• American idols: When a nation falls in love with itself

    Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock, Deseret News | Updated: 7 hr ago

    In an ever-connected online world, when does sharing personal information cross the line between socializing and self-worshiping?

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's at the root of the Thunder's defensive problems?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder […]

  • Dean Smith leaves money in his will to former UNC players

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Former UNC coach Dean Smith, who died last month, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every lettermen who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school. The trustee of Smith's trust, Tim Breedlove, said Thursday that the checks were sent out Monday to about 180 letter winners, according to ESPN.com. Instructions in the letter to each player said to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

  • Oklahoma football: Rodney Anderson suffers sprained MCL, out for remainder of spring practices

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma true freshman running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of spring practice after suffering a sprained MCL, coach Bob Stoops said in a radio interview Thursday afternoon. Speaking on WWLS with hosts Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek, Stoops said he expects Anderson to be fine by the time fall camp begins. […]

  • Sheriff: Young brothers cooking before shooting kills 2

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was cooking with his older brother when an argument erupted, and the boy shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and killed himself, a sheriff said Thursday. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco previously said the argument Wednesday night was over food, but at a news conference a day later he wouldn't talk about it, saying only that the older boys were preparing food and deputies were still investigating. The boys were identified as 12-year-old Kevin Pimentel, 6-year-old Brady Pimentel and 16-year-old Trevor Pimentel. They were home alone at the Sugar Lane Mobile Home Park north of Tampa while their mother was at work, Nocco said.

  • Former St. Louis Cardinals player punched at St. Louis County gas station after racial slur

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford said Thursday he may move away from the St. Louis area in disgust after being punched in an allegedly unprovoked, race-related attack at a gas station. St. Louis County police from the Fenton Precinct arrested James Street, 37, of the 500 block of Saline Road, a white man who allegedly slugged the black former Cardinals player after shouting racial slurs at him and telling him to "go back to Ferguson," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned.

  • Fighting cancer and Ebola with nanoparticles

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    In medicine, finding a substance that attacks cancerous tumors without destroying the healthy tissue around it has long been the Holy Grail. From targeted remedies such as monoclonal antibodies to surgery, cancer has still managed to elude a treatment that discretely and separately attacks it alone.

  • OKCTC produces thoughtful 'Corpus Christi'

    Anna Holloway | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Terrence McNally's reimagining of the life of Jesus in modern Texas in a community of gay men.

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation's fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs. New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. During that time, the state added another 192,000 people and surpassed New York to become the nation's third most-populous state with 19.9 million residents. Only California and Texas have more people.

  • Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape. Bergdahl described his captivity in a note his lawyer made public Thursday after sharing it with the Army in an attempt to avert a court martial. The Army charged Bergdahl nevertheless on Wednesday, accusing him of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his post in Afghanistan in June 2009. Freed last year in exchange for five Taliban commanders held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he now faces up to life in prison if convicted.

  • Eminent domain raises questions when used on behalf of the private sector

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Phillips Murrah’s Jennifer Ivester Berry discusses the what, when, how and why of eminent domain.

  • Leaders urge patience in Detroit-area police beating probe

    By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — City leaders urged public patience Thursday as authorities investigate the arrest of a black motorist who was pulled from his car, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit. The city manager, police chief and local religious and community leaders appeared at a news conference in Inkster, the 25,000-person city where Floyd Dent was arrested two months ago. Dent, 57, says he was innocent and trying to protect himself, while police counter he refused to pull over, resisted arrest and threatened them. Video of Dent’s bloody arrest first aired on WDIV-TV, a Detroit station, on Tuesday night. In it, an officer repeatedly punches Dent in the

  • After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Severe weather can cause more than physical damage. The emotional toll on storm-weary Oklahomans can be just as devastating, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. People who were directly impacted by recent storms will experience a range of emotions and stressors that might create a need for mental health services, the […]

  • How unusual are the frequent tornadoes in Moore?

    BY ADAM KEMP | Updated: 9 hr ago

    How unusual are the frequent tornadoes in Moore? In Oklahoma, on average, a town should expect to be hit by a tornado once every thousand years, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. When it comes to severe tornaodes, it’s once every several thousand years. In Moore, let’s just say they come a bit more often. Wednesday night’s twister was at least the 15th to strike the city since 1950, according to the National Weather Service. The Oklahoman is continuing to examine Moore’s history with tornadoes. For more information, check back on Newsok and in Friday’s Oklahoman.

  • Colon cancer on the rise in younger adults

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Early screening and prevention is being credited for putting a dent in the incidence rate of the second deadliest cancer in men and women. But researchers and physicians say a more troubling statistic has been the increase in colorectal cancers (CRC) — cancers of the colon or rectum — in those ages 20 to 49, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery, a professional medical journal.

  • Indiana Gov. Pence signs religious objections bill

    By TOM DAVIES | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. The measure would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs. Pence, a Republican, backed the bill as it moved through the Legislature and spoke at a Statehouse rally last month that drew hundreds of supporters of the proposal. The governor signed the bill

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks ranked No. 20 among NBA coaches by ESPN

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Scott Brooks has put together a pretty good resume since taking over as Thunder head coach in 2008, but the Thunder coach is ranked 20th out of 30 NBA coaches in ESPN's latest front-office rankings. ESPN's Forecast panel rated every team's coach on "his guidance and leadership in terms of how it affects overall on-court success, both in the short and long term." Predictably, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is No. 1 on the list, followed by Atlanta Hawks coach (and former Spurs assistant) Mike Budenholzer, Golden State's Steve Kerr, Dallas' Rick Carlisle and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau in the top five. Numerous other coaches who haven't had the success or tenure of Brooks (Kerr and Budenholzer included) are ranked ahead of him. Here's the complete list . Last on the list? Former Thunder guard and first-year New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

  • Samson Resources laying off 196 local workers

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Samson Resource Co., the privately held Tulsa oil and gas giant beset by huge debt leverage and falling crude oil prices, is laying off one-third of its Tulsa workforce, the company confirmed Thursday morning. Samson is letting go of 196 employees at the Tulsa headquarters and 270 companywide. The reduction will push Samson's local workforce below 400 people. "As has been previously communicated, Samson Resources is currently in the process of evaluating restructuring alternatives to address the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices, which have posed huge challenges to the company and to the broader industry," company spokesman Brian Maddox said in a statement.

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs religious objections bill

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced.

  • Gov. Fallin declares state of emergency for 25 Oklahoma counties

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spoke in Moore on Thursday morning at Southgate Elementary School.