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  • Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control. The study from researchers in Israel was released Wednesday by the journal Nature. The work suggests the sweeteners change the composition of normal, beneficial bacteria in the gut.

  • Peter Fonda's 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held online and at its galleries in Calabasas, California. The seller is Michael Eisenberg, a California businessman who once co-owned a Los Angeles motorcycle-themed restaurant with Fonda and "Easy Rider" co-star Dennis Hopper. Eisenberg bought it last year from Dan Haggerty, perhaps best known for his roles in the "Grizzly Adams" TV show and movies, who was in charge of keeping the custom-designed bi

  • FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries. That's up from about 40,000 temporary holiday workers hired last year. The hiring plan from FedEx Corp. came a day after rival UPS said it would hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers. Both companies are trying to avoid the problems that plagued them last year, when they were inundated by more holiday shipments than they expected and some packages didn't arrive until after Christmas. FedEx Corp. announced Wednesday that it earned $606 million in the June-through-August quarter, up 24 percent from the same

  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill hammers Bob Stoops in op-ed for bringing in troubled receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    NORMAN — United States Sen. Claire McCaskill is apparently no fan of Bob Stoops. McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, wrote a column for USA Today in which she takes aim at Stoops for adding troubled wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the OU roster last summer. She wrote that she was “stunned” when Stoops was atop a […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Miranda Lambert gets emotional singing "Over You" to pediatric cancer patient

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Country music superstar and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert became overwhelmed with emotion and needed the crowd’s help to finish her touching hit “Over You” over the weekend at a Corpus Christie, Texas, show. During the show Saturday at the American Bank Center, Lambert began serenading a front-row concert-goer by the name of Brooke Hester, a […]

  • Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge to be closed for repairs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Closing expected to last through Friday, city officials said.

  • List of 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' recipients

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The following 21 fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: __ Danielle Bassett, 32, Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania physicist who applies mathematical approaches to analysis and modeling of brain connectivity. __ Alison Bechdel, 54, Bolton, Vermont. Cartoonist and graphic memoirist whose narratives explore family relationships. __ Mary Bonauto, 53, Boston. Civil rights lawyer, director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and a leader in the marriage equality movement. __ Tami Bond, 50, Urbana, Illinois. Environmental engineer at the University of Illinois and expert on global effects of soot on climate and he

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2014: See "Art of the Brick: Permission to Play" before it closes Sept. 28 at Science Museum Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See the LEGO art exhibition “Art of the Brick: Permission to Play” before it closes Sept. 28 at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. The exhibit marks the Oklahoma debut of the work of New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya, who is credited with bringing LEGO bricks into the fine art world. Along […]

  • Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out. The land that gave the world haggis and tartan has produced so much more, from golf and television to Dolly the Sheep and "Grand Theft Auto." If Scotland splits from Britain after a referendum this week, it can stake a claim to inventions that transformed modern life, from surgical anesthetic and penicillin to TV, the telephone and even the flush toilet. No wonder pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond has approvingly quoted the title of a book by American historian Arthur Herman: "How the Scots Invented the Modern World." But, experts caution, scientific discovery and invention are rarely solo acts.

  • Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL


    BALTIMORE (AP) — The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night, saying that he shouldn't be punished twice for punching his fiancee in a casino elevator. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault for the Feb. 15 attack. The Baltimore running back had already served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the "new evidence." Goodell and the Ravens say they never saw the video bef

  • Tycoon's arrest sends shock wave through Russia


    MOSCOW (AP) — The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country's business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country's then-richest man and expropriating his companies. The criminal case against 65-year-old Vladimir Yevtushenkov marks the first attack on a billionaire businessman since the arrest in 2003 of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos, which was the country's largest oil company at the time. He spent the next decade in prison on tax evasion and misappropriation charges and saw his company taken over by the state and sold in pieces.

  • Warm, humid day in central Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Temperatures will reach 88 degrees in central Oklahoma Wednesday. Skies will be mostly sunny.

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit adding service for OU-Texas game

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    DALLAS — Dallas Area Rapid Transit has announced additional rail service in preparation for the State Fair of Texas, which opens Sept. 26. Expanded DART rail service begins Monday and runs through Sunday, Oct. 19, which is the final day of the annual expo at Fair Park. DART plans special rail schedules for Saturday, Oct. 11, which features the Texas vs. Oklahoma football game at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Trinity Railway Express will also operate special weekend service during the State Fair of Texas. DART and State Fair of Texas officials say hundreds of thousands of riders have used the GoPass app to buy and display transit passes. This year fairgoers can also buy their general admission tickets with the

  • Man found not guilty by reason of insanity in killing of Oklahoma mailman walks free

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    A man who gunned down a postal carrier in 2001 walked out of federal court a free man Tuesday. U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern said the law does not allow him to keep Jason Weed under continued supervision without any evidence that he needs further psychiatric treatment or presents a continuing threat to public safety. Weed was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2001 killing of Robert W. Jenkins. He had remained under federal supervision for eight years after his release from a secure medical facility in 2005. Read the full story at

  • New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment


    BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails. The slick 52-second video entitled "Flames of War" shows militants blowing up tanks and images of wounded U.S. soldiers. It then shows a clip of Obama saying that combat troops will not be returning to Iraq, ending with a text overlay that reads "fighting has just begun." The video's timing, released late Tuesday, suggested it was a response to Gen.

  • UPDATE: Firefighters report south Oklahoma City apartment fire Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Firefighters have extinguished a fire in south Oklahoma City. An apartment fire was reported with one smoke inhalation victim.

  • Vikings bar Peterson from all team activities

    By JON KRAWCZYNSKI , AP Sports Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss the rest of the season while the case proceeds through the court system. The Vikings came under heavy criticism for

  • Tahlequah math instructor Jason Scott Proctor wins Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year contest

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Proctor, 35, is the first teacher from Tahlequah to win the state honor. He was one of 12 finalists selected by a panel of Oklahoma educators.

  • Moore, Oklahoma, celebrates new wastewater treatment plant

    By Sarah Lobban, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    A grand opening ceremony was held Tuesday for the $52 million center

  • Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church. At times, the fire moved so fast that residents had only a few minutes to get out of the way. On Tuesday, the "Weed Like To Welcome You" town sign still stood, but nothing else was normal as stunned residents assessed the damage, took stock of what they lost and gave thanks for what was saved. "At the peak, essentially the entire town was evacuated," state fire spokesman Robert Foxworthy said.