• Thunder starters announced for preseason opener

    Erik Horne | Updated: 5 min ago

    The Thunder will go with Enes Kanter in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Minneapolis (7 p.m.) With Steven Adams missing tonight's game with back soreness, Kanter will play center alongside Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant in the Thunder frontcourt. Andre Roberson and Russell Westbrook will start at shooting guard and point guard, respectively. Thunder starting lineup tonight: Westbrook, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka, Kanter. Steven Adams is out with back soreness. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 7, 2015 Tonight's game will not be televised, but can be heard on the radio via WWLS 98.1 FM (640 AM).

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing OU-Texas with the Austin American-Stateman's Brian Davis

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 44 min ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Kyle Fredrickson. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers."  The Non-Fiction Writers is presented by Edward Jones. You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here.

  • 8 Things Every Guy Should Purge From His Closet

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    There are certain clothing items that never go out of style, and then there are those that do. We're looking at you, cargo shorts. The editors over at Esquire put together a list of the eight items every guy should seriously consider removing from his closet, immediately. Those items include but are not limited to the aforementioned cargo shorts, fedoras, deep v-necks and overly distressed pairs of denim.

  • Appeals court overturns felony blackmail conviction of Oklahoma tea party co-founder

    AP | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Appeals court overturns felony blackmail conviction of Oklahoma tea party co-founder.

  • Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

    Updated: 24 min ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012. Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut massacre, Christopher Harper-Mercer was living a mostly solitary life with a mom who shared his fascination with firearms. Both stories illustrate the struggles parents face caring for a deeply troubled child, struggles that can inadvertently lead to a volatile outcome made easier by ready access to weaponry.

  • Judge mulls delaying trial in Oklahoma family stabbing case

    AP | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge is deciding whether to delay a hearing for two brothers charged in the fatal stabbings of their parents and three siblings to give the defense team more time to prepare their case. A preliminary hearing for 16-year-old Michael Bever and 18-year-old Robert Bever is scheduled for Friday. Their attorneys want to delay that by three months. Michael Bever's attorney is expected to argue that his client has been denied the chance to present a case for certification as a child under Oklahoma's juvenile code. Special Judge Martha Rupp Carter said Wednesday she would rule on the motion for continuance Friday. The Bevers are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths in July of their family

  • Attorneys seek brain scan for Oklahoma death row inmate

    Updated: 34 min ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate have asked a federal judge to order a psychiatric evaluation and brain scan for their client, who they say is mentally ill and ineligible for execution. Benjamin Cole was initially scheduled for execution Wednesday, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals halted all upcoming executions as the state investigates why the wrong lethal injection drug was sent in a different case. The appeals court previously rejected Cole's claims of insanity. On Tuesday, Cole's attorneys filed a request for further medical testing, saying the inmate has schizophrenia and a brain lesion that have rendered him incompetent. "This court should enter an order committing Mr.

  • U.S. Grant's Kandy Hunt named to OSSAA Intermediate Appeals Panel

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 37 min ago

    The OSSAA Board of Directors unanimously approved the addition of U.S. Grant administrator Kandy Hunt to the Intermediate Appeals Panel . Hunt has been with U.S. Grant since 2003, where she has coached basketball, track, cross country and softball. She recently was the athletic director. Hunt, who was in attendance for the meeting, replaces former OKCPS district administrator Charles Carpenter, who resigned from the panel due to no longer being employed with the district.

  • 'Cousin Eddie' actor detained in Montreal

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The circumstances behind the arrest are unclear, but his wife tweeted late Tuesday that her husband had been detained.

  • High school soccer districts amended, approved

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 44 min ago

    The OSSAA amended soccer districts for the next two seasons Wednesday in an effort to balance out the districts. The OSSAA had to move three Class 6A teams on the west side of the state to an east district. Deer Creek, Putnam North and Westmoore are all headed to that district. Mustang had been recommended for the district by coaches. Here are the districts, which were unanimously approved by the board. Class 6A District 1: Norman, Edmond North, Edmond Memorial, Yukon, Capitol Hill, Putnam West, Choctaw, Moore District 2: Norman North, Edmond Santa Fe, Mustang, Southmoore, Putnam City, Midwest City, U.S.

  • Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria

    Updated: 44 min ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. The missiles flew nearly 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) over Iran and Iraq and struck Raqqa and Aleppo provinces in the north and Idlib province in the northwest, Russian officials said. The Islamic State group has strongholds in Raqqa and Aleppo, while the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front has a strong presence in Idlib. U.S.

  • OSU professor sets up summer course in Brazil

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: 48 min ago

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University will offer a two-month course on international environmental sociology next summer in Brazil — the first OSU Arts and Sciences travel course to be offered there. Psychology professor Charles Abramson spent a month in Brazil early this year to lay the groundwork for the course, which will be taught by professors Beth Caniglia, Duane Gill and Tammy Mix. It was just the first international stop for Abramson, who next went to Moscow in March with his spring break class Explorations in the History of Psychology. The months of April and May were spent in Chile, conducting research on honey bees and teaching courses on comparative psychology and scientific writing.

  • Lecture to look at roots, ramifications of ISIS

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: 52 min ago

    LAWTON — A free public lecture will explore “ISIS Theatre of Cruelty: Roots and Ramifications” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the McCasland Ballroom at Cameron University.  Mahmoud Sadri, who grew up in Iran, will discuss the development of ISIS and the complex sociological issues surrounding it. Sadri earned his graduate degree in the United States and has taught sociology of the Middle East and sociology of terrorism for many years. Currently, he is a professor of sociology at Texas Woman’s University and the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. The presentation is made possible by the Phillip L. Jones Endowed Lectureship in Ethics.

  • Oklahoma sees increase in babies dying before a month of life

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 55 min ago

    Oklahoma has seen an increase in the rate of babies dying before they reach a month of life, data from the state Health Department shows.  Terry Cline, the state health commissioner, said at Tuesday's state Board of Health meeting that the increase in the rate of babies dying before a month of life is a concerning trend. In recent years, Oklahoma has celebrated the overall decline in its infant mortality rate, the rate of babies who don’t live to their first birthday.  The state’s infant mortality rate in 2013 was 6.73 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, a 15-percent reduction from the state’s 2005 rate of 7.95 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to a Centers for

  • 2016 swimming state championships to be held at Jenks

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 58 min ago

    The swimming state championships are heading east. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the Jenks Aquatic Center as the host for the Class 5A and Class 6A meet on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. The meet was held at the Edmond Aquatic Center the past two years. Before that, Jenks hosted the previous two years. Jenks also hosts the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State swim meet each summer.

  • Halloween movies/TV shows on Blu-ray, DVD

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: 21 hr ago

    From classic monster movies to tamped-down horror for teens and small fry, a bevy of new Blu-rays and DVDs are out with Halloween themes.

  • Drug inmates with long rap sheets among those freed early

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records. Many defendants cleared for early release starting this fall fit a more sympathetic profile: small-time dealers targeted by a draconian approach to drug enforcement. But an AP analysis of roughly 100 court cases also identified defendants who carried semi-automatic weapons, had past convictions for crimes including robbery and assault, moved cocaine shipments across states and participated in international heroin smuggling.

  • High court weighs 3 death sentences in Kansas cases

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems inclined to rule against the perpetrators of what one justice called "some of the most horrendous murders" he's ever seen from the bench. The justices on Wednesday were critical of the Kansas Supreme Court, which overturned the death sentences of three men, including two brothers convicted in a murderous crime spree known as the "Wichita massacre." It was the first high-court hearing on death penalty cases since a clash over lethal injection procedures exposed deep divisions among the justices in the court's last term. The debate this time concerned the sentencing process for Jonathan and Reginald Carr and for Sidney Gleason, convicted in another case.

  • Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority?

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials have called a "mistake," may have exceeded the rules American forces have operated under since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago, officials say. U.S. officials have declined to discuss most circumstances of the attack in Kunduz, which killed 22 civilians, because American and Afghan investigations are underway. Gen. John F. Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told a Senate committee on Tuesday that as a result of the strike, he is requiring that every U.S. service member in Afghanistan be retrained on the circumstances in which U.S. firepower can be used.

  • The George goes dark; Founders Tower has a tall vacancy to fill

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The George Prime Steakhouse, which opened atop Founders Tower last June, has shuttered. Officials with Founders Tower confirmed the news this morning. Owner Kevin George opened his ambitious, ostentatious restaurant after many years as a partner with the Interurban Restaurant group but a litany of troubles dogged the concept before it ever opened. Despite taking over the lease in spring of 2013 and hiring chef Josh Valentine that summer, George didn’t open his restaurant for another year, eight months later than the initial plan, because of assorted problems at the space built in the early 1960s. Opened in 1964 as the Chandelle Club, the restaurant boasted of being one of only two rotating