• Best NBA rule suggestion: Reduce timeouts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 min ago

    Sports Illustrated has asked its six NBA writers a simple question. “If you were commissioner for a day, what rule changes would you make to the NBA?” Excellent question, and a good discussion. You can read the responses of the SI panel here. I’ll give you their answers, sans explanation, with my thoughts. And these are in order of how much I like them: Phil Taylor: Reduce timeouts. No. 1 answer. Each team gets six timeouts, plus TV timeouts. It kills the flow of the game in the final four minutes. In the final minute, there often are more timeouts than possession. A timeout is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout, which is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout.

  • China leads Asian stocks lower on poor factory data

    Updated: 12 min ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks extended a global market sell-off Wednesday as poor manufacturing data from the world's two biggest economies dampened investor sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China led declines in Asia, falling as much as 4.4 percent at the open before reeling back losses to trade 2 percent lower at 3,105.13. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.1 percent to 20,956.36 and South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.6 percent to 1,903.51. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index was the sole major Asian benchmark to rise, climbing 0.6 percent to 18,265.38. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.2 percent to 5,036.10. FACTORY FUNK: Disappointing manufacturing data from the United States and China was one big

  • OU football: Nearly four years removed from his last football game at Purcell, Cole Swayze has walked on

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    After a successful stint running track at Oklahoma Baptist, Swayze transferred to Oklahoma and in his second semester on campus — after thinking he’d left collegiate sports behind for good — those questions started getting to him.

  • District C-2 preview: Terence Rushing lone returner for Tipton

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    There's no denying that Terence Rushing played a key role in Tipton's 14-0 season and Class C state championship last fall. But every other starter that joined him on that team is gone, leaving second-year coach Travis White looking to fill some holes. Rushing, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior, averaged 12 yards per carry at running back and also starts at linebacker for Tipton, which opens its title defense against Fox Friday night at Tipton. GRANDFIELD LOOKING TO LOPEZ AGAIN A year ago, Jahred Lopez accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns. Tied with Tipton as the coaches' favorite to win District C-2, Grandfield will be expecting the same type of production once again.

  • Man shoots, kills suspected burglar in southwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 33 min ago

    A man in southwest Oklahoma City told police he shot and killed a burglar Tuesday. The shooting was reported in the 2800 block of SW 59.

  • Oklahoma school districts look for ways to make lunches healthy, enjoyable

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    With the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 nearing its expiration date, school districts continue to find ways to improve nutrition.

  • District C-1 Preview

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Rusty Thomas has a young team in Balko this season and will be led by a young quarterback trying to duplicate the success of a playoff run from a year ago.

  • OU football notebook: DirecTV and U-Verse PPV details set for OU-Akron

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, staff writers | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse will carry the broadcast nationally, joining Cox, Suddenlink, PTSI, Cim-Tel and Pioneer cable systems in Oklahoma and Texas.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Breaking down the first 2015 OU depth chart

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 09/01/2015 -- Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey discuss this weekend’s Akron game and the recently released OU depth chart.

  • Name of woman found dead in Newcastle motel released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The name of a woman found dead in a Newcastle motel has been released. Authorities are investigating her death.

  • High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

  • Tulsa man pleads guilty to murder for setting house fire that killed 5-year-old

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A man accused of igniting a house fire that caused a 5-year-old’s death from smoke inhalation pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday. Tulsa County District Judge William LaFortune dismissed the potential jurors who were set to hear the trial of Steven Lewis Clement, 36, after the defendant entered a blind guilty plea to one count of first-degree murder while in the commission of the felony crime of arson and one count of endangering human life during arson. Jury selection had not been completed when Clement entered the plea.

  • In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it's just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years - more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows. "This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything," Obama said with the iconic glacier at his back.

  • Convicted former legislator released with ankle monitor

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Former state Rep. Randy Terrell, who was convicted of offering a bribe, was released from prison Monday. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor for the remainder of his sentence, which ends in mid-January.

  • Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit described the slain officer, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, as a personal friend, a three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. "We lost a family member," Schmit said of the 52-year-old officer known around town as "GI Joe." ''His commitment to the people of this community has been unmatched and will be dearly missed." Authorities said Gliniewicz radioed in to tell dispatchers he was chasing three men on foot in the village of Fox Lake, 55 miles north o

  • Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill enrolls at West Alabama, will be in uniform Saturday

    By the Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Division II school announced Tuesday that Hill, who is listed as Ty Hill on the school's website and wearing No. 11, is joining the program and will be in uniform for Saturday's opener against Stillman College.

  • Cabela's looks to welcome customers to first store in Oklahoma City

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Cabela's store is expected to open later this month to large crowds, company officials say.

  • Man gets life in hammer deaths of octogenarian parents

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 54-year-old suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his 87-year-old father and 85-year-old mother to death with hammers. Oakland County Circuit Judge Colleen O'Brien told Jeffrey Maurer on Tuesday that his actions were "reprehensible and a shock to the community." Maurer declined to speak on his behalf. He has a history of mental illness and substance abuse. A jury found him guilty in July of first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of William and Gayle Maurer. Their bodies were found Jan. 19 in a vehicle inside the garage of their Rochester Hills home, north of Detroit. They were bludgeoned two days earlier with two hammers and a heavy tea kettle.

  • Kentucky clerk, citing God, defies courts on gay marriage

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Invoking "God's authority," a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. "It is not a light issue for me," Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said later through her lawyers. "It is a heaven or hell decision." April Miller and Karen Roberts, tailed by television cameras and rival activists, were there when the doors opened Tuesday morning, hours after the Supreme Court rejected the clerk's last-ditch request for a delay.

  • Senate leader: Not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood, prompting heated rebuffs from conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Republicans lack the votes to halt the payments. He also says that standing in the GOP's way is President Barack Obama, who doesn't leave office until January 2017. "The way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it, the president has to sign it," McConnell said in an interview with Kentucky TV station WYMT recorded Monday. "The president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Pare