• See Europe on Instagram from the comfort of your smartphone

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The woes of winter have finally started to subside. The snow has melted and the sun is shining ... well, sometimes. As we look forward to our bright, warm futures, what do you see? The canals of Amsterdam? The castles of the UK? The cafés of Paris?

  • Names of two people in Oklahoma murder-suicide released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 min ago

    Police have released the names of a man and a woman in a Norman murder-suicide case. The man attacked the woman with a knife and killed himself, police said.

  • AP sources: Senate leaders to unveil trafficking deal, clearing path for attorney general vote

    Updated: 7 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: Senate leaders to unveil trafficking deal, clearing path for attorney general vote.

  • Police find two found dead in Norman home in apparent murder-suicide

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 min ago

    Norman police were called to 3417 Madra Street about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and were met by a juvenile, who told them his brother and the brother’s girlfriend had been in a confrontation inside the home.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Take Your Kid to Work on Thursday!

    Paula Burkes | Updated: 30 min ago

      Thursday’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is such a funny phenomenon for me, since my eighth-grade daughter basically has been on top of me at work her entire life. I worked a mere five months full-time in The Oklahoman newsroom before adopting Jessica from birth in July 2001. At 42, I […]

  • US couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing

    Updated: 30 min ago

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August. The badly battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. The three-judge panel said it decided to be lenient toward Mack, 19, because she recently gave birth. "Her newborn baby badly needs a mother's love and breastfeeding," the verdict said.

  • Color Genomics Sells $249 Breast Cancer Gene Test to Masses

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A Silicon Valley startup wants to make genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer mutations available to the masses. Color Genomics is offering a $249 saliva test kit for women that will check for 19 genetic variants known to be correlated with a higher risk of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, including mutations in the BRCA1 gene, which led actress Angelina Jolie to choose a preventive double mastectomy. The test will be available online today.

  • Police: Woman killed farmer husband, buried him under manure

    Updated: 35 min ago

    ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her husband of 30 years and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple's western New York farm. State police troopers say they were called to the home of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on Monday in the Wyoming County town of Attica and told by his son that his father didn't go to work and hadn't been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday. Police launched an air and ground search and found Mess' body concealed in a mound of manure at the back of his farm. Authorities say Mess had been killed by his 48-year-old wife, Charlene Mess. She's charged with second-degree murder. Charlene Mess is being held without bail Tuesday in the county jail. Her public defender couldn't

  • UConn baseball team adopts 5-year-old battling leukemia

    Updated: 54 min ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut baseball team welcomed its newest member: 5-year-old Grayson Hand of Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Hand, who is battling leukemia, joins the Huskies with the help of Team IMPACT, an organization that matches children with life-threatening and chronic illness to college sports teams. The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1Hdb3NN ) reports seniors Carson Cross and Blake Davey were inspired to get involved with the Boston-based organization after hearing positive stories from the UConn men's hockey team, which also welcomed a youngster to their team. Hand will have his own locker and can attend as many games and practices as he likes. ___ Information from: Har

  • Roseanne Barr on Losing Her Sight, Smoking Weed, Rejecting Feminism, and Not Voting For Hillary

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For President! Today her hair is short, dyed blond, and she wears a metallic fitted jacket and tight trousers. The look has gone from “weaves-her-own-hessian” to techno DJ, complete with yellow-tinted sunglasses. She is direct and blunt, very funny, and also deadly serious. You’re never sure which, in person and on screen.

  • “What a horrible mother:” How a call from a “good samaritan” derailed these mothers’ lives

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    These moms left their kids for a few minutes and got arrested, says Salon. It's a scary look at our new moral vigilantism ...

  • Video: Corey Kent White performs 'Unwound' on 'The Voice' top 10; voting is open until 11 a.m.

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The only country singer left in the Season 8 competition, Corey Kent White, who hails from Bixby, went old-school on Monday night’s top 10 performance show on NBC’s “The Voice.” The Oklahoma State University junior had performed a ballad by one of his heroes, country titan Garth Brooks, earlier this season, and on Monday’s live […]

  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. The company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products "have the potential to be contaminated," according to the statement.

  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call, and he is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd. Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he'd offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim "taken out" and that he'd also directly said to the victim he was going to kill him.

  • Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests. The Vatican said Tuesday that Bishop Robert Finn had offered his resignation under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign early for illness or some "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office. It didn't provide a reason; Finn is 62, some 13 years shy of the normal retirement age of 75. Finn, who leads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, waited six months before notifying police about the Rev.

  • Michael Brown memorial tree damaged within a day of being dedicated in Ferguson

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Washington Post reports a tree dedicated to Michael Brown over the weekend in Ferguson, Mo., was damaged within a day, while a plaque accompanying the tree was stolen, according to the city. This tree, a sapling, was purchased by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in Chicago. It was dedicated in January-Wabash Memorial Park on Saturday to Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot and killed by a white police officer in the summer. Another tree in the park, this one purchased by a resident in honor of a dead pet, was also damaged over the weekend, the city of Ferguson said in a statement Monday. The plaque at the base of that tree was stolen as well.

  • 'Mobilegeddon' could be bad news for 40% of top websites

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — If your website traffic plummets suddenly Tuesday, you can blame it on "Mobilegeddon," says USA Today. Google, which dominates online search, is launching an algorithm to favor sites that are "mobile-friendly." This means that people who use Google to search on their smartphone may not find many of their favorite sites at the top of the rankings. Sites that haven't updated could find themselves ranked way lower, which in turn could mean a huge loss of business.

  • Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader. The conviction, which can be appealed, and muted Islamist reaction following it underscore the dramatic downfall of Morsi and Egypt's once-powerful Muslim Brotherhood group. However, Morsi escaped receiving a death sentence in the case, which Islamists derided as a "farce.

  • UN: More than 800 people dead in Med sinking is worst ever

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean. A spokesman for the Geneva-based U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says it has finished interviewing most of the 28 survivors. Adrian Edwards said Tuesday that the agency believes more than 800 people died, "making this the deadliest incident in the Mediterranean that we have recorded." Edwards says about 350 of those aboard were believed to have been Eritreans. Others included people from Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

  • UN agency says drowning of more than 800 migrants is deadliest Mediterranean incident recorded

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — UN agency says drowning of more than 800 migrants is deadliest Mediterranean incident recorded.