• OU football: Texas upsets No. 10 Oklahoma, 24-17

    By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    DALLAS — Tyrone Swoopes threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as Texas found relief in the Red River rivalry yet again, upsetting No. 10 Oklahoma 24-17 on Saturday. Coach Charlie Strong's Longhorns (2-4, 1-2 Big 12) came to Dallas in the midst of the program's worst start in 59 years and as two-touchdown underdog to the Sooners (4-1, 1-1). It's been nothing but turmoil and excruciating losses for the Longhorns so far, but Strong's defense harassed Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and the offense made just enough plays to show Texas fans that better times might not be so far away. Jerrod Heard mostly guided the Texas offense with 168 total yards and Swoopes played finisher near the goal line.

  • Blasts kill 86 at peace rally; Suicide bombers suspected

    Updated: 29 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 86 people and wounding nearly 190 others in Turkey's deadliest attack in years — one that threatens to inflame the nation's ethnic tensions. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were "strong signs" that the two explosions — which struck 50 meters (yards) apart — were suicide bombings. He suggested that Kurdish rebels or Islamic State group militants could be behind the attacks.

  • Michigan man fatally shot after crossbow arrow hits deputy

    Updated: 34 min ago

    CATO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 40-year-old Michigan man was shot and killed by a state trooper after the man wounded a sheriff's deputy with a crossbow arrow. The trooper and a Montcalm County deputy were shot at with the crossbow while serving an arrest warrant Friday night at the man's Cato Township home, state police Lt. Kevin Sweeney told The Associated Press Saturday. The deputy was struck in the side and was stable Saturday following surgery. The Cato Township man, who has not been identified, was shot at least once by the trooper and died at the scene. The trooper has been with the state police about 2½ years and as part of department police was placed on administrative duty while the shooting is being investig

  • Fierce battles in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes seized a village in central Syria on Saturday amid fierce clashes with rebels, part of a ground offensive launched earlier this week. That offensive marked the first major air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in Syria on Sept. 30. Russian officials say the airstrikes are targeting mainly Islamic State militants, but most strikes are hitting areas where the extremist group is not present. The fighting is concentrated in Hama and the northern Idlib provinces, where a consortium of mainstream rebels as well as al-Qaida's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, are operating.

  • This map shows the biggest music festival in Oklahoma, other states

    Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    Promotions now used several types of criteria to create this look at America's favorite music events.

  • Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City dedicates new community outreach center

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A former church site and office complex that once housed an Islamic school has been turned into the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City's new community outreach center.

  • Legal woes to follow Oklahoma sheriff after resignation

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When embattled Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz leaves office next month after a 50-year career in law enforcement, any notions of enjoying retirement and his roughly $68,000 annual pension will be fleeting at best. The 73-year-old was indicted by a grand jury last month on two misdemeanor counts. The first accuses him of refusing to release an internal 2009 report that criticized the lack of training and workplace behavior of his longtime friend, reserve deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot an unarmed man in April in a Tulsa street. Bates, a former insurance executive who goes to trial in February on second-degree manslaughter charges, has said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he shot Eric Harr

  • Bristol Palin Slams Washington State Initiative to Give Free Birth Control to Minors

    Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    Bristol Palin took to her blog to voice her objection to an initiative in Washington that provides free birth control to minors without parental consent.

  • Who's sitting under the 'pumpkin tree'? 'Mayor Mick'

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    I wanted to add another twist to my story in today's Life section about Studio 222's whimsical interactive "pumpkin tree." Julie Robinson, executive director of Studio 222, said the youths who created the tree art  just visited the Pumpkinville area of the Myriad Botanical Gardens where their art piece is now on display. Studio 222 is an an after-school ministry offered by St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15. Professional artist Nathan Pratt helped the young people design and craft their colorful, whimsical tree. Robinson sent me some photos of the youths and said that one extra element has been added to the youths' "PUMPKINdness Into OKC" art display: a straw scarecrow of Oklahoma City Mayor

  • Texas upsets No. 10 Oklahoma, 24-17

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Sooners are heavy favorites in this year's Red River Rivalry. Can they avoid the upset and remain undefeated? Follow up-to-the-minute updates from our college football coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma feels another moderate magnitude earthquake

    By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A moderate, magnitude-4.4 earthquake has shaken northern Oklahoma. It was one of the stronger temblors the earthquake-prone state has had this year. There were no initial reports of damage or injuries from Saturday morning's earthquake, which was 18 miles southwest of Medford and four miles deep. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist George Choy said it had all the hallmarks of an induced quake, meaning it was triggered by the injection of drilling wastewater underground. Choy said this seems to be part of an ongoing swarm of induced quakes in the area. Oklahoma Geological Survey records show there have been nearly 700 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or larger in Oklahoma this year. That's up

  • Secret Service agent who saved Reagan after shooting dies

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan's life on the day he was shot outside a Washington hotel has died. The retired agent, Jerry Parr of Washington, District of Columbia, died Friday at the age of 85. Parr was in charge of Reagan's detail on March 30, 1981, when a young man with mental problems, John Hinckley Jr., shot the president outside the Washington Hilton. When the shots rang out, Parr pushed Reagan inside the presidential limousine and it sped away for the White House. After Reagan complained of chest pains and showed blood on his lips, Parr redirected the limousine to George Washington Hospital. As it turned out, Reagan had been hit in the chest and was bleed

  • Knowing what to do if shooting starts still hazy at colleges

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Eight years after the Virginia Tech massacre led to tighter security at colleges across the U.S., some schools make "active shooter" training mandatory for incoming students, while others offer little more than brief online guidance on what to do if there's a gunman on the loose, a review by The Associated Press finds. The AP looked at public colleges and universities in more than 40 states after yet another shooting rampage, the killing of nine people at an Oregon community college Oct. 1. On Friday, there was more bloodshed, with one person killed and three wounded at an Arizona university.

  • Quaid taken into custody in Vermont trying to cross border

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) — American actor Randy Quaid was taken into custody Friday night while trying to cross into the United States from Canada, Vermont State Police said. The "Independence Day" actor was detained by troopers at the Highgate Springs port of entry days after Canadian officials said he would be deported. Quaid is wanted in Santa Barbara, California, to face felony vandalism charges filed in 2010 after he and his wife, Evi, were found squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned. The pair skipped several court appearances and went to Canada, where Evi Quaid was granted citizenship. Randy Quaid's bid to gain permanent residency was denied.

  • Oklahoma Baptists prepare to aid flood victims in the Carolinas

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are preparing to head to South Carolina and North Carolina to help victims of unprecedented flooding. Sam Porter, director of Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief,  offered assistance to South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders in the form of trained "Blue Caps," disaster relief leaders and instructors. According to a convention news release, Porter also offered equipment to help with the clean-up efforts in the Palmetto State. In a statement included in the news release, Porter said officials expect it to take at least a week for floodwaters to recede before recovery efforts can commence.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy is wired for sound in ESPN College GameDay segment

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 3 hr ago

    � STILLWATER — ESPN was given inside access to Oklahoma State football practice this week as the Cowboys prepared to face West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday. The network produced a minute-long segment where coach Mike Gundy was wired for sound. Here were a few of his best soundbites. • "Good work. Gotta win today. Gotta win on Wednesday to have a chance on Saturday. Let's go." • "It's always about Sunday through Friday, now. Sunday through Friday. It's always about the work. It's the journey during the week." • "Don't be the guy we watch on tape tomorrow that comes up short." Gundy also answered a couple questions during a sit-down interview.

  • Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard becomes a 'different person' on the field

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Sooners meet archrival Texas in Cotton Bowl Stadium on Saturday morning, and given the intense nature and emotions involved in the rivalry, expect plenty of chirping between players wearing white and orange. And expect Sterling Shepard to be right in the middle of it.

  • VOTE: Week 6 Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Week 6 of the high school football season featured some eye-popping performances around the Oklahoma City area. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday's print editions.

  • Dallas travelblog: Always speak before a David Boren speech

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    There are several things you need to know about OU-Texas Friday. Don’t plan to get a lot accomplished if it entails driving much around Dallas-Fort Worth. If you’ve got an 11 a.m. kickoff, have an early dinner or a small dinner party. If you’re on the docket with David Boren, make sure you speak before he does. Here was my Friday. SPEECH, SPEECH One of our Friday traditions is the OU Club of Fort Worth luncheon, which always is a lot of fun. I’ve met a lot of great people in Fort Worth, get to see some old friends and make new friends. This year, the Fort Worth luncheon moved from the Petroleum Club to the City Club.

  • Road trippin' to West Virginia still a trip

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 4 hr ago

    West Virginia has been part of the Big 12 for three-plus years now, and still, heading out to cover a game at the conference's eastern-most member feels a little like a trip to the far side of the moon. You know you aren't in the Big 12 footprint, as we once knew it. That made Friday a fun day for Team Oklahoman. Our crew -- reporters Kyle Frederickson and John Helsley, photographer Sarah Phipps and myself -- left Oklahoma City early Friday morning. We had a 6:20 a.m. flight, and I've got to tell you, there was a time in my life when a flight that early made my eyes roll back in my head.