• Dean Smith Prearranged Kind Gesture For Former Players After His Death

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith died last month at the age of 83, but he's still taking every single letterman who played for him out to dinner, says the Huffington Post. In a touching posthumous act of gratitude, Smith's trust, following the late coach's instructions, has mailed out $200 checks to each of the nearly 200 varsity lettermen he coached. The coach had one last directive: "Enjoy a dinner out."

  • Colorado to defend pot law for 1st time

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado is defending its pot law for the first time Friday in a filing due to the U.S. Supreme Court. Friday is the deadline for Colorado to respond to a legal challenge from Oklahoma and Nebraska. The lawsuit challenges Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana and is one of four lawsuits that aim to dismantle the young industry. Colorado’s neighbors claim that the 2012 pot legalization vote has sent the drug flooding across Colorado’s borders. Three other lawsuits have been filed since Nebraska and Oklahoma sued. One was filed by a hotel owner in Colorado who argues legal weed is hurting his business. Another is from a southern Colorado landowner who says legal weed is

  • US economy slowed to 2.2 percent annualized growth in fourth quarter

    Updated: 16 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US economy slowed to 2.2 percent annualized growth in fourth quarter .

  • Apple’s Tim Cook leads different, will donate his fortune to charity

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Since replacing the legendary Steve Jobs, Tim Cook has led the iBehemoth to even greater financial success, says Fortune. Along the way he’s changed the culture of the company and found his public voice as a leader. Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple’s  CEO. What Cook found out instead is that there is no preparation for the scrutiny that comes with succeeding a legend.

  • Charles Krauthammer: The GOP racing form, first edition

    By Charles Krauthammer | Updated: 24 min ago

    WASHINGTON — With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could conceivably defeat her. On to the GOP. First Tier: 1. Marco Rubio. Trails badly in current polls, ranking seventh at 5 percent, but high upside potential. Assets: Foreign policy looms uncharacteristically large in the current cycle, and Rubio is the most knowledgeable and fluent current contender on everything from Russia to Cuba to the Middle East.

  • Clarence Page: Feeling that post-Lewinsky remorse

    By Clarence Page | Updated: 25 min ago

    A surprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky. After reading Lewinsky’s first-person essay in last June’s issue of Vanity Fair, Maher said on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” that, “I was moved by it. I gotta tell you, I literally felt guilty.” Letterman responded similarly on his “The Late Show” on CBS: “I feel bad about my role in helping push the humiliation to the point of suffocation.” To which his guest Barbara Walters replied, “Good. Then we can stop.” Indeed? If late night comedians are suffering post-Monica remorse, what about the rest of us? I feel my own version of the

  • Authorities: 2 people unaccounted for in NYC blast

    Updated: 25 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two people are unaccounted for following an apparent gas explosion that leveled three buildings in Manhattan's East Village. The mayor's office said Friday morning that the two individuals were not yet official missing person reports. Nineteen people were injured, four critically after an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying on Thursday. Preliminary evidence suggested a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame.

  • OU president to announce results of fraternity investigation

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to announce the results of an investigation into a fraternity after members were caught on video engaging in a racist chant. Boren will announce the results of the university’s probe into the local chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity during a news conference Friday. Boren already severed ties with the fraternity, shuttered its house and ordered two students expelled after a video surfaced earlier this month of members engaging in a chant that referenced lynching and used a racial slur to describe how black students would never become members.

  • Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness

    Updated: 48 min ago

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz's homes in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Prosecutor's spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a written statement that torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash "support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues.

  • Texas interstate reopens after deadly tractor-trailer wreck

    Updated: 51 min ago

    SALADO, Texas (AP) — All lanes of a major interstate have reopened in Central Texas after a deadly accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into a bridge beam in a construction zone. The Department of Transportation says Interstate 35 at Salado (suh-LAY'-doh), about 40 miles north of Austin, fully reopened before dawn on Friday. One man was killed and three other people were hurt during the wreck late Thursday morning. Traffic was backed up for miles along the interstate, a main north-south roadway through Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety says an 18-wheeler hit and brought down a construction beam over I-35. The beam fell onto a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, killing the driver.

  • French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe

    Updated: 56 min ago

    PARIS (AP) — France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. Pilots around Europe are angry that information about the final moments of the flight was reported in the media before prosecutors and others were informed. Pilots are concerned that the circumstances of Tuesday's crash will damage public trust. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. All 150 aboard were killed.

  • Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Lawyers for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend made a final appeal to Italy's top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, saying there were errors of "colossal proportions" in the guilty verdict. Attorney Giulia Bongiorno dissected the 2014 Florence appeals court decision to show what she called errors of fact and logic that resulted in prison sentences of 28 1/2 years for Knox and 25 years for Raffaele Sollecito in the death of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Judges at the high Court of Cassation began deliberating shortly after noon, and a decision could come late Friday. A decision to confirm the convictions could result in an extradition request for Knox,

  • The Latest: Co-pilot may have hid illness from employers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    12:45 p.m. (1145 GMT, 7:45 a.m. EDT) German prosecutors say they have found evidence that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plan which crashed in the French Alps appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers. Prosecutors in the western city of Duesseldorf say they seized medical documents from the home of Andreas Lubitz that indicate "an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment." Prosecutor Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a statement Friday that torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash "support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues." He said the search of Lubitz's home revealed no suicide note or evidence of any political or re

  • Syria's Assad says 'open' to dialogue with United States

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says he would be "open" to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect." Assad made the remarks in an interview with Charlie Rose for CBS News' 60 Minutes. A short excerpt of the interview was posted online late Thursday. In the clip, Assad said that, in principle, "every dialogue is a positive thing, and we are going to be open to any dialogue with anyone, including the United States." He said there is no direct communication so far with Washington. Assad's comments come after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this month that the U.S. must eventually talk with the Syrian government to help broker an end to the country's civi

  • DEA agents also arranged hookers for Secret Service

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Colombia who allegedly engaged in "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels also arranged for paid sex for at least two Secret Service agents traveling to the country to protect President Obama in 2012, the Washington Examiner reports. The Justice Department inspector general uncovered the DEA's sex parties after allegations arose about misconduct by the Secret Service and DEA agents in the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia. The IG on Thursday released a 97-page report detailing the allegations, including an explosive charge that local drug cartels funded the "sex parties." While the allegations about the DEA facilitating paid sex for Secret Service agents in Colombia is not new, the Washington Examiner obtained detailed information through a Freedom of Information Act request last fall about how three DEA agents stationed in Cartagena allegedly made the arrangements.

  • Sunny, mild temperatures Friday in central Oklahoma with wind

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The high temperature will be near 59 degrees in Oklahoma City with wind gusts up to 20 mph from the north, northeast. Skies will be sunny.

  • Film Room: How bad are the Thunder's current defensive issues?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Back in mid-November, with nearly half the roster in a suit jacket, walking boor or both, an undermanned but gritty Thunder squad handcuffed the potent Rockets, holding Houston to 69 points on 28 percent shooting. But the Thunder still lost that night, the second of what would be six straight defeats despite giving up less than […]

  • Semi plows into unfinished Texas interstate bridge; 1 killed

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SALADO, Texas (AP) — A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions for several hours, authorities said. The truck hit a beam being used to build a bridge across Interstate 35 in Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin. Debris then toppled onto the interstate and was struck by other vehicles, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Becky Ozuna said. The beam fell onto a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, killing the driver, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The driver was a 32-year-old man from Arlington, but other information wasn't immediately available, Trooper D.L. Wilson s

  • NCAA women's basketball Q&A: Stanford point guard Amber Orrange

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    As Orrange and the four-seed Cardinal (26-9) prepared for its matchup with one-seed Notre Dame (33-2) at 9 p.m. Friday, she discussed a variety of topics.

  • NCAA women's basketball notebook: Oklahoma storms delay travel for Baylor and Notre Dame

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Baylor’s plane was scheduled to take off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 15 minutes before Will Rogers World Airport was evacuated as storms ripped through southwest Oklahoma City.