• Melba's Swap Shop

    BY MELBA LOVELACE mlovelace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 37 min ago

    HAM UP YOUR MENU WITH QUICHE DEAR MELBA: You’ve had some recipes recently that you recommended for luncheon dishes. Folks having luncheons will find this Ham Quiche especially pleasing, too. Also, could I make a suggestion? Please give us an idea for a menu using this dish. HAM QUICHE 1 pie crust 4 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup chopped onions 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 pound cooked ham, chopped 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese •Prepare pie crust and set aside. Do not bake. Preheat oven

  • Cooking classes

    Updated: 37 min ago

    Cooking classes Wednesday Kombucha from Scratch — Peter Schaffer, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. Kare-Kare (oxtail soup) — Arlene Clifton, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. Thursday Roasted Pumpkin Seeds — Peter Schaffer, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. Bread, European Expanded — Karen Moseley, Francis Tuttle, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $79. Saturday Cucumber and watermelon salad — chef Rick Bourgeois, Gourmet Grille Northwest Expressway, 1 to 1:45 p.m., free. Blueberry muffins — chef Gary Tow, Uptown Grocery Co., 10 a.m., free. Monday Ezekiel’s Bible Bread — Peter Schaffer,

  • Community Briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 38 min ago

    It’s coffee time in Norman NORMAN — Police officers will meet with residents on an informal basis for the monthly “Coffee with a Cop” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Monday at Braum’s, 800 E Lindsey St. Residents can discuss law enforcement concerns, ask questions or just get to know the officers. Questions or comments can be sent ahead of time to coffeewithacop@normanok.gov or by calling 366-5300. Walk With Ease in Mustang MUSTANG — The Mustang Parks and Recreation Department will offer a new round of free Walk With Ease classes beginning Monday. The classes consist of walking, an educational component and stretching. Each participant will receive

  • Go Codes

    Updated: 41 min ago

    Readers of The Oklahoman will begin seeing four-letter ‘Go Codes’ next to many of the printed promotions that offer details about videos, galleries and documents on Oklahoman.com. When a ‘Go Code’ is displayed, readers can go to Oklahoman.com and type the code into the form. After typing the code, readers will be taken directly to the article online with the related video, gallery or document. For example, this code — ZSYF — leads to a video and photo gallery that accompanied the Collected Wisdom from the Sunday editions of The Oklahoman. Columnist Jenni Carlson sat down with professional golfer Fiamma Felitch to talk about her appearance on the Golf Channel's "Big Break" and how she got started in

  • Star system

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 42 min ago

    ORLANDO — At his introductory press conference, Thunder coach Billy Donovan briefly described the style of play he seeks to bring to Oklahoma City. Its basic principles, he said, centered on player movement, ball movement and making the extra pass. In other words, Donovan wants to bring more structure to what historically has been an isolation-heavy offense. But achieving that goal and, more importantly, sustaining it could be a trying task without restricting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the best and most creative one-on-one offensive players in the game. Donovan, however, has no intention to stifle his

  • 2 die when F-16, small plane crash

    By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER Associated Press | Updated: 46 min ago

    An F-16 fighter jet hit a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields.

  • Opioid addicts more likely to abuse heroin

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 46 min ago

    People who abuse or are dependent on prescription opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. It’s a concerning statistic to state leaders, given that Oklahoma has seen an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and policymakers are concerned about whether the state could see an increase in heroin usage and overdoses as a result To help prevent an increase in heroin usage and overdoses in Oklahoma, policymakers and state leaders must focus their attention on preventing prescription drug abuse in the first place, state Health Commissioner Terry Cline said.  “Have we dodged a bullet so

  • Forecasters expect risk of flooding to continue

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The National Weather Service, after some areas of Oklahoma received 4 inches or more of rain, said floods are most likely in counties in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma.

  • About face

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    This week, young contestants from around the world will compete for more than $200,000 worth of prize money at the International Finals Youth Rodeo at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee. The IFYR is the world’s richest youth rodeo, according to www.ifyr.com. There will be two daily performances through Friday — one at 9 a.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The finals performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office outside the grandstand arena.

  • Peace talks between Kabul, Taliban end, plan to meet again

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — One-day peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives ended with both sides agreeing to meet again after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said in a statement the talks were held Tuesday at Murree, a hill resort near Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. Representatives of China and the United States were also present during the meeting, it said. Participants exchanged views on ways to bring peace and reconciliation to Afghanistan, where fighting has continued since the Taliban was removed from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001. Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settle

  • Records

    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    MARRIAGES Erin Elizabeth Boone and Caleb Ray Nelson Kourtney Kaye Gilbert and Danny Bob Sims Jr. Michelle Andrea Lenis and Michael Adame Shelby Lee Reed and Dustin Ray Austin Kitze Ashley Ann Szczepanski and Derek Donald Beecroft Jason Oryan Arnold and Alan Martin Binegar Guadalupe A. Lopez Ramirez and Ricardo De Lara Velasco Kimberly Rae Sherry and Kevin John McKee Annette Marie Appel and Joseph Thomas Ulibarri Shannon Lynn Warledo and Billy Jack Cornelius Twanna Lynn Mumford and Fred Lee Henricks Dianna MacWilliams and Norman E.

  • Britons mark anniversary of transit attacks in London

    By ASHLEY CHAN Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    ENGLAND | LONDON — Britons paused in silence Tuesday, laid flowers and lit candles to mark the 10th anniversary of suicide bombings on London's transit system in the worst terrorist attack on British soil and a day of pain seared into London's collective memory. Four British men inspired by al-Qaida blew themselves up on three London subway trains and a bus during the morning rush hour on July 7, 2005, killing 52 commuters and injuring more than 700. The memory of that morning remains raw in this country of 64 million. Solemn ceremonies were held throughout the capital, starting at the memorial in London's Hyde Park devoted to the victims.

  • Opioid addicts more likely to abuse heroin

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    People who abuse or are dependent on prescription opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. It's a concerning statistic to state leaders, given that Oklahoma has seen an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and policymakers are concerned about whether the state could see an increase in heroin usage and overdoses as a result To help prevent an increase in heroin usage and overdoses in Oklahoma, policymakers and state leaders must focus their attention on preventing prescription drug abuse in the first place, state Health Commissioner Terry Cline said.  "Have we dodged a bullet so far

  • Stillwater council advances new oil and gas ordinance

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The Stillwater City Council has advanced a proposed new ordinance for oil and gas drilling that includes noise limits and setbacks from homes, schools and hospitals.

  • Showtime launches stand-alone streaming TV service

    By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Showtime’s digital-only service went live Tuesday morning across a handful of distribution partners — Apple, Roku, Hulu and PlayStation Vue. The new service, priced at $10.99 a month, allows broadband Internet users on-demand access to the premium cable channel’s roster of programming without a TV subscription. The Showtime option comes as media companies are scrambling to chase consumers who subscribe to broadband Internet access without a cable TV package. The service marks the first time that Showtime’s programming is being offered directly to consumers without a pay-TV package.

  • U.S. trade deficit widens as strong dollar is felt

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar. The deficit increased 2.9 percent to $41.9 billion in May, up from an April imbalance of $40.7 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Imports fell 0.1 percent to $230.5 billion. Exports slid at a faster pace of 0.8 percent to $188.6 billion. American producers have been hurt this year by rising value of the dollar, which makes U.S. goods less competitive in overseas markets. Even with the slight May rise, the deficit over the past two months is averaging less than in the first quarter. It should help second-quarter growth rise.

  • Special election candidates raise more than $291K in race for Oklahoma City House seat

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writernclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Five Republicans and one Democrat are candidates for the vacant Oklahoma City House District 85 seat. Republican Chip Carter has raised the most campaign contributions of the five with $118, 520.

  • Carnival plans U.S. cruise industry’s first trips from Florida to Cuba since 1960

    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami, Fla., to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there. CEO Arnold Donald called the Cuba plans "an important first step" for his company and for the cruise industry. "We're certain this is the tip of the iceberg in what's going to come in the years to come," Donald told

  • Job openings stay close to 15-year high, but actual U.S. hiring falters during May

    By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It’s a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn’t driven the same kind of increase in actual hiring. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of open jobs rose 0.5 percent to 5.36 million in May. April’s total was revised down to 5.33 million from 5.38 million, which had been the highest total during the 15 years that the government has tracked the data. The stronger confidence among employers has yet to boost an even stronger level of hiring and pay raises that would fuel faster economic growth.

  • Showers dampen business

    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    A customer walks through the nursery Tuesday at Marcum's Nursery in Goldsby. Few customers braved the rain Tuesday to shop at the business.




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