• IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An IS statement, released late Thursday, said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped. Photographs released by the group show IS militants destroying the busts with large hammers. Another photo shows the smuggler being whipped.

  • Richard Mize: Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    Richard Mize | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column (below the photo). See the entire section here. Fair housing ruling lost amid furor BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com You can’t be blamed if you missed this controversial Supreme Court ruling — by my count there were about a half-dozen. Federal health care law: in. Same-sex marriage: in. State execution chemicals: in. Anti-gerrymandering state redistricting commissions: in. Ten Commandments monument: out. And the almost overnight surrender of the Confederate battle flag is as tendentious as any court ruling. A boring ol’ ruling on fair housing law barely

  • High school sports: Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier resigns

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.” Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school.

  • Woman known for trying to sneak on planes released from jail

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she's through with her run of stowaway attempts. "I feel free as a bird," 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman told reporters outside the jail Thursday. Hartman was arrested after trying several times to get past security at O'Hare and Midway airports in April and May. She has tried numerous times in recent years to board flights without a ticket and succeeded at least once, flying from San Jose to Los Angeles last August on a Southwest Airlines flight. In that incident, she slipped past an agent who was checking a family's boarding passes, went through security screenin

  • Why Is Reddit On Strike?

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    If you’re one of Reddit’s 160 million monthly visitors, chances are you’ve noticed something strange with the site over the past day. A widespread moderator protest has broken out, and many of the default subreddits have been changed to “private,” meaning almost no one can see them. For a site that gets billions of pageviews a month, it’s a pretty drastic situation to have many of its most major attractions shut down from /r/funny to /r/gaming to /r/videos and many, many more. It’s like getting to a theme park and having half the rides closed, and users are wondering just what on earth is going on. For the long answer, turn to Reddit itself, where a post in /r/outoftheloop explains all the drama in excruciating detail . I’ll try to sum it up in a more succinct fashion.

  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. "We were hungry, and I cried for two days," Limnioti said. "I felt homeless in New York." The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. The couple's U.S. adventure started after their June 6 wedding in Volos, Greece, a port ci

  • Official sued in landmark marriage case reads at gay wedding

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate led to last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has delivered a Bible reading at a gay wedding. Thursday's nuptials in Columbus came less than a week after the court legalized gay marriage in a case stemming from a lawsuit against health director Rick Hodges. The litigation began in Ohio but ultimately combined six lawsuits filed by 32 couples, widowers and children in four states that didn't recognize gay marriage. Hodges told the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1RUunA7 ) he's been friends with one of the grooms, Steve George, for 25 years. George worked in Republican Gov.

  • Officials lift evacuation after Tennessee train derailment

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents were returning home Friday after they were evacuated when a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire. An evacuation order has been lifted for about 5,000 people who live within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site, Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said during a Friday news conference. Most of those evacuated received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday by emergency workers who told them they should leave immediately. The concern stemmed from the contents of the car that derailed: liquid acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in multiple industrial processes including making plastics. It's flamm

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean. And sometimes, routes are cut because there isn't enough demand. Nothing is illegal about that. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, whether airline tickets, sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares. The government's invest

  • Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur. Soldier Field, which was the last place legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia played with the band before his death in 1995, is hosting the final three shows of the short "Fare Thee Well" tour in what the remaining core members — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — say will be the last.

  • KOCO: Police looking for 2 suspects following Motel 6 stabbing

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Police are looking for two suspects involved in a stabbing Friday morning at a motel near Interstate 40, KOCO reports. A 48-year-old man was stabbed in the back at a Motel 6 near I-40 and Sooner Road ...

  • Small earthquakes recorded in north-central Oklahoma

    AP | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake that was recorded at 12:19 a.m. Friday.

  • Report: Dallas Cowboys think Dez Bryant is 'bluffing' about missing games

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is still at a stalemate with the team over a long-term contract. Reports have the former Oklahoma State star even considering sitting out the Cowboys' season opener if he's signed to a deal by July 15. Bleacher Report Jason Cole says despite no progress being made in the contract talks, the Cowboys believe Bryant is bluffing about not playing. From Cole: "According to a source I talked to, there was no progress made between the two sides. That's because the Dallas Cowboys are not budging off of their long-term offer with approximately $20 million guaranteed and subsequent guarantees later on. One of the reasons why is the Cowboys believe that Bryant is bluffing when he talks about missing a game or two during the regular season. Despite the fact that he is on record saying that it is not a bluff. ... "The second part is the Cowboys believe that Bryant ultimately needs the money, that he has money problems, and that either he will sign the tender for approximately $13 million for a franchise player or will ultimately sign the long-term deal by July 15 when the deadline for a long-term deal expires. "The third thing is, Bryant has been around during the offseason, which gives the Cowboys further encouragement that he's going to be there when his teammates need him. ... The Cowboys believe that they have the leverage on their side in this deal."

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Friday, July 3

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Miami at Chi. Cubs; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m.; S. Francisco at Washington; ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m.; Toronto at Detroit; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; L.A. Angels at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KRXO-FM 107.7 7 p.m.; San Diego at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m.; N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers; ESPN (Cox 29)/KTOK-AM 1000 AUTO RACING 8 a.m.; Formula One Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 2 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3 p.m.; Xfinity Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 8:30

  • OSU-IT's energy technology unit relaunches with new school

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology has reorganized several energy programs into a School of Energy Technologies. Three programs at the university — Power Plant Technologies, Pipeline Integrity Technology and Natural Gas Compression — will be part of the new school.

  • Australian academy prepares punters for US college football

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The fog is still lifting off a deserted playing field on the outskirts of this southern Australian city as 10 aspiring college football punters begin their morning drills. No one watches them practice on a chilly Melbourne day. Soon, they hope, almost all of them will be showing off their skills in front of crowds of more than 100,000 while punting at powerhouse college football programs 10,000 miles away. Experienced Australian rules football players for many years have considered punting in the National Football League after their pro careers at home. Now more young Australians are training with the Prokick Australia academy with plans to bypass the Australian Football League entirely and go st

  • Sheriff Stanley Glanz asks state Supreme Court to block grand jury probe

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: 9 hr ago

    In a last-second rush of district court filings before a three-day holiday weekend, the Tulsa County sheriff has mounted a second legal challenge to a petition calling for a grand jury inquiry into his office. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz filed documents Friday showing that a state Supreme Court referee has scheduled an expedited hearing on the sheriff’s request that the court block Tulsa County Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale’s order impaneling a grand jury to investigate the Sheriff’s Office. A courier who was sent to file the documents told employees of the Tulsa County Court Clerk’s Office that she couldn’t give the filings to them until 5 p.m., a clerk told the Tulsa World. There were four

  • Patriotic Movies You Can Watch On Netflix This 4th Of July

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    In the spirit of this national holiday, the Huffington Post brings you some Netflix offerings from the home of the brave. Throw on your best red, white and blue, grab some pre-buttered popcorn and domestic beers, wrap yourself in an American flag and hum the Star Spangled Banner to your bald eagle as you get ready to watch a bunch of your countrymen (or pretend-countrymen) doing cool stuff.

  • The 15 Best Places to See Fireworks on the 4th of July

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Our Founding Fathers may not have been able to predict specifics about modern day society, but they knew our independence would always be something worth celebrating--and no celebration would ever be too grand, too loud or too bright. The Active Times lists the 15 best places in the United State to see fireworks display this July 4th. 

  • Former Sooners DB Tito Windham enrolls at Mississippi JC

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Cornerback Tito Windham, who redshirted last year at Oklahoma, has returned close to home. Windham enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Junior College earlier this week, Northwest sports information director Kevin Maloney said in an e-mail to The Oklahoman. The Rangers began summer workouts Tuesday. Windham remains on the Sooners' online roster but OUInsider.com reported in May that Windham was transferring. Windham was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school in 2014 and also had offers that included Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi. He committed to the Sooners in May 2013. Windham is from Gulfport, Miss., about five hours