• More fire danger in Oklahoma Monday through Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Wind gusts and unseasonably warm weather could add up to extra wildfire danger in Oklahoma. Wildfires will be a risk through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Patrol: 4 dead, 1 injured in pickup-SUV crash in Colorado

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and one is injured following a crash in Weld County in northeastern Colorado. State Patrol Cpl. Heather Cobler says a pickup truck and an SUV collided on County Road 48 and U.S. Highway 85 at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday. KMGH reports (http://bit.ly/15ztsmZ ) that the person who was hurt was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. No other details were immediately available. The patrol says that an investigation into what happened was continuing at the crash scene.

  • Pilot safely rescued after ditching plane in sea off Hawaii

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — The pilot of a small plane ditched into the sea after running out of fuel 250 miles off Hawaii, but he was safely rescued after officials guided the stricken craft to the area of a cruise ship. Officials say the pilot contacted the Hawaii National Guard on Sunday afternoon and reported he would be ditching in the Pacific Ocean because of a lack of fuel. The Coast Guard says it sent an airplane and helicopter and then guided the pilot, who was flying solo in a Cirrus SR-22, to the area of the ship. With the fuel running out, the pilot was able to parachute and reach a life raft. Several minutes later, the cruise ship Veendam plucked the pilot from the sea, which had 12-foot-high waves.

  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami. Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the crown with "pride and excitement" as she heard the news that fans in Colombia had taken to the streets to celebrate. Although she was far from home, Vega said she still felt the support from local Latinos. "It felt like home. I felt like I was in Colombia with my people. I felt that support in every moment of the pageant," she said, wearing a sparkling silver gown with vertical stripes

  • Oklahoma City's Downtown Library has collection of Oklahoma treasures

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma Room at the Downtown Library contains thousands of Oklahoma-related books and other materials.

  • Cremation garden in Oklahoma City uses new technology for expanded offerings

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Reflection Pointe Cremation Garden in Oklahoma City offers various options for a final resting place.

  • Oklahoma lawmaker proposes legislation to make public places smoke-free

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, filed Senate Joint Resolution 24 last week, a measure that would put on the Oklahoma ballot a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants, bars and bingo halls, among other places. The proposed legislation doesn’t apply to electronic cigarettes.

  • Taking a shot: Oklahoma women are ahead of gun-buying trend

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The owner of Oklahoma City’s H&H Shooting Sports Complex says Oklahoma was ahead in the current nationwide trend of more women buying more guns, hunting and participating in the shooting sports.

  • Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday put a two-week hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but said same-sex couples should not be kept in lengthy legal limbo. U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade refused the Alabama attorney general's request to put her ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the decision of gay marriage later this year. But she did issue a 14-day stay to give the state time to appeal her decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Granade said it was inappropriate, in her view, to put the decision on lengthy hold.

  • Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. Army-backed police and villagers also helped take 11 wounded members of the national police's elite Special Action Forces away from the battle scene in and around the village of Tukanalipao in Mamasapano township, where the government suffered its biggest single-day combat loss in many years, officials said. Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan told The Associated Press by telephone that village leaders saw the bodies of at least poli

  • 2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern." Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon. Cooper said that as a precaution, passengers were bused to their gates from the airport's third runway. He said the matter was under investigation and that he did not have further details. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern.

  • Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." Malaysian Airlines is trying to recover from twin disasters last year, including the disappearance of Flight 370, which authorities believed crashed 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) off Australia's west coast. The website was later changed to a picture of a lizard, with the ISIS reference removed and the claim of responsibility changed to "Lizard Squ

  • Blizzard expected for 250-mile stretch of Northeast

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service said the massive storm would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding starting Monday and through Tuesday. "This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Sunday.

  • OU student recognized for work in battle against human trafficking

    BY SARAH LOBBAN, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 6 hr ago

    University of Oklahoma student Lucy Mahaffey recently was awarded the City of Norman’s annual Human Rights Award for her work in the battle against human trafficking.

  • Holly Springs Elvis "museum" to be auctioned off Jan 31

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Attorney Phillip Knecht says the quirky roadside attraction called "Graceland Too" will be auctioned Jan. 31 — mansion, vehicles, Elvis Presley memorabilia and all. Owner Paul MacLeod of Holly Springs, died July 17. He turned his antebellum mansion into an Elvis shrine where he gave tours for $5 any time of day or night. Graceland Too is about halfway between Presley's birthplace in Tupelo and Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. It is not affiliated with Graceland. Spur K Auctions will run the auction, including online bidding. Its website includes a list of 329 vinyl records, more than 250 of them by Presley. Quite a few are multiple copies, including six of the "Elvis Christma

  • Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: MOVIES: Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" Cast: "Birdman" Stunt ensemble: "Unbroken" ___ TELEVISION: Actor in a comedy series: William H.

  • Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party, immediately promised to end the "five years of humiliation and pain" that Greece has endured since an international bailout saved it from bankruptcy in 2010. "The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country," Tsipras told a crowd of rapturous flag-waving supporters. Syriza appeared just shy of the majority that would allow it to govern alone. With 97.6 per

  • Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group. "We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. And with that faith, we will try our utmost to reach that goal. That's how it is," said Yasuhide Nakayama, a Japanese deputy foreign minister sent to Amman, Jordan, to work on the crisis. Back in Tokyo, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the government was still analyzing a video posted online that purported to show one of the two hostages, Haruna Yukawa, had been killed. The government has been in crisis mode since the Islamic State group said in an online video on

  • Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they were going to declare war on Alaska. Well, we are ready to engage," said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and chair of the Senate energy committee. The designation would set aside an additional nearly 12.3 million acres as wilderness, including the coastal plain near Alaska's northeast corner, giving it the highest degree of federal protection available to publ

  • UPDATE: Crews contain Lincoln County grass fire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Fourteen departments responded to and contained a grass fire in Lincoln County that burned about 210 acres Sunday afternoon, according to Lincoln County Emergency Management.