• New federal rules on stream protection both hailed, criticized

    By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far. The White House says the rules, issued Wednesday, will provide much-needed clarity for landowners about which waterways must be protected against pollution and development. But House Speaker John Boehner declared they will send “landowners, small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers on the road to a regulatory and economic hell.” The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.

  • What We're Talking About 4:30

    | Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHIMPS' DAY IN COURT: A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a New York university told a judge that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of mentally ill people and imprisonment. TRACY MORGAN LAWSUIT: Tracy Morgan, Walmart settle a lawsuit after a highway crash that injured him and killed his friend. SURVEILLANCE VIDEO ATTACK: Police in Washington are asking for the public's help after they say surveillance video captured a brutal attack on a 63-year-old man who was robbed of $1.

  • Software glitch can cause iPhones to shut down

    By BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to shut down when they receive a certain text message. Apple says it's aware of the problem and is working on a fix. Some pranksters are sharing it on social media and using it to crash other peoples' phones. The problem only occurs when the iPhone receives a message with a specific string of characters, including some Arabic characters. An iPhone typically shows a shortened version of a message on the lock screen. That shortened combination of characters triggers the crash. Affected phones restart automatically. Owners can prevent the problem by turning off the message “previews” feature.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin balks at leaving mansion for major repair project

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said now is not a good time to for her to leave the Governor’s Mansion for a six-month repair project that would include rebuilding rotting windows, replacing the heating and cooling system and waterproofing the basement. She balked at moving to state-owned housing but “may reconsider the proposal at a later date.”

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 28.

  • Rare tick-borne illness confirmed in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A Payne County resident contracted a rare tick-borne disease caused by a recently identified virus known as the Bourbon virus, the Oklahoman Health Department confirmed Thursday. Oklahomans are encouraged to take precautions to prevent tick bites this summer.

  • First MAPS 3 senior center reaches milestone

    By William Crum
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council is expected to give approval to seek construction bids after an advisory committee endorsed architects’ final plans for the the first MAPS 3 senior center.

  • More flooding likely as heavy rain returns to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    As another round of heavy rainfall sweeps across Oklahoma, forecasters are “confident” the state will see more flooding Thursday. Flood warnings are in place Thursday for areas along the Red, Cimarron, Washita and Canadian rivers.

  • Norman school district officials spare Eisenhower Elementary caboose

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Parents, former students fought decision to remove 41-year-old landmark

  • Republican presidential hopefuls address defense spending

    By Chris Casteel
    Washington Bureau |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    In Oklahoma City last week, none of the candidates who sat down for interviews took a position on military base closures and some said defense spending would depend on economic growth.

  • Oklahoma convict charged with first-degree murder in child's death

    By Nolan Clay
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Prosecutors allege Dustin Melvin Davison, 22, beat Kreedin Brooks, 2, to death May 18 at a Bethany apartment.

  • Texas residents continue cleanup as death toll rises

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    HOUSTON — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas left at least 15 people dead and a dozen others missing. More rain fell on the hard-hit Houston area, temporarily complicating the cleanup a day after a downpour of nearly a foot triggered the worst flooding the nation's fourth-largest city has seen in years. Hundreds of homes were damaged. Severe weather continued in other parts of Texas, with hundreds of people west of Fort Worth told to evacuate along the rising Brazos River and flash flood warnings posted in many areas.

  • Deaths of Oklahoma firefighter, Texas teen highlight hidden dangers of storm drains

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    In Oklahoma on Saturday, Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley was leading a rescue crew that helped evacuate families from flooded duplexes in the city northeast of Tulsa when he stepped into a water-filled box culvert, Fire Chief Sean Douglas said. Farley and another firefighter who tried to rescue him were pulled into a drain pipe. The other firefighter traveled 200 yards until he was ejected from the pipe and survived, but Farley got caught inside and died.

  • Women's College World Series: Who will you root for at the WCWS?

    By Ryan Aber
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Coaches and players make a pitch why Oklahoman should cheer for their team.

  • For regional champs, it's time to s-p-e-l-l

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. — The onstage portion of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee began Wednesday morning, with 283 regional champions competing for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes. Here are some memorable moments from the preliminary rounds. BREEZING THROUGH During the first preliminary round Wednesday, 283 kids spelled words — and 279 spelled correctly. The words included “fidelity,” “flamboyant,” “mirage,” “llama” and “analysis.

  • NFL notebook

    Compiled by Nathan Ruiz from wire and web reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Coach says Peterson can play for Vikings or not play at all Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer cut right to the chase on Wednesday when asked about the situation surrounding his disgruntled star running back, former Sooner Adrian Peterson. "He's really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play," Zimmer said on the second day of optional practices that Peterson skipped. "He's not going to play for anybody else and that's just the way it's going to be." The Vikings have two more three-day sessions of optional practices in June. Peterson is not required to show up until a mandatory minicamp on June 16.

  • Cost of attendance has some worried in SEC

    AP College Football Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DESTIN, Fla. — The cost of attendance boost to an athletic scholarship is about to become a reality and some coaches are uncomfortable with the new economic reality of college sports: Athletes will be able to get more at some schools than at others. In the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee and Auburn will be giving their athletes about $5,500 more on top of a scholarship that pays for tuition, room and board, and books. On the other end, schools such as Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia will be giving their athletes about $3,000 less. Those numbers are determined by financial aid offices following federal guidelines, and individual students

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, May 28-Friday, May 29

    | Updated: 7 hr ago

    THURSDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. OKC at Salt Lake KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m.

  • FIFA's commercial partners urged to make their voices heard

    Associated Pres |
    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    LONDON — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials. Companies like Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas have in recent months shown a growing willingness to voice their concerns publicly about FIFA's string of scandals, which have spanned from past allegations of corruption to the abuse of laborers building World Cup venues in Qatar.

  • American Bankers Association names Frank Keating's successor

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Former Treasury Department official will follow the former Oklahoma governor as CEO and president of American Bankers Association.