• Replay officials could have more say in targeting penalties

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Replay officials are likely to have more power when it comes to calling targeting penalties in college football next season. The NCAA football rules committee proposed giving replay officials more authority to overturn incorrect targeting fouls and to call targeting penalties when they are missed on the field. The committee also agreed to allow conferences to experiment with NFL-style centralized video replay review systems in 2016. The rules committee completed four days of meetings in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday and announced several proposals that could be implemented next season if approved by the playing rules oversight panel on March 8. The targeting penalty was adopted in 2013 as a way to reduce helmet-to-helme

  • Wife of OKC Thunder assistant Monty Williams dies in crash

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died Wednesday due to injuries sustained in a multiple-vehicle car crash Tuesday in Oklahoma City. “The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid's passing,” the Thunder said in a statement released Wednesday evening. “Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty's wife. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.” The 44-year-old was traveling with her three children north on S Western Avenue around 8 p.m.

  • Cleveland mayor apologizes for billing family of dead boy

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor of Cleveland apologized Thursday to the family of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer, for the city having sent the administrator of the boy's estate a "decedent's last dying expense" claim of $500 for ambulance services. Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference that filing the claim was part of a routine but that supervisors should have been alerted and the claim never filed. "It was a mistake in terms of us flagging it, but not a mistake in terms of the legal process," Jackson said. Tamir was shot outside a city recreation center by a then-rookie patrolman, Timothy Loehmann, in November 2014 while playing with a pellet gun.

  • Outside the Lines report coming Sunday regarding Cache-Elgin incident

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    ESPN’s Outside the Lines has a special report during Sunday morning’s episode regarding the incident one year ago in which Cache girls basketball coach Kenny White allegedly designed and orchestrated a play to injure Elgin senior Jentry Holt. The episode airs at 8 a.m. and includes interviews from current Cache senior Jamie Bonnarens and former Cache player Mia Niedo, both of whom have signed affidavits that White designed the play. You can watch the short preview here. Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association attorney Mark Grossman has plans to interview Bonnarens with her family Friday to complete a third investigation into the incident. On Feb.

  • 10 legit reasons you shouldn't move to Oregon

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oregon is a popular destination for people moving within the United States, but do they really know what they're getting into?

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC partnering with Oklahoma Soccer Association in groundbreaking deal

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced on Saturday a groundbreaking partnership with the Oklahoma Soccer Association. The partnership will allow the Energy to help in the development of Oklahoma's top soccer talent but also all of its participating soccer clubs and coaches. “When you look at it, you’re really talking about the base of the pyramid. Obviously, the pro team sits up at the top, but the better you’re doing down at the base, the better the foundation is going to be,” Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins said.

  • Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy charged in 2014 armed standoff

    By KEN RITTER Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The father of the jailed leader of a group that occupied an Oregon federal wildlife refuge was charged Thursday with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, obstruction, weapon and other charges stemming from his role at the center of a tense April 2014 armed standoff with federal officials near his ranch in Nevada. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas also charges Cliven Bundy, 69, with extortion and aiding and abetting. It reopened a festering question of how federal authorities would fulfill promises to "administratively and judicially" resolve the cancellation at gunpoint of a roundup of Bundy cattle from rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

  • Our Neanderthal DNA

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2009 file photo shows reconstructions of a Neanderthal man, left, and woman at the Neanderthal museum in Mettmann, Germany. A new study released by the journal Science on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2016 says a person’s risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.

  • The Latest: Syria talks underway in Munich

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in Munich. Thursday's meeting of the International Syria Support Group brings together U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and U.N. Envoy Staffan de Mistura with representatives of regional powers including Saudi Arabia and Iran and European officials. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said everyone's who is needed to make progress is there. ___ 6:30 p.m.

  • Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OKATIE, S.C. (AP) — The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party's presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention. That's according to Rubio and his senior team, who told The Associated Press that the Republican nomination fight will likely go on for another three months, if not longer. It's a worst-case scenario for the Florida senator and many Republican officials alike who hoped to avoid a prolonged and painful nomination fight in 2016. But after a disappointing fifth-place finish in New Hampshire, a long delegate slog to the party's July presidential nominating convention may be the only chance Rubio has left.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging bill, which would also revamp trade laws. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it. "The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who brokered an agreement with a Democratic leader earlier this week that helped clear the way for passage. "It's important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of their Internet acce

  • Who is ready for some Energy soccer?

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Your parents might have told you '20 more minutes,' or that might be what you tell your kids now. Either way, those of you waiting to see some Energy soccer this year can relax. It's here. Oklahoma City Energy FC takes on New York City FC on Friday at noon. The game, a preseason friendly at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will be streamed live on the Academy's website. The noon kickoff is a little bothersome but for those who can get away from work for a little while, the Energy folks not in Florida will be hosting watch parties throughout the metro. Skinny Slim's on Main Street downtown, Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway and San Marcos No. 5 on S Meridian will

  • Fallin: Boeing projects affected by tax break discussion

    By RICK GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com—— | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Thursday that The Boeing Company bowed out of two proposed projects in Oklahoma after lawmakers began considering a moratorium on aerospace tax credits. "They had a couple projects that they were looking at and they got a message from their corporate office: 'What's going on in Oklahoma,'" Fallin said. Boeing has yet to release a statement.    The Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 977 on Tuesday, placing a two-year moratorium on nearly two dozen tax credits, including tax credits affecting the aviation industry. Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei said the measure was intended to give lawmakers options and isn't a final version.

  • OKC Thunder: Monty Williams’ children ‘expected to be OK,’ according to OKC police

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Two of the children of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams remain in the hospital after an accident Tuesday night that resulted in the death of Williams' wife, Ingrid. In a Thursday press conference, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said one of the three children who was a passenger in Ingrid Williams' sports utility vehicle was released from OU Medical Center. The names and ages of the children were not disclosed. “The other two are banged up but expected to be OK,” Balderrama said. Ingrid Williams, 44, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision in southwest Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Per Balderrama, Williams was driving north around 1700 S Western Avenue a little

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow, Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan react to tragic death of Monty Williams' wife

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 3 hr ago

    It was an understandably somber atmosphere around the Thunder's shootaround this morning in advance of OKC's game against the Pelicans on Thursday night. Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, tragically died on Wednesday afternoon from injuries suffered in a car accident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The team was still trying to process the news. "Tried to think about what I was gonna say, but I just love Coach Monty so much," Kevin Durant told reporters, fighting back tears, before eventually having to walk away. "I feel for him, man. Somebody we all love, man. I just don’t know what to say, man. I’m sorry.

  • Family Talk: Anger and economics in the family

    Jim Priest | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s downturn economy poses more than a financial danger; children’s lives are at risk.

  • October trial for Ohio cop who shot driver in traffic stop

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An October trial date has been scheduled for a former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said Thursday in a brief court session that the trial will begin Oct. 24 and that both sides will return April 6 for a pretrial hearing. Ray Tensing, also charged with voluntary manslaughter, was released last year on $1 million bond and wasn't in the courtroom. His attorney, Stewart Mathews, has said Tensing, then 25, feared being dragged under the car as motorist Samuel DuBose, 43, tried to drive away July 19. Tensing had pulled over DuBose near campus for a missing front license plate.

  • WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Leonardo DiCaprio

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Oscars are almost here! Check out this speed drawing of Leonardo DiCaprio from "The Revenant," and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for some 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13.

  • Arraignment set for Oklahoma man in co-worker's beheading

    AP | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with beheading a co-worker with a butcher knife at an Oklahoma food processing plant is scheduled to formally enter a plea to first-degree murder. Alton Nolen is set to be arraigned in a Cleveland County courtroom Thursday for the September 2014 attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. The 31-year-old Nolen has entered an initial plea of not guilty. Investigators say Nolen had just been suspended from his job when he walked into the company's administrative office and attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, severing her head. They say he also stabbed another co-worker, who survived, before he was shot by a company executive.

  • IRS chief: Blame rotten customer service and data hacks on Obamacare

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Koskinen says money that would have fixed the problems were spent on healthcare compliance.