• Thunder guard Cameron Payne a longshot to win Rookie of the Year

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Bovada.lv released its odds for 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year, and newly-drafted Thunder guard Cameron Payne is a bit of a longshot. Payne is listed at 33-to-1 odds to win the award, a good bit away from odds leader Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, who's the favorite at 7/2. Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (4/1) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (each 7/1) are the closest to Okafor. The odds make sense for Payne. Unlike the aforementioned rookies, Payne may find it hard to get enough minutes to put up big enough stats to impress Rookie of the Year voters. That's what backing up Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin will do to your ROY campaign.

  • Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

    Updated: 14 min ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. Iran's failure to comply would have severely undermined the negotiations, which are aimed at curbing the Iranians' nuclear program for a decade in exchange for tens of billions of dollars in relief from international economic sanctions The State Department announced the extra days of talks only hours before the expiration of the target date for their completion.

  • Who has replaced Donald Sterling as the NBA's worst owner?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 35 min ago

    Many are the things that make a major-league franchise great. Talent. Coaching. Scouting. Money. They all help. But none is more important than ownership. Good ownership doesn’t guarantee success. Bad ownership guarantees failure. Look no further than Los Angeles, where the Lakers went from relevant to irrelevant almost overnight, with the death of owner Dr. Jerry Buss. And where the Clippers, despite an impressive array of talent for one of the few times in their existence, nearly imploded under the nonsense of Donald Sterling. The latest poster child for bad ownership is Vivek Ranadive of the Sacramento Kings.

  • Workmen to scale cliffs to secure rock over Interstate 35

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved nearly $3 million in contracts Tuesday to repair roads damaged by flooding and rock slides. Torrential rains two weeks ago caused major problems along the Interstate 35 corridor. All told, an estimated $30 million in damage was done to transportation infrastructure, said Mike Patterson, executive director of the department. Some of the most severe damage was done in southern Oklahoma along I-35, the main north-south corridor through the state. Detours were set up initially before the interstate was reopened, although it is down to one lane in either direction in some areas.

  • Appeals court says former BP engineer is entitled to new trial in Gulf oil spill probe

    Updated: 22 min ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Appeals court says former BP engineer is entitled to new trial in Gulf oil spill probe.

  • APNewsBreak: Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen

    Updated: 36 min ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The young college student who killed 38 tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort was in a jihadi training camp in western Libya at the same time as the two attackers who hit the National Bardo Museum in March, a top security official said Tuesday. The revelation confirms repeated fears that the strong presence of the Islamic State group in neighboring Libya has become a direct threat to Tunisia, the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings. "It has been confirmed that the attacker trained in Libya with weapons at the same period as the Bardo attackers," said Rafik Chelli, the secretary of state for the Interior Ministry. "He crossed the borders secretly.

  • California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

    Updated: 48 min ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. Brown, a Democrat, issued a signing statement just one day after lawmakers sent him the bill to strike California's personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year. "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown wrote.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 linebackers

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 50 min ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015 season. How much will Frank Shannon's return mean to the group?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns

  • Title revealed for new Star Trek film

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Director Justin Lin has tweeted the name of the new Star Trek film, along with a photo from the set revealing a Starfleet logo. "Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! # StarTrekBeyond # LLAP" Justin Lin wrote on twitter . Simon Pegg, who also plays Scotty, is a co-writer for the film, which is set for release on July 8, 2016.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California bill imposing one of strictest school vaccine laws in nation

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signs California bill imposing one of strictest school vaccine laws in nation.

  • Report: Germany's Merkel rules out negotiations with Greece on new plans before referendum

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Report: Germany's Merkel rules out negotiations with Greece on new plans before referendum.

  • Volunteers spruce up properties in OKC

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Teenagers from across the country came to Oklahoma City as part of a weeklong Catholic Heart Workcamp called I Heart My Neighborhood. They did projects including painting, landscaping and general cleanup in conjunction with The Neighborhood Alliance to help people in Oklahoma City.

  • Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise. With those employees in mind, the Obama administration is proposing making up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime — its latest effort to boost pay for lower-income workers. These workers would benefit from rules requiring businesses to pay eligible employees 1½ times their regular pay for any work beyond 40 hours a week. "We've got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded," President Barack Obama wrote in an op-ed published Monday in The Huffington Post. "That's how America should do busi

  • Colorado Springs man: Experimental stem-cell procedure worth the cost

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a new joint. He opted for liposuction and a shot. The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in his abdomen - ranks among one of the fastest growing, yet least regulated or researched trends in medicine. Clinics offering stem cell injections for worn-down knees, bad backs or even face-lifts have sprouted across the nation, growing from just a handful in 2010 to more than 170 as of mid-May, according to The Associated Press.

  • Jennifer Nettles to launch jewelry collection

    Linda Miller | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Award-winning country singer Jennifer Nettles brings her personal style to a new jewelry collection debuting on QVC.

  • Skylar Diggins to miss Tulsa Shock road trip with injury

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins will not travel with the team on its four-game road trip after suffering a knee sprain in a game on Sunday. Diggins won't play Tuesday in Seattle so she can be evaluated by doctors. A release from the Shock said her status is expected to be updated toward the end of next week. Diggins is leading the Shock in minutes (32) and points per game (17.8). The Shock is off to its best start in franchise history and currently has the best record in the WNBA (8-1).

  • Little hope of survivors in Indonesian military plane crash

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their families, went down in Indonesia's third-largest city of Medan, striking a building. Witness accounts suggested the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing. Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies were recovered. About 30 of the dead were identified and included air force personnel and relatives, he added. Air force officials said more than 100 people may have been on the C-130, but there was little

  • AP source: Prison boss, 11 others put on leave in aftermath of killers' escape 3 weeks ago

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — AP source: Prison boss, 11 others put on leave in aftermath of killers' escape 3 weeks ago.

  • Fatal crash on Interstate 44 reported Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A fatal crash has been reported in Oklahoma City. The crash is on Interstate 44

  • Ten Commandments monument must be removed from grounds of state Capitol, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday

    BY RANDY ELLIS STAFF WRITER  | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 7-2 opinion the Supreme Court found the placement of the monument on the grounds of the state Capitol violate Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution which prohibits the use of public money or property to directly or indirectly benefit a “church denomination or system of religion.” The ruling overturned a decision by Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince.