• Report: Patrick Beverley out for season

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. Beverley injured his wrist in the Rockets' March 23 game against the Indiana Pacers. The team just got center Dwight Howard (knee) back from a nearly two-month absence.

  • Oklahoma City, firefighters reach tentative contract settlement

    William Crum | Updated: 18 min ago

    Oklahoma City firefighters have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the city. Firefighters will get a 0.93 percent across-the-board raise plus a one-time “stipend” payment of about $335, said Phil Sipe, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 157. Firefighters agreed to accept the city’s offer of an $11,593 annual contribution […]

  • Paperwork filed with Indiana Secretary of State for First Church of Cannabis

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Paperwork for the First Church of Cannabis Inc. was filed Thursday – the same day Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act prevents state government from "substantially burdening" a person's exercise of religion only if it can demonstrate that it is the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling governmental interest.

  • Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

    Updated: 42 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama summoned today's quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator's name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. "What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we were to follow his example a little bit harder?" the president asked a crowd of family, former aides and political dignitaries of both parties under a tent in raw weather just outside the doors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. "To his harshest critics who saw him as nothing more than a partisan lightning rode, that might sound foolish," the presiden

  • Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

    Updated: 47 min ago

    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after their overloaded church van crashed in the darkness in rural southwest Florida. Three men who had been seated near the 57-year-old died. Alexis said he kicked out a window to escape. "I just know there is a God," said Alexis, sitting in a chair dragged outside the Independent Haitian Assembly of God to ease the pain in his bandaged leg and fractured ribs.

  • AFSCME pulls national conference out of Indianapolis over RFRA

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An October conference has become the first to pull out of Indianapolis due to controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. "The 1.6 million members of AFSCME cannot in good conscience make such a sizable financial investment in Indiana knowing that women and men in that state are deliberately being targeted for discrimination," the organization said in a release.

  • Community discussion set for "Wizard of Earthsea" in Norman

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NORMAN —  A community discussion of the novel “A Wizard of Earthsea” will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. April 1 at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. I’ll be part of a panel of authors, scholars, and fantasy aficionados set to discuss the themes, plot devices, and ethical significance of the Ursula Le Guin […]

  • Extended interview & video: Merle Haggard talks about Oklahoma ties, making music with Willie Nelson and more before Oklahoma shows

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Monday’s Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Merle Haggard shines on with Oklahoma benefit concert On Thursday, the hard-touring “Okie from Muskogee” singer-songwriter will begin a run of three Oklahoma performances with a fundraising show for the innovative program S.H.I.N.E. and its nonprofit foundation. Merle Haggard wasn’t born […]

  • Latest on NSA shooting: Driver refused orders to stop

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    3:55 p.m. Authorities aren't saying yet why two men dressed as women tried to enter the National Security Agency's campus at Fort Meade, Maryland without permission shortly before 9 a.m. Monday. But the NSA has issued a statement providing a point by point description of what happened next. NSA Spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement that an agency officer gave the driver "routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus," but the driver disobeyed them, so barriers were deployed. Freed says the driver then accelerated toward an NSA Police vehicle blocking the road, and that police fired at them when the driver refused to stop, crashing into the police vehicle.

  • The Oklahoma City Police Citizens Advisory Board

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Eleven Oklahomans serve as watchdogs over the Oklahoma City Police Department in cases involving possible police misconduct. Read more about them.

  • Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cyber security jobs. Speaking to students at his former suburban Philadelphia high school, Carter said the military could ease age requirements and bring in older people who are mid-career, or provide student loan repayments to attract students who have finished college. There are few details so far, but Carter said the military needs to be more flexible in order to recruit and retain quality people.

  • Festival of the Arts street performer announced

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The Festival of the Arts has announced Dan Raspyni as the street performer for this year’s festival, taking place April 21-26 in downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. According to a news release from the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Raspyni is a comedy juggler who juggling and balancing stunts […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on March 30, 2015: Hear Mary Chapin Carpenter at Oklahoma City Community College

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Hear five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter perform at 7 tonight at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S May Avenue. In a recent interview with me, Carpenter promised an intimate performance by her acoustic trio, which also includes her longtime friends Jon Carroll on […]

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 359

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Hiccup: Unbelievable. Valka: You’re not upset? Hiccup: What? No! I… I don’t know. I… Well, it’s a bit much to get my head around, to be frank. It’s not every day you find out your mother is […]

  • WATCH: Blake Griffin with the Block of the Year in the NBA

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Blake Griffin is athletic. You knew that. But you've never seen the former OU star block a shot, with his off hand, while spinning. Yep. Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko gets Griffin in the air with the pump fake, but clearly didn't anticipate Griffin blocking his shot in such a manner.

  • US officials: 1 dead after car tries to ram Fort Meade gate

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Officers opened fire after two men dressed as women refused to stop Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade and then smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, leaving one of them dead, officials said. A police officer and the other man in the vehicle also were hurt, the NSA said in a news release. Investigators have not yet determined how the man in the vehicle died, and the conditions of the wounded man and officer were not immediately clear. An FBI spokeswoman said earlier in the day that the incident was not believed to be linked to terrorism. The NSA said the incident was contained to the vehicle control point area on the perimeter of the secure campus.

  • Cleveland County judge orders 18-year-old to stand trial on murder charge

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Cody Dallas Delano, 18, of Lexington, has been told to stand trial in the drive-by shooting death of a 14-year-old in Moore.

  • SAE national president criticizes Boren in Facebook post

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Sigma Alpha Epsilon national president Brad Cohen posted a Facebook status criticizing comments made about national organization by OU President David Boren during a press conference Friday, The OUDaily reports. In the post, Cohen noted that there is a difference between formally learning a racist chant and hearing and repeating such a chant. He called Boren's statements during the press conference "inflammatory and self serving."

  • Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice. New Jersey native Stewart is being replaced by the son of a black South African mother and white European father. Noah has an international presence, and hosted a late-night talk show in South Africa, "Tonight With Trevor Noah.

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Another twister spotted in Canadian County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The National Weather Service reported Monday a trained spotter observed an anticyclonic tornado about six miles west-southwest of Yukon during Wedenesday’s evenings storms.