• 'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. He told them they would see it on the news. Kaarma hoped to bait an intruder by leaving his garage door partially open and placing a purse inside, prosecutors said. And when he did, a motion detector alerted him early April 27. Kaarma took a shotgun outside and almost immediately fired four blasts into the garage. Diren Dede, unarmed, was hit twice. He died after the final shot hit him in the head. For those reasons, Kaarma's "castle doctrine" defense, which allows people to use deadly force to protect their home and fami

  • Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

    Updated: 4 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: 6 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: 7 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: 8 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: 8 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: 8 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: 8 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: 8 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.

  • City panel to vote on incentives for 108 new jobs at Enable Midstream Partners

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The average first-year wage for the new jobs at the Oklahoma City-based energy firm is estimated at $131,291.

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    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. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz called it the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.

  • Tax cut gets green light for 2016

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 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: 9 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: 11 hr ago

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

  • McLoud police officer remained in serious condition Wednesday after Tuesday morning collision

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A McLoud police officer remains in serious condition Wednesday after a collision with a trash truck Tuesday morning in McLoud, hospital officials said. About 6:40 a.m., McLoud police officer Alan Smith, 28, was driving a police vehicle on State Highway 102 about a mile north of Interstate 40 when he collided with a trash truck, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • UPDATE: Woman taken into custody after standoff at RV dealership

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    McClain County Sheriff Don Hewitt said deputies and Purcell police have surrounded a building at an RV dealership. The woman has a weapon, he said.

  • Brianna Bailey's rebuttal: 8 best Christmas movies ever

    Brianna Bailey | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    I noticed a few glaring omissions to Richard Hall's list of his top eight Christmas movies, so this is my rebuttal.

  • Victim of attempted car jacking fought back, Oklahoma City police report

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Curtlon Panoske, 18, was arrested on a complaint of attempted robbery Tuesday evening.