• Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance


    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government said at least 13 prisoners died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, though activists on Thursday questioned the official version and said the death toll could be far higher. The disturbances at the David Viloria penitentiary began Monday when a group of inmates went on a hunger strike seeking to force out the jail's new warden, the Prisons Ministry said. National Guardsmen were called in to restore calm and dozens of prisoners were transferred. The government said 145 inmates were being treated for intoxication.

  • Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night


    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. No police officers or Missouri National Guard members stood sentry outside the Ferguson police station, which has been a nexus for protesters since Monday night's announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, wouldn't be indicted for fatally shooting the unarmed black 18-year-old in August.

  • LAPD: Arrested protesters to be released by dinner


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators who can't make bail after being arrested during Los Angeles protests linked to the Ferguson police shooting will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner, police said Thursday. About 90 people remained in jail after being arrested late Wednesday, and those who weren't able to pay the $500 bail were to be released on their own recognizance, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said. A total of 338 people were arrested over three days during protests in Los Angeles, including 145 on Wednesday. Those with outstanding warrants or who were arrested on suspicion of a felony will not be released, but those taken in for disturbing the peace and failure to disperse — both misdemeanors — will be f

  • OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices


    VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power to push up markets to its own advantage. OPEC has traditionally relied on output cuts to regulate supply and prices. But it appeared to realize Thursday that with cheap crude in oversupply, a reduction would only cut into OPEC's share of the market without a lasting boost in prices and with others outside the cartel making up the difference.

  • Names of women shot to death are released

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have released the names of two women found shot to death outside Bristol Park Apartments on the city’s east side. Sgt. Dave Walker told reporters that the victims are 26-year-old Amanda Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Sanders. The two were found dead about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday outside the apartment complex were police say Sanders lived. Police say Douglas was an acquaintance of Sanders and had been staying at the apartment. A possible motive for the shooting has not been released. Police are searching for a gray or gold 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix with Oklahoma license plate 231 GDS that was seen on surveillance video leaving the apartment complex after the shooting.

  • 5 tips for being grateful, giving thanks

    Frank Clayton, KSL | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Is there a right way and a wrong way to give thanks? Learn some methods that can be more effective than others.

  • Pope condemns Islamic State violence


    JERUSALEM (AP) — On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists. In an interview published Thursday, Francis was quoted as saying that the persecution of Christians today is "the worst" it has been since Christianity's earliest days. "In Iraq, for example, barbaric, criminal indescribable things are being committed," he was quoted as telling the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. Francis told the newspaper that the persecution of Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic communities requires both political and religious leaders, especially Muslims, to "take a clear and brave stand." Francis is set to travel to

  • Financing proposal for towers development reveals intricacies of TIF district

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Yesterday

    Whenever the topic of tax increment financing arises, I often encounter people who don’t have a thorough grasp of how this economic development tool works, or why it is used to spur investment in the urban core. Confusion and discussion is even more likely following the revelation by city officials of what would be the largest monetary request to date — $142.6 million — by Clayco, which is proposing to build four towers on the block that was once home to Stage Center and still home to various arts agencies and La Luna Mexican Restaurant. One reader wrote that this is money being “robbed” from local schools, and that’s not the first time such criticism has been voiced. But the money doesn’t exist — not yet at

  • UPDATE: Grass fires reported along Turner Turnpike in northeast Oklahoma City Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Firefighters responded to grass fires on Turner Turnpike Thursday in Oklahoma City. Winds are light in the area at 6 mph from the east, southeast.

  • Oklahoma State tops Tulsa 73-58 in MGM title game

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    LAS VEGAS — Six games into the season the Oklahoma State basketball team is unbeaten and already has a tournament championship. But that doesn’t mean coach Travis Ford is content. Far from it. After beating in-state rival Tulsa 73-58 to capture the MGM Grand Main Event title Wednesday, Ford emphasized the importance of continuing to improve. “It’s always good to be 6-0, but I don’t even look at it in those terms,” he said. “I don’t allow myself to put any expectations on this team right now. The only expectation we have is to get better every day.” The Cowboys took two big steps this week, defeating Oregon State in the tournament opener on Monday, then blowing out Tulsa (3-2) with exceptional

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 27, 2014: Skate at the Devon Ice Rink

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today’s featured event: Happy Thanksgiving! Skate the Devon Ice Rink from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, Reno and Robinson in downtown. The Devon Ice Rink is part of the 13th annual Downtown in December celebration. Check out my feature on Downtown in December Friday. For more information, go to www.downtownindecember.com. For […]

  • A sunny and calm Thanksgiving Day Thursday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    The weather is sunny with light wind in Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day. Temperatures will be in the low 50s Thursday but on the upswing for Friday and the weekend.

  • Mosul residents: IS group cuts phones in Iraq city


    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group blocked all mobile phone networks in the largest Iraqi city they control, Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition forces to their whereabouts, residents told The Associated Press on Thursday. Residents described a scene of "chaos" and "paralysis" in the city Thursday, a day after the militants announced their decision on their Mosul-based radio network. Businesses were at a standstill as residents tried to understand what was happening, they said. Some are still able to access the Internet, which operates under a different network. All residents spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

  • NFL predictions: You won't believe where Marvin Lewis ranks

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    As I watch the Cincinnati Bengals make their surprising Super Bowl run this season, I was stunned to come across this: Marvin Lewis is in his 12th year coaching Cincinnati. TWELFTH! Only Bill Belichick in New England has been on the job longer than Lewis, among current NFL head coaches. Twelve seasons is forever in […]

  • Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94


    LONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died aged 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in "Death Comes to Pemberley" and creating a bleak dystopian future in "The Children of Men." James told the Associated Press in 2006 that she was drawn to mystery novels because they "tell us more ... about the social mores about the time in which they were written than the more prestigious litera

  • Courtney Force and Rahal announce engagement


    Two of the most famous names in racing are uniting. NHRA driver Courtney Force announced her engagement to IndyCar driver Graham Rahal on Twitter with a photo of the couple and her ring. The two were engaged Thursday in Venice, Italy, according to Force's post. The 26-year-old Force is a race-winning Funny Car driver and the youngest daughter of John Force, the most successful drag racer in history. Her May victory at the Kansas Nationals was the milestone 100th win by a female driver in NHRA history. The 25-year-old Rahal is the son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. He is entering his second season driving for his father's IndyCar team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan. It will be Rahal's ninth season in IndyCar.

  • Crowds celebrate at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


    NEW YORK (AP) — Spectators of all ages are oohing and ahhing as giant inflated characters wind their way through Manhattan in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thursday's spectacle featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. It was around 37 degrees with a hint of drizzle and light winds as clowns shot a burst of confetti from canisters to get the show rolling. The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University. The musicians were hoping to set two records: one for the most cymbal players (55) and one for the largest band (505 members). Veteran clown Steve Smith s

  • Retired Secret Service agent talks about John F. Kennedy assassination

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Clint Hill spoke during a fundraiser for Partners for Heroes in Edmond.

  • 10 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Thanksgiving is a day for spending time with family and friends and, yes, enjoying some delicious food. But it’s also a time to be thankful for what we have in this life. The following 10 stories are happy and heartfelt, and represent the best that we as people have to offer — and be thankful […]

  • Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. Protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations, including a group that rushed into St. Louis City Hall screaming "Shame, shame." But there were no reports of major confrontations or damage to property. Police locked down the building and called in more than a hundred extra officers. Three people were arrested. In downtown St. Louis, about 200 demonstrators held a mock trial of Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed the unarmed Brown, who was black, during an A