• 'The West Wing' actress reprises role for real-life White House press briefing

    Silas Allen | Updated: 8 min ago

    At the end of the seventh season of the NBC drama "The West Wing," White House press secretary C.J. Cregg leaves Washington, D.C., to run a multi-billion dollar charitable organization in California. On Friday, though, she made a brief encore appearance at the White House. Actress Allison Janney, who portrayed Cregg, stopped by the White House briefing room Friday. Janney, posing as Cregg, told reporters that real-life White House press secretary Josh Earnest was out for the day — "I believe it's a root canal," Janney said, a nod to a dental emergency Cregg experienced in the show's first season. .@AllisonBJanney AKA CJ Cregg AKA Bonnie on @MomCBS drops by

  • Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo

    Updated: 17 min ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties." More than 200 people have been killed in eight days of mounting violence in and around the contested northern city, including 15 at the Malla Khan mosque hit by rebel rockets and another 10 from the government warplanes and helicopters, officials said. The surge in fighting has caused the collapse of a two-month cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia.

  • Oklahoma football: Four-star RB commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 30 min ago

    Hours after losing a wide receiver prospect, Oklahoma added a running back to its 2017 group of commitments. Four-star Trey Sermon from Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry announced his commitment to the Sooners on Twitter. Sermon (6-foot-1, 221 pounds) has offers that include Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan and Michigan State among others. Sermon is the No. 9 running back in the 2017 class according to Rivals.com and the No. 148 overall player in the class. Sermon is the 12th commitment for next year's class for Oklahoma.  Earlier Friday, four-star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb of Richmond, Texas, announced that he would re-open his recruitment after being committed to

  • Carter County under tornado watch until 10 p.m.

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Residents may see tornadoes, large hail, and strong winds Friday evening, according to the Carter County Emergency Management office.

  • Outgoing Fort Sill commander to head up Army missile defense command

    Silas Allen | Updated: 54 min ago

    LAWTON — The outgoing commanding general at Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence will head up the U.S. Army's missile defense command, Fort Sill officials announced Friday. Maj. Gen. John Rossi was appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Along with that appointment, Rossi has been nominated for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. That promotion must be approved by the U.S. Senate. Rossi has been commander at Fort Sill since June 2014. Earlier this year, post officials announced Maj. Gen. Brian J. McKiernan, commanding general of the First Army Division East, had been selected to be the post's new commanding

  • Why did Dallas draft Ezekiel Elliott?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Dallas Cowboys, with the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft, took Ohio State Ezekiel Elliott. And in doing so, bucked conventional wisdom. Heavy-duty tailbacks no longer are the rage in the NFL. Using two- or even three-man platoons is the new order. Tailbacks’ careers don’t last long. Why use such a premium pick on a player with an abbreviated career? Why use such a premium pick when a similar player might be available in the second round? But is all that true? Can you find tailbacks in the second round who are just as productive? So I ran a list. I found all the tailbacks picked in the upper half of the first round the last 10 years. I compared them to all the tailbacks picked in the upper half of

  • Watch Queen Elizabeth Drop the Mic in a Royals-Obama Twitter Showdown

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The White House and Kensington Palace are both talking some major smack over the upcoming Invictus Games, a competition for wounded veterans. Friday morning, First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a video from her official account of her and President Obama looking stern. “Hey Prince Harry, remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?” the First Lady asks, arms crossed. “Careful what you wish for,” the President says, before an American serviceman behind him says, “Boom.” Prince Harry struck back with a trump card in his video: the sass of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

  • Garth Brooks breaks Saskatchewan ticket sales record, plans July 4 shows in Las Vegas

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Garth Brooks today not only broke his previous ticket sales record in Saskatoon, but he also smashed the record for the whole Canadian province of Saskatchewan.  The Oklahoma country music superstar broke his Saskatoon record in 16 minutes when tickets for his comeback concert went on sale this morning, according to a news release. His previous record was set Aug. 14-15, 1996, at Saskatchewan Place, which is the same building as the SaskTel Centre. He sold 28,144 tickets. Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, also has broken the ticket sales record for the province of Saskatchewan. The previous record of 80,127 tickets sold was held by the Rolling Stones when they

  • Board OKs reductions that will limit mental health care access

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board approved cuts Thursday that limit how much therapy Medicaid members can receive. The board also approved provider rate cuts to behavioral health professionals.

  • What is Urban Land Institute Oklahoma?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    As I continue to blog and tweet about the #ULIOKtravels trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, I am reminded that not everyone is up to date on ULI, it's history, and how it has influenced development through the OKC metro. ULI traces its roots to 1936 with the formation of the National Real Estate Foundation for Practical Research and Education in Chicago. The model was that of a real estate college—a school of urbiculture—that could stand as an objective and recognized source of research and education, governed by a board of real estate professionals.

  • Audra Mae wins ASCAP Pop Music Award for Kelly Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers celebrated Wednesday the writers and publishers of the biggest songs of 2015 - including Oklahoma native Audra Mae - at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Mae, now based in Los Angeles, earned her award for co-writing Kelly Clarkson's Grammy-nominated hit single "Heartbeat Song." Mae, OMI (“Cheerleader”), Poo Bear (“Where Are Ü Now”) and Dave Bassett (“Ex’s & Oh’s”) performed the songs they took to the top of the charts in 2015 at Wednesday's ceremony. Max Martin broke an all-time ASCAP record by earning his ninth Songwriter of the Year award, presented by his "Love Me Harder" and "Problem" co-writer

  • At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research. Biden spoke at a conference on regenerative medicine and ended up sharing the stage with the pope, who used his own speech to decry a profit-driven medical research system. With light streaming through stained glass into an ornate auditorium, the pope called for empathy for the sick and communal guarantees that all have access to care. "Research, whether in academia and industry, requires unwavering attention to moral issues if it is to be an instrument which safeguards human life and the dignity of the person," the pope said.

  • Americans less likely to keep Sabbath, but majority still say it's important to society, new poll finds

    Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    A new survey about the Sabbath explores how modern Americans approach their observance of the holy day.

  • Interview: New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show Krystal Keith has written a lot of cradle songs over the past year. “I told my bandleader, ‘We might be touring on a lullaby album this year,’” she said with a laugh. “You know, it’s not as easy as it used to be to work on music. I’ve gone to Nashville a couple of times with her, and we’re going to go back this week for rehearsals. I write when I can … but it’s a little more difficult having a permanent sidekick.

  • How families can keep the Sabbath when the world interferes

    Jennifer Graham, Deseret News | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Keeping the Sabbath isn't optional, at least not in God's book. But observing the day of rest prescribed in the 10 Commandments can be difficult for busy families. Families who keep the Sabbath share their tips.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 29, 2016: Hear Brett Eldredge and Thompson Square at Shawnee's Firelake Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Today's featured event: SHAWNEE - Hear rising country star Brett Eldredge and award-winning country duo Thompson Square - which consists of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna - at 8 tonight at Firelake Arena,  18145 Old Rangeline Rd. For more information, go to www.firelakearena.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Slowpitch softball state tournament brackets set

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the brackets Friday morning for five of the six slowpitch softball state tournaments next week. Class 3A was not released. Not all regional tournaments have been completed. Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A play Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Class 3A, Class 2A and Class A follow at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday. Class 6A Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Quarterfinals Southmoore vs. Tahlequah, 11:30 a.m. (Field 3) Tecumseh vs. Tulsa Union, 11:30 a.m. (Field 4) Broken Arrow vs. Moore, 2:30 p.m. (Field 2) Broken Bow vs. Muskogee, 2:30 p.m. (Field 1) Semifinals Southmoore-Tahlequah

  • Tony Bennett sings his soul for Oklahoma City audience

    By Kimberly Burk, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Tony Bennett performed Thursday night at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Ole Miss to investigate Tunsil's comments on receiving cash

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil's comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." After Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, he initially denied taking money while at Ole Miss. The question arose after a post on his Instagram showed an alleged text message exchange between the offensive lineman and an Ole Miss football staff member that

  • Punishments but no criminal charges in US attack on hospital

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. aerial gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process mistakes and equipment failures, and none of the aircrew knew they were striking a trauma center, a top U.S. general said Friday. "This was an extreme situation" complicated by combat fatigue among U.S. special operations forces, Gen. Joseph Votel told a Pentagon news conference. Votel headed U.S. Special Operations Command at the time of the tragic attack last fall. In March he took over U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Afghanistan. Votel said investigators concluded that certain personnel failed to comply with the rules of engagement and the law of armed con