• What is deadlier than extreme heat? Study finds cold weather is worse

    By Karen Kaplan
    Los Angeles Times |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Extreme heat waves like the one that killed more than 70,000 Europeans in 2003 may be the most visible examples of deadly weather, but cold days actually cause more deaths than hot ones, a new study says. After examining more than 74 million deaths that occurred in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012, researchers calculated that 7.3 percent of them could be attributed to cold weather and 0.4 percent to hot weather. In another counterintuitive finding, extreme weather — either hot or cold — was responsible for only 11 percent of the weather-related deaths, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Lancet.

  • Scientists unearth oldest-known stone tools, 3.3 million years old

    By Eryn Brown
    Los Angeles Times |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Scientists working in Kenya have unearthed the oldest known stone tools, simple cutting and pounding implements crafted by ancient members of the human lineage 3.3 million years ago. At about 700,000 years older than the other stone tools excavated to date, the discovery hints that anthropologists may have had the wrong idea about the evolution of humans and technology, said Stony Brook University archeologist Jason Lewis, co-author of a study describing the find published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Traditionally, Lewis said, scientists believed that stone tool-making emerged with the first members of our own large-brained genus, Homo, as they fanned out into savanna grassland environments about

  • Evolution abandoned giant pandas after they changed diets, study says

    By Karen Kaplan
    Los Angeles Times |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside. A genetic analysis of 121 samples of panda poop finds that the community of microbes living inside these animals' guts is optimized to digest meat. This is despite the fact that giant pandas have been eating bamboo for at least 7 million years, and that the plant has been the bears' sole food source for at least 2 million years. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal mBio, may not bode well for the endangered species. Only about 1,600 giant pandas remain in the forests of northern and central China.

  • European Central Bank is asking for government to take action on economy

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth. Draghi said tough measures to clear away bureaucracy and make hiring and firing more flexible are needed quickly to energize the economy. He rejected arguments that looser hiring and firing rules only work over the long term and could hurt the hesitant recovery that is taking hold. He said that “the sooner they take place, the better.” Draghi spoke Friday at an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal, where economists are discussing ways to lower

  • Sunday television news shows

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    NEWS SHOWS Local stations “The Verdict,” 9 a.m., Cox channel 3. Ann Hargis, “First Cowgirl,” Oklahoma State University. “Flash Point,” 9:30 a.m., KFOR-4. Pre-empted for coverage of English Premier League Soccer. “Oklahoma Forum,” 1 p.m., OETA-13.

  • Futures File: Soybean prices drop; crude gushes higher

    | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: While some weather concerns linger, especially for farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas who got slammed with freezing temperatures this week, the outlook is good for the bean crop, and bad for prices.

  • Washington state's first dinosaur fossil is found

    By Erik Lacitis
    The Seattle Times |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    SEATTLE — The fossil has the very sexy name of UWBM 96770, but at the Burke Museum in Seattle, they're pretty excited. The fossil is not that big — 11/2-feet long, weighing maybe 15 pounds. But it is the first dinosaur bone ever found in Washington state. It was a leg bone from an animal from the T. rex family, but smaller by tyrannosauroid standards — around 36 feet long. Still, think of a transit bus to imagine its size. Think of a carnivorous transit bus with bone-crunching teeth. The fossil is a rarity in the state because it goes back 80 million years. Much of the land mass that

  • Bio Matters: Noble Foundation, agriculture researchers are at home at annual BIO convention

    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Jim Stafford: About 80 Oklahomans will attend the Biotechnology Industry Organization convention in Philadelphia in June.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 48,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photo grapher. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Book review: 'The Memory Painter' by Gwendolyn Womack

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Debut novel is a love story and mystery spanning thousands of years.

  • Oklahoma book signings

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Weekly book signings

  • Oklahoma towns, groups plan Memorial Day weekend events across the state

    By Brandy McDonnell
    Features Writer |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma can expect more spring storms for the unofficial start of summer, so folks should call ahead to make sure their favorite event is still on before hitting the road.

  • George Will: Tim Kaine's quest for war legitimacy

    By George F. Will | Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The Revolutionary War and Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today's war with radical Islam. Now a Virginia senator is determined that today's war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the Constitution's text and history. Tim Kaine represents the distressingly small minority of legislators interested in crafting an authorization for use of military force (AUMF). This is easier vowed than accomplished. Kaine's interest in Congress' role in the making of war quickened in October 2002, when President George W.

  • Oklahoma artist Holly Wilson tells big stories through little people

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A sculptor and photographer of Cherokee and Delaware heritage, Oklahoman Holly Wilson tells tales of the human condition through her photos of her young children and small sculptures representing people, emotions and experiences.

  • Ardmore man making wingbone turkey calls

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Spring turkey season has ended for most hunters, but for Scott Andrews of Ardmore, the end of the season is the time when he begins to make and decorate wingbone turkey calls.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park to open summer season with 'A Winter's Tale'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    As Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park settles into its new Paseo Arts District home and prepares to expand, the professional theater company isn’t playing it safe with its 31st summer season, which includes George Bernard Shaw’s quirky romance “You Never Can Tell,” the recently penned “Hamlet” prequel “Wittenberg” and Shakespeare’s still-timely political drama “Julius Caesar.”

  • Bats returning to Oklahoma this summer

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in Oklahoma, but the Mexican free-tailed bats are only summer visitors to the state, using the caves in the spring and summer to raise their pups.

  • Outdoors notebook: Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show scheduled for June 5-6

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The 10th annual Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show will be held June 5-6 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Show hours are noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5; and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

  • Walleye Rodeo draws impressive crowd

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Canton Lake’s annual Walleye Rodeo last weekend drew 459 anglers with 133 of them weighing in fish. This was the 47th year for the Walleye Rodeo, the oldest fishing tournament in the state.

  • Kentucky example shows perils of Obamacare

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Updated: 6 hr ago

    IS Obamacare working? Proponents answer “yes” and point to the increased number of people who technically have health insurance. But evidence is growing that coverage is not translating into medical care, and that the Affordable Care Act has exacerbated the financial problems of health care providers. The latest evidence of such problems comes from Kentucky, the only Southern state to expand Medicaid under Obamcare and establish a state-based exchange for people to get subsidized insurance under the law.