• Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night. The theft that shut down parts of the subway's biggest lines and snarled the commute for 100,000 people is only the latest example of a troubling trend on the nation's railways linked to the soaring price of copper. "This is a money-making crime," said Chief Joseph Fox, commander of the New York Police Department's Transit Bureau. "It's economy-driven.

  • Witnesses: About 20 killed in suicide bombing at market in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses: About 20 killed in suicide bombing at market in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria.

  • Hoiberg's departure will harm Big 12 basketball

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Fred Hoiberg apparently is headed for the Chicago Bulls. Which probably is good news for Hoiberg and probably is good news for the Bulls and most definitely is bad news for Iowa State basketball. And how can it be anything but bad news for Big 12 hoops? The Bulls are expected to name Hoiberg their […]

  • Run Warren Run Folds As Elizabeth Warren Spurns White House Bid

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn’t running for president, says the Huffington Post, and one of the main groups created to encourage her to run for president will soon stop running, too. Run Warren Run, the collaborative effort by progressive organizations to show Warren that she had supporters, commitment and money for a 2016 presidential bid, will suspend operations on June 8. Time, political winds, and, in all likelihood, Bernie Sanders were the culprits. In some respects, the Run Warren Run campaign exhibited the same promises and risks that the Democratic Party at large assumes in this cycle -– placing enormous hope in a singular figure.

  • Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Europe’s footballing nations will meet on Friday to discuss the nuclear option of splitting from Fifa and holding a breakaway World Cup in 2018, in an effort to force Sepp Blatter out of the presidency of the world game’s governing body, The Independent reports. The plan to boycott the tournament which is due to be held in Russia – revealed to The Independent by the leading Uefa official behind it – would involve European teams and some invited South American countries breaking away from the official tournament, fatally undermining it in the eyes of the fans and sponsors. It comes as the aftershocks of Mr Blatter’s re-election as head of Fifa on Friday continue to reverberate. Last night, a judge in Paraguay placed Nicolas Leoz, 86, a former head of the South American Football Confederation, under house arrest. He is one of the indicted Fifa officials and had been accused of asking for a knighthood in return for supporting England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

  • Two More Texas Flood Victims Identified, Including Mom Washed Away in House

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Authorities have identified two bodies found last week in the wreckage of the Memorial Day weekend flood, including Laura McComb, 34, who was in a house that was washed away by flood waters in Wimberley, Texas, ABC News reports. McComb and her two children, Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, were missing after a home they were in was washed away by the raging waters of the Blanco River, according to The Associated Press. Andrew's body was identified Friday, authorities said, and Leighton remains missing.

  • What's behind the floods in Texas and heat in India?

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Scientists on Monday made an ominous prediction: We'll be seeing more extreme weather like the flooding that killed at least 30 people last month in the southern plains, while damaging or destroying thousands of homes. And on the other side of the world, the extraordinary heat wave that killed more than 2,000 in India. May took Texas from drought to destructive floods, while on the other side of the globe, excessive heat turned deadly in India, says CBS News. In a paper published Monday, researchers from Rutgers University offered an explanation for why climate change in the arctic is slowing the jet stream over the northern hemisphere, leaving the weather increasingly prone to repeat. "Everything slows, and with it weather patterns persist over areas for longer periods of times that could make a wet situation dangerously wet, it could make a heatwave dangerously long," said climatologist Dave Robinson.

  • Ex-Choctaw Nation construction director gets 12 years in bribery, tax-fraud case

    By LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON - Tulsa World | Updated: 4 hr ago

    MUSKOGEE — A one-time Choctaw Nation official was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a pay-to-play scheme. Former Choctaw Nation construction director Jason Merida was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Payne in the court system’s Eastern District of Oklahoma. In addition to the prison time, the defendant must serve 10 years of supervised release. Merida was convicted in November on two counts each of theft and tax fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery. He was acquitted of an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • How Vanity Fair protected Caitlyn Jenner's exclusive

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Vanity Fair unleashed one of the biggest cultural stories of the year on Monday with Caitlyn Jenner's first public interview and photo shoot, says Mashable. For Vanity Fair, Jenner and her family, it marks the result of months of negotiations and work, as well as beefed up security to keep the story from leaking. The magazine was concerned about leaks and took security measures "every step of the way," including on the photo shoot, in the VF editorial office and at the printing plant for the upcoming issue.

  • Search for missing Okmulgee men includes stretch of U.S. 69

    By BILL HAISTEN - Tulsa World | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The search for two Okmulgee men who haven’t been seen since Rocklahoma’s opening day seems to be centered primarily on a stretch of highway between Pryor and Wagoner. On Saturday, a group of about 40 volunteers conducted a 16-mile search of ditches and wooded areas near U.S. 69, hoping to find the missing 20-year-olds, Benjamin Baber and Cody Parrick. On Sunday, while in a Cessna 210 at an altitude of about 500 feet, former Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Howard got striking photographs that reveal the extent to which the highway is flanked by high flood water. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 2, 2015: See the Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Sacramento River Cats

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Watch the Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Sacramento River Cats at 7:05 tonight at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. Tonight starts a four-game home stand against the River Cats, with games at 7:05 p.m. today through Friday at the Brick. For more information, go to okcdodgers.com. For […]

  • Dash cam footage shows Tulsa minister charging at OHP trooper before fatal shooting

    By KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A portion of a dash cam video that appears to show a Tulsa minister attacking a state trooper moments before he was fatally shot was released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday. Mark Southall, a Highway Patrol trooper for eight years, and Michael Taylor, with one year on the force, were the troopers involved in an encounter late Friday that left the Rev. Nehemiah Fischer dead and his brother Brandon Fischer in jail, OHP spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons confirmed. Timmons said the Highway Patrol received a call about 9:25 p.m. Friday regarding a possible stranded motorist in the area of Hectorville Road (221st Street) and Bixby Road (Memorial Drive) south of Bixby. Southall arrived about 9:35 p.m. and saw the brothers

  • Kerry to have surgery Tuesday on broken leg

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday morning on his broken leg at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The State Department said in a statement late Monday night that prior to the surgery, Kerry will participate by telephone in an international gathering to combat the Islamic State in Paris. Kerry suffered the injury in a bike accident Sunday, when he struck a curb and fell on a regular Tour de France route located southeast of Geneva. He returned to Boston Monday for the surgery. Kerry had planned to travel to Madrid on Sunday for meetings with Spain's king and prime minister, and then spend two days in Paris for the meeting on the Islamic State.

  • Russian maker of the Buk missile says MH17 shot down by older missile, in Ukrainian service

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian maker of the Buk missile says MH17 shot down by older missile, in Ukrainian service.

  • Sunny skies, 80s in central Oklahoma Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Skies will be clear Tuesday in Oklahoma. Temperatures will be in the 80s.

  • The story behind Florida's sunflowers at the Women's College World Series

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    On a night that the Women’s College World Series held its annual Strike Out Cancer night — and Florida beat Michigan 3-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 championship series — pink was a popular color at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It is the color of breast cancer awareness. But for the Gators, gold is their color.

  • Solar Impulse waits out weather before take-off for Hawaii

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Ultimately when it comes to adventure, however advanced the technology, the weather holds the trump card. A solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel was sitting in Japan on Tuesday waiting out unexpectedly bad weather after making an unplanned landing. Swiss pilot André Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, on Sunday — Saturday in Asian time zones — on what was to be the longest leg of the journey, a six-day, 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) flight to Hawaii. But he had to land in Japan, and Bertrand Piccard, initiator, chairman and co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2, told the organizer's live feed, Solar Impulse TV, that the plane will continue its journey to Hawaii when the

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: David Aardsma says he's ready for a return to the majors

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: 10 hr ago

    He’s either a few days away from Los Angeles or free agency depending on the outcome of his opt-out clause that leaves the Dodgers a 72-hour window to promote him. Either way, he feels he’s primed for a comeback.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Dodgers' pitching stumbles in Fresno's 14-1 rout

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Fresno pounded 18 hits, and Alex Presley went 6 for 7 with five RBIs in the Grizzlie’s 14-1 rout of the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark that featured two Dodgers position players taking the mound.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboy seniors left their mark on program

    By John Helsley | Updated: 10 hr ago

    OSU’s season ended in disappointment, halted by two losses in three games at their Stillwater Regional. Still, the mark of those players on a three-year run that can only be summed up as a success extends beyond the wins and losses and three regional appearances.