• A Florida alum hails Billy Donovan's commitment to community

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan obviously has engendered a lot of goodwill around Gainesville, Fla., where he’s spent the last 19 seasons as the Florida basketball coach. Florida fans seem to be lamenting the loss of Donovan the man more than Donovan the coach. Over the weekend, I received an email from Terry F. Nealy, the former president […]

  • Star Wars Day: Captain Phasma revealed by Vanity Fair

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Vanity Fair has revealed Captain Phasma as part of its Star Wars coverage.  The photo of Gwendoline Christie is part of the magazine’s special focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  More info (and possible spoilers of a sort) according to the magazine: Here, in the final Annie Leibovitz portrait from the set of The […]

  • With state prisons over capacity, some are calling for reversal of harsh sentencing law

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma prisons are well above capacity, yet more than 50 people are serving a sentence of life without parole for drugs, the result of a harsh, three-strikes law enacted in the 1980s. Now, some are saying it’s time for change.

  • Police: Georgia sheriff shot woman, would not give statement

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sheriff Victor Hill has been a lightning rod for controversy since he fired 27 deputies on his first day in office a decade ago and then used a military tank on drug raids in suburban Atlanta's Clayton County. He was voted out of office in 2008, but won it back again in 2012 despite facing felony corruption charges. Now, police in suburban Gwinnett County say he shot a woman Sunday in a reported accident, but refused to speak with investigators at the scene. The woman, 43-year-old real estate agent Gwenevere McCord of Jonesboro, was listed in critical condition Monday, police said. Hill and McCord were alone in the model home that's listed at $329,990, and he's the one who called 911 around 5:39 p

  • Star Wars Day: Star Wars Card Trader offering free digital pack

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    If you play the Star Wars Card Trader game/app via iOS or Android, you could get a free rare pack today. Topps Digital tweeted: “Post a pic on #MayThe4th in @starwars gear from 10-5pm ET holding the app or Topps SW cards. Tag #SWCT, add your fan name & get a FREE PACK.” The free […]

  • General Motors will invest $174 million in Kansas plant

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday. Production of the midsize sedan, which was unveiled in early April in New York, is scheduled to begin at the plant later this year. The investment will not mean any new jobs at the plant, which currently employs 3,230 hourly and 270 salaried workers building Malibu and Buick LaCrosse models. The Fairfax plant investment is part of a $5.4 billion investment in U.S. plants over three years that GM announced last week to build next generation vehicles.

  • McDonald's challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale. CEO Steve Easterbrook said Monday that he will strip away the bureaucracy at McDonald's so the company can move more nimbly to keep up with changing tastes. The overhaul comes after McDonald's saw its profit drop 15 percent last year, with sales dipping in regions around the world. "The reality is our recent performance has been poor. The numbers don't lie," said Easterbrook, who took charge of the world's biggest hamburger chain on March 1. To help make the right changes more quickly, McDonald's said it's restructuring its business into four units led by lean management teams.

  • Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from his wife

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A Tennessee woman searching for the handsome stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon says finally heard back — from the mystery man's wife. Barbara Tatge (TAY'-jee) says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man and take a photo of it as she ran her first Boston Marathon on April 20. Then her daughter took to social media to try to find the man. Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, shared a letter addressed to her Sunday. The unidentified man's wife said the attention was fun, but the couple wanted to remain anonymous. Tatge says she thanked the wife for her graciousness and good humor. She also apologized for any embarrassment the campaign may

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron real-time sales infographic

    Matthew Price | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Retale, an app that connects shoppers with retailers, has created a quick, live infographic that keeps track of the movie’s ticket sales domestically and abroad in real-time. The movie had a $187.7 million launch over the weekend in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Associated Press. It fell short of the record set by […]

  • City Hall official: NYPD officer shot in the head over weekend dies from injuries

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — City Hall official: NYPD officer shot in the head over weekend dies from injuries.

  • Oklahoma City woman accused of leaving baby in car while drinking at bar

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A woman was arrested after leaving an 8-month-old girl in the car while she was drinking at a bar, Oklahoma City police reported.

  • Food flavorings may be fueling obesity epidemic

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Fat, sugar, and carbohydrates are common culprits when discussing the skyrocketing obesity epidemic, a disease now affecting one-third of the US population. However, in the new book, "The Dorito Effect," author Mark Schatzker argues that food flavorings, which include everything from syrups to spices to sauces, are a big part of the problem affecting Americans' waistlines. "We keep arguing about carbs and fat and sugar," Schatzker told CBS This Morning. "All these things existed and people ate them 50 years ago when Americans were a whole lot trimmer. The thing that's really changed is the flavor."

  • A name for Britain's new princess: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — It's a name that immediately evokes British royal history: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Monday announced the name they picked for Britain's newborn princess, a choice seen as a tribute to both Prince William's parents and grandmother, the queen, as well as a link to Kate's family. The princess, the second child of William and Kate, will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials said. The birth of Princess Charlotte marks a new chapter for William and Kate, widely seen as the monarchy's most modern, popular couple. But the names they chose are firmly rooted in royal family history.

  • ACLU: Video, police report raise questions about validity of Colorado Springs traffic stop

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A Colorado Springs man who was filming a recent traffic stop until he was put in handcuffs by police has joined the ranks of a growing number of Americans who say they feel the need to record encounters with law enforcement. Ryan Brown's video, taken March 25 when he and his brother, Benjamin, were pulled over in Colorado Springs, is part of an internal affairs investigation at the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police aren't commenting on the investigation or the traffic stop. The video has gotten more than 30,000 views on YouTube, and is among dozens of recordings of interactions with police.

  • Emergency repairs ordered for Belle Isle bridge

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoma Transportation Commission declared a emergency Monday and ordered the solicitation of bids to repair Oklahoma City’s Belle Isle Bridges on Interstate 44 after structural damage to more than half of the bridges’ 95 piers was discovered during a routine maintenance project.

  • Female directors share tales of Hollywood sexism

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    “Smile more! The crew needs you to see you smile!” “I know this will make you mad but I prefer to talk to your husband.” “I can always tell when a film has been directed by a woman.” These are just a few of the comments that female directors have heard over the course of a day on set, all of them submitted anonymously to the blog “S--t People Say to Women Directors (& Other Women in Film).”   The new Tumblr was created last week to air the war stories of film industry professionals who have experienced sexism on the job. And some of those stories will make your head spin, Yahoo Movies reports. One director writes about an experience she had working on a documentary about glaciers, which she also produced. While she was interviewing a scientist on top of a glacier, her director of photography refused to follow her instructions for framing the shot, saying that her male boss wouldn’t like it that way. “I can land the job, the interviews, and get him to the top of the glacier, but he still thought I didn’t know s--t,” writes the director.

  • Warriors' Stephen Curry voted NBA's MVP over Harden, James

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Some called him too small. Others too fragile. Now, Stephen Curry has a new label: NBA MVP, The Associated Press reports. The Golden State Warriors' point guard won the league's top individual award Monday, beating out Houston's James Harden in a race that turned out not to be that close.

  • NBA player crashes kids' dance routine

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard, sainted King of All Things Gritty and Grindy – will not cede his court-space for anyone, Yahoo Sports reports.  Least of all you kids, with all your dancing and bebopping. The Golden State Warriors crowd, denied a chance to watch an adorable children’s dance routine, understandably booed heartily.

  • Star Wars Day: Mark Hamill offers lunch with Luke Skywalker!

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Want to have lunch with Luke Skywalker?  Mark Hamill, who played the Jedi Master, is inviting two Star Wars fans to lunch in Los Angeles as part of a charity auction. Information from Charity Buzz, who is hosting the auction: With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens set for a December release, fans […]

  • Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he's not resigning but won't seek re-election

    BY COREY JONES, TULSA WORLD | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Embattled Sheriff Stanley Glanz remains steadfast in not resigning in the aftermath of the Eric Harris fatal shooting, but he did say Monday morning that he doesn't intend to seek re-election in 2017. Glanz, during an in-depth interview with the Tulsa World, acknowledged perhaps placing too much trust in supervisors under him. Glanz said he doesn't feel he can leave until there is resolution to the fallout after Reserve Deputy Robert Bates said he mistakenly shot Harris rather than stun him during an undercover gun sting a month ago. Now, Glanz said he has taken steps to ensure employees report directly to him instead of information being filtered through the undersheriff.