• Sixth-grader leads town hall, puts Obama through paces

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Put President Barack Obama in the hands of a precocious sixth-grader and you a get a fast-paced, revelatory Q&A specially tailored to an audience more concerned about homework assignments than homeland security. It took Osman Yaya, 12, from Bennett Middle School in Salisbury, Md., and his skillful town hall moderating to tease out details about Obama's early reading habits, his post-presidency plans and his facility with digital media. Middle schoolers at a Washington library and students watching online may have puzzled over Obama's reference to the Hardy Boys, just like Obama appeared stumped by Osman's mention of Alex Rider.

  • Diet swap reduces colon cancer risk, study shows

    By David Templeton
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH — When African-Americans and rural South Africans swapped diets for two weeks, they also swapped risk factors for colon cancer. And the surprise is that it happened so quickly. The swap involved 20 African-Americans who ate South African fare including cornmeal and beans for two weeks, while 20 South Africans consumed an American diet full of meat protein and fats, including fast-food burgers and chicken. The South African diet consisted of one-sixth the meat of the American diet.

  • Scientists link urine, obesity

    By Melissa Healy
    Los Angeles Times |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Let's face it: Obesity's not hard to diagnose. It's easily done with a scale, a tape measure and (if you don't want to do the math yourself), a body-mass index, or BMI, calculator. So, when scientists set out to explore “biomarkers” for obesity — in this case, measurable chemical by-products in urine. The undertaking was meant to glean insight on the links between obesity and the many ills that often come with it, from Type 2 diabetes and heart disease and others. Better insight on those connections could lead to more effective prevention strategies, and to treatments that break the bonds between obesity and disease.

  • Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation uses new device to locate hidden bodies

    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is using a new device to find hidden graves. In March, the tool located remains in Pottawatomie County thought to be those of a young mother missing since 2012.

  • Diabetes risk rises for daily drinkers of soda

    By Melissa Healy
    Los Angeles Times |
    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    A comprehensive study of European adults has found that compared with people who drink a single sugar-sweetened drink daily, those who drink water, coffee or tea instead are at 14 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The research found that drinking sugar-sweetened milk products was an even more powerful driver of diabetes; compared with those who drank one such beverage daily, people who drank water, coffee or tea instead were on average 20 percent to 25 percent less likely to develop diabetes. The British study, which tracked the consumption habits of more than 25,000 Britons ages 40 to 79 over about 11 years, offered little comfort to drinkers of artificially sweetened beverages.

  • FDA seeks more study of hand sanitizers' effects

    Associated Press |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day. Now, the government wants more study of whether that is safe and how well it actually fights the spread of germs. The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to submit additional data about medical hand washes and sanitizers, including the long-term health effects of their daily use on the skin. Under a proposed rule published Thursday, companies must submit new studies looking at key safety issues, including possible hormonal effects and contributions to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • Principal works with others for others — students

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Donna Boles, principal at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School, has been named the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Elementary Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals. In part, she received the recognition for consistently going above and beyond for her students, staff and overall school family.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, May 3, 2015

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, May 3, 2015

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies’ high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stock.

  • Iranian woman lives to help others

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran — Zohreh Etezadossaltaneh was born without arms, but that hasn't stopped her from excelling in many activities, ranging from painting to table tennis. Now 52, the retired Iranian teacher has dedicated herself to helping others with similar disabilities live full and satisfying lives. “Each body might have some limitations and deficiencies. But if you have a pure, elevated soul I think the body won't matter,” she said. After receiving her primary education at a special school for disabled children, Etezadossaltaneh moved into the mainstream Iranian education system and eventually earned a degree in psychology.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 10 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 45,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Principal works with others for others — students

    By Bryan Painter
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Donna Boles, principal at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School, has been named the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Elementary Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals. In part, she received the recognition for consistently going above and beyond for her students, staff and overall school family.

  • Paul lifts Clippers past Spurs in Game 7

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — It figured that the most entertaining first-round series in the NBA playoffs would come down to a play involving Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. Paul, who willed himself back from an early hamstring injury, banked in a shot over Duncan with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a wild 111-109 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night that eliminated the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs from the playoffs. After Duncan made two free throws to tie it with 8.8 seconds left, Paul drove the right side. He originally was covered by Danny Green before Duncan came over to help. Paul put up a one-handed shot over the 39-year Spurs star that went in as he

  • Collected Wisdom of Big 12 official Paul Wilson

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Norman resident sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game

  • NBA notebook: Bulls' Mike Dunleavy avoids suspension

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Bulls' Dunleavy avoids suspension The Bulls will have something unusual for Monday's Game 1 of their second-round series against the Cavaliers — their full lineup. Mike Dunleavy won't be suspended for Game 1, which means Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Dunleavy, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol will start together against the Cavaliers for the first time this season. The NBA announced Dunleavy's blow to Michael Carter-Williams in Game 6 against the Bucks, which went uncalled, got upgraded to a flagrant-one foul. “I'm not surprised,” Dunleavy said about the

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan has a track record of success dealing with personalities like Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Billy Donovan will be coaching a New Zealander, a Turkish player and a Congo native who knows five different languages. But above all, everyone is interested in how he’ll handle the delicate task of managing the emotionally charged Russell Westbrook, something his predecessor (Scott Brooks) did remarkably well.

  • Kentucky Derby: Favorite American Pharoah rallies to win

    AP Racing Writer |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite. After a while, those close calls started taking a toll. Even for a three-time Derby winner. “When you get beat like that, all these seconds, you get to a point in your life, maybe it's not just going to happen for me,” said Baffert, 62, who suffered a heart attack in Dubai three years ago. “And then they sent me this horse. And I thought, 'Wow, here's my chance. Don't mess it up, Bob.'” On this first Saturday in May, Baffert knew he had the best horse in American Pharoah.

  • Gordon secures pole at Talladega

    AP Auto Racing Writer |
    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. — In this farewell season for Jeff Gordon, he continues to seize every moment both on and off the track. Gordon won the 80th pole of his career Saturday with a blistering lap around Talladega Superspeedway, where he's a six-time race winner. The four-time NASCAR champion will start first Sunday and have all three of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates surrounding him as he seeks his first win of the season. Gordon's lap of 194.793 mph was a hefty 0.28 seconds faster than teammate Kasey Kahne, who qualified second for a Hendrick Motorsports front row. It's the third pole of the season for Gordon, who also was fastest in Daytona 500

  • Putting on a show

    | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    A 1919 Minneapolis steam engine, owned by Floyd Kelley of Ralston, blows out glowing embers during the steam engine spark show Friday, part of the 49th Annual Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Association Show in Pawnee. The show runs through Sunday, featuring more than 300 exhibitors from across the country, parades, a flea market, arts and crafts, food vendors, and various steam and gas engines operating early 20th century machinery such as a sawmill.

  • OSU baseball: Bryan Case leads Oklahoma State to 8-1 victory against Oklahoma

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Bryan Case, known more for his skills behind the plate, was a load indeed, but this time at the plate, igniting three OSU rallies in an 8-1 Game 2 Bedlam win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.