• Up to 1,000 Norman students rally outside school

    By Graham Lee Brewer and Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writers | Updated: 4 min ago

    Some students lined the street early, rather than going to class at all, while the majority walked out of school at 9:20 a.m. to rousing cheers.

  • Bedlam football: TV, time still open for OU vs. OSU on Dec. 6

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Big 12 Conference is taking a "wait-and-see" approach in regard to Bedlam football. The kickoff time and TV listing Dec. 6 game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have yet to be finalized as of Monday morning. The confernce tossed out at least four options for the game. The Big 12 says it's anticipated that it will know the kickoff times and TV listings for all of its Dec. 6 games following this Saturday's games. Networks are exercising six-day selection for Dec. 6's TV designations/times.

  • Suspect in 5 Kansas City deaths pleads not guilty

    Updated: 43 min ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of killing five people in a Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood has pleaded not guilty to all charges he faces, including five counts of first-degree murder. Thirty-four-year-old Brandon Howell entered the plea in Jackson County Court on Monday morning. Prosecutors say Howell brutally beat George and Anna Taylor on Sept. 2, then fatally shot Alice Hurst; her son, Darrel Hurst; and Susan Choucroun outside their homes before fleeing in the Taylors' SUV. Howell was arrested hours later when police found him walking with a loaded shotgun. Besides the murder counts, he's charged with four counts of armed criminal action, first-degree burglary, stealing a motor vehicle and unlaw

  • Israeli police say Arab stabs Jew in Jerusalem

    Updated: 47 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say an Arab assailant has stabbed a Jewish man in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the man was stabbed Monday night outside the old city of Jerusalem and has been taken to hospital in moderate to serious condition. One suspect has been arrested. He said the incident was being regarded as a terrorist attack. Israel is in the midst of its worst sustained bout of violence in nearly a decade. Eleven Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks over the past month, including five people who were killed in a assault on a Jerusalem synagogue last week. Attacks have been mostly in Jerusalem but also in Tel Aviv and the West Bank.

  • Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies

    Updated: 53 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday. Frank Sesno, director of George Washington's School of Media and Public Affairs, said Shanahan died Saturday morning, surrounded by family, after suffering a severe stroke earlier in the week. "We are all devastated by this news," Sesno said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. "Professor Shanahan was an unshakable friend and advocate of the School of Media and Public Affairs. He brought a reporter's eye and a professor's dedication to his work." Sesno

  • State delivers records in Oklahoma inmate lawsuit

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The head of the Department of Public Safety has complied with a federal judge’s order to deliver records to attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death-row inmates who have filed a lawsuit to block their executions. U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot convened a brief hearing Monday to determine whether Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson had turned over records he was ordered to produce earlier this month. They include documents involving an investigation into the troubled April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett. Lockett writhed and moaned on the gurney before he was declared dead 43 minutes after his execution began. Since then, the state has renovated its death chamber and developed new execution

  • Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

    By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS, AP | Updated: 59 min ago

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

  • 21 states, including Oklahoma, push to overturn Md. gun-control law

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland’s gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia last week. The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection. The other states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, and Kentucky. A U.S.

  • Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is going to Florida...to get some sun

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy isn't the only coach being mentioned for Florida's vacant head coaching position. Notre Dame's Brian Kelly has also been tossed around as a "candidate” for the job. Kelly, though, wasn't listed last week by sports gambling site Bovada as a favorite for the job. Bovada had Gundy as the betting favorite. Florida will likely be the top job available this winter as Florida fired Will Muschamp last week. Kelly was asked about Florida on Thursday and had some fun as he cut off the question. "I'm going to Florida -- in about two weeks to get some sun," Kelly said, according to South Bend’s WNDU.com. "I'm getting out of here with this weather -- are you kidding me? So you can write that down. I'm going to Florida. Write it down now, get it out there get it on the news waves."

  • Main Street reopened as protesters gather outside Norman High

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Dozens of protesters began assembling on Main Street across from Norman High School early today. 

  • No-bid Texas Medicaid fraud contracts raising questions

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    As Texas’ top health officials steer $110 million in no-bid contracts to an Austin tech company they say is revolutionizing Medicaid fraud investigations, the state’s top contract manager says those contracts are too loosely written and raise questions about what taxpayers are receiving in return. “It’s just so generic,” said Mary Cheryl Dorwart, a top contract official at the Department of Information Resources, the state’s primary vehicle for purchasing everything from printers to telecommunications software. Dorwart was referring to the state’s initial contract with 21CT, a cyberdefense contractor that, despite having no prior experience with Medicaid, was tapped by state Medicaid fraud investigators in 2012

  • Oklahoma City woman's death ruled a homicide

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Erin Glasson, 41, of Oklahoma City, died of internal hemorrhage due to a perforating gunshot wound to the back, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office reported. Glasson’s husband told police he accidentally shot her while trying to shoot an intruder who entered their bedroom while they were sleeping.

  • Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. The distinguished group receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress. Dingell is retiring at the end of the year. Others being recognized at a White House ceremony Monday are composer Stephen Sondheim, NBC journalist Tom Brokaw and author Isabel Allende. The list also includes Native American activist Suzan Harjo, actress Marlo Thomas, economist Robert Solow, golfer Charles Siffo

  • Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — A 30-year-old Australian has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in Westmead Children's Hospital a day after cyclists found him in a 2.5-meter (8-foot) deep drain beside the M7 Motorway in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill, police said in a statement. He was malnourished and dehydrated but had no apparent physical injury, police have said. His mother, Saifale Nai, did not appear in court to answer the attempted murder charge. Her lawyer did not enter a plea and the magistrate formally refused her bail. Nai will remain in custod

  • Firefighter tips to avoiding holiday home fires released in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    There are a number of holiday hazards that can be avoided with precautions, firefighters say. Christmas trees, lighting and other seasonal decorations can cause fires.

  • Hagel: 'Greatest privilege' of life was to lead, serve with men and women of the Defense Dept

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hagel: 'Greatest privilege' of life was to lead, serve with men and women of the Defense Dept.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Thunder is in a slump. Is help on the way from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry your Thunder and NBA related questions at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Obama: Hagel concluded that now was an 'appropriate time for him to complete his service'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Hagel concluded that now was an 'appropriate time for him to complete his service'

  • Buffalo area preps for melt, possible evacuations

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People in storm-socked areas around Buffalo began returning to work on Monday as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell. It was not clear how widespread flooding would be almost a week after western New York was pummeled by epic snowfall. Thermometer readings were approaching 60 degrees by midmorning, and some residents of the Buffalo area were out and about in T-shirts riding bicycles while others focused on the tasks at hand. David Fruehauf, 71, was out early clearing leaves from a storm drain in front of his house in suburban Orchard Park. "These are the enemies of a sewer," Fruehauf said, staring down at leaves surrounding the drain. There's still a long ways t

  • How the College Football Playoff should think: TCU over Mississippi State

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    I’ve got some bad news for college football. It’s not going to be a dramatic Tuesday night. Tuesday nights have become must-see television, as the College Football Playoff committee releases its rankings. But not a lot happened Saturday, which is to be expected when you’ve got a run of dud games. Alabama-Western Carolina. Oregon-Colorado. Mississippi […]