• Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson

    Updated: 26 min ago

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. A crowd of about 300 people gathered at the gas station where Antonio Martin was shot late Tuesday, throwing rocks and bricks in a scene reminiscent of the sometimes-violent protests that followed Brown's death. But unlike the shooting of Brown, which was not captured on video, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said surveillance footage appeared to show Martin pulling a gun on the unidentified 34-year-old officer who questioned him and another man abou

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

    Updated: 45 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," Sony Pictures chair and CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement. "We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release.

  • Deadly 1924 Christmas Eve fire in Oklahoma brought reform

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A 1924 Christmas Eve fire in the rural Oklahoma hamlet of Babbs Switch killed 36 people, many of them children, and helped spark safety reforms. The fire during a Christmas program is considered among the most devastating fires in Oklahoma’s history.

  • Berry Tramel: Christmas stories for the sports fans

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    How a grandmother inspired a future Thunder player

  • Christmas Day dining options available in Oklahoma City

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Updated: 1 hr ago

    National all-night breakfast chains like IHOP and Denny’s will be open.

  • Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries to start 2015 with new CEO

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Chemical manufacturer LSB Industries Inc. will start 2015 with a new chief executive as Barry H. Golsen succeeds his father in that role.

  • NORAD 'tracks' Santa from Australia to Africa

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to Africa. Technology and social media have become an important part of the U.S. and Canadian military tradition, and NORAD Tracks Santa has already attracted around 1.6 million Facebook "likes." The volunteers on Wednesday were answering phone calls and emails from children and posting updates on the mythical journey to Facebook, Twitter and www.NORADSanta.org.

  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided, with questions about why the communist state would steal and leak gigabytes of data, email threats to some Sony employees and their families and then threaten moviegoers who planned to watch "The Interview" on Christmas. "Somebody's done it.

  • Casey Kasem's children to share medical records

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The children of radio legend Casey Kasem said Wednesday they will share all hospital records in their possession with his widow, who is suing a hospital in Washington state to learn more about the last weeks of his life. The records will show all appropriate measures were taken to preserve Kasem's life, and when it was clear he was dying, to allow him to die comfortably, Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem said in a statement issued through their lawyer Troy Martin. The statement came in response to a lawsuit by their stepmother Jean Kasem seeking records from St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, where the "American Top 40" host died last June at 82. He had dementia.

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas, Thunder style

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Reader Bill Tolbert has too much time on his hand. And I told him so. Here’s how we know. The Thunder’s two-game suddenly losing, home defeats to New Orleans and Portland, has inspired Tolbert to rewrite “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with a Thunder twist. With his permission, I’m sharing it with you: Twas the […]

  • Bay Area officer unions decry anti-police sentiments

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Presidents of the three biggest Northern California police unions have published an open letter warning that recent anti-police rhetoric and sentiments are threatening officers' safety. The letter was published Tuesday on the unions' Web sites and social media pages. It was signed by the heads of unions representing police in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. The letter said recent protests across the country started as "legitimate expressions of views" over police shootings and the killing of unarmed black suspects in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

  • Deck the Halls of Oklahoma City

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Want to know what all goes into creating the perfect holiday season in Oklahoma City? Check out this interactive full of fun and festive facts.

  • 'A Christmas Carol' frequently found in comics

    Matthew Price | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Charles Dickens classic story “A Christmas Carol” has come to comics many times.  The following is an update of a column I originally wrote in 2011 about the story and some of its comic-book counterparts. “A Christmas Carol” has frequently been remixed into comics. English author Charles Dickens’ novella, first published in 1843, features […]

  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized in Houston on Wednesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. The 90-year-old Bush was taken Tuesday evening by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution, spokesman Jim McGrath said. In an email Wednesday, he said "all is well" but that there was "no new news to report." Bush spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care at the same hospital while being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. He was discharged in January 2013, after nearly two months in the hospital. It was not immediately clear if Bush, who is the oldest living former president, would be able to spend this Christmas at home.

  • Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his 1977 sex case when a judge rejected a motion for a new hearing. A nine-page order issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin states that Polanski's claims of judicial misconduct cannot be addressed because he remains a fugitive outside the country after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. Polanski's lawyers have sought a public evidentiary hearing for the case, claiming a judge who handled the matter in 2008 and 2009 committed misconduct by failing to properly consider a dismissal motion due to pressure from a presiding judge. Bart Dalton, an attorney for Polanski, said he had not yet seen the orde

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding modestly to its gains a day after closing above 18,000 for the first time. It was the Dow's sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday. Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years. The unemployment data show steady improvement in the labor market, which is positive news for the economy.

  • NKorea outage a case study in online uncertainties

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. The mysterious problems have some talking of a retaliatory cyberattack by the United States, which holds Pyongyang responsible for last month's spectacular hack of Sony Pictures. American officials have fueled speculation with vague denials, but security experts say North Korea's Internet infrastructure is so skeletal that even amateurs — or a simple glitch — could have brought it clattering down. "A large city block in London or New York would have more IP (Internet Protocol) addresses than North Korea," said Ofer Gayer, a security researcher at Redwoo

  • Irish court mulls rights of dead woman vs. fetus

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — A lawyer representing a 17-week-old fetus living inside the clinically dead body of its mother told a Dublin court Wednesday that the unborn child's right to life trumps the woman's right to a dignified death. Conor Dignam, representing the fetus on behalf of the state, made his closing arguments to three High Court judges who must decide whether Ireland's anti-abortion laws — the most restrictive in Europe — permit the woman's life support machines to be turned off. Their judgment is expected Friday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Questions for Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 9 hr ago

    I didn’t make it to Scotty Brooks’ press conference after the game Tuesday night, when the Thunder lost to Portland 115-111 in overtime, a game OKC gift-wrapped for the Blazers. The Thunder led by 15 points with five minutes left and led by 10 points with 100 seconds left. I was having to rewrite my […]

  • Russia in offer to help firms with foreign debts

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — With inflation showing clear signs of picking up, Russia's central bank said Wednesday it will look to help companies with their foreign debts — a move it hopes will ease the pressure on the national currency. Following on from other measures to stabilize the ruble, such as a big increase in its key interest rate to 17 percent, the Central Bank said it will offer dollar and euro loans to banks so they can help major exporters that need foreign currencies to finance operations. That could really help as many Russian companies have been locked out of Western capital markets following the sanctions imposed on the country for its involvement in Ukraine. That's a problem for those that have to repay or refinance