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  • See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won't find these critters scampering in your kitchen. The transparent rodents aren't alive and they're for research only, to help scientists study fine details of anatomy. Before they are treated with chemicals, the animals are euthanized and their skin removed. Researchers made their inner organs transparent, but not their bones. The results look like a rodent-shaped block of gelatin with the organs held in place by connective tissue and a gel used in the procedure. Mice are mainstays of biomedical research because much of their basic biology is similar to ours and they can be altered in ways that simulate human diseases.

  • IRS agrees to probe churches preaching politics, says settlement to athiest lawsuit

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    A recent IRS settlement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist lobbying group, has the tax agency pledging to investigate religious groups and pastors who preach politics from the pulpit.

  • Edmond Mitch Park YMCA gym closed until Saturday

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    High traffic is being blamed on the need for the Edmond Mitch Park YMCA gym floor to be resurfaced, after just six months of being open. The gym will be closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — RICHMOND, Va. — A former CEO testified Thursday that his cozy relationship with Virginia's first family was a poor business decision, not friendship. The government's star witness in the corruption trial against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified that he showered the family with gifts requested by the former first lady. But businessman Jonnie Williams said he shouldn't have had to buy things such as a Rolex priced at more than $6,000 to get the help he needed for his company, Star Scientific. "It was a bad decision on my part to buy that watch when she asked for it," Williams said. "I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed.

  • House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months. The July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for millions of people like Douglas Hunter, not much has changed. Hunter earned $14 an hour cleaning oil drums before the Great Recession seized the economy and his job was axed. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at two McDonald's restaurants in C

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional. Passage of the law in 2011 put Wisconsin at the center of a nationwide battle over union rights and fueled Walker's rise to national prominence as he entered the mix of possible 2016 presidential candidates. Anger over the law led to Walker being forced to stand for recall in 2012; he won, making him the first governor in U.S. history to withstand such a vote. Walker is up for re-election this November, the third time he will be on the ballot in four years.

  • Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup. Deadmau5 posted a YouTube video of his coffee run with Ford, who left a rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction last month. The Canadian DJ drives Ford to a Tim Horton's coffee shop in his 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider F1 Edition plastered with an animated cartoon cat called Nyan Cat. An incredulous deadmau5 calls Ford's order "crazy" and says five espressos in one cup is "cardiac arrest." Ford asks the teller twice if there's five shots and later says he "pounds the espressos back. I do." Ford admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor.

  • Picture this: #MyOklahoma's first year

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Wondering what Oklahoma has to offer? 19,000 photo submissions on the #MyOklahoma hashtag will tell you.

  • Man sues Shaquille O'Neal over selfie mockery

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online. Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The Detroit Free Press says Binion took a picture of himself last summer, and it later was mocked by O'Neal on Instagram and Twitter. A number of others mocked it online as well. According to The Macomb Daily, Binion has hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which is characterized by a reduced ability to sweat, sparse hair growth, missing teeth and facial deformities. Upon learning about Binion's condition,

  • Sooners No. 3 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma is No. 3 in the first presason coaches poll released Thursday, with defending national champion Florida State and Alabama ranking 1 and 2. The Sooners are joined by Baylor in the top 10 and two other Big 12 schools in the top 25 in No. 21 Kansas State and No. 24 Texas. [image]http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/Top 10.

  • Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who also posed in the picture. Keys wrote that their anniversary was sweeter because they've "been blessed with another angel on the way." She didn't offer any more details about the pregnancy. She gave birth to her son, Egypt, in 2010. ___ Online: Alicia Keys' post: http://instagram.

  • Water bottle company moves production to Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The CEO of a bottled water business has bought a multimillion-dollar machine to produce the company’s entire inventory in Oklahoma. A local business newspaper reports Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has bought the 5,000-square-foot production line to fill, cap, label and package water bottles. It can produce 360 bottles per minute. The addition means Ozarka’s entire stock will be bottled in-house. Ozarka Water had previously outsourced some of its production to another company. The new equipment in Oklahoma will create four employee positions, bringing the company’s total worker count to 100. Raupe says the production line will help the company save money, but didn’t disclose exact figures.

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma wind gust tops 100 mph Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Heavy rain is reported in eastern Oklahoma as storms move east, southeast. A flash flood warning has been issued for Latimer and Pushmataha counties.

  • Arkansas, Oklahoma host youth soccer games in ‘15

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa will host the US Youth Soccer national championship tournament next July, while North Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the home of the Southern Regionals. The Tulsa tournament will be played July 21-26 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex and attract the winners of the regional tournament in Arkansas and also tournaments in Idaho, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Southern Regionals will be played at Burns Park in North Little Rock next June 19-25. The national tournament includes 10,000 teams that start in state competition. Championships are awarded in age groups from under-13 to under-19.

  • Man gets 2 life terms in Love County slayings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    MARIETTA — A 66-year-old man has been formally sentenced to two life terms without parole for the deaths of his father-in-law and father-in-law’s sister in rural Love County. A local newspaper reports reports Aaron Eugene Carlile was sentenced Tuesday in Love County District Court. He was found guilty in June of first-degree murder in the deaths of 78-year-old Thomas Monroe Culwell and 80-year-old Marion Almenia Culwell. Almenia Culwell’s son found the two shot to death one-and-a-half miles from their rural home in May 2013. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a longstanding feud between Carlile and Sonny Culwell. A notice of intent to appeal has been filed on Carlile’s behalf.

  • Hearing delayed in Duncan baseball player slaying

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    DUNCAN — A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a southern Oklahoma man charged with helping two people hide the gun used to shoot a baseball player from Australia. A local newspaper reports that a hearing set for Wednesday for 22-year-old Oddesse Barnes has been moved to Nov. 18. Chris Lane was shot last summer while jogging along a tree-lined road in Duncan while visiting his girlfriend’s parents. Investigators say the 22-year-old from Melbourne was randomly targeted by bored teenagers. He had been preparing to enter his senior baseball season at East Central University in Ada. Barnes was charged in April with accessory after murder. He has pleaded not guilty. A message seeking comment was left with

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: 18 hr ago

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • New Mexico city OKs funds to lure 'The Bachelor'

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council has voted to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city. Councilors approved by a 5-4 vote on Wednesday a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe. Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city's attractions. But Councilor Bill Dimas says the show is awful and having it set in a city wouldn't encourage him to visit. "The Bachelor," which debuted in 2002, features an eligible bachelor who goes on a series of dates to choose a potential bride from a pool of 25 women.

  • NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. "This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world, to everyone, here's my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out." Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be officiated by "Basketball Wives LA" star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams. Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to refer