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  • New Thunder commercial from The Oklahoman and ready for the playoffs

    David Morris | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Just in time for the NBA playoffs, we have produced another commercial promoting The Oklahoman’s coverage of the Thunder.

  • UPDATE: Pickup, train collide in Norman Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 23 min ago

    A pickup and a train collided in Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday on Lexington Avenue near N Flood Avenue.

  • Aubrey McClendon leasing drilling rigs from Chesapeake

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Aubrey McClendon’s new company in Ohio is leasing seven drilling rigs from Chesapeake Energy Corp., according to a regulatory filing.

  • Oklahoma AG appeals district court decision on lethal injection drugs

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a district judge who invalidated a state statute that protects the identity of suppliers of lethal injection drugs. The Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled in error when she sided with death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. The judge ruled in March that the state statute protecting drug suppliers was unconstitutional because inmates could not find out the source of drugs used in their executions, even during court proceedings.

  • George Kaiser buys Thunder stake

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 46 min ago

    Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser is the newest co-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder after buying out the ownership interest of Tom Ward.

  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Updated: 49 min ago

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it shook for at least 30 seconds. Around the region, there were reports of isolated and minor damage, such as fallen fences, trees and broken windows. Chilpancingo, capital of the southern state of Guerrero, where the quake was centered, reported a power o

  • Three takeaways from same-sex marriage arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Three judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Denver on Thursday in Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case. The same judges heard arguments on April 10 in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, which is very similar to the one from Oklahoma. In both, a federal judge struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage on 14th Amendment grounds _ that the bans violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples. The federal appeals court is hearing both cases on a fast track _ though there is no deadline for a decision _ and whichever side loses is expected to appeal to the U.S.…

  • OKC@125: Events list, mayor Q&A's, Sunday special section

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A special section in this Sunday’s Oklahoman will mark Oklahoma City’s 125th anniversary with a review of the city’s history by business reporter Steve Lackmeyer, “Tales of the Land Run” by historian Bob Blackburn and tons of historical photos, with layout by Todd Pendleton.

  • State unemployment hits five-year low

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    March jobless rate dips below 5 percent

  • Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic told reporters the insurgents do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate. Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after weeks of conflict since Ukraine's former leader fled to Russia in February and Russia annexed Crimea in March.

  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    I made an offhand remark on the radio the other day that the Thunder this season wasn’t as good as the Thunder last season. At least going into the playoffs. I hadn’t really researched the numbers on that much, but if you remember, the Thunder was historically dominant last season.

  • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts. An injured survivor told his relatives that the path up the mountain was unstable just before the avalanche. As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers, guides and climbers rushed to help. Four survivors were injured badly enough to require airlifting to

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. He died at his home in Mexico City on Thursday afternoon at age 87. His flamboyant and melancholy fictional works — among them "Chronicle of a Death Foretold," ''Love in the Time of Cholera" and "The Autumn of the Patriarch" — outsold

  • Looking to the weekend weather ...

    Bryan Painter | Updated: 3 hr ago

    For weather updates from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Shower and thunderstorm chances will return late Saturday as an upper level wave approaches the plains.

  • Jury finds Oklahoma man mentally fit to stand trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DUNCAN — A jury says an Oklahoma man charged in the death of a 16-year-old girl is mentally competent to stand trial. The Stephens County jury made its recommendation Thursday after hearing three days of testimony in the competency trial of Miles Bench. Prosecutors charged Bench with first-degree murder for the 2012 death of Velma teenager Braylee Henry. Defense attorneys had argued that Bench’s mental health has deteriorated since his arrest. They argued that Bench could eventually become competent through medication and rehabilitation. But prosecutors argued that Bench has shown his mental competence while in jail, including an escape attempt and intentional fasting that has led him to lose more than 100

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday. The announcement underscored that Japan hasn't abandoned its plans to continue whaling in both oceans for research purposes, an allowed exception to a global ban on commercial whaling. Last month, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to suspend its Antarctic program because it was virtually commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended. The annual spring hunt along Japan's northern coast is to begin next week, and the distant northern Pacific expedition in May, with another coastal hu

  • Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail. Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. The child pronounced dead at a hospital, investigators said. "It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son — it just baffles the mind," Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said. "Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly. Our prayers go out to

  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be released June 10, will offer Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices and challenges" she faced as secretary of state and "how those experiences drive her view of the future." "All of us face hard choices in our lives," Clinton writes at the start of the book, according to the publisher. "Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.

  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring “no confidence” in Barresi. Barresi campaign manager Robyn Matthews says it’s no surprise Barresi’s reform efforts are being opposed by those who Matthews says are “guarding their own kingdoms.