• Entertaining last-minute gift ideas: BAM's local and online recommendations

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Christmas is less than a week away, but if you want to give an entertainment or artsy present with an Oklahoma flair, you don’t have to go far to shop for out-of-the-gift-box options. Christmas is less than a week away, and […]

  • Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue because of misapplied law

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi acknowledged Thursday during her last regular board meeting that a calculation used for state funding to districts that accounts for ad valorem tax revenues had not been applied by the Education Department since 1992, despite being required by law.

  • Four-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma picked up a major linebacker commit Friday morning when Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee’s Ricky DeBerry committed to the Sooners. DeBerry (6-foot-2, 231 pounds) chose the Sooners over Virginia. The Rivals four-star outside linebacker also had offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and USC among others. DeBerry came to Norman on his first […]

  • Gold tooth dropped into Missouri donation kettle

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Salvation Army spokesman says someone has dropped a gold tooth into a holiday collection kettle. Spokesman Rick Carroll said Thursday that he's found diamond rings, silver bars and four-leaf clovers but has never heard of a tooth donation. He says the item could be worth $100 depending on the amount of gold it contains. Kansas City's Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. 7 and is currently running about $50,000 behind where it was a year ago. Carroll says he at first considered the donation to be gross, but now thinks it's a nice gesture. He worries that the donation might have been unintentional and he is temporarily hanging onto the tooth in case someone claims it.

  • Texas teenagers arrested at Oklahoma motel

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have arrested two Texas teenagers wanted in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman. Sapulpa police say the 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy surrendered without incident Thursday night at a motel. Authorities say they tracked the pair by using the victim’s credit card. The Lamar County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office says the victim was found Thursday at a home near Paris, Texas. They say her cards and car had been stolen. The district attorney has issued warrants for the teens, who will be extradited back to Texas. The Associated Press doesn’t typically name juveniles accused of crimes.

  • Colorado vows to defend pot law against states’ challenge

    By SADIE GURMAN and GRANT SCHULTE, AP | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado’s top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state’s historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states. The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012 and allows recreational marijuana for adults over 21. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said the lawsuit was without merit.

  • Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around." Francis, 78, met with members of the Italian Olympic Committee at the Vatican Friday for a Mass to mark their 100th anniversary. The soccer-mad Francis extolled the benefits of sport and the peaceful message of the Olympic movement. He said: "Best wishes also for Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games!" then added "I won't be around." Speculation has mounted that the Vatican might host archery or badminton in St. Peter's Square, if Rome gets the Games. Vatican officials say they've discussed the Olympic bid and areas for co

  • Cloudy Friday in central Oklahoma with chance of rain

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Friday will be cloudy in central Oklahoma. Sunny days are ahead for Christmas.

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. But it is just the highest-profile case in a growing flood of data breaches that have risen in sophistication over the past five years.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-109 loss in Golden State

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 114-109 loss in Golden State on Thursday night: 1. KD goes down – Disaster, at this point, seems to be averted. Kevin Durant was walking without crutches, a walking boot or much of a limp postgame. X-rays on his right ankle were negative. He even said he hopes to play as […]

  • Kevin Durant says ankle sprain not serious, hopes to play on Friday against Lakers

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kevin Durant disappeared into the halftime tunnel with a worrisome limp and didn’t return to the public’s eye for the rest of the night. But late Thursday night inside Oakland’s Oracle Arena, Durant left the locker room with just a minor gimp on that sprained right ankle. No crutches, no walking boot and apparently no worries that this […]

  • Oklahoma City residents express concerns about oil drilling plan for Lake Hefner

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Hundreds of residents turned out to presentations Thursday night by city officials and representatives of Pedestal Oil Co. Inc., which wants to drill on the south shore of Lake Hefner.

  • Former Oklahoma Corrections Department attorney testifies he was pressured to keep executions on schedule

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Michael Oakley, the former general counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, testified Thursday in federal court that both Gov. Mary Fallin’s and Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s offices pressured the department to keep Clayton Lockett’s execution on schedule.

  • Oklahoma board authorizes tax cut for most

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    It’s official: Most Oklahomans will receive a state income tax cut in 2016.

  • Oklahoma City abortion doctor charged with racketeering

    BY NOLAN CLAY AND ROBBY TRAMMELL, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    A controversial Oklahoma City abortion doctor was charged Thursday with one count of racketeering and three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. The punishment for racketeering is severe — at least 10 years in prison upon conviction. Dr. Naresh G. Patel, 62, was arrested at his Warr Acres clinic Dec. 9 as a result of an undercover fraud investigation. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able to assist in their own defenses but their attorneys disagreed with the findings. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren sided with the state during back-to-back hearings to decide the issue Thursday. During the first hearing, the 13-year-old girl watched quietly as experts explained why they thought she was or wasn't fit to go on trial. Wearing a black pantsuit and shackles, she spoke only to tell the judge that she believed she wasn't competent.

  • City panel to vote on incentives for 108 new jobs at Enable Midstream Partners

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The average first-year wage for the new jobs at the Oklahoma City-based energy firm is estimated at $131,291.

  • Oklahoma City's water supply holds steady despite below-average rainfall

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    After steadily dropping through the summer, water levels at the six reservoirs where the Oklahoma City draws water have hovered at a combined 52 percent of total capacity since late November. City officials say cooler weather has helped keep water consumption in check.

  • Facebook privacy, copyright status updates unnecessary, attorney says

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Local attorney Jenna Rader of Crowe & Dunlevy discusses content rights built into Facebook’s existing policies, and what changes are coming effective Jan. 1.

  • Oklahoma company designs, makes many football bowl trophies

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma company MTM Recognition has about 350 employees who design, build, assemble and ship the trophies, as well as flipping coins, players’ MVP trophies and watches.