• Oklahoma State sues NMSU over Pistol Pete mascot use

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU’s mascot is “confusingly similar” to OSU’s Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as “Classic Aggie.” OSU says it trademarked the mascot first and has used the image since 1930. In a statement, NMSU says officials are confident that the two schools can come to an agreement. Pistol Pete is based on a real cowboy from the 1800s named Frank Eaton.

  • Oklahoma judge to let most of new abortion law take effect

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge plans to let a new law take effect next month to restrict the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, but is temporarily suspending any portion that subjects abortion providers to legal liability. District Judge Robert Stuart issued his ruling Wednesday following a hearing on the law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and takes effect Nov. 1. An Oklahoma women’s rights group and a Tulsa medical clinic that provides abortion services filed a lawsuit last month contending the law is an unconstitutional violation of a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy and should be declared void. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they

  • Police looking for man who robbed northwest Oklahoma City business

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A surveillance video shows the man, who walked into Approved Cash Advance, pointed a gun at a worker and demanded cash.

  • Doctors differ on preteen suspect's mental state

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said Wednesday. A state psychiatrist filed a report saying he found the girl mentally capable of helping with her defense, but defense attorney Joseph Smith Jr. questioned the state doctor's qualifications and said he had a report from another doctor who disagreed. Both reports are sealed, and Smith didn't offer any details except to question whether Dr. Robert Rawski had the expertise to evaluate juveniles. "You may not be looking at the things that are most important.

  • Oklahoma football: Did Josh Heupel make the right calls?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 10 hr ago

    OU’s offense came to the line of scrimmage with less than four minutes left in the TCU game, facing 3rd-and-2 at the Horned Frog 23-yard line. The Sooners trailed 37-33. Quarterback Trevor Knight tried to run outside and was pulled down for just a one-yard gain. On 4th-and-1, OU ran tailback Samaje Perine up the […]

  • Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official. He seemed confused and tired when he entered the Kgosi Mampuru facility, prison commissioner Zebilon Monama told the South African Press Association. Monama said Pistorius was tense as wardens took his fingerprints and the prison chaplain met with him soon after his prison number was issued on Tuesday. "After he saw the chaplain our psychologist went to see him just to try to talk to him," said Monama.

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. The driver is the only person to have been detained in the deaths of Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie and three French crew members, who were killed when the Dassault Falcon 50 clipped the snowplow on takeoff late Monday and crashed, bursting into flames. But Russian investigators said Wednesday they now believe that much of the blame lies with the managers of Vnukovo airport, which is used by Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, and visiting official delegations.

  • Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire. He was sentenced to a year in prison. In 2009, he was convicted in Texas of raping a woman. She told police that at his apartment in Austin, he knocked her down, began to strangle her, hit her several times in the face and said he could kill her, court records show. He was released from prison last year and moved back to Indiana.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Berry Tramel is answering your questions from H&H Shooting Sports on the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in on the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder and more.

  • Hearing set in challenge to Oklahoma abortion law

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    An Oklahoma County judge will hear arguments in a challenge to a new law set to take effect later this year that further restricts the use of abortion-inducing drugs in the state. The hearing is set for Wednesday before District Judge Robert Stuart. A Tulsa medical clinic filed a lawsuit last month that contends the law is an unconstitutional violation of a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy and should be declared void. The new law would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer them only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol. A similar bill was signed into law in 2011, but that measure was declared unconstitutional by the

  • Were it not for Justin Smith Morrill, there would be no OSU

    By Kyle Wray | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Civil War-era bill gave birth to access to higher education

  • Sunny skies Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    The high temperature in central Oklahoma will be near 79 degreesWednesday. Skies will be sunny.

  • Father of UK hostage dies after appeal to save son

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The father of a British photojournalist held by the Islamic State group has died just weeks after he appealed from his hospital bed for the militants to release his son. Paul Cantlie was recovering from throat surgery when he recorded a video he hoped would be seen by those holding his son, John, who he called an impartial journalist who wanted to tell the world about Syria. Cantlie, 80, said "I want John to know how very proud I am of him." The family says in a statement Wednesday that Paul Cantlie's strength had been waning since his son was taken hostage nearly two years ago. He died of pneumonia last week. The family says Paul Cantlie died not knowing whether his son's captors had received mess

  • Search warrant records reveal new details in triple-murder case in Oklahoma

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Alan Hruby, 19, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his father, mother and younger sister in their Duncan home.

  • University of Oklahoma president listens to OU band members' concerns

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    About 50 to 60 members of the Pride of Oklahoma accepted University of Oklahoma President David Boren’s invitation to meet with him Monday in his office, drummer Graeme Biggs said.

  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.

  • Police search for serial robber in Oklahoma City

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Oklahoma City police say a man has robbed three stores at gunpoint in October.

  • Nixon creating group to address Ferguson issues


    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday. Nixon, who has been criticized by some residents and activists who say he hasn't done enough to address the unrest in the St. Louis suburb, said the Ferguson Commission will examine the social and economic conditions underscored by the weeks of protests following the shooting. The Democrat outlined his plan for the commission, which will be created by executive order, during a news conference at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus. The group's goals are broad and its members won't be announced until next month.

  • OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Yesterday

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU. The SI series was published in September 2013 and alleged improprieties including payments to players, sexual favors from the Orange Pride support group, academic misconduct and rampant drug use. OSU retained The Compliance Group to investigate the allegations. The Compliance Group, of Lenexa, Kan., is led by Chuck Smrt, who spent 18 years on the NCAA enforcement staff and has run the consultant firm since 1999.

  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke. It unfolded while Obama cast an early ballot Monday in Chicago. A young woman, Aia (A-ya) Cooper, was voting next to Obama when her boyfriend, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise: "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." Obama, laughing, replied: "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason." Cooper apologized. But Obama imagined how she would retell the encounter: "I can't believe Mike, he is such a fool. I was just mortified...But fortunately, the president w