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  • Westmoore football sign controversy resolved

    Trent Shadid | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The controversy caused by a sign at last Friday night’s football game between Westmoore and Southmoore has been resolved by the rival schools. According to a report from KOCO, Southmoore parents were upset over a Westmoore student holding a “We Buy Houses” sign. The parents, who were not named in the report, felt the sign […]

  • Why an Urban Outfitters Kent State sweatshirt caused an uproar

    jkeeping | Yesterday

    A red Urban Outfitters Kent State sweatshirt with blood-like stains has enraged netizens. It’s highly unlikely the millennial marketing targets had ever heard of Kent State or the tumultuous and tragic May 4, 1970 events invoked by the garment. First, the sweatshirt:   Buzzfeed posted this article in the wee hours noting the existence of the […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Back to school in a belly shirt? No!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Yesterday

    QUESTION : I am a high school senior girl in Oklahoma City. I try to look my best every day. Do you have any ideas on what I can do for self- improvement? Should I always try to wear the new styles I see in magazines or in the newspaper? Should I continue to try […]

  • Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents


    DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family. A third caller on New York's Long Island claimed to have killed his mother and threatened to shoot first responders. In each case, SWAT teams dispatched to the scene found no violent criminals or wounded victims — only video game players sitting at their computers, the startled victims of a hoax known as "swatting." Authorities say the hoax that initially targeted celebrities has now become a way for players of combat-themed video games to retaliate against opponents while th

  • Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence


    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending to say they want to remain in the United Kingdom. Support for the status quo is strongest among the over-60s, who worry about the consequences that breaking free would have on pensions, health care and savings; the pro-independence movement is largely being driven by under-40s. Neck-and-neck in the polls, the rival campaigns have called on core supporters to make a last ditch attempt to swing the vote by making the debate a family affair.

  • Are you Team Pumpkin or Team Sweet Potato?

    Carla Meadows | Yesterday

    Autumn is the season when pumpkins and sweet potatoes are most plentiful. They’re everywhere and people take their pumpkin and sweet potato pie seriously. Your preference may depend on which side of the Mason-Dixon Line you live.

  • Video: "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" trailer debuts, tickets on sale Oct. 29

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    The first full trailer for the upcoming blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ has now debuted, and we finally get to see the Mockingjay, aka Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), go to war. We also get to see Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensbee (the late […]

  • OU AD Joe Castiglione to SI: Dorial Green-Beckham 'probably wouldn't be at Oklahoma' if he tried to transfer in now

    Ryan Aber | Yesterday

    In a story posted Monday at, Joe Castiglione, OU’s athletic director, said the school likely wouldn’t accept Dorial Green-Beckham now that attention is being focused on domestic violence following the release of the Ray Rice video. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he […]

  • Bob Stoops: 'We have to make some improvements' on third down

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    After converting 15 of 34 third-down chances in their first 10 quarters, Oklahoma was 0 for 5 on third down in the second half of Saturday’s game. “We have to make some improvements in some areas that way for sure,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “It’s something we’ve talked about and are working on ways […]

  • Oklahoma football: Are the Sooners ready for West Virginia's wild fans?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    OU is headed to Morgantown, W.Va., for a football game Saturday in which the Sooners expect to be treated rather rudely by Mountaineer fans. And the Sooners say they wouldn’t have it any other way. “They’re loud and rude,” said defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue. “It’s really loud over there. Almost like (Texas) Tech. I want […]

  • Domestic violence experts added as NFL advisers


    NEW YORK (AP) — Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will work as "senior advisers." They will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault," he wrote. Goodell has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice. Rice was initially suspended for two games. Goodell at first defended the punishment, but more than a month later, he told owners he "didn't get it right" and that first-time domestic violence offenders would face a six-game suspension going forward.

  • 700 feared dead in 2 Mediterranean boat wrecks


    GENEVA (AP) — This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe — the same number as died during all of last year. That would raise the total number of migrants killed on the sea in 2014 to about 2,900, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration and other officials. More than 20,000 people have died in the past two decades trying to reach the Italian coast, including 2,300 in 2011 and around 700 in 2013. The migration organization says the steep death toll reflects turmoil in Libya, Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East and Africa.

  • Olive Garden defends breadstick policy


    NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity." The remark is part of a response by the chain's parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., to a nearly 300-page criticism released by hedge fund Starboard Value last week. Starboard took Olive Garden and its management to task for a litany of issues, including its liberal distribution of breadsticks, its failure to salt the water used to boil its pasta and even the length of the asparagus it serves. Darden's 24-page response doesn't specifically address each of Starboard's criticisms, but states that the company is already implementing a variety of strategies to improve O

  • US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's. Even as income for the affluent has accelerated, it's barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy for states: The wealthy often manage to shield much of their income from taxes. And they tend to spend a lower percentage of it than others do, thereby limiting sales tax revenue. As the growth of tax revenue has slowed, states have faced tensions over whether to raise taxes or cut spending to balance their budgets as

  • Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state


    INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines. Though Clinton is the favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination should she run, she advised the audience and the media on Sunday that her focus was on the November midterm elections. Still, she left just enough hints that a second bid for president could come, and that it might begin in Iowa. 1. IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK IN IOWA.

  • Texas man in critical condition following fall


    DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a man is in critical condition after falling more than 12 feet from the stands into a field-level suite during the Texas-UCLA college football game. A spokeswoman for John Peter Smith Hospital says the man was in the intensive care unit. No other information about him has been released. An Arlington Fire Department spokesman previously said the man fell 12-15 feet on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. The man was wearing a Texas shirt and was conscious when he was transported. The cause of the fall is unclear. The fire department has turned over the investigation to stadium authorities. The Longhorns lost the game 20-17.

  • 2 British tourists found dead on beach in Thailand


    BANGKOK (AP) — Two British tourists were found battered to death Monday on a beach on a scenic island in southern Thailand that is one of the country's most popular diving destinations. Police described the two as a 23-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and a 24-year-old man from Jersey, Channel Islands. Their nearly naked bodies were discovered on Koh Tao, a small island in the Gulf of Thailand. A bloodied hoe was found near the bodies and is believed to have been used as the murder weapon, police Col. Prachum Ruangthong said. "The man was chopped in the back and on the side of his head, while the woman was chopped in her face," he said. "It's very gruesome.

  • Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders


    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden said Monday that the NSA is collecting mass surveillance data on New Zealanders through its XKeyscore program and has set up a facility in the South Pacific nation's largest city to tap into vast amounts of data. Snowden talked via video link from Russia to hundreds of people at Auckland's Town Hall. Shortly before he spoke, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key issued a statement saying New Zealand's spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, or GCSB, has never undertaken mass surveillance of its own people. Key said he declassified previously secret documents that proved his point.

  • Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Now it's Britain's turn to mourn. British aid worker David Haines has been beheaded — like two American journalists before him — and the Islamic State group is threatening to kill a fourth captive. A grisly video released by the group showing Haines' body both mocks the West and raises the pressure on Western leaders. It concludes with a death threat against British hostage Alan Henning, shown in the same kind of orange jumpsuit the other three were wearing when they were killed. Prime Minister David Cameron praised the 44-year-old Haines on Sunday as a British hero, and his family asked that he be remembered for devoting his life to helping civilians caught in deadly conflicts.

  • White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that the State Department in coming days will name allies that will pledge ground troops to fight the Islamic State group, something the United States does not plan to do. Meantime, McDonough said, U.S. personnel will train and equip Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group, also known as ISIS and ISIL. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States will ramp up air strikes and try to build an international coalition to degrade and eventually des