• Food trucks announced for 2016 H&8th in June

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    As Brandy McDonnell reported a couple of weeks ago, the one and only H&8th Night Market for 2016 is scheduled for Friday, June 3, as part of the Oklahoma TenaCity event that carries through Sunday of that weekend.

  • Graceland, home of Elvis, receives 20 millionth paid visitor

    Updated: 32 min ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The operators of Graceland say the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the life and music of Elvis Presley has received its 20 millionth paid visitor. Elvis Presley Enterprises says CEO Jack Soden greeted the 20 millionth visitor, 31-year-old Tiffany Greenoak, at Graceland on Monday morning. Greenoak, who's originally from Montreal, Canada, and now lives in London, was on her honeymoon with her husband, 40-year-old Robert Greenoak. The couple received a private tour of Presley's former home, which is now a museum. They also spoke by phone with Priscilla Presley, the late singer's former wife. Elvis Presley lived at Graceland for 20 years before he died on Aug. 16, 1977. Tours of Graceland bega

  • EU moves on granting visa-free travel to Turkish citizens

    Updated: 39 min ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive Commission is recommending that Turkish citizens be allowed to travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips. The Commission said Wednesday that Turkey has met most of the 72 criteria needed for a visa waiver, and it invited member states and EU lawmakers to endorse the move by June 30. Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said "there is still work to be done as a matter of urgency but if Turkey sustains the progress made, they can meet the remaining benchmarks." Turkey must fulfill the final five criteria before the visa waiver is approved. The move is part of a package of incentives offered to Turkey — including up to 6 billion euros

  • Abu Dhabi's Etihad: 31 injured by severe turbulence in Asia

    Updated: 49 min ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' national airline says several passengers were injured when one of its flights encountered sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that flight EY474 from its hub in Abu Dhabi was hit by "severe and unexpected turbulence" about 45 minutes before landing at Soekarno Hatta International Airport. It says the plane landed safely but 31 passengers were injured, including nine who were taken to hospital for treatment. The airline did not provide details on the severity of the injuries. It says the turbulence was severe enough that it damaged cabin storage bins.

  • EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips

    Updated: 51 min ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips.

  • Michigan-based bus company invests $2.8M in 5 new coaches

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bus company is investing $2.8 million in five new motor coaches for use by group charters and tours. Owosso-based Indian Trails says the vehicles were put into service this month. Indian Trails and Michigan Flyer CEO Gordon Mackay says in a statement that the buses have "the latest safety, comfort, and eco-friendly features" The Indian Trails fleet includes 75 vehicles, including 54 over-the-road coaches ranging in capacity from 30 to 56 passengers. Indian Trails operates out of Owosso, Romulus and Kalamazoo and offers daily scheduled routes as well as charters, tours and other services. The company says its current charter fleet consists of 2010 or newer models. ___

  • Ky. bourbon trail offers a lesson for reviving racing's fans

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) — Camera-toting visitors to the grounds at Three Chimneys Farm can get a glimpse of the pampered lives of thoroughbred stallions — the star attractions that frolic in lush paddocks or relax in stately stalls when they aren't in the breeding shed. Some of the best-known farms in Kentucky's horse country are borrowing from another of the state's contributions to the good life — bourbon whiskey distilleries — in an effort to win new recruits to horse racing's aging and shrinking fan base. "I'd say they're living the good life," said farm worker Anna Hair, who recently led 15 tourists on a springtime tour of stone buildings and manicured lawns amid sprawling pastures.

  • Minnesota college system bars team travel to North Carolina

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state university system is prohibiting athletics teams from traveling to tournaments in North Carolina this spring after that state passed a law limiting LGBT protections. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system communications director Doug Anderson said no teams will participate in tournaments in North Carolina this spring. The NCAA Division II national baseball tournament and National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series are set to take place in North Carolina. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton directed state employees last month to stop nonessential travel to North Carolina because of its new law limiting protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

  • Celebrities jam Havana streets for Chanel's Cuban takeover

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — Fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel. With hundreds of security agents holding ordinary Cubans behind police lines blocks away, actors Tilda Swinton and Vin Diesel, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Cuban music stars Gente de Zona and Omara Portuondo watched slender models sashay down Prado boulevard Tuesday night in casual summer clothes seemingly inspired by the art deco elegance of pre-revolutionary Cuba.

  • Right on ’Cue: Open Flame gets National Barbecue Month off to smokin' start

    By Dave Cathey Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, and Open Flame pay homage to National Barbecue Month in 2016 opener event at American Propane.

  • Anti-tobacco campaign aims to educate Oklahoma elementary students

    By Mercy Adhiambo Staff Writer madhiambo@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Children from 16 elementary schools gathered Tuesday at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City for a campaign to educate youths about tobacco use. More than 1,500 students attended the Be Smart-Don't Start event.

  • Nature center holds Earth Day festival

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City provided eco-friendly activities Saturday.

  • Crooked Oak community rallies around student with cancer

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Laura Knight, assistant principal of Central Oak Elementary School, said the Crooked Oak district in Oklahoma City is raising money to help Cynthia Grant, 12, who has brain cancer. Knight said Grant was diagnosed in March.

  • Researchers say they're closing in on Captain Cook's ship

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers believe the ship that legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world is still submerged somewhere in Rhode Island's Newport Harbor. The Endeavour was part of a fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade the port. The roughly 100-foot vessel had been listed in records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, recently used a grant from the Australian National Maritime Museum to locate documents in London identifying the groups of ships in that fleet and where each was scuttled. The nonprofit thinks the Endeavour is part of a group of five

  • Edmond dentist likes getting to know patients

    By Jim Killackey For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    EDMOND — Dr. Scott Waugh, 70, has greeted more than 24,000 patients through the years at his dental clinic in Edmond. The national and state honors he's received are nearly too many to count; so are his tall tales. “I did have a 300-pound ex-pro football player come in. He listened to what I had to say as I explained that he needed two restorations. He quietly stood up and backed me into a corner and said, ‘When we do those fillings, we are not going to hurt each other, are we?' ” As a U.S. Army combat medic in Vietnam, he was awarded the Silver Star. He started his dental practice in Edmond 42 years ago.

  • More than 300 Oklahomans rally at Capitol to tell state lawmakers that 'Medicaid matters'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    “Let’s make sure our legislators are informed of how Medicaid protects vulnerable Oklahomans and is a job creator before they go in and build our state budget in the coming weeks,” said Erin Taylor, advocacy coordinator at the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.

  • Obama to name Stonewall 1st national monument for gay rights

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve. Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

  • Metro OKC homebuilding is off 2015 pace as for-sale homes supply inches up

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Homebuilders picked up the pace of starting new projects in March, The Builder Report by Dharma Inc. in Norman shows. However, new starts by the builders are still down by about 25 percent for the first three months of this year, compared to the same time a year ago.

  • Regulators increase proposed penalty against Ride the Ducks

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have approved a new settlement agreement with a Seattle tour company involved in a deadly crash last year, increasing the penalty to $308,000 after saying a previous amount was inadequate. The Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the settlement Tuesday, contingent on agreement from Ride the Ducks of Seattle. It increases an initial settlement agreement in March that proposed a $222,000 penalty, which commissioners said was insufficient. Commission staff found 159 of Ride the Ducks' motor safety violations were acute or critical to protecting public safety. The rest were related to record keeping.

  • Commission 'extremely concerned' by Nebraska tourism audit

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Tourism Commission is "extremely concerned" about a new audit that uncovered questionable spending within the state's tourism agency, the chairman said Tuesday, but members took no immediate action against their embattled executive director. Commission Chairman John Chapo called the audit's findings "alarming" in his first public comments since the report was released late last week. "We are extremely concerned about the outcomes of the audit," Chapo said. "We take seriously our responsibility of being good stewards of the state's financial resources." The commission went into closed session during its meeting Tuesday at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, but took no action after the me

  • Light-up gowns and gladiators: Met Gala fashion was fierce

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — They came as robots and gladiators, light-up princesses and high-haired goddesses shimmering in green, copper and silver. As predicted, the annual parade of fashion and star power at the Met Gala on Monday night included an array of interpretations on the evening's vibe: "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." That's the name of an exhibit opening Thursday that set the tone for the star-studded evening that raises millions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art each year. This time around, the idea was to explore the convergence of handmade and machine-made elements in fashion, past, present and future.