• French president revives political duo with his ex

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — A new person has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings at the Elysee Palace: Segolene Royal, the president's ex-companion and mother of his four children. As France's minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy, Royal is now Hollande's leading partner in his most ambitious political endeavor. She is playing a key role in France's preparations to host a landmark U.N. conference in Paris later this year on fighting climate change. Still, her new omnipresence at Hollande's side is rankling critics who say she's playing an outsize role in presidential politics.

  • The interns and the veteran journalist: What they learned at lunch

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 8 hr ago

    School’s out. That means one important thing for managers in The Oklahoman’s newsroom. Interns are here. We love it when the interns are here. They bring energy. They bring ideas, and on their first day of orientation, there’s often a free lunch. This year, the interns lucked out. There was lunch, sure, but The Oklahoman’s […]

  • Tornado hits Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna, killing at least 10 people

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tornado hits Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna, killing at least 10 people.

  • WCWS qualifier: No. 1 Oregon to face UCLA in WCWS opener

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    North Carolina State faced several powerhouse programs from the South this season, including defending national champion and No. 1 seed Florida. After getting a good look at Oregon’s top two pitchers and unforgiving lineup during the NCAA Super Regional, Wolfpack coach Shawn Rychcik said the Pac-12 champions have what it takes to win the Women’s College World Series. “Oregon is a heck of a team,” Rychcik said after Oregon swept the best-of-three series with a 9-3 victory Saturday to close out Howe Field. “This is probably the most complete team we’ve played all year. From the hitting to the pitching and the fielding, they’re going to be real hard to beat in Oklahoma City.” The top-ranked Ducks (51-6) will open the eight-team, double-elimination bracket at 6 p.m. Thursday against conference rival and 12-time national champion UCLA, which defeated Missouri in a super regional in Los Angeles. Oregon won two of the three regular-season meetings with the Bruins (50-10) en route to a third consecutive Pac-12 title.

  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

  • WCWS qualifier: UCLA returns to OKC for first time since 2010

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    UCLA softball is going back to Oklahoma City. The No. 7 Bruins have earned a spot in the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2010, punching their tickets with a 10-6 win over Missouri on Sunday. The victory ended a long wait for one of the sport’s most successful programs — one that leads the country with 11 national championships, each one marked on the outfield wall. “You just look at the fence, and you realize where you’re at,” said Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine. But no one on the current UCLA roster has ever stood on the sport’s preeminent stage. Asked this week how a spot in the final eight-team field would feel, junior outfielder Allexis Bennett said: “It’s going to be like going to Disneyland for the first time. Kids in a candy store.” The Bruins will take on Pac-12 rival Oregon on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • WCWS qualifier: Marisa Runyon, Alexis Osorio lead Alabama to Oklahoma City

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The University of Alabama softball team got a tough draw against a tough Oklahoma team in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional. Alexis Osorio was tougher. Lauren Chamberlain, college softball's all-time home run queen, was clutch for the Sooners. Marisa Runyon delivered the most clutch hit of the postseason. The sophomore third baseman hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to propel the Crimson Tide to a dramatic, come-from-behind 5-3 victory Saturday night, bringing a capacity Rhoads Stadium crowd of 3,940 to its feet and delivering a series win to send Alabama to the Women's College World Series. Alabama will play Michigan next Thursday in a first-round game at Oklahoma City's ASA Hall of Fame Stadium at a time to be determined.

  • WCWS qualifier: Michigan advances to 11th Women's College World Series with series win over Georgia

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    When it comes to having success in the postseason, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins said it's more about heart and soul than it is talent. Luckily for her, the Wolverines have proven they have both. On Friday, Michigan came out on top in a rare contest that saw the team fall behind 3-0, claw back and take a lead, only to face the would-be game winning run late in the seventh inning. Hutchins' team beat Georgia 7-6 in its Super Regional final to advance to the program's 11th Women's College World Series.

  • WCWS qualifier: Auburn headed to OKC after sweeping Louisiana-Lafayette

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Two outs. Bottom of the seventh. One runner on. Auburn holding on to a three-run lead. As Louisiana-Lafayette’s Kelli Martinez walked to the plate and the Auburn faithful loudly chanted, “OKC,” the moment and the pressure weren’t lost on Auburn pitcher Lexi Davis. “It’s hard to not let the adrenaline get to you,” Davis said. “That’s one of things I try to work on is slowing the game down in my mind and not letting everything get to me so I don’t over-pitch.” Trying to stay in her zone and not get caught up that her team was one win away from history, Davis delivered to Martinez, who hit a groundball to shortstop Haley Fagan. Fagan cleanly fielded it and threw Martinez out at first base. Oklahoma City — here come the Tigers.

  • WCWS qualifier: It was a season of firsts for OKC-bound LSU

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The LSU softball team clinched a berth in the Women’s College World Series the same way it has authored this entire historic season. As soon as the Tigers completed a sweep of Arizona in the Baton Rouge super regional with a 10-5 victory Sunday at Tiger Park they fittingly donned T-shirts inscribed with this year’s motto: “The Power of One.” This was a team that pulled together as one as it compiled a laundry list of firsts: winning its first 25 games, ascending to the top of the polls for the first time, and earning the right to host a super regional for the first time. It did all of that the same way it disposed of one of the premier programs in college softball: with a deep and unrelenting cast overwhelming the opposition. Now, LSU will take on fellow SEC member Auburn on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the first round of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

  • Rain, possible severe weather return to Oklahoma on Monday, forecasters predict

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The National Weather Service predicts a 70 percent chance of heavy rain Monday in the Oklahoma City metro area. Showers and thunderstorms are likely after 1 p.m., forecasters said.

  • WCWS qualifier: Tennessee one of five SEC teams headed to Oklahoma City

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    With so many SEC teams qualifying for the Women's College World Series, it wasn't likely the Tennessee softball team could go very long before running into a conference rival. And the Lady Vols will see one right away. Eighth-seeded Tennessee (47-15) will face No. 1 seed Florida (55-6) in its opening game of the double-elimination tournament on Thursday (TV:ESPN, noon) in Oklahoma City. In all, five SEC teams — Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Alabama and Auburn — will make up the eight-team WCWS field. The total matched the record for most teams in a conference to make the field. The Pac-10 also had five in 1999.

  • WCWS qualifier: Florida advances to Women's College World Series with win over Kentucky

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    There was no dogpile, but it wasn’t because of arrogance or complacency or because they were any less excited about another trip to Oklahoma City. It was because of physics. After Lauren Haeger finished off another shutout with a strikeout, she threw her glove in the air and ran to catcher Aubree Munro. “It was a little different,” Haeger said. “When she would tackle (former UF pitcher) Hannah (Rogers), Hannah would go down. We just hit. “I wasn’t going down.” Instead, the team had a major group hug to celebrate Florida’s 1-0 win over Kentucky and a third straight trip to the Women’s College World Series. With a No. 1 seed and the pressure of being defending national champs, Florida didn’t blink in the postseason with five consecutive shutouts, four by Haeger.

  • Candlelight vigil marks 1 month since deadly Nepal quake

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Nepal's capital Monday evening to mark one month since the earthquake that killed thousands of people and affected millions. About 200 people gathered at the Brikutimandap grounds in the heart of Kathmandu to remember the dead. They held a minute of silence, lit candles and signed messages in memory of those killed. "We are here to pray for peace of the people who were killed and to pledge that we will rebuild the country," student Suresh Niraula said. In the afternoon about 400 people held hands to form a human chain around the site where Dharahara tower once stood. The Dharahara tower, built in 1832 with a 213-step spiral staircase, once offered

  • Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. Olmert was convicted in March in a retrial in Jerusalem District Court. The sentencing comes in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, ensuring the end of the former premier's political career. Olmert's lawyer, Eyal Rozovsky, said Olmert's legal team was "very disappointed" by the ruling and would appeal to Israel's Supreme Court.

  • Tunisia defense minister says 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 others injured

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia defense minister says 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 others injured.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison in corruption trial.

  • Needs and Deeds: Oklahoma City-based It's My Community Initiative

    By Tess Thomson
    For The Oklahoman |

    It’s My Community Initiative is a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City with a mission of developing and expanding efforts to strengthen communities by building strong, healthy families.

  • Oklahoma Film Institute offers crash course in high-tech moviemaking

    By Brandy McDonnell
    Features Writer |

    Oklahoma City Community College’s Film and Video Program allows students in its three-day summer clinics the chance to work with cutting-edge equipment like a drone, Fig-Rigs and high-resolution digital cameras.

  • Researcher studying how aging combined with obesity contributes to arthritis

    By Ryan Stewart, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Tim Griffin, Ph.D., has received a five-year, $1.76 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how aging combined with obesity contributes to osteoarthritis.