• OKC is elite for naked gardening

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Working in a business full of event coverage and random celebratory anniversary days, you often come across silly holidays and wacky events. And then.... you find out that World Naked Gardening Day exists.  John Egan, the Editor In Chief of LawnStarter, decided to bless my Monday with this amazingly ridiculous email this morning to let me know that Oklahoma City ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for naked gardening. No, that's not some random technique for gardening without fertilizer or without nasty chemicals.  That's stripping down to your birthday suit and getting outside.

  • California governor takes shots at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE  — California's governor is ripping into Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his latest effort to try to convince companies to move to Florida.

  • Lawmakers override vetoes in order to fight overdose epidemic, add jail funding - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Maine Legislature overturns 20 vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage and upholds a dozen, including bills on solar energy policy and public campaign financing.

  • Jerry Sandusky presses appeal, wants to question witnesses

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's effort to get his child molestation convictions thrown out ran into tough questioning Monday from a judge who voiced doubt about defense lawyers are entitled to question witnesses — including some of the former Penn State assistant football coach's victims. Judge John Cleland pressed Sandusky attorney Al Lindsay about whether there is sufficient basis for him to allow an evidentiary hearing now, nearly four years after a jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 sex-abuse counts. Sandusky, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, took no active role in the hearing that lasted about an hour. On his way into the courthouse, he told reporters to "read what has been written." The 72-year-old ex-

  • FDA effort aims to curb smoking in LGBT community

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. The $35.7 million effort targets the estimated 40 percent of 2 million LGBT young adults in the U.S. who occasionally smoke. Dubbed "This Free Life," the campaign will begin running print, digital and outdoor advertising in 12 markets this week. The ads use the slogan "Freedom to be, Tobacco-Free," and are aimed at adults ages 18 to 24. FDA officials attribute the higher smoking rate in the LGBT community to the "coming out" process, which can cause anxiety and social stigma that may drive people to use tobacco.

  • Rhode Island man pleads guilty in slaying of autistic man

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for killing an autistic Massachusetts man in a motel four years ago and leaving the body in a trash container. Twenty-three-year-old James Howze, of Providence, was sentenced Monday in Worcester Superior Court after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and related crimes in the March 2012 death of 19-year-old Joseph Webster. Prosecutors say Howze and Lara Cori befriended Webster, who was mildly autistic and had diabetes, then killed him in a Northborough motel. His body was found in a trash container in Providence. The suspects were eventually tracked to New York. Prosecutors say Howze and Cori also tried to sell Webster's car.

  • 3 planets orbiting dwarf star prime spots to search for life

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star. A Belgian-led team reported Monday that it's discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star less than 40 light-years away. It's the first time planets have been found around this type of star — and it opens up new, rich territory in the search for extraterrestrial life. Because this star is so close and so faint, astronomers can study the atmospheres of these three temperate exoplanets and, eventually, hunt for signs of possible life. They're already making atmospheric observations, in fact, using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope

  • Atlantic City avoids default, makes $1.8M bond payment

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Financially strapped Atlantic City scraped together enough money to make a $1.8 million bond payment Monday morning, narrowly avoiding becoming the first New Jersey municipality to default on its debt in 78 years. Mayor Don Guardian likened the city's desperate state to rummaging around the sofa cushions in search of stray cash and said the payment was made at 10 a.m. That was an hour before a news conference at which the mayor came out swinging against a proposed state takeover of Atlantic City's finances. "Financially, we're running on fumes," Guardian said. "We really are teetering on the edge." An example: The city has about $6 million to $7 million in cash on hand; on May 15th it has to

  • Iran's atomic chief visits Prague to talk nuclear business

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PRAGUE (AP) — With sanctions lifted, the head of Iran's nuclear program came to talk business with Czech leaders. The Czech Foreign Ministry said the two-day visit by Iran's vice president and nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, focused on developing a bilateral nuclear cooperation. The Czechs say that would contribute to better international control of Iran's nuclear program. Iran is seeking help from European nations to better its civilian program. After their meeting on the first day of Salehi's visit on Monday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said a nuclear energy cooperation with Iran in particular "represents a huge opportunity." Zaoralek didn't offer details. The Czechs heavily rely on nuclear energy

  • Former Lawton Eisenhower star Adrian McDonald signs with Chargers

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Former Lawton Eisenhower star Adrian McDonald signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers following last week’s NFL Draft. McDonald tweeted following the draft a picture of the Chargers’ logo with the words “Thankful for a new opportunity!” The Chargers announced his signing along with 19 other players. Thankful for a new opportunity! pic.twitter.com/MQC6TdSJOn — Adrian McDonald (@aday_mac11) April 30, 2016 McDonald played quarterback for Lawton Eisenhower, but starred as a defensive back for Houston. He set a school career record with 17 interceptions. Last season, he started every game at safety and was second on the team with 92

  • Tulsa Memorial's Isaiah Thomas offered by Alabama

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    An in-state target for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State added a big scholarship offer to his impressive list over the weekend. Tulsa Memorial defensive end Isaiah Thomas was offered by defending national champion Alabama.  Thomas, who is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior, tweeted news of the offer. Thomas now has 16 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Missouri. Thomas could follow the path of another local product. Tulsa McLain’s Joshua Jacobs signed with Alabama on National Signing Day in February as a running back, choosing the Crimson Tide over the Sooners.

  • Iran leader urges for nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday appealed for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons during a visit to Tehran by his South Korean counterpart, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rouhani met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and said Iran seeks a world free of weapons of mass destruction, "especially nuclear" weapons. "Our demand is a world free of weapons of mass destruction, especially freeing the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East from destructive weapons," he said. Park said she has asked for Iran's help in implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for the nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula. The remarks were aimed at North Korea, which has

  • Police: Woman arrested; called man's phone over 300 times

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MILFORD, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman has been charged with harassment after police say she called a man's cellphone more than 300 times in one day. Milford police say Kourtney R. Furber of Felton is charged with one count of harassment stemming from an incident last month. Sgt. Dwight Young says officers were contacted by an 18-year-old man who said that Furber kept calling his phone on April 18. Young says Furber also went to the man's place of employment and kept confronting him there. Furber was released on bond. It isn't immediately clear whether she has an attorney to comment on the charge.

  • Planned Parenthood to Colorado Springs and the nation: 'We aren't going anywhere'

    By Kaitlin Durbin, The Gazette | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Planned Parenthood had a message for its neighbors, patients and the nation Sunday in Colorado Springs. Five months after the clinic was brought under siege by a gunman who called himself "a warrior for the babies," the staff gathered to celebrate a full reopening. After three people died and nine were injured in the Nov. 27 attack, the staff has rebuilt. After employees left in grief and frustration about being targets for providing women's health services, they came together. Their message: "We deplore your violence. We reject your threats. We aren't going anywhere." It's a defiant response to the blood spilled by admitted gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. "One way which I believe we can honor the memories of those who lost their lives is to recommit ourselves to ending violence against women, against doctors, against clinicians, against health centers, immigrants, America," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In the months since the shooting, workers at the Centennial Boulevard clinic repaired damage from bullets and a hole created when police twice rammed the front of the building with an armored vehicle. It has been a time of healing for employees, not all of whom returned to their jobs, said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The shooting changed everything, she said.

  • Prince siblings in probate court in 1st hearing on estate

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Five of Prince's six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn't known to have left a will. In a hearing that lasted a little over 12 minutes, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formalized his appointment last week of Bremer Trust to handle matters involving the estate of Prince, who died suddenly last month at age 57. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, requested the appointment so that the company can manage Prince's estate until an executor is named. Eide asked the packed courtroom whether anyone knew of a will, and the courtroom was silent. Lawyers for Bremer Trust sai

  • Tulsa's Midstates Petroleum files for bankruptcy reorganization

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Energy company cites more than $2 billion in debt.

  • NCAA Softball: Oklahoma cracks top-10 in latest championship committee rankings

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 9 hr ago

    If the Women's College World Series field were assembled today, the Sooners would be destined to host a Super Regional. The NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sport Committee released its Top-10 rankings Sunday, with Oklahoma checking in at No. 3. The ratings are based on the same criteria to select and seed 64 teams for the Division I Softball Championship — strength of schedule, Rating Percentage Index, head-to-head competition, results versus common opponents, significant wins and losses and locations of contests — with additional input from regional advisory committees.

  • Radiohead have deleted their entire internet presence

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Radiohead do love a good mystery.  The iconic band have sent their fanbase on the wildest of treasure hunts, with the final prize presumably being the release of their ninth studio album following 2011's King of Limbs.

  • Schools, students expect tuition hikes

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Students can expect to pay more next fall to attend Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities following $112 million in cuts to higher education this fiscal year and expected future cuts.

  • Valley Brook strip club owner jailed, fires entire staff

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Colleen Hutto, 73, owner of La Nude, an all-nude strip club in Valley Brook, fired her whole staff after what she called a "rogue incident" landed her and several others in jail amid allegations that illegal alcohol sales and prostitution occurred.