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  • Oklahoma City man pleads no contest in illegal gambling case

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Richard Mardis, 66, was issued a six-month deferred sentence and ordered to pay $1,000 to a victim compensation fund, his lawyer said. Mardis is the former owner of an Oklahoma City pigeon-breeding company and pleaded no contest to violating gambling laws.

  • Oklahoma City, firefighters square off over holiday, vacation leave

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Byron Thomason, an arbitrator found that a dispute about Oklahoma City firefighters’ ability to take their vacation and holiday leave had “festered” for some time. As of Friday, the city said firefighters had accrued 244,264 hours of unused vacation leave.

  • Carjacking suspect arrested in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    After a pursuit, police arrested a man about noon Monday in northeast Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City police investigate burglary at State Fair Park

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police are investigating a burglary at a travel trailer that was parked at State Fair Park.

  • Oklahoma City police seek information in fatal shooting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Police reported a man found shot to death in southeast Oklahoma City Saturday is the 41st homicide of the year in Oklahoma City.

  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake registered south of Guthrie

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    It was recorded at 3:08 p.m. roughly four miles south of Guthrie.

  • GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November's elections. GOP senators blockaded the legislation in April and with the support of business groups like the Chamber of Commerce opposed it again Monday. They say that by making it easier for workers to successfully win legal damages in court, the bill would make it harder for employers to defend themselves against pay disparities that are justified — such as when a worker accepts lower pay in exchange for more flexible hours.

  • Westmoore football sign controversy resolved

    Trent Shadid | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The controversy caused by a sign at last Friday night’s football game between Westmoore and Southmoore has been resolved by the rival schools. According to a report from KOCO, Southmoore parents were upset over a Westmoore student holding a “We Buy Houses” sign. The parents, who were not named in the report, felt the sign […]

  • Why an Urban Outfitters Kent State sweatshirt caused an uproar

    jkeeping | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A red Urban Outfitters Kent State sweatshirt with blood-like stains has enraged netizens. It’s highly unlikely the millennial marketing targets had ever heard of Kent State or the tumultuous and tragic May 4, 1970 events invoked by the garment. First, the sweatshirt:   Buzzfeed posted this article in the wee hours noting the existence of the […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Back to school in a belly shirt? No!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 18 hr ago

    QUESTION : I am a high school senior girl in Oklahoma City. I try to look my best every day. Do you have any ideas on what I can do for self- improvement? Should I always try to wear the new styles I see in magazines or in the newspaper? Should I continue to try […]

  • Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family. A third caller on New York's Long Island claimed to have killed his mother and threatened to shoot first responders. In each case, SWAT teams dispatched to the scene found no violent criminals or wounded victims — only video game players sitting at their computers, the startled victims of a hoax known as "swatting." Authorities say the hoax that initially targeted celebrities has now become a way for players of combat-themed video games to retaliate against opponents while th

  • Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending to say they want to remain in the United Kingdom. Support for the status quo is strongest among the over-60s, who worry about the consequences that breaking free would have on pensions, health care and savings; the pro-independence movement is largely being driven by under-40s. Neck-and-neck in the polls, the rival campaigns have called on core supporters to make a last ditch attempt to swing the vote by making the debate a family affair.

  • Are you Team Pumpkin or Team Sweet Potato?

    Carla Meadows | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Autumn is the season when pumpkins and sweet potatoes are most plentiful. They’re everywhere and people take their pumpkin and sweet potato pie seriously. Your preference may depend on which side of the Mason-Dixon Line you live.

  • Video: "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" trailer debuts, tickets on sale Oct. 29

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 20 hr ago

    The first full trailer for the upcoming blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ has now debuted, and we finally get to see the Mockingjay, aka Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), go to war. We also get to see Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensbee (the late […]

  • OU AD Joe Castiglione to SI: Dorial Green-Beckham 'probably wouldn't be at Oklahoma' if he tried to transfer in now

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 20 hr ago

    In a story posted Monday at, Joe Castiglione, OU’s athletic director, said the school likely wouldn’t accept Dorial Green-Beckham now that attention is being focused on domestic violence following the release of the Ray Rice video. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he […]

  • Bob Stoops: 'We have to make some improvements' on third down

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    After converting 15 of 34 third-down chances in their first 10 quarters, Oklahoma was 0 for 5 on third down in the second half of Saturday’s game. “We have to make some improvements in some areas that way for sure,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “It’s something we’ve talked about and are working on ways […]

  • Oklahoma football: Are the Sooners ready for West Virginia's wild fans?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    OU is headed to Morgantown, W.Va., for a football game Saturday in which the Sooners expect to be treated rather rudely by Mountaineer fans. And the Sooners say they wouldn’t have it any other way. “They’re loud and rude,” said defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue. “It’s really loud over there. Almost like (Texas) Tech. I want […]

  • Domestic violence experts added as NFL advisers

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will work as "senior advisers." They will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault," he wrote. Goodell has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice. Rice was initially suspended for two games. Goodell at first defended the punishment, but more than a month later, he told owners he "didn't get it right" and that first-time domestic violence offenders would face a six-game suspension going forward.

  • 700 feared dead in 2 Mediterranean boat wrecks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe — the same number as died during all of last year. That would raise the total number of migrants killed on the sea in 2014 to about 2,900, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration and other officials. More than 20,000 people have died in the past two decades trying to reach the Italian coast, including 2,300 in 2011 and around 700 in 2013. The migration organization says the steep death toll reflects turmoil in Libya, Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East and Africa.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops said Joe Mixon used 'poor judgment' in attending pep rally

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 22 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon used “poor judgment” in attending a team pep rally last Thursday night. “Even though it wasn’t a mandatory team event … he shouldn’t have been there,” Stoops said. “I wasn’t there, and most of the coaches weren’t.” Mixon, a former five-star prospect, […]