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  • Edmond Mitch Park YMCA gym closed until Saturday

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    High traffic is being blamed on the need for the Edmond Mitch Park YMCA gym floor to be resurfaced, after just six months of being open. The gym will be closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial


    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — RICHMOND, Va. — A former CEO testified Thursday that his cozy relationship with Virginia's first family was a poor business decision, not friendship. The government's star witness in the corruption trial against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified that he showered the family with gifts requested by the former first lady. But businessman Jonnie Williams said he shouldn't have had to buy things such as a Rolex priced at more than $6,000 to get the help he needed for his company, Star Scientific. "It was a bad decision on my part to buy that watch when she asked for it," Williams said. "I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed.

  • House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition


    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it


    WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months. The July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for millions of people like Douglas Hunter, not much has changed. Hunter earned $14 an hour cleaning oil drums before the Great Recession seized the economy and his job was axed. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at two McDonald's restaurants in C

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law


    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional. Passage of the law in 2011 put Wisconsin at the center of a nationwide battle over union rights and fueled Walker's rise to national prominence as he entered the mix of possible 2016 presidential candidates. Anger over the law led to Walker being forced to stand for recall in 2012; he won, making him the first governor in U.S. history to withstand such a vote. Walker is up for re-election this November, the third time he will be on the ballot in four years.

  • Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video


    TORONTO (AP) — Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup. Deadmau5 posted a YouTube video of his coffee run with Ford, who left a rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction last month. The Canadian DJ drives Ford to a Tim Horton's coffee shop in his 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider F1 Edition plastered with an animated cartoon cat called Nyan Cat. An incredulous deadmau5 calls Ford's order "crazy" and says five espressos in one cup is "cardiac arrest." Ford asks the teller twice if there's five shots and later says he "pounds the espressos back. I do." Ford admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor.

  • Picture this: #MyOklahoma's first year

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON | Yesterday

    Wondering what Oklahoma has to offer? 19,000 photo submissions on the #MyOklahoma hashtag will tell you.

  • Man sues Shaquille O'Neal over selfie mockery


    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online. Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The Detroit Free Press says Binion took a picture of himself last summer, and it later was mocked by O'Neal on Instagram and Twitter. A number of others mocked it online as well. According to The Macomb Daily, Binion has hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which is characterized by a reduced ability to sweat, sparse hair growth, missing teeth and facial deformities. Upon learning about Binion's condition,

  • Sooners No. 3 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma is No. 3 in the first presason coaches poll released Thursday, with defending national champion Florida State and Alabama ranking 1 and 2. The Sooners are joined by Baylor in the top 10 and two other Big 12 schools in the top 25 in No. 21 Kansas State and No. 24 Texas. [image] 10.

  • Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child


    NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who also posed in the picture. Keys wrote that their anniversary was sweeter because they've "been blessed with another angel on the way." She didn't offer any more details about the pregnancy. She gave birth to her son, Egypt, in 2010. ___ Online: Alicia Keys' post: http://instagram.

  • Water bottle company moves production to Oklahoma


    The CEO of a bottled water business has bought a multimillion-dollar machine to produce the company’s entire inventory in Oklahoma. A local business newspaper reports Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has bought the 5,000-square-foot production line to fill, cap, label and package water bottles. It can produce 360 bottles per minute. The addition means Ozarka’s entire stock will be bottled in-house. Ozarka Water had previously outsourced some of its production to another company. The new equipment in Oklahoma will create four employee positions, bringing the company’s total worker count to 100. Raupe says the production line will help the company save money, but didn’t disclose exact figures.

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma wind gust tops 100 mph Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Heavy rain is reported in eastern Oklahoma as storms move east, southeast. A flash flood warning has been issued for Latimer and Pushmataha counties.

  • Arkansas, Oklahoma host youth soccer games in ‘15

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa will host the US Youth Soccer national championship tournament next July, while North Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the home of the Southern Regionals. The Tulsa tournament will be played July 21-26 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex and attract the winners of the regional tournament in Arkansas and also tournaments in Idaho, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Southern Regionals will be played at Burns Park in North Little Rock next June 19-25. The national tournament includes 10,000 teams that start in state competition. Championships are awarded in age groups from under-13 to under-19.

  • Man gets 2 life terms in Love County slayings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    MARIETTA — A 66-year-old man has been formally sentenced to two life terms without parole for the deaths of his father-in-law and father-in-law’s sister in rural Love County. A local newspaper reports reports Aaron Eugene Carlile was sentenced Tuesday in Love County District Court. He was found guilty in June of first-degree murder in the deaths of 78-year-old Thomas Monroe Culwell and 80-year-old Marion Almenia Culwell. Almenia Culwell’s son found the two shot to death one-and-a-half miles from their rural home in May 2013. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a longstanding feud between Carlile and Sonny Culwell. A notice of intent to appeal has been filed on Carlile’s behalf.

  • Hearing delayed in Duncan baseball player slaying

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    DUNCAN — A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a southern Oklahoma man charged with helping two people hide the gun used to shoot a baseball player from Australia. A local newspaper reports that a hearing set for Wednesday for 22-year-old Oddesse Barnes has been moved to Nov. 18. Chris Lane was shot last summer while jogging along a tree-lined road in Duncan while visiting his girlfriend’s parents. Investigators say the 22-year-old from Melbourne was randomly targeted by bored teenagers. He had been preparing to enter his senior baseball season at East Central University in Ada. Barnes was charged in April with accessory after murder. He has pleaded not guilty. A message seeking comment was left with

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • Workers Comp Commission spending includes $1,600 chairs, PR contract

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER -- Tulsa World | Yesterday

    Since it began operations in February, the Workers Compensation Commission has spent $30,000 furnishing its commissioners’ offices and signed a $4,500 contract with a consultant for a “communications strategy” at the same time it employed a full-time public information officer, a Tulsa World analysis shows. Also, the commission has hired more administrators than counselors to assist injured workers, records show. Executive Director Rick Farmer said that because the commission is a new agency, it is expected to have one-time costs such as furniture. Changes the commission plans, such as an electronic-filing system, will ultimately save the state money, he said.

  • Oklahoma City metro has one of the wettest Julys on record

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    State weather experts say this July has not only been cooler than average, it has been one of the wettest on state record, giving some parts of the state much needed rain.

  • Chickasha man accused of possessing child porn

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Laurence F. Thompson, 59, was arrested Wednesday on complaints of possession of child pornography, of aggravated possession of child pornography and of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, the state attorney general’s office reported.

  • Del City man accused of assaulting a service member at Tinker Air Force Base

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    James Williams, 60, of Del City, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of assault with a dangerous weapon. Williams is accused of almost hitting a senior airman with his vehicle at the Tinker Air Force Base on June 26, according to federal court records.