By RAF CASERT and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit BELGIUM | BRUSSELS  — European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey's long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis. The 28 EU leaders were leaning hard on Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stem the flow of migrants seeking a better future in Europe's heartland. It left the EU in need of help from Ankara, even if their recent relations have been sown with discord. Sunday, it was hugs all around as Tusk and Davutoglu completed what they called a breakthrough summit to put relations on an even keel again.

  • Brazil links dengue-like virus to birth defects in babies

    By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    AMERICAS BRAZIL | RIO DE JANEIRO — The dengue-like Zika virus has been linked to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly, Brazil's government said. It said scientists studying a surge of such cases in northeastern Brazil found the presence of the virus in the blood of a baby born with birth defects in Ceara state. EUROPE ENGLAND | LONDON — British police say two men scaled Buckingham Palace in an apparent protest over fathers' rights. London's Metropolitan Police force said officers were called Sunday afternoon to reports of a protest at the Queen's Gallery, part of the royal residence. Police said “two males were found to have climbed on to the roof of the entrance.

  • How do you have a memorable wedding without gigantic debt?

    By Dave Ramsey For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    DEAR DAVE: How do you have a wedding without debt? — Lynn DEAR LYNN: Wow, where do I start on this one? I guess the best way is to tell the truth. Honey, that question kind of makes you sound like a little princess. How do you have a wedding without debt? It's really simple. You have a wedding with the money you have. There's nothing wrong with small, inexpensive weddings. And once you accept that and start thinking about things from a mature, adult point of view, you'll start realizing you can scrimp and save and have a really nice, small wedding. Lots of people have beautiful, memorable ceremonies and even small receptions for less than $1,000. Sure, you can run out, go into debt and wear an $8,000 wedding

  • National society to host 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale

    By Sharon Burns For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The National Genealogical Society, founded in 1903, is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research and the preservation of genealogical records. The nonprofit based in Arlington, Va., is for the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. The National Genealogical Society's 2016 Family History Conference is scheduled for May 4-7 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Registration opens Tuesday at conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register.

  • Deaths

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE Hicks, Vera Jean, 86, died Nov. 28. Services pending (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Meller, Clarence, 77, died Nov. 26. Private services (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BLANCHARD Broyles, Samuel "Sam," 69, retired, Dayton Tire Co., died Nov. 27. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Christ Chapel (Eisenhour, Blanchard). CARNEGIE Tyler, Daphene Irene (Adkisson), 90, homemaker, died Nov. 28. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Church of the Nazarene (Ray and Martha's, Carnegie). COLEMAN Chambless, Norma, 79, homemaker, died Nov. 25. Services 11 a.m. Monday, Church of the Nazarene, Fillmore (Clark, Tishomingo). DUNCAN Pitts, Vicki Evelyn, 60, died Nov. 26. Memorial services 1 p.m. Tuesday, Praise Assembly

  • Q&A on Collecting

    BY ANNE MCCOLLAM | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Dishes inspired by flowers Q: The picture above is one of the dishes that is part of a service-for-12 set of dinnerware. I have acquired the set of Franciscan earthenware with all the extra serving pieces from my mother. Some people have mentioned that the set could be valuable, especially with all the extra pieces. On the back of each dish are the word “U.S.A. Oven Safe Color Fast.” Also marked in an oval shape are the words “Franciscan Earthenware.” I believe the name of the pattern is “Desert Rose.” Can you give me an estimate of its value? Any other information you could provide will be appreciated. A: Gladding, McBean and Co. founded Franciscan Ware Pottery in 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Billy Graham

    Tribune News Service | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    DEAR DR. GRAHAM: My husband and I want to serve God, but we're still tied down with family responsibilities and jobs. Maybe we can volunteer for some kind of mission work once our children are grown or we retire.  — Mrs. K.W. DEAR MRS. K.W.: Perhaps God will lead you to volunteer for some type of mission work later on, and I hope you'll remain open to this possibility. Many churches and mission organizations depend on volunteers to help them, and I wish more people would consider these opportunities. But it's a mistake for you to think you have to wait until later on before you can serve God! God wants you and your husband to serve Him now, and you can by being faithful parents and helping others in Christ's

  • Daughter dreads holiday visit to mom in diminished health

    Universal Uclick | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    DEAR ABBY: I gave birth to a baby girl two months ago. I have a wonderful husband and my in-laws are incredible. We live far away from both sides of the family. My mom is a former cocaine and prescription pain meds addict. Her addiction diminished her mental capacities, and it's difficult to relate to her because the only things she can talk about are her health issues and all the medications she's currently taking. She and my dad are still happily married, and Dad has yet to meet my child. I'm supposed to visit them for the holidays, but I'd rather spend the time with my in-laws. Any suggestions? — Nothing in Common in Hawaii DEAR NOTHING IN COMMON: Yes. Sometimes it's important to do things we would rather not

  • Crooked Oak Schools honors historic ties to oil field

    By Mary Phillips For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The northwest corner of SE 15 and Eastern Avenue has been the home of Crooked Oak Public Schools for more than 100 years. Change has come to the corner as old buildings have disappeared and new buildings have taken their places. Recently, a new high school building has risen in the place of the old one, and the exterior appropriately bears the likeness of an oil derrick. Crooked Oak Public Schools owes much of its start to the oil field industry. It's no surprise that the school's mascot is a roughneck, the toughest of drilling rig workers, and the students are known as the Ruf-Nex. According to the district's official website at www.crookedoak.org, Crooked Oak is an independent school district serving

  • Gifts from the galaxy

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Have yourself a merry “Star Wars” Christmas. Let your heart be light (as in light-saber). From now on there are plenty of “Star Wars” gifts in sight. This could be the caroling mantra of anyone looking for merchandise related to the juggernaut movie franchise. In step with the Dec. 17 premiere of the latest feature film in the popular sci-fi series, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” retailers have flooded the galaxy with a wide assortment of items, and the variety isn't limited to toys like the “Star Wars” BB-8 remote-control robot — far from it.

  • Horoscopes

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21): Don't offer your time or cash to outsiders or you will be taken advantage of. Your personal responsibilities will keep you busy. Get your priorities straight. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In order to get something from others, you have to offer incentives. A personal business proposition can help you raise your income. Form an alliance with someone who has something interesting to contribute. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19): Gossip or personal secrets will undermine your reputation. Don't express your thoughts openly or share confidences with colleagues. You will benefit most if you finish what you start before moving on. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20): Picking up new skills or experiences will

  • Green Schools Program helps students, campuses, nature

    By Alex Strohm For The Oklahoman  | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Oklahoma students are finding ways for small actions to lead to even bigger change in the environment and their education. The Oklahoma Green Schools Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to educate and empower Oklahoma students and teachers to make a difference in their schools and communities through an increased understanding of environmental issues, leading to stewardship of resources and personal responsibility.  Sara Ivey, executive director for Oklahoma Green Schools, spoke about how this program impacts the environment as well as student learning.

  • Furniture aids help mobility-challenged

    BY JIM MILLER For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: I am interested in purchasing a recliner that lifts and lowers off the ground, or some other type of senior-friendly furniture that can help my elderly father. What can you recommend? — Need a Boost DEAR NEED: The task of sitting down and/or getting up from soft-cushioned furniture is a problem for many seniors who struggle with excessive weight, arthritis or other mobility issues. Here are some product solutions. Lift recliners One of the most popular types of cushioned furniture on the market today for mobility challenged seniors is an electric recliner lift chair. Here are a few key points that can help you select a good fit for your dad.

  • High school notebook

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Thirteen of the scheduled 20 high school playoff games were played through the messy weather last Friday, leaving seven to be held Monday night. In the Class 5A semifinals, Altus and McGuinness meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Cameron Stadium in Lawton. The winner will face Collinsville in the title game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon. Lincoln Christian at Sulphur is the lone 3A quarterfinal game left to be played, and the same for Adair at Davis in 2A. In Class A, Hominy at Mooreland and Rejoice Christian at Stratford are set for Monday night, with the winners to face each other in the semifinals. Both of Class C's semifinal games are set for Monday, with Cherokee facing Coyle at Enid High School and Shattuck taking on

  • Morning Roundup

    AP | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Georgia fires head coach Mark Richt Georgia coach Mark Richt is stepping down after 15 seasons in what is being called a “mutual” decision. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he met with Richt on Sunday morning “to discuss the status of our football program” and “mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game.” The decision was announced in a statement released by Georgia. Georgia (9-3) concluded its regular season with Saturday's 13-7 win over Georgia Tech.


    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    COWBOYS EDGE GOPHERS Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State used two bonus-point wins Sunday to trim No. 18 Minnesota 20-17 in a dual between wrestling powers in Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. Each team won five matches, but the Cowboys' bonus-point wins at 165 pounds and 174 pounds proved to be the difference. Alex Dieringer, ranked No. 1 in the country at 165, scored an 18-1 technical fall over Brandon Krone. Kyle Crutchmer, No. 3 at 174, pinned Jordan Rothers at 2:58. Those helped counter upset losses by No. 8 Anthony Collica at 149 pounds and No. 14 Chance Marsteller at 157. Both lost by decision. Minnesota remained in the hunt before the heavyweight match, where No.

  • Cowboys’ bowl destination hinges on the fate of others

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    STILLWATER — In the hour leading up to the biggest Bedlam game ever played at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, an Alamo Bowl representative walked the aisles of the press box and handed out fact sheets to reporters. A sign of things to come for Oklahoma State? It's certainly possible. A 58-23 loss to Oklahoma eliminated the Cowboys' already slim chances of crashing the College Football Playoff. OSU now joins two-loss Baylor and two-loss TCU in a three-way tie for second place among Big 12 teams. Head-to-head records create a stalemate, so per league policy, scoring differential among the tied teams is used to eliminate the lowest seed from consideration — TCU at -13 (the Cowboys check in at plus-10 and Baylor sits at

  • Taken by storm

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    An ice storm which has crippled power to thousands of people ended Sunday morning, with rain expected the rest of the day and the possibility of more on Monday.

  • Thunder’s struggles against East: Trap games or tough teams?

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Twelve of the last 17 NBA champions, including five of the last seven. Nine of the Top 10 players in last year's MVP voting. A team making a run at history in Golden State, 18-0 to start the season. In today's NBA, the Western Conference is the consensus power, but is the Eastern Conference gaining ground? The Thunder, winner of four consecutive games, is playing its best ball of the season, but while OKC has had its way with the Western Conference so far, the Eastern Conference has been a bit tricker. Entering Sunday, the Eastern Conference led the Western Conference 40-39 in head-to-head matchups. The East also had 10 teams above .500 to the West's eight.

  • Sooners defense stifles Badgers

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 2 hr ago

    After Oklahoma beat his Wisconsin team 65-48 on Sunday afternoon, Badgers coach Bo Ryan thought back to a memory from his playing days. “My old coach, one time when we weren't shooting it real well, he said he could drop kick and make more baskets than we could,” Ryan said. “He actually drop kicked the ball in practice and it went in. “I don't think I'd try that, but I might tomorrow.” Wisconsin shot just 16 of 68 (23.5 percent) from the floor against the Sooners. The Badgers' shooting percentage was their worst since 2006 and the second worst in the Bo Ryan era, which began in 2001. Although he didn't discount Oklahoma's defense, Ryan said he was generally happy with the shots his team was