• Assist leaders: Police officers reach community through basketball program

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 min ago

    The annual Jammin' Hoopsfest event provides a fun, safe environment for local youth on Thursday nights during the summer and allows the community to connect with Oklahoma City law enforcement officers in a positive way, organizers say.

  • Canada PM triggers election with vote in October

    Updated: 22 min ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power. Analysts say the election is a toss-up and Harper faces an uphill battle to form another majority government. If Harper wins he would become the first prime minister since Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1908 to win four consecutive elections. The prime minister dissolved Parliament Sunday in a visit to the governor-general, who serves as Canada's formal but mostly ceremonial head of state. Harper has managed to nudge a traditionally center-left country to the right since coming to power in 2006.

  • GUSHING INTO CUSHING: Oil fills major storage hub in small Oklahoma town

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 26 min ago

    Cushing, Oklahoma, is the country’s largest commercial storage hub. It is home to 57.7 million barrels of oil, or about 12.5 percent of the country’s commercial stockpiles. The percentage is up from 4.9 percent one year ago, when oil was still selling for about $100 a barrel.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggers election campaign ahead of Oct. 19 vote

    Updated: 57 min ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggers election campaign ahead of Oct. 19 vote.

  • Manhunt in Memphis continues after officer, 33, fatally shot

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference that police were alerted about 9:18 p.m. Saturday that an officer had been shot multiple times. Armstrong said the officer was transported in critical condition to a hospital, where he died. In a statement Sunday morning, Memphis Police identified the slain officer as Sean Bolton, 33. Police also said that a civilian had used Bolton's radio to notify police about the shooting. No further details were released. Armstrong said police have not made an arrest

  • Emotional scenes as South Sudan gains Olympic status

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn't contain his emotion. Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognized by the IOC on Sunday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his nation's athletes. The decision means the world's newest nation will be able to have its competitors enter the stadium in Rio de Janeiro next year behind their own flag. More importantly, the country's near non-existent sporting infrastructure and athletes will receive funding assistance from the IOC. South Sudan, which split from Sudan and became independent in 2011, has been hit by civil war for th

  • Zimbabwe alleges a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt several months ago.

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe alleges a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt several months ago.

  • Malaysian official: New debris found in Reunion belongs to 'domestic ladder,' not a plane part

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Malaysian official: New debris found in Reunion belongs to 'domestic ladder,' not a plane part.

  • Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Judge Hassan Farid, who oversaw the case against the three, did not attend Sunday's hearing. Another judge, Essam Aboul Ella, announced the case had been postponed. "It's more suffering for us, more waiting," Moha

  • Burundi official says country's former intelligence chief, ally of president, has been killed

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi official says country's former intelligence chief, ally of president, has been killed .

  • Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled. The wireless carrier and leaders of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced the decision early Sunday, shortly after a contract covering 39,000 workers expired. The unions said they are prepared to schedule regular bargaining sessions, but that they will leave the sites of their round-the-clock negotiations in Philadelphia and Rye, New York.

  • Memphis police officer shot, killed during traffic stop in Tennessee; suspect still on the run

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police officer shot, killed during traffic stop in Tennessee; suspect still on the run.

  • Exposing barbarity of our nation

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. First came the video showing a salad-nibbling, wine-sipping Planned Parenthood official explaining how “I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above” whatever organ (“heart, lung, liver”) is being harvested.

  • Tallgrass Prairie Preserve's bison herd rebounds from disease scare

    By RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgran@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    PAWHUSKA — It’s mating season on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and the boys are showing off for the girls. A bull bison wallows in the dirt. Another kicks at the sod. From the rear of the herd trots more beefcake, and two more males lock horns in a dust-up that lasts several minutes. A window of his pickup rolled down, Preserve Director Bob Hamilton takes in the sights — and the come-hither roars of the males — from only a few feet away. “I just love that sound,” he said. “It’s like lions on the prairie.” Hamilton spoke as a man at peace, a far cry from his mood a year or so ago.

  • State veteran recalls risky rescue mission in WWII

    By Brian Blansett, The Tri-County Herald | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    In 1945, Glenn Leak was in the Philippines and took part in a mission to rescue 2,100 men, women and children held at the Los Banos internment camp by the Japanese army.

  • Income 'inequality' focus misguided and destructive

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Updated: 14 hr ago

    AMONG those on the political left, it’s fashionable to decry “income inequality.” They mistakenly assume any growth in top incomes comes at the expense of those at the bottom. New data released by the liberal Economic Policy Institute (EPI) inadvertently demonstrates why efforts to reduce income inequality are a path to nowhere. Historically, whenever the gap between the nation’s highest and lowest earners declines, it’s the result of economic downturn or recession. Any ideology that views the Great Depression with economic nostalgia is missing the point. Consider this: The EPI’s data shows the national share of all income held by the top 1 percent of earners rose to around 25 percent in the 1920s, but declined to

  • Speakers are scheduled for OSU's 2015-16 Executive Management Briefing series

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Lineup set for Oklahoma State University's 2015-16 Executive Business Briefings.

  • OSU Camp Cowboy spurs freshmen onward

    By K.S. McNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Camp Cowboy at Oklahoma State University was launched 17 years ago at the urging of student leaders who wanted to help freshmen transition to college.

  • Capitol Box Score

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Group pays late fee over election filing  A Voice for Responsible Government, an independent political committee, paid a $3,000 late fee Thursday for being tardy in filing expenditure reports in the Oklahoma House District 85 race. The organization spent $16,600 in support of the candidacy of retired firefighter Ralph Crawford, who ended up finishing second in the Republican primary to Oklahoma City businessman Chip Carter. Carter will face Cyndi Munson, 29, the lone Democratic candidate, in the Sept. 8 general election to determine the successor to Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, who died of natural causes April 10 at his Oklahoma City home at age 77.

  • 7 Hawaii telescope protesters arrested for defying new rule

    By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    HONOLULU — Seven men have been arrested for camping on Mauna Kea, where there’s a new emergency rule restricting overnight access to the mountain because of protests against building a giant telescope there. The arrests early Friday are the first enforcement efforts since the land board approved the rule July 10. The rule restricting access to the mountain during certain nighttime hours and prohibiting certain camping gear is prompted by protesters’ around-the-clock presence to prevent construction. Protest leader Lanakila Mangauil says officers arrived around 2 a.m. while protesters were praying. He says the seven arrested refused to leave. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says officers also