• US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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: 19 hr ago

    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: 21 hr ago

    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: 22 hr ago

    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: 22 hr ago

    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


    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


    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.

  • Will Stephen Colbert bring his faith to the next show?

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Stephen Colbert has been known as a man of faith. But will he bring any of that to his new show?

  • VIDEO: Nick Young calls Steven Adams a 'sneaky dirty' player after on-court altercation

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    With more than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Steven Adams squared to set a pindown screen for Jeremy Lamb. But as he initiated contact on Nick Young — Lamb’s defender — Adams looked to be holding Young up with his right hand. “I just set a screen,” Adams said. “They […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson get redemption in win over the Lakers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Kobe Bryant misses a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer as Oklahoma City escapes with 104-103 victory.

  • Elephant birth watch is on at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    One of the zoo’s Asian elephants is expected to give birth to its calf at any time.

  • Work on Oklahoma roads continues during holidays

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    From officials at the state Transportation Department and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, here are road projects that could affect travel during the long holiday period.

  • Oklahoma State University receives Defense Department grant

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    OSU will use the grant to study the supply chain of the Oklahoma defense industry.

  • Class 3A state football championship: Heritage Hall thumps Cushing for gold ball

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert leaves coaching as a state champion after a 37-14 victory.

  • Three die in separate Oklahoma wrecks

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Frank Benson, 75, of Madill; Richard Beattie, 82, of Locust Grove; and Dallas James Hays, 27, of Mannsville; died Friday in three accidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said at a year-end news conference, "I wish they had spoken to me first. ... We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship." Obama said he imagined situations in which dictators "start seeing a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like.

  • Authorities arrest woman, who lived in tents with 7 children in Oklahoma, on child-neglect complaints

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Sonia Kubisak, 34, was arrested in Tionesta, Pa., Thursday after the Pushmataha County District Attorney requested OSBI’s help on a child-neglect investigation in July. During the investigation, agents determined Kubisak was living with her seven children, ages ranging from 7 to 17, in a wooded area, according to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all. In an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric released Friday, the embattled actor described himself instead as someone suffering from "exhibitionist urges," ''big boundary issues" and "poor impulse control." Those issues prompted a physical encounter with an underage girl in 1973. He was 25, she was 10. According to Collins, the girl had come to visit and stay with him and his first wife. After his wife had gone to sleep, he and the girl were watching TV together.