• Secret recording captures conversation with volunteer deputy

    By SEAN MURPHY, AP | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Embroiled in a legal battle over the sale of his insurance company, Robert Bates met a former colleague at a restaurant to discuss the court case over drinks. But Bates, the volunteer Tulsa County deputy now facing a manslaughter charge for shooting an unarmed suspect, did not know the 2012 conversation was being secretly recorded by his companion, Bryan Berman, the company’s new president. During the exchange, Bates boasted of his connections in the sheriff’s department and the U.S. attorney’s office and suggested he could make life miserable for the plaintiffs.

  • Madeleine McCann's parents win 500,000 euros ($549,000) in Portuguese libel case

    Updated: 16 min ago

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Madeleine McCann's parents win 500,000 euros ($549,000) in Portuguese libel case.

  • Courteney Cox Says 'Friends' Cast Member Is Reason for Lack of Reunion

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    During a special with Yahoo!, Courteney Cox was asked yet again about a "Friends" reunion, more than 10 years after the show went off the air in 2004. "Let it go people, we are not doing it!" she said.

  • UN, Vatican team up for climate change agenda

    Updated: 20 min ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The United Nations and Vatican joined forces Tuesday to warn about the dire effects of climate change, gathering religious leaders, Nobel laureates and heads of state to present a united front ahead of make-or-break environment talks later this year in Paris. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Pope Francis for framing the need to combat global warming as an urgent moral imperative, saying his upcoming encyclical provided an "unprecedented opportunity" to create a more sustainable future for the planet. Ban opened a Vatican conference on the environment that is a key part of the Holy See's rollout of Francis' eagerly awaited encyclical, which is expected in June.

  • National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore

    Updated: 20 min ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — National Guardsmen took up positions across the city and hundreds of volunteers began sweeping the streets of broken glass and other debris Tuesday, the morning after riots erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. The streets were calm in the morning, but authorities remained on edge against the possibility of another outbreak of looting and arson. The city was under a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew, all public schools were closed, and the Baltimore Orioles canceled their Tuesday night game at Camden Yards. "We're not going to leave the city unprotected," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vowed during a visit to a West Baltimore intersection where cars were burned and windows smashed the n

  • 'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony noms

    Updated: 21 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The musicals "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and Ira Gerswin songs — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad. "It's nice to know if something's good, there's room for it," said Max von Essen, who earned a nomination for featured actor in a musical in "American in Paris." "There's room for a smaller, darker piece and there's room for a big, show-stopping revival show with Gershwin.

  • Oklahoma House approves cannabis oil study legislation

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk is the next stop for legislation that authorizes an investigational study into clinical trials on certain patients with severe forms of epilepsy using an oil derived from the marijuana plant. The Oklahoma House voted 85-5 for the measure and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. Fallin has expressed support for the idea but says she remains opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana applications. The bill’s author, Republican Rep. Jon Echols of Oklahoma City, says the bill authorizes an investigation into the use of cannabidiol in children with epilepsy. Research suggests the oil may be effective to treat toddlers with rare conditions that cause seizures and strokes.

  • 2 Oklahoma cities where it's best to start a business

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Internet high-five coming your way, Tulsa, because you’re one of the best cities to start a business in!

  • Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara nominated for Tony Awards, setting up Oklahoma showdown

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 29 min ago

    As the theatrical awards season heats up, the hottest contest of them all is a showdown between two Oklahoma natives and Oklahoma City University graduates who have become belles of Broadway. The Tony Award nominations were announced this morning, and as predicted, Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth and Elk City native Kelli O’Hara are both […]

  • Newborn baby becomes youngest organ donor

    Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Updated: 20 hr ago

    When they heard the devastating news that one of their twin boys would not make it due to a birth defect, they made the decision to donate his organs.

  • Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments

    Updated: 37 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy asked skeptical questions of both sides Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Kennedy, whose vote could decide the issue, said marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for "millennia-plus time." He said same-sex marriage has been debated in earnest for only about 10 years, and he wondered aloud whether scholars and the public need more time. "It's very difficult for the court to say 'We know better,'" Kennedy told Mary Bonauto, a lawyer representing same-sex couples.

  • 6 steps to escape an abusive relationship

    Aaron Anderson, FamilyShare | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Abusive relationship are hard. They're even harder to leave. But here are six tips to help.

  • Latest on police-custody death: Rumors close suburban mall

    Updated: 42 min ago

    11:40 a.m. Police say a mall in suburban Baltimore has closed after rumors spread on social media about plans for trouble there and at other locations. County police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter says Security Square Mall decided to close Tuesday, but it was not at the direction of police. The mall is near the Social Security Administration's headquarters and just a few miles west of the city. The riots started Monday at a mall near downtown Baltimore, on the same day as Freddie Gray's funeral. Gray died after suffering injuries while in police custody. ___ The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox after a night of rioting near Camden Yards.

  • WATCH: At age 89, former KU football player scores touchdown in alumni scrimmage

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Bryan Sperry was 17 years old when he first left home to play football at Kansas State. He was 19 when he served as an infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge. Three years later, in his early 20s, he was hauling in a pass for Kansas in the 1948 Orange Bowl.

  • John Wooden rejected NBA; Will Krzyzewski?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Mike Krzyzewski’s name is being volleyed around for the Thunder job. Jenni Carlson wrote about Coach K for the Tuesday Oklahoman, which you can read here, and I put Krzyzewski in my 16-coach bracket last Friday. Even gave him a first-round victory over Fred Hoiberg before losing to Kevin Ollie in the quarterfinals. I have […]

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  • White Sox-Orioles postponed again in riot-ravaged Baltimore

    Updated: 48 min ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox after a night of rioting near Camden Yards. The team says it made the decision Tuesday after consulting with Major League Baseball, and state and local officials. A makeup date was not announced. Public schools were shut down Tuesday, and Baltimore's mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew. Monday's game was postponed after riots that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal cord and other injuries sustained while in police custody. The White Sox were in town for a three-game series that had been slated to start Monday. They were not scheduled to return this season.

  • Baltimore Orioles say their game against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed

    Updated: 54 min ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Orioles say their game against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed.

  • Baltimore Vietnam veteran stands in front of protestors: 'I love my country'

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Robert Valentine, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told rioters in Baltimore "they need to have their butts at home," the Washington Examiner reports. "I love my country. I love my Charm City," he said, placing himself between protesters and police. After the interview, CNN's Anderson Cooper called him a hero on air.

  • Tulsa teacher follows through on vow to not test first-graders, risks termination

    By ANDREA EGER - Tulsa World | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Judgment day has come for a first-grade teacher who made national headlines in the fall for calling out Tulsa Public Schools on the use of high-stakes student surveys and tests. Skelly Elementary School’s Nikki Jones penned a blog on Monday about her final showdown with her superiors over the issue. “In January, they docked me for not giving the test. I got a second chance, and I didn’t give the test Monday, so they could terminate me,” Jones told the Tulsa World after school ended. “The retaliation began right away last fall from my principal and ILD (instructional leadership director).” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.