• Oklahoma City wants to bring horseback riding to banks of Oklahoma River

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council is set to lift a restriction later this month on horseback riding along the Oklahoma River.The decision will remove one obstacle to a $13.6 million proposal for riding trails, a livery stable, and outdoor and indoor arenas near the Stockyards.

  • Pilot who became ill aboard flight died of natural causes

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York medical examiner says an American Airlines pilot who became ill while flying from Phoenix to Boston died from natural causes. The Onondaga County medical examiner's office on Monday night announced the determination in the death of 57-year-old Capt. Michael Johnston. Officials say the determination was made after an autopsy and preliminary toxicology tests. No other details have been released. American Airlines says Flight 550 was carrying 147 passengers when Johnston was stricken. His co-pilot calmly took over and safely landed the plane in Syracuse on Monday morning. Johnston was a graduate of Brigham Young University. He began his career with America West Airlines in 1990 as a first

  • NATO chief: Russian jets in Turkish airspace no accident

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's secretary-general on Tuesday rejected Moscow's claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey wasn't intentional or important, saying there were two separate incidents and "the violation lasted for a long time." Turkey's military, meanwhile, said more of its jets patrolling the border with Syria were placed in a radar lock by Russian planes and surface-to-air missile systems. In Syria, Russian warplanes reportedly continued pounding targets in the country, where the Kremlin has come to the aid of beleaguered ally President Bashar Assad. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference in Brussels that recent breaches of Turkish airspace by Russian warplanes were "very ser

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 6, 2015: Hear Hozier at Zoo Amphitheatre

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Hear "Take Me to Church" hit-maker Hozier at 8 tonight at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2011 NE 50. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Special guest Little Green Cars will open the show. For more information, go to www.thezooamphitheatre.com. For more events, go to http://newsok.com/events.

  • 9 of the strangest pieces of luggage money can buy

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Why not have a bag that can charge your phone and weigh itself or, I don't know, double as a scooter? Turns out, these options are available. Click through to see some of the most ridiculous and ridiculously awesome suitcase models on the market or on crowdfunding platforms today.

  • This Halloween, expect to see turtles, zombies and Donald Trump’s hair

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Halloween has become more of an adult event than ever, with more than 157 million Americans planning to spend $6.9 billion on the holiday this year, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation. Americans will spend $2.5 billion on costumes. But they will spend the most on adult costumes at $1.2 billion

  • Student debt squeezing parents and children simultaneously

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre’s ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he’s still paying the price of admission.

  • Airline loses its CEO's luggage

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Welcome to our world, chief. CEOs: They’re just like us. Their luggage goes missing when they fly — even when they run the company. The Los Angeles Times reported that Bradley Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines, owned up to the fact that during a flight to an industry summit in Washington, D.C., last week, his bag was misplaced.  “The media is here and I’m hoping that you don’t write this down and print it,” Tilden said on stage. Obviously, not everyone heeded Tilden's request.

  • Police: 'Bored' nuke plant worker downloaded child porn

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania nuclear plant worker downloaded hundreds of child pornography pictures because he was bored. FirstEnergy Corp. tells the Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/1Gupvwu ) the company promptly reported the images when they were found in October 2013, and fired the worker from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station three days later. The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation says 51 printed images of children ages 10 to 16 were found in Raymond Fischer Jr.'s open locker, and hundreds more on his work computer. Online court records don't list an attorney for Fischer and The Associated Press could not immediately locate a phone number for the Harmony resident.<

  • EU states agree to share tax information on multinationals

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's 28 finance ministers have agreed to share details of tax deals their countries reach with big multinational companies, in a move they hope will clamp down on aggressive tax avoidance. Pierre Gramegna, the finance minister of Luxembourg, which is currently chairing the EU, said Tuesday that the political agreement means the European Commission can get a directive ready by the end of the year. The rule would be enacted across the 28 member states by the start of 2017. He hoped the deal will mean companies pay their fair share of taxes. Many companies, such as Amazon and Starbucks, have struck deals with certain European countries in recent years that have allowed them to pay little

  • Top US commander in Afghanistan says US airstrike on hospital was a mistake

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top US commander in Afghanistan says US airstrike on hospital was a mistake.

  • Petition Demands 'Maze Runner' Cast Apologize for Stealing Artifacts From Burial Site

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The cast of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has come under fire for stealing ancient Pueblo artifacts while filming at a Native American site in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  A Care2 petition demanding that Dylan O'Brien, director Wes Ball and other cast members apologize for disrespecting the Pueblo community was started by 19-year-old fan Maeve Cunningham after O'Brien admitted that he and other co-stars took things from the filming site (despite being given strict orders not to) during an interview on Live! With Kelly and Michael (see below). The petition has so far garnered more than 21,000 signatures.

  • Sooners have played poorly in the Cotton Bowl two straight years

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    OU produced two straight historically-great performances in the Cotton Bowl, 2011 and 2012. The Sooners beat Texas 63-21 in 2012 (the game was not as close as the score indicated) and 55-17 in 2011. That’s the good news. The bad news, the Sooners have followed those games with two poor performances. Not historically-poor, but poor. Back to the good news. OU split those two decisions. The Sooners were drubbed 36-20 in 2013 but somehow won 31-26 last season even though Texas was the better team on the field that day. Even if Bob Stoops won’t admit it. “I thought we played well last year,” Stoops said. “I disagree with you there.” Don’t get mad at Stoops.

  • The Morning Brew: Oregon gunman rants about not having girlfriend

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Pour a cup, get caught up: Oregon gunman rants in manifesto A law enforcement official told the Associated Press Monday that the gunman who killed nine people at a community college ranted in writings left behind about having no girlfriend and thinking everyone else was crazy.  According to the article:  The official also said the mother of 26-year-old gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer has told investigators he was struggling with some mental health issues. The official is familiar with the investigation but wasn't authorized to speak publicly because it is ongoing.

  • BP fined a record $20.8 billion for oil spill disaster

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    BP PLC — the company responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — will pay a record $20.8 billion to the US government to cover damages caused by the disaster, the Department of Justice announced Monday. The deal finalizes an agreement between BP and the federal government that was first announced in July, in which BP said it would pay $18.7 billion. This final settlement updates that number and resolves all civil claims against BP set forth by the Department of Justice and five Gulf states. It is considered "the largest settlement with a single entity in American history," according to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.   Out of the money owed, BP will pay $5.5 billion to cover penalties incurred under the Clean Water Act, the US law that regulates water pollution. The five states affected by the spill — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — will also receive large sums to cover damages, as will 400 local government entities. Apart from this settlement, BP has spent a reported $28 billion on cleanup and compensation.

  • Snowden: I'd go to prison to return to US

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    LONDON — Edward Snowden says he has offered to return to the United States and go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency programs to intercept electronic communications data on a vast scale.   The former NSA contractor flew to Moscow two years ago after revealing information about the previously secret eavesdropping powers, and faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years.   Snowden told the BBC that he’d “volunteered to go to prison with the government many times,” but had not received a formal plea-deal offer.

  • U.S. Senate candidate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.   Now that he's a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him.   The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus' candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, says Invictus wants to lead a civil war, is trying to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat.   It's an awkward situation for the small party that's trying to gain clout.

  • Babysitter who had sex with 11-year-old boy gets suspended sentence

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    A judge has been criticised after deciding not to imprison a 21-year-old babysitter who admitted sexual activity with the 11-year-old boy she was looking after.   Judge Tim Mousley QC gave Jade Hatt a suspended jail term for the offence, committed in November 2014 when she was 20.   Mousley said she was immature, while the boy was mature for his age, and he felt able to step outside normal sentencing guidelines.

  • Cop fired after recording himself repeatedly tasering unarmed suspect

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    A Florida cop has been fired for repeatedly using an electroshock weapon on a shoplifting suspect who was inside a residence with hands raised. The officer's police report said the suspect "refused to show his hands," according to local media.   Police authorities in Zephyrhills, Florida announced the firing of 10-year veteran officer Tim Claussen on Friday. The footage of Claussen tasering Lester Brown, who complained of shoulder aches and dizziness after he was arrested, was captured on the video camera attached to the officer's Taser

  • Gov. Brown Signs Hard-Won Right-to-Die Legislation

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year. Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, announced he signed the legislation after thoroughly considering all opinions and discussing the issue with many people, including a Catholic bishop and two of Brown's doctors.