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  • Three questions: Ryan Aber talks Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and OU eligibility

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Plenty of questions today on the OU chat with Ryan Aber. From Joe Mixon to the Sooners’ defense to recruiting, engagement was great for one of the first chats of football season. Here were some of the highlights: JOE MIXON Comment From Paula Seems to me like the FINE writers at NEWSOK have already CONVICTED […]

  • Dozens treated for illness at Keith Urban concert

    Yesterday

    MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts. Police and fire officials say ambulances from five surrounding communities responded to the Saturday night concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, about 30 miles south of Boston. At least 46 people were treated and 22 were taken to local hospitals. Police say more than 50 people were taken into protective custody at the concert, and some could face charges. Officials say about 18,000 country music fans attended the concert at the outside venue.

  • UPDATE: One Oklahoma community hasn't climbed above 68 degrees today

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Areas of Oklahoma have recorded more than 1.3 inches of rain today.

  • Authorities report drowning at Keystone Lake Monday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    A drowning has been reported at Keystone Lake. The drowning was at Walnut Creek State Park in Osage County, Oklahoma

  • Send us your questions for OU and OSU Media Days

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    On Saturday, The Oklahoman will be at media days in Norman and Stillwater for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football. We’ll be asking plenty of questions, and we’re asking for you to give us your best. How do we get your questions? Submit them below in the comments section, via our Facebook page, or to the […]

  • Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a "direct connection" for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page. "Are you tired of the media filters?" she asks. "Well, I am. I always have been. So we're gonna do something about it." "We'll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won't talk about," she adds. Palin says she oversees all content posted to the channel. This will include her own political commentary.

  • Oklahoma football: Police still investigating Joe Mixon allegations; no charges expected Monday

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Norman Police are still investigating assault allegations against highly-touted Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon, and charges aren’t likely to be filed Monday, the district attorney’s office told The Oklahoman. Mixon is being investigated for allegedly assaulting a female OU student at Picklemen’s Gourmet Cafe on Campus Corner early Friday morning. Norman Police […]

  • Doctor: Injection lines placed correctly in inmate

    Yesterday

    PHOENIX (AP) — Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of an Arizona inmate whose death with lethal drugs took more than 90 minutes, a medical examiner said Monday. Incorrect placement of lines can inject drugs into soft tissue instead of the blood stream, but the drugs used to kill Joseph Wood went into the veins of his arms, said Gregory Hess of the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office. Hess also told The Associated Press that he found no unexplained injuries or anything else out of the ordinary when he examined the body of Wood, who gasped and snorted Wednesday more than 600 times before he was pronounced dead. An Ohio inmate gasped in similar fashion for nearly 30 minutes in January.

  • Judge sets plea hearing in Oklahoma boating deaths case

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    JAY (AP) — A plea hearing has been scheduled for next month for a Tulsa man charged with manslaughter in connection with the deaths of two University of Arkansas students in a boating collision last year. John Deselms is charged with manslaughter in the May 14, 2013, deaths of Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove and William “Trey” Varner III of Texarkana, Arkansas. Prosecutors allege that Deselms was operating a boat under the influence of alcohol when it crashed into a houseboat parked on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. Swetnam, Varner and Deselms were all students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. At a court hearing Monday, a judge scheduled an Aug. 20 hearing for Deselms to enter a plea in the case.

  • Oklahoma City festival is the cat's meow

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Cat video festival draws crowds to Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

  • Edmond's Krazy Daze is chock-full of deals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Edmond’s Krazy Daze sales continues as tradition in downtown each year. Citizen’s Bank of Edmond’s dunk tank added to the fun while shopping for the city’s best bargains.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin complains about costs of immigrant children

    Yesterday

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state. In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma. Fallin says her office was given no advance notice of a plan by federal officials to use the vacant barracks for U.S. Army troops to house up to 1,200 mostly teenagers from Central America who were caught trying to enter the country illegally.

  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    Yesterday

    GENEVA (AP) — The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. Pillay's comments coincided with a new report by her office that says at least 1,129 people had been killed and 3,442 wounded in Ukraine's fighting as of Saturday, and more than 100,000 have fled the violence since April.

  • UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    Yesterday

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity." The U.N. chief accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal of being irresponsible and "morally wrong" for letting their people get killed in the conflict. He urged them to demonstrate "political will" and "compassionate leadership" to end the suffering of war-weary citizens. "Gaza is in critical condition" after pummeling by Israeli forces that has killed helpless civilians and raised "serious questions about proportionality," he told r

  • Zillow buying Trulia to make real estate titan

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate website operator Zillow is buying rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion deal that would make the biggest player in the online real estate market. Zillow would also become the king of real estate listings available on smartphones. "It's a very sound business move by Zillow, they wiped out their closest competitor," said Benchmark analyst Daniel Kurnos. According to Benchmark estimates Zillow and Trulia are No. 1 and 2 in the online real estate market, followed by No. 3 Move Inc. Investors weren't so sure. Trulia's stock rose 8 percent in morning trading, but Zillow's fell 5.9 percent.

  • Teens helped each other escape sinking Korean ship

    Yesterday

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — Students who survived the South Korean ferry disaster testified Monday they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee after their cabins were flooded too much. The six girls testified Monday at a court session for 15 crew members responsible for the ship's navigation who face charges of negligence and failing to perform their duties to rescue passengers, with four of them facing homicide charges. The students from Danwon High School near Seoul revealed how chaotic the scene on the ferry was, recalling they wore life jackets and were helped by friends to float out and leave flooded rooms. They saw some schoolmates swept away by the waters.

  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms. After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday that it had agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But as Israel's Cabinet met to discuss the offer and the ongoing war, rockets rained down on southern Israel and

  • Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group official said Sunday. Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press that Dr. Kent Brantly — the 33-year-old medical director for the group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia — was stable and in very serious condition. "We are hopeful and prayerful," Isaacs told AP by telephone from the group headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. He said the doctor quickly recognized the symptoms and sought speedy treatment.

  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 — after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder. Richard Plotts was arraigned late Saturday at his hospital bedside after emerging from sedation, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the Delaware County district attorney's office. Plotts, 49, was ranting about Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital's gun ban Thursday before he shot 53-year-old caseworker Theresa Hunt during an appointment, authorities said. Psychiatrist Lee Silverman crouched behind a chair and pulled out his own gun, firing several shots at Plotts, authorities said. Plotts had 39 unspent bullets on him when he wa