• GE sells U.S., other fleet businesses to Element in $6.9B deal

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — General Electric Co. is selling its U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element Financial Corp. for $6.9 billion. GE Capital Fleet Services provides commercial car and truck financing and fleet-management services. GE said it will sell most of GE Capital over the next two years. GE Capital Chairman and CEO Keith Sherin said in a written statement that GE is on track to sell about $100 billion worth by the end of the year. Element Financial is a fleet management and finance company. GE Capital sold its Canadian fleet business to Element in 2013. The U.S. and Mexico deal is expected to

  • Oklahoma gay rights supporter hits brakes on license plate fight

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Despite once declaring he would take his fight to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, John P. Keefe II has dropped legal action against the Oklahoma Tax Commission for denying him a plate that reads "LGBTALY," an abbreviation for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender ally.

  • Wild Care in Noble holds animal emergency exercise to prep staff

    By Melissa Pearson For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NOBLE — Baby raccoons chattered nervously as volunteers gently carried their cages. The volunteers became nervous themselves when they lifted cages holding little skunks. Tubs of turtles, nests of songbirds and opossums swinging in hammocks were all part of the excitement of moving rescued animals into their new building at Wild Care in Noble on June 20. About 20 volunteers from the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps operated under the direction of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s incident command team to assist Wild Care staff and volunteers in moving 295 animals into the rehabilitation and education building. Moving so many animals, crates and furniture would have taken weeks without this

  • Five things to know for Thunder's free-agent season

    Anthony Slater Staff Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    OKC Thunder: Five Thunder-related storylines heading into free agency Open season on the NBA marketplace strikes a minute after midnight on Wednesday with a batch of well-known pieces up for grabs. In the past, while a majority of the league shuffled its decks in July, the Thunder has remained relatively quiet. This season, that trend is a near certainty to continue. OKC has a roster loaded almost completely to the brim and its offseason focus is on retaining restricted free agents Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler. As free agency nears, let’s take a look at five Thunder-related storylines: 1. How much will it cost to bring back

  • OIL AND GAS PRICES FOR JUNE 30

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $54.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $42.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted June 15: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Ritchie 2811 No. 2-10H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 10-28N-11W; 74 barrels oil per day 545,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 9,610. Blaine: Marathon Oil Co.; McPhearson No. 1-11H Well; S1/2 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 11-18N-11W; 150 barrels oil per day 12,493,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 13,718. Canadian: Devon Energy Production Co. LP; Haley 9-13-9 No. 3H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 09-13N-09W; 5,134,000 cu-ft gas per

  • NET GAINS AND LOSSES

    By Michael Lewis Newsday | Updated: 14 hr ago

    MONTREAL — Before the United States or Germany can get their hands on the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, they will have their hands full in Tuesday’s semifinal encounter at Olympic Stadium. And quite appropriately, the game could come down to two of the most hands-on players — Hope Solo and her German counterpart, Nadine Angerer — in a rare meeting of the world’s two finest goalkeepers. “Both of them, if you asked them, they would feel they are the best goalkeeper in the world,” said former USA coach Tony DiCicco, a longtime goalkeeping coach. They will have an opportunity to prove it on the world stage.

  • Romero sisters

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Romero sisters - Sydney and Sierra - have the rare opportunity to play against each other on a national stage Wednesday night in the World Cup of Softball. Sydney, an incoming freshman at OU, will represent the U.S. junior women's national team, while Sierra, a rising senior at Michigan, will play for the U.S. women's national team in the competition. The two teams will face off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Irvine, Calif. Sydney, 18, had a chance to follow in her sister's footsteps at Michigan, but chose to commit to the Sooners after an official visit to Norman. She was on hand in Oklahoma City with her family this summer for the Women's College World Series, as Sierra and Michigan made it to the Championship Series

  • New staff great fit for Donovan’s first year

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Let’s start with an admission.  Back in April when we found out that the Thunder had hired Billy Donovan as its new head coach, I termed it a risk. He has no head coaching experience in the NBA. He has not been around the pro game in decades. But I also said that Donovan would be smart to surround himself with assistant coaches with some strong NBA roots. They could offer support. They could help where needed. They could fill in the blanks where Donovan had questions. Well, bully for Donovan and the Thunder. They have built a staff that can do those things and so much more.  Monday, the team formally announced Donovan’s assistants. Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic will be staying.

  • Time for the Thunder to use Sonics numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Thunder rookie Cameron Payne wanted jersey No. 1. That’s what he wore at Murray State. But Payne can’t wear No. 1 with the Thunder. It’s retired, in honor of Gus Williams, who if he ever was in Oklahoma, it was to ride or horse or shop for boots, not to play basketball. Here we go again. The sticky details of relocation lead to absurdity. The Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, and with the move came all the Sonics’ history and honors, with some stipulations that it would return to Seattle should that city regain an NBA franchise. So when Kendrick Perkins arrived via trade from Boston in 2011, he couldn’t wear No. 43 with the Thunder. That was retired in honor of Jack Sikma.

  • Top 5: OU QB HYPE

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist | Updated: 14 hr ago

    With Oklahoma quarterback hopeful Baker Mayfield making all sorts of headlines this summer, it got us thinking about the Sooner signal callers who’ve been most ballyhooed before ever taking a snap in a game.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson takes a stab at the quarterbacks who were most hyped before their Sooner careers began. 1. Jack Mildren: Even though he played in the pre-internet days, no quarterback was more revered by the time he arrived at OU. Mildren was the nation’s top recruit in 1968 and the focus on a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece that fall. His legend was so great that even though he was ineligible for the varsity as all freshmen were in those days, Sooner fans flocked to the freshmen games to see

  • Despite artist's death, work on USAO park project will continue

    BY KELLY ARNOLD For The Oklahoman | Updated: 12 hr ago

    CHICKASHA — Heartbroken over the death of artist Jesus Moroles, administrators and students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are united in their commitment to finish the nearly one-acre Coming Together Park on campus. Moroles died in a car accident June 15 near Austin, Texas. In late April, Moroles was named the university’s artist-in-residence after having been commissioned to design and install the massive Coming Together Park.  Moroles — known for training students in granite — led a five-week independent study project with USAO students in May and was teaching a summer-term course. At the time of his death, he was conducting an internship program with nine USAO students.

  • NBA NOTEBOOK

    Compiled by Nathan Ruiz from wire and staff reports | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb feels ‘sky is the limit’ with Charlotte Hornets After three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jeremy Lamb said “the sky is the limit” with his new team. Lamb, who was traded to the Charlotte Hornets last week, will rejoin former college teammate Kemba Walker in the backcourt. The two played side-by-side for Connecticut, winning a 2011 NCAA championship. When introduced to the media, Lamb told reporters he’s ready for a “fresh start.” “It gives me an opportunity to try to get a role and just play,” Lamb said. “I’m going to make the most of it. I’m just going to work hard and try my best to put myself in a position to play and have a role on this team.

  • Oklahoma Scene

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Mickelson tied to money laundering case Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines. Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour's wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation. But a 56-year-old former sports gambling handicapper, acting as a conduit for an offshore gambling operation, pleaded guilty last week to laundering approximately $2.75 million of money that two sources told Outside the Lines belonged to Mickelson.

  • How to help

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Shannon Primeau’s relatives have created the Shannon Primeau Memorial Scholarship for dancers at Everything Goes Dance Studio. For more information, please e-mail Erika Reyes at erikareyes4@yahoo.com or call Everything Goes Dance Studio at 525-1000. Shannon Primeau had a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer called dedifferentiated endometrial carcinoma. There is little information, research or data on the best way to treat these cancers. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer awards research grants for gynecologic cancers, including uterine cancer. For more information, go online to www.foundation forwomenscancer.org.  How to donate To make a donation, go to

  • U.S. Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas’ 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them. The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new clinic regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court order will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether to hear the clinics’ appeal of the lower court ruling, not before the fall. The court’s decision to block the regulations is a strong indication that the justices will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case at the Supreme Court

  • 5 Royals starting in All-Star update

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NEW YORK — Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead. Major League Baseball released the results Monday, and voting continues through Thursday night. MLB said more than 500 million votes had been cast. The starters will be announced Sunday, with the pitchers, reserves and candidates for the final spot to be presented Monday. The game is July 14 in Cincinnati. Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Omar Infante hold leads.

  • Arkansas man dies in motorcycle crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    EAGLETOWN — An Arkansas man died Monday in a motorcycle crash, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. About 5:50 p.m., Michael David Culp, 33, of De Queen, Ark., was driving east on U.S. 70, in McCurtain County, when his bike left the road and rolled, according to a patrol report. Culp died at the scene, troopers said.

  • Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold

    By TIM FOUGHT The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    OREGON | PORTLAND — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household. The legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., also allows possession of personal amounts, though not sales. Here’s a look at Oregon’s law and the legal pot movement: What changes July 1? Not much, actually. In populous parts of the state that have long been tolerant of marijuana, police don’t generally bust people using it in private. Most important, though, is that under the new law it’s still illegal to sell recreational

  • What we're talking about

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    TV-NBC-TRUMP: NBC says it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. VACCINES-CALIFORNIA: California lawmakers send the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. FRANCE-UBER: French authorities detain two senior Uber managers for questioning over “illicit activity” involving its low-cost ride-hailing service. RAILROAD CROSSINGS-GOOGLE: U.S. railroad regulators ask digital map makers to add audio, visual alerts for track crossings.

  • Executions can resume

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday approved a sedative used by Oklahoma for lethal injections, rejecting arguments that it could lead to an unconstitutional level of pain. The 5-4 decision means Oklahoma could resume executions soon. The state delayed the executions of Richard Eugene Glossip,         John Marion Grant and Benjamin Robert Cole while the Supreme Court reviewed a challenge filed by those inmates and others to midazolam, the sedative in the three-drug protocol. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, whose office defended the use of midazolam before the Supreme Court, moved quickly on Monday to secure new execution dates, beginning in August, for the three death




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