• Oklahoma House OKs handguns in schools by trained personnel

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk is the next stop for legislation that allows a school district to designate a school worker with firearms training to carry a handgun on school property. The Oklahoma House voted 82-12 for the Senate-passed measure Wednesday and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. The bill by Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield says a school district’s board of education can designate a school employee to attend an armed security guard training program or reserve peace officer program and pay for the training. Supporters say the measure would provide some protection from an armed intruder who posed a threat to children.

  • Sorority sues former member after ‘sacred’ secrets leak

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A national sorority has sued a former member claiming she leaked "sacred" secrets on a Seattle-based web comic. Attorneys for Phi Sigma Sigma claim the woman shared "secret information" about the sorority's rituals. In publicizing the sorority's secret handshake, robe colors and other practices, they contend the former member violated her contract with the sorority.

  • Mom's ringing cellphone can startle fetus

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they were pregnant. "We wanted to see what these devices can do to the fetus," said study co-author Dr. Boris Petrikovsky, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and director of maternal and fetal medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York City.

  • State official: Clinton email practices 'not acceptable'

    Updated: 17 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department assistant secretary said Wednesday it's "not acceptable" for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did. Joyce Barr, the agency's chief freedom of information officer, made the comment under questioning from Republican senators who used a Senate Judiciary hearing on open records laws to attack Clinton over her email practices. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said that Clinton's approach amounted to a "premeditated and deliberate" attempt to avoid open records requirements. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said that anyone who took such an approach should be fired, and asked Barr whether it would b

  • Texas gay discrimination bill opens complex father-son split

    By WILL WEISSERT | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Beau Miller and Patrick Summers have been dating for four years, but last December was the first time they spent Christmas at Miller’s parents’ home. It seemed like a breakthrough, since the younger Miller is an HIV-positive gay activist and his father Rick is a conservative Texas state lawmaker. But barely seven weeks later, Rick Miller filed a bill that would repeal local ordinances banning discrimination against gay and transgender people, attempting to roll back rules passed in all of Texas’ largest cities. “We were invited to Christmas, and I thought that was a good step,” said Beau Miller, a commercial litigation and product liability attorney who works on the 41st floor of a gleaming

  • 5 Stories You Didn't Know About 'Friends'

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Although it may now be difficult to imagine anybody else in the memorable roles of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross, before the series became must-see TV, things looked very different. As today, May 6, is the anniversary of the last episode of "Friends," here are five stories from the early days.

  • Spring road trip: From dunes to caves to mountains

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Find yourself deep in the Southwest in spring and you’ll enjoy the mild weather, perfect for this trio of parks. Starting at White Sands National Monument, it's about a 3-hour drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and just about a half-hour from there to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Dunes, caves, and mountains ...

  • SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

    Updated: 39 min ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX's effort to get America back to the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk called it a great outcome, and NASA offered congratulations. "Had there been people on board, they would have been in great shape," Musk said by phone from California, where his company is based.

  • Live Oklahoma weather updates

    Updated: 59 min ago

    Severe storms could pop up later this afternoon. Keep track of all weather -related developments in Oklahoma at NewsOK.com.

  • Governor lifts state of emergency for Baltimore

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said even though complaints of excessive force and lawsuits alleging misconduct are down over the last few years, "we all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community." Baltimore saw days of unrest after Freddie Gray, a black man, was taken into custody and suffered critical injuries. He died a week later. Protesters threw bottles and bricks at police during a riot on April 27, injuring nearly 100 officers. More than 200 people were arrested, and ab

  • David Letterman Says Goodbye: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    After spending more than three decades defining humor on late-night television, David Letterman will retire from the Late Show on May 20th. To say goodbye, Rolling Stone met with the comedic legend several times for the magazine's intimate and illuminating cover story (on newsstands this Friday) and found the 68-year-old to be characteristically witty and earnest, as well as ready for what lies ahead. 

  • Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92. The World War II veteran and author, often praised for his eloquence and oratorical skills, was living in a nursing home when he died early Wednesday morning, according to the Harveson and Cole funeral home in Fort Worth. Funeral arrangements are pending. Wright represented a Fort Worth-area congressional district for 34 years, beginning with his election in 1954. He was the Democratic majority leader in the House for a decade, rising to the speakership in January 1987, to replace Tip O'Neill.

  • Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil train derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live. No injuries were reported in the accident, which happened about 7:30 a.m. near Heimdal, about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck. The residents who left were staying with family and friends, Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said. Ten tanker cars on the BNSF Railway train caught fire, creating thick black smoke, state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said. "The engine and cars that aren't burning have been decoupled and moved to safety," she said.

  • Batman: Earth One, Vol. 2 is on sale today in comic shops; Geoff Johns and Gary Frank discuss graphic novel

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The long-awaited sequel “Batman Earth One Vol. 2″ goes on sale in comic shops today, and follows in bookshops and everywhere else on May 12. The graphic novel series follows a neophyte Batman as he learns the skills he will need to be a defender of Gotham City.  Set in its own universe, creators Geoff […]

  • Slowpitch softball state tournament postponed

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The slowpitch state softball tournaments for Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A scheduled for Wednesday in Shawnee have been postponed due to heavy rainfall, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced on its website. The games will now continue as scheduled Thursday at the Ballfields at Firelake. Other delays Wednesday for state tournaments included […]

  • Oklahoma student killed in wreck involving school bus

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed a Sequoyah High School student was killed in a wreck involving a Sequoyah Public Schools bus in Rogers County Wednesday morning. A sport utility vehicle and school bus carrying 40 students collided on County Road 450 about 8:17 a.m. near Claremore, OHP Trooper Dwight Durant said. The SUV driver, a student at Sequoyah High School whose identity has not been released, was traveling eastbound when her vehicle veered to the right, overcorrected and broadsided the westbound bus, he said.  

  • Parties Extra! 20-40-60 Etiquette---I need the cash!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    (Editor’s note: To ask the 20-40-60 team a question, email Helen  hwallace@oklahoman.com)   YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I am 59 and graduating in May. My friends want to give me a party. I really don’t want a bunch of gifts I won’t use, […]

  • Integris employees, volunteers give nearly $725,000 for hospital foundation

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Integris Foundation VP Anne Clouse discusses medical system’s You & I internal giving campaign. Since its launch four years ago, more than $1.5 million has been raised, including $724,329 in March alone.

  • Chesapeake Energy posts $3.8 billion loss on lower oil prices.

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday reported a net loss of nearly $3.8 billion in the first quarter, driven down by an almost $5 billion non-cash impairment charge related to the price of oil.

  • Watch: Fox News host Megyn Kelly calls guest ‘confused and wrong’ over Muhammad cartoons

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    In a heated debate trending on social media Wednesday, Megyn Kelly and guest Richard Fowler get into it during a segment on “The Kelly File.” Fowler said there were limits to protection of offensive free speech. Kelly said he was “confused and wrong.”