• Walmart takes on the tax-free weekend in Oklahoma

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    The holiday tax for Oklahoma’s tax-free weekend exempts various items, most of which are clothes for students whose classes resume later this month.

  • Oklahoma's senators split on veterans health care reform bill

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Oklahoma, says the bill is important first step toward reforming an unwieldy bureaucracy, while Sen. Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma, complains that Congress is throwing more borrowed money at a department that mismanages the money it gets.

  • The books of summer, according to an Oklahoman writer

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s Adam Kemp breaks down the top books of the summer.

  • Edmond Fire Chief submits resignation

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Resignation of Edmond, Oklahoma, Fire Chief Jake Rhoades comes at the close of an internal investigation into hostile work environment, corruption and coercion within the department. His resignation is effective Monday.

  • UPDATE: Crews extinguish fire at VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma City fire crews put out a fire on the ninth floor of the VA Medical Center.

  • One dies Friday in fiery crash in Atoka County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    A person was killed in a fiery crash early Friday in Atoka County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Farewell, Monty Python

    Jim Bennett, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Monty Python is now officially dead, but that's unlikely to slow them down.

  • IRS agrees to probe churches preaching politics, says settlement to atheist lawsuit

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A recent IRS settlement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist lobbying group, has the tax agency pledging to investigate religious groups and pastors who preach politics from the pulpit.

  • Official: Police chokehold caused NYC man’s death

    By JAKE PEARSON | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a white police officer on a black New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide. Eric Garner, 43, whose videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry and calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” said medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer. Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors, she said. Chokeholds are prohibited by the New York Police Department.

  • Oklahoma brewers step up game for IPA Day

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: 13 hr ago

    One of my favorite holidays — the annual IPA Day — is coming up on Thursday. As usual, TapWerks Ale House is hosting a celebration, and they just shared with me the list of special beers our Oklahoma brewers dreamed up for the event. Let’s take a look: (ABV/IBUs) Marshall -Pineapple Express: Belgian IPA in […]

  • Oklahoma football: Officials feel confident about Dorial Green-Beckham's chances for immediate eligibility

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 13 hr ago

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma officials feel very confident about their chances to get wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham approved for immediate eligibility with an NCAA waiver, sources told The Oklahoman. OU still hasn’t filed the appeal yet, but plans to send it to the NCAA soon after they receive additional documentation from Missouri. According to sources, OU will […]

  • Oklahoma City police seek man who stole two televisions

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City police are seeking help identifying a man who stole two televisions from a Target store last week. Surveillance footage shows the man leaving the store, located at 8315 N Rockwell Ave., with two flat-screen televisions.

  • Oklahoma's 13 tornadoes through July, second fewest on official records to 1950

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site at Slapout recorded an October-like high of 62 degrees on July 17, the 12th coolest high temperature ever recorded in Oklahoma during July.

  • The creepiest Internet-related happenings of 2014 ... so far

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Facebook twists users' moods. Two girls kill for the sake of an Internet meme. The year so far has upped the online paranoia factor in a very real way.

  • Guns, guns, guns: Anti-gun PSA inspires pro-gun PSA

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Love them or hate them, Everytown For Gun Safety’s latest round of video public service announcements about gun violence is making waves and getting people talking. Especially those who disagree with the organization. One video in particular is getting the most attention, and its goal is to urge various Senators and Representatives to push for […]

  • Town changed, even with girls’ killer behind bars

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, AP | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    WELEETKA — Folks once settled in this sleepy central Oklahoma town to get away from the crime and hubbub of big-city life. Many residents didn’t bolt their doors or draw their shades at night. Most here never worried about people like Kevin Sweat. But then, on a dusty road northeast of town, Sweat shot 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker to death, believing they were demons out to do him harm. The 2008 slayings went unsolved for years until Sweat’s fiancee was murdered, and police questioned him in her death and connected the cases. Sweat pleaded guilty to all three murders Thursday. Prosecutors dropped plans to seek the death penalty after Sweat agreed to waive his right to a jury trial.

  • Crash reported in northeast Oklahoma City Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Police have responded to a head-on collision Friday. The collision is on E Britton Road near Midwest Boulevard.

  • The Oklahoman's Facebook account is full of facts and fun

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s Facebook page is full of celebrities. Don’t believe me? James Taylor is there right now. If you want to see him, log on to Facebook and go to The Oklahoman’s page. You can enter to win two tickets to see James Taylor and his band.     Kevin Durant was there earlier this […]

  • Kevin Sweat admits killing two Weleetka-area girls, his fiancee

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    An Oklahoma judge will decide the Henryetta man’s punishment. He faces a maximum of three life sentences without parole.

  • HIV-positive man accused of lying to sex partners

    BY MATT DINGER, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    An HIV-positive man was arrested Thursday, accused of having unprotected sex with women he met on the Internet and of lying about his health.