• OGE Energy names Trauschke chairman

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    He will succeed Pete Delaney, who is retiring.

  • What are you thankful for?

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: 23 min ago

    What are you thankful for? We asked a few people in downtown Oklahoma City to write down what they're thankful for this holiday season.

  • Hargis thankful for OU's support, looking forward to Bedlam

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: 26 min ago

    Addressing the Downtown Rotary Club 29 on Tuesday, Oklahoma State University’s president said he is thankful for the many acts of sacrifice and bravery shown to the OSU community following last month’s homecoming parade tragedy. “I want to say thank you to everybody that has been so supportive of us,” President Burns Hargis said. Hargis – who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma – said he really appreciated OU’s support on that day. “I’m thankful for OU flying our flag on the field. I’m thankful for them singing our alma mater,” he said. Hargis said he is looking forward to

  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Updated: 25 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since been trying to cut its dependence on Russian gas. Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, said Wednesday that it stopped sending gas to Ukraine on Wednesday morning and will supply no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for more deliveries.

  • LIVE: Daniel Holtzclaw trial - Day 14

    By Kyle Schwab | Updated: 32 min ago

    Follow live updates below from the trial of Daniel Ken Holtzclaw. The Oklahoman's Kyle Schwab will be providing updates from the courtroom.

  • Whole Foods Thanksgiving turkeys endure ‘horrific conditions’ at Calif. farm, activists say

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, an animal-rights activist group has alleged “horrific conditions” at a farm that supplies Whole Foods turkeys — and that the farm is just part of the grocery chain’s misleading claims about the welfare of the animals whose meat it sells. In a report titled “A Deadly Feast: What you are not told about your Thanksgiving turkey,” an advocacy group called Direct Action Everywhere, known as “DxE,” alleged that Diestel Turkey Ranch operated one “picture perfect” farm with about 400 animals in Sonora, Calif. This farm, the group said, was certified “5+” in an animal-welfare system adopted by Whole Foods. (“Step 1″ is the lowest rating for suppliers who want to be certified: “no cages, no crates, no crowding.” “Step 5+” is the highest: “animal centered, entire life on same farm” with extensive outdoor access.) However, DxE claimed, “no turkeys raised at the 5+ Sonora farm are actually sold at Whole Foods or anywhere else.”

  • The Latest: French Parliament debates Syria airstrikes

    Updated: 36 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local: 6:30 p.m. France's lower house of Parliament is debating whether to extend airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the group claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris. The government is trying to rally global action against the group. French fighter jets joined the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists in Iraq in 2014, and expanded their mission to Islamic State targets in Syria in September. President Francois Hollande cited specific threats against French interests stemming from IS in Syria.

  • Oklahoma volunteers: Meet Mary Lou Brown

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 40 min ago

    'Tis the season for giving back and helping others. And to highlight some of the causes Oklahomans are getting involved with, we'll feature an Oklahoma volunteer each day this week, leading up to Thanksgiving.

  • Pastor among seven charged with murder of teen in New York church

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The pastor of an insular New York church was one of seven people charged on Tuesday with the murder of a young man who wanted to leave the congregation and the assault of his brother. Lucas Leonard, 19, was beaten to death in October over 10 hours during a “spiritual counselling” session at the Word of Life Church in the town of Chadwicks, New York State. His brother, Christopher, 17, received blunt force injuries when he was repeatedly struck during the same session, which was being held because Lucas Leonard wanted to leave the congregation, prosecutors said.

  • Banned pesticide found in Colorado marijuana

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    (CNN)It's been nearly two years since recreational pot was legalized in Colorado and the thriving pot industry has hit some hurdles in the form of potential dangers to consumers. Pesticides that are illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products being marketed and sold to the public -- leading to product recalls, plant quarantines and even a class-action lawsuit involving people who say they would not have inhaled the product had they known illegal pesticides were used on them. Pesticide testing is not mandatory for pot businesses in Colorado, nor are they subject to random pesticide testing, as are other crops, according to Mitch Yergert of the state's agriculture department. Pot businesses generally are left to self-regulate pesticides use, though officials say they are working to come up with a plan for better oversight.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Share your thoughts, questions and concerns going into the Bedlam game Saturday with OU writer Jason Kersey at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth stars in effort to 'erase' breast cancer

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth returned to Oklahoma recently to speak at Celebrate Pink OKC, a fundraising luncheon and fashion show benefiting Oklahoma Project Woman, an organization that provides breast health care services for people with no health insurance and limited financial resources. The cause is personal for Chenoweth, whose mother and beloved voice teacher, among others, both are breast cancer survivors.

  • SH 74 and N Portland Avenue four-way stop due to damage to signal lights Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The intersection of State Highway 74 and NW 164 will be a four-way stop Wednesday due to damage to signal lights. Motorists should expect significant delays in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art to show films by Hitchcock, Truffaut, Miyazaki and more in December

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, is planning three exciting film series in December. The first, "Also like Life: the Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien," features three movies,  all on 35mm film, by the great contemporary Taiwanese master Hou, winner of this year's best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The second, "Hitchcock/Truffaut on 35mm," includes two works each from Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, as well as a fine new documentary on their legendary book collaboration. And the third, "Above the Clouds, Below the Waves: 4 films by Hayao Miyazaki," represents the second consecutive year in which Museum Films has programmed a family-friendly anime during winter

  • Alarming Study Shows Infant Deaths from Crib Bumpers Are on the Rise

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An alarming new study on baby sleep safety has found that infant deaths from crib bumpers are on the rise. Experts urge parents never to use them.

  • OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan explains Anthony Morrow-Kyle Singler minutes shuffle

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    A recurring question from Thunder fans 15 games in has been about the rotation. Why are the minutes being divvied up the way they are, in particular between Anthony Morrow and Kyle Singler?

  • Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day — except for the machine gun-toting policeman. After a two-day school shutdown sparked by a threat alert across the Belgian capital, Brussels resident Leger was relieved that classes were back in session, even though she and her kids had to take their bikes since the subway was still not running in her neighborhood. "It was like Christmas come early for the children," Leger said. "They stayed at home and played with the neighbors' kids." She said the family lives partly in Paris and that the children are very aware of what's happening both there and in Belgium.

  • UPDATE: Winter weather advisory for western Oklahoma, flash flood watch in central Oklahoma Thanksgiving

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A winter weather advisory has been issued for western Oklahoma. The advisory is for Thursday evening through Saturday morning, the National Weather Service reports. There is a flash flood watch in effect for central Oklahoma from Thursday evening until Friday afternoon

  • Palestinian assailant killed after stabbing Israeli soldier

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by Israeli forces after stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli soldier in the West Bank on Wednesday, the latest in an unrelenting, two month-long wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The Israeli military said the soldier was stabbed at a junction near the West Bank city of Hebron. Troops on the scene shot the attacker, who later died in a Jerusalem hospital. The attack comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to try to calm tensions. The violence erupted in mid-September over tensions surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site and quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The past week has been the de

  • Biden meets Balkan leaders at summit on refugees, threats

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Tensions over a record surge of asylum-seekers and fears that Islamic militants may have infiltrated the flow brought former Balkans rivals together in an urgent summit Wednesday, along with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Biden's trip comes amid a heated debate in the U.S. about whether to admit Syrian refugees following the Islamic State group's attack in Paris that left 130 dead and hundreds wounded. At least two of the militants involved in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks had passed through Greece, apparently posing as asylum-seekers.