• Republicans circle Rubio as stakes grow

    By JOSH LEDERMANand JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    LONDONBERRY, N.H. — On the rise in a tightening race, Marco Rubio shouldered intensifying attacks Friday from moderate-leaning Republicans who fear a strong Rubio showing in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary could spell the end for their frazzled presidential campaigns. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie both accused Rubio of a lackluster set of accomplishments. Bush, campaigning with his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, summed up the Florida senator's achievements in one word: "Nothing." On the Democratic side, the gloves were off in a campaign that had shown more signs of comity than rancor — until now.

  • Poll: Have you kept your New Year's resolution so far?

    STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 23 hr ago

  • Go Red event is all heart

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Group gathers for heartfelt pic at Oklahoma City's Myriad Gardens.

  • Kernels of faith: Corn Bible Academy's annual fundraiser offers German food, handcrafted items in western Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Five Mennonite women gathered in a small kitchen in western Oklahoma more than 50 years ago, determined to cook up and sell a generous sampling of foods highlighting their German heritage. Their enterprising culinary tradition will continue at the 52nd annual German Feast & Auction on Saturday at Corn Bible Academy.


    By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Math wiz dies in crane crash NEW YORK | NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said. The mobile crane's boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident around 8:25 a.m. at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. The collapse killed David Wichs, a mathematical whiz who worked at a computerized trading firm, his family said. .

  • Crews rush to rescue survivors after strong quake in Taiwan

    AP | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    TAIWAN | TAIPEI — Rescuers in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan pulled out 221 people and three dead from a residential high-rise complex that collapsed when a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn Saturday, leaving still others trapped inside. Firefighters and soldiers scrambled with ladders, cranes and other equipment to the two towers that folded like an accordion in a pile of rubble and twisted metal and extracted dazed survivors. The emergency response center told The Associated Press that three people were killed, including a 10-day-old infant, a 55-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. Taiwan's official news agency said the infant and the man were pulled out of a 17-story Wei Guan residential

  • Activists, retailers hope to brew support for alcohol sales changes

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom, the group that is behind a high-profile social media campaign called Tap Oklahoma has support from several major retailers, including Walmart. The group has been trying to garner support to change Oklahoma's alcohol laws through social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.   Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom is also behind Tap Oklahoma.org, an advocacy website for changing Oklahoma's “prohibition-era alcohol laws.” Political consultant Patrick McFerron is one of the people behind the organization.

  • ‘Rundown’ houses don’t rate ‘ramshackle’ tag in Nichols Hills project

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: 20 hr ago

    NICHOLS HILLS — “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning,” Mark Twain wrote in 1890. ‘Tis the difference between “rundown” and “ramshackle,” as well, and I confess that I misused the word “ramshackle” last week in a story about Tony Say's plans for the old cottages on Cumberland Drive. Say plans to tear down most of the houses, and give away some, to make room for an upscale addition of million-dollar-plus homes, Cumberland Court. First: Say paid above market price — well above market price — for most of the houses.

  • A full crew

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    With the addition of the 31 recruits in Class 15-2 who graduated Friday, the Oklahoma City Fire Department is fully staffed, District Chief Benny Fulkerson said. The department will wait until it has 20 or more vacancies before the next training academy begins, he said. The department has 977 uniformed positions and 31 civilian positions. As Oklahoma City copes with declining revenue, budget issues “will not prevent us from maintaining current staffing as it stands right now,” Fulkerson said.

  • Zika virus in Brazil brings warning: Mom-to-be should be wary of kissing

    By JENNY BARCHFIELD and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    BRAZIL | RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also called on many Catholic-majority countries in Latin America to loosen their abortion laws to allow women to terminate pregnancies if they fear the fetus may be at risk for a rare birth defect that causes brain damage and an abnormally small head, which may be linked to the virus. The flurry of recommendations began in Brazil, where a top health official warned pregnant women to be cautious with their kisses.

  • J.C. Penney considering selling HQ in Dallas

    By Maria Halkias The Dallas Morning News | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    DALLAS — J.C. Penney is pursuing a possible sale and partial leaseback of its headquarters building in suburban Dallas as it tries to reduce debt and cut expenses. CBRE Capital Markets is representing Penney. New owners also will own part of a huge project under construction next door that will include the North American headquarters for Toyota. In 2014, Penney teamed up with three real estate companies to develop the 240 acres around its headquarters. Karahan Cos., which developed a mixed-use center nearby, is leading the development team, which also includes Dallas-based KDC and Columbus Realty. The cost of leasing space in the building would be offset by no longer paying maintenance costs or property taxes, Penney

  • Edmond school boundaries could change

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 18 hr ago

    EDMOND — A plan to redraw Edmond Public School boundaries is taking shape and already drawing criticism from some parents in northeast Edmond. A district realignment committee of teachers, staff and parents met in closed door sessions in January. On Wednesday the committee came up with tentative boundaries, and the recommendations will be explained during public meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and  Feb. 18 at the District Administration Building, 1001 W Danforth Road. Members of the school board are scheduled to consider the plan at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. New boundaries are necessary as the district prepares to open Heartland Middle School at 4900 Explorer Drive, just off Pennsylvania

  • Revolutionary approach to learning

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Fifth-graders dressed in colonial-period attire revived an earlier period in time Friday for Colonial Day at the Capitol. Students from schools in Checotah, Edmond, Little Axe, Moore and Seminole participated in activities including colonial dancing, revolutionary soldier life, tinsmithing and African traditions. The annual event featured appearances by historical interpreter Brian Austin as James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and the father of the Constitution. Other interpreters portrayed Ben Franklin, a female spy from the Revolutionary War, Paul Revere and George Washington's close friend and personal physician.

  • Crowd receives dental care with no bite out of wallet

    By Robert Medley and Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writers | Updated: 18 hr ago

    After Sierra Myers bit into an apple and broke a tooth, she faced a bill that did not fit into her budget. Myers, 20, of Oklahoma City, works as a restaurant food server and doesn't have dental insurance. On Friday morning, she was one of thousands of patients seeking dental care at the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy (OK MOM), an event that continues Saturday in downtown Oklahoma City.  “I'm just glad they have this here, and I'm thankful for OK MOM,” she said while she waited to get her tooth pulled.  “Everything is free. It's all free. That's what I love about it.” About half of Oklahomans lack dental insurance, according to a news release from the group.

  • Louisville announces immediate postseason ban

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The president of Louisville announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, a decision that stunned coach Rick Pitino. President James Ramsey said at a news conference that an investigation revealed violations did occur when the school reviewed allegations by an escort that a former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. Ramsey said the ban is for all postseason tournaments, including the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments. The president said he received the latest results of the investigation on Thursday, but noted the review of the allegations is continuing.

  • Land sales

    From staff reports | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $61 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more. $1,000,000 or more AE Rockwell LLC from Maple Leaf Ventures II LLC, 8201 N Rockwell Ave., $11,695,000. Silver Oaks Oklahoma City Memory Care LLC from Oklahoma City Care Group LLC, 8300 N May Ave., $9,500,000. LRC Esplanade LLC from Lakeview Estates LLC, 4601 W Nicklas Ave., $8,165,000. LRC Mansion West LLC from Salem Mansion LLC, 4320 NW 50, $3,556,000. IPT OKC IC LLC from Oklahoma VP Partners LP, 4949 SW 20, $3,100,000. LRC Salem West LLC from Kuykendall Enterprises LLC, 3920 NW 50, $1,879,000.

  • Previewing OU men vs. Kansas State

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 18 hr ago

    No. 1 OU AT KANSAS STATE When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan. TV: ESPNU (Cox 253/HD 718, Dish 141, DirecTV 208, U-verse 605/HD 1605) Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7 Three things to know Buddy Hield needs 39 points to tie Ryan Minor for sixth all-time in school history and eight more 3-pointers to become the first Sooner player ever to hit 300 in his career. OU averages 6.2 blocks per game, best in the Big 12 and fourth nationally. Khadeem Lattin leads the Big 12 with 2.6 blocks per game. OU won the first meeting between the teams, 86-76, in Norman on Jan. 9. The Sooners haven't won in Manhattan since 2012 and trail the all-time series 58-36 in the Little Apple.

  • January’s state revenues fell by most in five years

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The oil bust drove down tax receipts by more than 13 percent last month, the largest drop in over five years, state Treasurer Ken Miller said Friday. "The surplus-driven energy contraction continues to spill over into all of Oklahoma's main revenue sources," Miller said. "Every major revenue stream in January is smaller than a year ago. "Collections from oil and natural gas gross production are off by more than 50 percent, and the downturn is suppressing income, sales, and motor vehicle tax collections." January tax collections of $985.4 million were down by almost $150 million compared to a year ago. It is the first double-digit percentage reduction in monthly gross receipts since the treasurer's office began tracking

  • Midwest City voters to weigh budget spat in Tuesday's mayoral recall vote

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    MIDWEST CITY — A lot has led up to Tuesday's recall mayoral election: months of public forums, contentious closed-door meetings, fractured workplaces, angry police officers and firefighters and a billboard contending the sitting mayor does not care about public safety.  It all started over a fire station.  In August, facing low growth in tax revenues and a tight budget, city leaders said they planned to reduce the number of fire stations in the city from six to five. Fire Administration Maj. David Richardson told The Oklahoman at the time that he did not foresee a reduction in fire response times with the closure of Station 6, at 8750 SE 15. The closure, he said, was hopefully just temporary.

  • Heil sparks OSU to Bedlam romp

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    STILLWATER – The Sooners had the early lead and the expected result this time at 133, a Cody Brewer romp. Then for a while Friday night, that's all they had. And they got little more. After falling behind 8-0 through two matches, Oklahoma State won seven of the next eight bouts and pulled away for a 26-11 win before an estimated crowd of 7,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. On a night when OSU celebrated John Smith's 25th year of coaching, the Cowboys earned a sweep of the regular season series, having romped 37-3 in the first meeting in Norman back in December. “Always good to get a Bedlam sweep,” said top-ranked 141-pounder Dean Heil, who started OSU's surge with a technical fall to get the Cowboys on the