• WPX Energy completes $200 million sale of Marcellus Shale assets

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc. divested another property by completing the $200 million-plus sale of a package of Marcellus Shale marketing contracts and the release of pipeline transportation capacity to an undisclosed buyer. The sales are part of WPX's long-term plan to focus on core properties and cut debt. The company received more than $200 million in cash on the natural gas purchase and sales agreements and was released from approximately $390 million in future demand payment obligations connected to 135 million British thermal units per day of firm transportation capacity commitment on Williams' Transco Northeast Supply link project. The company's third divestiture of the year was originally announced earlier this month. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Former coach pleads guilty to raping student

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    MIAMI, Okla. — A former Commerce Public School coach waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty on Wednesday to raping a 17-year-old female high school student. Thomas Alan Fenderson, 44, of Miami, entered the guilty plea Ottawa County District Court in Miami to three counts of second-degree rape. Fenderson entered the plea without an agreement with the district attorney’s office. Rogers Hughes, assistant district attorney said after the hearing he is requesting Fenderson serve a 15-year-sentence. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Adrian Peterson 'has two choices' says Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Adrian Peterson saga moves on, and the Minnesota Vikings' head coach is laying down the former OU running back's options. "Adrian really has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play," Zimmer told reporters Wednesday at the second organized team activity practice for the Vikings. "He's not going to play for anyone else, that's just the way it's going to be." Peterson hasn't shown up for either day of OTAs so far, and is reportedly unhappy with how the Vikings responded in regard to his indictment in a child-abuse case which ultimately kept him out of football in 2014. Zimmer's words Wednesday go against the threats of Peterson's agent Ben Dogra, who's said the Vikings' all-time leading rusher would never play for the team again . Peterson sitting out of OTAs will cost him $250,000.

  • Big 12: Tulsa 'executed a flawless championship for us'

    BY ERIC BAILEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Vince Trinidad — fresh off five days of Big 12 Baseball Tournament competition at ONEOK Field — was buying snow cones for his children when a worker saw his shirt and realized who he was. “You helped bring the tournament to Tulsa?” the young man asked. “Yes,” Trinidad said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Claremore fire chief releases new details in flood-related death of Capt. Jason Farley

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    VERDIGRIS — Less than a day after personnel from more than 100 agencies and thousands of community members lined the streets to pay their respects to the family of Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley, one of the firefighters who tried to save him was readmitted to the hospital. Lt. Zane James had been released Monday in time to join the evening procession with Farley’s family from Tulsa International Airport to outside Verdigris High School. He had been hospitalized early Sunday after floodwater pulled him into a drainage pipe and ejected him into a fence, Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas said in a Tuesday news release. Farley, a 19-year veteran of the department, fell into the area around a storm drain after rescuing Shannon Roberts and six small children from a duplex in Archer Court, which flooded during a fifth birthday sleepover party for Roberts’ daughter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OU researchers get $15 million grant to address heart health in state

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Researchers with the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and Oklahoma City have received a $15 million grant to improve heart health in citizens throughout the state. OU is one of seven grantees in the nation for the award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OU President David Boren said at a press conference in Tulsa on Wednesday morning that the grant will allow researchers to work with primary-care physicians in Oklahoma to determine best practices for preventing heart disease and improving heart health. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Former Oklahoma State standout Antonio Smith to sit out Broncos OTAs

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Antonio Smith will not participate in the Denver Broncos' organized team activities due to personal reasons. The former Oklahoma State defensive lineman is under criminal investigation following a complaint of sexual child abuse in Texas. Broncos General Manager John Elway, head coach Gary Kubiak and President Joe Ellis collectively decided that it would be best if Smith took time away from the team. Smith has not been charged. Smith joined the Broncos this offseason after spending 2014 with the Oakland Raider s. He played under Kubiak in Houston, helping lead the Texans to two AFC South titles.

  • VIDEO: Justin Bieber shoots at Kevin Durant with a Nerf gun

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    What is Kevin Durant up to? Oh nothing, just hanging out with Justin Bieber in California. According to this YouTube video, Bieber was in California with Durant last week when he popped him with a Nerf gun. Seems like Durant is enjoying his offseason. Bieber could have at least hooked Durant up with a weapon of his own. Sort of an unfair fight, especially since Durant probably can't get around very well at the moment. At least Durant and Bieber got some shopping done , too.

  • Mississippi the fattest state again | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mississippi is the fattest state in the United States for the second year in a row, with Hawaii being the skinniest, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll on obesity rates released Wednesday found that the national rate rose to about 27.7 percent of the population in 2014, up from 27.1 percent the year before. Gallup said obesity rates were highest in Southern and Midwestern states and lowest in Western and Northeastern states, a pattern that has continued since Gallup started tracking the rates in 2008. Mississippi had an obesity rate of 35.2 percent of the population. The rest of the top five was West Virginia (34.3), Louisiana (33.2), Arkansas (33) and Oklahoma (32.6). By contrast, Hawaii has a 19 percent obesity rate. The Aloha State is followed by Colorado, with a rate of about 20 percent. Colorado has had one of the two lowest obesity rates each year since 2008, Gallup said.

  • Should Stephanopoulos recuse himself from Democratic debates, too? | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos recused himself from moderating a Republican presidential primary debate his network has scheduled for February. But he hasn't said anything about any potential Democratic debates. An ABC spokeswoman declined to speak on that matter, and said they couldn't comment on an event that hasn't been scheduled yet. The Democratic National Committee, which has not released a schedule for any Democratic presidential debates, did not return a request for comment. Stephanopoulos recently admitted he had donated $75,000 to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's nonprofit Clinton Foundation, though the donations were made before Clinton officially declared her bid for the White House. Stephanopoulos apologized after the disclosure, noted the appearance of a bias and said he would recuse himself from moderating the GOP primary debate.

  • The difference between hotels that are dog friendly — and just dog tolerant

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them. Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring along their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees.

  • He Sees A Whirlpool In The Water, But Keep Your Eyes On The Middle. Holy Cow

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Nature is often simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. A man in Dviete, Latvia recorded a whirlpool that looked as if someone had pulled the plug on the river floor. 

  • Former Durant HS softball player signs with USAO

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CHICKASHA – Former Durant High School and Murray State College softball player Mackenzi Clapp has signed with the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma. Clapp was an all-confrence player last season at Murray State.

  • Deaths, gang activity surge as illegals flood border, 30,000 expected | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A crackdown on children attempting to illegally enter the United States by Mexico and other Latin American nations has cut this year's surge to a still-high 30,000, says the Washington Examiner, but proponents believe that has made the situation even more desperate for kids, leading to greater crime and deaths. "Those that are fleeing and trying to get out of their countries are now using even more dangerous tactics with more criminal entities and costing them even more money to get through to safety," said Kimberly Haynes, director of children's services for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service . Baltimore-based LIRS is a key player in caring for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States and advocates for joining the kids with their parents already in the United States. Haynes told Secrets that those they have interviewed this year arrive with horrible stories of how smugglers got them through Mexico and into the United States.

  • A golf outing with Anthony Kim will cost you ... but it's for a good cause

    erik horne | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Anthony Kim has been mostly MIA from pro golf for the past few years, but that doesn't mean he's left golf altogether. Playing in general has been in doubt for the former OU standout, but it looks like he's getting some work in for charity. The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell blogged last week about the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, which generated a record $1.2 million. One of the live auction items? A golf outing with Kim valued at $24,500, with proceeds benefitting the Toby Keith Foundation  and its efforts to build and support the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Kim, who was photographed in April partying up in a Las Vegas nightclub , has rarely been seen in public, let alone on a professional golf course in recent years, but it's good to know he's giving back and swinging the clubs again.

  • Politico: Inside the war on coal

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The war on coal is not just political rhetoric, or a paranoid fantasy concocted by rapacious polluters. It’s real and it’s relentless. Over the past five years, it has killed a coal-fired power plant every 10 days. It has quietly transformed the U.S. electric grid and the global climate debate. The industry and its supporters use “war on coal” as shorthand for a ferocious assault by a hostile White House, but the real war on coal is not primarily an Obama war, or even a Washington war. It’s a guerrilla war. The front lines are not at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Supreme Court. If you want to see how the fossil fuel that once powered most of the country is being battered by enemy forces, you have to watch state and local hearings where utility commissions and other obscure governing bodies debate individual coal plants. You probably won’t find much drama. You’ll definitely find lawyers from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, the boots on the ground in the war on coal.

  • Study shows 12 more were hospitalized in Dallas with Ebola-like symptoms than was revealed

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Last fall, only two people were known to be hospitalized in Dallas after potentially contracting Ebola from a Liberian traveler who died from the disease. They were nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who tested positive. At the time, it was not revealed that an additional dozen people, nine of them health care workers, came down with Ebola-like symptoms while being monitored for possible exposure. A study released Tuesday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine reports that these patients developed fevers, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

  • Dubai's 'floating seahorse' homes

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Dubai is known for its extravagant development projects, like the indoor ski resorts, rotating skyscrapers and "miracle gardens," to name just a few. But the newest project, "The Floating Seahorse," is exceptionally lavish: it's a floating home with underwater rooms.

  • Czech startup that finds hidden cheap flights

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Most people book airline tickets through a travel aggregation website such as Expedia or Travelocity. Or maybe they go direcly t to the website of the airline itself. Those sites actually contain hundreds of cheap, "hidden" flights that airlines don't show to consumers. Regular customers can't see them but their algorithm can, according to Lucie Bresova, the CFO of the Czech Republic-based startup Skypicker.

  • Scientists have the first proof that viruses can beat cancer

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Scientists have the first proof that a “brand new” way of combating cancer, using genetically modified viruses to attack tumour cells, can benefit patients, paving the way for a “wave” of new potential treatments over the next decade, The Independent reports. Specialists at the NHS Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) confirmed that melanoma skin cancer patients treated with a modified herpes virus (the virus that causes cold sores) had improved survival – a world first. In some patients, the improvements were striking. Although all had aggressive, inoperable malignant melanoma, those treated with the virus therapy – known as T-VEC – at an earlier stage survived on average 20 months longer than patients given an alternative.