• OU graduate says he'll be proud to be an American

    BY Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    While many in the United States are endowed at birth with the benefits that accompany citizenship, many others face a long and difficult journey to call themselves Americans. Akash Patel, 23, a recent University of Oklahoma graduate, is one step away from becoming a U.S. citizen after living more than two decades in the country. Patel said his family came to the U.S. from the United Kingdom in 1993 on visitor visas. After they arrived, a relative living in the U.S. sponsored the family for permanent residence. Patel said his parents wanted to live in the United States for several reasons, including being closer to family, but that the main reason was to offer him and his sister a chance at a life they

  • Nation and world news briefs

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    RESCUE FLORIDA | ORLANDO — Firefighters safely evacuated all 66 riders stranded aboard The Orlando Eye after the 400-foot Ferris wheel that towers above central Florida abruptly halted Friday afternoon, authorities said. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told The Associated Press no one was injured and everyone was taken off in an evacuation operation lasting three hours. She said the ride had initially stopped for more than 45 minutes. Six elite rescue climbers with the squad who had trained by climbing the wheel before had gone to the scene but weren’t needed, Kennedy said.

  • As wheat harvest nears completion, Oklahoma's crop should double last year’s meager result

    BY MIKE COPPOCK For The Okahoman | Updated: 7 hr ago

    As combines near the state's northern border and cut swaths through fields of wheat, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission does not believe the 2015 harvest will be a bumper crop, though it will be double the 2014 harvest.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Dodgers win again, move 26 games over .500

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Darnell Sweeney's three-run homer and some clutch pitching late helped the Oklahoma City Dodgers trim the Memphis Redbirds 3-2 on Friday night in Pacific Coast League baseball before 8,548 fans at AutoZone Park. Sweeney's seventh homer of the season came in the fifth inning and drove home O'Koyea Dickson and Buck Britton. Sweeney finished with two hits and a walk to help Oklahoma City (53-27) move a league-best 26 games over .500. Ryan Buchter picked up his third save of the season, although Memphis (41-41) threatened in the ninth inning. Matt Williams and Rafael Ortega both singled with one out, but Buchter retired Ed Easley and Dan Johnson to seal the victory. Memphis had a 2-0 lead after the first

  • California man dies from wreck on Oklahoma highway

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A California motorist died from injuries suffered from a wreck in McIntosh County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Friday morning, Nithin Gunda, 22, of Fullerton, Calif., was driving a vehicle north on U.S. 69 when the vehicle veered off the road and struck a bulldozer, troopers said.

  • Energy companies lead quarter's best-, worst-performing stocks

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    While the price of oil has improved a bit, it's been stuck in a narrow range for much for the past six weeks, and the price of natural gas continues to languish seven years into a bear market. As a result, energy companies claimed all of the three best-performing and three worst-performing Oklahoma stocks in the second quarter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder summer league schedule

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder Summer League schedule   Saturday: Thunder vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. Monday: Thunder vs. Orlando Blue, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 p.m. Thursday: Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m. Friday: TBD.   *All times central.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time for Mitch McGary to strut his stuff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The day that Mitch McGary has looked forward to for weeks has finally come. And when the Thunder opens play in the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday afternoon, all eyes will be on him.

  • Edmond reports flooded streets after Thursday night storm

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Edmond police reported several road rescues near the University of Central Oklahoma and Hafer Park after torrential rains Thursday night.

  • Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities. The combination also would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families.

  • Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive," after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly. Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is "terrific," ''brash" and "speaks the truth." It's an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population.

  • Tyrone Lewis gave up bright stages and big paychecks to go back to El Reno and live his American Dream

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EL RENO – Tyrone Lewis made a decision as a freshman at El Reno. He let people know about it, too. “I’m going to be the head coach here,” he would say. It was a quite a proclamation for a kid who’d done anything to get kicked out of school only a few years earlier. Pick a fight. Talk back. He hated being there, so lots of days, he’d find a way out. But wrestling changed all that. Wrestling became his way out. Now, he’s hoping to introduce a new generation to the sport that transformed his life. He became a state champion at El Reno and an All-American at Oklahoma State. He wrestled all around the world and fell just short of the Olympics.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Sunday with No. 22 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about:   27. Tiller Bucktrot, OL, Stroud, 6-6, 350 26. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-1, 220 25. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 24. Alex Criddle, OL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23.

  • Super 30: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris trimming weight in effort to further career

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Harris was up to almost 390 pounds following offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. As a freshman, he was playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle at 330 pounds.

  • Dalai Lama celebrates 80th birthday with California summit

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — It won't be a small, private affair when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday this weekend in Southern California. Hundreds of well-wishers are expected at a three-day Global Compassion Summit to mark the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's big day, with events Sunday through Tuesday at Anaheim's Honda Center and the University of California, Irvine. The Dalai Lama himself plans to deliver talks all three days on global compassion, creativity and the arts, youth leadership and climate change. His actual birthday is on Monday. Plans for the festivities include an 8-foot-tall birthday cake complete with maroon-and-gold frosting — the colors of the Dalai Lama's Tibetan robes.

  • Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His nearly 118-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006. But Borschberg flew the Solar Impulse 2 without fuel. Instead, its wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that powered propellers and charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

  • Oklahoma ranks low in status of women

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma was given a D+ by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in its "Status of Women in the States" report on health issues, including mental health

  • Sports on TV: Saturday, July 4

    Todd Schoenthaler | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SATURDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; Omaha at OKC; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 10 a.m.; S. Francisco at Washington; MLBN (Cox 264) Noon; Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; San Diego at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 3 p.m.; Seattle at Oakland; MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers; KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m.; L.A. Angels at Texas; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KRXO-FM 107.7 9 p.m.; Colorado at Arizona; MLBN (Cox 264) AUTO

  • Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans, U.S. U-19 team roll past Italy into FIBA World Championship semifinals

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The U.S. U-19 basketball team rolled past Italy 86-65 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship on Friday. Even without former Oklahoma prep standout Allonzo Trier, the U.S. team had little trouble advancing to the semifinals. Trier, who was averaging 11.3 points through four games, sat out of the U.S.'s win with an ankle injury and the team decided to rest him for the semifinals. It didn't matter, as the U.S. had four players score in double digits, let by Jalen Brunson's 17 points. Oklahoma State signee Jawun Evans had two points and three assists in 13 minutes for the U.S., which will play Greece in the semifinals on Saturday.

  • Report: Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with center DeAndre Jordan

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The I-35 rivalry between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks just got a whole lot bigger. Free agent center DeAndre Jordan has reportedly agreed to join the Mavericks on a max deal worth about $81 million over four years. The 6-foot-11 Jordan, a native of Houston, had a career year for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging career highs in points (11.5), rebounds (15.0), and field goal percentage (.710). Jordan led the league in rebounds per game and field goal percentage for the second consecutive year.