• Sports on TV: Tuning in for Friday, May 6

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 1 p.m.; Washington at Chicago Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m.; Texas at Detroit; FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m.; L.A. Dodgers at Toronto; KTOK-AM 1000 6 p.m.; Boston at New York Yankees; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Pittsburgh at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 77 NBA; 6 p.m.; Cleveland at Atlanta; ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m.; San Antonio at Oklahoma City; ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL; 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay at New York Islanders; NBCSN (Cox 251) AUTO RACING; 10:30 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 12:30 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox

  • Child injured after being struck by vehicle in southwest Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Emergency crews responded after a child was struck by a vehicle in southwest Oklahoma City Thursday afternoon.

  • Route 66 Day 4: Vanishing signs and motel murders

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: 15 min ago

    Today, I took on the bear that is NW 39 Street, made it to the end of Oklahoma City, said hello and goodbye to Warr Acres and also too out a pretty big chunk of Bethany. All told, I only walked about 4 and a half miles.  Near NW 39 and and Portland I discovered two 1950s-era Route 66 motels.  Motel Nu-homa at 3528 NW 39th St is now a used car lot. In 1954, it the hotel, then called Moderne Court, was a the scene of the grizzly murder of  a California woman, Elizabeth Jeanne Henderson.  A name change ensued.  Motel Nu-Homa was the site of a high profile murder in 1950a, hotel was re-named to Nu-homa after that pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma House, Senate committees pass budget legislation

    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday began the daunting task of addressing a projected $1.3 billion hole in the next state budget, backing legislation that would raise or save roughly $200 million but knowing more difficult haggling lies ahead. Members of House and Senate appropriations committees adopted a series of joint budget bills that would increase revenue, including an attempt to capture about $125 million from a cash-flow reserve fund, and trim tax credits, including limiting a credit for clean-burning motor fuel equipment. Lawmakers also adopted a measure that calls for stepped-up enforcement of tax collections through more auditing and technology services.

  • Officer failed to report incident prior to murder-suicide

    Updated: 31 min ago

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a central Florida man who killed his wife, his two young children and then himself last month would have likely been wearing a GPS monitor had an officer properly reported the violation of a protective order nine days before the murder-suicide. Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said during a Thursday news conference that a former deputy neglected to fill out a report for an April 8 incident involving Henry Brown and his estranged wife, Chericia Brown. Deputy Sheriff Chad Tavenner was fired Tuesday for failing to follow proper protocol and then deceiving his superiors and investigators. Tavenner failed to arrest Henry Brown or even file a police report when Brown tried to ram the ve

  • FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

    Updated: 32 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated. Before brands are allowed to stay in the market, regulators will check the e-cigarettes' design and the liquid nicotine they contain. The fast-growing devices have found a foothold with teenagers. "Millions of kids are being introduced to nicotine every year, a new generation hooked on a highly addictive chemical," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said.

  • Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

    Updated: 39 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to the city's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked. Should the tunnel be closed entirely for 18 months or have extremely limited service for three years as damage from Superstorm Sandy is repaired? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city's subway system, will decide in the next few months which of the two painful scenarios it will inflict on people who rely on the L train to get across the city's East River. Work would start in 2019.

  • Obama commutes sentences for 58 federal convicts

    Updated: 40 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade ago, a judge bemoaned that the sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. On Thursday, relief came to Brown, along with 57 other offenders. President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted their sentences as part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug convicts. Eighteen of the 58 had been given life sentences and some had already spent two decades in prison. Most are now due for release on Sept. 2. Others will be released over the next two years. The latest wave — among them defendants convicted of dealing cocaine, crack and methamphetamine — brings to 306 the number of inmates whose sentences Obam

  • Popular gorilla suffering from possible respiratory infection

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 43 min ago

    Tatu, a popular western lowland gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo is being evaluated for what might be an upper respiratory infection, zoo veterinarian Jennifer D'Agostino said. The 41-year-old gorilla has been showing signs of lethargic behavior over the past week and had developed a slight cough which has concerned his caretakers. Tatu was immobilized Thursday and a full medical exam was conducted to determine what is causing the behavior. Western lowland gorillas have a life expectancy of about 31 years and are critically endangered in the wild. Since his arrival to the Zoo in 1983 at the age of eight, Tatu has become a favorite of visitors.

  • There's a Keurig-inspired machine that makes individual tortillas

    Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Flatev churns out fresh tortillas like a Keurig churns out coffee. Just insert the pod, choose crispiness, and select either corn or flour tortilla.  It's the brainchild Carlos Ruiz, who searched in vain for authentic Mexican food while traveling far from his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. Flatlev is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter .

  • Don't 'manage' millennials; 'coach' them

    Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    When Samantha Klein talks about millennials at work, she likes to talk in terms of sports analogies. "When your coach talks to you on the Little League team, they're like, 'Here's how you're hitting right now. If we want to make the playoffs, here's where you need to be; this is where you need to focus your practicing," she told Business Insider. The same principle should apply at the office — bosses should reinforce the team mentality and help young workers develop their professional skills.

  • 14 ways I trick myself into going to the gym

    Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    My gym membership costs $90 a month. I know. Really — I know. Yes, I have tried to negotiate, and yes, I've looked into other gyms, but after joining my Manhattan chain on a corporate discount that was about $20 less than I currently pay, I couldn't bear to leave the gym when I went back to civilian status after changing jobs. I love the teachers! I know the schedule! The locations are so convenient! That's how they get you.

  • The Latest: UNC could lose $1.4 billion over due to LGBT law

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on disagreements over a North Carolina law that restricts transgender people to public restrooms aligned with their biological sex and prevents governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules (all times local): 5 p.m. North Carolina's prized public universities risk losing more than $1.4 billion a year in federal funds if Republican state lawmakers don't change a new law limiting the rights of LGBT people. The U.S. Justice Department wants University of North Carolina officials to say by Monday that transgender people can use UNC restrooms aligning with their gender identity. The government says the universities and other state agencies are violating federal anti-discrimina

  • Foreign investors in fizzled development are at wit's end

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Foreigners who had been banking on their investments in a biomedical research facility and a hotel and rental cottage project in Vermont to get green cards are scrambling to find a backup now that the project's developers are accused of misusing hundreds of millions of dollars in what investigators called a "massive eight-year fraud scheme." Wei Wang and his wife, who are from Beijing and living in Houston after graduate school, had hoped their investment of more than a half-million dollars would lead them down the road to starting a restaurant. "We were doing our business plans for the restaurant when this came up, so we have to change everything," Wang said. "It's hard to accept that we may lose all

  • Thunder stashed prospect Alex Abrines wins Euroleague Rising Star Trophy

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 1 hr ago

    As part of the James Harden deal in October 2012, the Thunder received an early second round pick in the 2013 Draft, which OKC utilized on Spanish sharpshooter Alex Abrines. Over the last couple years, he's developed into a solid piece for FC Barcelona, one of the best teams in the Euroleague. On Thursday, Abrines was announced as the league's Rising Star, voted on by the coaches and given to the player, 22 or under when the season started, who had the most impact. Abrines averaged 9.5 points off the Barcelona bench this season, shooting 44.7 percent from three. He turns 23 in August. Here are some highlights from his season: The 2016 @Euroleague Rising Star Trophy goes to

  • Wildfire in Alberta now 85,000 hectares in size

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta grew to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) in size and officials said Thursday they would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north, including 8,000 by air. More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands, authorities said. The Alberta government said Thursday that more than 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting a total of 49 wildfires, with seven considered out of control.

  • Northwest Oklahoma City intersection reopened after gas line struck

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Roads have reopened after a gas line was hit near Memorial Road and May Avenue on Thursday morning.

  • "Flight of the Navigator" star charged with bank robbery

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SECHELT, British Columbia (AP) — A man who starred in Disney's 1986 adventure flick "Flight of the Navigator" when he was a child has been charged in connection with a bank robbery in British Columbia. Police arrested Deleriyes Joe Cramer, 42, earlier this week after a man dressed in a disguise left a bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a man wearing a wig of scraggly hair, a bandanna, sunglasses and a dark jacket, entered a bank on April 28 in Sechelt, British Columbia. Police said he demanded money and fled on foot. Police said no one was injured during the robbery and that Cramer drove off when he was approached by officers in the community northwest of Vancouver.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not ready to support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee

    AP | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not ready to support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

  • Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Health authorities in Panama said Thursday that they have identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Department's chief epidemiologist said all four cases occurred among mothers of the Guna Yala indigenous group. Dr. Israel Cedeno said two of the four babies died at Panama City hospitals. Mothers from outlying provinces often travel to the capital to give birth, so it was unclear where they were infected. None of the four had been identified as having had Zika before giving birth. The Guna Yala people inhabit a stretch of low coast along Panama's Atlantic shore. In all four cases, either the mother, the baby or both tested positive for Zika.