• Woman who was raped, burned dies in Kansas

    Yesterday

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman who had been sexually assaulted and set on fire died Saturday morning, police said, just over a week after she was found in a Wichita park with severe burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head. Firefighters were responding to a late-night grass fire when they found the woman on Nov. 14 and took her to a hospital. Police Lt. James Espinoza told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1zMOmco) that she died around 9:40 a.m. Saturday. Cornell A. McNeal, 26, of Wichita, had been charged Friday with attempted capital murder and rape in the attack, as well as with two counts of arson stemming from fires that were set that day in the park and at a garage. Bond was set at $250,000. <

  • Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US

    Yesterday

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about getting a deer. Numerous books and blogs on the topic have surfaced, and state wildlife departments are offering introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas to recruit newbies who want to bag their own wild, local meat. A national survey published last year found the motivation for hunting meat has nearly doubled from 16 percent in 2006 to 35 percent in 2011. Tovar Cerulli, a former vegetarian and vegan, turned to hunting because he says there is a direct connection to his hunted meat that he can't g

  • Hitler watercolor sold for $162,000 at auction

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — A watercolor of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bidders from four continents and went to a buyer from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate. The auction house says the painting is one some 2,000 by Hitler and is thought to be from about 1914, when he was struggling to make a living as an artist, almost two decades before rising to power as the Nazi dictator. The painting, which had been expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros, was sold by a pair of elderly sisters whose grandfather pu

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook practice, participate in non-contact drills on Saturday

    By Darnell Mayberry | Yesterday

    'They’re still in the rehab process of getting back to being able to play,' says Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

  • Flights resume at Detroit airport after ice delays

    Yesterday

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing. Airport spokesman Michael Conway said all four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple of hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield "iced over at once." Overnight crews applied de-icing fluid and sand, but he says freezing rain "overwhelmed our work." Conway says a Delta Air Lines plane arriving from Portland, Oregon, landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bused to the terminal. A Delta spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured.

  • Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday. The London Fire Brigade said that five of the 14 were taken to hospital and some 400 guests were evacuated to a nearby hotel after the blast caused extensive damage to the basement and ground floor. The hotel chain said in a statement that 12 Hyatt employees were injured and that no guests were hurt. Five cars on a neighboring street were also damaged.

  • Live Coverage: OU vs. Kansas

    staff reports | Yesterday

    OU welcomes Kansas to Norman for another Big 12 showdown. The game has been delayed until at least 12:30 (lightning). Follow our live coverage for updates from The Oklahoman staff.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Christmas lights, parties, ice scupltures---Judy Lehmbeck and Dewey Beene

    Helen Ford Wallace | Yesterday

    [brightcove]3904037791001[/brightcove] Judy Lehmbeck and Dewey Beene talk about upcoming holiday parties and innovative lighting.

  • 10 famous Oklahomans, then and now

    Richard Hall | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Ah, the Hollywood Sign. It has long since been a symbol of “making it.” You know, picking yourself up by your bootstraps and getting things done how only you can.

  • Rain, thunderstorms in eastern United States could spell flight delays for Oklahoma Thanksgiving travelers

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Heavy rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma City. Several of the nation’s busiest airports are also expected to see bad weather early next week, possibly leading to delays and cancellations.

  • Climate scientists predict 2014 will be hottest year on record, Oklahoma drought lingers

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    During a conference call with national media Thursday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers said last month was the warmest October on record globally, representing the fifth monthly heat record set this year.

  • Muskogee man dies in accident Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Gregory Standifer, 44, was killed Friday afternoon after failing to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to strike a cliff face, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Police arrest student after Moore High School evacuated due to threat

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Friday, a school employee notified administrators at Moore High School of an email that had been received threatening harm to students and staff at the school.

  • Court charges two more men in 2009 'Cathouse' killings in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Jonathan Allen Cochran, 35, and Russell Lee Hogshooter, 37, were charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

  • University of Central Oklahoma police investigate possible armed robbery on campus

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    About 11 p.m. Thursday, a man reportedly armed with a small-caliber revolver approached another man sitting in a parked car near Washington and Ayers streets, according to police. The suspect showed the man the weapon and demanded money, police said.

  • Muskogee police investigate death of malnourished boy

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Police are investigating to determine whether neglect played a role in the death of a 12-year-old boy.

  • House GOP sues Obama administration on health law

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority. Democrats said Obama had acted legally and mocked the case as an unwinnable, politically motivated attack. Legal experts expressed doubts that the GOP would prevail or that the case could be concluded during Obama's presidency. The suit echoed Republican complaints over Obama's Thursday night announcement of executive actions preventing the deportation of 5 million people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally.

  • Champions-only playoff would enhance regular season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    We have an expanded playoff in college football, and now we have lots of clamoring for an even bigger playoff. Eight teams is what we need, said both Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw and Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford. Actually, the best playoff would be a system that includes only conference champions. That would […]

  • House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was con

  • Obama launches sales mission on immigration

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mounting an offensive behind his immigration directives, President Barack Obama on Friday insisted House Republicans must take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul but said the system is so unfair that it needs the type of fixes that he initiated on his own. "Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time and everybody knows it," he said. "We can't afford it anymore." Speaking at the Las Vegas high school where he launched his drive for Congress to send him an immigration bill, Obama outlined steps he has taken to help millions of people living in the country illegally. The measures are designed to make nearly 5 million of those immigrants eligible for protection from deportation and for wor