• Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons. No country would welcome a movie portraying the glib and graphic assassination of its leader. But nowhere could it be expected to generate more official outrage and possible reprisals than in North Korea, home to the world's most intense cult of personality, where even the hint of criticism of the ruling Kim dynasty can mean a long stint in prison and where it's a serious offense to merely crumple up a newspaper with any of the leaders' images.

  • Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them. Stephen Payne, a spokesman for circus parent company Feld Entertainment, said this week that although they are appealing the finding, they are not planning to reprise the act and are implementing other safety measures recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. "We want to make sure that something like this never happens again," he said, adding that while one of the injured acrobats has returned to the circus, the others had not.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 18, 2014: See Pollard Theatre's "Territorial Christmas Carol" in Guthrie (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Today’s featured event: GUTHRIE — See the Pollard Theatre’s annual holiday favorite “A Territorial Christmas Carol” at 8 tonight at the theater, 120 W Harrison Ave. The show’s run finishes up this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to thepollard.org. For […]

  • Ex-Oklahoma police officer charged with killing daughter's boyfriend in court Thursday

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    TULSA — A former Tulsa police officer charged with killing his daughter’s boyfriend is due back in court. Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tulsa County District Court for 54-year-old Shannon Kepler. Kepler is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Kepler has pleaded not guilty. Kepler was off-duty when police say he shot Lake while Lake was walking with Kepler’s daughter. An autopsy report says Lake was shot once in the neck and once in the chest.

  • 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. Now its American movie division, a trophy asset, is facing tens of millions of dollars in losses from leaks by hackers that attacked the company over a movie that spoofs an assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails that could damage its relationships with stars and give other studios an ad

  • Most Americans think Christian symbols on government property are OK, survey shows

    Megan Marsden Christensen, KSL | Yesterday

    A new survey shows a majority of Americans believe Christian symbols should be permitted on government property, according to the PewResearch Center.

  • Cloudy Thursday in central Oklahoma with a high near 46

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the 40s again Thursday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be cloudy.

  • Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history, burst into a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday wielding a shotgun, taking 17 people hostage. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed into the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed in a barrage of gunfire, along with Monis. "This has been a horrific wake-up call," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Macquarie Radio.

  • Oklahoma City residents worried about Lake Hefner oil drilling proposal bring concerns to water trust

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Several residents worried about an oil company’s proposal to drill on the southern shore of Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner turned out Tuesday to a regular meeting of the city’s water trust.

  • Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council on Monday approved the planned unit development for Springstone Behavioral Hospital.

  • Man charged in connection with Oklahoma City emergency room attack

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Keith Bain, 58, of Valliant, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with five felonies, including two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery upon an emergency medical care provider and malicious injury and destruction of property.

  • Idabel man is charged with murder in girl's death

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Dakota Lane Williston, 19, was indicted Tuesday in Muskogee federal court, accused of killing Payton Cockrell, 2, by child abuse on Indian land.

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana — was accompanied by a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies and the celebratory release of American Alan Gross, a government contract worker who had been held in Cuba for five years. The shift in U.S.-Cuba policy was the culmination of 18 months of secret talks between the longtime foes that included a series of meetings in Canada and the personal i

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace. A U.S. official said Wednesday that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea and may make an announcement in the near future.

  • Oklahoma City's Bricktown Burgers closes after 20 years

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Dick Parr’s restaurant at 300 E Main was one of Bricktown’s oldest restaurants when it closed last week. By Parr’s calculation, he has served more than a half-million burgers over those years at the Oklahoma City eatery.

  • Tax cut gets green light for 2016

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Revenue projections are sufficient to trigger a cut in Oklahoma’s top state income tax bracket beginning in 2016, state Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger announced Wednesday.

  • Dr. No to the end: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn blocks bills in last day in Senate

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Departing Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, catches flak for single-handedly blocking approval of legislation addressing terrorism insurance and veteran suicide.

  • Chandler woman dies in traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Brandi Porter, 33, died at the scene of an accident in Lincoln County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City police officers cleared of wrongdoing in Plaza Inn shoot-out

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Two Oklahoma City officers were cleared of wrongdoing in a shoot-out at the Plaza Inn motel that left one woman dead and several injured.

  • Gauge containing radioactive material stolen in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 22 hr ago

    A gauge containing radioactive material was stolen from an Oklahoma City parking lot, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality reported.