• Oklahoma's flu toll rises

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Sixteen more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died from the flu, with 100 more hospitalized because of the illness. This season’s numbers are more than double what was seen at the same time last season.

  • New images show glimpse of Chisholm Creek development

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Medallion Group releases drawings for a multilevel building set to include shops and restaurants in the Chisholm Creek development near Memorial and Western.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest third suspect in shooting death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Oklahoma City police on Thursday released the name of a man who was found shot to death Monday night in the 1200 block of SW 58. Three people were arrested in connection with the homicide.

  • Court document reveals more about Sentinel, OK, bomb threat

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A Sentinel man accused of making a bomb threat last week, which led to the town’s police chief being shot while investigating the threat, confessed that he used another person’s name and called in the threat because he was angry at the other man, a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday states.

  • GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version. By a near party-line 242-179 vote, the House voted to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortion coverage. The bill would also block tax credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. A White House veto threat and an uncertain fate in the Senate mean the legislation has no realistic chance of becoming law.

  • Yemen's US-backed president quits; country could split apart

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida's powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world's poorest country will fracture into mini-states. Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed to be backed by Iran. The prime minister and his cabinet also stepped down, making a thinly veiled reference to the Houthis' push at gunpoint for a greater share of power. Houthis deployed their fighters around parliament,

  • Oklahoma authorities investigate bank robbery in Mustang

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A man wearing a black hat and Carhartt coveralls is sought in connection with a bank robbery at City National Bank in Mustang on Wednesday evening, FBI officials said.

  • OU football: Former Sooner Gerald McCoy talks Ndamukong Suh, super heroes and more on Mike and Mike

    Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, was the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, one slot behind Lions controversial star Ndamukong Suh. During a Thursday morning radio interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike, the former Southeast High School standout talked about Suh being a better player […]

  • Wendell Ford, ex-Kentucky governor, US senator, dies at 90

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared him to voters in a state that once thrived on tobacco and coal, has died at age 90. Ford's health had declined in the last two weeks, said Mike Ruehling, who had worked for him both as governor and senator. Ford revealed over the summer that he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer. He died about 3 a.m. Thursday at his home in Owensboro, Ruehling said. Ford will lie in state at the Kentucky Capitol on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a public memorial service scheduled for 3 p.m. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Owensboro. Best known for his 25 ye

  • Mother and boyfriend arrested child on child endangerment complaints

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Mary Warden, 18, and Jori Franklin, 21, were arrested

  • Edmond man is charged in animal cruelty case

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Timothy Garrett Morris, 19, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with one count of animal cruelty in connection with the death of a cat that belonged to someone with whom he had been staying.

  • Obama to pass on meeting Netanyahu during Washington visit

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned trip to Washington in March is kicking up a diplomatic dust storm in the nation's capital. On Thursday, the White House said President Barack Obama would not meet the prime minister when he comes to the U.S. to address a joint session of Congress. The official White House explanation was that Netanyahu's visit fell too close to the Israeli election and the Obama administration wanted to avoid the appearance of taking sides.

  • 4 accused of stealing Chihuly art from botanical gardens

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — When four blown-glass pieces by world-famous sculptor Dale Chihuly disappeared last summer from an open-air exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, police had no clues to go on. Five months later, investigators say a tip led them to four suspects, who weren't professional art thieves but a group of friends who said they were bored and didn't know the value of the pieces. Alex Brook, 23, Joseph Parnell, 36, Sean Sorensen, 20, and Auvia Bellamy, 19, were charged Wednesday with taking a glass orb and three glass cattails — tall plants that grow near water — worth $100,000. The group didn't realize the value of the artwork until seeing news reports about the theft, according to court documents. Afte

  • Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash in New Hampshire

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home. But whatever home-field advantage the Republican Party's 2012 nominee might have in New Hampshire is fading as the campaign begins in earnest, as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other potential GOP candidates for president seek support among establishment-minded donors, elected officials and voters in the nation's first primary state. "There is not a clear frontrunner in this race," said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman and

  • SHOT Show: TV show host was Sooner born and Sooner bred

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Wade Middleton hasn’t lived in Oklahoma since 1986, but the Ardmore native who is the television host and producer of outdoor shows such as Americana Outdoors and Yamaha’s Whitetail Diaries still bleeds crimson and cream. “I still have deep ties there,” Middleton said. “I love to fish Lake Murray and Lake Texoma and I am […]

  • Downtown Edmond is coming alive

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers at 2 p.m. Thursday about the latest news and developments in Edmond. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Rush to launch 40th anniversary 'R40 Live Tour' May 8 at Tulsa's BOK Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed today that the “R40 Live Tour” will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer, beginning May 8 in Tulsa and finishing Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, Calif. These concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. Tickets for the “Rush: R40 Live Tour” will go […]

  • Officer who carried dying girl comforts grieving father

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Every year on his daughter's birthday, Ian Sullivan visits the grave of the child he lost when a gunman slipped into a Colorado movie theater and fatally shot the 6-year-old as she sat with mother in the fourth row. And every year, he finds a birthday card on the headstone from the man who was with Veronica when Sullivan couldn't be: the police officer who carried the dying girl out of the theater in his arms. Since the 2012 attack, survivors and their loved ones have each sought comfort in their own ways. One wounded couple got married. A father whose son was killed became a gun-control advocate. Others turned to faith.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 22, 2015: Laugh with Todd Barry at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Laugh along with comedian Todd Barry at 8 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the bill also includes Wampus and BradChad Porter. Barry, a New York City-based comedian and actor, is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s […]

  • Proposed bill would allow refrigeration in liquor stores

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The start of the 2015 legislative session is roughly a week away, and there doesn’t appear to be any sweeping alcohol reform bills on the table at this point. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing on the table. A metro-area state senator has proposed legislation that would impact Oklahoma’s retail liquor stores. Senate Bill […]