• TapWerks to pour two local special release beers

    Nick Trougakos | Yesterday

    You may have heard a lot — from this space included — about the new string of special-release beers due from Anthem Brewing Co. You can get your first chance to try two of them on Wednesday at TapWerks Ale House. TapWerks will tap kegs of Anthem’s Count Pedro and Festivus at 6 p.m. Wednesday. […]

  • AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records


    Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.

  • Oklahoma State football: Bedlam win still resonates, despite Tyreek Hill's arrest

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    For five days, the OSU football team reveled in a victory that came out of nowhere — a 38-35 overtime win in Bedlam that ended a five-game losing streak, propelled the Cowboys into a bowl game and gave them state bragging rights. Then came the arrest of Bedlam hero Tyreek Hill on a domestic abuse […]

  • Man arrested in 2011 Muskogee homicide of 2-year-old boy

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    MUSKOGEE — Authorities arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in December 2011. Ja’Cion Jamone Logan-Ragsdale was shot around 7:20 p.m. in the 1100 block of Indianapolis Street. Muskogee police said previously that the boy’s maternal grandmother opened the door to an armed man and a struggle ensued, causing the gun to fire. Ezzard Charles Onebear was arrested at midday Tuesday, said District Attorney Larry Moore. Another man had been charged in the case but was acquitted by a jury in early 2013. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Car believed used in Tulsa slayings is found

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa say they’ve found the car believed to have been used in the shooting deaths of two women at an apartment complex on the city’s east side. Sgt. Dave Walker says the stolen 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix was found last week at another east side apartment complex after police received a tip to Crime Stoppers. Police say the car was reported stolen the day before 26-year-old Amanda Marie Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Sudar Sanders were found shot to death in the parking lot of Bristol Park Apartments. Police say they believe the car was used to carry the gunman both to and from the scene of the shooting.

  • Documents reveal new details of Oklahoma execution

    By SEAN MURPHY, AP | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A federal hearing begins Wednesday over Oklahoma’s attempts to resume executions nine months after a bungled lethal injection in which a death row inmate writhed on the gurney, mumbled and lifted his head after receiving a new drug combination. Attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death row inmates argue the state’s new lethal injection drug combinations and doses amount to human experiments that violate their constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment. Attorneys for the state maintain the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett was an anomaly and that new protocols and training will prevent problems as they move forward with plans for a January execution.

  • Church of England appoints first female bishop


    LONDON (AP) — The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport. The announcement came five months after the church ended a long and divisive dispute by voting to allow women to serve as bishops. Lane, who called her promotion "an unexpected joy," made her first act as bishop leading a prayer for the victims of the Taliban school massacre in Pakistan. "I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment," she said.

  • Robbers hit Buffalo Wild Wings in Norman early Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Police are looking for two restaurant robbers in Norman. One of the robbers had a gun, police report.

  • Napster co-founder to invest on allergy research


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Napster co-founder Sean Parker says he missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur says that now that he is the father of two small children who have a genetic basis to develop allergies he wants to help find a lasting cure to allergies. Parker announced Wednesday he is donating $24 million over the next two years to establish an allergy research center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research will focus on understanding the dysfunctions of the immune system that result in allergic reactions

  • Chance of rain, high near 41 Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    There is a chance for afternoon showers in central Oklahoma. The high temperature will be near 41 degrees.

  • 25 movies chosen for the National Film Registry


    Here are the 25 films selected in 2014 by the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of the National Film Registry: — "13 Lakes" (2004) — "Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day" (1913) — "The Big Lebowski" (1998) — "Down Argentine Way" (1940) — "The Dragon Painter" (1919) — "Felicia" (1965) — "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) — "The Gang's All Here" (1943) — "House of Wax" (1953) — "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" (2000) — "Little Big Man" (1970) — "Luxo Jr.

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. "Thank God it's over," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said as he left the Capitol late Tuesday. How's this for a legacy? Just over 200 bills became law during the past two years, according to congressional data. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws. This Congress did less than the do-nothing one.

  • Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list


    SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday. Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as deeply disturbed, took 17 people hostage inside a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday. Sixteen hours later, the siege ended in a barrage of gunfire when police rushed in to free the captives. Two hostages were killed along with Monis. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that Monis was on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's watch list in 2008 and 2009 but was later d

  • LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 Los Angeles police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making LA's police department the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology. The plan was unveiled at a news conference where Garcetti said he was planning to put forward millions of dollars in next year's budget for the cameras, and that the first wave of more than 800 cameras would roll out as early as January. "This is a huge step for law enforcement. No other major city is even close to implementation," said Police Chief Charlie Beck.

  • GOP Sen. Coburn blocks terrorism insurance measure

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator Tuesday blocked a bill that would have renewed a government program credited with reviving the market for insurance against terrorist strikes after the Sept. 11 attacks. The objections of Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring this year, dimmed chances for any action in the waning hours of the lame-duck session of Congress. The terrorism risk insurance program was originally enacted in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks caused the private market for terrorism insurance to collapse. It provides a government backstop for insurance companies in the event of catastrophic losses, and had widespread support from business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Jury ends 1st day of talks on ex-judge's penalty

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday whether to send a former North Texas justice of the peace to death row for killing a North Texas district attorney's wife in a revenge plot. The Rockwall County jury deliberated for about 2½ hours on punishment for Eric Williams before being sequestered for the night. Jurors are to resume deliberations Wednesday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, but jurors could opt for life imprisonment without parole. Williams was found guilty Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse.

  • LA sheriff agrees to oversight of jails to settle abuse suit

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest sheriff's department agreed to federal court oversight and will adopt a new use-of-force policy to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by jail inmates who said they were beaten by guards. The agreement, in effect a consent decree, was approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. It is the latest in several efforts to reform the scandal-plagued department beset with allegations of rampant abuse by deputies, costly lawsuits and federal convictions of deputies for obstructing an FBI probe into jail beatings.

  • Without passports, actor Quaid and wife grounded

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evgenia are suing John Kerry and the State Department to recover passports that the government revoked three years ago. The State Department said it takes U.S. passports for reasons including issuance of a felony arrest warrant, fraud, failure to pay child support or a criminal court order barring departure from the country. Randy Quaid said the revocation involved an issue over "an insurance policy that we did not take out," but declined to discuss it further. "We can't go anywhere," Quaid said. "Randy can't take a film job," said Evgenia Quaid. "He had to turn down the Cannes Film Festival last year. We can't proceed with our life.

  • TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said Tuesday. The TSA more closely scrutinizes travelers from Syria, Yemen and other nations that are home to individuals and groups that may be plotting to sneak a bomb on board an airliner, John Pistole, the agency's administrator, said in an interview. "It's not to use race to profile anybody, but it's a way to identify people — particularly people flying internationally to the U.S.," Pistole said. "So somebody is, say, a Syrian citizen, that's

  • Senate OKs Obama's choice for No. 2 diplomat

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to approve President Barack Obama's nominee to be deputy secretary of state, despite criticism from Sen. John McCain and other Republicans. Tony Blinken is replacing William Burns, who retired. Blinken joined the White House in 2009 as a top aide to Vice President Joe Biden. He later became Obama's deputy national security adviser and a key player on foreign policy issues, including the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. During his confirmation hearing last month, McCain asked Blinken whether he was wrong two years ago when he said "Iraq today is less violent, more democratic and more prosperous." The nation is embroiled in conflict again today.