• Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash

    Updated: 9 min ago

    SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES, Spain (AP) — From a lush suburban valley near bustling Barcelona, three generations of a well-heeled family set off last week for a fun trip to Manchester, England: 12-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal, and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan. They were on their way to pick up the youngest Emma's teen brother as he finished a semester abroad to hone his English, do some sightseeing and then head home together. But the Germanwings flight 9525 taking them to Duesseldorf for a connecting flight to Britain slammed into the French Alps. Prosecutors say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and aimed the aircraft down in an eight-minute descent until it hit the ground a

  • Taylor Swift wins big at iHeartRadio Music Awards

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with a bang (we're of course talking about that ultra-hot Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson duet) and ended with one, too ("Peaches N Cream," anyone?). Other best moments from the night included Taylor Swift 's low-key dance party with Innovator Award winner Justin Timberlake (which was right up there with her fronting guitar for Madonna) and Nick Jonas' steamy "Chains" performance (in which he wore, well, chains). Swift was definitely the biggest winner of the night, nabbing Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Lyrics before the iHeartRadio curtains closed.

  • Former Israeli premier Olmert found guilty in bribery case

    Updated: 34 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty Monday of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial on corruption charges, three years after being acquitted. Olmert's lawyers said they would likely appeal the ruling by the Jerusalem District Court. He'll be sentenced at a later court hearing. Olmert was acquitted in 2012 of a series of charges that included accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from U.S. businessman Morris Talansky when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a Cabinet minister before he became prime minister. The verdict was seen as a major victory for Olmert.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 109-97 win in Phoenix

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 109-97 win in Phoenix: 1. Huge road win – The road map for the shorthanded Thunder of late has typically included a hot start, a first half double-digit lead and a second half crumble, resulting in a disheartening loss. It happened in Dallas a couple weeks ago and again in Utah on […]

  • Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

    Updated: 53 min ago

    The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for "Shake It Off," and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song. "More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of the fans watching know how much I adore you ... we've gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart," a glossy-eyed Swift said at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "Like, you make me so happy." The pop star also won best lyrics for her other hit song, "Blank Space.

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found guilty in retrial on corruption charges

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found guilty in retrial on corruption charges.

  • Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Irish reach fifth-straight Final Four

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Notre Dame has reached seven Final Fours, all coming under coach Muffett McGraw, but only won the national championship once, in 2001.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder uses record comeback to defeat Phoenix

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City came back from a 20-point first half deficit to knock off Phoenix, 109-97, and effectively end the Suns’ hopes to make the playoffs. It was the largest comeback in the Thunder history. And it came in the right place, at the right time.

  • Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Notre Dame knocks off Baylor 77-68 in the Oklahoma City regional final

    By Kyle Fredrickson
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen scored a team-high 23 points to send the Irish to its fifth-straight Final Four

  • Poor attendance does not help OKC's chances for a Women's Final Four

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The crowds were so thin this weekend at The Peake that you have to wonder if the NCAA will think long and hard about awarding Oklahoma City more basketball regionals any time soon.

  • South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth with win over FSU

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley climbed the ladder, snipped the final strand of net and raised it as thousands of garnet-clad fans cheered. Taking in the scene, she mouthed one word: “Unbelievable.” Believe it. Staley and the Gamecocks are headed to their first Final Four. Tiffany Mitchell scored seven of her 21 points in the final 2 minutes, and South Carolina beat Florida State 80-74 on Sunday in the Greensboro Regional final. “It put South Carolina on the map,” Staley said.

  • Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Three questions with Lindsay Allen

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Notre Dame point guard Lindsay Allen was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Oklahoma City regional. She scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting Friday night in a semifinal win over Stanford, then scored 23 on 10-of-16 shooting Sunday night in the finals win over Baylor. Against the Bears, she added seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and no turnovers. Have you ever played two better games back to back in your career? “Not that I remember, no. This weekend was just a really great weekend. Our posts set really good screens for us in both games, and the guards got really great free-throw line jumpers in both games. So, this was a really good

  • Barnes wanted to stay, originally told he would

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired. “The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter,” Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. “We know as a coach, this whole thing is about players. We've been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives.” But Barnes also revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the first round of the NCAA

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Dion Waiters might require MRI on sore left foot

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Waiters has been experiencing discomfort since March 24, he said, when his foot contorted awkwardly against the Los Angeles Lakers. The soreness limited him to 24 minutes Saturday at Utah, with only five coming in the second half and none in the fourth quarter.

  • Voter ID keeps winning in court

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    THE U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, which means citizens will have to show identification before voting in future elections in that state. At some point, you'd think voter ID opponents would take the hint and accept defeat, but we're not holding our breath. The court's inaction is in line with its 2008 ruling that upheld an Indiana law requiring voters to show identification before voting. Today, 30 states including Oklahoma have similar laws. The Wisconsin law allows up to eight forms of identification, including in-state driver's licenses, state-issued photo IDs for nondrivers, military IDs and some student

  • Middle class shrinkage seen across the demographic map

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    MAPPING political trends these days generally means dividing the states into red or blue — Republican or Democrat. In one new demographic map, though, the states are marked with variations of a single color. Call it 50 shades of blue. The map shows the shrinkage of the middle class, all in blue hues. The darker the blue, the greater the percentage point decline in the number of middle class citizens. Significantly, not one state registered middle class growth between 2000 and 2013. By this measure, the middle class is in freefall, from the ultramarine blue Atlantic to the Catalina blue Pacific. The White House has seen the map.

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali: hero of our time

    By Rich Lowry | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She's an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. She's an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She's a fierce advocate for women's rights. She's a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation and married off to a distant cousin, she is famously a critic of Islam.

  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, March 30, 2015

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Crossroads Hospice president: Say thank you on Doctor's Day

    BY PERRY FARMER | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    PBS’s recent documentary “Being Mortal” opens the window into the often excruciating choices that Oklahoma’s doctors need to make. Tell a 34-year-old mother with Stage 4 lung cancer to forgo chemotherapy so she can hold her newborn? In his best-selling book of the same name, Dr. Atul Gawande bravely admits that he would have talked differently with this patient and many others. But, he says, for doctors, conceding that a patient might be better off stopping curative treatment is declaring defeat. It’s no wonder. Doctors are trained to keep people alive. But Gawande is helping change the conversation about death and dying in America. It’s not just about mortality. It’s not just about living longer. It’s about

  • Savvy Senior: New tests make screening for colon cancer easier

    By Jim Miller
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Savvy Senior: Two different types of tests on the market today let you test for colon cancer in the privacy of your own home.