• Davis woman dies from Dec. 7 car crash injuries

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 min ago

    A Davis woman critically injured in a Dec. 7 crash died from her injuries Dec. 12, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Thursday morning.

  • Norman police release 911 tape from officer-involved shooting

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: 30 min ago

    Norman police release 911 tape on YouTube from Sunday’s officer-related shooting.

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    Updated: 49 min ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws. "This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state," Bruning said at a news conference in Lincoln.

  • Oklahoma seeks to snuff out Colorado marijuana sales

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    State joins with Nebraska in asking U.S. Supreme Court to deem recreational sales unconstitutional

  • 'Pretty horrible' scene; car slams into crowd

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said. "Someone ran the red light, and bodies started flying. It was pretty horrible," witness Marco Zonno told KNBC-TV. Within moments of the crash Wednesday night along California's famed Pacific Coast Highway, people were at the sides of victims lying in the street, said Mark Milutin, 26, who was in one of the cars stopped at the light. "It was a very fast reaction," he said. "Two or three people were around each

  • LIVE: Lake Hefner drilling proposal meeting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City utilities department is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday on a proposal by Pedestal Oil Co. Inc. to drill for oil and natural gas near Lake Hefner. The meeting is at the Will Rogers Conservatory, 3600 NW 36. Energy reporters Adam Wilmoth and Paul Monies are covering it. Follow live updates below.

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able to assist in their own defenses but their attorneys disagreed with the findings. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren sided with the state during back-to-back hearings to decide the issue Thursday. During the first hearing, the 13-year-old girl watched quietly as experts explained why they thought she was or wasn't fit to go on trial. Wearing a black pantsuit and shackles, she only spoke to tell the judge that she believed she wasn't competent.

  • Chat recap: Edmond Public Safety Center should be finished by late summer in 2015

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 1:26 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our chat at 2 p.m. Diana will be logging in then, but you can start submitting your questions now. Diana Baldwin 2:01 p.m. Welcome to Edmond Live Chat. Send your questions in and we will get started. Jack 2:01 p.m. Anything we can look forward to for the city in 2015? Diana Baldwin 2:03 p.m.

  • Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for Tsarnaev's final pretrial conference. Tensions ran high, and one bombing victim had a testy exchange with protesters outside. During the brief court hearing, U.S. District Court George O'Toole Jr. made no rulings, saying he would rule in writing on pending motions, including the defense's latest push to move the trial out of Boston.

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years. While he issued a litany of sharp rebukes against the West, Putin struck a conciliatory note on Ukraine, saying that the rebellious east should remain part of the country, backing a quick exchange of war prisoners and praising his Ukrainian counterpart. The mixture of blistering anti-Western rhetoric and constructive signals appeared to indicate that Putin is eager to negotiate a face-saving solution to the Ukrainian crisis, but has no intention of conceding defeat in his standoff with the West.

  • Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists. The American Jewish Committee was one of several Jewish groups that approached the Vatican in the months before Benedict's March 2012 visit to Cuba to ask that the German pontiff raise the issue on humanitarian grounds with President Raul Castro, The Associated Press has learned. "I was told to rest assured that it would be and that it was raised," the AJC's Rabbi David Rosen told the AP o

  • Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the scientists say. The University of Colorado and University of Nebraska announced this week that they have formed the Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group to develop the program. Here are some key questions and answers about the research: WHY USE DRONES? Scientists have no other way to get instrumen

  • Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney. A corrected version of the story is below: 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak 14 employees at 'filthy' pharmacy charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64 patients By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics.

  • Oklahoma City police searching for two black males accused of robbing a man at gunpoint Monday night

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

    Oklahoma City police are looking for two black males after they allegedly kicked in the door of a home Monday night and stole a man’s wallet at gunpoint, local police reported Thursday.

  • Correction: Exchange Student Shot story

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a Montana man convicted in the shooting death of a German teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a security guard. A corrected version of the story is below: Guilty verdict in German exchange student's death Jury convicts Montana man in German exchange student's death in 'castle doctrine' case By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press MISSOULA, Mont.

  • Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said. In neighboring Guinea, a fire destroyed medicine crucial to fighting Ebola. The fire engulfed a warehouse at the Conakry airport and burned everything inside, said Dr. Moussa Konate, head of logistics for Guinea's Ebola response. He could not immediately say how much had been lost. The world's largest Ebola outbreak has drawn a massive international response, and supplies, including everything from rubber gloves to ambulances, have poured into West Africa.

  • Fire in northwest Oklahoma City allegedly was intentionally set Thursday

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

    Fire investigators are looking into a fire in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Barons hockey team to cease operations after season

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OKC BARONS — After a five-year run in Oklahoma City, the AHL’s Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will cease operations at the conclusion of this season. Citing declining attendance and rising financial concerns, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. announced Wednesday this would be the last season of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future.

  • Should Land Run re-enactments be discontinued in Oklahoma school districts?

    Tim Willert | Updated: 7 hr ago

    We're working on a story about how some schools have decided to discontinue Land Run re-enactments because some American Indian parents find them culturally insensitive and hurtful. A lot of districts still do them and don’t have plans to stop.  Reporter Tim Willert would like to hear from American Indian parents on this, especially those whose children attend school in the Oklahoma City district. Students, too; even non-natives. If you'd like to share your thoughts on this, you can call him at 405-475-3524 or send an email to twillert@opubco.com.

  • 4 more flu-related deaths reported in Oklahoma

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

    The Oklahoma Department of Health is reporting four more deaths due to influenza in the state. The department said Thursday that six people have now died as a result of the flu during the season that began Sept. 28. Each person who died was 65-years-old or older. Two of the deaths were reported in Garfield County and one each in Carter, Oklahoma, Payne, and Stephens counties. Nearly 140 people have also been hospitalized due to the flu. A record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths recorded in the 2009 season, when the state began tracking the statistic.