• Oklahoma City police arrest teen, seek 2 others after gun store break-in

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 min ago

    A 15-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday after a break-in was reported at H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City police said they are seeking two other juveniles.

  • Report: NBA to investigate Derek Fisher-Matt Barnes confrontation

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The NBA is investigating a physical confrontation that occurred between New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes on Saturday in Los Angeles. As first reported by the New York Post, Fisher was in California visiting his children and was visiting the house shared by Barnes and his estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes, who was in Santa Barbara with the Grizzlies for training camp, arrived at the house and a physical confrontation ensued. Fisher, who filed for divorce from his wife in March, is considering legal action against Barnes, according to Yahoo Sports. Per Yahoo Sports, "The Knicks, Grizzlies and NBA security have been made aware of the incident and are expected to soon start working together on a probe of Saturday night's events." Fisher, 41, last played in the NBA for the Thunder before he was hired as Knicks coach in June 2014. Barnes has his own history with the Thunder, as recently as this summer calling Thunder forward Serge Ibaka a dirty player , which stemmed from Barnes' time with the Los Angeles Clippers. Fisher and Barnes were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers from 2011-12. Fisher's Knicks and Barnes's Grizzlies will play twice this season - Jan. 16 in Memphis and Feb. 5 in New York.

  • Prohibition-style speakeasies still entice

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Prohibition ended in late-1933, but the legends and appeal continue today. Take a look through this gallery to peek not only at iconic former speakeasies, but a few modern hideaways that can be found today. These swanky, secretive speakeasies make for an exclusive night out on the town.

  • House forms special panel to probe Planned Parenthood

    Updated: 43 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has voted to create a special panel to investigate Planned Parenthood and its procurement of fetal tissue for research. Wednesday's near party-line vote was 242-184. The roll call underscored how the GOP is pressing an issue that has galvanized conservatives. Republicans say the committee is needed to examine whether Planned Parenthood is breaking laws or misusing taxpayer money. Democrats call the effort a witch hunt motivated by politics. They compare it to the Benghazi committee, which Republicans created to probe the 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Libya. Democrats maintain it is aimed at undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

  • Congressional Budget Office: US budget deficit drops to $435 billion

    Updated: 57 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Budget Office: US budget deficit drops to $435 billion.

  • Former Thunder forward Caron Butler recounts Arenas-Crittenton gun incident

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Former Thunder player Caron Butler's memoirs, "Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA," was released on Wednesday, and the 13-year veteran went into greater detail about one of the most franchise-altering incidents in NBA history. In an excerpt describing the infamous Dec. 2009 locker room gun incident between then-Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, Butler says in his memoir that he was in the room when Crittenton pointed a loaded gun at Arenas. The argument started over a card game dispute on the Wizards' team plane, one in which Arenas pocketed $1,100 Crittenton felt he was owed by Arenas. Butler describes the locker room scene as him convincing Crittenton that he would ruin his career and life if he shot Arenas: I talked calmly to Javaris, reminding him that his entire career, not to mention, perhaps, his life, would be over if he flicked that trigger finger. I looked back at Gilbert. He was silent as he removed himself from the scene. Javaris slowly lowered the gun. I know that Gilbert was thinking, “I went too far. I had a gun pointed at me and it was loaded.” Butler played in 40 games (including postseason) for the Thunder in 2013-14. (h/t Dan Steinberg, Washington Post )

  • Auto experts: Top managers probably knew of VW cheating

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Auto industry insiders strongly suspect the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen is much wider and reaches higher up the corporate ladder than the company is letting on. Volkswagen's new CEO, Matthias Mueller, was quoted Wednesday as telling a German newspaper that the investigation so far has found that a few software developers tampered with the pollution controls on some of VW's diesel engines. He said top executives would not have gotten involved in the software. But industry experts and analysts say it's hard to believe a few designers acted on their own to blatantly circumvent U.S. emissions tests.

  • Live coverage: Thunder at Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Thunder opens the preseason tonight at 7. The game is not being televised. But we've got you covered with up-to-the-minute updates from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Clinton opposes Obama's TPP trade deal

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    "I don't believe it's going to meet the high bar I have set," Clinton said.

  • Walk-on Wednesday: Nick Hardaway has never regretted choosing OU over small-college opportunities

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 1 hr ago

    NORMAN — Nick Hardaway remembers exactly the moment when he truly realized he wasn’t playing against high schoolers anymore. The Oklahoma walk-on offensive guard was in for his first play on scout team, and defensive end Geneo Grissom — now a New England Patriots rookie — knocked Hardaway flat on his back. “I remember in that moment realizing that these guys aren’t here to play around,” Hardaway said. “This is the real deal. These aren’t high school football players anymore.” Hardaway is the latest Sooner to be featured in The Oklahoman’s “Walk-on Wednesday,” a weekly blog post where we highlight a non-scholarship OU

  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. Obama's telephone call to the group's international president, Joanne Liu, came a day after the White House had stopped short of an apology, waiting to learn more while acknowledging that the attack was a U.S. mistake. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama offered condolences to the staff and pledged a "transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts." Liu confirmed the apology and, in a written statement, reiterated her or

  • DUI suspect leads Bixby police on high-speed chase early Wednesday

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    BIXBY — A police pursuit through Bixby reached speeds of over 100 mph before ending with the arrest of the suspected drunken driver early Wednesday. Tulsan Evan Arthur Walters, 39, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon — his vehicle — DUI, eluding police and making an improper left turn. His bond was set at $35,600. A Bixby police officer attempted to pull over a vehicle for making a left turn from the wrong lane in the 11100 block of South Memorial Drive around 12:50 a.m. The driver, later identified as Walters, then pulled into a parking lot before turning back onto South Memorial Drive, according to an arrest report. 

  • Texans flocking to OU

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Jerod Coker's first visit to the University of Oklahoma campus was a bit of a lark. Growing up in McKinney, Texas he made good grades, had scholarship offers and had never given much thought to going to college in Norman. “I really didn't take it seriously,” Coker said. “I was just there for the free trip. I had no idea that I would end up feeling like ‘wow, I was so wrong about that' years later.” Coker isn't a rarity. There are about 4,500 Texans attending OU and another 3,500 at Oklahoma State University. Coker's initial visit to OU wasn't exactly love at first sight but he knew almost immediately OU had exceeded his expectations by a wide margin. It didn't take long for the campus and its people to

  • Financial regulators move to restrict forced arbitration

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Suing your bank or debt collector might be getting a whole lot easier. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering new regulations that would severely curtail a contentious practice called mandatory arbitration, which is when consumers are forced to take their disputes to a third-party mediator instead of a court of law. It is something consumer advocates have long argued does a disservice to people who have disputes with banks, credit card issuers and other financial service providers. Many Americans don't know that, buried in the fine print, they've agreed not to bring lawsuits against banks or other financial institutions if they have complaints over issues such as disputed charges on their ch

  • White House threatens to veto bill lifting crude export ban

    Chris Casteel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON _ The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto legislation lifting the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The House is expected to pass the bill on Friday. It has been a top priority of Republican leaders and of oil-state lawmakers. Here is the statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget: The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 702, which would remove restrictions on the export of crude oil. Domestic oil production has grown in recent years, strengthening our economy, supporting new American jobs, and enhancing our energy security.

  • First hearing on Broken Arrow killings addresses 13-year-old sister's testimony, motion to postpone preliminary hearing

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The 13-year-old survivor of an attack that killed her parents and three siblings is expected to testify at a preliminary hearing for her two brothers accused of first-degree murder in the deaths. Attorneys for 16-year-old Michael Bever and 18-year-old Robert Bever met Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court to ask for a 90-day delay of their clients' preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Friday. The brothers, who were not present in court on Wednesday, are being tried as adults and have pleaded not guilty. The brothers each face five counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill in the deaths of David Bever, 52; April Bever, 44; Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5; and the stabbing of their 13-year-old sister, who survived the July 22 attack inside the Bevers’ Broken Arrow home.

  • Chelsea Manning renews demand in court for hairstyle change

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Imprisoned national security leaker Chelsea Manning is renewing her demand in federal court to wear a feminine hairstyle. The transgender former Army intelligence analyst filed the amended complaint Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It says gender-appropriate grooming is part of the recognized treatment for gender dysphoria, Manning's sense of being a woman in a man's body. The military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, began giving Manning hormone therapy in February, but officials there have refused to allow her to wear her hair longer than 2 inches. The military has cited "safety and security risks" for the decision.

  • Jury being picked in teen's trial over math teacher's death

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher. Philip Chism was 14 when he was charged in the 2013 death of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, a teacher at Danvers High School. He is being tried as an adult. Jury selection began Wednesday and is expected to resume Thursday in Essex Superior Court in Salem. Ritzer's body was found in woods near the school. Prosecutors say her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Defense attorneys have said they plan to use a mental health defense but haven't revealed specifics. A student in Ritzer's class said she overheard the teacher asking Chism to stay after school after she saw him drawi

  • Oklahoma City Council discusses lawsuit against Holtzclaw

    William Crum | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma City taxpayers may foot the bill to defend fired police officer Daniel Holtzclaw in a civil lawsuit. The city council met privately with legal staff last week to discuss an attorney's request that the city pay her to defend the former police officer, who was named along with the city in a lawsuit filed by Demetria Campbell. Campbell says in her lawsuit that Holtzclaw assaulted her on Nov. 5, 2013. Campbell says she was then handcuffed and driven around the city in the back of Holtzclaw's patrol car before being released. Campbell's lawsuit says she went to an emergency room for treatment, and that a nurse called police. It says a police supervisor took a statement from Campbell and

  • Archbishop of Canterbury XI to take on the Vatican – at cricket

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    [Anglican Communion News Service] A Church of England XI will take on a team of cricketers representing the Vatican later this month in a repeat of last year’s historic first encounter in Canterbur…