• Four questions with OKC Blue dunk machine J.P. Tokoto

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Is it possible that the best dunker in the Thunder organization isn’t even on the NBA roster?

  • Rubio supporters clash with men dressed as robots

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Supporters of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio clashed with men dressed as robots at a campaign stop in Manchester on Tuesday as voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots in the first presidential primary of 2016. The costumes were a reference to Rubio's performance in Saturday's debate which some opponents have described as robotic.

  • New England digs out from latest storm; snow in Mid-Atlantic

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New England residents continued to mop up from Monday's storm. And the misery may not be over. The National Weather Service forecast scattered and localized heavy snow showers in Southern New England on Wednesday that could drop another 4 inches of snow, but are more likely to leave behind an inch or so. Following predictions of up to 18 inches in some parts of New England, the totals by Tuesday morning among the hardest hit areas were 11 inches in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and 1

  • Intelligence officials: IS determined to strike US this year

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the logistical challenges of mounting such an attack. In testimony before congressional committees, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other officials described the Islamic State as the "pre-eminent terrorist threat." The militant group can "direct and inspire attacks against a wide range of targets around the world," Clapper said. Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the Islamic State will probably conduct additional att

  • L.A. Rams owner buys Waggoner Ranch

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    The sale of the nation’s largest contiguous ranch occurred Tuesday morning in a Vernon courtroom.

  • Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lead in new poll of Oklahoma voters

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Oklahoma voters continue to favor Donald Trump among Republicans presidential candidates and Hillary Clinton is the pick over Bernie Sanders among Democrats and independents in a SoonerPoll.com released Tuesday.

  • Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces have regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The governor of Anbar province praised Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition for their work to "liberate Ramadi completely," but was quick to emphasize that critical security and humanitarian issues remained.

  • Committee takes initial steps on tax reform amid revenue failure

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    One day after officials announced Oklahoma's state revenue failure had become more pronounced, a legislative committee took some initial steps on Tuesday to trim tax breaks. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei said the panel passed a wide array of bills on tax incentives, so lawmakers have a range of choices when they later consider which credits, exemptions and deductions might be eliminated or reduced. The committee approved Senate Bill 977 by Mazzei, R-Tulsa, to suspend nearly two dozen tax credits for two years, but he said the measure would not be considered in its current form by the full Senate. Instead, the credits will be more closely examined to see which should be altered.

  • With restraint, YouTube rolls out original programming

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael "Burnie" Burns hears a discrepancy. Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers playing ahead of his much smaller crowdfunded concoction, "Lazer Team." Suddenly, a roar from a monster in one of the previews literally rattles the theater's walls. "I bet the sound budget for that was bigger than the whole budget for my movie," the bearded Internet personality says with a grin. Despite its modest price tag, there's a hefty amount of enthusiasm for the $2.5 million sci-fi comedy about a group of dolts bestowed with alien technology.

  • Viacom CEO defends self in testy exchange on 1Q results

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viacom Inc. CEO Philippe Dauman defended himself in a testy exchange with analysts during a quarterly earnings conference call after the media company behind MTV and Paramount Pictures missed revenue expectations for the fifth quarter in a row. The call occurred as 92-year-old chairman emeritus Sumner Redstone — who has a speech impediment in part due to life-support apparatus — was said to be listening in. It came just a few days after Dauman replaced Redstone as executive chair to go along with his job as CEO, and three weeks after Viacom awarded Dauman a $17 million contract renewal bonus that boosted his overall pay 22 percent to $54.2 million last year.

  • Tommie Smith & John Carlos did NOT give up their Olympic medals

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    I wrote about Tommie Smith and John Carlos for the Tuesday Oklahoman.  The sprinters who staged the victory-stand protest after the 200-meter final at the Mexico City Olympics. I chatted with them Monday at Oklahoma Christian University. Never thought I’d be typing those words. You can read my column here. I struggled with writing about Smith and Carlos. Little bit of writer’s block. Not that I had trouble thinking of something to write. I had trouble thinking of what not to write. I generally write about 750 words per column. Sometimes longer. I needed at least 2,000 words on Smith and Carlos. But I’ve got the blog, so here are some other things I wanted to discuss: * Neither

  • 'Deadpool' takes dead aim on big, bloody laughs

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Porky Pig should've ended this film with a hearty "That's All Folks!" "Deadpool" is the trillionth Marvel comic book movie adaptation and first blockbuster of the year. It's also a borderline "Looney Tunes" cartoon. Think vigilante Bugs Bunny in a red suit. With lotsa guns. For the uninitiated, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is a popular antihero in the Marvel world and he's known for his healing powers, sense of humor and motormouth. You might remember that Ryan Reynolds ("Blade: Trinity") already portrayed a villainous incarnation of Deadpool in the universally panned "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." I excitedly saw that film opening night in college and still managed to force that performance out of my brain. For

  • Tony-nominated actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A publicist for Ken Watanabe says the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway's "The King and I" while he battles stomach cancer. The 56-year-old Japanese actor, who made his American stage debut last year opposite Kelli O'Hara in the revival of "The King and I," was due to return to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from March 1-April 17. Craig Bankey, Watanabe's press agent, said Tuesday the actor has undergone endoscopic surgery and is recuperating at a hospital in Japan. In a statement, the actor said: "I would like to ask for your understanding that the start of my performance in New York will be a little delayed.

  • Energy companies adjust to low price environment

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Tuesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 9, 2016: See the national touring production of 'Kinky Boots'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Today's featured event: A tale of unlikely friendship, sweet romance and fancy footwear, the national tour of the musical “Kinky Boots,” which earned six Tony Awards in 2013, is kicking up its heels at 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. The musical features music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein. For tickets and information, go to www.celebrityattractions.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • New Hampshire voters take to polls in 1st-in-nation primary

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a handful of communities that begin voting just after midnight. In Dixville Notch, voters in that tiny town gave Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich two votes, Republican Donald Trump got two and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won four votes for his Democratic bid. Here are snapshots of voters who went to the polls Tuesday: ___ Tracy Carl, 38, of Merrimack resident, voted for Trump after weighing between him and Sanders.

  • Is Peyton Manning the Greatest Quarterback of All Time?

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Sorry, Sheriff: The stats are nice, but not even a win in Super Bowl 50 is enough to make Manning the greatest NFL signal caller.

  • NASCAR announces landmark new ownership structure

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced a milestone long-term agreement Tuesday, unveiling a Charter system that is expected to substantially increase team value and sustainability for owners competing in NASCAR's premier series.

  • Cam Newton quotes Vince Lombardi while defending 'sore loser' Super Bowl press conference

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Cam has no regrets for his abbreviated meeting and curt responses.

  • Brie Larson Hasn't Spoken to Her Father in 10 Years

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Brie Larson opened up about her parents' divorce and how it affected her career in Elle's March cover story — read more.