• Study suggests fireworks shows can cause health problems

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study suggests levels of fine particulate air pollution can increase by as much as 42 percent during the 24-hour period after fireworks shows.

  • Author of 'Lies My Teacher Told Me' claims American textbooks have been lying about the Civil War

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Some American textbooks don't want to offend the South and lose sales.

  • Train derailment, fire prompts evacuation in Tennessee

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people within a 2-mile radius. The fire was still burning around noon Thursday, Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said at a news conference. Ten first responders received hospital treatment after breathing fumes, but otherwise officials said there were no reported injuries. Blount County Fire Department Lt. Johnny Leatherwood said a call about the train derailment came in Wednesday night at 11:50 p.m. EDT in Maryville. About 5,000 people in the area were being evacuated, along with several businesses.

  • Did Kevin Durant make NBA players think twice about one-year contracts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 5 hr ago

    NBA players have made their decision. They embrace security. The free agent frenzy of the last couple of days has produced a bevy of five- and four-year contracts, even though the new salary structure in the NBA means free agents in summer 2016 and summer 2017 figure to reap a windfall, because of the escalating salary cap. The salary cap is in the neighborhood of $69 million this season, figures to be $90 million in 2016-17 and perhaps as high as $108 million in 2017-18. Analysts thought that might entice players to settle on one- or two-year contracts, so they could jump back into the frenzy soon. But that hasn’t happened. Of the free-agent signings so far, only Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerobko have

  • Dylann Roof’s sister appeals for donations to pay for wedding, honeymoon after church massacre

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The sister of the man accused of killing nine people at Emanuel AME Church has launched an online campaign to raise money to pay for her wedding and honeymoon after a planned June ceremony had to be cancelled in the wake of the massacre.

  • Win tickets to advance screening of 'Minions'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Want to win a pass to an advance screening of "Minions?" Here's your chance!

  • Texas attorney general could face felony indictment: special prosecutor

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Special prosecutors will ask a Texas grand jury as early as this month to indict the state's attorney general on first-degree felony charges for suspected securities laws violations, one of the prosecutors said on Thursday. A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who came to office earlier this year with strong Tea Party support, was not immediately available for comment. One of which that they will have to determine is if securities fraud was present," said attorney Kent Schaffer, appointed to investigate the suspected violations.

  • EW cover showcases 'Batman v Superman'

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Entertainment Weekly showcases Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman in its Comic-Con themed issue. From EW: Batman v Superman introduces a new Batman only four years after the release of the final film in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Ben Affleck plays an older, wearier Caped Crusader, one drawn at least in part from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. “He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it,” says Affleck. “But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.” The film, directed by Zack Snyder, is set for a March 26, 2016 release date. 

  • Hawaii Just Became The First State To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Checkouts

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    As of Wednesday, grocery stores across the entire state of Hawaii are banned from distributing plastic bags, The Huffington Post reports. The City and County of Honolulu -- which covers the entirety of Oahu, Hawaii's most populated island -- is now enforcing a ban that prohibits stores from handing plastic bags to customers at checkout, making Oahu the last populated island in the state to give the bags the boot.

  • Tunisia: 8 people suspected of direct links to beach attack

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said Thursday. The British Foreign Office, meanwhile, raised the death toll of British tourists killed in Friday's attack from 27 to 30. Other European tourists were among the dead. The attack was Tunisia's deadliest ever and threatens to be a devastating blow to its tourism sector. In Britain, bereaved relatives looked on at an air base in Oxfordshire as a military plane flew home the remains of nine Britons on Thursday, a day after another flight returned eight other bodies.

  • Rare Test Pressing of Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Found

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A test pressing of  Bob Dylan 's  Blood on the Tracks  – one of rock's rarest records with only five known existing copies – is now available  thanks to Amoeba Music . The West Coast record chain recently acquired the test pressing of the classic LP, dubbed the "New York" version, as part of a lot of 4,000 vinyls that Amoeba acquired from  the personal collection of "an iconic industry family."  The asking price on one of the most in-demand vinyls among Dylanphiles: $12,000.

  • Report: Knicks reach out to Enes Kanter in free agency

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder isn't the only team looking at Enes Kanter in free agency. Multiple reports have the New York Knicks reaching out to the 6-foot-11 Thunder center. Kanter reportedly was scheduled to meet with the Thunder  Wednesday in Chicago. The Knicks missed out on free agent power forward Greg Monroe, who instead agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year, $49.4 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks are reportedly interested  in free agent center Robin Lopez as well. Kanter is a restricted free agent, so the Thunder has the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.

  • Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work, NPR reports. Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry. Its purpose is clear: "Helping Georgia's returning citizens find training, assisting Georgia's returning citizens find jobs," he reads off the website.

  • 'Straight/Curve' documentary follows the plus-size fashion revolution

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The fashion industry is slowly opening its doors to plus-size models, Mashable reports. "Straight/Curve," a documentary that will debut next fall, follows top models, photographers, editors and stylists for two fashion seasons, diving into the current status of models in the media whether size zero will remain the norm.

  • OU-Texas makes '10 things that make college football unique' list

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    One of the institutions of college football: The Red River Rivalry. Ranking up there with Army playing Navy every year, old school uniforms, marching bands and live mascots, ESPN's Chris Low lists "Texas vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl" as one of 10 things that make college football unique and should never be changed. From Low: "If you’ve had a chance to see a game in AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World, you know it's a palace. But the Red River Rivalry -- the yearly grudge match between Oklahoma and Texas -- is much more than just a football game. It’s an event, which is why it should never move from the venerable Cotton Bowl and Fair Park in Dallas, even for the swanky confines of Jerry World. There’s no experience in college football quite like it, with the game being played in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas. Where else can you get Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Swan Paddle Boat rides and one of sports’ best rivalries all in one October swoop? There’s a deal in place to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl, where it has been played since 1932, through 2025. And even though the Cotton Bowl Classic moved to Jerry World in 2010, here’s hoping the Longhorns and Sooners will be settling their business with Big Tex standing guard for a long time to come."

  • Thousands evacuated after train carrying toxic chemicals derails in Tennessee

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Maryville, Tennessee, on Wednesday night, forcing the evacuation of thousands of local residents living within a 1-mile radius of the crash site, Mashable reports. The train derailment occurred Wednesday at 11:50 p.m. ET, and caused toxic substances aboard the train to catch fire. As of Thursday morning, the fire was still burning.

  • WATCH: Tornado rips off roof, blows up electrical transformer in Missouri

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    At least one tornado touched down in western Missouri on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. It reportedly hit about 20 miles southeast of Kansas City, near Unity Village, and left thousands without power, Mashable reports.

  • A YouTuber removed her makeup to reveal the Internet's harsh beauty standards

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    YouTuber My Pale Skin started posting photos of herself without makeup on social media a few months ago and received dozens of shaming comments. She decided to highlight them in a video to show how false images of perfection and unrealistic beauty standards can damage a person's self-esteem, Mashable reports.

  • Finance expert compares Greece's economy to that of Oklahoma

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Troy E. Jones, a certified public planner and chief executive of Access Financial Resources Inc., discusses why we should care about the financial crisis in Greece.

  • Eye color, alcoholism linked, study says

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one, Yahoo Health reports.