• IS enters Palestinian camp in Damascus; Jordan closes border

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials. Jordan, meanwhile, closed its only functioning border crossing with Syria, following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces. Islamic State fighters, who control large swaths of territory in northern Syria, entered the Yarmouk camp from the nearby Hajar Aswad neighborhood. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS group took control of large parts of

  • NFL player sues Bank of America for $20 million

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Free agent linebacker Dwight Freeney is suing one of the nation's largest banks, alleging it swindled him out of more than $20 million and forced him to close an emerging Hollywood restaurant business, USA TODAY reports. Freeney and his company, Roof Group LLC, sued Bank of America in a California superior court weeks ago. The former Colts and Chargers defender, a seven-time Pro Bowler, went public with the lawsuit Tuesday. The lawsuit claims Freeney was taken advantage of after trusting the bank's wealth management division with his assets.

  • Arkansas governor won't sign 'religious freedom' bill as is

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    As local and state leaders and organizations have been pressuring Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto House Bill 1228 — the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" — the governor said Wednesday he won't sign the bill in the current form. The full House passed the "religious freedom" bill Tuesday afternoon after three concurred amendments passed the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. The measure was originally sponsored by Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger of Hindsville. Hutchinson had previously said he would sign the bill into law.

  • Professor gets hate mail over 'Problem of Whiteness'

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    An Arizona State University course called "U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness" has gained national attention and landed the university and the course's professor in the middle of a debate about race, political correctness and academic freedom.

  • 5 upcoming live-action Disney films

    Megan Marsden Christensen, KSL | Updated: 21 hr ago

    There’s something magical about seeing our favorite fairy tales come to life on the big screen, and Disney continues to make all our cinematic dreams comes true with a slew of live-action films.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's on the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Erik Horne | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is on the national cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, along with the headline “The athleticism of LeBron + The drive of Kobe.” SI’s Lee Jenkins wrote a feature story on Westbrook for the magazine’s April 6 edition. SI.com teases the story as a look at Westbrook’s rise from high school […]

  • Humorist P.J. O'Rourke to speak at Literary Voices dinner in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Author P.J. O’Rourke, who will speak at the Literary Voices dinner at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, has written for The National Lampoon and Rolling Stone.

  • Shatterproof open house event set for Oklahoma City

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Shatterproof Challenge, a rappelling event that strives to end the stigma of addiction and raises funding for the prevention, treatment and recovery of the disease, is coming to Oklahoma City. An open house with more details about the event will be held from 5-7 p.m. April 2 at the SandRidge Energy Building, 123 Robert […]

  • Cynthia Lennon: John Lennon's First Wife Dies at 75

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon died today at her home in Spain. As stated in the announcement, Cynthia and John had one child together -- Julian, 51. "He's made his mistakes, on the front pages of newspapers, all over the world," Cynthia Lennon said. Cynthia Lennon was married three more times after the 1968 split, most recently being widowed in 2013 when her husband Noel Charles died.

  • Edmond residents to vote on electronic signs

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Three former mayors are challenging Edmond’s electronic message sign ordinance. Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide if the signs will be allowed in Edmond.

  • Joni Mitchell hospitalized: Singer ‘in good spirits’

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized Tuesday, her official website confirmed. When asked for information regarding Mitchell, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that about 2:30 p.m., a person in the 600 block of Funchal Road was taken to an area hospital in fair condition. He would not identify the person or provide further information. Mitchell has long lived in the Bel-Air neighborhood. Around 10 p.m., the verified Twitter account for Mitchell’s website said she was in intensive care, “but is awake and in good spirits.

  • Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage. The latter category could include state-owned corporations in Russia, China and elsewhere, setting the stage for major diplomatic friction if the sanctions are employed in that way. "Cyberthreats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States," Obama said in a statement after signing an executive order creating the first sanctions program aimed at cyberattacks.

  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

    By ANDREW DEMILLO | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn’t intended to allow discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he wants changes to a bill lawmakers sent him prohibiting state and local government from infringing upon someone’s religious beliefs without a compelling interest. Hutchinson said he wants the Legislature to either recall the bill or pass a follow-up measure to make the proposal more closely mirror a 1993 federal religious freedom law.

  • Mobile home crash kills sleeping couple, unborn child

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    PALMETTO -- A couple and their unborn child are dead after a man drove his SUV into their mobile home early Wednesday, according to Palmetto Police Department.

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Travis Ford, Serge Ibaka's return and Kevin Durant's comments

    staff reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Berry Tramel answered readers' questions on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Durant: "I would love to get my jersey retired here"

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 7 hr ago

    It doesn’t sound like Kevin Durant is looking to go anywhere anytime soon. The face of the Thunder franchise said in a recent interview with Revolt TV that he would like to play with one franchise his entire career and could see his jersey retired in Oklahoma City. The topic came up when the interviewer […]

  • Oklahoma City-based PostRock Energy to restate earnings

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    PostRock Energy Corp., based in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday reported its delayed fourth-quarter earnings and said it will restate its previously reported earnings for much of the past five years.

  • 6 selected as first class of Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame has announced its first class of inductees that includes four players, a coach and a course designer. Two-time U.S. Amateur champ Charlie Coe; U.S. and British Amateur champ Bob Dickson; PGA and Champions Tour player Gil Morgan; pioneering African-American golfer Bill Spiller; longtime OSU golf coach and now athletic director Mike Holder; and course architect Perry “Duke” Maxwell will be inducted during an Oct. 25 ceremony. The six will join 21 golfers previously inducted into the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame. The women `s hall has voted to merge with the new Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Board and support one state golf hall of fame.

  • OU basketball: Frank Booker to transfer

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore guard Frank Booker has decided to transfer, Sooners coach Lon Kruger announced in a news release Wednesday morning. “We understand Frank’s wishes and are totally supportive of him,” Kruger said in the release. “He had a very good first two years and we expect him to finish well at whatever school he chooses.”

  • Oologah kindergartner's death ruled natural causes

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 8 hr ago

    An Oklahoma medical examiner’s autopsy report indicated the cause of death for an Oologah kindergartner who died unexpectedly in January was cardiac arrest. Jenny Yang, 6, died Jan. 5 in an Owasso hospital hours after she was sent home from Oologah-Talala’s lower elementary school classroom with a fever. The Medical Examiner’s Office had been waiting on toxicology results before releasing the full autopsy report this week. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.