• Oklahoma State sues NMSU over Pistol Pete mascot use

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU’s mascot is “confusingly similar” to OSU’s Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as “Classic Aggie.” OSU says it trademarked the mascot first and has used the image since 1930. In a statement, NMSU says officials are confident that the two schools can come to an agreement. Pistol Pete is based on a real cowboy from the 1800s named Frank Eaton.

  • Oklahoma judge to let most of new abortion law take effect

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge plans to let a new law take effect next month to restrict the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, but is temporarily suspending any portion that subjects abortion providers to legal liability. District Judge Robert Stuart issued his ruling Wednesday following a hearing on the law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and takes effect Nov. 1. An Oklahoma women’s rights group and a Tulsa medical clinic that provides abortion services filed a lawsuit last month contending the law is an unconstitutional violation of a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy and should be declared void. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they

  • Police looking for man who robbed northwest Oklahoma City business

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A surveillance video shows the man, who walked into Approved Cash Advance, pointed a gun at a worker and demanded cash.

  • Doctors differ on preteen suspect's mental state

    Yesterday

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said Wednesday. A state psychiatrist filed a report saying he found the girl mentally capable of helping with her defense, but defense attorney Joseph Smith Jr. questioned the state doctor's qualifications and said he had a report from another doctor who disagreed. Both reports are sealed, and Smith didn't offer any details except to question whether Dr. Robert Rawski had the expertise to evaluate juveniles. "You may not be looking at the things that are most important.

  • Oklahoma football: Did Josh Heupel make the right calls?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    OU’s offense came to the line of scrimmage with less than four minutes left in the TCU game, facing 3rd-and-2 at the Horned Frog 23-yard line. The Sooners trailed 37-33. Quarterback Trevor Knight tried to run outside and was pulled down for just a one-yard gain. On 4th-and-1, OU ran tailback Samaje Perine up the […]

  • Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

    Yesterday

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official. He seemed confused and tired when he entered the Kgosi Mampuru facility, prison commissioner Zebilon Monama told the South African Press Association. Monama said Pistorius was tense as wardens took his fingerprints and the prison chaplain met with him soon after his prison number was issued on Tuesday. "After he saw the chaplain our psychologist went to see him just to try to talk to him," said Monama.

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    Yesterday

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. The driver is the only person to have been detained in the deaths of Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie and three French crew members, who were killed when the Dassault Falcon 50 clipped the snowplow on takeoff late Monday and crashed, bursting into flames. But Russian investigators said Wednesday they now believe that much of the blame lies with the managers of Vnukovo airport, which is used by Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, and visiting official delegations.

  • Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

    Yesterday

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire. He was sentenced to a year in prison. In 2009, he was convicted in Texas of raping a woman. She told police that at his apartment in Austin, he knocked her down, began to strangle her, hit her several times in the face and said he could kill her, court records show. He was released from prison last year and moved back to Indiana.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Yesterday

    Berry Tramel is answering your questions from H&H Shooting Sports on the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in on the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder and more.

  • Father of UK hostage dies after appeal to save son

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — The father of a British photojournalist held by the Islamic State group has died just weeks after he appealed from his hospital bed for the militants to release his son. Paul Cantlie was recovering from throat surgery when he recorded a video he hoped would be seen by those holding his son, John, who he called an impartial journalist who wanted to tell the world about Syria. Cantlie, 80, said "I want John to know how very proud I am of him." The family says in a statement Wednesday that Paul Cantlie's strength had been waning since his son was taken hostage nearly two years ago. He died of pneumonia last week. The family says Paul Cantlie died not knowing whether his son's captors had received mess

  • Nixon creating group to address Ferguson issues

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday. Nixon, who has been criticized by some residents and activists who say he hasn't done enough to address the unrest in the St. Louis suburb, said the Ferguson Commission will examine the social and economic conditions underscored by the weeks of protests following the shooting. The Democrat outlined his plan for the commission, which will be created by executive order, during a news conference at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus. The group's goals are broad and its members won't be announced until next month.

  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke. It unfolded while Obama cast an early ballot Monday in Chicago. A young woman, Aia (A-ya) Cooper, was voting next to Obama when her boyfriend, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise: "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." Obama, laughing, replied: "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason." Cooper apologized. But Obama imagined how she would retell the encounter: "I can't believe Mike, he is such a fool. I was just mortified...But fortunately, the president w

  • 'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the punishment in a Pretoria courtroom, ending a televised trial that was closely followed at home and abroad by those who once admired him. The man known as the "Blade Runner" because of his carbon-fiber running blades will have to serve 10 months, or one-sixth of his sentence, in prison before he is eligible to be moved to house arrest, legal analysts s

  • CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network that it will offer as a choice to employers and other clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business. Employers, insurers and unions hire pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, to run their prescription drug coverage. The new CVS network will slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that sell tobacco. That payment won't apply to prescriptions filled at stores in the tobacco-free network, which would include CVS and Targe

  • Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk. As well as questioning the driver, Russian investigators said Tuesday they were also assessing whether any mistakes were made by air traffic controllers in the crash which also killed three French crew members. The crash occurred at 11.57 p.m. Monday local time when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after hitting the snowplow during takeoff from Vnukovo airport, which is used by Russian government officials, including President Vladimir Putin, an

  • Dallas tycoon Wyly files for bankruptcy protection

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Prominent Dallas businessman Samuel Wyly has filed for bankruptcy protection as he and the estate of his brother face up to $400 million in penalties after being found liable for hiding stock holdings overseas. Wyly filed a bankruptcy petition in federal district court in Dallas on Sunday. The one-time owner of the Michaels arts-and-crafts store chain said that his biggest liabilities are to the IRS — the amount is unknown — and $198 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Staples investigating possible data breach

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner. "We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation," spokesman Mark Cautela said in a statement. Earlier this month Sears Holdings Corp. reported a breach at its Kmart stores that started last month, saying some customers' credit and debit cards may have been compromised. Other breaches have

  • Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs. At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of his models. He didn't walk on his own, and didn't go far, but he was beaming from ear to ear. He gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically. De la Renta, who dressed first ladies, socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, died Monday evening at his Connecticut home a

  • Review: Apple Pay in action

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I'll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won't be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple's new payments system brings us much closer. There were a few unexpected steps setting up Apple Pay on Monday, and the employee at a local McDonald's looked befuddled as I stood there after waving an iPhone 6 over the wireless reader in front of the cash register. The transaction hadn't gone through, so she was waiting for me to pay. I thought I had, but I had pressed the phone's fingerprint ID sensor too hard, getting me out of the transaction instead of authorizing i

  • Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal. But Turner— a division of Time Warner Inc. — said in a statement that it has worked for months to come up with a fair agreement and that the two sides have been unable to reach a deal. Other Turner channels removed from Dish's programming include Boomerang, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, CNN en Espanol and Turner Classic Movies.