• Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Facebook to offer game content hub PHOENIX — As Facebook's latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl — a real-time hub for content from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Seahawks. The hub will allow followers to see how the game is going on a scoreboard module, while also viewing Super Bowl-related posts, photos and video posted by professional media, celebrities and friends. The module also will include a running play-by-play from the game, and videos of some of the commercials from the broadcast. Facebook is trying to improve the experience

  • McDonald’s CEO steps down as sales decline

    By CANDICE CHOI, | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world’s biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, a company veteran who rejoined McDonald’s as its chief brand officer in 2013. McDonald’s Corp., which has more than 36,000 locations around the world, is struggling amid intensifying competition and changing attitudes about food. Customer traffic at established locations in the U.S. fell 4.1 percent last year, following a 1.6 percent decline in 2013. It’s also trying to recover after a supplier scandal in China that damaged its reputation.

  • Oklahoma City middle school student dies from flu complications

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    A student at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City Public Schools has died from complications related to the flu, school district officials confirmed Wednesday.

  • Cadets report for start of 63rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy

    BY DARLA SLIPKE
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Fifty-three cadets reported Wednesday to the Robert R. Lester Training Center for the start of the 63rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.

  • California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

    By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine but acknowledges that more research needs to be done to determine the immediate and long-term health effects. New generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated, California Health Officer Ron Chapman said.

  • Arizona monitoring hundreds for measles linked to Disneyland

    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX — A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California’s Disney parks is at risk of dramatically increasing in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people in the state’s most populous areas. The number includes nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area urgent care center. Those who weren’t vaccinated have been confined to their homes for 21 days, a standard health practice. Some adults have been asked to wear masks if going out in public. State Health Services director Will Humble says it’s possible but unlikely that the outbreak in Arizona can be contained. Arizona has seven confirmed cases.

  • U.S. Supreme Court delays Oklahoma executions using disputed drug

    By Chris Casteel
    Washington Bureau |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    In a brief order, the court grants Oklahoma attorney general’s request that no more executions occur until justices have completed their review of the sedative midazolam.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 29

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    Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 29, 2015

  • NFL players who started young show more thinking problems

    By JIMMY GOLEN
    AP Sports Writer |
    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BOSTON — NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving and found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 years old functioned about 20 percent worse. Both groups scored below average on many of the tests, according to Robert Stern of the Boston University School of Medicine. “There is a known period of critical brain development that occurs around puberty.

  • High school notebook: Purcell football coach Greg Willis won't be retained

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs.

  • High school wrestling: Stillwater tops Broken Arrow in 6A showdown

    By Trent Shadid | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Pioneers improved to 9-0 in duals this season, and are currently ranked No. 14 in the country by InterMat Wrestling. The Tigers, No. 13 in the latest national rankings, are now 7-1.

  • High school swimming notebook: Edmond Memorial girls, Edmond North boys take city titles

    By Scott Wright | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Memorial girls, North boys take city titles With a full team effort that included standout performances from several freshmen, the Edmond Memorial girls won the Edmond City Swim Championship Tuesday night at the Mitch Park YMCA. Micheala Seely, Katie Callahan, Sydney Parker and Kellie Fischer — all freshmen — won individual events for the Bulldogs. Seely, Callahan and Fischer combined with junior Natalie Vorel for a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Memorial finished with 660 points, while the Edmond North girls had 624. Edmond North was led by Ally Robertson, who won two individual

  • Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks statue moved downtown for tribute

    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHICAGO — Ernie Banks fans got their first chance to pay their respects to the most famous and beloved Chicago Cub who ever played after the statue of the Hall of Famer was placed in a downtown plaza Wednesday. One after another, fans stopped in Daley Plaza to take photos of the statue that normally stands at Wrigley Field. The city and the Cubs took the unprecedented step of taking the statue out of storage — where it was being held while the ballpark is renovated — and putting it on public display away from its usual home. The 83-year-old Banks died Friday of a heart attack. A visitation will be held this coming Friday, followed by a memorial service Saturday. By 7:30 a.m.

  • Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX — As Facebook’s latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl — a real-time hub for content from Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Seahawks. The hub will allow followers to see how the game is going on a scoreboard module, while also viewing Super Bowl-related posts, photos and video posted by professional media, celebrities and friends. The module will also include a running play-by-play from the game, and videos of some of the commercials from the broadcast. Facebook is trying to improve the experience around big sporting events for users. During last year’s Super Bowl, more than 50 million Facebook users had more than 185 million interactions (posts, comments and

  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

    By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave. The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago, fitting into the period when scientists had thought the migrants inhabited the area. And details of its anatomy resemble ancient skulls from Europe, Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University in Israel wrote in an email. He and others present the finding in a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature. The skull, which lacks facial features and its base, was found in Manot Cave in the Galilee region of northern Israel.

  • Raul Castro: U.S. must return Guantanamo for normal relations

    By JAVIER CORDOBA and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but “if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.” Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in each other’s countries.

  • KNICKED UP

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Record-wise, things have been far worse. Standings-wise, there have been far greater holes to climb. But throughout what has been a turbulent Thunder season filled with injuries, losses and more injuries, there might not have been a lower point. Wednesday night was the worst of OKC's 23 losses, which, by the way, already matches the Thunder's total from last season. It came in New York City against one of the league's worst teams. The Knicks entered at 8-37, concerned more about their future draft positioning than their current ability to win games.

  • Morning roundup: Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend. GoDaddy decided not to run an ad that showed a dog being sold online so as not to offend dog lovers. The Victoria's Secret angels are fully clothed in its teaser spot, at least, although they reveal more in their actual Super Bowl ad. And an anti-domestic abuse commercial will have a high profile-spot during the game after a year of domestic violence scandals in the NFL. Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people's attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Jan. 29-Friday, Jan. 30

    | Updated: 7 hr ago

    THURSDAY NBA 7 p.m. Denver at Memphis TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m. Chicago at L.A.

  • Oklahoma scene: Oak Tree National returns to Golf Digest's Top 100 courses list

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oak Tree National has returned to Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses after a 15-year absence. The course, originally designed by legendary course builder Pete Dye, came in at No. 51 among the magazine’s 100 best.




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