• Mind Your Own Business: Stand-capable desks breed more productive workers, study shows

    Mind Your Own Business: Stand-capable desks...

    Paula Burkes | Updated: 0 min ago

    Workers using standing desks have long hailed their benefits -- from burning calories to easing back pain. But we now can add greater worker productivity, based on research released today from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. Comparing call center workers who used traditional desks with those who used height-adjustable desks -- for sitting or standing as they wished -- workers with stand-capable desks sat for about 1.6 fewer hours per day and had 46 percent more successful calls per hour. Researchers believe decreases in body discomfort may account for some of the productivity differences between the two groups.

  • Severe storms possible Thursday in Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: 20 min ago

    Another round of severe weather is moving into Oklahoma this week, bringing chances for tornadoes, strong winds and large hail. Thursday afternoon and evening will bring chances for severe thunderstorms across central and western Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. Best chances for severe storms will be in northwest Oklahoma, including Woodward and Clinton, forecasters said. Those storms could bring hail up to softball size and wind up to 80 mph, forecasters said. The chance for tornadoes is low, forecasters said. Chances for strong to severe storms will continue through early next week, forecasters said.

  • Thunder scoring best of both worlds vs. Warriors

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 min ago

    The Thunder scoring historically has fallen into two general categories: * Games in which Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both have monster games, with a massive falloff to the next player, quickly into single digits. * Games in which either Durant or Westbrook has a monster game, with someone else or two scoring more than usual, but still a quick drop into single digits. But in this series against the Warriors, the Thunder has found the best of both worlds. Monster games from the superstars, coupled with balanced scoring below them. The Thunder forever has been the most top-heavy scoring team in the NBA. Durant and Westbrook, both past scoring champions, averaging in the mid to high 20s. Then that quick

  • Police shoot and kill man Wednesday in downtown Oklahoma City

    By Josh Wallace, Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 26 min ago

    Police shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, officials said. The shooting took place about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Amy's Noodle House, a restaurant at North Western Avenue and Sheridan Avenue.

  • The Latest: Alabama House Speaker's former staff chief talks

    The Latest: Alabama House Speaker\'s former...

    Updated: 26 min ago

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the ethics trial of Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard (all times local): ___ 3:30 p.m. The former chief of staff for the Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has testified in the ethics trial of his former boss. Josh Blades testified Wednesday that he was upset and concerned about "legal implications" after learning that language added to a 2013 budget bill could have benefited one of Hubbard's clients. Blades said he learned later that a group that would get the work was paying Hubbard through a consulting contract. The language was stripped in conference committee.

  • Teen sues in locker room rape, alleges lengthy racist abuse

    Updated: 59 min ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A black teenager who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted by three white football players in the locker room of a Idaho high school has sued the school district, alleging the rape was the culmination of months of racist taunts and physical abuse. The federal lawsuit filed May 13 says the school failed to prevent bullying and attacks despite many incidents happening in front of football coaches and other officials at Dietrich High School, which serves a rural town of 330 people that is predominantly white and known for being religious.

  • What next for Greece? Loan averts crisis but debt still huge

    What next for Greece? Loan averts crisis but...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — It's all but official: this summer's Greek crisis has been called off. After an 11-hour meeting lasting into the early hours Wednesday, European officials agreed to unfreeze more rescue loans and to consider ways to lighten Greece's debt load. That means Greece stands to get 10.3 billion euros ($11.5 billion) from its bailout loan package from European governments and the International Monetary Fund. The money means Greece can make debt payments coming due in July. There won't be fears of a disastrous default and forced exit from the euro currency, as there were before Greece sealed a similar deal in July, 2015.

  • South Korea's president arrives in Ethiopia

    South Korea\'s president arrives in Ethiopia

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has arrived in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday night to start her three-nation visit to Africa. Park is also slated to visit Kenya and Uganda to hold bilateral talks. In Ethiopia, Park is expected to meet Ethiopian leaders on Thursday and on Friday to deliver a speech at the African Union, the first for a South Korean leader. Agreements in air service, elimination of double taxation, health, security, environment and transport are expected to be signed during Park's stay in Ethiopia, said an Ethiopian official. "Korean health and supplementary food projects will also be inaugurated in her presence.

  • Oklahoma among 11 states suing over Obama's school transgender directive

    Oklahoma among 11 states suing over Obama\'s...

    By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge, which asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful, follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

  • Spanish hurdler tests positive in retest of 2008 samples

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia is one of the athletes who tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, an official with knowledge of the case said Wednesday. The Spanish Olympic Committee said it was informed by the International Olympic Committee "about an alleged adverse result for a Spanish athlete who participated in the 2008 Games," but could not confirm that it was Onyia who failed the test. Citing privacy reasons, it said it couldn't even confirm the sport of the person caught on the reanalysis of the samples. The official who confirmed Onyia's name spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

  • Feds spend billions to run museum-ready computer systems

    Feds spend billions to run museum-ready...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon. In a report released Wednesday, nonpartisan congressional investigators found that about three-fourths of the $80 billion budget goes to keep aging technology running, and the increasing cost is shortchanging modernization. The White House has been pushing to replace workhorse systems that date back more than 50 years in some cases. But the government is expected to spend $7 billion less on modernization in 2017 than in 2010, said the Government Accountability Office.

  • Oklahoma Senate passed budget bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a $6.78 billion general appropriations bill to take effect on July 1. The budget bill, approved 30-16, now goes to the House. Negotiators from the House, Senate and the governor's office announced Tuesday that they had reached agreement on a spending plan calling for widespread cuts, but generally preserving existing funding levels for core priorities like education and health care. Some senators are concerned that the bill did not go far enough to generate new, continuing revenue to keep pace with rising costs at key state agencies.   Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, said a $1.3 billion tax revenue shortfall this year meant that the Legislature needed to come up with an

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder done this to the Warriors?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Warriors-Thunder Game 4 recap (<–Click Here) - The Thunder repeated Game 3 in Game 4, mashing the historic Warriors to take a commanding 3-1 lead. This OKC team is now one win from the Finals. How did this happen? We discuss.

  • Obama, Abe heed politics of contrition on Hiroshima visit

    Obama, Abe heed politics of contrition on...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Laying bare the complex politics of reconciliation and contrition, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday rejected the idea of visiting Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama's historic trip to Hiroshima later this week. Obama, for his part, said he would use his time in Hiroshima to honor all those killed in World War II and to push for a world without nuclear weapons. The White House made clear well in advance of Obama's arrival in Japan that the president would not apologize for the U.S. bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, that killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima and launched the nuclear age.

  • Stanford comes from behind to top Cowgirls in national championship

    Stanford comes from behind to top Cowgirls in...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    TULSA — Those intently watching the dramatic conclusion of the NCAA women's tennis championship match Tuesday almost could have heard a pin drop. In front of more than 1,600 fans at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus, Oklahoma State's Vladica Babic and Stanford's Taylor Davidson went toe-to-toe to determine whose team would win the national championship. The rest of the matches having long finished, all eyes were on court No. 2. Babic pushed Davidson to the brink before losing a 7-5 heartbreaker in the third set, and the Cardinal completed a comeback to deliver the 4-3 victory. “It must be hard on (Babic), but I'm so proud of her,” teammate Katarina Adamovic said. “She left

  • Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead Afghan Taliban

    Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor. But within hours of the Taliban's announcement that the group's council of leaders had unanimously selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, opposition to him emerged — a sign that rifts within the insurgency could widen and possibly drive the Taliban further from peace talks with the government of Afghanistan. The Taliban called on all Muslims to support Akhundzada as a matter of religious obligation and declared three days of official mourning for Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, who was slain Saturday by a U.S. drone in Pakistan.

  • Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote

    Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee. The bill to create a financial control board and restructure some of the U.S. territory's $70 billion debt has support from House Republican and Democratic leaders, as well as the Obama administration. But some bondholders, unions and island officials have opposed it. The House Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation 29-10. "We have a constitutional, political and moral imperative to act," said committee chairman Rob Bishop, the Utah Republican who has led negotiations on the bill. The legislation now moves to the House floor.

  • 'Miracle On Ice' Goalie Auctioning Gold Medal

    \'Miracle On Ice\' Goalie Auctioning Gold Medal

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    An iconic piece of U.S. hockey history will soon be for sale. Olympic goaltender Jim Craig is auctioning off a collection of memorabilia from the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team.

  • Secret recording in Brazil puts Senate leader on defensive

    Secret recording in Brazil puts Senate leader...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The president of Brazil's Senate was put on the defensive Wednesday with the release of a secretly recorded conversation that shows him proposing to weaken one of the key tools prosecutors have used to trap politicians and businessmen in a sweeping corruption scandal. The released transcript and audio, published by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, appears to feed widespread suspicions that top lawmakers are trying to stifle investigations into billions of dollars in alleged bribes involving the state oil company, Petrobras. The conversation shows Senate leader Renan Calheiros suggesting legal changes to bar the use of plea bargains with people who have been arrested.

  • Fed: Nearly half in U.S. would have trouble with emergency $400 expense

    Fed: Nearly half in U.S. would have trouble...

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    While alarming, the results are a slight improvement from last year, when 47 percent said the same thing.