest in a series of attacks on secular writers in Bangladesh in recent years. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility for the attack, Assistant Police Commissioner S.M. Shibly Noman told the Prothom Alo newspaper.

  • Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86

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    Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. "The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, was as inspirational as he was understated. He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride. His legacy survives in the league he helped integrate, and the entire NBA family will strive to always honor his

  • UN free speech expert praises US net neutrality decision

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    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry. David Kaye says Thursday's decision was "a real victory for freedom of expression and access to information in the United States." In a statement Friday, Kaye said he hoped the rules preventing U.S. Internet service providers from blocking or slowing Web traffic for some sites while favoring others would serve as a model for governments elsewhere in the world.

  • Panhandle, western Oklahoma roads getting snow-packed Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Roads are becoming snow-packed in parts of western Oklahoma and the Panhandle. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports crews working statewide.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Big Friday night game for the Thunder. Can it make up ground on the Portland Trail Blazers? Ask Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Madonna: Hit my head, got whiplash in Brits stage tumble

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Madonna says she hit her head and suffered whiplash when she was yanked backward down some steps while performing live at the Brit Awards. The dramatic tumble occurred Wednesday as the 56-year-old queen of pop sang "Living For Love." Madonna's dancers tugged at her flowing Armani cape, but instead of coming loose it dragged the singer down three steps. Madonna said the cape had been tied too tightly at the neck "and my two lovely Japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage." "I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head," Madonna told Britain's "Jonathan Ross Show." "So there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m., making sure I was still co

  • Treeing Up

    By Sean Hubbard, OSU Agricultural Communications Services | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OSU experts offer tips for dealing with eastern redcedars

  • Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. "Are e-cigarettes a step toward a cigarette smoker getting off of cigarettes? Or are e-cigarettes a crutch so they can get nicotine in places and times when they wouldn't normally be allowed to smoke cigarettes?" asked Dr. Andrew Hyland of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the primary investigator for a huge government study of trends in smoking and tobacco use.

  • Stock market slips after weaker than expected growth in US

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The stock market is opening slightly lower after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,199 in early trading Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was flat at 2,110 and the Nasdaq slipped less than a point to 4,987. The Commerce Department said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.02 percent.

  • Man crashes van into laundromat after being shot at, assaulted

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A man remains hospitalized after he was reportedly assaulted and shot at before crashing a van carrying two juveniles into a north Tulsa laundromat early Friday. Police were called to the 6300 block of East Pine Street about 1 a.m to investigate a burglary at the location. Officers were later informed that shots were being fired at the nearby Tub of Suds Laundry. A man told detectives at the scene that he had been beaten and shot at by another man, police said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them. The most recent case, filed Feb. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court, said Bikram Choudhury raped a Canadian woman who had shelled out $10,000 from her college fund for a nine-week class so she could teach the 26-pose technique to others. Jill Lawler said she went into the class elated to learn from the master, but things quickly soured as she was expected to massage him while watching Bollywood movies late into the night with hundreds of other students and was sexually assaulted on several occasions.

  • The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings, enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating.