• UPDATE: Man dies after overnight shooting during Stillwater party

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 min ago

    Alexander Vierling, 21, was attending a party at a Stillwater apartment in the 500 block of South West Street when he was shot in the head, police said. Vierling was taken to the OU Medical Center, where he died Sunday afternoon.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 57 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — NYPD: Ambush killer of 2 officers told passers-by 'watch what I'm going to do'

  • Austin, San Antonio drivers prepare for phone bans

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two of the biggest cities in Texas are reminding drivers of bans on handheld devices behind the wheel that take effect in Austin and San Antonio come January. Police in both cities won't start issuing fines until February. Talking on a handheld phone while driving is banned in 14 states and the District of Columbia, and all but a handful of states have made texting while driving illegal. Texas is among the states without a statewide texting while driving ban, though many cities have their own ordinances. "This is really an addiction problem," San Antonio City Councilman Mike Gallagher said. "It has become so pervasive that it is now a larger distraction than any of the other distractions that are ou

  • Hospital hopes medical tourists will come to Idaho

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists — medical tourists, that is. Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area — plus a few from Washington and Montana. But hospital CEO Rick Rasmussen is thinking big — Canada big. A little Canadian flag was recently added in the upper right of the hospital's website. The link goes to a list of procedures with some of the longest wait times north of the border. Total knee, total hip, total shoulder, ACL repair — all with the prices listed. But it feels more like the listing for a vacation package than a medical procedure. And included in each deal: a st

  • Storm warnings for winter weather moving into Colorado

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A strong winter storm is moving into the Colorado mountains and it is expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow to some areas by Monday. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says impressive snowfall amounts are possible from this storm. Forecasters say snowfall rates could increase to 2 to 3 inches an hour at times, causing whiteout conditions on the roads. Chain laws for commercial vehicles are in effect for major roads west of the Continental Divide. Forecasters say there is a small chance of rain or snow on the Front Range.

  • Oneida Indians plan new 'Oz'-themed NY casino

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday. Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, said in a news release that the 67,000-square-foot casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse. The plans, first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wSda3w ), call for renovating a vacant building in a shopping plaza. The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including a $425 million casino and hotel 42 miles west of Syracuse in

  • States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys. Although federal grant money for decades has been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to sparsely populated areas, the South Dakota program is believed to be the first of its kind to similarly compensate lawyers. Fischer, who is married with one child, is the first of up to 16 attorneys accepted into the program, which is funded by the state's judicial system, the South Dakota Bar Association and th

  • Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

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    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages. On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!" they wrote. John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd is expected — even if the festivities are likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John's hell-raising rock 'n' roll days.

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder. The Tarpon Springs Police Department identified the fallen officer as 45-year-old Charles Kondek, a 17-year veteran of the local police department. Originally from New York, Kondek had previously served on the New York City Police Department for more than five years, authorities said. Authorities say Kondek responded to a call for service shortly after 2 a.m. Police said the suspect shot at the officer and then fled the scene in a vehicle and c

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which said it canceled the theatrical release of "The Interview" after distributors refused to show it, pledged to find a way to get the film out. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet," a Sony lawyer said. The comedy involves a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. Obama is promising to respond "proportionately" to an attack that law enforcement blames on North Korea. "We're not going to

  • Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30K

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LODI, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000. Lodi police say that two men with shotguns robbed Satin Dolls early Sunday morning. The men fled after the robbery. The club stood in as Bada Bing on the HBO show. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's detective division at 973-473-7600.

  • Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. "Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the other have been taken into custody," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, adding that the interrogations were "moving ahead in a positive manner." He did not disclose their identities or say how many they were. Seven Taliban gunmen wearing explosives belts stunned the world on Tuesday by storming into the military run school and slaughtering 148 people, including 132 students. Another nearly 121 students were wounded in the ensuing eight-hour siege of the school, located in an area w

  • Belarus' president promises help for Ukraine

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships. Ukraine's year of crisis has been unsettling to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled autocratically since 1994, and wants to fend off any protest movement like those that drove out Ukraine's Russia-friendly president in February. But Lukashenko also has stalled on a Russian initiative to form a union state with Belarus. At a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Lukashenko said: "I want everything in Ukraine to be good," according to the Belarusian state news agency Belta. "If something is needed from Belarus, say

  • Downtown Big Screen is worth seeing in person

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 6 hr ago

    It’s been more than a year since The Oklahoman reported that it was moving downtown. That was Nov. 18, 2013. I saw the drawings. I heard about the location that would be renovated for our arrival. I was looking forward to it as much as everyone else in our company. And trust me; there’s been […]

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

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 6 hr ago

    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

  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where she is recovering from stab wounds, Queensland state police said. Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the bodies, along with Warria, who was suffering from stab wounds to the chest.

  • AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    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: 17 hr ago

    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.