• Oklahoma weather: Temperature at Mangum today certainly not typical of winter

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 21 min ago

    There will be an increased risk of wildfire in Oklahoma Wednesday. Warm temperatures and high wind gusts could increase chances for fires.

  • Obamacare framers attack lawsuit over subsidies

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Key congressional leaders at the time the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 filed a brief with the U.S.  Supreme Court on Wednesday maintaining that federal subsidies for health care coverage were meant to be provided to people in all states. It may be the key brief in the case,  which could determine if […]

  • Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot

    Updated: 32 min ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. Late Wednesday, the pilot's father met with Jordan's king who he said assured him that "everything will be fine." King Abdullah II faces growing domestic pressure to bring the pilot home. However, meeting the Islamic State's demand for the release of a would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida would run counter to the kingdom's hard-line approach to the extremists. Efforts to release the pilot, Lt.

  • Man arrested in connection with shooting Wednesday in northeast Oklahoma City, police report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 37 min ago

    Police are investigating a shooting in northeast Oklahoma City. A man was shot in the 3200 block of NE 13.

  • Man injured in backhoe accident in Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A 32-year-old man was injured in a backhoe accident Wednesday afternoon in Edmond, a spokeswoman for the police department said.

  • Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist propaganda and hostage footage. Google Public Policy Manager Verity Harding said that about 300 hours of video material is being uploaded to YouTube every minute. She told a European Parliament meeting of the ALDE liberal group on a counter-terrorism action plan that "to pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phone call before it's made." The European Union's counter-terror chief believes it's time to help companies to contain the security risk by having experts from me

  • Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. "If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch," the nominee told her Senate confirmation hearing as Republicans showered criticism on the current occupant of the job, Eric Holder. They said Holder was contemptuous of Congress and too politically close to Obama, and repeatedly demanded assurances that Lynch would do things differently.

  • US stocks edge mostly lower after Fed statement

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    U.S. stocks drifted between small gains and losses in late-afternoon trading Wednesday as investors digested the Federal Reserve's latest policy announcement. The central bank reiterated that it will be patient in raising rates from record lows, noting that inflation remains ultra-low. But it also strengthened its assessment of the U.S. economy. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 19 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,367 as of 3:09 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 slipped seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,022. The Nasdaq composite added two points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,684. FED WATCH: In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed made clear that no rate increase is imminent, reiterating it would

  • Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage. The proposal would have removed Lee from the state holiday honoring King. Arkansas is one of three states to jointly celebrate the two on the third Monday in January. The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected the proposal by a voice vote. The proposal called for designating Nov. 30 as "Patrick Cleburne - Robert E. Lee Southern Heritage Day," a state memorial day but not a legal holiday. Cleburne was a Confederate general who lived in ea

  • Oklahoma filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer's 'Isabelle's Garden' screens at Sundance Film Festival's Short Film Challenge

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PARK CITY, Utah — Sundance Institute today premiered the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a program of nine international short films, at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The program, which includes a short film by Norman-based filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer,  is designed to spark global conversation about solutions to challenges like extreme hunger and poverty. Beginning […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court stays Oklahoma's scheduled executions

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay the executions of three Oklahoma inmates using a contested drug while the high court reviews their legal case. The execution of Richard Glossip was scheduled for Thursday. John Marion Grant’s execution was set for Feb. 19 and Benjamin Robert Cole’s for March 5. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott […]

  • Next Oklahoma brewery set to join the fray

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    I blogged some time ago about the discrepancy between the number of beer companies and the number of operational breweries in the state. When looking over the list of breweries, one name particularly stood out to me: Stillwater Brewing Co. It stood out because I couldn’t find any information about the company, who was behind […]

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams selected to World Team for Rising Stars challenge on All-Star weekend

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 1 hr ago

    With a record hovering around .500 and a roster that’s been depleted by injuries, the Thunder will not send the amount of All-Star weekend representation it has in year’s past. Even Kevin Durant, who has missed 25 games, and Russell Westbrook, who has missed 13, will sweat out Thursday night’s announcement of All-Star reserves. Typically staples at […]

  • Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and arrested him Tuesday, said Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency's office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing. Authorities didn't immediately explain how they were finally able to track down Thompson, whom they called "one of the most intelligent fugitives ever sought by the U.S. Marshals." Thompson made history in 1988 when he found the sun

  • House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing its charge on energy, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports. In a 277-133 vote, the House approved a bill giving the Energy Department a 30-day deadline to authorize natural gas exports from facilities after they are reviewed and approved. It's the third energy-related bill passed by the House this Congress. They've also approved bills authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and fast-tracking new natural gas pipelines. "Unfortunately, our nation's energy infrastructure, mired in red tape and an outdated permitting process, has failed to keep up with today's growing pace of energy production," said Ho

  • Oklahoman learns late of canceled health insurance

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    “It ain’t about me; it’s about a lot of people who may not even know yet that they don’t have insurance.” — Oklahoman reader who learned only recently that his health insurance policy was canceled in December because it wasn’t compliant under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Two people shot in Edmond Wednesday, one person taken into custody after pursuit

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Police report two people were shot in Edmond. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

  • Supreme Court halts 3 upcoming executions in Oklahoma

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug. The court’s order Wednesday came as little surprise after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary halt. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. The case will be argued in April and decided by late June. Left open by the court’s order is whether Oklahoma can carry out an execution that does not involve midazolam.

  • Students forced to expose underwear for inspection

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    GUSTINE, Texas — Here in Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: More recruiting talk as signing day quickly approaches

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]