• Tournament draws players to Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A tournament featuring players from Oklahoma schools and homeschool associations was held at the Nigh Center at the University of Central Oklahoma.

  • Latest: Ex-DOJ official says Ferguson could face lawsuit

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The latest on efforts by Ferguson to reach a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police and court practices in the St. Louis suburb (all times local): 11 a.m. A former top official at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division says a lawsuit is likely unless the city of Ferguson agrees to a consent decree. The Ferguson City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve the decree, but with seven changes, some of them significant. Samuel Bagenstos, the former No. 2 official in the Civil Rights Division, says Ferguson's insistence on changes to the settlement probably won't pass muster with the Justice Department. He expects city leaders to reach a settlement, r

  • Obama administration struggles to craft ceasefire in Syria

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As its struggles to craft a cease-fire in Syria's civil war, the Obama administration has become increasingly torn between its loyalty to Turkey as a NATO ally and to its longtime Arab partner, Saudi Arabia, and the cold pragmatism of Russia. The result has been a confusing mix of shifting priorities that have exposed a policy toward Syria that few understand, and even fewer see working. As Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Munich on Wednesday in search of compromises that could yield a truce and revive peace talks that were suspended before they really started, the administration is being pressed by all sides to clarify its strategy.

  • Portugal lawmakers overturn veto on gay rights, abortion law

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Same-sex couples will soon be able to adopt children in Portugal after lawmakers voted to overturn a presidential veto, with parliament also removing some abortion restrictions Wednesday. Left-of-center parties in the Portuguese parliament used their majority to ensure that gay couples obtain the same adoption rights as heterosexuals. Parliament initially approved the change in November, but President Anibal Cavaco Silva blocked it last month. The head of state argued the legislation required broader public consultation and that parliament failed to demonstrate it was in the best interest of children. The adoption law change passed with 137 votes in favor after some members of center-right part

  • Police investigate OKC's 8th, 9th homicides of 2016

    Darla Slipke | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Police are investigating the city’s eighth and ninth homicides of the year and the city's second double homicide this month.  The map above shows where each incident occurred. About 2 p.m. Tuesday, police found James Earl Reed, 78, and Sharon Reed, 59, dead inside their home in the 12500 block of Springwood Drive. Both had been shot and decapitated, police reported. Sharon Reed's grandson, Quinton Dashawn Laster, 20, was arrested, police reported. Police found three small children in a covered garage that was being used as an in-home daycare. The children were not harmed, police said. Another double homicide happened last Wednesday.

  • OSSAA attorney to interview Cache player regarding Elgin incident

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association attorney Mark Grossman said at Wednesday’s board meeting that one hurdle remains in the third investigation from Cache and that’s to interview Cache senior Jamie Bonnarens. Bonnarens was one of two Cache players to sign an affidavit in the fall saying that Cache coach Kenny White designed and orchestrated a play designed to hurt former Elgin star Jentry Holt in a girls basketball game one year ago. But the Bonnarens family did not agree to be re-interviewed in the investigation, telling The Oklahoman that the affidavit remained their statement. That recently changed and Grossman said he will conduct the interview Friday.

  • Government will consider Google computer to be car's driver

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of "driver" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, taking it a step closer to its goal of self-driving cars without steering wheels, pedals or human drivers. But the company still has a long journey ahead before its cars get on the road in great numbers. While the safety agency agreed with Google's "driver" reinterpretation in a recent letter, it didn't allow other concessions and said numerous federal rules would have to be changed to permit the cars.

  • Police name Tuesday homicide victims; both were shot and decapitated

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Police have released the names of two adults found dead inside a house in northwest Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Join The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • WATCH: Dog skateboards around Downtown OKC

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Video of a dog skateboarding around downtown Oklahoma City (Including in front of The Oklahoman) has surfaced online and it's the cutest thing you'll see today.

  • Stevie Clark is climbing the long, hard road back from the bottom

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The former Douglass star and Oklahoma State prospect was back in the state on Tuesday, playing for Arkansas Baptist College.

  • Eighth Harry Potter book announced

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    “Harry Potter” fans can put their broomsticks away. The eighth story will be performed on stage in London’s West End, but Potterheads don’t need to travel to the U.K. to find out what happens. The “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” scripts will be released shortly after the play debuts. Pottermore  revealed that the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II” scripts will be published July 31. Conveniently, that’s both Harry Potter and author J.K. Rowling’s birthday. Scholastic will publish in the U.S. while Little Brown will publish in the U.K. Both print and digital editions will be available.

  • Jury weighs fate of NY officer charged in stairwell shooting

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors are weighing the fate of a rookie New York City police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in a dark public housing stairwell. Deliberations resumed Wednesday at the manslaughter trial of New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG'). Liang says he accidentally discharged his weapon when he was startled by a noise while patrolling the stairwell in 2014. The prosecution says he acted out of recklessness and did little to help the dying victim, Akai (ah-KEYE') Gurley. The 28-year-old Gurley had been taking the stairs down with his girlfriend rather than wait for an elevator. The jurors deliberated for about an hour Tuesday before breaking for the day.

  • High school boys basketball roundup: Marquis Johnson propels No. 4 Putnam West past No. 3 Midwest City

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The 5-foot-9 veteran drew a foul with 21 seconds remaining and made both free throws that proved the difference in No. 4 Putnam West’s wild 77-75 win over No. 3 Midwest City.

  • Refugee mental health needs could overwhelm, experts fear

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be in denial about, is the need to treat the mental scars of war, experts said. Iham Al Horani, a 32-year-old refugee living in Worcester, Massachusetts, said he has had little time to think about his mental health in between months of job hunting and shuttling his mother, recovering from sniper gunfire, to doctor's appointments. "It was difficult, what we came from," Al Horani said through a translator. "The l

  • High school girls basketball roundup: No. 7 Midwest City edges No. 8 Putnam West in OT

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Asia Davis, who has signed with Collin College in Dallas, finished with 19 points, seven of which came in the extra period as the Bombers pulled away in the final 60 seconds.

  • Biden visiting Duke University to promote 'cancer moonshot'

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will visit Duke University to observe cancer research and discuss the White House's proposed $1 billion effort to accelerate progress on developing cures. Biden will tour labs and participate in a discussion Wednesday afternoon on his effort to streamline cooperation between government agencies and researchers. Don Graves serves in the White House as counselor to the vice president. He says Duke was chosen because of cutting-edge research there on cancer topics. The Duke Cancer Institute hosts more than 100 board-certified cancer physicians and more than 500 staff members dedicated to cancer.

  • The Morning Brew: Trump and Sanders for the New Hampshire wins

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 4 hr ago

    It's Wednesday. Let's get to the news. Trump, Sanders prevail in New hampshire New Hampshire voters picked favorite party nominees in the race for the White House on Tuesday, leaving everything even less clear than before the Granite State's primary! The AP reports:  Trump and Sanders entered Tuesday's contest as favorites in New Hampshire, but needed to deliver on expectations after second-place finishes in Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

  • Big 12's academic status on the rise

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Big 12 certainly shoulders its share of bad news. So time to share some good news. The conference’s academic standing is on the rise. Last week, Texas Tech, Kansas State and West Virginia were all reclassified to “Carnegie I” status, a heading that indicates Highest Research University. I wrote about the Carnegie classifications a few weeks ago. The Big 12’s academic status had taken a hit with the loss of Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M. All four were classified as Carnegie I and all four were members of the even more exclusive American Association of Universities. That left the Big 12 with just three AAU members (Texas, Kansas, Iowa State) and just four Carnegie I schools

  • Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 4 dead

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the main island of Java on Wednesday, killing both people on board and two people in the house, a senior official said. The plane was on a routine maintenance flight when it crashed near Abdul Rahman Saleh air force base in Malang, a hilly town in East Java province, said air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna. Supriatna said the pilot ejected from the Brazilian-made Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano plane before it crashed, but a technician failed to do so. The pilot was found dead near a rice field about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from his parachute, while the technician's body was recovered from the plane's cockpit, which was buried in the rubble