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  • Report: Caron Butler close to two-year deal with Detroit Pistons

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Free-agent forward Caron Butler will sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, sources close to the situation told The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Butler from the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-14 season to bolster the team during its playoff run. Butler helped the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, along the way shooting 36 percent from 3-point range in 18 postseason games.

  • Violence mars Argentina's World Cup celebration

    Updated: 33 min ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Riot police are firing tear gas and using water cannons to restrain a group of youth who are hurling rocks and vandalizing stores at a rally in Buenos Aires to celebrate Argentina's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals. Parents with young children could be seen running down streets after police, who at first remained on the sidelines, tried to take back the area near the city's iconic Obelisk after 9 p.m. local time. Local media reported 8 police officers were injured in violence late Sunday. The disturbances came after thousands of Argentines gathered peacefully at the Obelisk with families and neighbors to applaud Argentina's best World Cup performance in

  • Oklahoma trooper under investigation over inappropriate photo at cadet academy

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 40 min ago

    This is the third time trooper Daniel Martin has come under investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol since 2009.

  • Arrest made in Garfield County homicide investigation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Christopher Ryan Sparks, 23, was arrested early Sunday in Arizona in connection with the death of a woman in northern Oklahoma, Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said.

  • Goetze's full talent on show in winning goal

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mario Goetze lived up to the billing of being Germany's wunderkind by scoring the goal that ensured Germany became the first European team to win the World Cup title in South America. Goetze came off the bench in the 88th minute and netted the winner in the 113th minute of the final against Argentina with a perfectly taken volley. Andre Schuerrle, another substitute, broke away down the left flank, outstripped tiring Argentine defenders and sent a cross into the penalty area. Goetze controlled the ball with his chest perfectly as he ran and from five meters (yards) fired a left-foot volley from an acute angle inside the far post. "It's an unbelievable feeling. I don't know how to describe it.

  • Oklahoma man dies after ATV crash near Lake El Reno

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Lane Frost Smith, 26, of Hinton, was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle near Lake El Reno. He died from his injuries at OU Medical Center, the El Reno police reported.

  • Dejected Argentine fans, elated Germans in Brazil

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday. More than 70,000 Argentina fans packed into Rio de Janeiro in recent days, many traveling upward of 40 hours by car and seemingly all wearing their team's sky-blue jerseys and chanting day and night. "This was a trauma. We were going to be able to leave singing songs in victory with the glory of the Cup," said Joao Cuenca, who has an Argentine father and a Brazilian mother. "What happened is nothing short of a disaster.

  • Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 people. The fighting showed no signs of slowing, despite international calls for a cease-fire and growing concerns about the mounting civilian death toll in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and voiced U.S. "readiness" to help restore calm, while Egypt, a key mediator between Israel and Hamas, continued to work behind the scenes. U.N.

  • Video game and animation design program a success story at Oklahoma university

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma Christian University was recently named to the Princeton Review’s list of best video game and animation design programs in the country.

  • For 2nd day, lightning kills 1 in Colorado park

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park. Officials were notified late Saturday afternoon of four people being struck by lightning near Trail Ridge Road, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. The four were rushed to a hospital, but Gregory Cardwell, 52, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, died of his injures. "We didn't see the bolt. It was just a white flash. It just felt like something hit you in the back of the head and just kind of jolted forward," Mary Ivarson, who wasn't far from Cardwell, told KMGH-TV in Denver. Ivarson said she and others performed CPR on Cardwell for 15 to 20 minutes until rescue crews arr

  • Former Oklahoma newspaper city editor Mathew “Kuyk” Kuykendall Logan dies

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Mathew “Kuyk” Kuykendall Logan, 80, was the city editor of The Daily Oklahoman in the 1960s. He died in his Texas home Friday.

  • Oklahoma has water, but will it be enough to meet needs?

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Study finds number of private wells are multiplying in central Oklahoma’s Garber-Wellington aquifer.

  • Music festival organization says conductor Lorin Maazel has died

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CASTLETON FARMS, Va. (AP) — Music festival organization says conductor Lorin Maazel has died.

  • Oklahoma wheat enthusiast reaps the example sown by others

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Mark Hodges talks about how many individuals within and outside the wheat industry, including two specifically, have influenced how he strives to serve others.

  • 6 killed in fierce fighting over Libyan airport

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — At least six people were killed and 25 injured Sunday when rival militias battled for the control of the international airport in Libya's capital. Civil aviation authorities announced the airport will be closed for three days because of security concerns. Gunfire from the battles echoed through Tripoli as fierce fighting raged between Libyan forces and allied militias and a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan that controls the airport, a member of a revolutionary battalion attached to Libya's army chief of staff that took part in the battle said. Those living in the vicinity said troops surrounded the airfield and fired rockets at buildings inside. Thick columns of black smoke rose overhead and cou

  • See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Here's the latest presidential prep checklist: NONDENIAL DENIAL: Cagey words that cloak presidential ambitions, none too convincingly. Democrats Vice President Joe Biden: "If I decide to run, believe me, this would be the first guy I talk to. But that decision hasn't been made, for real. And there's plenty of time to make that."— April, CBS, in joint interview with President Barack Obama.

  • Iraq's parliament, deadlocked over leadership, meets briefly before adjourning until Tuesday

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament, deadlocked over leadership, meets briefly before adjourning until Tuesday.

  • Heads up! Supermoon is here

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon! Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky. Two other supermoons will come later this summer on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. Check out these supermoons from around the world: ___ Online: NASA on supermoons: Follow AP photographers on Twitter: http://apne.

  • Israel troops briefly raid Gaza as offensive rages

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed. Four Israeli soldiers were hurt in clashes during the brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site in northern Gaza, the military said. It said the troops later returned to Israeli territory. It was the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive. But the operation was carried out by special forces and did not appear to

  • NewsOK's next Instameet is set for July 27

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Let’s meet again. The Oklahoman‘s director of photography Doug Hoke will join other staff members at the Devon Boathouse on July 27 for an Instameet with the growing Instagram community. We’ve done this before. We met in the Paseo District last October, sparking web editor Tiffany Gibson to file this report on this blog: Through […]