• Edmond school district upgrading playgrounds

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The Edmond school district has a goal to make all elementary playgrounds accessible for children with disabilities.

  • Miranda Lambert covers Country Living magazine and serves as first guest editor

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The June issue of Country Living magazine, on newsstands May 19, celebrates country style through the lens of country music, So the magazine selected as its the first-ever guest editor Tishomingo resident and Miranda Lambert, who grew up in Lindale, Texas, where the town motto is actually Good Country Living.   Grammy-Award winning country star […]

  • Sam Bradford success with Philadelphia Eagles is up to Chip Kelly

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wanted to move up to No. 2 in the NFL Draft. Heck, Kelly entertained moving up to No. 1 before trading up for Sam Bradfordn. But he wasn't willing to "mortgage the future." Now, Sam Bradford is a part of that future. ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan says it's easy to look at Bradford as a bust like other first-round quarterbacks before, but Bradford's circumstances were different. Now, Sheridan says, it's up to Kelly how much Bradford can succeed. Bradford has his old offensive coordinator back from his Rookie of the Year season. "As a rookie in 2010, Bradford played for offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who was on Reid’s staff when McNabb was being developed. Bradford completed 60 percent of his passes and was named the AP offensive rookie of the year," Sheridan said. "It is the opposite of the situation Bradford had in St. Louis. Everything is in place for a quarterback to succeed."

  • State official: Clinton email practices 'not acceptable'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it's "not acceptable" for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did. Joyce Barr, the agency's chief freedom of information officer, made the comment under questioning from Republican senators who used a Senate Judiciary hearing on open records laws to attack Clinton over her email practices. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said that Clinton's approach amounted to a "premeditated and deliberate" attempt to avoid open records requirements. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said that anyone who took such an approach should be fired, and asked Barr whether it would

  • Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the first lifetime study of 3,000 purebred golden retrievers up and running after signing up the first dogs in 2012. The nonprofit says the review of health conditions and environmental factors facing goldens across the U.S. can help other breeds and even people, because humans carry 95 percent of the same DNA. "Canine cancer has become a dog owner's greatest fear," said Dr.

  • Want to play video games on our Big Screen downtown?

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    We’re hosting a Video Game Challenge for 10 people to battle it out in our downtown studio.

  • Waffle House Tweets Juan Pun On Cinco De Mayo Then Retreats In Fear

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Waffle House tweeted a “Juan” pun on Tuesday for Cinco de Mayo, then promptly deleted it after prodding from Twitter users who viewed the tweet as offensive. Posted at 9:12 a.m., according to a screengrab captured by Adweek, the Waffle House tweet said “Oh bacon, you are the Juan for me #CincoDeMayo.” By 10:27 a.m., Waffle House had scrubbed the tweet and replaced it with “Oh bacon, you are the one for me! #CincoDeMayo.” By the afternoon, the second tweet had been deleted as well.

  • This Is What Pop Culture Looked Like In 2005

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A mere 10 years ago, blockbuster franchises were dominating the box office, "American Idol" and "CSI" were on the air, and Tom Cruise was at the center of a Scientology controversy, The Huffington Post reports. It might seem like not much has changed in the decade that's since unfolded, but it was practically a prehistoric era: YouTube was born in February 2005, Netflix hadn't yet introduced its streaming service and Spotify wouldn't be developed for another year. 

  • Floyd Mayweather Hit With $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Fresh off of his victory in the ring against Manny Pacquiao, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing another battle, this one in the legal system, The Wrap reports. Mayweather has been slapped with a $20 million by his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, who claims Mayweather defamed her during an April interview with Katie Couric.

  • Abstinence-Only Texas High School Hit By Chlamydia Outbreak

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    An outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Texas has forced administrators there to send a warning note home to parents, The Huffington Post reports. District officials confirmed to CBS7 last Friday that the Crane Independent School District has seen 20 cases of the sexually transmitted disease in its high school, adding that letters have also been sent to the district's junior high school as a precaution. The station estimates 1 in 15 students at the school has contracted chlamydia.

  • How Tim McGraw Plans to Spoil Faith Hill This Mother's Day

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Having teenage daughters means Tim McGraw doesn't need to help them prepare Mother's Day gifts for their mother, Faith Hill, anymore. But he still likes to find ways to spoil his wife on her special day, Good Morning America reports. "I try to find something that's interesting for my wife," he told ABC News. "Of course, breakfast in bed's always pretty good."

  • Gay Dads Win Surrogacy Battle Over 'Homophobic' Birth Mom

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A baby girl conceived through surrogacy will be removed from her biological mother and live with her father and his gay partner instead, a High Court judge in Britain has ruled. Reuters reports the judgment follows a legal dispute over the nature of the parents' agreement when the child was conceived.

  • UPDATE: Interstate 35 on-ramps from SH 9 and Lindsey Street in Norman reopened

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Interstate 35 on-ramps from State Highway 9 East and Lindsey Street in Norman have been reopened. The ramps were closed earlier due to flooding.

  • Miranda Lambert Opens Up About Building New Home with Blake Shelton

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Miranda Lambert has a lot to think about when building her new home with husband, Blake Shelton, Good Morning America reports. That’s because the country singer is keeping her 15 rescue animals in mind. "I’ve been saving inspiration [for the house] on Pinterest. A friend of mine recently said, ‘I can see your Pinterest boards, and all you have on there are dog rooms,’" she revealed in the June issue ofCountry Living magazine, in which she serves as the first-ever guest editor.

  • Chicago City Council approves reparations for police torture victims

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The City Council approved an unprecedented reparations package on Wednesday that will pay $5.5 million and provide other benefits to torture victims of notorious former police commanderJon Burge, USA TODAY reports. The vote caps a decades-long push for restitution to some of the more than 100 victims — mostly African-American men — who have alleged horrific abuse by police officers under Burge's command.

  • Hungry for cash: Wendy's selling 640 restaurants

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Wendy's plans to sell 640 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to franchisees to generate cash and reduce expenses, the company said Wednesday. USA TODAY reports it will also sell its bakery operation, based in Zanesville, Ohio, this month. Wendy's shares are up more than 4% in morning trading.

  • Mom held hostage orders pizza online, sends plea for help

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A woman is being credited for ending a hostage situation Tuesday by sending a message seeking help along with an order to a Pizza Hut in Florida, USA TODAY reports. The order included a comment that said a mother and her children were being held by a man. The message was spotted by chef Alonia Hawk and was printed by store manager Candy Hamilton.

  • Deflategate probe clears Bill Belichick, suggests Tom Brady aware of tampering

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    An investigation into the so-called Deflategate scandal concluded it is more likely than not that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" by two team employees that resulted in balls being deflated in the AFC Championship Game, USA TODAY reports.  The report, released Wednesday by attorney Ted Wells, found "it is more probable than not that Jim McNally and John Jastremski participated in a deliberate plan to circumvent the rules by releasing air from Patriots game balls," but found no wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, coach Bill Belichick and his assistants, or equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 6, 2015: See the musical 'Million Dollar Quartet' at the Civic Center Music Hall

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Today’s featured event: See the national touring production of the jukebox musical “Million Dollar Quartet” at 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and […]

  • Oklahoma House OKs handguns in schools by trained personnel

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk is the next stop for legislation that allows a school district to designate a school worker with firearms training to carry a handgun on school property. The Oklahoma House voted 82-12 for the Senate-passed measure Wednesday and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. The bill by Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield says a school district’s board of education can designate a school employee to attend an armed security guard training program or reserve peace officer program and pay for the training. Supporters say the measure would provide some protection from an armed intruder who posed a threat to children.