• Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was Ebola-free as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa and killed more than 3,300, according to the World Health Organization. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities banned people from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the countries hardest hit in the epidemic — from getting visas as a precaution against the Ebola virus. The decision has affected a total of 7,400 pilgrims from the three countries.

  • New type of clinic eyed to help stop Ebola

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Britain and Sierra Leone are appealing for more help to slow the biggest ever Ebola outbreak — and are proposing a new type of clinic to do that. At a London conference on Thursday, officials are expected to announce plans to build up to 1,000 makeshift Ebola clinics in Sierra Leone. The new clinics will offer little, if any, treatment, but they will get sick people out of their homes, away from their families and hopefully slow the infection rate. Only a fraction of Ebola patients are now in treatment centers. "If we don't do anything, we'll just be watching people die," World Health Organization spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said in Sierra Leone.

  • Cowboys' Spillman investigated in sex assault case

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night that the alleged assault took place early Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The team flew to St. Louis later that Saturday, and Spillman played against the Rams the next day. He has played in all four games, including last weekend at home against New Orleans. His only tackle of the season came against the Rams. Spillman is listed as a safety but hasn't played defense this season. Spillman's agent, Ron Slavin, and at

  • UPDATE: Man on motorcycle who hit deer in Osage County, Oklahoma dies

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Two people have died on Oklahoma roadways. The fatalities were reported Thursday by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

  • Semitrailer spills 6,000 gallons of oil near Tulsa

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    TULSA — A truck driver has been critically burned after his semitrailer overturned and spilled 6,000 gallons of hot oil. Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May says emergency crews worked for hours on Wednesday to contain and clear the asphalt oil. The liquid is stored at 800 degrees. It spilled onto the Creek Turnpike near Tulsa and ran down the grassy median. May says responders cleared away as much of the oil as they could and will dig up contaminated dirt as needed. A state trooper says 70-year-old Larry Crossland of Poteau passed out while driving the truck and that cable barriers prevented the semitrailer from traveling into oncoming traffic. Crossland was flown to an area hospital in critical condition.

  • Applications for US jobless aid fall to 287k; fewest people receiving benefits in 8-plus years

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US jobless aid fall to 287k; fewest people receiving benefits in 8-plus years.

  • Family of Ebola patient formally told to stay home

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Four close relatives of an Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas have been formally told to stay home and not have visitors to help prevent spread of the disease. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Thursday announced the legal order for the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who recently flew to Dallas from Liberia. Duncan has been hospitalized since Sunday. Health experts on Tuesday diagnosed him with Ebola, which can be deadly. Dallas County Health and Human Services officials previously told the four individuals, whose names weren't released, to stay home. A public health control order is needed to ensure compliance. The orders were hand-delivered Wednesday night. The four, who have not

  • Surfer loses arm in shark attack in Australia

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — A man had part of his arm torn off by a suspected great white shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia on Thursday, officials said. The man was surfing at Wylie Bay in the town of Esperance on Western Australia's remote southern coast when he was attacked by what is believed to be a 4-meter (13-foot) great white, Esperance Shire President Malcolm Heasman said. A fellow surfer managed to get the victim to shore and to a nearby parking lot where there was an off-duty ambulance officer, Heasman said. The officer gave the man first aid while they waited for help to arrive. The victim lost one arm below the elbow and had extensive injuries on his other arm, likely from trying to fend off the sha

  • Cooler weather, rain chance in central Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Temperatures have cooled down in Oklahoma Thursday. The high temperature in Oklahoma City will be near 81 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain.

  • Tropical Storm Simon forms in the Pacific off Mexico's southwestern coast

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Simon forms in the Pacific off Mexico's southwestern coast.

  • Oklahoma residents turn out for Warr Acres meetings on proposed Town Center District

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Warr Acres City Attorney Matt Love said the plan to create a Town Center District has been in the works for about three and a half years. Steps toward making it a reality included two informational meetings at the Warr Acres Community Center on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Once powerful Oklahoma political consultant, lobbyist put on probation in drug case

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    In statement after pleading guilty, Chad David Alexander said his drug arrest brought to light the private struggles that he had been attempting to live with. He said he looks forward to redeeming himself.

  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest. High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier — and revelation of yet another security problem: Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta last month with an armed guard who was not authorized to be around him. That appeared to be the last straw that crumbled trust in her leadership

  • Oklahoma beheading: Prosecutors to seek death penalty for attack suspect

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON, Staff Writers | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn has decided to seek a death sentence for murder defendant Alton Nolen, the suspended worker accused of beheading a co-worker. Nolen, a Muslim convert, asked for a Muslim attorney at his video arraignment Wednesday after being moved to the Cleveland County jail from a hospital.

  • Moore police say man who visited high school doesn't pose threat

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Moore police say a man who made “unauthorized entry” to Moore High School in September and asked students “suspicious” questions had been located Wednesday and was cooperating with authorities. Police said the man was determined not to be a threat to the school.

  • Motorcyclist dies after Tulsa County accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Joe Brooks Jr., 39, of Catoosa, died Tuesday on the Creek Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened. A day after the diagnosis was confirmed, a nine-member team of federal health officials was tracking anyone who had close contact with him after he fell ill on Sept. 24.

  • Oklahoma man — shot by girl, 11 — faces charges in stabbing

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Leo Henry, 25, was charged Friday with assault and battery with intent to kill, burglary and maiming in the Sept. 24 stabbing of Brandy Moreno in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma transportation officials say load limit will remain for Purcell-Lexington bridge

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Fixing the Purcell-Lexington bridge sufficiently to allow a 36-ton load restriction to be lifted would cost an additional $21.3 million and require the bridge to be closed for about 250 days, says Casey Shell, chief engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Transportation officials believe that’s unacceptable. Instead, they plan to proceed with their previously announced decision to expedite construction of a new bridge, while continuing the load restriction.

  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: 15 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Corrections Department revised protocol after the bungled execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett in April. The new protocol puts more training and contingency plans in place for execution staff. It also allows the same drugs and method used to kill Lockett and reduces the number of media witness by more than half.