• Oklahoma man dies after Logan County traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Gary Forsythe, 22, of Mustang, Oklahoma, died Sunday afternoon after a traffic accident on State Highway 74 in Logan County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Review: 'Phantom of the Opera' production in Oklahoma City will delight old, new Phans

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    An updated production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which continues through Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, is producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new take on this musical theater classic and will satisfy both diehard fans and those seeing it for the first time.

  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders of weeks of violence between rival militias over control of Tripoli that sparked the evacuation. The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post — including images of men earlier swimming in the compound's algae-filled pools — likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who t

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Creek County man

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Douglas Blansett, 76, was reported missing Saturday in Slick, Oklahoma. A Silver Alert issued for him Sunday afternoon was canceled about 6 p.m. after the man had been located.

  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard of Islamist fighters who have taken control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. Those militants now are looking toward the United States or Western Europe for its next targets, lawmakers said. Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions how to confront them, the lawmakers said Obama soon needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to crush the fighters. "His foreign poli

  • Wedding industry illustrates unresolved legal relationship between religious freedom and gay rights

    Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News | Yesterday

    Recent discrimination charges against wedding-related businesses highlight how complicated adjudicating the First Amendment can be.

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048. No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment. U.S.

  • What's happening to Common Core in NC?

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a law this summer that opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools. But the law doesn't mean the academic standards previously agreed to by more than 40 other states are automatically eliminated. Here's an explanation of how Common Core will be reconsidered in North Carolina, and how current benchmarks stemming from Common Core could stay intact, perhaps under a different name: WHAT'S THE NEW LAW DO? The General Assembly directs the State Board of Education to review the math and English language arts standards based on Common Core the board approved in 2010, and to propose modifications.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Former Oklahoma senator Cal Hobson arrested on drunken driving complaint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Cal Hobson, a candidate for Cleveland County commissioner, was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of drunken driving. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

  • OSU football: 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay sign condemned by university

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    ESPN's College GameDay has become a must-watch show every Saturday morning, so much that fans have taken to making creative signs based on the feature game each week. One sign went too far Saturday in Arlington, Texas, the site of OSU-Florida State -- Cowboys vs. Seminoles. The sign which read " Send'em home" #trail_of_tears #gopokes " was originally favorited by the Oklahoma State Twitter account, but the university issued a brief statement against the sign and its offensive message via Twitter on Saturday. In tweets to followers on Saturday, @okstate explained that it " missed the hashtag at first glance and unfavorited ."