• Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

    Updated: 30 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast. The combination of sunlight and waves helped evaporate and dissolve some of the oil that blackened beaches and covered wildlife in thick goo after a pipeline on shore leaked up to 105,000 gallons Tuesday. Federal regulators ordered Plains All American Pipeline to drain the pipe that leaked, test the metal in the damaged section of pipe, and complete a series of steps before it can ask to resume pumping oil through the pipe to inland refineries.

  • Oklahoma baseball notebook: Bedlam at the Big 12 Tournament — finally

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Either the Cowboys or Sooners will be in Sunday’s championship game, determined Saturday when the teams square off as the last two teams standing in their bracket. OSU is one win away from a title-game berth, while OU must beat the Cowboys twice to advance. Game 1 is set for 12:30 p.m., with an if-necessary game at 7:30.

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    Updated: 53 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their own party on legislation near the top of his second-term agenda.

  • Governors rule on second day of Republican conference in Oklahoma City

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Two current governors and a former governor in the Republican presidential race told family stories, stressed their experiences as executives and outlined domestic and foreign policy positions at Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

  • Republican faithful rally around red-meat speeches in Oklahoma City

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writers | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Kenneth Johnson stood and applauded Chris Christie until the New Jersey governor exited the stage, then took a deep sigh of relief as he sat back down to wait for the next speaker. Johnson wasn’t sure what to expect Friday during the second day of the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference being held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, but the 58-year old felt moved by Christie’s story of family and his passion for logical policy making. “His whole thing centered on trust,” Johnson said. “I just felt like I could definitely trust him.” Christie was among five presidential hopefuls and one surrogate to speak at the conference Friday. Three candidates, Christie, former

  • Straw poll will provide ammunition for donors, candidates

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Standing in the middle of a hallway in the Cox Convention Center, Bill Shapard watched Friday as a woman walked up to one of his pollsters and began answering questions that could eventually lead to the election of the next U.S. president. In the first two days of the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference, nearly 500 people have cast their vote in a straw poll that asks attendees who they hope to see as the next Republican nominee. The poll, run by Oklahoma City-based SoonerPoll, hopes to give the candidates and donors a better indication of who has the momentum to become the next GOP standard bearer.

  • Oklahoma scene: UCO's Chris Watson a finalist for MIAA honor

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and Kate Lehman of Fort Hays State (Kan.) along with track athlete Heavin Warner of Central Missouri. The award, which is in its 22nd year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997, died in May 2004 and was inducted into the MIAA’s inaugural Hall of Fame

  • Oklahoma softball notebook: Callie Parsons gives OU lift in 5-2 Super Regional win

    By Kelly Ward, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    When Oklahoma softball needed a hit, something to get its offense going, senior Callie Parsons came through. In her 31st at-bat of 2015, Parsons broke up a no-hitter in the top of the sixth in Oklahoma’s 5-2 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “I’m just trying to do my job and that’s find the gap in the infield and hit it through it,” Parsons said. “I got a good piece of it.” Oklahoma went five innings without a hit, the longest streak of the season. The Sooners hit two home runs on Alabama right-hander Alexis Osorio, only the second time she’s given up multiple home runs in a game all season. Lauren Chamberlain hit her 93rd career home run on Friday. It was her only hit of the night.

  • Saturday speakers scheduled for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Saturday speakers scheduled for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

  • Speech excerpts from Southern Republican Leadership Conference

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush spoke during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Federal energy regulations criticized at GOP leadership conference in Oklahoma City

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Federal regulations on energy production are limiting investments and entrepreneurship, an oil executive and attorney told attendees at Friday’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Former Oklahoma legislators' bribery convictions upheld

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the political bribery convictions of former state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich

  • Real estate transactions for May 23, 2015

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Real estate transactions for May 23, 2015

  • Oklahoma baseball: OU wins, sets up Bedlam matchup with Cowboys

    By John Helsley | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Sooners need to beat Oklahoma State twice on Saturday to reach Big 12 Tournament championship game.

  • Center of the Universe Festival announces more bands

    BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    More bands were announced Thursday for the 2015 Center of the Universe Festival. The lineup will play on the Oklahoma Stage, presented by the Hardesty Family Foundation, in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District on July 24-25. Previously announced and included in the schedule below are artists for the Main Stage, Main Stage After Parties and the Bank of Oklahoma Stage at Guthrie Green. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma softball: Sooners beat Alabama, one win from Women's College World Series

    By Kelly Ward, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Oklahoma (49-7) and Alabama (45-13) will play again at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Oklahoma only needs to win one game to advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. If necessary, a third game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and airs on ESPN2.

  • OKC Thunder: Nick Collison's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NICK COLLISON — The bad news: His numbers continue to decline. The good news: His value has never been defined by numbers.

  • OKC Thunder report card: Grading Nick Collison's 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NICK COLLISON — His influence in the locker room and defensive end remains substantial. It’s another on offense.

  • Collison still has value for OKC

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    In a mid-March home win over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks, arguably the Thunder's most impressive victory during a roller-coaster season, Nick Collison had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 24 minutes. With Serge Ibaka out, he'd quietly become imperative, playing his best basketball of the season at the most useful time. The Thunder was starting to build a nice cushion for the eighth spot. The Pelicans lost that same night, knocking them 21/2 games back of OKC. But toward the end of that Hawks win, Collison rolled his ankle badly. He left the arena on crutches. He ended up missing nine games. What was turning into a mini hot streak for the Thunder soon transformed into a season-crushing

  • College softball: Shorter and Dixie State remain unbeaten in Division II Women's College World Series

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Shorter (Ga.) and Dixie State (Utah) remained unbeaten in the NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series with wins Friday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Shorter scored all five of its runs in the fourth inning en route to a 5-0 win over Indianapolis. And Michelle Duncan threw a five-hit complete game to help Dixie State blank Adelphi (N.Y.), 2-0. Maggie Meacham had three hits and two RBIs for Shorter. Ericka Bynum added a two-run hit in the big fourth inning. Maddie Bray and Amanda Blanchard split pitching duties for Shorter. They combined for seven strikeouts and just one walk. Dixie State scored single runs in the first and fourth innings in its victory over Adelphi. Brooklyn Beardshear and Josie Hartman had