• Three die after separate crashes on Oklahoma roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 52 min ago

    James Boehl, 26, of Ratliff City; Joleen Wilson, 25, of Ponca City and Lucas Hipolito, 27, of Guymon, died Saturday after separate crashes on Oklahoma roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces. The separatists' top leader declared that an offensive against Mariupol had begun — then later toned down his threats as the scale of the civilian casualties became clear.

  • Travelblog: My birthday in Vegas

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: 4 hr ago

    What happened to those $2.99 buffets in Las Vegas? The last time I was in Sin City was in the late ‘80s, when my wife wanted to walk up and down the strip and see every hotel. It was August. We were young and stupid. Before that, a couple of my old high school chums […]

  • Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris. "These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act," Fernan

  • Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police. As many as 50 people were in and around the small home when shots were fired "by multiple shooters" around 2 a.m., Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. No arrests have been made, and police said they were confident the shootings were gang-related. The vast majority of people at the scene refused to help police, the chief said during a news conference Saturday evening. He said he understood witnesses' fear but pleaded for them to come forward.

  • Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub." Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83. The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause. Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two." In fact, that sunny finish to his famous catchphrase adorns his statue outside Wrigley Field. "His joyous outlook will never be forgotten by fans of the Cubs and all those who love baseball," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a state

  • The Oklahoman's movie review of 'American Sniper' goes global

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 13 hr ago

    ‘American Sniper’ became a hot topic on the Internet this past week. A lot of it was political, to be sure. That’s to be expected. It’s a movie about war. Since just about every topic on the Internet becomes political, a movie about war is bound to become political, as well. But a good portion […]

  • Banks remembered as ambassador of baseball and Chicago

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks is being remembered as an optimist who broke barriers and was an ambassador of Chicago. The Cubs announced the 83-year-old died Friday. A two-time MVP, "Mr. Cub" hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career, including five seasons with 40 or more. Condolences and remembrances poured in Saturday from the White House, state, city and local leaders. In a Saturday statement, President Barack Obama says Banks was an ambassador for baseball and Chicago. The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Banks was a racial bridge builder and treated people with dignity. Banks was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when the Cubs discovered him in 1953.

  • RIA Novosti: Ukrainian rebel leader says offensive has begun on key govt-held city of Mariupol

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — RIA Novosti: Ukrainian rebel leader says offensive has begun on key govt-held city of Mariupol.

  • Parties Extra Video!---Luncheon set by Friends of the Capitol!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 14 hr ago

    [brightcove]4007160527001[/brightcove] Ginny Bass Carl, Friends of the Capitol Chairman, and Kelley McGuire, Board member and luncheon committee member, talk about Friends of the Capitol on Parties Extra!

  • Pope: Ridding stereotypes key to Christian-Muslim relations

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says the most effective antidote to violence among Christians and Muslims is learning about each other and then accepting differences. Francis also told participants Saturday of a meeting promoted by the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamist Studies that only by carefully listening can interreligious dialogue make progress. He said "patience and humility" are essential for deepened Islamic-Christian dialogue while merely superficial dialogue will only yield "stereotypes and preconceptions." Francis added: "The most effective antidote to every form of violence is education about discovering and accepting difference as richness and fertileness.

  • Dignitaries head to Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after nearly two decades at the helm. Despite deep tensions and rivalries between the nations, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was among the first to arrive to the Sunni-ruled kingdom on Saturday where he was greeted at the airport by the late king's son, Prince Turki, who is governor of Riyadh. Saudi state TV showed Zarif walking with the prince down a red carpet on the tarmac. The newly enthroned King Salman is also expected to receive in the coming days U.S.

  • Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease. And in the streets of Guinea's capital, it is rare to see the formerly ubiquitous plastic buckets of bleach and water for hand washing. Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived.

  • Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'


    TOKYO (AP) — Japan promised Saturday not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to rescue two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants demanding a $200 million ransom, after a deadline passed with no word from the captors. Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group posted an online warning Friday afternoon that the "countdown has begun" for the extremists to kill 47-year-old Kenji Goto and 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa. The extremists gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 72 hours to pay the ransom, and the deadline expired Friday. The posting, which appeared on a forum popular among Islamic State militants and sympathizers, did not show any images of the hostages, who are believed to be held somewhe

  • Oklahoma City police arrest Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger on Thursday night

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Doerflinger was arrested on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama


    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama's refusal to recognize their 2008 marriage performed in California. The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for advocates of marriage rights. Judges have also struck down bans in several other Southern states, including the Carolinas, Florida, Mississippi and Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court announced this month that it will take up the issue of whether gay couples have a fundamental right to marry and if states can ban such unions.

  • Oklahoma authorities dismantle methamphetamine trafficking organization in Ponca City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control and local authorities wrapped up a yearlong methamphetamine trafficking investigation that resulted in numerous arrest warrants, officials announced Friday.

  • Kingston woman dies after single-vehicle crash in Marshall County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Shirley Smart, 86, died after her vehicle crashed near Little City in Marshall County on Friday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Video shows killing of clerk over cigarettes near Phoenix


    PHOENIX (AP) — A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting. The chilling depiction was outlined in a court document Friday as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge set bail at $1 million for 29-year-old Apolinar Altamirano in connection with the shooting of the 21-year-old clerk during his overnight shift. Altamirano was convicted in 2012 on a burglary charge but never went to prison after getting probation. He was also banned two weeks ago from the Mesa store where the shooting occurred.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to review Oklahoma's execution drugs

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Yesterday

    In wake of Oklahoma’s controversial execution, high court will examine a state’s execution procedures for the first time since 2008 to determine whether they risk cruel and unusual punishment.