• North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Updated: 17 min ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond.

  • AP sources: 2nd NYC cop killed in ambush shooting

    Updated: 32 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. The shooting took place in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a senior city official and a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the shooting. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Authorities say the suspect fatally shot

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as an affirmation of Police Commissioner William Bratton's signature "broken windows" tactic, the idea that enforcing smaller crimes like fare beating and public drunkenness help prevent bigger crimes. It has come under intense scrutiny since the July in-custody death of Garner, who was stopped for the minor offense of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleans up after fuel spill in Muskogee County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers are cleaning up after a fuel spill on the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical era

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin. This could indicate that Biblical accounts of David and his son Solomon described real kings rather than the backwater chieftains considered more likely by some archaeologists, said Hardin, an associate professor in the department of anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures. The six fragments of clay, once used to seal documents or expensive goods, are described in a brief article in the December issue of Near East Archaeology.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Updated: 2 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: 4 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: 6 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: 7 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: 7 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

  • Two injured in shooting Saturday in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Two men were injured in a shooting early Saturday morning, Oklahoma City police reported.

  • US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    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!

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested 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 were identified as four girls and four boys, ranging in ages from 2 to 14 years old, Asnicar said. The woman is thought to be the mother of seven of the chil

  • Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    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 | Yesterday

    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 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.

  • 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.