• Late fumble gives Seahawks edge vs. Lions

    By Matt Pentz The Seattle Times | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    SEATTLE — Kam Chancellor saved the Seahawks half of a yard from their own end zone. The controversial safety, who watched from home during his holdout as Seattle opened the season 0-2, punched the ball out of Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson's hands inches from the goal line with barely a minute remaining to preserve a 13-10 Seattle victory in front of a record announced attendance of 69,005 on Monday night at CenturyLink Field. Seattle avoided an upset against the last winless team in the NFL and the Seahawks improved to 2-2. The bright lights of Monday Night Football couldn't gussy up a sluggish game from the start. It took Seattle more than a quarter — and a few spectacular plays from its elusive

  • In Guatemala, questions linger about deadly slide

    By KATHERINE CORCORAN and SONIA PEREZ D. Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    GUATEMALA | SANTA CATARINA PINULA — Emergency workers spent a fourth day digging bodies out of a massive mudslide on Monday, watching the death toll rise to 152 as questions mounted about why people were allowed to build homes at the base of a dangerous hillside next to a small river. Backhoes continued to remove thousands of tons of dirt from the acres-wide mudflow on the outskirts of Guatemala City, with practically no hope of finding anyone alive and increasing difficulties in rescuing whole bodies. Emergency services coordinator Sergio Cabanas said more bodies had been uncovered, bringing the confirmed death toll to 152; about 300 people remain missing.

  • UN official: World's displaced population now 60 million

    By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Also ... When Antonio Guterres became the U.N. refugee chief almost 10 years ago, the world counted 38 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, and the number was declining. Today, it's more than 60 million and rising. As he prepares to step down at the end, Guterres delivered a wide-ranging speech to the refugee agency's executive committee in Geneva on Monday. The “interlinked mega-crises” in Iraq and Syria have uprooted 15 million people, he said. And in the last 12 months, 500,000 people have fled their homes in South Sudan, 190,000 in Burundi, 1.1 million in Yemen and 300,000 in Libya.

  • California governor signs right-to-die legislation

    By JUDY LIN Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing terminally ill people in the nation's most populous state to take their own lives, saying the emotionally charged bill forced him to consider “what I would want in the face of my own death.” Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, said he acted after discussing the issue with many people, including a Catholic bishop and two of his own doctors. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill,” the governor wrote in a signing statement that accompanied his signature.

  • NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace

    By SUZAN FRASER and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    TURKEY | ANKARA — In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow's air strikes in Syria, NATO denounced Russia on Monday for “irresponsible behavior” after its warplanes violated Turkish airspace, and Turkey warned that any future aerial intruder would be treated like an enemy. Turkey, a NATO member, mentioned only one Russian intrusion over the weekend, but the military alliance said a second Russian jet also violated Turkish airspace Sunday. The intrusions, which come amid deep suspicions and mutual distrust between Moscow and the West over Russia's military action in Syria, highlight the potential for clashes between Russian and allied forces in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria.

  • Any end in sight?

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The latest developments in the hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants passing through Europe on their way west: Arrivals in Nordic countries Immigration officials in Sweden say that the number of migrants who arrived last month more than doubled over the previous month to 24,000, bringing this year's number at the end of September to more than 73,000. In neighboring Finland, officials said some 11,000 asylum-seekers arrived last month, bringing this year's figure to more than 19,600 so far, up from a 2014 total of 3,650. In Norway, the number of migrants grew fourfold last month to 4,900 compared with September 2014, with 13,250 so far this year — 4,500 more than at the same time last year.


    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Rock Island Plow Building, for decades one of the worst eyesores in Bricktown, is ready for tenants and is casting a warm glow at night from windows that were previously boarded up. Richard McKown, a veteran in new single-family and multifamily housing, tackled the 107-year-old, five-story brick warehouse at 29 E Reno with architect Wade Scaramucci, aware that the building could have easily collapsed years earlier. Entire sections of the wood plank floors were weakened with rot.  After a two-year reconstruction of the building's interior, McKown is negotiating leases for the building that he anticipates will include a ground-floor restaurant with offices on the upper floors.

  • Q&A with Courtney K. Warmington

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Firing employees is among riskiest decisions employers can face Q: What are potential trouble spots during the discharge of an employee? A: Terminating employees is arguably one of the riskiest employment decisions that an employer can make. Conversely, not terminating an employee is also one of the riskiest decisions an employer can make. So employers must get this right. One of the biggest problems I see is a misunderstanding of the “at-will” employment doctrine. While it's true that both employers and employees may terminate employment at any time and for any reason (absent a contractual agreement otherwise), telling a jury that you did not have — and did not need — a good reason for terminating an employee is

  • #MyOklahoma

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 58,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Ex-reporter will seek House seat

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A former television reporter is leaving his job as press secretary for the Oklahoma House speaker to run for a seat as state representative. Joe Griffin, a Republican, is seeking election to House District 92 in Oklahoma City. The seat is now held by Richard Morrissette, a Democrat, who will be leaving the position next year as the result of term limits. "Downtown is booming, but many of the surrounding neighborhoods, including the Southside, are still lagging in growth and opportunity," Griffin said. "We need good-paying jobs with benefits for hardworking Oklahomans, and we need to make sure that job-creation efforts include workers, such as manufacturing and service-oriented companies.

  • Deaths

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ALTUS Chapman, Dovie Mae, 85, nurse, died Sept. 29. No services (People's Co-Operative, Lone Wolf). ATOKA Rowden, Bonnie, 87, homemaker, died Oct. 4. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Brown's, Atoka). BARTLESVILLE Plemons, Sherry Ann, 74, died Oct. 4. No services (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BETHANY Hamm, Clarence, 89, died Oct. 3. Services 10 a.m. Friday, New Hope Worship Center, Oklahoma City (Mercer-Adams, Bethany). Wallraven, Mark Allen, 55, psychiatric technician, died Oct. 3. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Mercer-Adams, Bethany). BLACKWELL Barrows, Virginia Mae, 80, homemaker, died Oct. 3. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Victory Fellowship Church (Roberts and Son,

  • tuning in

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    TUESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Houston at N.Y. Yankees ESPN (Cox 29) NBA PRESEASON 1:30 p.m. Boston vs. Olimpia Milano NBATV (Cox 256) 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington NBATV (Cox 256) WNBA 7 p.m. Indiana at Minnesota ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOXING 8 p.m. Premier Boxing FS1 (Cox 67) WEDNESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh T BS (Cox 62) NBA PRESEASON 6 p.m. Atlanta vs. Cleveland NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota WWLS AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix NBATV (Cox 256) 11 p.m. Utah vs. L.A. Lakers NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN (Cox 251) 9:30 p.m.

  • Nation news briefs

    From wire reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Executions ARKANSAS | LITTLE ROCK — An agreement to tell Arkansas' condemned inmates the source of its execution drugs isn't technically a contract and a judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new death penalty law, the state's prison director said in a court filing Monday. An attorney for Arkansas Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley filed the motion to dismiss a complaint from eight death row inmates who argue that the law passed earlier this year, which allows the state to withhold the source of the lethal drugs, is unconstitutional. Jeff Rosenzweig, an attorney for the inmates, has said the prisoners fear the secrecy could lead to cruel or unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

  • Annual cleanup effort proves successful

    Provided by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    For the 13th consecutive year, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, the statewide affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, took part in the nation's largest annual cleanup program. In past months more than 50,000 Oklahomans volunteered across all 77 counties, collecting more than 3 million pounds of litter during the 2015 Great American Cleanup in Oklahoma. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful proudly notes that since 2002, the Great American Cleanup in Oklahoma has collected 207 million pounds of litter and debris. This year alone, community groups completed 461 events, clearing more than 1,300 miles of roadways, shorelines, hiking and biking trails, saving the state $5.1 million dollars in cleanup costs. The cleanup is about more than just picking up

  • Student debt traps parents and children, sometimes for decades

    By JOSH BOAK Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission. After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000. The expense requires his family to rent an apartment in Campbell, California, because buying a home in a decent school district would cost too much. His daughter has excelled in high school, but Aguirre has urged her to attend community college to avoid the debt that ensnared him. "I didn't get the warmest reception on that," said Aguirre, a health care manager. "But she understands the choice." America's crushing surge of student debt, now at $1.

  • Q&A: How does the House elect speaker?

    By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    At noon Thursday, Republicans will gather behind closed doors and vote by secret ballot for their candidate for the most powerful job in the House, a post that's second in line to the presidency — speaker of the House. The Republican caucus — at 247, the largest majority in more than 80 years — will select its nominee to replace Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who has announced he is stepping down at the end of October after nearly five years in the post. But that's not the final word. The full House — 435 Republicans and Democrats — will vote for speaker on Oct. 29. Some questions and answers about the selection process: Q. What does the speaker do? A.  The speaker of the House is the leader and

  • Anniversaries

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Okla­homan will publish free anniversary announcements for couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. To contribute information Send an email to dlindauer@oklahoman.com with “Anniversary” in the subject line. Send mail to The Oklahoman, Attn.: Darla Lindauer, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125 To contribute a photo, email a JPEG image or mail a good-quality photo — no larger than 5 by 7 inches and no smaller than 2 by 3 inches — with your anniversary information two weeks before the anniversary.

  • Morning Roundup

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Sabathia to check into rehab, miss postseason Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason. The team released a statement from the pitcher Monday, a day before New York plays Houston in the AL wild-card game. Sabathia says he took the step to “receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.” He adds: “It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease.” Sabathia says he intends to be back with the Yankees next season.

  • Unconventional anti-venom saves child after snakebite

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A poisonous pygmy rattlesnake bit rough-and-tumble Blake Skinner near a swing set in his backyard. The 16-month-old-boy soon faced death, a fate thwarted by a trifecta of fortunate events: a mother's quick thinking, an Oklahoma doctor's out-of-the-box approach and the Oklahoma City Zoo's generosity with its unconventional stock of anti-venom. The boy's recovery from the bite comes at a time when pygmy rattlesnake bites are on the rise in Oklahoma, likely brought on by heavy rains and abundant food sources. In 2014, there were four pygmy rattlesnake bites compared with 13 so far in 2015, including six children, according to the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information.

  • What We're Talking About

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    • MARIJUANA PESTICIDES: Marijuana pesticide concerns prompt what could be 1st lawsuit in nation by pot consumers. • AIRLINE PILOT DIES: The captain of an American Airlines flight became ill and later died, diverting a Phoenix-to-Boston flight. • TV-JAY LENO: Jay Leno is back in the NBC family, but not as a late-night host. The car buff has an automotive show on CNBC. • TRUMP HOTELS-DATA BREACH: Customer credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen at seven Trump hotels after its payment systems were hacked for nearly a year. • YANKEES-SABATHIA-ALCOHOL REHAB: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehab center and will miss the postseason.