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Oklahoma authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

The man suspected of shooting three people inside an Oklahoma City restaurant before being fatally shot by bystanders had no obvious connection to the victims or the restaurant, and was legally authorized to carry a firearm, authorities said Friday.

Oklahoma governor vetoes gun carry bill in defeat for NRA

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state.

Oklahoma governor signs adoption law opposed by LGBT groups

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill late Friday that gay rights advocates say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians in placing children.

4 troopers hurt, suspect dead in Oklahoma shootout

Four Oklahoma troopers were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a warrant early Friday at a man’s home that may have been booby-trapped to spark a large fire, authorities said.

Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison retiring after 15 seasons

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 seasons, all with the same franchise. Collison was a first-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003 and remained with the organization when it relocated to Oklahoma City. The 37-year-old Collison did not give a reason for retiring, only saying he was blessed to have spent 15 years in the NBA. The 6-foot-10 Collison played in 910 career regular-season games and 91 playoff games.

Oklahoma passes faith veto on LGBT adoptions; Kansas close

Oklahoma legislators approved a measure Thursday to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes and lawmakers in Kansas were close to passing a similar measure.

4 charged in deaths of 2 men found chained in Oklahoma pond

A 16-year-old is charged along with his older brother, mother and the mother’s boyfriend in the deaths of two black men whose bodies were found dismembered and chained to cinder blocks in an Oklahoma City pond after what authorities say was a gun sale arranged on Craigslist that turned deadly.

Thunder GM: Coach Billy Donovan will return next season

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said coach Billy Donovan’s job is safe. Oklahoma City had high expectations after trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook. The Thunder still lost in the first round of the playoffs. Presti noted that Donovan has been forced to deal with a lot of changes.

Donovan Mitchell scores 38, Jazz beat Thunder 96-91 to win series

Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and the Utah Jazz held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-91 in Game 6 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Russell Westbrook had 46 points for the Thunder and Steven Adams added 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Thunder G Russell Westbrook gets fine, tech for confronting Rudy Gobert

Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as a substitution following a stoppage with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 Game 4 loss to the Jazz. He intervened in an incident between Gobert and Oklahoma City backup point guard Raymond Felton.

Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason

Ricky Rubio is not wilting under the pressure from Russell Westbrook, matching – if not outplaying – the reigning league MVP. Rubio is a major reason his Utah Jazz have a 3-1 lead against Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their first-round NBA playoff series. Rubio is averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8 assists. The Rubio-Westbrook matchup mirrors what is happening throughout the playoffs. Effective point guard play has translated to wins.