• FBI surrounds last occupiers at Oregon refuge

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon as they yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off, prayed with supporters over an open phone line, and said later they would turn themselves in Thursday morning The tense standoff between law enforcement officers and the four occupiers played out on the Internet beginning Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry. Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio, sounded increasingly unraveled as he continually yelled, at times hysterically, at what he said was an FBI negotiator. "You're going to hell. Kill me. Get it over with," he said.

  • New firefighter joins dad, brother on the Oklahoma City Fire Department

    By Darla Slipke Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    For many firefighters, joining is part of a family tradition in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City-based Continental's production rises, proved reserves drop

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Continental Energy saw its oil and natural gas production rise 27 percent in 2015. But the Oklahoma City companies' proved reserves slipped by 9 percent, it said.

  • Argument over cellphone prompts OKC dog attack

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    An argument over a cellphone spurred what its owners consider a freak dog attack. Wesley Hudson, 33, was taken to a hospital Sunday in serious condition with multiple dog bites. He was back in the emergency room on Tuesday from complications with his right arm, which was mauled in the incident, his wife, Shelley Hudson, said. “I don't care about my arm. I just want my dog back,” Wesley Hudson said from the hospital. Their 170-pound, 7-year-old St. Bernard, Atlas, was euthanized Sunday after being shot by police in the front lawn of the home, Shelley Hudson said. The couple were arguing about a cellphone about 1:40 p.m. when the dog came from a back room of 1227 NW 45 and attacked Wesley Hudson.

  • Candidates hope for boost in S. Carolina

    By BILL BARROW and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    SOUTH CAROLINA | COLUMBIA — A muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination. Not me, Carly Fiorina announced, dropping out of the campaign. A Chris Christie spokeswoman said his race was over, too. But a sizeable field remained. To the dismay of party leaders, all signs point to a drawn-out battle for delegates following Trump's resounding victory in New Hampshire. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, under pressure to prove himself after a devastating fifth-place finish, was looking for a fight that could last for months or even spill into the first contested GOP national convention since

  • Exiting the GOP race

    By CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    IOWA | DES MOINES — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina exited the 2016 Republican presidential race Wednesday, after winning praise for her debate prowess but struggling to build a winning coalition in a crowded GOP field. "While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," Fiorina wrote in a Facebook statement. "I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential," the statement said. Fiorina, 61, entered the tumultuous Republican primary in April.

  • McCarty leads Texas past Cowgirls

    By MARK ROSNER Associated Press | Updated: 5 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas center Imani Boyette has become a target for opponents, a point of emphasis. But as the 6-foot-7 Boyette struggles on offense, the Longhorns keep winning. Brooke McCarty had 18 points, and fellow guard Ariel Atkins added 16 and No. 6 Texas beat No. 20 Oklahoma State 70-55 on Wednesday night to sweep the two-game season series for the first time since 2006. Boyette had nine rebounds and five blocks for Texas (22-1, 11-1 Big 12). Boyette, who leads Texas with nearly 13 points a game, converted only 2 of 8 shots against Oklahoma State. But after she left the game with 5:45 remaining with four fouls, her backup, Kelsey Lang, made consecutive baskets inside to give the Longhorns a 12-point lead.

  • Canadian County undersheriff announces candidacy

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West announced Wednesday he is running for the county sheriff position.

  • Retail briefs for Feb. 11

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    Retail briefs for Feb. 11, 2016

  • Q&A with Troy E. Jones

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    In anticipating the post-work years, planners have found expenses tend to be the greatest at the beginning and end of retirement. Many retirees have made early retirement a reality by working longer but with fewer hours.


    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $24 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $12 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Jan. 29: COMPLETION Johnston: XTO Energy Inc.; Hagood No. 2-22H Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 22-04S-04E; 240 barrels oil per day, 3,353,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 15,904. Love: XTO Energy Inc.; Rachel No. 1-32H Well; SE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 32-07S-02E; 726 barrels oil per day, 3,530,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 21,880. Okfuskee: Williams Clayton Energy Inc.; Coy No. 2-13 Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 SW1/4 of 13-11N-10E; 337,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 2,800. INTENT TO


    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    LIVESTOCK Wednesday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 364; Last week: 543; Last Year: 459 Receipts: Monday: 6,186 Compared to last week: Slaughter cows steady to $1 lower. Slaughter bulls $1 higher. Packer demand good. Demand moderate to good for limited numbers of bred cows. A total of 150 cows and bull sold with 38 percent going to packers. Slaughter Cows: 1050-1600 lbs. Average dressing $74-$81; High dressing $79.50-$85.50; Low dressing $65.50-$75.00. 725-925 lbs. Light weight cows Average and High dressing not tested; Low dressing $61-$66. Slaughter Bulls: 1400-2175 lbs. Average dressing $96; High dressing $107-$114; Low dressing $90-$91.50.

  • VW, Audi, BMW recall nearly 1.7M vehicles in air bag mess

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    DETROIT — Volkswagen, Audi and BMW are recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators that can rupture and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The moves announced Wednesday bring to just over 5.1 million the number of vehicles in the latest round of Takata recalls. U.S. safety regulators announced the recalls last month after a  man was killed by an exploding driver-side air bag inflator. So far, VW, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Ford and Mazda have announced recalls in the latest round. Since 2008, about 24 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled, with about 50 million recalled worldwide. On Wednesday, VW and Audi said they would recall a total of 850,000 vehicles in the U.S. BMW added

  • Rental car giant Hertz warns 255 OKC employees of pending layoffs

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Jobs will vanish as company shifts information technology services to IBM. 80 Tulsa employees also to lose jobs.

  • Migration season? Twitter reports flat growth as users flock elsewhere

    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to other services that strike a more personal chord. The San Francisco company showed no user growth at all in a fourth-quarter report released Thursday, the clearest signal yet that the one-time trendsetter is struggling to remain relevant. That leaves it with 320 million monthly users — roughly one-fifth the size of Facebook. CEO Jack Dorsey is working hard to reconfigure the decade-old service. That's trickier than it sounds, since he also needs to avoid alienating a core of devoted users who depend on it to tweet their thoughts and track issues that

  • Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving car plans

    By TOM KRISHER and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has decided. The redefinition of "driver" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, which is developing self-driving cars that get around without steering wheels, pedals — or even the need for a person to be inside. Though treating a computer like a driver for regulatory purposes helps Google, its cars have miles to go before they get on the road in great numbers. While the safety agency agreed with Google's "driver" reinterpretation in a recent letter, it didn't allow other concessions and said numerous federal rules would have to be

  • Oklahoma panel approves bill to raise threshold for property crimes to be felonies

    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Oklahoma House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee on Wednesday passed a bill backed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would raise the threshhold to $1,000 before some property crimes can be prosecuted as felonies.

  • Climbing the ladder into a family-tree tradition

    By Darla Slipke Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Years ago, when Malcolm Baker was still just a boy, his dad tasked him with "shooting the moon." Baker was spending the night at his dad's Oklahoma City fire station. Before he went to bed, his dad instructed him to push a button that would cut off the station's lights if the firefighters were called out during the night. The alarm sounded that night, but Malcolm didn't stir. The next morning, his dad teased him that he could never be a firefighter the way he slept, Malcolm recalled recently with a laugh. They had no idea then that Malcolm would one day follow in his father's footsteps by joining the fire service.

  • Persistent economic weakness could slow future rate hikes, Fed chief tells Congress

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes. But Yellen made clear that the Fed likely won't find it necessary to cut rates after having raised them from record lows in December. She did concede, though, that negative rates, which central banks in Japan and Europe have recently imposed, are a tool the Fed has at least studied. In her semiannual report to Congress, Yellen offered no major surprises. And she reiterated the Fed's confidence that the U.S. economy was on track for stronger growth and an increase in too-low inflation.

  • Nation world briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    No parole for assassin CALIFORNIA | SAN DIEGO — For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release. Commissioners concluded Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime. “This crime impacted the nation, and I daresay it impacted the world,” commissioner Brian Roberts said. “It was a political assassination of a viable Democratic presidential candidate.