• Blake Shelton tops Billboard charts with 'If I'm Honest,' to headline Stars For Second Harvest benefit concert

    Blake Shelton tops Billboard charts with \'If...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 15 min ago

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton’s new album "If I’m Honest" is the No. 1-selling album in America this week, topping the Billboard Top Albums Sales Chart and becoming his third consecutive album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Simultaneously, the album’s first single “Came Here To Forget” reached the top spot on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and the Country Aircheck Chart, making it his 17th consecutive number one single and 22nd overall. "At almost 40 years old and 15 years in this business, who would've ever thought I would have the biggest week of my career now,” said Shelton in a news release. “Number one album, number one song

  • The Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

    The Thunder will regret Game 6, not 7

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 26 min ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — You thought Oracle Arena might lose its lid, and the Thunder its composure, when Steph Curry hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first quarter Monday night. Same when Klay Thompson went nuts in the second quarter, draining four 3-pointers in a four-minute span that cut into a 13-point Thunder lead. Definitely when the Warriors made 3-pointers on four straight possessions in the third quarter that wiped out the last lead of this Thunder season.

  • Oklahoma writer/artist aims to create card game with comic book-style heroes

    Matthew Price | Updated: 31 min ago

    Tulsa writer/artist Jonny Hinkle is preparing to bring superpowered heroes back to collectible card games. Hinkle was a runner-up in the 2013 Top Cow talent search for writing, and his story was published in Image Comics' "Artifacts: Lost Tales" #1.  As a writer and artist, he's also the creator of small-press titles "Uprooted" and "Plague."  He is working with his brother, fellow Oklahoma native Billy Miller in creating the collectible card game "Battle for the Universe." Hinkle and Miller answered some questions for Nerdage / The Oklahoman about their current plans. Q: Tell me about the game you are working on. Hinkle: Battle For the Universe is a game I have co-created with my brother

  • Report: OKC Dodgers' Julio Urias heading back to majors

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 31 min ago

    Dodgers phenom Julio Urias appears to be headed back to the big leagues. The 19-year-old left-hander made his MLB debut Friday against the New York Mets and struggled over 2 2/3 innings. He was optioned back to the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday and rejoined the team briefly Tuesday before a series opener against the Iowa Cubs. But 90 minutes before first pitch his locker was untouched. Los Angeles Times reporter Andy McCullough reported that Urias was heading back to L.A. to take the place of Alex Wood, who is heading to the disabled list with elbow soreness. OKC manager Bill Haselman told The Oklahoman that right-hander Carlos Frias would start Wednesday, filling in a spot that was listed as “TBA” on

  • Women's College World Series ticket and parking information

    Complied by Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Tickets: As of Tuesday afternoon only about 70 session-one tickets were available for purchase with all other tickets being sold out. However, there are still two ways to secure seats for the WCWS. Fans can visit www.ncaa.com/exchange where tickets from multiple sessions are available for resale. A predetermined number of standing room only tickets will also be available each day when the box office opens ($20 for each session). Box office hours vary pending start times for each day of the WCWS. For more information, visit okcallsports.org. Parking: Daily parking in the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium lot is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $20. Once full, free parking is available at Remington Park where complimentary

  • Justice Dept. pushes back against Texas judge's sanctions

    Updated: 51 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and that complying with it could cost the government and taxpayers millions of dollars over the next few years. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who earlier blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action, ordered legal training this month after saying he was misled by Justice Department attorneys about whether the government had begun implementing one of the proposals.

  • Robert Bates sentenced to four years in prison in death of Eric Harris

    Robert Bates sentenced to four years in prison...

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    District Judge William Musseman decided the punishment based not only on the jury’s recommendation but also a pre-sentencing investigation conducted after the trial and statements made by family members or others in support of either side.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 59 min ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma volunteer deputy sentenced to four years in prison in death of unarmed suspect.

  • 2nd man arrested in kidnapping of Mexican soccer player

    2nd man arrested in kidnapping of Mexican...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Police arrested a second suspect in the kidnapping of Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido, after wounding the man in a gunbattle, the Tamaulipas state prosecutor said Tuesday. The kidnappers had demanded $325,000 (6 million pesos) from Pulido's family for his safe return, but the athlete overpowered and beat one of his captors so badly that he had to be hospitalized. The first suspect, Daniel Morales, gave police enough information to find the second suspect, Osvaldo Velazquez, at a house in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the northern border state. Tamaulipas Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla said that when police approached, Velazquez opened fire and was wounded in the shoulder and neck when

  • Former Sen. Tom Coburn endorses First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine

    Former Sen. Tom Coburn endorses First District...

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he is endorsing First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine for re-election. “Jim Bridenstine is a man of his word," Coburn said in a statement released by Bridenstine's campaign. "He faces unrelenting pressure from the political elite in Washington, yet he has never wavered in his commitment to the First District or our country."

  • After San Bernardino, crisis counselor faces her own grief

    After San Bernardino, crisis counselor faces...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crisis counselor Mandy Pifer has spent the last six years comforting people in the aftermath of death, including a woman whose sister killed herself with an electric chainsaw and an 8-year-old girl who found her mother shot to death on their couch. But nearly six months ago, it was Pifer herself who was plunged deep into grief when her boyfriend was among 14 people killed in the San Bernardino attack. She left counseling to mourn, retreating into her Koreatown apartment filled with the couple's photographs. Last week, she drove to the Los Angeles Police Department to meet with crisis-team colleagues, many of whom she had not seen since the December shooting.

  • Oklahoma veterans organizations were among Trump fundraiser recipients

    Oklahoma veterans organizations were among...

    BY SILAS ALLEN | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Three Oklahoma veterans organizations were among 41 groups the Donald Trump campaign says received donations after a fundraiser the Republican presidential candidate organized earlier this year. The Owasso-based Folds of Honor Foundation, the El Reno-based nonprofit Honoring America's Warriors and the Oklahoma City group Warriors for Freedom Foundation were all included on a list of organizations the campaign released Tuesday. Also on the list was Operation Homefront, a San Antonio-based veterans organization with offices in Lawton. Campaign officials say the donations were made as a part of a fundraiser the campaign organized in January, at the same time as a Fox News GOP debate Trump boycotted.

  • Tulsa oil services company lays off 53 in second round of layoffs this year

    Tulsa oil services company lays off 53 in...

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    D&L Oil Tools announced Tuesday that it is laying off 53 employees, a workforce reduction of approximately 20 percent for the Tulsa-based company that designs, manufactures and assembles down-hole equipment for service companies in domestic and international markets. The layoffs are effective immediately and are a result of the ongoing declining price of oil and its effect on the company’s revenue projections, according to a statement issued by D&L. “This has been an unbelievably tough year for us and all in the oil & gas industry,” company founder and President Lee Eslicker said. “We are very close-knit company and days like today are far more than a difficult business decision, they really strike a personal cord.”

  • Once taboo discussion, Tulsa Race Riot now included in state academic standards

    Once taboo discussion, Tulsa Race Riot now...

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Oklahoma history isn’t all “corn as high as an elephant’s eye” and “bright morning haze on the meadow.” It’s also tear-stained trails, starving sharecroppers and shady land deals. And it’s Tulsa’s 1921 Race Riot. For decades, the deadly events of that night and morning were shoved in the state’s vault of things not to be mentioned further back than Woody Guthrie and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

  • Can planting more milkweed save monarch butterflies?

    Can planting more milkweed save monarch...

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.

  • It looks like another one of ESPN's most recognizable names is being shown the door

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Chris Berman has been the face of ESPN for much of the network's four decades on the air. 

  • Police investigate killing of gorilla to rescue little boy

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Police said Tuesday they are investigating the case of the 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and had to be rescued by a team that shot the 400-pound animal to death. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters' office said Cincinnati police will look into the incident and then confer with prosecutors over whether charges should be filed. It was not immediately clear who or what is being investigated. The incident has triggered a furor online, with some saying the boy's mother should be charged with child endangering, while others want the zoo held responsible for the gorilla's death. Separately, the U.S.

  • Council approves $100K for Tower Theater crosswalk

    William Crum | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council agreed Tuesday to allocate $100,000 to install signals and create a mid-block crosswalk for the Tower Theater in the 400 block of NW 23 Street. The request was deferred from the May 17 meeting after Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid questioned why the Tower Theater developers were not paying the full cost for the crosswalk. The historic theater has recently been refurbished. The money will be taken from “unlisted” traffic improvement funds approved by voters in 2007.

  • Starship Playground share jet-setting new single 'Tokyo' (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Starship Playground share jet-setting new...

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 1 hr ago

    You don't name your band Starship Playground unless you're looking to have some fun. Chase Arnold and Ben Edison front the Oklahoma-based EDM project and have shared the exclusive debut of "Tokyo" with us. Here's your chance for a first listen. "We feel like the optimistic vibe is absolutely part of the song, but I think our main inspiration was just to make people happy," the duo said in an email. "We try to write songs and hope that our music can make people think and feel a certain way while listening." The Edmond-born frontmen Arnold and Edison met at a local concert and bonded over an appreciation for another electronic act, Anmanaguchi. The duo eventually sat down and started writing

  • Emergency bridge funds OK'd by Oklahoma City Council

    Emergency bridge funds OK\'d by Oklahoma City...

    William Crum | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved emergency steps taken by City Manager Jim Couch after one span of the May Avenue bridge fell onto the Northwest Expressway earlier this month. Couch sought $120,000 to pay for removing the fallen roadway and to have engineers inspect the damage and begin preparing plans for repairs. In a memo to council members, Couch said demolition work by Cimarron Construction Co. came to $57,750. The city’s on-call bridge engineer, Olsson Associates, has estimated its fees to inspect the bridge and get repair plans ready for bidding will come to $56,917.