• OU football: Sooners receive commitment from junior college receiver Dede Westbrook

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    OU received some help at the wide receiver position for 2015 with a commitment from  Blinn College (Bresham, Texas) prospect Dede Westbrook on Tuesday. "I finally came to my decision.. There's only one..#BoomerSooner I will be taking my talents to Norman, OK in January..#Sooners," Westbrook announced Tuesday morning via Twitter. Westbrook was in Norman for the Sooners' 44-7 win over Kansas on Saturday. He's the 16th commitment in OU's 2015 recruiting class, and the second juco commit for the Sooners this week, joining defensive back William Johnson, who committed on Sunday . Westbrook (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) leads Blinn with 76 receptions for 1,487 yards in eight games, and is second on the team in touchdown catches (13).

  • Does the occasional holiday eating binge have long-term effects?

    By Ryan Stewart, For The Oklahoman | Yesterday

    Thanksgiving is a national holiday established in part for reflecting on the bounty of the past year’s harvest. Over the past few decades, it has also become synonymous with stuffing as much of that harvest into one’s self as possible.

  • Oklahoma's gas price falls for 27 straight days

    Yesterday

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gasoline prices are down in Oklahoma — and they keep falling. AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the retail price for regular gasoline in the state has fallen for 27 consecutive days. The average pump price for regular gasoline was about $2.61 on Tuesday, down 41 cents from $3.02 on Oct. 29, the last day Oklahomans saw a day-over-day price increase. Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, says the last time the Oklahoma average was this low was on Oct. 2, 2010. On Thanksgiving Day 2009, Oklahoma's average was $2.49, and Mai says motorists are on track to see the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since then, not only in Oklahoma but across the U.S. The national average price has fallen for 60 consecutive

  • Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests

    By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB, AP | Yesterday

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Toby Keith releases video for "Drunk Americans"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Today, Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith’s “Drunk Americans” video premiered prominently across Vevo, with its CMT premiere set for Thursday, which is Thanksgiving. Directed by Michael Salomon with animation by Ben Naff, the video captures the song’s inclusive, wall-busting view of the American people. Written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally, “Drunk […]

  • Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

    Yesterday

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 percent. "We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run," Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari said.

  • Home Depot faces dozens of breach-related lawsuits

    Yesterday

    Home Depot faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a massive data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards. The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Tuesday in a regulatory filing that several state and federal agencies also are looking into the data breach and it may face more litigation from customers, banks, shareholders and others. Home Depot said the litigation and the investigations may distract management and affect how it runs its business. It also could lead to additional costs and fines. But those expenses aren't clear yet because the cases are in early stages, the company said in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering

    Yesterday

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico is still recovering after an 11-hour surgery. And he got a surprise visitor while resting. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano on Monday a week after the Ciudad Juarez-born boy underwent the risky procedure to remove what doctors called multiple cysts, spongy-soft tissue and a conglomeration of blood vessels . Around a third of the watermelon-sized tumor was expunged and the boy now faces months of physical therapy, according to doctors at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

  • 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3M

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" and the piano from the movie "Casablanca" each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. They were among Hollywood memorabilia offered at Bonhams on Monday. The big cat outfit, which went for just over $3 million, had been authenticated as the one Bert Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A spokesman for costume owner James Comisar says a secondary costume used in the film sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million. Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows including "I Love Lucy" and "Lost." He has said he plans to use money from the Cowardly Lion costume sa

  • Flight restrictions lifted in St. Louis area

    Yesterday

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions in the St. Louis area have been lifted. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the restrictions expired at 3:30 a.m. Lea said about 10 inbound flights were canceled or diverted late Monday because of reports of gunshots fired into the sky following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old. The FAA said Monday the restriction was meant "to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities." Lea said the airport expects to see full operations Tuesday. Six outbound flights were canceled Tuesday morning largely because the planes to be used didn't land last night.

  • Obama appeals for calm after Ferguson decision

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint. "We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make," Obama said. In a late-night statement from the White House, Obama said it was understandable that some Americans would be "deeply disappointed — even angered" that police officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted. Yet he echoed Brown's parents in calling for any protests to be peaceful, saying that their wishes should be honored as they grieve their son.

  • Fears of major flooding in snowbound Buffalo ease

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Fears of disastrous flooding from a rapid meltdown of the Buffalo area's 7 feet of snow eased on Monday, but high winds became a menace, threatening to knock down trees and power lines. Forecasters, meanwhile, defended the National Weather Service following criticism from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who accused the agency of failing to anticipate how bad Buffalo's epic snowstorm would be. Cuomo, in the region for a sixth straight day, said state-deployed pumps and sandbags were in place as rain and temperatures over 60 rapidly melted the snow. Residents shoveled snow in T-shirts against the backdrop of white drifts.

  • GOP wisdom shifts on immigration

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform." It was critical for the party's survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation's surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order last week, some of the Republican Party's most prominent governors — likely presidential candidates among them — described immigration reform as little more than an afterthought. "This issue is probably not in the top 10 of most voters in America," Wisconsin Gov.

  • Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who appeared to be pulling a gun in and out of his pants. The 911 caller said the gun was "probably fake," then added, "I don't know if it's real or not." Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said Monday that he didn't know whether a dispatcher shared that information with responding officers. The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association has said the officers weren't told the caller thought the gun might be fake.

  • Police shooting in housing project ruled homicide

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors should charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell, elected officials said Monday after the medical examiner announced that the death was ruled a homicide. City Councilwoman Inez Barron and Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron met with officials in the Brooklyn district attorney's office on Monday. Afterward, Charles Barron told reporters he thought the shooting of Akai Gurley last week warrants a criminal charge for Officer Peter Liang. He said Liang's use of a police weapon "was reckless endangerment, it was criminally negligent homicide.

  • Suspect in 5 Kansas City deaths pleads not guilty

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of attacking and killing five people during a rampage in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree murder for each victim. Brandon Howell, 34, didn't speak during a brief hearing in Jackson County Court, but attorney Patrick Berrigan said his client was denying all 12 charges he faced. Prosecutors have said Howell assaulted 86-year-old Anna Taylor and her 80-year-old husband in their home Sept. 2, before he stole their SUV and fatally shot neighbors who happened to be outside. Authorities have declined to discuss a motive for the attacks, noting only that charges against Howell include burglary and car theft.

  • Teens punished for prank on autistic classmate

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Three teens who admitted to dumping urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old autistic classmate during an ice bucket prank were ordered Monday to do community service and write apology letters to the victim and his family. The teens admitted to charges of assault and disorderly conduct in juvenile court, said Joseph Frolik, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. The autistic teen thought he was participating in the ice bucket challenge for charity when the boys dumped the bucket on him in August. The prank attracted nationwide attention after the autistic teen's mother found a video of it on his cellphone and allowed media outlets to publicize it. The teens all live in the Cleveland

  • Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites. The 18 notables who gathered in the White House East Room to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom left even the president himself in awe. Obama said the ceremony is one of his favorite events because it celebrates "people who have made America stronger and wiser and more humane and more beautiful." He revealed the first record he ever bought was by honoree Stevie Wonder and confessed a crush on Meryl Streep, gushing about her ability to promote empathy on and off the screen through charitable works.

  • Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday. Frank Sesno, director of George Washington's School of Media and Public Affairs, said Shanahan died Saturday morning, surrounded by family, after suffering a severe stroke earlier in the week. "We are all devastated by this news," Sesno said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. "Professor Shanahan was an unshakable friend and advocate of the School of Media and Public Affairs. He brought a reporter's eye and a professor's dedication to his work." Sesno