• Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

    Updated: 16 min ago

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. The company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson would not say what happened other than that it was working with authorities to determine the cause of the "accident." "During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo," Virgin Galactic tweeted. Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the crash, told The Associated Press that SpaceShipTwo exploded after a plane designed to take it to high altitude released it and the craf

  • Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

    Updated: 30 min ago

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola. In a case that has come to encapsulate the clash in the U.S. between personal freedom and fear of Ebola, Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled that Hickox must continue daily monitoring of her health but said there is no need to isolate her or restrict her movements because she has no symptoms and is therefore not contagious. The judge also decried the "misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information" circulating about the lethal disease in the U.S.

  • Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index rally to record highs

    Updated: 36 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index rally to record highs.

  • Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. Brandon's departure comes amid another disappointing football season and concerns over the school's handling of everything from its concussions protocol to student attendance at games. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. "This morning I accepted the resignation of athletic director David Brandon," school President Mark Schlissel said at a news conference.

  • One woman dies after shooting in northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    One woman died Friday after a shooting at a northwest Oklahoma City home. Just after 12:30 p.m. Friday, police were called in reference to a shooting in the 1500 block of N Miller. The caller said a woman had been shot, police reported. The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Officers are in the area looking for a suspect, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. Police did not provide a description of the shooter. Check NewsOK.com for updates.

  • Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city. Small groups of Palestinian worshippers made their way through a series of Israeli checkpoints to the site — known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary — under leaden gray skies and heavy pouring rain. No clashes were reported after prayer services ended around mid-day.

  • Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal." Obama said his grandmother, a bank vice president, got passed over for promotions by people she had trained, and his mother raised him and his sister "without a lot of support." "The idea that my daughters wouldn't have the same opportunities as somebody's sons, well that's unacceptable," he said.

  • Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert .

  • OSU Football: 'Aggie' Helmet A Hit

    John Helsley | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma State teased the fan base with its “Throwback Thursday” theme for the Texas Tech game. Except the Cowboys didn’t go old school, but rather new school with their uniform, featuring a holographic helmet with a chrome facemask that became an instant hit with players and fans. Last Saturday against West Virginia, OSU did give a nod […]

  • Can the Thunder make the playoffs?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Earlier this week, I wrote about the plagues of Egypt descending upon the Thunder. You can read that column here. It was allegorical. I didn’t really mean that the Oklahoma River had turned to blood, that locust and frogs were in every crevice from Cattleman’s to the Civic Center, and that boils were popping up […]

  • Ocean Dental agrees to $5M fraud settlement

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Ocean Dental PC will pay more than $5 million to settle Medicaid fraud claims.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Kristi Leonard and Laura Steen talk about the Junior League's Mistletoe Market

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    [brightcove]3866935483001[/brightcove] Junior League President Kristi Leonard and Mistletoe Market Chairman Laura Steen talk about the JL Mistletoe Market on Parties Extra!

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Big announcements set to take place for Main Street area

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • How I became a zombie in 'The Walking Dead' — sort of

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    I have few dreams in my life: to be able to pay off my student loans before I die, to someday own a fully restored El Camino, and to one day play a zombie on “The Walking Dead.” Thanks to Baltimore artist Ted Dastick Jr., one of those dreams (kinda, sorta) became a reality. Dastick’s […]

  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely that — promises. No African countries are on the United Nations list of contributors to fight the epidemic. The E-word did not even figure on the agenda of a session on peace and security at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa last week — more than a month after the U.N. Security Council declared the Ebola outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." Angry legislators from Sierra Leone and Liberia got up to protest.

  • Video shows black bears fighting in neighborhood

    Faith Heaton Jolley, KSL | Yesterday

    Two black bears decided to take their quarrel to a New Jersey neighborhood and a passing motorist filmed all the action.

  • Trick-or-treating back on after manhunt ends

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Trick-or-treating was back on Friday in a northeastern Pennsylvania town that spent the last seven weeks under siege as hundreds of law enforcement officers searched for the survivalist accused of fatally shooting one state trooper and injuring another. Not long after Eric Frein was arrested Thursday evening, Barrett Township supervisors got the word out that the town's hundreds of children can go trick-or-treating Friday night after all. "The kids have gone through enough," said Ralph Megliola, chairman of the board of supervisors. The traditional Halloween parade and door-to-door trick-or-treating had been canceled while Frein was on the loose in the heavily wooded township.

  • Weekend Events Roundup: Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    I am horrifyingly excited for this weekend because there’s a mountain of spooky and rad weekend fun to conquer. Grab a katana, lightsaber or water pistol and help me storm the weekend castle. >> FRIDAY: This one’s a no-brainer. It’s the last edition of the 2014 season of H&8th and the fun kicks off in […]

  • Remains recovered from Ukraine plane disaster site

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch prime minister says investigators have recovered an unspecified number of human remains from the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down. Speaking at his weekly press conference in The Hague, Mark Rutte said a team of Dutch, Ukrainian and OSCE rescue workers gained a rare chance Friday to safely reach the spot where the plane's wreckage is scattered. Access to the site has been hampered by ongoing fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. The plane went down above a rebel-held area on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew — most of them Dutch. To date, 284 victims have been identified. Rutte said the remains will be flown back to

  • Author of Bin Laden book is under criminal probe

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges. Publication of Matt Bissonnette's book, "No Easy Day," in 2012 prompted a Pentagon inquiry that evolved several months ago into a criminal probe by the Justice Department. A Pentagon spokeswoman, Navy Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost, said the matter has been under review since it was first learned that Bissonnette published the book without first submitting it for Pentagon review. The Pentagon said in September 2012 that its post-publication review determined the book contained classified info