• Correction: Exchange Student Shot story

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a Montana man convicted in the shooting death of a German teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a security guard. A corrected version of the story is below: Guilty verdict in German exchange student's death Jury convicts Montana man in German exchange student's death in 'castle doctrine' case By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press MISSOULA, Mont.

  • Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said. In neighboring Guinea, a fire destroyed medicine crucial to fighting Ebola. The fire engulfed a warehouse at the Conakry airport and burned everything inside, said Dr. Moussa Konate, head of logistics for Guinea's Ebola response. He could not immediately say how much had been lost. The world's largest Ebola outbreak has drawn a massive international response, and supplies, including everything from rubber gloves to ambulances, have poured into West Africa.

  • Fire in northwest Oklahoma City allegedly was intentionally set Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Fire investigators are looking into a fire in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Barons hockey team to cease operations after season

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OKC BARONS — After a five-year run in Oklahoma City, the AHL’s Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will cease operations at the conclusion of this season. Citing declining attendance and rising financial concerns, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. announced Wednesday this would be the last season of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future.

  • Should Land Run re-enactments be discontinued in Oklahoma school districts?

    Tim Willert | Updated: 9 hr ago

    We're working on a story about how some schools have decided to discontinue Land Run re-enactments because some American Indian parents find them culturally insensitive and hurtful. A lot of districts still do them and don’t have plans to stop.  Reporter Tim Willert would like to hear from American Indian parents on this, especially those whose children attend school in the Oklahoma City district. Students, too; even non-natives. If you'd like to share your thoughts on this, you can call him at 405-475-3524 or send an email to twillert@opubco.com.

  • 4 more flu-related deaths reported in Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Health is reporting four more deaths due to influenza in the state. The department said Thursday that six people have now died as a result of the flu during the season that began Sept. 28. Each person who died was 65-years-old or older. Two of the deaths were reported in Garfield County and one each in Carter, Oklahoma, Payne, and Stephens counties. Nearly 140 people have also been hospitalized due to the flu. A record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths recorded in the 2009 season, when the state began tracking the statistic.

  • A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence. Experts say the Sony Pictures hack may be the costliest cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview.

  • US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since late October. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 750 to 298,750. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The average has fallen nearly 13 percent in the past year, evidence the job market is improving. Companies are cutting fewer jobs as the economy expands and hiring has picked up. In the first 11 months of this year, employers have added 2.65 million jobs. That already makes 2014 the best year for

  • Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution. The situation as seen from a Russian point of view is starkly different from that painted in the West, and it is driven largely by state television's carefully constructed version of reality and the Kremlin's methodical dismantling of every credible political alternative.

  • Will Jim Harbaugh go back to Michigan?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Jim Harbaugh is considering a return to his alma mater, Michigan, which anyone would when the reports float out that the Wolverines are willing to pay $8 million a year. Harbaugh appears to be coaching out the string in San Francisco, where the 49ers are 7-7 and out of the playoff race barring a series […]

  • Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them. Stephen Payne, a spokesman for circus parent company Feld Entertainment, said this week that although they are appealing the finding, they are not planning to reprise the act and are implementing other safety measures recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. "We want to make sure that something like this never happens again," he said, adding that while one of the injured acrobats has returned to the circus, the others had not.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 18, 2014: See Pollard Theatre's "Territorial Christmas Carol" in Guthrie (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Today’s featured event: GUTHRIE — See the Pollard Theatre’s annual holiday favorite “A Territorial Christmas Carol” at 8 tonight at the theater, 120 W Harrison Ave. The show’s run finishes up this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to thepollard.org. For […]

  • Ex-Oklahoma police officer charged with killing daughter's boyfriend in court Thursday

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    TULSA — A former Tulsa police officer charged with killing his daughter’s boyfriend is due back in court. Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tulsa County District Court for 54-year-old Shannon Kepler. Kepler is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Kepler has pleaded not guilty. Kepler was off-duty when police say he shot Lake while Lake was walking with Kepler’s daughter. An autopsy report says Lake was shot once in the neck and once in the chest.

  • 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. Now its American movie division, a trophy asset, is facing tens of millions of dollars in losses from leaks by hackers that attacked the company over a movie that spoofs an assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails that could damage its relationships with stars and give other studios an ad

  • Most Americans think Christian symbols on government property are OK, survey shows

    Megan Marsden Christensen, KSL | Yesterday

    A new survey shows a majority of Americans believe Christian symbols should be permitted on government property, according to the PewResearch Center.

  • Cloudy Thursday in central Oklahoma with a high near 46

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the 40s again Thursday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be cloudy.

  • Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history, burst into a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday wielding a shotgun, taking 17 people hostage. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed into the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed in a barrage of gunfire, along with Monis. "This has been a horrific wake-up call," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Macquarie Radio.

  • Oklahoma City residents worried about Lake Hefner oil drilling proposal bring concerns to water trust

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Several residents worried about an oil company’s proposal to drill on the southern shore of Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner turned out Tuesday to a regular meeting of the city’s water trust.

  • Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council on Monday approved the planned unit development for Springstone Behavioral Hospital.

  • Man charged in connection with Oklahoma City emergency room attack

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Keith Bain, 58, of Valliant, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with five felonies, including two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery upon an emergency medical care provider and malicious injury and destruction of property.