• Man dies in southwest Oklahoma City hit-and-run

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

    Lino Lopez, 39, was found dead Thursday in southwest Oklahoma City. His death is under investigation. The driver left the scene, according to Oklahoma City police.

  • Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign.

  • Oklahoma City resident flew alongside real-life 'Unbroken' star

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Francis Craven retells his time flying over the Pacific, looking forward to seeing “Unbroken” and flying alongside a tornado.

  • Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society." Still, Obama's surprise announcement this week that the U.S. was ending its Cold War diplomatic freeze with Cuba appeared to have contributed to energizing the president as he closes a difficult sixth year in office. "My presidency is entering the fourth quarter," Obama said at a year-end White House news conference shortly before leaving for a two-week Hawaiian vacation. "Interesting stuff happens in

  • Police searching for Oklahoma Christian book store thieves

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

    Surveillance cameras captured several people breaking into the Oklahoma Christian University book store, according to police.

  • Kevin Durant will not play against Lakers, remains day-to-day

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kevin Durant left Oracle Arena on Thursday night with only a slight limp, telling media members postgame he hoped to play against the Lakers the next night. But after some reevaluation Friday morning, the team decided against it. Durant's sprained ankle will force him to miss tonight's game at Staples Center against the Lakers. Moving forward, he is day-to-day, expected to get reevaluated on Saturday in OKC with the chance he returns Sunday against the Pelicans. It is not considered a serious sprain. In his first seven seasons, Durant missed only a combined 16 games. In Year 8, this will already be his 18th missed.

  • Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning. "You don't need a lecture from the court," Baltimore District Judge Nathan Braverman told Phelps. "If you haven't gotten the message by now, or forget the message, the only option is jail." Probation allows the most decorated Olympian ever to focus on training for the 2016 Games in Rio De Janeiro, which would be his fifth. The 29-year-old came out of a year's retirement with his sights set on Rio, and the plea is not expected to have any ill effect on those plans.

  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was an 18-year-old model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when her friend Christine Keeler had an affair with War Secretary John Profumo. Keeler had also slept with a Soviet naval attache, and the resulting collision of sex, wealth and national security issues rattled Britain's establishment, almost toppled the Conservative government and fascinated the nation.

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home. The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was under guard and speaking with police, Queensland Police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. She has not yet been charged. Police haven't said how the children died. But Asnicar said they're examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used to kill them. The children ranged in age from 18 months to 14 years, Asnicar said. The woman is thought to be the mother of seven of the children. The eighth is believed to

  • Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says Tiffany VanAlstyne is being arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in the killing of Kenneth White. He says VanAlstyne strangled the boy and tossed his body "like a piece of trash" into a culvert across the street sometime before making the bogus 911 call Thursday afternoon in the town of Berne. VanAlstyne's parents have been the legal guardians of Kenneth, his twin sister and a 4-year-old sister since September. Apple declined to comment on a motive. It wasn't immedia

  • 5 reasons the Wii U won the console war in our house

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The console war is a messy one, but the Wii U stood out amidst the competition. Here's why.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: More towers on the horizon for Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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

  • Home invasion reported in northwest Oklahoma City Friday

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

    Police in northwest Oklahoma City are investigating a reported home invasion with an intruder who used a stun gun, Master Sgt. Gary Knight reports. The incident was reported about 9:50 a.m. from NW 122 and Indian Creek Boulevard in the Aspen Place Apartments. Check NewsOK.com for updates.

  • Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    PRAGUE (AP) — Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction. The recent death of two of the rhinos in zoos has left only five captives left: a female at San Diego Zoo, a femaleat the Czech Dvur Kralove zoo, and two females and a male at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In 2009, the Czech zoo moved four rhinos to Kenya in hope that the natural environment would be easier for them to breed there than in captivity, but that plan failed. Premysl Rabas, the Czech zoo's director, said Friday that the Kenya meeting will decide what methods of artificial reproduction options to try: in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, genetic engineering or a h

  • Entertaining last-minute gift ideas: BAM's local and online recommendations

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Christmas is less than a week away, but if you want to give an entertainment or artsy present with an Oklahoma flair, you don’t have to go far to shop for out-of-the-gift-box options. Christmas is less than a week away, and […]

  • Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue because of misapplied law

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi acknowledged Thursday during her last regular board meeting that a calculation used for state funding to districts that accounts for ad valorem tax revenues had not been applied by the Education Department since 1992, despite being required by law.

  • Four-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma picked up a major linebacker commit Friday morning when Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee’s Ricky DeBerry committed to the Sooners. DeBerry (6-foot-2, 231 pounds) chose the Sooners over Virginia. The Rivals four-star outside linebacker also had offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and USC among others. DeBerry came to Norman on his first […]

  • Gold tooth dropped into Missouri donation kettle

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Salvation Army spokesman says someone has dropped a gold tooth into a holiday collection kettle. Spokesman Rick Carroll said Thursday that he's found diamond rings, silver bars and four-leaf clovers but has never heard of a tooth donation. He says the item could be worth $100 depending on the amount of gold it contains. Kansas City's Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. 7 and is currently running about $50,000 behind where it was a year ago. Carroll says he at first considered the donation to be gross, but now thinks it's a nice gesture. He worries that the donation might have been unintentional and he is temporarily hanging onto the tooth in case someone claims it.

  • Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around." Francis, 78, met with members of the Italian Olympic Committee at the Vatican Friday for a Mass to mark their 100th anniversary. The soccer-mad Francis extolled the benefits of sport and the peaceful message of the Olympic movement. He said: "Best wishes also for Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games!" then added "I won't be around." Speculation has mounted that the Vatican might host archery or badminton in St. Peter's Square, if Rome gets the Games. Vatican officials say they've discussed the Olympic bid and areas for co

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. But it is just the highest-profile case in a growing flood of data breaches that have risen in sophistication over the past five years.