• Oklahoma drivers are bad according to insurance rating

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 0 min ago

    Oklahoma has some of the worst drivers in the country according to carinsurancecomparison.com. States were judged on how many fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, failure to wear seat belts based on citations, number of speeding and careless driving citations issues and the number of drunk driving arrests. Oklahoma checks in at No. 9 on the list: "Oklahoma, having finished just outside the top 10 for worst drivers last year, finished in the top 10 “worst” for two separate categories (Fatalities Rate and Failure to Obey), carrying them to a 9th place finish this time around. They were the worst offenders in the Failure to Obey category," the survey said. Montana and South Carolina drivers are

  • Tramel: Fine college football players? When will we start fining coaches?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 min ago

    College football coaches need a little more self-awareness. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville both said their schools would consider docking money from players who violate team rules or athletic department policies or even fail to meet academic requirements. Do these guys know how bad they sound? College athletes finally caught an economic break with the recent NCAA rule change that allows schools to pay cost-of-attendance stipends. Money for travel, or laundry, or clothing allowances, now can be included with the scholarship. And before the first football game of 2015, coaches making millions of dollars are talking about issuing fines.

  • UPDATE: Name of man shot during pursuit released by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 min ago

    A man shot by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Thursday has been identified. The incident involved a pursuit of a stolen pickup in Noble County Thursday night.

  • Vintage Oklahoma: an executioner, meticulous and proud

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 19 min ago

    "Nobody I electrocuted ever held it against me, at least not beforehands. And I've electrocuted some pretty close friends of mine." The line is from a February 1948 Oklahoman profile so brutally honest about death in the pen it's at times hard to read. In the piece, Oklahoman writer Ray Parr profiled Rich Owens, a "67-year-old executioner, who built Oklahoma's first electric chair in 1915 and watched over it with jealous care." Owens was bedridden and dying of liver cancer at the time of the interview. Reporter Graham Brewer first resurrected the article, blogging about it last year. Thursday, business editor Don Mecoy rediscovered it in his ongoing effort to retweet interesting stories from The Oklahoman

  • Jurors resume deliberations in prep school rape case

    Updated: 24 min ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jurors have resumed deliberating in the case of a former New Hampshire prep school student charged with raping a freshman last year as part of a tradition of sexual conquest days before he graduated. Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, faces nine charges, including three felony sex assault charges that carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say the then-18-year-old Labrie raped the 15-year-old as part of a practice called Senior Salute, in which graduating students try to romance and have sex with underclassmen. Labrie testified the two had consensual sexual contact that stopped short of intercourse. Lawyers on both sides criticized St. Paul's School and the crude traditio

  • Indian and Pakistani border guards trade gunfire, 9 killed

    Updated: 36 min ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire in the divided region of Kashmir, leaving nine civilians dead and another 63 wounded, authorities said Friday. Each side blamed the other for "unprovoked firing and shelling" on homes after midnight near the disputed border. A statement issued by the Pakistani army said six civilians were killed and 47 others, including 22 women and 11 children, were wounded after Indian attacks near the city of Sialkot. It said the villages of Kanganpur and Bajra Gari were the worst hit by the shelling overnight. Villages near Sialkot, an industrial city close to the working boundary in Kashmir, often come under Indian fire. Pakistani television footage showed d

  • They took a 365-day honeymoon around the world

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    They say that traveling is the best way to test your marriage. People get stressed on the road, and the way you navigate the stresses of traveling just might determine the way you deal with obstacles in life. One couple decided to test this theory immediately by taking a 365 day honeymoon around the world.

  • What will Oklahoma State wear Week 1 against Central Michigan?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 39 min ago

    OSU UPDATE -- Will Oklahoma State wear a never-before-seen uniform combination Week 1 against Central Michigan?

  • US stocks edge lower early after sharp two-day surge

    Updated: 38 min ago

    U.S. stocks drifted edged lower in early trading Friday, coming off two days of strong gains as the market closes out a wild week. Stocks fell heavily in the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The market then rebounded over the next two days. Financial stocks were among the biggest decliners in early trading Thursday. U.S. oil prices edged lower. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,601 as of 10:05 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,984. The Nasdaq composite slid 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,801.

  • Lawyers say Oklahoma inmate is insane, try to halt execution

    Updated: 40 min ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002 has become insane while in prison, and his upcoming execution should be halted, the man's attorneys argue in a new court case. Attorneys for Benjamin Robert Cole, 50, of Claremore will present their arguments Friday before District Judge James Bland in McAlester, where Cole is being housed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. "Mr. Cole's condition has deteriorated steadily since his conviction," Federal Public Defender Susan Otto wrote in a court filing. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that executing an insane person is unconstitutional.

  • Mac Miller rapping into Tulsa, Oklahoma City; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 47 min ago

    Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller has announced the "The GO:OD AM" tour, in honor of his upcoming album of the same name, due out Sept. 18 on Warner Bros. The autumn outing includes Oklahoma shows Oct. 27 at Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main, and Oct. 28 at Oklahoma City’s Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Tulsa tickets range from $32.50 to $47.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.cainsballroom.com. OKC tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Buy For Less locations in Oklahoma City, Reasor’s and Starship Records in Tulsa, by phone at (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. General admission tickets are $29 in advance. For more information, go to

  • REO Speedwagon flying into Oklahoma for 2 November shows

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 50 min ago

    Classic rockers REO Speedwagon are planning two November tour dates in Oklahoma. Fronted by Kevin Cronin since 1972, the band will play Nov. 6 at 7 Clans First Council Casino Hotel, 12875 N U.S. 77 in Newkirk. Tickets go on sale Friday and will be available at www.ticketstorm.com. One year after performing to a capacity crowd, the “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Time for Me to Fly” hitmakers also will play a return engagement Nov. 12 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 70 W Cherokee Street in Catoosa. Tickets go on sale Thursday and will be available at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com. For more information, go to

  • Extended interview & video: Maddie & Tae ready to 'Start Here' with debut album, out today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 52 min ago

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Girls in a country song Maddie & Tae are ready to 'Start Here' with highly anticipated debut album, out today When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye warble about dumping an annoying fishing buddy out of the boat on their new album, the hilariously catchy lyrics can’t help but snare a little truth. That’s because their feisty ditty “Shut up and Fish” is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye’s home state of Oklahoma.

  • OU football: Little did Tinker Owens know the little boy he signed an autograph for would someday be OU's starting quarterback

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: 53 min ago

    Owens, Oklahoma’s All-American receiver in 1974 and ’75, was just trying to do a nice thing for a couple of young Sooners fans when he sent off a package to the Austin, Texas, area in 2005.

  • Video: Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 2015-16 season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Guthrie's Pollard Theatre goes 'Crazy' for musicals in 2015-16 GUTHRIE -- The Pollard Theatre is going for “Crazy” for musicals for its 29th season. Not only is the Guthrie theater currently staging the popular country music tribute “Always … Patsy Cline,” but the company also is planning for 2015-16 three more musicals: the bluesy, jazzy and gospel-infused adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” (Oct. 9-31); the family-friendly and socially conscious 1960s dance party “Hairspray” (April 29-May 21); and the state premiere of Green Day’s rock opera

  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw workers removing bodies from the water, and pulling a flooded boat into the harbor that contained several drowned victims floating face down. At least one victim, a man, was wearing a life vest. They were put into body bags and lined up on the waterfront. Hussein Asheini, the head of Libya's Red Crescent in Zuwara, said at least 105 people were killed, some while trapped inside the boat after it capsized.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 28, 2015: Laugh along with Myq Kaplan at the Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Laugh along with stand-up comedian Myq Kaplan, a contender on the 10th season of "America's Got Talent," at 8 tonight at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage, 301 W Reno. OKC Improv and local comic Spencer Hicks will open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets and information, go to www.ticketstorm.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Throwaway movies mean summer’s ending

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: 17 hr ago

    As summer winds down, throwaway movies pop up in the multiplexes, a sure sign that Hollywood’s blockbuster season is winding down.

  • Five for Families: Kick off football season with these films

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

  • PHOTOS: Charlotte-area couple's proposal goes awry

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SOUTHPORT, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte-area couple certainly has an engagement to remember after the soon-to-be groom dropped the engagement ring into the ocean while attempting to propose. Kayla Harrity, 24, works for the Town of Waxhaw. She and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Matthew Picca, are on a vacation with her family in Southport, NC when he decided to surprise her with a proposal. Kayla says the couple went to Old American Fish on Saturday and she saw Matthew's mother.