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  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048. No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment. U.S.

  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." In setting tight limits on how far electoral reforms can go in Hong Kong, Beijing issued its firmest reminder yet that it's still in charge despite the substantial autonomy it promised the city after taking control from Britain in 1997.

  • What's happening to Common Core in NC?

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a law this summer that opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools. But the law doesn't mean the academic standards previously agreed to by more than 40 other states are automatically eliminated. Here's an explanation of how Common Core will be reconsidered in North Carolina, and how current benchmarks stemming from Common Core could stay intact, perhaps under a different name: WHAT'S THE NEW LAW DO? The General Assembly directs the State Board of Education to review the math and English language arts standards based on Common Core the board approved in 2010, and to propose modifications.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Islamist militia group says it has 'secured' a US Embassy compound in Libya's capital

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Islamist militia group says it has 'secured' a US Embassy compound in Libya's capital.

  • Edmond cancer survivor returns to Central America for victory run

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Mike Wall, a longtime ministry leader at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, ran 50 miles in Nicaragua — in celebration of his victory over skin cancer and to raise awareness about the deadly disease.

  • Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

    Yesterday

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power raced with his head instead of his gut. Only a catastrophe was likely to derail his IndyCar Series championship, and the Australian knew he had to throttle the aggression that has made his career — and occasionally wrecked it. Yet after Power moved patiently and safely through the Fontana field, a restart gave him a chance to seize the lead, if only for a few laps. Power couldn't resist. With one last daredevil move, he pulled in front for just long enough to ensure he wouldn't back into his long-awaited title. "On that restart, I thought, 'I've got to lead a lap and not go backward,'" Power said. "That was the key to the race. No mistakes. Stay on top of the car. ... It's such an e

  • Ross helps No. 25 Washington edge Hawaii 17-16

    Yesterday

    HONOLULU (AP) — John Ross scored on a reverse and a 91-yard catch and No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii 17-16 on Saturday night despite a weak second half in coach Chris Petersen's Huskies debut. The Huskies overcame late pushes from Hawaii and offensive problems late in the game, when their best accomplishment was running out the clock. Jeff Lindquist threw for 162 yards in his first start for Washington after Cyler Miles was suspended for the game for his role in an offseason fight. But most of Lindquist's total came on the big play to Ross. He was 3 for 15 in the second half for 28 yards. The Huskies punted on eight of their first nine possessions in the second half, but the Rainbow Warriors were unable to take adv

  • North to Alaska on a motorcycle and back for Oklahoma City riders

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Dan Maxey, owner of Maxey’s Motorsports in Oklahoma City, rode a motorcycle to northern parts of Alaska and back this summer. The trip was over 11,800 miles.

  • Oklahoma State football: What they're saying about OSU's 37-31 loss to Florida State

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    OSU QUOTEBOARD — Cowboy cornerback Kevin Peterson says ‘I knew at kickoff that we were in this game’

  • OU football: Keith Ford, Sooners RBs run to 48-16 win over La. Tech

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Trevor Knight passed for 252 yards and a touchdown and Keith Ford had 117 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns to help No. 4 Oklahoma defeat Louisiana Tech 48-16 on Saturday night. Ford ran for 51 yards and caught four passes for 66 yards for the Sooners, who rolled to a 31-0 lead in the second quarter of the season opener for both teams. Samaje Perine ran for 78 yards and a touchdown and Alex Ross ran for two scores for the Sooners. Zack Sanchez led Oklahoma’s defense with an interception and a blocked field goal. Oklahoma linebacker Jordan Evans was ejected in the second quarter for targeting when he tried to make a play against Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol, but the Sooners remained

  • OSU football: Cowboys fall just short in 37-31 loss to No. 1 Florida State

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@opubco.com | Yesterday

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State opened defense of its national title with a 37-31 victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State on the same field where this year’s champion will be crowned. Winston wasn’t nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago, but made plays when he had to as the Seminoles (1-0) tied a school record with their 17th straight victory. The Cowboys (0-1) were 19-point underdogs in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys but stayed close when J.W. Walsh matched Winston’s scoring run with a 24-yard sprint and dive across the goal line to get within 27-24

  • OSU football: Cowboys' Tyreek Hill lives up to hype, goes for 278 all-purpose yards

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    ARLINGTON, Texas – As the Florida State opener neared and the noise showering praise on Tyreek Hill soared, many started to wonder if Hill could possibly live up to the hype? Possibly? Definitively. If anything, Hill may have exceeded the hype Saturday night. “I think his play kind of speaks for itself,” said Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh. “He was a big catalyst for us. He played very well. We’re excited for the future with him and what he can do.” Cowboys coaches met their goal of getting Hill 15-20 touches. And many of them were exhilarating. “Well, we know he’s fast,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said of Hill’s best-known trait. “We’ve confirmed that. Because those guys (from FSU)

  • OU football: Ejection of Jordan Evans, suspension of Frank Shannon force Sooners to deal with LB depth issues

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    NORMAN — On Louisiana Tech’s third drive Saturday night vs. Oklahoma, the Sooners were forced to deal with their depth issues at linebacker. With Frank Shannon held out as he fights a one-year suspension from the school in district court, his replacement — sophomore Jordan Evans — was ejected for targeting. Evans moved to tackle Bulldogs’ quarterback Cody Sokol, diving at the quarterback as Sokol ducked and slid to avoid contact. It was a helmet-to-helmet hit. After a lengthy discussion on the field, referee Dan Romeo announced the targeting call as Evans and Shannon both raised their arms in disgust. The play was reviewed — and confirmed — and the Sooners were sent scrambling.

  • OU football: Big win over La. Tech gave walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum a night he won't forget

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    NORMAN — Fans streamed toward the exits, players headed toward the locker room, and still, Caleb Gastelum lingered on the Owen Field turf. He talked with family. He posed for pictures. He soaked in everything. Hard to blame him. The Oklahoma reserve linebacker had a game he could’ve only dreamed about when he arrived on campus as a walk-on. Even though this 48-16 victory against overmatched Louisiana Tech might be soon forgotten in a season many expect to be grand, Gastelum will long remember it. That’s because he stepped in and played nearly every snap of the game.

  • The Homeless Front: A look at homeless veterans in Oklahoma City

    BY JULIANA KEEPING | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    {if $specialArticle} THE HOMELESS FRONT A Justin Gilbert interception would have given OSU the Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl berth. But instead, Lacoltan Bester's breakup changed the college football landscape story by Jason Kersey photos by Bryan Terry, Chris Landsberger and Nate Billings {include file="article/social.sharing.tpl" } {/if} {if $specialArticle}{else} // {/if}   {if $specialArticle} {/if} {if $specialArticle} // {/if} Josh Heupel looked down upon one of the wildest, coldest Bedlam football games from a warm press box and a hot seat. His game plan for Texas and play-calling at Baylor had turned a once untouchable Sooner hero into the scapegoat for OU's

  • Oklahoma Attorney general awaits a decision on his Obamacare lawsuit

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he tries to remove politics from lawsuits while he awaits a decision out of Muskogee on the state’s Affordable Care Act litigation.

  • Thousands of Oklahomans 'underemployed'

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    More than 55,000 in Oklahoma struggle to find full-time work

  • Executive Q&A: Chief of Yukon-based Legacy Aviation flies high over acquisition

    BY PAULA BURKES, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Executive Q&A: Venezuelan native R.J. Gomez, president of Legacy Aviation Services Inc., set out to become a pilot, but changed course for aircraft maintenance. Leacy is acquiring Mid-Continent Airmotive.

  • Companies reduce healthcare costs and taxes by using temporary workers

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Local expert expects firms to continue expanding use of temporary and freelance workers