• Big 12 basketball: OKC to host 2017 NCAA Women's Tournament Regional

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The NCAA announced on Thursday that Oklahoma City will host a 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Regional at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It will be the fifth time since 2008 (including the upcoming 2015 Women's Basketball Regional) that Oklahoma City has hosted the event (2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017). The Oklahoma City All Sports Association will partner with the University of Oklahoma to host in 2017. The 2017 Women's Final Four will be in Dallas, hosted by the Big 12 Conference and the Dallas Sports Commision at American Airlines Arena. The winner of the 2017 regional in Oklahoma City will advance to Dallas. The 2015 regional in Oklahoma City will be played March 27 and 29.

  • 'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday. Woodland Public Schools in Fairfax, about 100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said it made the decision so as not to put the nearly 200 students in the district at risk of the contagious disease.

  • Criticized over comment, Ray Merrick expresses appreciation for state workers

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    House Speaker Ray Merrick, facing criticism for saying “Government employees produce nothing,” has issued a statement expressing his appreciation for state workers and calling his previous comments “poorly phrased and poorly contextualized.”

  • Monty Python Finally Says Goodbye

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    It's officially the end. John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam talk about memories of the reunion, and their next chapters.

  • Has 'Darwin's Dilemma' Finally Been Solved?

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Though the theory of evolution has long been accepted as scientific fact, scientists have always had trouble reconciling Darwin's notion of gradual evolution by natural selection with a sudden explosion of new species around 530 million years ago.

  • Manhunt Underway For Suspect Who Shot At Seminole Co. Deputy

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A manhunt is underway for a suspect who reportedly shot at a deputy in Seminole County, Thursday afternoon.

  • ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Trailer: Watch Anna Kendrick and the Bellas Go Global

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    You missed them when they were gone, didn’t you, Internet? Don’t worry, Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and the rest of the Bellas are back, and this time they’re looking to seize a capella glory on the world stage, according to The Wall Street Journal. The first “Pitch Perfect,” an old-fashioned battle of the sexes college comedy with a few modern twists, was a 2012 sleeper hit that grew into a cult favorite as much for its musical performances as its characters’ comedic chemistry. The sequel, which is due in May, looks to tap into a lot of the same magic of the first film, only on a much bigger scale.

  • 'It's time for Bob Stoops to coach Gators' says Orlando Sentinel columnist

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    From  Las Vegas betting odds to columnists, many eyes are on Bob Stoops for the Florida job. The latest comes from Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, who says  it's time for Stoops to come back to Gainesville where he'll be appreciated. "Certainly, Stoops must know deep down that he's just not appreciated as he once was at Oklahoma, where fans have booed the team this season," Bianchi writes. Bianchi wrote years ago that Stoops would be crazy to take the UF job, but has reversed course. The Gators will be searching for a new coach after announcing that Will Muschamp won't return next season. Stoops, who was UF's defensive coordinator from 1996-1998, is in his 16th season as Sooners' head coach. Bianchi says that's long enough in one spot, and even quotes the Ol' Ball Coach for backup. "[Steve] Spurrier himself once said that spending 10 or 12 years at one program is enough and then you need to move on," said Bianchi. "One of the stated reasons Spurrier left Florida is because Gator fans had become so spoiled that they expected perfection every season." The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey was asked the Stoops-to-UF question  on the OU live chat this morning .

  • Chesapeake accused of not paying for natural gas produced from invalid leases

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy may face a class-action lawsuit that claims it has cheated North Texas landowners of at least $100 million by pumping gas from properties that had gone through foreclosure, invalidating the oil and gas leases, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Chesapeake continued to tap reserves beneath the various properties in Johnson and Tarrant counties even after the Oklahoma City-based energy giant discovered it had troubled leases following the economic downturn in 2008, choosing instead to “ignore the problem,” the lawsuit asserts. Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/11/19/6302714/chesapeake-accused-of-not-paying.html#storylink=cpy

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • Oklahoma fan's chat with Russell Westbrook receives national attention

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When Ada resident Justin Rodrigues engaged in a “friendly” conversation with injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, he didn’t imagine it would get national attention. But that’s exactly what happened, according to The Ada News. The 24-year-old Rodrigues is a native of Hilmar, California and a life-long Los Angeles Lakers fan who has lived in Ada for the past five years. He spent a few months as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ada High boys basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

  • Kevin Durant adds endorsement deal with Sonic

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    On Thursday, Kevin Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first-ever athlete ambassador. "Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view," said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z's agency that represents Durant. "When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD's a Sonic guy." Durant  hinted at his newest partnership on Wednesday via Twitter, saying "getting excited to announce my newest partner ... the name is gonna be familiar." Durant added via Twitter Thursday morning that's looking forward to working with Sonic on a variety of healthy options on their menu.  ESPN reports say Durant had to get approval from KIND that he wouldn't position himself to endorse unhealthy brands.

  • WATCH: Strangers Lift Car to Save Woman’s Life

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    In a CCTV video from eastern Zhejiang Province of China, a couple on a scooter is seen riding along a city street when suddenly they are hit by a vehicle. The husband is thrown, while his wife is caught and pulled under what appears to be an Opel Astra Estate. Her husband, along with a police officer who happened to be nearby, quickly band together to try to lift the car.

  • Buffalo Area Battered Again by Snow, 3 More Feet Expected in Places

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A second band of lake-effect snow pounded the cities and towns near Buffalo, New York, on Thursday, heaping more misery on people whose cars and even houses were already buried, NBC News reports. Authorities confirmed an eighth death blamed on the storm, a 60-year-old man with a heart problem who was stricken while operating a snowblower. The storm had already dumped more snow than many places see in a full season — even in wintry western New York. Some homes had the equivalent weight of two or three pickup trucks bearing down on their roofs.

  • 2014 National Book Awards announced

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The 65th National Book Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday evening, with winners named in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. Here are the winners ...

  • The ultimate homecoming: Arianna introduces HuffPost Greece

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    ATHENS -- As The Huffington Post has expanded around the world, I have used this space to introduce each of our new international editions. But none of the announcements I've made has had as much significance for me personally as what I have to share today: the launch of The Huffington Post in my native Greece. If I veer into some emotional territory (and spoiler alert: I will -- it's in my genes), it's because even now, surrounded by our wonderful team of editors in our office with a stunning view of the Parthenon, I'm overwhelmed by gratitude. For me, this is the ultimate homecoming, not only because this is where I and my accent were born but because HuffPost is very firmly rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations.

  • News 9: 'Spoofing' Scam Leads To Death Threat Against Metro Woman

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A telephone scam on Tuesday led to a death threat against an Oklahoma City Metro Area woman, News 9 reports. "Candace" is a single mom who says she's received hundreds of angry voicemails from callers since late last week when a criminal used the woman's cell phone number to call hundreds of other people, offering ...

  • KFOR: After dramatic recovery, dog left for dead nearly ready for adoption

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A metro pup by the name of Banjo who was once fighting for his life is in need of a new home. If Banjo’s brown eyes could tell a tale, his would be a hair-raiser ...

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns of violence after immigration order

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday, USA Today reports. "The country's going to go nuts, because they're going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it's going to be a very serious situation," Coburn said on Capital Download. "You're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence." Coburn, 66, is a conservative Republican but one who has a personal relationship with Obama.

  • CAIR-Oklahoma shocked by terrorist designation

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma said Wednesday that he was surprised and shocked to learn that the United Arab Emirates had designated CAIR a terrorist organization. State Rep. John Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma Counterterrorism Caucus, immediately called for the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate both CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America, which also was on the terrorist list. Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, said, “It was bizarre and a shock that it (the designation) would happen in the first place, and even more bizarre that Rep. Bennett is getting involved and calling for the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate after the U.S. State Department has already rejected this labeling.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .