• Third fatal fire in 10 days reported in Ada

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Ada has had three fire deaths in the last 10 days. A death was reported Friday.

  • Western Kentucky beats No. 19 Marshall 67-66 in OT

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm didn't want a crazy game with No. 19 Marshall to go on any longer. If he got the chance in overtime, Brohm had already decided to try a 2-point conversion instead of settling for an extra-point kick to tie it. After Brandon Doughty threw his Conference USA-record eighth touchdown pass, he hit Willie McNeal for the winning 2-point conversion in overtime to lift Western Kentucky over the previously unbeaten Thundering Herd 67-66 Friday. Brohm's decision was made in part because kicker Garrett Schwettman injured an ankle in the third quarter when he was roughed up on a blocked field goal. "I knew we had to go for it or the game would keep going on," Brohm s

  • Hospital says Pele's condition is improving

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele is responding well to antibiotics to treat a urinary tract infection and his condition is improving, doctors said Friday. The Albert Einstein hospital said the 74-year-old Pele remains in an intensive care unit undergoing "temporary" kidney treatment, but is "lucid" and breathing and eating normally without any support. "Pele's clinical condition has been improving," the hospital said in its latest report. Pele's personal adviser, Jose Fornos Rodrigues, confirmed Friday that Pele only has one kidney since the time he was a player, but said it was not affecting his treatment. Pele had surgery to remove the kidney back in the 1970s after complications from a broken rib.

  • Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production hammered major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad. Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a slide in the price of crude since this summer. A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production. The effect was immediate. The price of benchmark U.S. crude tumbled 10 percent Friday to settle at $66.15 a barrel. Shares of companies across the energy industry fell. Chevron Corp. slid 5 percent while Exxon Mobil fell 4

  • S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session. The index, a benchmark for many investments, still closed out November with its third-best month this year. "Crude is the big story today," said JJ Kinahan, TD Ameritrade's chief strategist. "There are very clear winners and losers. The Chevrons and Exxons of the world are getting hammered; then on the other side you have the shipping companies — UPS and FedEx — along with the airlines. For them, it's a beautiful story." The S&P 500 index lost 5.27 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 2,067.56.

  • Official Christmas tree arrives at White House

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House now that the official tree has arrived. A horse-drawn wagon hauled the 20-foot white fir up the driveway to the North Portico for inspection on Friday morning. Receiving the tree were first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny. The family circled the tree, smelled it and conferred before the first lady said, "Thumbs-up. It's a go. We're taking the tree." Malia, holding Bo's leash, said of the tree: "It's great. It's big." It's tradition for the first lady to preside over the tree delivery on the morning after Thanksgiving. Odds are slim to none that it would ever be rejected.

  • A steady demand for a longtime service

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The audience on NewsOK continues to grow. Traffic patterns evolve, and audience interests shift depending on the topics of the hour. But we can always depend on one thing. Death: as in the paid obituaries and the daily death listings from around Oklahoma. There has always been a steady demand for that content. It’s been […]

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Police say 35 people were killed in bomb blasts at mosque in northern Nigerian city of Kano .

  • Police departments see benefits from body cameras

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Choctaw and Harrah police departments have found that having officers wear body cameras provides both a level of insurance for police officers and a level of protection for the public.

  • Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said. Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi says 30-year-old Patrick Corsi was shot during a peaceful protest Friday in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus. He described Corsi's condition as stable. Village resident Khaldon Ishtawi said Israeli soldiers opened fire without provocation on about 400 protesters from a distance of around 40 meters (130 feet) and shot Corsi in the chest. The Israeli military said it opened fire on the demonstrators with low caliber bullets after tear gas and other crowd control measures failed to stop

  • Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties. Francis sought to offer a balanced message as he met with Turkish political and religious officials at the start of his second trip to the Middle East this year. He reaffirmed that military force was justified to halt the Islamic State group's advance, and called for greater dialogue between Christians, Muslims and people of all faiths to end fundamentalism.

  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine fields south of Olympia, Washington. "We lost a lot of farmers who didn't make it through." Prices vary according to the variety of tree, but growers this year will see about $20 per tree, $2 more than the last several years, according to Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Salem, Oregon-based Pacific Northwest Tree Associa

  • Watch the 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' teaser trailer right now

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    The first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” just went live on the Internet, and you can watch it below: “The Force Awakens” picks up after “Return of the Jedi,” but the official plot synopsis has not yet been released. What we do know is we’ll see the original Big […]

  • Authorities seek escapee from Oklahoma prison

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    ATOKA — Authorities in southeast Oklahoma are searching for an escape from the Howard McLeod Correctional Center in Atoka. Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head told reporters that inmate Michael Courverler was last seen during a head count at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say Courverler may be with a woman in a black, 2007, 4-door Chevrolet Silverado. Courverler is white, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and gray pants. Courverler was in prison for a variety of convictions that include assault and battery, grand larceny and extortion.

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired

    JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Updated: 17 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle. The man also targeted a U.S. courthouse and the Mexican Consulate, Assistant Poice Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference. Officers were searching the suspect’s Austin-area residents for possible explosives. Police did not immediately confirm whether the man, whose name was not immediately released, had explosives. The gunfire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Munguia said, and some bullets hit police headquarters. Munguia did not immediately say whether the consulate and the courthouse were damaged. Both were closed at the time

  • Multiple trials probable in 'far-reaching' drug case involving Hoover Crips

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The sheer enormity of a criminal case that involves murder, drug dealing, dog fighting and Hoover Crips gang members is beginning to take shape in Tulsa federal court. What started in early 2013 as a conspiracy case to distribute crack cocaine involving three individuals has since mushroomed into 51 defendants who among them face 241 counts. Once centered on drug trafficking in the 61st Street and Peoria Avenue area, the case has gone multi-national. In announcing the results of Operation Battlefield in August, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said what he deemed Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” brought an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through the city over

  • Researcher produces tornado model based on storm that struck Oklahoma City metro May 24, 2011

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    An EF5 tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area on May 24, 2011, cost the metro several lives and left many residents without homes. But now, researchers hope the storm can offer clues about what makes certain tornadoes so powerful and, eventually, help save lives when they arise.

  • Woman hurt by rock dropped on car has 6th surgery

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio middle school teacher whose skull was crushed by a rock dropped onto her vehicle from a Pennsylvania overpass is recovering from her sixth surgery. Sharon Budd of Lake Township had surgery about a week before Thanksgiving Day to remove plastic skull pieces that had been protecting her brain but became contaminated, The Repository (http://bit.ly/11ADUc7 ) in Canton reported. Her husband, Randy Budd, said she was walking, talking and in good spirits days later. And, three days after her latest hospital release, she had an extra reason to celebrate on the holiday: It was also her 53rd birthday.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    staff reports | Updated: 19 hr ago

    We're coming up on a week of Bedlam. Talk about the big game with OU writer Jason Kersey on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    NEW YORK — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad. Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a free fall in the price of crude oil since this summer. A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production in hopes of hurting producers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have been flooding the market with crude and natural gas. The effect was immediate.