• Billy Donovan has no regrets about Cameron Payne's regular-season minutes

    Erik Horne | Updated: 6 min ago

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday he doesn’t have any regrets about Cameron Payne’s minutes in the regular season. Payne averaged a season-high 17.3 minutes in 15 games January, taking over for D.J. Augustin as the No. 2 point guard, but saw his minutes drop to below 12 per game over 20 combined games in February and March. “I think Cameron got a lot of experience. We went with him when D.J. was here,” Donovan said. “It’s like even with me as a coach: Everything you go through is new for the first time. “Even though Cameron was not in the rotation consistently the entire year, I don’t have any regret about maybe not playing him or having him in the

  • Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town

    Updated: 7 min ago

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. About 88,000 residents successfully evacuated as flames moved into the city surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada's oil sands. No injuries have been reported. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said all 105 patients at the local hospital had been safely airlifted to other care centers. She said, so far, the fire had destroyed or damaged an estimated 1,600 structures. Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the boreal forest in much of Alberta into a tin

  • Maddie & Tae to play RiverSport Rapids Grand Opening Spectacular Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 11 min ago

    Platinum-selling Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae will headline the RiverSport Rapids Grand Opening Spectacular at 8 p.m. Saturday. The show at Team USA’s "Road to Rio Tour," presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, also will feature celebrity emcees and a fireworks extravaganza. “We both grew up watching the Olympic Games, and it is a really special moment to help welcome athletes from across the country to my home state,” says Ada native Tae Dye in a news release. “We’ve been so incredibly blessed and lucky in our career.

  • Walking Route 66 with Brianna Bailey - Day 3

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 min ago

    Follow The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey as she walks Route 66 this week. Here's a recap of Day 3.

  • Oklahoma City center is pioneer in proton treatment of breast cancer

    By Michaela Marx Wheatley | Updated: 24 min ago

    Although proton therapy has been in clinical use in the U.S. since the 1970s, its application in treating breast cancer was, until recently, limited to a few treatment facilities in the U.S.. The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City is now among just a handful of centers in the country leading the advancement of the use of protons in breast cancer treatment.

  • Fallin endorses Trump

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin, who has withheld her endorsement of any candidate in the Republican presidential race, threw her support behind Donald Trump on Wednesday. In brief comments to reporters after a public event, she said she stands behind the New York billionaire, who favors building a huge wall along the nation's southern border and making Mexico pay for it. Fallin, who has represented Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives, was mentioned by former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer during a recent Sunday talk show as a potential running mate for Trump. Trump praised Bauer's appearance on the show, saying, "Great job and advice.

  • Free medical care available at upcoming Durant event

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 50 min ago

    More than 1,000 people are expected to attend a free medical clinic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 and from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. At the event, residents can receive dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, women's health exams and medical exams. All services are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will start distributing entry numbers at 3 a.m., three hours before the clinic begins. Patients can start lining up for entry numbers at midnight, although many patients will form a line before midnight to ensure they receive a number.

  • San Antonio travelblog: 90 mph on the Pickle Parkway

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    We made it home from San Antonio, and the MVP of the trip clearly was our photographer, Bryan Terry. Runnerup was whoever designed the Pickle Parkway. Bryan drove us all the way home Tuesday, allowing Erik Horne, A.C. Slater and I to work the entire 473-mile trip from San Antonio. It was a heavy news day. The chaos of those last 13.5 seconds, the national furor that ensued and the NBA’s eventual report that said the law left town during those 13.5 seconds that seemed like 13 minutes. Bryan’s driving was yeoman’s work and very valuable. And it was made easier by the new Texas turnpike that zips from Georgetown, on the far north side of greater Austin, to Seguin, about 36 miles east of San Antonio.

  • Kevin Durant on 1-of-7 All-NBA First Team lists by NBA.com staff

    Erik Horne | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Want an indication of how the All-NBA voting might play out for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant? The official voting results for the All-NBA teams haven't been released, but NBA.com's panel of editors, writers and bloggers put together their All-NBA lists for public consumption. Six of the seven people on the NBA.com panel put Westbrook on their First Team. Durant, however, was only selected to the First Team by one of the seven. NBA.com's Ian Thomsen was the only panelist with Durant on the first team. Every other panelist has San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard on the First Team over Durant. From NBA.com's Fran Blinebury: "Leonard steamrolled onto the first team with his dominant play

  • State trooper advocates say Oklahoma can't afford more cuts

    AP | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Advocates of Oklahoma Highway Patrol employees claim further budget cuts to the state's Department of Public Safety could make highways more dangerous. Oklahoma State Troopers Association President Keith Barenberg said Wednesday in a statement that cuts to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol budget since 2010 have led to 37 fewer state troopers patrolling the roadways, leaving fewer than 800 troopers to serve 77 counties as the state population has grown. Leaders in the Legislature have argued all state agencies would likely have to share the burden imposed by a projected $1.3 billion shortfall in the 2017 fiscal year. Barenberg says more than a quarter of troopers are eligible for retirement.

  • Kasich dropping out, AP sources say; Trump on clear GOP path

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — His rivals out of the way, Donald Trump has become the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will announce the end of his underdog White House bid on Wednesday, according to three campaign officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the candidate's plans. The decision comes a day after Trump's only other rival, Ted Cruz, left the 2016 contest. With no GOP opponents left, Trump has an open path to represent the party in the November general election — presumably against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

  • Prospective pet owners need to do their homework before adopting

    Julie Bank | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The needs of a pet must be considered when adopting an animal.

  • Fallin endorses Trump's presidential bid, welcomes VP talk

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent." Fallin also said Wednesday she's honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate and would be happy to consider such an offer. Fallin said her priority is to elect a conservative, pro-business Republican who is strong on national defense, and that she believes Trump is that candidate. The two-term governor has not previously endorsed any of the GOP candidates for governor. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won Oklahoma's March presidential primary with 34 percent of the vote over Trump, who was second.

  • Critics question mine exploration near Alaska eagle preserve

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In early winter, after most tourists have fled Alaska, another kind of visitor flies in: bald eagles, up to 4,000 of them. In the world's largest congregation of bald eagles, they gather along the Chilkat River in southeast Alaska to feast on salmon carcasses washed downstream after spawning. Well after other rivers have frozen, the river remains open. Wildlife advocates are concerned that a possible mining project near a major tributary of the river could threaten the eagles. A Canadian company, backed by a Japanese metals firm, is spending millions to explore a copper and zinc deposit that might someday turn into a hard rock mine about 10 miles upriver of the preserve.

  • Affidavit reveals details of Navajo girl's kidnapping death

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — A stranger who lured 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike into his van with promises of watching a movie instead walked her into the hills of a remote area of the Navajo Nation, a place known for its breathtaking views and a monolithic rock outcropping that stands as a beacon for miles. As the sun faded, the man returned alone, with a crowbar tucked in his jacket. The girl was nowhere to be seen. The girl's 9-year-old brother, who had jumped into the van hoping to protect her — was now distraught and scared. The man drove him toward a highway, and then told him to get out. Alone in the desert, the boy started to run, and kept running, toward the lights of a distant car, until a passer-by scooped him up an

  • Global gender gap in politics wide, women legislators say

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Encouraging women to enter local politics, setting quotas in parliaments and pushing legislation on gender equality help narrow gender gaps in politics, participants at a conference of women lawmakers said Wednesday. Despite progress, such gaps remain wide around the world, said Silvana Koch-Mehrin, founder of the "Women in Parliaments" network. About 80 percent of lawmakers and 95 percent of heads of state in the world are men, she said at the start of the two-day meeting in the Jordanian parliament. The conference drew 260 legislators, as well as current and former female heads of state, from dozens of countries. It was the network's fifth international meeting since its founding in 2013.

  • Egypt's journalists warn of strike if minister stays

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian journalists rallied in Cairo on Wednesday in an escalating standoff with police, threatening a possible strike by media workers if demands including the dismissal of the interior minister are not met. On the steps outside their union headquarters, they chanted "Journalism is not a crime" while demanding Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar's departure following a police raid on the premises and the arrest of two journalists. The protests are the latest in a series of demonstrations against the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, which has banned virtually all protests and carried out a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.

  • UN-brokered talks resume in Kuwait on ending Yemen war

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — U.N.-brokered talks aimed at ending Yemen's civil war resumed in Kuwait on Wednesday. U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Twitter the talks began after all sides in the conflict agreed to form a committee to look into what happened in the governorate of Amran, which reportedly came under attack by Yemen's Shiite rebels. That attack had halted earlier talks in Kuwait City. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric later said that at Wednesday's plenary discussion, the Yemeni parties agreed on the creation of three committees — on political matters, military and security issues, and dealings with prisoners. He said the parties planned to continue discussions into the evening.

  • Emergency responders use naloxone to save 42 Oklahomans from drug overdose

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A family member walked in and found the older woman lying on the couch, not breathing well. An empty pill bottle was lying nearby. The woman had back surgery the day before, and she had received a prescription for hydromorphone, an opioid painkiller.  The family member called 911. When emergency responders arrived, they administered naloxone, a drug that can reverse an overdose if given in enough time. Within two minutes, the woman was responsive and breathing again. This is the story of one of 42 Oklahomans that emergency medical personnel across Oklahoma have saved since late 2014, according to the state Health Department.

  • UPDATED: More than 40 food trucks on 2016 H&8th roster

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 2 hr ago

    As Brandy McDonnell reported a couple of weeks ago, the one and only H&8th Night Market for 2016 is scheduled for Friday, June 3, as part of the Oklahoma TenaCity event that carries through Sunday of that weekend. The family and pet-friendly event routinely drew throngs of more than 10,000 people, reaching near 50,000 at its peak before announcing the March-October scheduled would be pared to once a year. Brandy’s story was heavy on details about the promising TenaCity weekend, but at the time of publication the food truck list for H&8th was not yet available. Now it is. So, without further ado (and before I bid adieu), here are the nearly fifty food trucks participating in 2016’s