• Five observations from Oklahoma's 69-67 loss to Washington

    Ryan Aber | Yesterday

    No. 15 Oklahoma fell to No. 16 Washington 69-67 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas. The Sooners return home at 7 p.m. Monday to face Weber State. Here are five observations from OU’s loss: Getting less than an ideal look: Oklahoma had the ball, down by one, with 16.4 seconds left. With […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 21, 2014: See the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Watch the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. For those who can’t make it in person, the game will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma. For more information, go to www.nba.com/thunder. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown. Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell. "He went into the hospital this morning," Gunnell said in a phone interview. "He has a mild case of pneumonia and the prognosis is good." Gunnell declined to say where the 72-year-old Ali is hospitalized. He indicated that Ali's bout of pneumonia was caught quickly. "This all came about this morning," Gunnell said.

  • Oklahoma woman dies after wreck in Sequoyah County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Shelby Howard, 20, of Muldrow, died Friday in an Arkansas hospital. Howard was taken to the hospital in Fort Smith after a crash Dec. 12 in Sequoyah County.

  • Two injured in shooting Saturday in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Two men were injured in a shooting early Saturday morning, Oklahoma City police reported.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleans up after fuel spill in Muskogee County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers are cleaning up after a fuel spill on the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City homeowner fatally shoots burglar, police say

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    A homeowner fatally shot a burglar in the 2400 block of N Moulton Drive about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oklahoma City police said.

  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond.

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as an affirmation of Police Commissioner William Bratton's signature "broken windows" tactic, the idea that enforcing smaller crimes like fare beating and public drunkenness help prevent bigger crimes. It has come under intense scrutiny since the July in-custody death of Garner, who was stopped for the minor offense of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

  • Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical era

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin. This could indicate that Biblical accounts of David and his son Solomon described real kings rather than the backwater chieftains considered more likely by some archaeologists, said Hardin, an associate professor in the department of anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures. The six fragments of clay, once used to seal documents or expensive goods, are described in a brief article in the December issue of Near East Archaeology.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from Ghani, in office just three months, to return the four — long cleared for release — as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved U.S.-Afghan relations. There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men, identified as Mohammed Zahir, Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani and Khi Ali Gul.

  • Oklahoma football: Longtime defensive end commit Tyrell Jacobs decommits from Sooners

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NORMAN — A day after Oklahoma picked up two important defensive commitments, it lost one of its longtime defensive end commits. Tyrell Jacobs, a three-star prospect from Metairie, La., decommitted Saturday. Jacobs had been committed to the Sooners since July. Jacobs’ decommitment leaves OU with one defensive end commit in its 2015 recruiting class, Kenneth […]

  • Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. A total of 1.9 million voters are registered to participate in 15 Senate races throughout the country contested by 139 candidates. But Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission, said Saturday afternoon that turnout had been low. "What bothers me is the low turnout, but I am not surprised," he said by telephone from Bong County, where he was casting his ballot. "That's what you find in most of the world now in a political process.

  • Soviet threat to Santa? No way, said JFK in 1961

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Kennedy Presidential Library wants to remind the world that not even the threat of thermonuclear conflict can stop Santa Claus from making his rounds. The library has republished the text of a 1961 letter from President John F. Kennedy reassuring a little girl who was worried about possible Soviet nuclear tests at the North Pole. Kennedy's letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people. The president added that he had talked to Santa just a day earlier and all is well. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum reissued the letter Friday as a holiday greeting on YouTube. ___ John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and

  • Tips sought after Texas TV meteorologist shot

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — More than 130 tips have been left on a telephone hotline in the search for a man who shot a Central Texas meteorologist outside the TV station. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson said Saturday that no arrests have been made in the wounding of Patrick Crawford. Crawford, who's the morning weathercaster at KCEN-TV near Waco, was shot Wednesday morning while in his car in the station parking lot. The unknown man then fled on foot. Wilson says authorities so far have no credible leads on who attacked Crawford. Investigators are seeking a motive for the gunfire. Crawford underwent surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where a spokesman said he remained in fair c

  • Bombings kill 12 in Iraq

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in and around Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi authorities said. Police officials said a bomb exploded on a commercial street in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the capital, killing four people and wounding nine others. In the northern Baghdad suburb of Taji a bomb blast near shops killed three people and wounded 11 others. A roadside bomb struck an army patrol in the western suburbs, killing three soldiers and wounding six others, police officials said. In Baghdad, a bomb exploded in the city center near a bakery shop, killing two people and wounding four, security officials said. They said all the dead were c

  • US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said. In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five "terrorists" on the outskirts of Peshawar, where the Pakistani Taliban carried out a school massacre earlier this week, killing 148 people, mainly children. The attack shocked the nation and prompted a massive military response in the tribal regions along the Afghan border, longtime strongholds of both foreign and local militants. Pakistani air strikes and ground operations in the Khyber region — where the school attack is believed to have emanated — have killed aroun

  • Parties Extra! Video---Joy Reed Belt at JRB Art at the Elms

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    [brightcove]3946180486001[/brightcove] Joy Reed Belt shows her Christmas exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms on Parties Extra!

  • Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula. Following several rounds of sanctions earlier this year, President Barack Obama on Friday approved new restrictions on Crimea which Russia annexed in March after a hastily called referendum. The Russian foreign ministry on Saturday expressed regret that "the United States and Canada still cannot get over the results of a free vote in Crimea in March," the referendum that was condemned by the international community as illegal and held under the guns of Russian troops.