• See your favorite team's score up in lights

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 5 min ago

    The digital video screen on the corner of Robinson and Sheridan outside our new downtown offices is quite the hit. It’s a conversation starter for sure. And most of the conversations end with something like, “I just think that screen is cool.” I think they mean it, too. In my business, people rarely say nice […]

  • Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept. not isolated

    Updated: 14 min ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama said the racial discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri, extends beyond that city's police department, and that law enforcement changes are a prime focus in the civil rights movement. Improving civil rights and liberties with police is an area that "requires collective action and mobilization" a half-century after an earlier generation of activists changed the nation, the president said. Those were Obama's first remarks about this week's Justice Department report of racial bias in Ferguson. It found officers routinely discriminated against blacks by using excessive force.

  • Police: Professor had given ex-convict $37K before killing

    Updated: 19 min ago

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A retired University of Florida professor was killed by an ex-convict to whom he'd given $37,000 in recent years in what authorities described as a "Good Samaritan" relationship, police said. At first, authorities believed that the professor, Thomas Oakland, 75, had died in a house fire on Wednesday. But an autopsy found that he'd been fatally struck in the head and body and was likely already dead when fire consumed his Gainesville home. Police opened a homicide investigation and immediately began searching for a man whom the professor had been helping financially for the past few years. Late Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended 37-year-old Stephen Unde

  • Oklahoma treasurer describes insurance bills as ‘shameful’

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Oklahoma’s treasurer is describing as “shameful” a pair of bills he says will keep his office from connecting Oklahomans with life insurance proceeds that are rightfully theirs. Treasurer Ken Miller vowed Friday to sue the state if the bills become law. A Senate bill would require insurance companies to check a Social Security death list to see if policy holders have died, but the bill would apply only to policies sold after 2016. A separate House bill would prevent state agencies like the treasurer’s office from using private vendors to conduct contingency-based audits of insurance companies. Rep.

  • Apple boots AT&T from Dow Jones industrial average

    Updated: 22 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the Dow's elite club, Apple is in and AT&T is out. Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones industrial average on March 19, the manager of the index announced early Friday. It's not likely to impact the 30-stock index much, and has no effect on the fortunes of the two companies, but it's another victory of sorts for the popular and profitable iPhone giant. The move 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 of technology." THE REASON S&P Dow Jones Indices, the index manager, said it's making the move in response to a planned stock split for Visa, another member of the 11

  • IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq

    Updated: 28 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy. Some of the world's most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, are in areas controlled by the group and at the mercy of extremists bent on wiping out all non-Islamic culture and history. The rampage, targeting priceless cultural artifacts often spanning thousands of years, has sparked global outrage and accusations of war crimes. The militants are also believed to be selling ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.

  • Final surgeries in kidney transplant chain get underway

    Updated: 29 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Surgeons have started the final operations in an organ donation chain that will result in six sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital. Three surgeries Thursday and three Friday at the California Pacific Medical Center represent the largest kidney donation chain in its transplant center's 44-year history, with a dozen patients and donors. Domino-like kidney swaps are still relatively new, but the option is becoming increasingly common when a donor's kidney is incompatible with a relative or friend who needs one. Instead of waiting for a stranger to donate or doctors to harvest a kidney from a deceased body, recipients and donors can sign up for a service that connects them with

  • Class B girls basketball: Coyle knocks off Ft. Cobb-Broxton in OT, advances to title game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 33 min ago

    Coyle has made its first state tournament appearance since 1957 quite entertaining. The 10th-ranked Bluejackets advanced Friday to the state championship game with a 59-51 overtime win over Fort Cobb-Broxton at State Fair Arena. Junior point guard Tyra Aska scored 26 points, including six in overtime. Junior center Shilah Young added 11 points and hit […]

  • Class A boys basketball: Lazenby, Hadlock lead Glencoe's rout of Stuart

    Scott Wright | Updated: 33 min ago

    Even with the 9 a.m. tipoff, Glencoe was ready for prime time. The top-ranked Panthers were red-hot from the start, jumping to a big lead and coasting to a 96-62 rout of No. 2 Stuart in the Class A boys state semifinals Friday at State Fair Arena. Glencoe’s Ty Lazenby, no stranger to putting on […]

  • Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

    Updated: 43 min ago

    GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week were 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.

  • Solid US jobs report: 295K positions added; rate at 5.5 pct.

    Updated: 45 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000, the government said Friday. And the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. But the rate declined mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed. The average hourly wage rose just 3 cents to $24.78 an hour. Average hourly pay has now risen just 2 percent over the past 12 months, barely ahead of inflation. Still, over that time, 3.3 million

  • Supreme Court will again determine fate of Obamacare

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 48 min ago

    The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Adam Cohen discusses the four words in the Affordable Care Act on which opponents are basing legal challenges.

  • 4 more influenza-related deaths reported in Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Four new deaths due to influenza have been reported in Oklahoma to bring the record number of deaths in the state this flu season to 94. The Oklahoma State Department of Health says more than 2,000 people have now been hospitalized or died as a result of the flu since the season began Sept. 28. The previous record of 72 flu deaths — set during last year’s flu season — was broken in February. This season’s deaths include 71 in the 65-or older age group; 13 in the 50-64 group, four in both the 18-49 and the 5-17-year-old groups; and 2 who were 4 or younger. Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths with 21, followed by Oklahoma County with 12 and five each in Garfield, Cleveland and Stephens counties.

  • Global outrage over IS group attack on ancient Iraqi site

    Updated: 52 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric joined UNESCO Friday in decrying the Islamic State group's attack on the renowned archaeological site of Nimrud, a nearly-3,000 year-old city in present-day Iraq whose treasures were one of the 20th century's most significant discoveries. The destruction is part of the Sunni extremist group's campaign to enforce its violent interpretation of Islamic law by purging ancient relics they say promote idolatry. Last week, the group released video of its fighters smashing artifacts in the Mosul museum, and many fear that Hatra, another ancient site near Mosul, could be next.

  • Woman charged with falsely reporting assault by officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    An Oklahoma City woman charged with falsely reporting a sexual assault by a police officer who faces dozens of sex assault charges has been arrested. Oklahoma County jail records show 26-year-old Shaneice Barksdale was arrested Friday and is jailed on $2,000 bond. No attorney for her is listed. Barksdale was charged Wednesday with falsely reporting in August that Officer Daniel Holtzclaw stopped her in March and sexually molested her. Holtzclaw faces 36 charges that include six counts of first-degree rape. Holtzclaw, who was fired from the police department in January, has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say none of the charges involve Barksdale.

  • Harrison Ford's love of flight marked by mishaps, service

    Updated: 56 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford finds his answer in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies. But with adventure comes risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters Ford brought to life realized. On Thursday, one of Hollywood's pre-eminent stars added a plane crash to an aviation record that includes both mishaps and service to others. Ford, 72, who battled Hitler's henchmen in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as dashing archaeologist Jones, was flying a World War II-era plane when it lost engine power shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Municipal Airport near Los Angeles. He crash-landed on a

  • Arrest made in Oklahoma City shooting death during attempted robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 58 min ago

    One man died in a Thursday attempted robbery in southwest Oklahoma City. Police have released the name of the victim and of two men involved in the crime.

  • AP Interactive: Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

    Updated: 1 hr ago

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  • Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles dies at 88

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Albert Maysles, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer feature-length nonfiction movies that used lightweight, hand-held cameras to spontaneously record the lives of both the famous and the unexamined, has died. He was 88. Stacey Farrar, the marketing director of Maysles Films, his production company, said the filmmaker died at his home in New York on Thursday. Maysles was best known for a handful of cult classics he made with his brother, David, in the 1960s and 1970s, though he continued to make movies until late in his life and to mentor younger filmmakers.

  • Savor Drops of Human History

    By Shelby Holcomb, University Marketing, Oklahoma State University | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Wine Forum of Oklahoma set for April 10-11 at OSU