• Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons' voting rights

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday. Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with a clear political ploy designed to help the campaign of his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the important swing state this fall. "Gov. McAuliffe's flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of law must not go unchecked," Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement.

  • Cruz fights for survival as Trump eyes Indiana knockout

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OSCEOLA, Ind. (AP) — Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican front-runner Donald Trump. "I am in for the distance — as long as we have a viable path to victory," Cruz told reporters after campaigning at a popular breakfast stop. With his supporters fearing Cruz could lose a seventh consecutive state Tuesday, the candidate's formulation hinted at a time when he may give up. Like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Cruz is already mathematically eliminated from reaching a delegate majority before the

  • 1980s toy property M.A.S.K. returns to comics from IDW

    Matthew Price | Updated: 2 hr ago

    M.A.S.K., or Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (yes, spelled goofy) will return to comics from publisher IDW. The toy line and animated cartoon also was a comic series in the 1980s.  It featured Matt Trakker's M.A.S.K. versus Miles Mayhem's V.E.N.O.M. (for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, naturally).  The M.A.S.K. team each had helmets that had supertechnical powers; they also each rode in a vehicle that could transform into another type of vehicle.  It's a little bit G.I. Joe, a little bit Transformers.  M.A.S.K. has been discussed as a Hasbro property that could come to life on film as part of Hasbro's desire to make a film "universe" of its properties.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Shall I ask her dad?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 2 hr ago

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen- - - hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am going to ask my girlfriend to marry me soon. Am I supposed to ask her dad for her hand in marriage? Or is that an out-of-date custom?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: Absolutely you need to ask her dad first. It is a wonderful tradition and a huge sign of respect. Best wishes!!   LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: I like this tradition, even if it seems like it’s not necessary.

  • Outrage over college's plans to sell political memorabilia

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of America's largest troves of political and campaign memorabilia is headed for the auction block, spurring protests from some who do not want to see it divided up and sold to private collectors. The University of Hartford plans to hire an auction house and sell off more than 70,000 items, many of them donated by the late J. Doyle DeWitt, a former chairman of the Connecticut-based Travelers Cos. who spent decades amassing letters from presidents, campaign posters, buttons and advertisements dating to the 18th century. The artifacts include a pin worn by George Washington at his inauguration and torchlights used by a political group, The Wide Awakes, which marched at night in northern states during

  • Veteran Sean Burnett opts out of Dodgers contract

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Veteran left-handed reliever Sean Burnett opted out of his minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and immediately signed with the Atlanta Braves. Burnett, 33, made seven appearances for the Oklahoma City Dodgers and allowed three runs — two earned — and eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. Burnett is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. He is expected to report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. L.A. promoted reliever Logan Bawcom from Double- A Tulsa to OKC in Burnett’s place.

  • NBA Q&A: TNT reporter Craig Sager on fighting leukemia, Gregg Popovich and retirement

    Erik Horne | Updated: 3 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO – TNT’s Craig Sager is one of the most well-respected sideline reporters in sports. Known for his colorful suits and ties, Sager, 64, has also been lauded for his public battle with leukemia over the last two years. He was first diagnosed with the disease in April of 2014 and it returned in March 2015, forcing Sager to miss the rest of the season. Sager returned to the sidelines this season, but in March, Sager was informed by doctors that his leukemia was no longer in remission. He's currently undergoing clinical trials at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He’s still fighting, covering Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in San Antonio.

  • NFL team signs OU linebacker Eric Striker

    Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have reached deals to sign 14 undrafted rookie free agents, including Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, who provided an emotional speech to family and friends after not being selected last weekend. At 6-feet and 221 pounds, Striker went undrafted despite being a three-year starter, and had had 46 1/2 tackles for a loss and 23 sacks. On Saturday, a video emerged of Striker tearfully thanking family and friends for being with him through the draft process, while adding that he's proven himself before. The Bills also agreed to sign Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski, the younger brother of New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski.

  • NFL Draft: Why Tyreek Hill has a chance to play pro football

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 3 hr ago

    We have become a show-don't-tell society. It isn't enough to describe something you saw; people want visual evidence.  Cute puppy? Horrible car accident? Some dude painted purple streaking through the streets of downtown? Video or it didn't happen, right? That's sure the case when it comes to domestic violence, a fact we were reminded of this weekend. Saturday, just five hours or so north on I-35, the Kansas City Chiefs decided to pick Tyreek Hill in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. The speedster, you no doubt remember, was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team less than two years ago after he plead guilty to punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. But what you may not remember

  • Edmond's Thomas Drive getting help

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Council members have given the OK to spend $300,000 to resurface Thomas Drive between Danforth Road and Covell Parkway. “Thomas Drive has deteriorated to a point that it needs to be repaired before our potential federally funded project, which is scheduled for 2019, is available,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. Plans are to apply for federal money to widen and realign the roadway and add the appropriate drainage. “The street department has repaired the road numerous times and the pothole repairs do not last long because of the inadequate base under the old roadway,” Commons said. The original road is covered in cracks, he said.

  • Walking Route 66 with Brianna Bailey - Day 1

    By Brianna Bailey | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Follow The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey as she walks Route 66 this week. Here's a recap of Day 1:

  • Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A man's planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday. James Medina, 40, made his initial appearance in federal court Monday following his arrest last week in the alleged plot against the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, which includes a synagogue, school and meeting halls. Medina is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a potential life prison sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Anton said the FBI learned in March that Medina — a Muslim convert who said in court he also goes by James Muhammad — planned to bomb the center by placing a device under a car

  • Solar Plane

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Andre Borschberg, left, and Bertrand Piccard, right, embrace Monday, May 2, 2016, before Borschberg pilots the next flight of the Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane, at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. The plane took off from California for Arizona to resume its journey around the world using only energy from the sun. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 left Mountain View south of San Francisco shortly after 5 a.m. Monday for an expected 16-hour trip to Phoenix. Piccard had flown the plane from Hawaii nine days ago.

  • Eastern Conference semifinals: Go with Toronto & Cleveland

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Eastern Conference semifinals finally arrive, with Atlanta-Cleveland on Monday night and Toronto-Miami on Tuesday night. Here’s how I see the East. CAVALIERS-HAWKS Cleveland is the class of the East. But Atlanta has a solid team. Two quality point guards Dennis Schroder and Jeff Teague, quality big men Al Horford and Paul Millsap, shooters Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore. That’s a good roster. Atlanta didn’t play well all season and slipped to 48-34. But the Hawks, with much the same team, won 60 games in 2014-15. Yet Cleveland is a serious team. LeBron is LeBron. Kyrie Irving is a star. Kevin Love finds his groove on an unsteady ship from time to time. The Cavs aren’t

  • Cheering Cubans greet first cruise ship from US in decades

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. Many watching the festive arrival praised a Cuban government decision to drop a longstanding ban on Cuban-born people returning to their homeland by sea, a step that allowed 16 Cuban-Americans to make the journey from Miami. "This is history," said Mercedes Lopez, a 54-year-old nurse who waited for hours to see Carnival Cruise Line's 704-passenger Adonia pull up to Havana's two-berth cruise terminal. "We Cubans must unite, all of us.

  • Coming Soon: Hunting Holtzclaw

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    We're taking a look into the investigation of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former OKC police officer sentenced to 263 years for sexually assaulting women while on duty. Look for it soon in The Oklahoman.

  • The Latest: Judge agrees to move hot SUV death trial

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot SUV to die (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The judge in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die has granted a defense request to move the trial. Attorneys for Justin Ross Harris had asked the judge to move the trial, arguing Monday that pretrial publicity has tainted the jury pool. Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

  • San Antonio travelblog: Trying to interview Gregg Popovich

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Gregg Popovich is my favorite NBA coach to interview. Not because he’s the easiest. Because he’s the hardest. Popovich has no tolerance for mediocre questions, as you know from the in-game interviews on TNT and ESPN. Sometimes, Pop doesn’t have tolerance for good questions. But when you get a good response from Popovich, you know you’ve earned your keep. In pregame on Saturday, I asked Popovich two questions. Something about rotations, and whether he has an idea before the game how he’ll substitute or is it an in-game feel. He gave me a terse, but decent, answer, that it’s in-game, though he has a general idea who will play.

  • Thunder-Spurs: Game 2 Preview

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Sports editor Mike Sherman and columnist Berry Tramel preview Monday night's Game 2 of the Thunder-Spurs series.

  • Dennis Hastert's National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors revoked

    From Staff and Wire Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    STILLWATER — The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced on Monday that its Board of Governors has unanimously passed a resolution to revoke all honors bestowed upon Dennis Hastert by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Board of Governors decision comes after a complete and thorough review by the NWHOF Ethics Committee that concluded Hastert acted in a manner considered detrimental to the ideals and objectives and contrary to the mission statement of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and his actions were grounds for removal in accordance with the NWHOF Ethics Policy.