• Why It’s Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    I’ve been doing laundry every week for almost a decade, and by now the process is so familiar that I can practically do it in my sleep: Bring the hamper to the laundry room, separate the whites and colors, load the washing machines with clothes and detergent, transfer the washed clothes to the dryer, take them out of the dryer and put them into the basket, fold the clean clothes, and file them into the appropriate drawer. For me and most other experienced launderers, it’s fairly automatic. But for a robot, doing laundry is a nightmare.

  • Class B Girls Basketball: Lomega gets measure of revenge against Erick

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Lomega girls head basketball coach Kevin Lewallen still feels the pain of a double-overtime loss in the state championship game two years ago to Erick. On Thursday, the pain of that game eased just a little. Lomega hit critical free throws down the stretch and survived two missed shots by Erick in the final seconds […]

  • Mind Your Own Business: And now for some good news ...

    Paula Burkes | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    I got a text this afternoon that reminds me of one of the nice things about being a journalist. A chemical engineer who was laid off because of the cheap oil prices has been hired for a new job, thanks to The Oklahoman‘s feature last month about real people affected by the downturn in the […]

  • 'Supergirl' Melissa Benoist in costume in first CBS photos

    Matthew Price | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    That’s really super, Supergirl. Producer Warner Bros. Television has a look at Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”) in her Supergirl costume in the upcoming CBS series. The costume was designed by three-time Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood. Atwood also designed costumes for “Arrow” and “Flash.” “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past but more importantly, thrust […]

  • Why 5.5 percent unemployment isn't as great as it seems

    Updated: 23 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent — the level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn't as encouraging as it might sound. The jobless rate fell in February from 5.7 percent mainly because many people gave up looking for work and were no longer officially counted among the unemployed, the government reported Friday. What's more, wage gains remained sluggish last month. Those trends suggest that the job market, while improving rapidly, isn't quite as healthy as it looks. That complicates the Federal Reserve's task of figuring out when the economy has strengthened enough to withstand higher interest rates. The Fed is considering a

  • Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system

    Updated: 25 min ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The police situation in Ferguson, Missouri, was "oppressive and abusive," President Barack Obama said Friday, as he prepared to commemorate a half-century since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama. "It turns out they weren't just making it up. This was happening," Obama said. In his most expansive comments yet about the Justice Department's report on racial bias in Ferguson, Obama said it was striking that investigators merely had to look at email sent by police officials to find evidence of bias. He said the City of Ferguson now must make a decision about how to move forward. "Are they going to enter into some sort of agreement with the Justice Department to fix what is clearly a

  • Global outrage over IS group attack on ancient Iraqi site

    Updated: 33 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resident and a top UN official told The Associated Press Friday. Nimrud, a nearly 3,000-year-old city in present-day Iraq, included monumental statues of winged bulls, bearded horsemen and other winged figures, all symbols of an ancient Mesopotamian empire in the cradle of Western civilization. The discovery that some of these statues were removed before heavy equipment destroyed much of the site Thursday was cold comfort as outrage spread over the extremists' latest effort to erase history. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon considers the destruction a war crime, his

  • Class A boys basketball: Nease, Reyes lead Thomas past Kiowa

    Trent Shadid | Updated: 34 min ago

    The Thomas boys will head into Saturday’s state basketball championship game looking for their second Class A tittle in less than three months. Thomas defeated Kiowa 53-42 in the semifinals on Friday afternoon at State Fair Arena. Point guard Chezden Nease scored a game-high 17 points and forward Noah Reyes hit all four of his […]

  • Police: Professor gave ex-convict $37K before he was killed

    Updated: 43 min ago

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — At first, it appeared retired University of Florida professor Thomas Oakland died in a tragic house fire. Now, police think the 75-year-old man who friends say was "generous to a fault" was done in by his own kindness. An autopsy found that Oakland, a child education expert and volunteer, was beaten to death prior to the blaze at his Gainesville home Wednesday. Authorities say the professor had given at least $37,000 to an ex-convict in recent years and "just wanted to be a good Christian and help a poor man get back on his feet." Late Thursday, 38-year-old Stephen Underwood was arrested on charges including murder, arson and burglary. Underwood had been released from prison Dec.

  • Despite low oil prices, drilling continues in southern Oklahoma

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 44 min ago

    A series of overlapping oil fields with peculiar names has the potential to grow into a significant area of oil development.

  • Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

    Updated: 44 min ago

    GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week had been retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, railroad officials said. The fire continued to burn Friday, a day after 21 of the train's 105 cars derailed in a rural area south of the city of Galena. No injuries were reported, but the accident was the latest in a series of failures for the safer tank-car model that has led some people calling for even tougher requirements. "It certainly begs that question, when ...

  • Dow reshuffle: Apple joins blue-chip index and boots AT&T

    Updated: 48 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is in. AT&T is out. In another victory of sorts for the popular and profitable iPhone giant, Apple will replace AT&T in the venerable Dow Jones industrial average on March 19, the manager of the index announced Friday. The move isn't likely to impact the 30-stock index much, and will have no effect on the fortunes of the two companies. But market experts say it does have symbolic importance, sort of like getting an Oscar at the Academy Awards — or at least a nomination. The change cements Apple as "the gold standard of technology," says Daniel Ives, a financial analyst at FBR Research. "They've really become the modern-day Wright Brothers.

  • OSU Hoops: Forte -- Phew!

    John Helsley | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Nearly 15 minutes into Wednesday night’s win over TCU, Phil Forte was still scoreless. Scoreless for the game and scoreless for a span of 55:28 spanning three games. An eternity for Forte, Oklahoma State’s second-leading scorer. Finally, with 5:20 remaining in the first half against the Horned Frogs, Forte got free for a 3-pointer and […]

  • This Is When You Should Complain to an Airline

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    I have a knack for spotting frequent complainer flyers. They’re the ones in the security line or across the gate, ready to complain about anything and everything. I identify them and then stay far, far away from them and their air of angry. Still, I think there are times when voicing a complaint tactfully and firmly is totally warranted.

  • Strict rules 'Road Runner' cartoons had to follow

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Try as hard as he might, Wile E. Coyote could never quite catch the Road Runner. Now, the nine rules set for the series by the creator behind the Looney Tunes classic, which stacked the deck against the character, have caused much social media buzz, Yahoo TV reports. Chuck Jones’ rules that governed each and every encounter between Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote have gone viral on Twitter after director Amos Posner shared a page from the 1999 autobiography of Jones, Chuck Jones, Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist.  

  • Dad Teaches Daughter a Very Public Lesson About Lying

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A father in South Carolina found an unusual way to punish his young daughter for allegedly plagiarizing her school work – he made her wear a sign on the side of the road admitting her mistake, Yahoo Parenting reports. “I lied about my grades, and stole someone’s school work,” the sign read, according to witnesses in South Carolina who saw the girl holding it on the street corner.

  • Bulls star loses $10,000 to teen in shooting contest

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    You know how you can tell Jimmy Butler's got a monster payday coming this summer? He's already putting stacks on shooting contests, Yahoo Sports reports. During a Wednesday visit to Phoenix Military Academy as part of a partnership with cereal-maker Kellogg's aimed at helping address the problem of childhood hunger in America, Butler — who's in the midst of working his way back from a sprained left elbow — challenged the school's entire junior class to a shooting contest. It soon proved costly.

  • NCAA suspends Syracuse's Jim Boeheim

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim has been suspended for nine ACC games next season and his program has been stripped of three scholarships for each of the next four years, among other sanctions released Friday by the NCAA, Yahoo Sports reports. The findings released Friday – as part of a longtime NCAA probe – also placed the basketball and football programs on five-year probation periods. The report stated that "over the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program."

  • Lawmaker's gay son responds to anti-LGBT bill

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A Fort Bend County, Texas, Republican has introduced a bill that would bar cities from adopting or enforcing non-discrimination ordinances that include protected classes not contained in state law. Texas law doesn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. As a result, state Rep. Rick Miller’s House Bill 1556  would undo LGBT protections passed by numerous cities, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston and Plano. Altogether more than 7.5 million Texas are covered by such ordinances.

  • Facebook Photo Reunites Long-Lost Mom and Daughter

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A 23-year-old woman recently reunited with her mother after her Facebook appeal went viral, Yahoo Parenting reports. Stacey Lee was separated from her mother in 1993, when she was only 2 years old, after a family fallout, according to  The Daily Mail . “I was born in Manchester [England] but when I was two I went to go and live with my dad, David, then two years later I moved to Runcorn to live with my granddad and two brothers,” Lee said. “As I approached my teenage years, I always thought about my mum.”