Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.
The 64-year-old Nyad stepped ashore in Key West on Monday just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana on Saturday.
As she approached the shore, spectators surrounded her in the water, taking pictures and cheering her on. She swam within a couple dozen feet of the beach and walked on to dry land. She looked dazed and sunburned.
Police in Norman say public intoxication and other charges have been filed against the driver of a car that was struck by the Heartland Flyer passenger train.
Police say the collision occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday when a car driven by Derick Mellican was struck by the train in Cleveland County. Officials say the vehicle had been driving on the tracks for about four miles when the driver stopped and jumped from the vehicle just prior to impact.
Oklahoma legislators who return to the state Capitol Tuesday to begin a special session to overhaul the state's system for filing civil lawsuits could find some of the heavy lifting on "tort reform" bills already completed.
House and Senate officials say several pieces of a comprehensive 2009 bill that was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court were addressed by the Legislature in later bills and shouldn't have to be revisited again in the special session.
Seventy-two of the state’s 77 counties, or 94 percent, are designated by the federal government as shortage areas for primary health professionals; 30 have 10 or fewer doctors of any kind. The five counties not considered shortage areas are Oklahoma, Johnston, Canadian, Rogers and Wagoner, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
100 years ago, give or take a year, according to whom you are speaking, the Smithsonian sent an artist out to different reservations to make busts of Native Americans, the thinking being that these were a “vanishing people” and should be preserved for posterity.
Then, these busts were forgotten, becoming just more acquisitions for the Smithsonian Institution’s vast holdings.
Several Native American tribes across Oklahoma are holding celebrations this weekend to recognize their culture and heritage.
In Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation is hosting the Cherokee National Holiday. The holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. The event runs through Sunday and will feature arts and crafts, softball and basketball tournaments, fireworks and more.
The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur is hosting a stomp dance, stickball and cultural demonstrations as part of a Labor Day celebration on Saturday.