• What we're talking about

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    OBAMA: President Barack Obama has paid tribute to firefighters who died in the line of duty and cited the sacrifices they made in service to a grateful nation. Obama spoke at the annual national memorial service in Emmitsburg, Md., and said those being remembered were heroes. Obama said "it's hard to think of a more selfless profession." He said it's hard to imagine what it takes to "override the natural human instinct for self-preservation and run into danger as others are running away — to literally walk through fire knowing you might never make it out.

  • Deaths

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    ELK CITY Parker, Rhonda, 58, manager, died Oct. 2. Memorial services 2 p.m. Wednesday (Martin-Dugger, Elk City). MIDWEST CITY Beeman, Ann "Joy," 82, homemaker, died Oct. 2. Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Ferguson Jones, Dorotha Faye, 79, died Oct. 3. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday, Meadowood Baptist Church (Paylor Family, Midwest City). MOORE Hastings, Ruth Ann, 74, data entry, died Oct. 3. Rosary 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mass 11 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Norman (John M. Ireland, Moore). NORMAN Billingsley, Robert Edward, 69, computer technician, died Sept. 24. Services 9 a.m. Tuesday, St. Joseph Catholic Church

  • Judge dismisses part of lawsuit over Fort Smith school's mascot

    By The Associated Press | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    FORT SMITH, Ark. — A circuit court judge has ruled that the Fort Smith School Board did not violate the state's open meetings law when it decided to consider the elimination of Southside High School's "Dixie" fight song and mascot. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the lawsuit accused the board of not giving prior notice of a June 23 special committee of the whole meeting that revisited the school song and mascot. The district had sent out notice on June 22 that the board would hold a special meeting for the annual evaluation of the superintendent. It did not mention a committee of the whole meeting.

  • Zip line popularity soars as do injuries, study says

    By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    CHICAGO — Injuries from zip line accidents have soared along with the popularity of an activity that hurtles riders through the air, sometimes at dizzying heights above ground, a study of U.S. emergency room data shows. Over 16 years, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip line-related injuries including broken bones, cuts and sprains; most occurred in the last four years of the 1997-2012 study. It's the first national look at zip line injuries and highlights a need for better regulation and uniform safety standards, the researchers say. The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Deaths were not included — there have been at least six nationwide this year, most from falls.

  • Nation news briefs

    AP | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    PRESIDENT MAINE | KENNEBUNKPORT — Former President George H.W. Bush is healing well after taking a fall this summer, feeling good enough to go out on his speedboat and even visit a local biker bar with his wife. The nation's oldest living president is “healing nicely” after he fractured his C2 vertebra, the second one below the skull, in July, said his chief of staff, Jean Becker. Former first lady Barbara Bush is pleased with her husband's progress, Becker said. “She is just thrilled that he has recovered the way he has. They're at the end of this road. It was a scary thing when it happened, and he's almost back to 100 percent,” Becker said.

  • Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city following air strike

    By LYNNE O'DONNELL Associated Press | Updated: 8 hr ago

    AFGHANISTAN | KABUL — The U.S. and Afghan governments vowed Sunday to jointly investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people, as street-by-street battles continued between government forces and Taliban fighters, and officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis for civilians trapped in the city Amid accusations that U.S. jet fighters were responsible for what Doctors Without Borders said was a “sustained bombing” of their trauma center in Kunduz, President Barack Obama and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani promised investigations. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for American forces in Afghanistan, said Saturday that a

  • World news briefs

    By HAMZA AL-SOUD Associated Press | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    MIDDLE EAST JORDAN | AMMAN — A Jordanian parliament member said he learned from Islamic State-linked media that his son carried out a suicide attack in Iraq, three months after dropping out of medical school and joining the extremist group. “My son had everything, a family, money, and studying medicine, but he was controlled by terrible thoughts,” the legislator, Mazen Dalaeen told The Associated Press. “He was deceived and tricked by Islamic State. Islamic State is in every home through TVs and the Internet.

  • Thousands continue to flow into Europe despite recent declines

    AP | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    CROATIA | ZAGREB — One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home. But the human tide keeps rolling northward and westward, and aid agencies are preparing for it to continue through the winter, when temperatures along the migrant trail will drop below freezing. They fear the crisis may get worse. “One thing is clear, the movement is not going to die down,” said Babar Baloch, the U.N. refugee agency's representative in the Balkans. “What we are

  • Animal seizures highlight Norman's need to provide foster care to adoptable pets

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    NORMAN — City officials say the recent seizure of 65 animals from a suspected puppy mill highlights the need to plan for that kind of inundation of animals. Of the 65 dogs, at least 20 were puppies, and several were pregnant. Four litters have been born at the Norman animal shelter since the seizure this month, police Capt. John Bowman said. One litter was placed in emergency foster care, and officials are scrambling to care for the others and prepare them for adoption. The animals were taken into protective custody Sept. 11 following an anonymous tip that too many animals were being housed at 3800 Frontier Circle. Roxanne Hines, 59, has been charged in Cleveland County District Court with one count of animal cruelty.

  • Did prosecution withhold evidence in ex-missionary’s child sex trial?

    By Nolan Clayand Kyle Schwab Staff Writers | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma County's district attorney has reported to a federal judge that federal prosecutors may have committed misconduct during the highly publicized federal sexual assault trial of a former Edmond missionary. “I had a duty to do so,” District Attorney David Prater said Sunday. The former missionary, Matthew Lane Durham, was found guilty in June of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with six girls and one boy at an orphanage in Kenya, Africa, in 2014. Durham, 21, who denied the offenses, is awaiting sentencing in Oklahoma City federal court. He faces decades in federal prison. At issue is whether the lead federal prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Don Gifford II, withheld medical information that

  • #MyOklahoma

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 57,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Oklahoma pilot helps fly pope home to Rome

    By BILL SHERMAN Tulsa World bill.sherman@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    TULSA — American Airlines pilot Capt. Gary Beam carried a huge secret for more than a month: that he had been selected to fly Pope Francis back to Rome. "I've been wanting to burst at the seams for the last month. It's one of those secrets that you just wanted to blurt to everybody," said Beam, who could tell no one outside of his immediate family for security reasons. "I was elated. Even today, it doesn't feel like it was real. It seems like a dream sequence." Beam, who has been with American Airlines for 23 years and has lived in Tulsa for 11 years, got a call from his supervisor in late August asking him to if he would take the assignment. "I didn't have to think about it," he said.

  • What you're readling

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Top stories on NewsOK.com in the past 24 hours: 1. OU football: Much-maligned officiating crew calls 23 total penalties on Sooners, Mountaineers 2. OU football: No. 15 Sooners' defense delivers in 44-24 win over No. 23 West Virginia 3. OU football: Offensive aggression pays off for Sooners in 44-24 win over West Virginia 4. OSU football: Mason Rudolph sets career marks, lifts No. 20 Cowboys past Kansas State, 36-34 5. OU Football: Michiah Quick gets Sooners, himself off to good start 6. Four-star CB commits to Sooners 7. OU football: A look at the Sooners' win over West Virginia by the numbers 8. OSU football: Cowboys defense goes from imposters in 1st half to imposing its will in 2nd half vs.

  • Debris spotted as crews search for cargo ship lost off Bahamas

    By BEN FOX and JASON DEAREN Associated Press | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    BAHAMAS | NASSAU — The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member crew. Aircraft and ships taking part in the search located a container that appears to have come from the 790-foot El Faro, according to the owner of the vessel, while the Coast Guard said it has found a debris field that includes what appear to be pieces of container. They also spotted an oil sheen in the sea. The latest finds follow the discovery of an orange life ring that was confirmed to have come from the El Faro a day earlier. Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said it was too early to come to any conclusion.

  • Proposed OKC rule change would bring horses to river

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The horse show capital of the world is about to get a little more horse-friendly. The Oklahoma City Council is set to lift a restriction later this month on horseback riding along the Oklahoma River. The decision will remove one obstacle to a $13.6 million proposal for riding trails, a livery stable, and outdoor and indoor arenas near the Stockyards. Pat Downes, director of development for the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority, said the idea "in many ways is going back to the roots" of Oklahoma City's earliest days.  At the river authority's request, architect Walt Joyce of Triad Design Group drew up plans for a horseback-riding center on the south bank of the river between S Pennsylvania and S

  • Energy wins playoff opener over Colorado Springs FC

    By Chris Brannick, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Evan Newton made his second save of the penalty kick period to give OKC a 4-3 victory before 6,370 fans at Taft Stadium.

  • Allfords give Nick Lozanovski a trip he will never forget

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    STILLWATER – Pistol Pete's arm draped around his neck, Nick Lozanovski leaned in, smiled and posed for a selfie, one of many snapshot moments in a dream weekend. Lozanovski, finally, had come home to Stillwater. For the first time. “The whole experience was incredible,” he said. Lozanovski's story was already a good one. The 19-year-old college student from Orchard Park, N.Y., near Buffalo, adopted the Cowboys as his team from afar after watching the basketball team's 2004 run to the Final Four. The long-distance relationship grew as he grew, and when the football team opened this season at Central Michigan, Lozanovski decided he'd drive six hours through Canada to catch the Cowboys

  • Red River Rivalry spotlights states’ rocky relationship, shared history

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer • mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Gov. George Nigh peered out the window of his airplane following a barbecue his Texas counterpart had thrown on the south side of Lake Texoma in the early 1980s. The barbecue was a payoff on the traditional wager the two governors made on the OU-Texas football game. Nigh recalls the company was delightful and the food was just as good. But as he prepared for the flight home, Nigh was struck by a bit of envy. “I look over and there's the governor of Texas' plane,” Nigh recalled. “I'm in a little four-seat puddle jumper and his plane looked big enough to be a small airliner. I couldn't help but laugh. But that's how it is. Everything is bigger there. That's Texas.

  • Cowboys open practice with several questions

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Updated: 9 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's 2014-2015 basketball season looked like a glass half full proposition on paper.  It just felt half empty.  The Cowboys were picked for eighth place in the Big 12, yet finished sixth and found their way into the NCAA Tournament, presumably exceeding expectations.  But the Pokes lost there with a loss to Oregon, the program's fourth straight NCAA-opening setback. And their record ended at 18-14 overall, following an 8-10 run through the conference.  OSU stumbled to the finish, too, losing seven of its last eight, dampening the best stretch of the season that included wins at Texas and Baylor and home against No. 8 Kansas.  So good feelings were hard to locate.

  • Will Sooners challenge KU for supremacy?

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma's men's basketball team begins practice this week with plenty of expectations on its shoulders. The Sooners are coming off a 24-11 season, which included a tie for second place in the Big 12 and a Sweet 16 appearance. They return four starters and two other players who contributed off the bench last season and are picked by many as a top 10 team entering this season. Reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield is among the returners, and his work on his game has drawn rave reviews over the summer. With a strong incoming class and forward Dante Buford being eligible this season, the Sooners should have a bench better equipped to deal with the rigors of the Big 12 and eventually, the