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  • No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half. Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half. "It's nothing that serious. Everything's good," Petty insisted afterward. "I'm already feeling a lot better." While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns

  • It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one. There are thousands, and they are ubiquitous: Long-time favorite Doraemon (who really is a cat) has a daily quiz in a national newspaper. Little monster Pikachu hosted a theme cafe in Tokyo this summer. Stress-relieving Rilakkuma ("relaxed bear") dangles from teenage girls' school bags. Characters are not just for kids in Japan, but a part of business and social life. Some see Japan's cute-craze, known as "kawaii," as a sign of immaturity, but others say it's rooted in a harmony-centered way of life that goes back to ancient animist traditions.

  • Oklahoma man dies after Logan County traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Gary Forsythe, 22, of Mustang, Oklahoma, died Sunday afternoon after a traffic accident on State Highway 74 in Logan County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Same-sex couple divorced in Oklahoma — for a day

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Don Andrews, an Oklahoma County special judge signed a same-sex couple’s divorce decree one day, and then vacated the decree the next day “upon further review of the laws of the state of Oklahoma.”

  • Review: 'Phantom of the Opera' production in Oklahoma City will delight old, new Phans

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    An updated production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which continues through Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, is producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new take on this musical theater classic and will satisfy both diehard fans and those seeing it for the first time.

  • Farmers in Texas County, Oklahoma's biggest water user, work to conserve

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Even in good years, Texas County, in the center of the Oklahoma Panhandle, is one of the driest, windiest parts of the state. But the county, sitting atop the Ogallala Aquifer, is also the state’s heaviest user of water.

  • Three notable Oklahomans reflect on their first jobs and lessons it taught

    By LeighAnne Manwarren, Staff Writerlmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Scott Brooks, head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder; Timothy O’Toole, president and CEO of the Oklahoma State Fair; and Tony Award-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth reflect on their first jobs, the lessons they learned and their practice of those lessons.

  • Metropolitan Library System updates its card catalog system

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System is closed this weekend but will re-open Tuesday with a re-vamped card catalog system.

  • Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life. "The season for me has been a little bit up and down," she said in quite an understatement, "and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the way I want to.

  • US judge temporarily blocks La. from enforcing law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — US judge temporarily blocks La. from enforcing law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.

  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders of weeks of violence between rival militias over control of Tripoli that sparked the evacuation. The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post — including images of men earlier swimming in the compound's algae-filled pools — likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who t

  • Oklahoma man's widow wins unusual workers' compensation case appeal

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Barnsdall Fire Chief Pete O’Dell and his wife testified they never met Thomas Russell “Rusty” Topping. That didn’t stop the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals from recently upholding the award of more than $200,000 in workers’ compensation benefits to Topping’s widow and son, who previously had received a $303,000 federal firefighters’ death benefit. Both awards were linked to paperwork listing the Barnsdall volunteer fire department as his employer.

  • 2008 death prompted changes in OSU firefighter training

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Whether Thomas Russell “Rusty” Topping was a member of the Barnsdall volunteer fire department has been the topic of legal controversy. But, there’s no question he died a firefighter’s death.

  • Will Hider: Glass Going Up at Century Center

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Will Hider has an incredible eye, and his camera is never far away. His latest photos capture glass going up on my favorite downtown project - the renovated Century Center at 100 W Main.

  • “Circle The Wagen” to show at Oklahoma City's Route 66 Peddler shop

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer, rmedley@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The story of a trip across America in a Volkswagen van is coming to Oklahoma City. Parts of the documentary were filmed in Oklahoma where the van once broke down.

  • Experience with Red Cross while growing up in Iraq leads Edmond woman to service with organization in U.S.

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Hiba Jameel, raised in Baghdad, Iraq, now resides in Edmond and works in volunteer services in the Central and Western Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross. She is responsible for recruiting volunteers and placing them in positions.

  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq, officials said Sunday. Germany's defense minister said the arms would be sent in three shipments, starting in September, and would initially be enough to equip a brigade of 4,000 Peshmerga fighters. "This is in our security interest," Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Berlin. Germany joins other European countries who have pledged to provide arms to the Kurds fighting the Islamic State group that has swept into northern Iraq in recent months.

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Creek County man

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Douglas Blansett, 76, was reported missing Saturday in Slick, Oklahoma. A Silver Alert issued for him Sunday afternoon was canceled about 6 p.m. after the man had been located.

  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard of Islamist fighters who have taken control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. Those militants now are looking toward the United States or Western Europe for its next targets, lawmakers said. Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions how to confront them, the lawmakers said Obama soon needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to crush the fighters. "His foreign poli

  • Wedding industry illustrates unresolved legal relationship between religious freedom and gay rights

    Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News | Yesterday

    Recent discrimination charges against wedding-related businesses highlight how complicated adjudicating the First Amendment can be.