• Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states

    Updated: 29 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that — if successful — would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity. Touting the plan at a White House ceremony, Obama described his unprecedented carbon dioxide limits as the biggest step ever taken by the U.S. on climate change. On that point, at least, his opponents agreed. They denounced his proposal as egregious federal overreach that would send power prices surging, and vowed lawsuits and legislation to try to stop it. "We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and we're the last generation that can do something about it,

  • Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX

    Updated: 32 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport has been found. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison says 15-year-old Shion Isimel of the Ivory Coast has been located. No further details on his whereabouts or condition were immediately released. Isimel was last seen around 6 a.m. Monday walking out of a terminal. Security camera showed the French-speaking team in a black shirt leaving the airport. Authorities are expected to release more details at a news conference scheduled for 5 p.m. Earlier, an Albanian athlete who disappeared from the games turned up safe in a community on the east side of the San Francisco Bay.

  • Reba McEntire and husband/manager Narvel Blackstock announce separation

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 49 min ago

    It's been a tough few weeks for celebrity marriages. Oklahoma country music superstar Reba McEntire, who hails from Chockie, and her husband and manager Narvel Blackstock announced today they are separating after 26 years of marriage. A representative from Big Machine Label Group, which includes McEntire's label, Nash Icon Records, confirmed the separation in an email to The Oklahoman and provided an official statement: “In a joint statement, Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire have announced that they have been separated for the past few months, after 26 years of marriage. Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other. They have worked together for 35 years

  • Ex-con accused of killing police officer turns self in

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in Monday, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, a spokesman for a U.S. attorney said. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was with his family when he turned himself in at a federal building in Memphis, said Louis Goggans, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood on Saturday night, police said. Officer Sean Bolton approached the car and Wilbourn got out, confronted Bolton, and they got into a physical struggle, police said. Wilbourn took out a gun and fired, striking Bolton multiple times. The officer

  • Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than three hours to reject arguments that the former neuroscience student's mental illness means he should not die. The decision clears the way for one last attempt from both sides to sway the jury, with gripping testimony from victims about their suffering and more appeals for mercy for the man convicted of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more during the 2012 assault at a Batman movie. Holmes, his reactions dulled by anti-psychotic drugs, stood as ordered and appeared emotionless as Judge Carlos Samour, Jr. read the decisions.

  • Three dead after accidents on state roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Three people died from injuries suffered in crashes on state roads, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

  • Senate blocks Lankford bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The Senate blocked a bill on Monday to defund Planned Parenthood after Democrats accused Republicans of trying to deny critical health services to millions of women. The bill, co-authored by Sen. James Lankford, needed at least 60 votes to advance. It received 53 votes, while 46 senators voted to block it. The effort to cut off more than $500 million in funding to Planned Parenthood followed the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion activist showing employees of the organization discussing the sale of fetal tissue and body parts. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said the videos depicted children "carved up and sold as parts." He said, "This is not about Cecil the lion. This is not about

  • Clinton aide may have 'delivered favors' for friends, IG finds

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    An investigation may have found evidence a top State Department aide to Hillary Clinton took advantage of government employment rules with potential conflicts of interest and overpayments. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an inspector general probe suggested Huma Abedin leveraged her State Department job to benefit her two other employers at the time: the Clinton Foundation and a consulting firm called Teneo Strategies. Teneo Strategies was founded by a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, Douglas Band, and boasted the former president as a paid board member when it first launched in 2011. Abedin allegedly sent or received more than 7,000 emails on her government account that involved Band, the letter said. As an example of the potential conflicts of interest at play, Grassley cited an email exchange in which Band pressed Abedin to encourage her State Department boss, Hillary Clinton, to facilitate a White House appointment for one of his clients.

  • Faith holds at New Mexico churches targeted by small blasts

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A New Mexico church service was set to start when the mailbox exploded near the office entrance. Unshaken in faith, the congregation of Calvary Baptist in Las Cruces headed to the parking lot, set up folding chairs and listened as the pastor drew from the story of David and Goliath. The explosion that sent the mailbox flying 100 feet over a woman's head was the first of two om Sunday that caused minor damage to two churches in Las Cruces — the second-largest city in New Mexico near the border of Mexico and Texas. No one was injured in the blasts at Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic, but authorities said the explosive devices could have caused serious injuries if anyone had been nearby. No arrests hav

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission takes new earthquake actions

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is imposing new guidelines on oil and natural gas disposal well operations in response to a rise in earthquake activity in northern Oklahoma and southern Logan counties. The commission that regulates the oil and gas industry announced the new rules Monday. Under the guidelines, the amount of wastewater a disposal well can handle from oil and gas operations is being reduced. Under the plan, operators will have 60 days to cut disposal volumes by 38 percent below their 2014 volumes, or about 3.4 million barrels. That will bring total volume to a level below the 2012 totals by about 2.4 million barrels. The area saw its sharpest rise in earthquakes beginning in late 2012.

  • Prosecutor: Police officers unlawfully opened fire in death

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened fire and killed a homeless man despite signs that he wanted to surrender, a special prosecutor said Monday. The two Albuquerque officers charged with murder in the death of James Boyd came to the scene with the intent of attacking him, Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn asserted at a preliminary hearing to decide if the officers should stand trial. "What was the crime that prompted this paramilitary response? It was not a terrorist act. It was illegal camping," McGinn said during his opening statement at the hearing for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detect

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ex-con accused of killing police officer has turned himself in, spokesman for US attorney says.

  • Oklahoma City residents assess neighborhood safety

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    In response to a question about neighborhood safety in Oklahoma City’s 2015 community survey, 7 percent of those who responded said it was unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods during the day. Twenty-eight percent said their neighborhoods were unsafe after dark. A total of 1,370 households responded to this year’s survey. Questions included direction the city is […]

  • Cooler weather helps crews battling California wildfire

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather helped crews build a buffer Monday between a raging Northern California wildfire and some of the thousands of homes it threatened as it tore through drought-withered brush that hadn't burned in years. At least two dozen homes were destroyed over the past few days, and more than 13,000 people were urged to flee. The fire — the largest blaze in drought-stricken California — roughly tripled in size over the weekend to 93 square miles, generating its own winds that fanned the flames and reduced thousands of acres of manzanita shrubs and other brush to barren land in hours.

  • Senate blocks GOP bill to halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood in mostly party-line vote

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate blocks GOP bill to halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood in mostly party-line vote.

  • New boss of FBI office brings Indian Country experience to OKC

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City's new special agent in charge has spent time in Montana and Down Under. He thinks he will be happy in Oklahoma because it will be like his time in Montana.

  • Reba McEntire and husband Narvel Blackstock announce separation

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Country music star and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced their separation Monday. In a joint statement, the couple said they have been separated for the past few months after 26 years of marriage. Blackstock runs a renowned artist management company whose clients include McEntire, fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton and McEntire’s daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, who married McEntire’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock, in 2013. McEntire and Blackstock have one son together, race car driver Shelby Blackstock.

  • Coach, teammates fondly remember Kansas bat boy who died

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Members of a semi-pro Kansas baseball team say the 9-year-old bat boy who died after being accidentally hit by a follow-through swing was energetic and hard-working, and had a nearly constant smile. The coach and players of the Liberal Bee Jays said Monday that Kaiser Carlile was an important member of their team and always reminded them to play hard and have fun. Kaiser died a day after he was hit in the head with a bat Saturday during the Bee Jays' game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita. The boy, who lived in Liberal, was wearing a helmet at the time. His parents have insisted that the team continue playing. The National Baseball Congress is planning several events to hon

  • Report has Oklahoma City Energy FC 36th in attendance for all soccer

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Kenn Tomasch, who runs Kenn.com and blogs about soccer, released an attendance report on Monday ranking all of the professional teams from Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and the USL. Oklahoma City came in 36th of the 55 teams after playing 10 games at Taft Stadium. Tulsa is four spots ahead in 32rd with one more game played. The Energy has drawn a total of 43,750 fans this season. That’s an average of 4,375 per match with the highest attended game coming in the first home game of the season. When Oklahoma City hosted the Seattle Sounders 2, the Energy drew 6,797 fans.

  • Watermelon: Time to celebrate the fruit, er vegetable

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 2 hr ago

    I have yet to find the perfect watermelon this season.  I'm looking for that deep red hue, not overripe, sweet and refreshing. Perhaps I could find the ultimate melon in Rush Springs this weekend. The annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Jeff Davis Park. In addition to a seed-spitting contest and other events, there will be lots and lots of free watermelon. To get you ready for this festival of oval proportions, here are some facts about watermelon as well as ideas on what you can do with a watermelon: 1. Today is National Watermelon Day, so you might want to start your taste-testing.