• Federal agencies defend response to California oil spill

    Updated: 12 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara. Seven hours after the discovery of the spill, she was surprised to find her small crew alone on the sand a half-mile east of Refugio State Beach, where the spill occurred. Aside from a couple boats skimming oil from the surface, she didn't see any other cleanup effort. "It was disheartening," she said. Using headlamps, the 10 volunteers filled 91 buckets in three-and-a-half hours. "As impressive as those 91 buckets looked, it didn't make a dent," she said.

  • Gaillardia homeowners sue over unfinished development, unpaid dues

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 38 min ago

    Former Gaillardia Golf & Country Club owner Phil Herrington accused of failing to complete Promenade development, and failing to pay nearly $150,000 in dues, according to homeowners’ lawsuit.

  • Latest on flooding: Homes ordered evacuated in SE Texas city

    Updated: 58 min ago

    9:35 p.m. (CDT) Officials in a Texas city about 35 miles southwest of Houston have ordered the evacuation of about 50 flood-threatened homes near the Brazos River. The city of Rosenberg says the mandatory evacuation took effect at 9 p.m. CDT on Friday. Residents in the affected homes will not be allowed to re-enter the evacuated area until it is deemed safe to return. A Red Cross shelter in the nearby city of Richmond has been set up for residents. The river was expected to crest at 50 feet by Sunday. Late Friday evening, the river was just above its flood stage of 48 feet. Residents in about 30 homes in Wharton, about 25 miles southwest of Rosenberg, were also ordered to evacuate Friday due to the rising Co

  • Shawnee boy who died after being hit by car is identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The 3-year-old boy who died after a hit-and-run collision Wednesday night has been identified as Aun’Dreis Tramble, of Shawnee, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

  • Broken Arrow man convicted of killing NSU professor

    Kyle Hinchey, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    TAHLEQUAH — A Broken Arrow man was found guilty Friday of killing a Northeastern State University professor he met on a dating website. A Cherokee County jury convicted Joshua John Schneider of first-degree murder for killing Tiffany Rene Maher, 38, in 2013. He also was convicted of first-degree arson and larceny of Maher's house. Schneider was sentenced to life without parole for Maher's death and two additional life sentences for his other crimes.

  • Former Oklahoma legislator begins prison sentence for bribery conviction

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    An Oklahoma County jury found former state Rep. Randy Terrill guilty in 2013 of offering a bribe to a political candidate to withdraw from an election. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction May 22.

  • Oklahoma State baseball regional: OSU struggles to beat St. John's, 5-4

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Before a crowd of 3,573 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, top-seeded OSU scuffled defensively and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, yet found enough runs and plenty of pitching from Jon Perrin and Trey Cobb to push past the No. 4-seeded Red Storm.

  • SandRidge Energy Corp. to raise $1.25 billion

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 1 hr ago

    SandRidge Energy Corp. on Thursday said it will raise $1.25 billion in a private debt offering.

  • Jimmy Nielsen knows how to get a crowd hype

    Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Sporting Kansas City fans love them some Jimmy Nielsen. The current Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach was in Kansas City on Friday to see his former team, that he led to an MLS Championship in 2013 prior to retiring and moving into coaching. Nielsen led Sporting KC fans in a chant before the team […]

  • 4 more bodies found after Texas flooding

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Authorities said Friday they reclaimed four more bodies from Texas waters, adding to the growing death toll inflicted by record-setting storms that continue to submerge highways and flood homes. At least 28 people have been killed nationwide in the storms, 24 in Texas. At least 11 are missing in Texas. More than 7 inches fell overnight from a line of thunderstorms that stalled over Dallas, which is in its wettest month ever recorded at 16.07 inches. The National Weather Service reports rainfall records have been crushed across the Lone Star state — from Corpus Christi along the Gulf of Mexico to Gainesville near the Oklahoma border.

  • Women's College World Series: Florida's Lauren Haeger pitches shutout, hits two-run homer in 4-0 victory against LSU

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The SEC matchup featured a high-powered pitching duel between Gators’ senior Lauren Haeger and Tigers’ freshman Carley Hoover.

  • Edmond seismic company declares bankruptcy

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Edmond-based Lonestar Geophysical Surveys has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with total assets of $13.6 million and total debt of $13.4 million.

  • AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about "prior misconduct," but the court papers did not detail the wrongdoing.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, May 30-Sunday, May 31

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    SATURDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Fresno at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m.; Arizona at Milwaukee; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; Boston at Texas; KRXO-FM 107.7 6 p.m.; LA Dodgers at St. Louis; KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KTOK-AM 1000/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m.; Detroit at L.A. Angels; MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 7 p.m.; Chicago at Aneheim; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 9 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 10 a.m.; Xfinity Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) Noon; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m.; Xfinity Series; KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 2:30 p.m.; Indy Dual; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) GOLF 7:30 a.m.; Irish Open; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; AT&T Byron

  • Oklahoma is among the country's largest energy producers, consumers

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Energy has been an essential industry for Oklahoma since before statehood. The state has evolved with the industry during the past century, but Oklahoma’s dependence on energy has not diminished.

  • Oklahoma City police warn about burglars posing as city utility workers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Police are warning Oklahoma City residents about a scam involving criminals posing as city workers to commit burglaries.

  • Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    On May 11, Justin Way was drinking and threatening to hurt himself. His father, George Way, said his son was a recovering alcoholic and had been alcohol-free for five weeks. “He just lost his job, and he had a setback,” he said. Way’s live-in girlfriend, Kaitlyn Christine Lyons, said she’d caught Justin drinking a bottle of vodka, which she took away from him to pour out. She said he was drunk, lying in their bed with a large knife, saying he would hurt himself with it. She called a non-emergency number in an attempt to get her boyfriend to a local St. Augustine, Florida, hospital for help—and told them she did not feel threatened.

  • The Big 5-Oh

    COMPILED BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    A list of 50 famous names who turn 50 this year.

  • Southwest Oklahoma City residents watch Canadian River carry their land away

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Jaycee Bogart and her husband, Toby, watched the Canadian River take their land Friday afternoon. Since Monday, the river has carved away about 100 acres, say the Bogarts, who owned a 988-acre farm in southwest Oklahoma City, on the north bank of the river.

  • Minority and low-income students are denied same learning opportunities, Oklahoma educator reports

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma Educator Equity Plan seeks to identify “equity gaps” in teaching, giving minority and low-income students better opportunities to learn by providing more qualified teachers in their schools.