• World news briefs

    From wire reports | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Asia CHINA Beijing — A bus carrying an opera troupe fell off a cliff in central China on Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 13, state media reported. The accident happened early Tuesday in Linzhou city in Henan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The bus was carrying members of a local opera troupe, according to the government of Anyang city, which oversees the smaller Linzhou. Linzhou police confirmed the accident in an online statement, but didn't give details on how many people had been hurt or killed. It said there were 33 people onboard and that the vehicle had been hired by the troupe.

  • Russia, Ukraine reach gas deal

    By LORNE COOK, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BELGIUM Brussels — Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement late Monday to ensure natural gas supplies to war-torn Ukraine for the month of March, averting possible cuts that could have hit supplies to the European Union. The two countries have fought several gas price wars in past years and Moscow had been threatening to turn off the taps to Ukraine on Tuesday unless it received outstanding pre-payments, as agreed in a deal they clinched last October, the so-called winter package.

  • College scores

    | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Top 10 men No. 2 Virginia 59, at Syracuse 47: Anthony Gill scored 17 points to lead four Virginia players in double figures. Big 12 men at Texas 61, No. 14 Baylor 59, OT: Isaiah Taylor made a tear-drop shot in the lane with 4.8 seconds remaining to give Texas a victory. Top 10 women No. 1 Connecticut 88, at South Florida 65: Breanna Stewart scored 29 points while Morgan Tuck and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 apiece for UConn.

  • Morning roundup

    | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Cowboys put franchise tag worth $12.8M on Bryant Dez Bryant will get four more months to work on a long-term deal with the Cowboys and make $12.8 million next year after the team used its franchise tag on the star wide receiver. Bryant, a former OSU standout, led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years. The Cowboys also have to decide whether to re-sign running back DeMarco Murray, who starred at OU, after he had a league-leading 1,845 yards rushing in the final year of his contract. He becomes a free agent March 10.

  • High school football: Kyle White promoted to head football coach at Edmond Santa Fe

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: 6 hr ago

    White replaces his close friend and longtime mentor Lance Manning, who resigned last month. The two were on the same coaching staff together the past 14 years.

  • Google Maps tool soars over jungle

    Associated Press |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' “Street View” option mostly provides panoramic views of cities and neighborhoods photographed by car-mounted cameras, but Google also has found creative ways to depict exotic locations where there are no roads. In its latest foray into the wilderness, Google teamed up with environmental protection group Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, or FAS, to explore a remote part of an Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

  • Oklahoma scene:

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    UCO women will host first-round conference tourney matchup The Central Oklahoma women's basketball team will host Nebraska-Kearney on Tuesday in the first round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament. Game time in Hamilton Field House is 7 p.m. UCO is 16-12 and finished tied for sixth place with Missouri Western in the conference standings. Nebraska-Kearney is 12-16. General admission tickets are $10; student tickets (ages 6-17) are $5; and children under age 6 are admitted free of charge. UCO students are admitted free with a valid ID. ELSEWHERE Oklahoma and Arkansas-Little Rock will

  • Kerry meets Russian minister

    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    SWITZERLAND Geneva — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow. Neither Kerry nor Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov smiled or spoke substantively as they shook hands Monday before photographers at a Geneva hotel, less than a week after Kerry told Congress that Russian officials have lied to his face about Moscow's role in Ukraine. That comment drew a rebuke from the Russian foreign ministry.

  • Iraqi forces launch operation to retake city from militants

    By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    IRAQ Baghdad — Backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias, Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive Monday to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, the first in a series of campaigns to try to reclaim large parts of northern Iraq from the Sunni extremists. Previous attempts to capture the symbolic city have failed, and hours into Monday's operation, the military said it still hadn't entered Tikrit, indicating a long battle lies ahead. Retaking it will help Iraqi forces secure a major supply link for any future operation to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city which has been under militant rule since June.

  • Boys basketball roundup: Southmoore rolls past Moore in playoff opener

    By Scott Wright | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Southmoore used a big third-quarter run to break away from a halftime tie for a 73-53 win over Moore on Monday night at Mustang High School.

  • Oklahoma City police release name of man who died after officers used Taser

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Darrell Gatewood, 47, died Sunday night after officers used a Taser on him, Oklahoma City police reported. His cause and manner of death is pending, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office said Monday.

  • Bedlam women's basketball: OSU's Liz Donohoe leads all scorers with 23 points on senior night

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    While the senior Cowgirl didn’t get the outcome she desired, her performance — 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals — was a nice bounceback from Bedlam in Norman when the Sooners held Donohoe scoreless in a 73-54 defeat.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: OU loss jumbles its place in Big 12

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The certainty is this — Kansas is guaranteed at least a share of the conference title for the 11th consecutive season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter has been a fantastic fit to Thunder offense

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    In his first five games, Kanter has averaged 15.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 57.7 percent.

  • NBA notebook

    | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Harden suspended 1 game for kicking James in the groin The NBA has suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell back to the court, then kicked his foot up into James. Harden was given a flagrant foul 1 for the play, which the league upgraded Monday to a flagrant 2, which would have been an automatic ejection if called at the time. An angry James said after the game that Harden's kick was “not a basketball play” and that the league

  • Slaying of Putin critic brings public speculation, allegations against West

    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    RUSSIA Moscow — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. The emotional account by Anna Duritskaya came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the high-profile assassination and what it means for Russia.

  • Bedlam basketball: Sooners sweep the regular-season series with 66-56 win over OSU

    AP Sports Writer |
    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Sooners sweep the regular-season series

  • Edmond Santa Fe students surpass fundraising goal

    By Josh Wallace
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Edmond Santa Fe High School students and the community raised $168,891 for Autism Oklahoma during Double Wolf Dare Week.

  • United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

    By JOAN LOWY | Updated: 7 hr ago

  • Girls basketball roundup: Ana Llanusa comes alive as Choctaw shuts down Edmond Memorial

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Llanusa scored 24 points as No. 6-ranked Choctaw stifled No. 10 Edmond Memorial 41-30 to win a Class 6A regional basketball championship for the second straight season.