• Red flag warning issued in Oklahoma Wednesday due to high winds, fire danger

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A red flag warning has been issued for much of Oklahoma Wednesday. High wind gusts will increase fire danger.

  • Aussie lawmakers gifted designer watches, think they're fake

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's former prime minister and two other politicians were gifted designer watches by a Chinese businessman — but initially kept them only because they thought the 40,000 Australian dollar ($28,000) timepieces were fake, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was leader of the then-opposition Liberal Party in 2013 when he and fellow Liberal lawmakers Stuart Robert and Ian Macfarlane received the luxury watches during a dinner with a representative of China's Li Guancheng Investment Group, Macfarlane told the Herald Sun newspaper. Macfarlane told the paper the watch-giver's name was "Mr. Li," believed to be Chinese billionaire Li Ruipeng. "It's quite a tale," Macfarlane said.

  • Woman finds artwork by father killed in Vietnam

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Erika Colligan spent three decades searching for her father's artwork — paintings the South Vietnam pilot made for the U.S. Air Force aviators who trained him during the Vietnam war. The 50-year-old San Diego software consultant was only 1 when her father died in a plane crash in his native country in 1966. At age 10, her family fled Vietnam and came to the United States, leaving behind their belongings and his artwork. Colligan believes most of his paintings were destroyed after the Communist government took power, but she kept faith some of the artwork Phan Khoi made for his American friends was still out there, offering a tangible sliver of the father she never got the chance to know.

  • Ferguson City Council seeks changes to DOJ reform agreement

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson City Council agreed Tuesday to most proposals in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that would reform the city's courts and policing systems but also asked for several changes, including some limiting the city's cost. The changes announced before a crowd of about 300 at the Ferguson Community Center angered many who supported the original consent decree. Several protesters began chanting, "No justice, no peace," and other refrains common during protests in the St. Louis suburb after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014.

  • Trump and Sanders big winners, riding voter frustration

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people in his win over Hillary Clinton, but faces challenges in the more diverse states that come next on the primary calendar. Trump, appealing to voters seeking a political outsider, could benefit from the persistent lack of clarity among the more mainstream Republicans struggling to challenge him. "We are going to do something so good and so fast and so strong and the world is going to respect us again, believe m

  • Results of Tuesday's elections

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Results of Tuesday's elections in various areas.

  • High school basketball: Results for Tuesday, February 9

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    High school basketball results for Tuesday, February 9

  • Voters approve Chickasha hospital tax; Midwest City mayor's race heads to April vote

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Voters decided several matters Tuesday across the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Oklahoma Christian UNIVERSITY big man John Moon is in the spotlight after historic 20-for-20 performance

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Even though several days have passed, John Moon is still struggling to wrap his mind around what he did Saturday. He attempted 20 shots in a game — and made every single one of them. Yep, 20 for 20. No other collegiate player has ever taken more shots and made all of them than the Oklahoma Christian University center did against Panhandle State. Not Wilt Chamberlain. Not Bill Walton. Not Magic or Michael. Not KD or Steph. “It's hard to fathom,” said Moon, who also set a school record with 50 points in the game. “I'm just some kid from Crescent.” He shook his head. “Not really a big name.” But right now, he's a big deal.

  • OKlahoma scene

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Langston names Morgan to lead football program Quinton Morgan's 5-0 record as Langston University's interim football coach last season has earned him a promotion. Morgan, a former Langston player, has been named the Lions' head coach, the university announced Tuesday. Under Morgan, Langston averaged 43.6 points per game, outscoring opponents 218-65 to finish 7-3. SOONERS FINISH RUNNER-UP IN 15-TEAM TOURNAMENT The No. 10-ranked Oklahoma men's golf team finished second in a 15-team tournament on Tuesday at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. The Sooners entered the final day in a first-place tie, but No. 48-ranked Baylor won the tournament with an 11-over 863. OU had a 16-over 868.

  • IN Brief

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Homeless plan CALIFORNIA | LOS ANGELES — The city and county on Tuesday approved sweeping plans to fight homelessness by subsidizing housing and coordinating programs to keep people from joining an estimated 45,000 people already living on the streets. “This blueprint puts us on the path to adding more outreach workers on our streets, putting more affordable housing in our neighborhoods, and providing more supportive services to our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The thousands of men, women, and children who live on our streets are not disposable. It is our moral imperative to help them.

  • State lawmakers push to end some tax breaks

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    As Oklahoma's state revenue picture goes from bad to worse, a legislative committee is taking initial steps to trim tax breaks. The Senate Finance Committee passed bills Tuesday targeting an array of tax credits, exemptions and deductions. Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei stressed that the goal was to give lawmakers a broad range of choices. "The Finance Committee is considering, studying and deliberating any and all options that can help us deal with this financial crisis," said Mazzei, R-Tulsa. Lawmakers are in a similar position to that of their counterparts in 2010, when tax credits had to be reduced to generate revenue for state services during a recession amid an oil industry downturn that has reverberated

  • Jury awards $3M in 2011 elevator accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    NORMAN — A Cleveland County jury has awarded a Norman woman $3 million in damages stemming from an Otis elevator accident at the Norman Regional Healthplex on Tecumseh Road. Jurors found in favor of Theresa Sanusi and against Otis Elevator Co. in a civil trial before Special District Judge Michael Tupper. Sanusi, a social worker, was on an elevator in October 2011 when it malfunctioned and dropped several feet. According to her attorney, Andrew Schwartz, the accident caused debilitating and permanent injuries. Attorney Wade McClure represented Otis Elevator Co. in the four-day trial.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, February 10

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    WEDNESDAY NBA 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Cleveland ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m. Houston at Portland ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 7 p.m. New York Rangers at Pittsburgh NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:15 p.m. Tulane at East Carolina ESPNews (Cox 254) 5:30 p.m. Butler at Seton Hall FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m. Memphis at Houston ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m. LSU at South Carolina ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. Texas A&M at Alabama SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m. Providence at Marquette CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m. Wake Forest at Georgia Tech FSOK (Cox 37) 7:15 p.m. Baylor at Kansas State ESPNews (Cox 254) 8 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m. Washington at Utah ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com   | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Nationally, CBS' Super Bowl 50 broadcast ranked second all time behind last year's game in viewership with an average 111.9 million viewers, trailing last year's game by 2.5 million. In Oklahoma City, KWTV-9's rating of 48.0 was down 9 percent from last year's game on KFOR-4 (52.6). The Thunder's showdown at Golden State on Saturday earned a season-best 13.1 rating, including 6.7 on FSOK and 6.4 on ESPN. The previous best had been 12.6 for the Cleveland game on Dec. 17 on TNT. The OU men's basketball team got a 5.0 rating on ESPNU for its loss at Kansas State on Saturday and 4.4 on ESPN for its victory over Texas on Monday night. Sports events Feb. 2-8 1. Super Bowl, Denver vs. Carolina, Sunday, KWTV-9, 48.0. 2.

  • Seniors struggle to pay for constantly rising long-term care insurance

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Since our article “Long-Term Care Snare” published on Sunday, The Oklahoman has fielded several emails and calls from readers who are struggling to pay soaring insurance premiums on long-term care policies they bought years ago to help cover the costs of nursing or assisted living facilities should they ever need them. Like the retired Norman couple on which Sunday's story was based, all have policies with Genworth, and all have had their rates raised repeatedly. But many are struggling to maintain even higher annual premium costs — as high as $7,000 for one couple. Meanwhile, another long-term policy- holder who moved into an assisted living facility in March 2014 said Genworth cut off his monthly benefits after 18 months.

  • Albert agrees to multiyear extension with TNT

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games. Albert will no longer work the NCAA Tournament under the new deal. In a conference call Tuesday, he said calling four games a day in the early rounds was too much strain on his voice, forcing him to take off some NBA telecasts to recover. Albert, 74, will call this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, his 21st year providing commentary for the event. He will continue to work regular-season and playoff games for the network. The Hall of Fame broadcaster has been associated with the NBA for nearly 50 years, and is in his 18th season as a TNT play-by-play announcer. “I am obviously thrilled about the new contract

  • Redevelopment set to start for shopping center in northeast Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Renovation will start this month on blighted Northeast Plaza in Oklahoma City after the city council approved more than $2 million in tax increment financing assistance Tuesday.

  • Brooks discusses firing for first time

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    After six-plus years with the Thunder, Scott Brooks was fired this past April. Ever since, he's gone silent, not making any public comments about OKC's decision to let him go. That ended on Tuesday morning. Brooks joined The Vertical's Chris Mannix for a podcast, discussing a variety of topics. One of those was his disappointment for how his tenure in Oklahoma City ended. Here is a transcript of the OKC related topics: On being fired by the Thunder... Brooks: “It was disappointing. It was really disappointing. I thought my staff did a great job. Last season, we still ended up top five in scoring. The last five years I was there, we were always between three to five in scoring.

  • The right note

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    A Mustang teenager recently honored his piano teacher with a “grand” gesture.  As a young boy listening to classical music, Andrew Vargas loved to stand on top of an old drum and pretend he was a conductor, using drum sticks to lead his imaginary orchestra. Eventually, Vargas knew he wanted to make music, a decision that led to his friendship with his piano teacher and mentor, Greg Fisher. When Vargas, 15, was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disorder called Wegener's granulomatosis, Fisher shared spiritual messages that encouraged his young student — messages that gave the teen something beyond lessons on notes and keys. Vargas said Fisher gave him hope. The young pianist wanted to give back