• Oklahoma's top seismologist accepts USGS New Mexico job

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma state seismologist has confirmed plans to leave the job for a position with the United States Geological Survey in New Mexico. Austin Holland said he accepted a tentative offer with the USGS as a supervisory geophysicist at the Albuquerque Seismic Lab. Holland said the main reason for the move was to change his family dynamics. "I have averaged about 80 hours each week for the 5 1/2 years I've been here," Holland said Monday in an emailed statement. "I want to change my work-life balance, and this opportunity is a good way to do that." Since Holland came to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the state has seen a rapid increase in earthquakes, some of which have been linked to disposal wells used for produced

  • OSU basketball: Four-star Indiana forward Davon Dillard signs with Cowboys

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Four-star forward Davon Dillard officially signed with Oklahoma State on Monday. Dillard will be eligible to play for the Cowboys this season.  A 6-5, 205-pound small forward from Gary, Ind., Dillard was ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Indiana, and the No. 21 player at his position in the nation by ESPN. “Davon is an ultra-competitor and a great athlete, and we couldn’t be happier to have a part of the Oklahoma State family,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “His size, athleticism and toughness make him very versatile. I watched him power his team to a victory with his hard work, which is something he brings game-in-game-out. His motor is always running.

  • Flash flood watch issued in Oklahoma Monday through Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A flash flood watch is in effect for most of Oklahoma. The watch is in effect for Monday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

  • European Central Bank leaves level of emergency credit to Greek banks unchanged

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank leaves level of emergency credit to Greek banks unchanged.

  • Merkel, Hollande say they respect Greek vote and door remains open for negotiations

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Merkel, Hollande say they respect Greek vote and door remains open for negotiations.

  • Woman shot in northwest Oklahoma City dies

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Police have reported a northwest Oklahoma City homicide. A woman shot Sunday night near Lyrewood Lane has died, police report Monday.

  • Walter Reed placed on lockdown after unconfirmed report of active shooter

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Staffers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center were asked to shelter in place after uncomfirmed reports of an active shooter on the hospital's Bethesda, Md., campus.

  • How have Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight played on the road?

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The success of the OU football season figures to be determined away from Norman. Some years ago, that would have been a bummer for Sooner prognostications. OU’s susceptibility at home the last three seasons has changed that perception, to some degree. At Owen Field, the Sooners lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame at in 2012, and to Kansas State, Baylor and OSU in 2014. Still, you’d rather have your tough games at home. The Sooners on the road this season play Tennessee, Baylor and OSU, plus the neutral-site game against Texas. The success of the OU season largely will be determined by quarterback play, which has been inconsistent for the Sooners two years running.

  • Former International Criminal Court judge: Dick Cheney should face prosecution

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Thomas Buergenthal is one of the most distinguished living specialist in international human rights law. A born diplomat, Buergenthal occasionally finds that his instinct for tact deserts him. He describes George W Bush as "an ignorant person who wanted to show his mother he could do things his father couldn't". Richard Nixon was, "more intelligent. I don't think Nixon would have got involved in Iraq". Some still believe that Western politicians including Tony Blair and Dick Cheney could end up in the dock at the International Criminal Court. Is this wishful thinking? Where Blair is concerned, Buergenthal says, he has no special expertise.

  • Airstrike hits market north of Yemen's Aden, over 45 killed

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen hit a local marketplace on Monday, killing more than 45 civilians, security officials and eyewitnesses said. More than 50 civilians were wounded in the strike in Fayoush, just north of the southern port city of Aden, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information otherwise. "I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood," resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi said. "(There was) blood from people mixed with that of the sheep and other livestock at the market." Other witnesses said vendors' stalls were left burning after the strike

  • James Harden, Khloe Kardashian photographed together in Las Vegas

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Kardashians are infiltrating the NBA yet again. This time, it's former Thunder guard James Harden who looks like he's getting close to a Kardashian, as he and Khloe Kardashian were photographed together in Las Vegas this weekend. TMZ reports that the two had "a romantic dinner together at Red 8 -- before going to the Chris Brown concert together." Kardashian was married to former NBA All-Star Lamar Odom.

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback commit Chris Robison ranked No. 76 in first 2017 Rivals100

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback commitment Chris Robison came in at No. 76 on the first Rivals100 rankings for the recruiting class of 2017. Robison, from Mesquite, Texas, is the Sooners’ only 2017 commit. He gave new OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley his commitment on June 26. Robison is the second quarterback commitment Riley has landed since he arrived in Norman in January. The Sooners also have Austin Kendall — a four-star prospect from Waxhaw, N.C. — committed for the class of 2016. OU didn’t sign a quarterback in its 2015 recruiting class. It was the first quarterback-less signing class for the Sooners since 2005.

  • Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    WALSENBURG, Colo. — Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them? They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

  • Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter remain linked

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter were involved in the same trade last February, disgruntled young players that once were looked upon as cornerstones but had fallen from favor with their franchises. Then Jackson and Kanter staged a derby determining which could be more impressive with their new teams. Jackson was good in 27 Detroit Piston games: 32.2 minutes (only 4.2 minutes more than he was playing in OKC) per game, but 17.6 points (up 4.8), 4.7 rebounds (up 0.7) and 9.2 assists (up 4.9). Meanwhile, Jackson’s shooting improved remarkably — his slash line of field goal percentage, foul shooting and 3-point percentage was .436/.796/.337 with the Pistons, .432/.861/.278 with the Thunder. Kanter’s

  • Van Halen Play Nice, Shred Hard at High-Energy Tour Opener

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The thousands of  Van Halen  fans assembled at White River Amphitheater on Sunday evening to catch the opening night of the hard-rock band's first North American tour since 2012 had plenty of questions for each other as they waited in line for overpriced beers. 

  • Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    UNESCO was created in 1945 as a means to help ensure the preservation of our natural, cultural, and intellectual heritage. Of the nearly 1,000 awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage sites, these should be at the top of your list.

  • Garth Brooks Is Country Music's Highest Paid Celebrity in 2015

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Country music tours continue to generate big bucks, but according to  Forbes , the real money is in the boxing ring. The financial publication's latest list of world's highest-paid celebrities is topped by the one-two punch of boxer Floyd Mayweather at Number One, pulling in $300 million for his May victory in Las Vegas over Manny Pacquiao, who has to console himself with second place on the list and a $160 million take for the year. The top musician on the list, at Number Three, is Katy Perry, whose Prismatic World Tour featured country darling Kacey Musgraves on several dates. Perry raked in a hefty $135 million for the year.

  • Swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    It's 6 a.m. and nearly 100 tourists are gearing up excitedly on the beach at Oslob, the Philippines. Tourists are here to swim with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark -- measuring between 18 and 45 feet in length and up to 20 tons in weight -- in some of the clearest waters in the Philippines.

  • What Will We Be Eating in the Future?

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    When it comes to the food of the future, there’s a lot to look forward to. Sustainable? Check. Healthy? Double check. But appetizing, too? Now, that might take some work. In this video from Buzzfeed, some of the most highly touted, nutritionally fortified and environmentally friendly future fare is taste tested by a group of present-day eaters, and things definitely get interesting.

  • NFL standout injured in fireworks accident

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will become the cautionary tale of not playing with fireworks, Yahoo Sports reports. Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ star defensive end who was given the franchise tag this offseason, reportedly suffered a severe hand injury during a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July holiday.