• Police say uncle of child in Amber Alert made false report to more quickly recover stolen vehicle

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A Tulsa man is in custody Sunday after police alleged he falsely reported his 5-year-old nephew was abducted so he could more quickly find his stolen vehicle late Saturday. William Edward Johnson Jr., 32, is held in lieu of $5,000 bail, Tulsa Jail records show. Officers responded to a call around 9:15 p.m. at the BN Mart gas station, at 4826 E. 33rd St., where they claim Johnson said his nephew was in the back seat of his 1990 Chevrolet Suburban that someone stole from the area. Nearly 70 Tulsa police officers, as well as Tulsa County and Creek County sheriff’s deputies worked for three hours to find the boy, along with Sapulpa and Kiefer police officers and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, according to a booking report.

  • Tulsa exorcist facing increasing 'demonic activity'; Black Mass Sunday

    By Bill Sherman - Tulsa World | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Satanic Black Mass scheduled for Sunday at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall has drawn attention to a little-known but rapidly growing ministry in the Catholic Church: exorcism. Tulsa is one of three cities in the United States where Roman Catholic priests meet regularly to be trained to cast out demons — training that is part of a recent movement in Catholicism to expand that ancient ministry. Exorcism conferences have been held quietly each winter for three years at an undisclosed chapel in Tulsa, following a decision by U.S. bishops in 2010 to greatly increase the number of exorcists in America, at that time thought to be about 50. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden said Monday that the NSA is collecting mass surveillance data on New Zealanders through its XKeyscore program and has set up a facility in the South Pacific nation's largest city to tap into vast amounts of data. Snowden talked via video link from Russia to hundreds of people at Auckland's Town Hall. Shortly before he spoke, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key issued a statement saying New Zealand's spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, or GCSB, has never undertaken mass surveillance of its own people. Key said he declassified previously secret documents that proved his point.

  • Police: Tulsa man pours lighter fluid on woman

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a man who they say squirted lighter fluid into his girlfriend’s eyes and told officers it was an accident. Police arrested 55-year-old Bennie Coman on Sunday and charged him with first-degree arson, domestic assault and threatening violence. They say he called paramedics to help the woman. Coman tells police he unintentionally covered her in the accelerant while preparing to grill. The girlfriend told them he poured lighter fluid all over her head and torso after they argued. She says he lit a lighter and threatened her with it. Coman is being held at the Tulsa County jail on $75,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

  • UCO introduces new software engineering degree

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma is offering students a new degree option in software engineering, making it the first program of its kind to be offered by a public university in the state. The Edmond-based school says the bachelor of science in software engineering degree will help prepare students to work in the rapidly growing field. Software engineering is the study and application of engineering to the design, development and maintenance of software. The degree— introduced this fall— was created in response to recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that project employment of software developers to grow 22 percent between 2012 and 2022. The school says the growth rate is much faster than

  • Chance for rain Monday in central Oklahoma, cloudy day ahead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    There is a 40 percent chance for rain Monday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be mostly cloudy

  • Oklahoma State Fair's homemade ice cream contest sparks friendly rivalry between spouses

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Marilyn and Dannie Lowery had an ice cream showdown Sunday during the Oklahoma State Fair.