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  • Man arrested in connection with baseball bat death

    BY JONATHAN SUTTON, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Eric Noyola, 22, was arrested Thursday on a complaint of murder in connection with the death of Richard Betancur, 29.

  • Ugandan nun included in Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People' issue has strong Oklahoma ties

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, named to Time magazine’s 2014 “Most Influential People” list on Thursday, has a powerful connection to Oklahoma that began through her friendship with Oklahoma City attorney Reggie Whitten, founder of Pros for Africa.

  • Police pursuit temporarily shuts down Kilpatrick Turnpike

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City police officers chased a vehicle that caused a grass fire along the Kilpatrick Turnpike near the Oklahoma and Canadian county line, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma set for possible double execution

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    After the Oklahoma Supreme Court dissolved a stay of execution, two convicted murderers are scheduled for lethal injection on Tuesday. It would be the state’s first double execution in almost 80 years.

  • More U.S. Senate donors remain anonymous

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Organizations have spent more than $100,000 on ads running in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, but public information is hard to come by and the leader of one group is apparently shy about commenting.

  • Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power. While taking the action, Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson said they were horrified to learn that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in rural Brooks might be burning medical waste that includes fetal tissue to generate electricity. Both strongly oppose abortions. "We're going to get the bottom of it," Carlson said. "I want to know who knew, when they knew, how long they had known this was going on.

  • VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins lobbies for physical play before Game 3

    Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Everyone knew Thunder vs. Grizzlies would be a physical battle, but Kendrick Perkins and Zach Randolph took extra steps before the game to ensure their survival. Perkins called Randolph and referee Monty McCutchen over to halfcourt to plea his case for permitted physicality. Call him Perk the politician. McCutchen said it was OK, but he's "gotta make sure that he maintains guidelines."

  • Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three Americans — a pediatrician and a father and son — were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists. Another American, a female medical worker, was wounded in the attack at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, run by a U.S.-based Christian charity, and the gunman also was wounded, officials said. The hospital staff performed surgery on the attacker, who had shot himself, before he was handed over to Afghan authorities, Cure said in a statement. However, Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the assailant was shot by other security guards.

  • Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts. "I accept it," Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park. "I know I made a mistake." The commissioner's office announced the ban, which started immediately. Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the right-hander's neck. After the game, Pineda admitted he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night. "I feel so bad," he said Thursday. Pineda said he had never used pine ta

  • NFL plans to look at bigger playoffs, longer PATs

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta. Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday that a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the postseason. Should the owners vote on the increase in May, Goodell said the 14-team playoffs could be implemented for the upcoming season, or for 2015. If no vote is taken, then 2015 would be the target for expanded playoffs, with a vote possible in October or next March. The league also would need to consult with the players union on the matter, but it seems clear more playoff teams are on the way. "We're being very deliberate about it," Goodell said. "We wa

  • NBA Playoffs LIVE: Thunder vs. Grizzlies, Game 3

    staff reports | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Thunder looks to take a 2-1 series lead against the Memphis Grizzlies - winners of 14 straight home games - tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage from pregame to postgame with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and the NewsOK Sports team.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook refuses to call FedEx Forum 'Grindhouse'

    Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is being Russell Westbrook even in Memphis. In an interview session with the media, the Thunder guard refused to acknowledge the Grizzlies' FedEx Forum by its menacing nickname "the Grindhouse." Memphis area TV sports anchor Jarvis Greer asked Westbrook a question about the Thunder road record, saying "Your road record is one of the best in the NBA but talk a little bit specifically about playing here in the Grindhouse against this team." Westbrook's reply: "You said the FedExForum? That's the name of the arena, right?" Westbrook then went on to call it FedEx forum again - the arena's proper name.

  • Federal jury finds ex-Hawaii soldier guilty of murder in beating death of 5-year-old daughter

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal jury finds ex-Hawaii soldier guilty of murder in beating death of 5-year-old daughter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Is being left-handed an advantage?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Perhaps you’ve heard by now, Kevin Durant took a shot at me at the Thunder’s practice on Tuesday. The Morning Animals on WWLS had a high time with the exchange. But I was thinking about writing about Memphis’ left-handers. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Grizzlies have a ton of southpaws.

  • Nine are inducted in the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 9 hr ago

      Sue Hale and Kelly Dyer Fry were at the luncheon. Fry was a 2014 honoree.

  • Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland's preseason games by the team. The Browns said Wednesday night he was being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, who will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan. Kosar contends he's been removed because of slurred speech he attributes to "a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL." "This is very unfortunate," he said in a statement, "as I believe my football acumen and ability to describe what is happening on the field, has been well received by Cleveland Browns fans." The 50-year-old Kosar estimates he has had

  • Oklahoma House passes abortion bill with 'personhood' amendment

    Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- An anti-abortion bill amended to define embryos as human beings passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon following a long and bitter debate. Senate Bill 1848, which also sets additional restrictions on the operation of abortion clinics, passed 75-15 and was returned to the Senate for consideration of the House amendment. That amendment essentially embodied the so-called "personhood" bill that House leadership refused to bring to the floor two years ago. It virtually outlaws embryonic stem cell research in the state. More practically, it would require that embryos frozen for in vitro fertilization must be maintained in perpetuity.

  • Oklahoma Red Cross gives $48,000 for storm shelters

    Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The American Red Cross of Oklahoma is giving $48,000 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to install storm shelters in the homes it builds. The grant announced Thursday is for installation of 20 storm shelters in newly built homes in communities affected by spring storms in 2013. The grant covers Habitat homes built for storm affected individuals and families from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2015. Habitat homes being built with storm shelters are in Bethel Acres, Carney, Blanchard, Faith Landing near Mustang and in Moore.

  • FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids would be a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether the electronic devices are a good thing or a bad thing overall, whether they help smokers kick the habit or are a gateway to ordinary paper-and-tobacco cigarettes. The proposed rules, issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, tread fairly lightly. They would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products. Some public health experts say a measured approach is the right one.

  • 'Better off as slaves': So wonders Cliven Bundy about black people

    Richard Hall | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Cliven Bundy has gone from obscurity to the center of a political tug-of-war, and he’s embracing every bit of the attention he’s getting. Problem is, now he’s done opened his mouth and shoved his foot firmly in it by saying things like this bit about black people on “government subsidies”: “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.