• Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such conspiracy theories — including one that Bland's mug shot was taken after her death — have prompted death threats against county officials. "Because of some of the things that's gone out on social media, this county has been literally attacked," he said at a news conference, adding that the FBI is investigating the most serious threats. "Sandra Bland was alive and well" until she was found hanging on July 13 in her cell at the Waller County Jail, Duhon said.

  • 'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater. The audience cheered wildly as the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" began, with the show's gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away. They laughed loudly as the jokes played out, many touching on Mormon lingo and culture that is intimately familiar in Utah. Some of the most raucous applause came during a scene when an African character sings, "Salt Lake City, the most perfect pla

  • Zimbabwe seeks dentist from U.S. in hunting death of protected lion

    By FARAI MUTSAKA Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Zimbabwe seeks dentist from U.S. in hunting death of protected lion ZIMBABWE | HARARE — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly helping lure the lion outside of its protected area to kill it. The American faces poaching charges, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba. The American allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt the lion, Zimbabwean conservationists said, though the hunter and his local partners maintain they didn’t know the lion they killed was

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for July 29, 2015

  • Three disposal wells change operations after earthquakes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The actions came after a swarm of earthquakes hit the area in the last week, including quakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.0 on Monday. Crescent is about 40 miles north of Oklahoma City.

  • From rent to haircuts, Americans feel price hikes as inflation rises

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up. The price increases remain modest. And in many cases, they're canceled out by price declines for other items that are keeping overall inflation historically low. Yet the stepped-up price tags for a range of consumer items are the largest since the Great Recession ended six years ago.

  • OKC police seek felon in home invasion, shooting

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Naco Lamont Hopkins, 39, of Oklahoma City, is sought on a complaint of robbery with a dangerous weapon related to a March home invasion in Oklahoma City.

  • Chandler hospice company owner sentenced to prison, told to pay fine, for Medicare fraud

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A jury in Oklahoma City federal court found Paula Kluding, 39, of Chandler, guilty in November of 39 counts related to Medicare fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit and making false statements in a health care matter.

  • OKC firefighter takes top prize in golf game

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    An Oklahoma City firefighter has taken a top prize for golf in the World Police and Fire Games. Battalion Chief Kirk Wright, a 28-year fire veteran, competed in the event in Fairfax, Va., in late June and early July. Wright competed in the over-50 division of the golf event and won by eight shots. “What amazed me was how many athletes from different countries participated,” he said. I played golf with police officers from Malaysia, firefighters from Canada, Washington, and several from the Fairfax area.” Athletes from as far away as Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia and Spain also competed in the games.  Wright says he plans to compete in the 2017 games in Montreal.

  • Delegates attend Civil Air Patrol school

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Civil Air Patrol cadets from Oklahoma were chosen to participate this summer in cadet officer school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, the CAP national headquarters and home of Air University and professional military education for the U.S. Air Force. Oklahoma participants are Michael Ash, Stillwater;  Samuel Embrey, Tulsa; Nathan Harrell, Durant;  Conlan Miller, Tulsa;  and Caleb Morriss, Enid. Participation in cadet officer school is a popular choice for CAP cadets from across the nation because of the rigorous academic curriculum and caliber of instruction offered by the Air Force and CAP officers, according to a news release. Only the top 15 percent of cadets are accepted.

  • Moore high schools get CPR kits

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Moore high schools are the second set of schools to receive CPR in Schools kits donated by Norman Regional Health System. The schools were given three American Heart Association kits during the July 13 Moore Public Schools board of education meeting, according to a news release. “We are teaching the next generation of life- savers — trained students save lives,” said Debbie Hite, AHA senior executive director. “A CPR in School Training Kit is designed to train 10 to 20 students at once, and comes with everything needed to quickly and easily teach students.” More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year.

  • Saturday night race series to begin

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Runners will flood downtown streets the next three Saturday nights for the “Run This Town” race series. This is the second year for the 5k walk and run that takes place Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. Races start at 8 p.m. The collaboration between Limbs for Life Foundation, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. brought together more than 1,700 participants of all ages and skill levels last year.  The first, Downtown Dash, begins and ends at the St. Anthony Plaza at NW 9 and Walker Avenue. The race route highlights two of Oklahoma City’s historic neighborhoods and the Midtown District.  The Aug. 8 race, Limbs for Life’s Blake 5k and Hero Homecoming, begins and ends at the Chesapeake

  • U.S. consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September

    By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Consumer confidence slips WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That’s the lowest since September’s reading of 89. Consumers’ assessment of current conditions fell slightly to a still-healthy 107.4 from 110.3 in June; but their outlook for the next six months dropped sharply to 79.9 this month, the lowest since February 2014 and down from 92.8 in June.

  • UCO expands academic offerings this fall

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The University of Central Oklahoma offers 117 undergraduate majors, 85 minors and 70 graduate programs.

  • Twitter sees sharp revenue rise, but user growth slows

    By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it ever can become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to succeed Dick Costolo, who stepped down recently. Co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey is the interim CEO. Dorsey said while the results show “good progress in monetization,” the company is “not satisfied” with audience growth. On average, Twitter had 316 million monthly active users in the second quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year but up less than 3 percent from the first quarter of this year.

  • Nation World briefs

    By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    INQUIRIES D.C. | WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of a braking system that triggered the in-flight breakup of the vehicle. The board said Scaled Composites, an aerospace company that has partnered with Virgin Galactic to develop the spacecraft, should have had systems in place to overcome the co-pilot’s mistake. The Federal Aviation Administration also was faulted.

  • What Chinese stock market tumble means for rest of world

    By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BEIJING — China’s stock market tumbled this week despite a massive government intervention aimed at halting a slide in prices that began last month. At its peak in early June, the Shanghai Composite Index had risen about 150 percent from late 2014. After dropping 30 percent over several weeks, government support measures calmed the market. But on Monday the selloff resumed, with the Shanghai index suffering a drop of 8.5 percent, its biggest daily fall since February 2007. Here’s what the selloff means for China’s economy and other countries.   HOW CONCERNED ARE ORDINARY CHINESE? Gyrating stock prices are a popular topic of tea break chatter, but only a minority of Chinese are directly affected.

  • Timeline of Chinese government measures to halt stock slide

    AP | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Timeline of Chinese government measures to halt stock slide BEIJING — A timeline of government measures aiming at curbing a slide in share prices after China’s main market index peaked June 12 and fell sharply in the following weeks:   June 18: Regulators order Chinese brokerages to limit short selling, which the state press later blames for the slide in share prices. June 27: Beijing announces a surprise interest rate cut — its fourth since November — in what market analysts say is a move to reassure investors recent changes in bank regulators are not aimed at limiting credit to finance stock trading. June 29: The government announces its main pension fund for civil servants will

  • Q&A with Brad Smicklas

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Rolling down car windows can foster fuel efficiency Q: How does heat affect fuel efficiency? A: Hot weather can actually increase your fuel efficiency. Engines tend to warm up to an efficient temperature faster in the summer than winter months, but the number of appliances it takes to keep you comfortable while driving can decrease fuel efficiency just as much, if not more. Running a car’s air conditioner on full blast is the main factor in decreased fuel efficiency during hot weather. To decrease the amount of energy it takes to cool off the cabin of your vehicle, roll down your windows and allow air to circulate through the cabin before you get on your way. This also will help cool off your vehicle faster

  • Spy for Israel to be set free

    By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the former Naval intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years. The decision to free Pollard from his life sentence, announced Tuesday by his lawyers and then confirmed by the Justice Department, caps an extraordinary espionage case after decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling. Critics have condemned the American as a traitor who betrayed his country for money and disclosed damaging secrets, while supporters have argued that he was punished excessively given that he spied for a U.S. ally. Pollard is to be released on Nov.