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  • Man sues Shaquille O'Neal over selfie mockery

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online. Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The Detroit Free Press says Binion took a picture of himself last summer, and it later was mocked by O'Neal on Instagram and Twitter. A number of others mocked it online as well. According to The Macomb Daily, Binion has hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which is characterized by a reduced ability to sweat, sparse hair growth, missing teeth and facial deformities. Upon learning about Binion's condition,

  • Sooners No. 3 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma is No. 3 in the first presason coaches poll released Thursday, with defending national champion Florida State and Alabama ranking 1 and 2. The Sooners are joined by Baylor in the top 10 and two other Big 12 schools in the top 25 in No. 21 Kansas State and No. 24 Texas. [image]http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/Top 10.

  • Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who also posed in the picture. Keys wrote that their anniversary was sweeter because they've "been blessed with another angel on the way." She didn't offer any more details about the pregnancy. She gave birth to her son, Egypt, in 2010. ___ Online: Alicia Keys' post: http://instagram.

  • Water bottle company moves production to Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The CEO of a bottled water business has bought a multimillion-dollar machine to produce the company’s entire inventory in Oklahoma. A local business newspaper reports Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has bought the 5,000-square-foot production line to fill, cap, label and package water bottles. It can produce 360 bottles per minute. The addition means Ozarka’s entire stock will be bottled in-house. Ozarka Water had previously outsourced some of its production to another company. The new equipment in Oklahoma will create four employee positions, bringing the company’s total worker count to 100. Raupe says the production line will help the company save money, but didn’t disclose exact figures.

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma wind gust tops 100 mph Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Heavy rain is reported in eastern Oklahoma as storms move east, southeast. A flash flood warning has been issued for Latimer and Pushmataha counties.

  • Arkansas, Oklahoma host youth soccer games in ‘15

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa will host the US Youth Soccer national championship tournament next July, while North Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the home of the Southern Regionals. The Tulsa tournament will be played July 21-26 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex and attract the winners of the regional tournament in Arkansas and also tournaments in Idaho, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Southern Regionals will be played at Burns Park in North Little Rock next June 19-25. The national tournament includes 10,000 teams that start in state competition. Championships are awarded in age groups from under-13 to under-19.

  • Man gets 2 life terms in Love County slayings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    MARIETTA — A 66-year-old man has been formally sentenced to two life terms without parole for the deaths of his father-in-law and father-in-law’s sister in rural Love County. A local newspaper reports reports Aaron Eugene Carlile was sentenced Tuesday in Love County District Court. He was found guilty in June of first-degree murder in the deaths of 78-year-old Thomas Monroe Culwell and 80-year-old Marion Almenia Culwell. Almenia Culwell’s son found the two shot to death one-and-a-half miles from their rural home in May 2013. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a longstanding feud between Carlile and Sonny Culwell. A notice of intent to appeal has been filed on Carlile’s behalf.

  • Hearing delayed in Duncan baseball player slaying

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    DUNCAN — A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a southern Oklahoma man charged with helping two people hide the gun used to shoot a baseball player from Australia. A local newspaper reports that a hearing set for Wednesday for 22-year-old Oddesse Barnes has been moved to Nov. 18. Chris Lane was shot last summer while jogging along a tree-lined road in Duncan while visiting his girlfriend’s parents. Investigators say the 22-year-old from Melbourne was randomly targeted by bored teenagers. He had been preparing to enter his senior baseball season at East Central University in Ada. Barnes was charged in April with accessory after murder. He has pleaded not guilty. A message seeking comment was left with

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: 5 hr ago

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • New Mexico city OKs funds to lure 'The Bachelor'

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council has voted to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city. Councilors approved by a 5-4 vote on Wednesday a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe. Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city's attractions. But Councilor Bill Dimas says the show is awful and having it set in a city wouldn't encourage him to visit. "The Bachelor," which debuted in 2002, features an eligible bachelor who goes on a series of dates to choose a potential bride from a pool of 25 women.

  • UPDATE: Fatal crash reported in northwest Oklahoma City early Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Police are investigating a traffic fatality early Thursday. A pickup crashed near Memorial Road and N Portland Avenue.

  • NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. "This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world, to everyone, here's my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out." Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be officiated by "Basketball Wives LA" star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams. Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to refer

  • What problem? Ariana Grande is new princess of pop

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande is the new princess of pop, topping the charts with her addictive single "Problem," impressing critics with her thick, gliding vocal range and maintaining an image that her young Nickelodeon fans can vibe with, signature ponytail and all. The 21-year-old is having the best time of her life. But it's also the worst. Her grandfather, with whom she had a very close relationship, died last week. "I personally felt like I've been not as appreciative as I could be of the music success I wanted all my life because I've been distracted by my grandfather and his health and this being such a dark time," she said in an interview.

  • Tweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf. Cassidy was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated in the town of Schodack (SKOH'-dak), near Albany. Because he lives in Florida, prosecutors agreed to let his lawyer appear in court for him Wednesday. But a tweet by the New York Racing Association said Cassidy was at Saratoga Race Course, 40 miles north of Schodack. A prosecutor told The Daily Gazette of Schenectady that officials were "disturbed" to learn Cassidy was nearby but apparently unable to appear. Cassidy's lawyer said his client may not have kn

  • Workers Comp Commission spending includes $1,600 chairs, PR contract

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER -- Tulsa World | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Since it began operations in February, the Workers Compensation Commission has spent $30,000 furnishing its commissioners’ offices and signed a $4,500 contract with a consultant for a “communications strategy” at the same time it employed a full-time public information officer, a Tulsa World analysis shows. Also, the commission has hired more administrators than counselors to assist injured workers, records show. Executive Director Rick Farmer said that because the commission is a new agency, it is expected to have one-time costs such as furniture. Changes the commission plans, such as an electronic-filing system, will ultimately save the state money, he said.

  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year. That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments combined to fuel the expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than previously estimated. Whether the healthier expansion will lead the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected is unclear. The Fed offered a mixed message on the economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, it suggest

  • Investigators reach Ukraine crash site

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time. Fighting along the route to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had for several days kept the delegation from reaching the area. An AP journalist at the scene Thursday said it appeared to be under the control of separatist rebel fighters. Police and forensic experts from the Netherlands and Australia are expected to initially focus their efforts on retrieving bodies still on the site and collect victims' belongings. It remains unclear exactly how many bodies remain and what condition they are in after

  • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. But with Florida's panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves. Now, university research supports that claim, at least in one part of southwest Florida.

  • Century-old pipe break points to national problem

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago. The flooding sent more than 20 million gallons of water cascading from a water main in the midst of California's worst drought in decades and as tough new state fines took effect for residents who waste water by hosing down driveways or using a hose without a nozzle to wash their car. Much of the piping that carries drinking water in the country dates to the first half of the 20th century, with some installed before Theodore R

  • Father of a disciplined Sooner thanks Bob Stoops

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The views on the Joe Mixon case keep coming. All sides. Mixon is being treated with kid gloves because he’s a football player. Mixon is being railroaded because he’s a football player. The media is protecting Mixon. The media is roasting Mixon. But every few hours, something really interesting and/or really insightful comes along. I […]