• Oklahoma City man dies after being stabbed in early November

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An Oklahoma City man has died from injuries suffered in a stabbing that happened earlier this month. About 6:20 p.m. on Nov. 6, officers responding to an assault call at 320 NW 29 found Darryl Eugene Hillard, 56, with stab wounds. Hillard was taken to a local hospital and died Wednesday, police said. Officers investigating the incident said Hillard had been in an argument with Gary Clodfelter, 71, of St. Louis, Mo., and Clodfelter stabbed Hillard. Clodfelter was arrested at the time on a complaint of assault with a dangerous weapon. He  remains in the Oklahoma County jail pending the district attorney's decision on whether to amend the charge, police said.

  • For many employees, there will be no bonus over the holiday season

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Nearly 40 percent of employers aren't planning to award bonuses, according to survey results released last week by Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals national franchised staffing company.

  • Video: Week in Review - November 25th 2015

    Updated: 20 min ago

    The Oklahoman's Phil O'Connor, Don Mecoy and Berry Tramel discuss holiday travel, Bedlam and Black Friday.

  • OKC-based winter markets offer alternative for holiday shoppers

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    With three winter markets events this year in downtown Oklahoma City, many shoppers are ditching the mall this holiday shopping season in search of local wares.

  • The Latest: UK envoy: Jet downing must spur end to Syria war

    Updated: 26 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local: 10:20 p.m. Britain's U.N. ambassador says Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet must lead to redoubled efforts to end the Syrian conflict. Matthew Rycroft told reporters in New York on Wednesday that the longer the conflict goes on, "the more scope there is for these sorts of incidents to happen, and they are very dangerous." He said the way to end the conflict is by implementing the 2012 Geneva communique calling for a transitional government in Syria — and the way to speed this is through the Vienna talks involving about 20 key parties which have spurred "some momentum.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley nominated for Broyles Award

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 29 min ago

    Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is one of 34 nominees for the Broyles Award. The award honors the top assistant coach in college football. Riley, 32, took over the Sooners' offense this season after serving as East Carolina's offensive coordinator for five seasons.  Oklahoma is averaging 44.6 points per game this season in Riley's wide-open system. Five finalists will be announced Monday with the winner announced Dec. 8 in Little Rock, Ark. The award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock and Delta Dental. Ohio State's Tom Herman won the award last season.

  • Thunder's Kevin Durant on the improved East: "The West is superior"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 34 min ago

    Starting Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, the Thunder begins a string of four consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents, closing with the Pistons, Hawks and Heat. In year's past, that's been a welcome relief for Western Conference powers, a break from the gauntlet and a chance to pack together some wins against an inferior conference. But this season, surprisingly, the East has more than held its own. Entering Wednesday night, the East was 39-33 against its cross-conference foes and had nine teams above .500, compared to only five in the West. The Thunder is 3-4 against the East, including home losses to the Celtics, Raptors and Knicks. So, Kevin Durant, is there more balance within the

  • Washington Examiner: Democrats rise in opposition to Obama's climate change agenda

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Hundreds of Democrats from 32 states are aligning against the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan, which they say will cause unnecessary economic harm from increased reliance on renewable energy. "As Democrats committed to a prosperous America and a healthy environment, we believe the United States has a unique opportunity to lead the world in addressing the global climate challenge, and yet do so, as we must, without unduly burdening the American economy or the American people," the Democratic coalition called CoalBlue said in a letter sent Tuesday to Obama. The group joined with hundreds of Democratic officeholders and state, local and party officials in telling Obama that the Environmental Protection Agency's emission rules for power plants pose "serious and overriding concerns," representing the wrong approach to the problem of climate change.

  • Palestinian assailant killed after stabbing Israeli soldier

    Updated: 38 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by Israeli forces after stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli soldier in the West Bank on Wednesday, the latest in an unrelenting, two-month wave of violence. The Israeli military said the soldier was stabbed at a junction near the West Bank city of Hebron. Troops on the scene shot the attacker, who later died in a Jerusalem hospital. The attack comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to try to calm tensions. The violence erupted in mid-September over tensions surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site and quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The past week has been the deadliest of the outburst s

  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Updated: 49 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since been trying to cut its dependence on Russian gas. Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, said Wednesday that it stopped sending gas to Ukraine on Wednesday morning and will supply no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for more deliveries.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant adds quick-trigger 3 to his offensive arsenal

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 58 min ago

    After practice much of last season, Anthony Morrow enlisted an assistant coach to navigate him through a post-workout shooting routine. At each stop around the perimeter, Morrow received a dart pass chest-high and never dipped his shoulders, catching and shooting in one rapid but fluid motion. After a little while, he started implementing that quick-trigger 3 into games, speeding up his already quick release to warp speed. At this point, he's nearly perfected it. Here's a look at the release, used twice this past Monday night in the Thunder's blowout of the Jazz: // But an even scarier development surfaced for opposing defenses on Monday night.

  • Can Oklahoma State make the College Football Playoff?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Big 12 seems back in the good graces of the College Football Playoff committee. The Sooners up to third, Baylor in at No. 7, which is not ideal but at least gives the Bears a fighting chance to move up. OSU was ranked a disappointing 11th, though there’s only one team ahead of the Cowboys that I think is an outrage, and it’s probably not the team you think. I dissected OU’s ascent to No. 3 with my column in the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here, but what about OSU and Baylor? What do the rankings mean for them? At No. 7, Baylor is not in awful shape to make the four-team playoff. At No. 11, OSU is. The Cowboys need lots of help, starting Friday night, when Baylor plays

  • Biden meets Balkan leaders at summit on refugees, threats

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Former Balkan rivals on Wednesday pledged joint efforts with the United States and the European Union in protecting European borders from a record surge of asylum-seekers amid fears that Islamic militants may have infiltrated the flow. Southeast European leaders met at an urgent summit in the Croatian capital attended by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa cross the Balkans.

  • 'Turkey gave no warning' - downed Russian pilot

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The surviving pilot of a Russian plane shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border has said no warning was given. Capt Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian television there was "no way" the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Turkey said it did. Russia said Capt Murakhtin was rescued in a 12-hour operation involving special forces.

  • Expanded smoking ban to get public hearing Dec. 8 before Oklahoma City Council

    William Crum | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council has set a public hearing for Dec. 8 on a proposal to expand smoking prohibitions on city property. The city already forbids smoking in municipal buildings. The new proposal would expand no-smoking areas to include the grounds around city buildings, city parks and trails,, and other property owned or operated by the city. Exceptions would include public golf courses and the horse track in northeast Oklahoma City. Noting his young son wants to play golf all the time, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid asked whether the measure could be broadened to include golf courses. The lead sponsor, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, said he included limits on the measure's reach to take

  • OSSAA approves two more playoff time changes

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 1 hr ago

    With inclement weather expected around the state Friday, a few more schools received approval from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to move up their kickoff times. In Class A, Cashion’s home game with undefeated Hollis is now set for 1 p.m. In Class 2A, Chisholm will host Vian at 2 p.m. The OSSAA had already approved Locust Grove and Lone Grove to kick off at 1 p.m.

  • Ex-Cowboy Joseph Randle jailed after casino altercation

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Running back Joseph Randle, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, was jailed early Wednesday after an altercation at a Kansas casino. Randle was asked to leave the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane late Tuesday after causing some unspecified trouble on the casino floor, according to Fred Waller, an enforcement agent with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Randle left but then returned. Randle started arguing with security officers, and a scuffle ensued, Waller said. Several agents had to restrain him, and he was taken to the county jail. He was booked on suspicion of criminal threat, assault of a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and interference with a law enforcement officer. According to KSN.com, Randle was released just before noon Wednesday . Randle, who tallied more than 3,000-yards rushing and 40 touchdowns over three seasons at Oklahoma State (2010-12), was arrested twice over the past year: in October 2014, at a Frisco, Texas mall for shoplifting and again in February for marijuana possession in Wichita, Kan., after police were called to a domestic disturbance with a weapon concerning an incident with Randle and the mother of his son. The Dallas Cowboys released Randle earlier this month, days after excusing him to deal with what the team called a "personal issue." In five games with the Cowboys this season, Randle rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 76 carries.

  • Employees accept Oklahoma City's offer of 1 percent pay hike

    William Crum | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Members of Oklahoma City's largest employees' union have accepted the city's offer of a 1 percent pay hike. Employees represented by Local 2406 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted in favor of the one-year deal. The city council is expected to ratify the new contract on Dec. 8. Union leaders had said take-home pay for many members would fall under the city's previous offer, which included a one-time payment but no raises. They said the "stipend" was insufficient to cover anticipated hikes of 5 percent in one of two health plans and 10 percent in the other. Those increases are effective Jan. 1. Employees have enrolled in their health insurance plans for 2016

  • Pettis to seek re-election to Oklahoma City Council

    William Crum | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis says he will seek a second four-year term on the Oklahoma City Council. Pettis, 33, won office in 2013 at age 30. Pettis has focused on economic development in struggling neighborhoods and says "there's still work to be done.

  • Watch: 7-year-old boy performs Australian national anthem through hiccups

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Not even the hiccups could stop 7-year-old Ethan Hall from doing his job. Hall was responsible for singing the national anthem before an Australian League Baseball game and sing he did, dutifully powering through an untimely bout with the hiccups to deliver the cutest rendition of an national anthem as you'll ever see.