• 'Strange' spike in shark attacks puzzles experts

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MIAMI -- Andrew Costello was attacked by a shark Wednesday in North Carolina, becoming t he eleventh person to be bitten by a shark since mid-May. Costello, 67, suffered wounds to his rib cage, lower leg and hip. He was waist deep about 30 feet offshore near Ocracoke Island when the 6 to 7 foot shark pulled him under. Costello, the former editor of the Boston Herald, was airlifted to an area hospital, where he is listed as being in good condition. Dr. Samuel Gruber, the director of the Bimini SharkLab research facility in the Bahamas, says the spike in attacks suggests something strange is going on.

  • The Internet Is Now Officially Too Big as IP Addresses Run Out

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Internet as we know it is now officially too big for its britches, NBC News reports. The organization that assigns IP addresses in North America — the numbers that identify every computer, smartphone and device connected to the Internet — ran out of numbers overnight Wednesday. It's not the end of the world, because there's a newer, more robust system rolling out, but it's a milestone in our shared online history, nonetheless.

  • Report: Former OSU forward Le'Bryan Nash to play for Houston Rockets in NBA Summer League

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash will reportedly play for the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League. The Rockets open summer league play July 10 in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Nash went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, but is looking to catch on with the Rockets as a free agent. Nash's OSU teammate Michael Cobbins is participating in the NBA Summer League with the Oklahoma City Thunder . Nash averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his final season in Stillwater.

  • This gigantic LEGO American flag will give you all the patriotic feels

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Because it’s July 4 weekend, USA Today is giving you this really, really big LEGO American flag. You’re welcome. Measuring 9½ feet tall and 14 feet wide, the ginormous, 546-pound red, white and blue monster — the largest LEGO American flag ever, by the way — was built Wednesday by more than 15,000 visitors at Washington’s National Museum of American History using 100,000-plus LEGO bricks. (The build was created to celebrate the grand opening of the museum’s brand-spankin’-new Innovation Wing but also because, hey, YAY AMERICA.)

  • News 9: Baboons Bred In Oklahoma As Resource For Research

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EL RENO - Pilot Jim Gardner spies some pretty amazing things as he flies around Oklahoma in Bob Mills SkyNews 9. But recently he flew over quite a sight out near El Reno, where hundreds of baboons live. On the ground, all you can see is a "No Trespassing" sign. But from the air, you can see them -- hundreds of baboons bred by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Beautiful animals -- but lots of unanswered questions ...

  • Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be. Pay is sluggish. Many part-timers can't find full-time work. And a diminished share of Americans either have a job or are looking for one. Yet in the face of global and demographic shifts, this may be what a nearly healthy U.S. job market now looks like. An aging population is sending an outsize proportion of Americans into retirement. Many younger adults, bruised by the Great Recession, are postponing work to remain in school to try to become more marketable. Global competition and the increasing automation of many jobs are holding down pay.

  • Thunder NBA Summer League roster includes Mitch McGary, Oklahoma State's Cobbins

    Erik Horne | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's roster for the Orlando Summer League will feature 15 players, led by 2014 first-round draft pick Mitch McGary, 2015 second-round pick Dakari Johnson and former Oklahoma State big man Michael Cobbins. The Thunder's summer league team will also be led by Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic. This week, the team officially announced former head coaches Monty Williams and Maurice Cheeks as assistants, as well as the addition of former University of Florida assistant Anthony Grant. Grant will be with the team in Orlando, along with assistants Mark Bryant, Mark Daigneault, Royal Ivey, Dave Bliss, and Steve Scalzi.

  • Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur. Soldier Field, which was the last place legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia played with the band before his death in 1995, is hosting the final three shows of the short "Fare Thee Well" tour in what the remaining core members — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — say will be the last.

  • What's going on with Enes Kanter contract talks?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 9 hr ago

    While the free-agent signings come in waves around the NBA, the waiting continues for Enes Kanter and the Thunder to agree to a deal. It seems inevitable that Kanter winds up with the Thunder, since even if Kanter takes his negotiations to other teams, the Thunder can match the offer. So what’s the hangup? Why the delay? A few things could be holding it up. 1) Kanter’s camp is waiting on the DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge decisions, which will clear up the market for centers. Jordan is waffling, by all reports, between the Clippers and the Mavericks. Aldridge, who knows what he’s doing? Virtually all the other notable big men have cast their claim. Marc Gasol is not even talking to

  • Friends Reunited! Judge Meets Old Pal In Dock

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A burglary suspect broke down in tears in the dock when the judge recognised him as a former schoolmate and said he had been the "best kid" in school, reports Yahoo. Arthur Booth appeared in front of judge Mindy Glazer at Miami-Dade bond court charged with burglary. Booth, 49, was arrested on Monday after being spotted driving a car that matched the description of one allegedly involved in a robbery and failing to stop after a police officer signalled him to.

  • Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 50

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers on Friday retrieved five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from a central Philippine port, raising the death toll to 50. The bodies were recovered hours after coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said all 187 passengers and crew members on the M/B Kim Nirvana had been accounted for, with 45 dead, 142 survivors and no reports of anyone else missing. The vessel overturned in choppy waters on Thursday off Ormoc City. Balilo said the new bodies were found after a floating crane pulled the 36-ton wooden vessel close to shore.

  • APNewsBreak: Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show. The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration late last year in its search for lethal injection drugs, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. The license expires at the end of February next year. "Law enforcement purpose," Richard Theodore, prisons agency policy adviser, said on a DEA questionnaire in November, prompted for the reason for applying.

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the government faces a challenge as it investigates possible collusion in the airline industry. It'll have to prove that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, from airline tickets to sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares. The government's investigation is in its initial phases. Letters have gone out to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Together, those carriers control more than 80 percent of the domestic seats in the U.S. Now the government will review statements executives made to Wa

  • 2015 NBA Free Agency: Updates on Thunder, league deals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    One down, one to go for the Thunder. Will Oklahoma City and Enes Kanter agree to a deal? Follow Day 3 of what's been a wild NBA free agency here with The Oklahoman and more for updates.

  • Listen: Amber Hayes' patriotic new song 'Hero's Heart' is inspired by her uncle, a Medal of Honor winner

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Country recording artist and Weleetka native Amber Hayes has written and recorded a new song titled "Hero's Heart" in honor of her uncle, Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014. Hayes was in attendance at the White House with her uncle when he was presented with the award, which is the United States of America’s highest military honor. “Watching my Uncle Bennie, who is so humble, receive the Medal of Honor at the White House and be recognized for his bravery and service to our country was very emotional, and my entire family is just so, so proud of him," Hayes said in a news release.

  • UN: 29 die in South Sudan cholera outbreak as cases rise

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 29 people have died in South Sudan's latest cholera outbreak, the U.N. children's agency said Friday. Cholera had sickened 484 people by the end of June and the number of cases continues to rise in the nation's capital of Juba, according to UNICEF. Children under 5 comprise 13 percent of the cases, UNICEF said, adding that funding is needed as the agency has been using its flexible internal resources to meet critical needs. In addition to Juba, cholera cases have also been reported in Bor, Jonglei state, as well as Torit in the state of Eastern Equatoria. Last year a cholera outbreak in South Sudan infected more than 6,000 people and killed 167, according to World Health Organizat

  • WikiLeaks' Assange seeks asylum in France; president says no

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in a bid to win asylum in France. Assange wrote a letter to French President Francois Hollande published in Le Monde on Friday, appealing to France's history as a beacon for the repressed. He noted that WikiLeaks recently revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Hollande and his two predecessors and leading French companies. Hollande quickly said "no." In a statement, his office noted that Assange is under a European arrest warrant and his life is not in imminent danger. The exchange came after prominent French voices, including soccer legend Eric Cantona and economist Thomas Piketty, appealed for France to grant haven to Assange and NSA leaker E

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 3, 2015: Hear the Charlie Daniels Band at Frontier City

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Hear the Charlie Daniels Band at 8 tonight at Frontier City, 11501 N Interstate 35 Service Road. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the Sarah Dunn Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Along with the music, a fireworks display also is planned. Although the singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler has a long career from which to build his set lists – Daniels started writing and performing music in the 1950s – he told me in a 2014 interview that he adheres to the classic show business axiom of giving the people what they want. “If I did a show and didn’t do the familiar music I’d feel like I cheated people — and I would have cheated people.

  • As 'Spirited Away' Blu-ray release reaffirms Miyazaki legacy, 'When Marnie Was There,' possibly Studio Ghibli's last film, comes to theaters

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.  With 'Inside Out,' Disney/Pixar shows signs it has been 'Spirited Away' by Miyazaki's strong female characters Surrounded by her most valued possessions, a girl sprawls in the backseat of her parents’ car, her world upended by her family’s move to a new, faraway home. It was a scene strongly reminiscent of the new acclaimed hit Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out.” But I wasn’t watching “Inside Out.” I was watching my new high-definition copy of the acclaimed hit Hayao Miyazaki film “Spirited Away,” recently released for the first time on Blu-ray.

  • Extended interview & video: The Damn Quails flying back to Okemah's Woody Guthrie Folk Festival with new music

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. OKEMAH -- Bryon White’s memories of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival range from eating a piece of folk legend Arlo Guthrie’s birthday cake to watching the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with acclaimed singer-songwriters Ellis Paul and Don Conoscenti. “Those are the highlights -- and that was all before I even had any kind of professional record out,” White said. “It’s a really important festival, I think, for anybody who’s trying to write songs and play music.