• Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan

    Updated: 48 min ago

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His nearly 118-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006. But Borschberg flew the Solar Impulse 2 without fuel. Instead, its wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

  • Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans, U.S. U-19 team roll past Italy into FIBA World Championship semifinals

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The U.S. U-19 basketball team rolled past Italy 86-65 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship on Friday. Even without former Oklahoma prep standout Allonzo Trier, the U.S. team had little trouble advancing to the semifinals. Trier, who was averaging 11.3 points through four games, sat out of the U.S.'s win with an ankle injury and the team decided to rest him for the semifinals. It didn't matter, as the U.S. had four players score in double digits, let by Jalen Brunson's 17 points. Oklahoma State signee Jawun Evans had two points and three assists in 13 minutes for the U.S., which will play Greece in the semifinals on Saturday.

  • Report: Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with center DeAndre Jordan

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The I-35 rivalry between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks just got a whole lot bigger. Free agent center DeAndre Jordan has reportedly agreed to join the Mavericks on a max deal worth about $81 million over four years. The 6-foot-11 Jordan, a native of Houston, had a career year for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging career highs in points (11.5), rebounds (15.0), and field goal percentage (.710). Jordan led the league in rebounds per game and field goal percentage for the second consecutive year.

  • Bubba Watson to paint over Confederate flag on General Lee

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PGA golfer Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag that adorns the roof of the General Lee, the car from the late 1970s-early 1980s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard." Watson, purchased the car at an auction in 2012, announced Thursday evening he's making the change. "All men ARE created equal," Watson tweeted . "I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA." The decision comes in the aftermath of the murders of nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., which has sparked debate nationwide over whether the Confederate flag should still fly on the grounds of the state capitol building of South Carolina, and whether major retailers should sell merchandise with the flag on it. More from NewsOK : Bubba Watson regrets asking Kevin Durant for his shoes before Thunder-Clippers playoff game

  • Spurs' Becky Hammon to be first female head coach in summer league

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Becky Hammon will coach San Antonio's summer league team in Las Vegas, the Spurs told ESPN's Marc Stein on Friday. Hammon will be the first female head coach in summer league history. Natalie Nakase served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clipper in 2014. This past season, Hammon - the six-time WNBA All-Star who joined the Spurs staff upon retirement -completed her first season as an assistant with the Spurs, becoming the first female full-time assistant in NBA history.

  • Jefferson's iconic U.Va. Rotunda amid $58 million face-lift

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider's web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site. The Rotunda face-lift is part construction zone — hardhats, safety glasses, big equipment — part art restoration. In its interior, also veined with scaffolding, workers are crouched in cramped spaces shoveling out red clay beneath the foundation to make room for modern mechanical features, such as wiring and plumbing. In another area, two patterns of brick have been laid out, like carpet samples, before a final selection is made. Outside, a crew uses a special concoction and brushes to scrub years of grime f

  • The Haunted House has risen from the dead

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 2 hr ago

    It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive will haunt again starting tomorrow (Saturday) night. After more than half a century in operation followed by a couple of months dark, The Haunted House reopens with a new owner and name. The new owner is Patrick M. Boylan, who made is fortune as an event planner, and the new name is J. Bruner's at The Haunted House. About nine years ago, Boylan rescued J. Bruner's Steakhouse in Osage Beach, Mo., from an untimely demise. Now, Boylan waves his re-animating wand at the iconic restaurant owned and operated for 51 years by Marian Thibault, who died in May. J. Bruner's at The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Dr., is taking reservations

  • Shooting Fireworks (with a camera)

    Nate Billings | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Fireworks shows are stunning displays to witness but can be difficult to photograph. I often encourage people to sit back and enjoy the show, leaving their cameras in their bags (or pockets). However, here are some tips if you're interested in trying your hand at fireworks photography and have a camera with manual controls.  1. Use a Tripod. Although camera technology has changed a lot over the years, the fundamental elements for taking photos of fireworks have not. You still need two main ingredients: slow shutter speeds and a steady camera. The best way to steady your camera is to use a tripod. Without a tripod, movement of your camera will cause motion blur and ruin your shot.

  • Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities. The combination also would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families.

  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An IS statement, released late Thursday, said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped. Photographs released by the group show IS militants destroying the busts with large hammers. Another photo shows the smuggler being whipped.

  • Richard Mize: Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    Richard Mize | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column (below the photo). See the entire section here. Fair housing ruling lost amid furor BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com You can’t be blamed if you missed this controversial Supreme Court ruling — by my count there were about a half-dozen. Federal health care law: in. Same-sex marriage: in. State execution chemicals: in. Anti-gerrymandering state redistricting commissions: in. Ten Commandments monument: out. And the almost overnight surrender of the Confederate battle flag is as tendentious as any court ruling. A boring ol’ ruling on fair housing law barely

  • Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive," after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly. Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is "terrific," ''brash" and "speaks the truth." It's an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population.

  • High school sports: Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier resigns

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.” Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school.

  • Woman known for trying to sneak on planes released from jail

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she's through with her run of stowaway attempts. "I feel free as a bird," 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman told reporters outside the jail Thursday. Hartman was arrested after trying several times to get past security at O'Hare and Midway airports in April and May. She has tried numerous times in recent years to board flights without a ticket and succeeded at least once, flying from San Jose to Los Angeles last August on a Southwest Airlines flight. In that incident, she slipped past an agent who was checking a family's boarding passes, went through security screenin

  • Why Is Reddit On Strike?

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    If you’re one of Reddit’s 160 million monthly visitors, chances are you’ve noticed something strange with the site over the past day. A widespread moderator protest has broken out, and many of the default subreddits have been changed to “private,” meaning almost no one can see them. For a site that gets billions of pageviews a month, it’s a pretty drastic situation to have many of its most major attractions shut down from /r/funny to /r/gaming to /r/videos and many, many more. It’s like getting to a theme park and having half the rides closed, and users are wondering just what on earth is going on. For the long answer, turn to Reddit itself, where a post in /r/outoftheloop explains all the drama in excruciating detail . I’ll try to sum it up in a more succinct fashion.

  • Edmond floods in Thursday night storms

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EDMOND — Several inches of rain fell quickly on Edmond Thursday night, washing out a major road and flooding businesses downtown. No one was hurt. Santa Fe Avenue is closed in both directions after a washout between Waterloo Road and Sorghum Mill Road, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said. Crews hope to complete temporary repairs this weekend and re-open the road. Several downtown businesses also received water damage from the storms. "We had flooding and it did go into some of the buildings at Broadway and Herd," Monroe said. A damage estimate was not available Friday.

  • Dalai Lama celebrates 80th birthday with California summit

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — It won't be a small, private affair when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday this weekend in Southern California. Hundreds of well-wishers are expected at a three-day Global Compassion Summit to mark the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's big day, with events Sunday through Tuesday at Anaheim's Honda Center and the University of California, Irvine. The Dalai Lama himself plans to deliver talks all three days on global compassion, creativity and the arts, youth leadership and climate change. His actual birthday is on Monday. Plans for the festivities include an 8-foot-tall birthday cake complete with maroon-and-gold frosting — the same hues the Dalai Lama wears on his Tibetan robes — bu

  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. "We were hungry, and I cried for two days," Limnioti said. "I felt homeless in New York." The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. The couple's U.S. adventure started after their June 6 wedding in Volos, Greece, a port ci

  • Official sued in landmark marriage case reads at gay wedding

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate led to last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has delivered a Bible reading at a gay wedding. Thursday's nuptials in Columbus came less than a week after the court legalized gay marriage in a case stemming from a lawsuit against health director Rick Hodges. The litigation began in Ohio but ultimately combined six lawsuits filed by 32 couples, widowers and children in four states that didn't recognize gay marriage. Hodges told the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1RUunA7 ) he's been friends with one of the grooms, Steve George, for 25 years. George worked in Republican Gov.

  • Officials lift evacuation after Tennessee train derailment

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents were returning home Friday after they were evacuated when a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire. An evacuation order has been lifted for about 5,000 people who live within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site, Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said during a Friday news conference. Most of those evacuated received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday by emergency workers who told them they should leave immediately. The concern stemmed from the contents of the car that derailed: liquid acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes including making plastics. It's flamm