• Bud Selig says MLB could expand internationally

    By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    NEW YORK — Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1 / 2years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries. “My dream is for this sport to really have an international flavor,” he said Saturday during a half-hour interview with The Associated Press. “Does it need teams in other countries? … If one uses a lot of vision it could.” Selig headed the group that forced Commissioner Fay Vincent’s resignation in September 1992.

  • Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

    By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks. Everytown for Gun Safety backed a voter-approved initiative in Washington last year that made the state the 17th in the country to expand background checks past the federal standard applying only to licensed gun dealers. “This is our top priority,” said the group’s spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb. The organization came out of a merger last year between Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It has been spending tens of

  • Company seeks rights to names of iconic Grand Canyon lodges

    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar — all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology. But the fate of those names is up for debate after a longtime Grand Canyon concessionaire applied to trademark them. Approval of its bid would mean Xanterra Parks & Resorts could charge future concessionaires to use roughly 20 names of the park’s most popular properties. It also could walk away with those names, leaving the iconic lodges and other facilities to adopt new identities.

  • New tax penalty for not having health insurance subject only to the honor system this year

    By Paula Burkes
    Business Writer |
    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Additional forms are required only for taxpayers who bought insurance on the exchange last year and for those filing exemptions to the new law.

  • Stock fund believers find faith in market

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    NEW YORK — It looks like we really are giving the stock market another chance. Last year was the second in a row that investors put more money into U.S. stock funds than they took out. Now that stocks have roughly tripled since hitting a bottom in March 2009, faith is building in what analysts had been calling the most-doubted bull market of their careers. Even so, investors aren't placing their faith in just any investment. They're overwhelmingly choosing funds that mimic the Standard & Poor's 500 or another index, and they're dumping those run by stock pickers.

  • An outdoors matchmaker

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Greg Ray of Broken Arrow is essentially a matchmaker. Except he is a matchmaker for sportsmen and outfitters. Through the website NRAOutdoors.com, Ray and his team vet outfitters across the world for NRA members, making sure the outfitters are what they advertise themselves to be. “We've hunted with all of them (outfitters). We've fished with them,” said Ray, who was at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. “Either myself or my current team has been to every one of these outfitters that we represent.” Ray, who grew up in Kiefer on 2,200-acre cattle ranch, started an Internet business 13 years ago called Hunt and Fish the World where he and

  • Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

    By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives. Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and many others turned the Iowa Freedom Forum into the unofficial launch of the next campaign for the Iowa caucuses. More than 1,000 religious conservatives met at a refurbished theater to hear them pitch their policies and their values. Christie may have had the most to gain — or

  • Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick excelled after failing the first time

    By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The two men vying to put their fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy are testament to the axiom that men who flop in their first NFL head coaching job can subsequently flourish. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick were busts in their first go-around. Carroll was jettisoned by the Jets after one season and then fired by the Patriots after three years in New England, where his replacement was none other than Belichick, who had been banished by the Browns after a mediocre half-decade in Cleveland. One of them will be fitted for another diamond-encrusted ring this offseason.

  • For first-time visitor, Havana is charming, complicated

    By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    HAVANA — Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it’s impossible not to be taken by its charms. In my hotel room, the soft sound of guitars enters from the balcony. In the cobblestone street below, I enjoy a cigar and watch a teenage girl introduce her boyfriend to her parents as they sit on a bench and pass a cigarette back and forth. Everyone moves in slow motion. The area is greener than I imagined, with trees sprouting sideways from oblong squares. Women stand guard in impossibly narrow doorways. Men play handball in the hollowed-out courtyard of one of the city’s countless crumbled edifices. Tapas bars fill in the cracks.

  • 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    “Foxcatcher,” the movie about the relationship between the Schultz brothers, OU wrestling icons who won Olympic gold medals, and John du Pont, the eccentric billionaire, has come to Oklahoma. And it’s a gut punch to anyone who knew the Schultzes or knows of their tragedy.

  • Belichick: Pats 'followed every rule'

    By Tom Rock
    Newsday |
    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    He blinded them with science. At least that's what Bill Belichick appeared to be hoping to accomplish Saturday as he discussed the findings of the Patriots' internal investigation into why their footballs were found to be deflated in last week's AFC title game. Sounding more like Bill Nye than Bill Belichick in the hastily-called news conference at the Patriots' headquarters, the coach went into details about air pressure, atmospheric conditions, controlled environments and the effects that vigorously rubbing a football to achieve the proper texture can have on its pounds per square inch.

  • NFL notebook

    By Nate Ulrich | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Hoyer's agent: Browns have expressed interest in re-signing QB The Cleveland Browns recently reached out to quarterback Brian Hoyer's camp and expressed interest in re-signing him, but the level of commitment the team envisions has yet to be discussed. “We never got to the numbers part,” Joe Linta, Hoyer's agent, said Saturday night during a phone interview. “They called and said they were interested in bringing him back.” Hoyer repeatedly said last season he would love to stay with his hometown team, but he also made it clear he wants to play.

  • Seahawks take trash-talk lead

    AP Pro Football Writer |
    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago. Now the All-Pro cornerback says the star quarterback isn't really a choir boy. Sherman vs. Brady. Jeremy Lane vs. Rob Gronkowksi. Doug Baldwin vs. the world. This Super Bowl between the New England Patriots (14-4) and Seattle Seahawks (14-4) will feature some epic yapping from some of the best trash-talkers in the NFL. “I think people get a skewed view of Tom Brady, that he's just a clean-cut, does-everything-right (guy), and never says a bad word to anyone, and we know him to be otherwise,” Sherman said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Thunder, Cavaliers could play their best basketball late in the season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    When the Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers take the court inside Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon, they will represent two of the league’s handful of championship-caliber teams that have struggled for various reasons but are now looking to get right the rest of the way and regain their rightful place among the NBA’s true contenders.

  • Oklahoma basketball: No. 19 Sooners fall to No. 21 Baylor

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The No. 19 Sooners and No. 21 Baylor were tight for much of the second half but down the stretch, Oklahoma once against struggled for defensive stops and couldn’t match the Bears offensively, leading to a 69-58 loss Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.

  • Obama administration adds protections for consumer information on health website

    By JACK GILLUM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government’s health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates. The Associated Press reported last week that details such as consumers’ income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial interest in such data. AP also reported that a number of companies had embedded connections on HealthCare.gov, raising privacy and security issues for some tech experts. An independent analysis of the health care website, released Saturday, showed that the number of embedded connections to private companies had dropped from 50 to 30.

  • Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

    By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. — The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers. “Every movement we make in farming takes fuel,” Kansas cattle rancher and hay grower Randy Cree said. Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are reaping the immediate benefits. And with average retail gas prices for 2015 forecast to be about $1 lower than last year, farmers this spring may end up planting more energy-intensive crops, such as corn or rice, as the cost to irrigate and cultivate drops. Consumers, however, shouldn’t expect to see lower prices at the

  • Man dies in blaze that guts much of motel

    Tulsa World |
    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    SAPULPA — Rebecca Knox woke up in the second-story motel room she shared with her husband about 8:30 a.m. Saturday after hearing a loud noise that she said sounded like hail falling outside her door. When she looked through the window of what had been her home for about three months, she saw flames beginning to engulf the rooms next door to her. So she woke up her husband and helped him put on pants, as he broke his hand the night before. “Then the fire was all across the floor and it was on the carpet on the ground,” Knox said while standing outside another room at the Interstate Inn Express, in the 5500 block of West Skelly Drive,

  • Oklahoma City forum highlights citizens' rights during interactions with police

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    A forum Saturday at Oklahoma City University focused on interactions between community members and law enforcement and citizens’ rights during those interactions. The forum was held in response to several high-profile incidents in which men have been killed during interactions with police, including the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York.

  • Oklahoma County jail inmate who bled to death after being subdued by guards had been locked up over a debt

    By Nolan Clay
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    An Oklahoma County judge Friday ruled prosecutors have sufficient evidence for the case against a former Oklahoma County jail supervisor in the death of an inmate to proceed to trial.