• Man taken into custody after Oklahoma City standoff Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Police report a man was taken into custody following a standoff. The standoff was in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Pedestrians struck by vehicle, one killed in Osage County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 37 min ago

    Two men from Sand Springs were struck by a sport utility vehicle in Osage County, Oklahoma Thursday. One man died.

  • High school basketball and wrestling results: Saturday, Jan. 31

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Thursday’s Results Boys City Area Harrah 86, Luther 51 John Marshall 67, Oklahoma Christian 65, OT State Allen 70, Sasakwa 33 Central Sallisaw 54, Webbers Falls 48 Dewar 50, Weleetka 38 Keyes 53, Hardesty 19 Latta 52, Atoka 43 Leflore 57, Buffalo Valley 29 Pawnee 80, Morrison 27 Pryor 54, Collinsville 42 Seiling 69, Laverne 48 Stilwell 84, Sallisaw 40 Tulsa Memorial 54, Okmulgee 52 Wapanucka 67, Calvin 45 Waynoka 60, Freedom 16 Whitesboro 47, Battiest 43 Girls City Area Harrah 88, Luther 33 John Marshall 35, Oklahoma Christian 31 State Caney 62, Buffalo Valley

  • Up next in the AHL

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Lake Erie at Barons When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Cox Center Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1 Tickets: Available at the Cox Center box office. Prices start at $10. Scouting report: The Barons lead the season series 2-0-0, winning twice in January in Cleveland....The Monsters have won two straight, both over San Antonio....Oklahoma City is coming off a two-game split in Charlotte....Defenseman Maxim Noreau leads Lake Erie with 22 assists and 30 points....

  • Panel urges changes to military benefits

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems. The proposals, which would save more than $20 billion over the next four years, would allow some of the programs to operate more like existing federal employee systems, and give service members and their families greater flexibility in their health care and retirement choices. There were no recommended changes to military pay. Lawmakers so far have been reluctant to tamper much with the benefits that America's troops and their families receive. “There are no easy

  • World briefs

    | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    EUROPE FRANCE | Paris — French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said. Fritz-Joly Joachin was arrested Jan. 1 on an unrelated warrant while trying to cross from Bulgaria into Turkey. French police say that Joachin, 29, was an associate of the Kouachi brothers, who killed 12 people in an attack Jan. 7 against newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

  • Youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas at protests

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    JALINGO, Nigeria — Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt. Police used tear gas and whips to disperse the mob. From Jalingo, Jonathan flew to Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where officials had declared the route of his motorcade a no-go area. The presidential cavalcade already had been stoned in northern Katsina city and northeast Bauchi last week. Youths in Bauchi flung shoes and plastic bottles at

  • Obama seeks to bust spending limits by $74B

    By JOSH LEDERMAN | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama's proposed $74 billion in added spending — about 7 percent — would be split about evenly between defense programs and the domestic side of the budget. Although he's sought before to reverse the “sequester” spending cuts, Obama's pitch in this year's budget comes with the added oomph of an improving economy and big recent declines in

  • Co-pilot was at helm of crashed jet, officials say

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28, halfway from Indonesia's city of Surabaya to Singapore. All 162 people on board were killed. Chief investigator of the National Transportation Safety Committee Marjono Siswosuwarno said that the cockpit voice recording indicated that the co-pilot, French national Remi Emmanuel Plesel, was flying the plane while Indonesian Capt. Iriyanto was monitoring.

  • As Boston digs out, kids rejoice and drivers stake their claims

    By PHILIP MARCELO and STEVE LeBLANC | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    MASSACHUSETTS Boston — Boston continued Thursday to dig out from a historic storm that dumped more than two feet of snow this week, even as forecasters predict more snow on the way for Massachusetts and parts of southern New England in the coming days. In the city's Charlestown neighborhood, Richard and Laura Cranford shrugged at the prospect of more snow as they strolled along a mostly cleared sidewalk by the Bunker Hill monument. “There's not much you can do about it,” said Richard Cranford. “But we'll get along OK here, like we always do.

  • Nickelodeon plans Internet-only subscription service

    By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK — Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. Nickelodeon owner Viacom Inc. merely said that the offering will have its own brand name. It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said the new service “will target the fast-growing mobile market (and) will be very attractive for parents and children.” Details, including the price, will come next month. HBO and Showtime are also

  • 58 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Since September, 58 residents have died because of flu-related complications, 43 of whom were 65 or older, the state Health Department reported Thursday. This time last year, 25 Oklahomans had died from the flu, including two children, and in 2013 during the same time, 17 Oklahomans had died of the flu.

  • #MyOklahoma for Jan. 30

    | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    #MyOklahoma for Jan. 30, 2015

  • U.S. economic health stays uncertain for middle-class families in recovery

    Associated Press |
    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth “solid.” But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating. Nearly half of U.S. households — 47 percent — say they spend all of their income, go into debt or dip into savings to meet their annual expenses, according to an analysis of Fed survey data released Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “They could not withstand a serious financial emergency,” said Diana Elliott, a Pew research manager who co-wrote the analysis. “That really is the contrast to the macroeconomic story” of

  • Nation briefs

    | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    GOVERNMENT IDAHO | Boise — Idaho lawmakers voted to halt a bill Thursday that would create protections for gay and lesbian people, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters. The House State Affairs Committee —made up of the Legislature's most conservative lawmakers— voted 13-4 to hold the bill in committee and prevent it from moving onto the House floor for a vote. The proposal would have included the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in Idaho's Human Rights Act. The law already bans discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin in situations like housing

  • At least 2 die in blast at children's hospital

    By ALBERTO ARCE and E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    MEXICO Mexico City — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. At least two people were killed and 73 injured, Mexico City officials said. The known dead were a woman and a child. Officials earlier said at least four people had been killed. About 75 percent of the hospital collapsed, officials said, and the priority was to continue digging in search of any trapped survivors.

  • Hundreds of state employees sent home after water line break at Oklahoma Capitol complex

    By Rick M. Green
    Capitol Bureau |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Workers using a backhoe broke a water line for the Sequoyah Memorial Office Building Thursday in the Oklahoma Capitol complex and about 500 employees were sent home about noon while repairs were made.

  • Filing continues in Oklahoma City council races

    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Four more candidates filed Thursday to run for Oklahoma City Council in the March 3 election. Candidates include all the sitting council members who had announced plans to seek re-election — Ed Shadid in Ward 2, David Greenwell in Ward 5 and Meg Salyer in Ward 6.

  • Two Oklahoma high schools praised for academic success

    By K.S. McNutt
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized 10 high schools as academic state champions for success in the Oklahoma’s Promise tuition scholarship program. Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City is the Class 4A champion for the sixth consecutive years. Union High School in Tulsa is the Class 6A champion for the third consecutive year.

  • Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ‘70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81. McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said. Until his sabbatical in 1981, McKuen was an astonishingly successful and prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs, poems and records.