• Protests against Ferguson decision grow across US

    Updated: 23 min ago

    People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. Peaceful demonstrators marched in Seattle and Albuquerque and disrupted traffic in St. Louis and Cleveland. Rallies also formed in Michigan, Maine, Georgia, Wisconsin and other states. For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson recalled other troubling encounters with law enforcement. The refrain "hands up, don't shoot" became a rallying cry over police killings nationwide.

  • Two arrested after standoff in connection with Saturday shooting, according to Midwest City police

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 46 min ago

    Orville Branch, 35, was arrested on complaints of shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm after formal conviction of a felony. Yvonne Sarah Stanford, 18, was arrested on an assault with a deadly weapon complaint, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

  • Former Adair County janitor charged with assaulting girls

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 48 min ago

    Sampson Dick Shell, 68, of Bunch, was charged in Adair County District Court on Thursday. He is free on a $75,000 bond, jail officials said.

  • Tough to make a case against police in shootings

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of bringing criminal charges against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case. The panel concluded Monday that the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old was legally justified and that no charges were warranted against Officer Darren Wilson. That outcome is by far the norm rather than the exception in investigations of police shootings because of latitude afforded law enforcement in using deadly force. The Justice Department is continuing to investigate the shooting for potential civil rights violat

  • University of Central Oklahoma surpasses $40 million fundraising goal

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Always Central campaign to fund five areas at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond will continue through June. An additional $800,000 still is needed for the interior renovation of Old North.

  • Cleveland crowd protests over boy shot by police

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun. Police diverted traffic but didn't take action against the protesters, who chanted phrases such as "Hands up, don't shoot" and "No justice, no peace" as they sat in a major intersection before marching past City Hall and onto state Route 2. The protesters were demonstrating after the death of Tamir Rice, who was shot Saturday when police responded to a 911 call about a gun at a playground.

  • Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for killing Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept the grand jurors' choice not to charge the cop with a crime in the death of Brown, who was unarmed? Why is there such disregard for the new evidence released with the decision? Interviews around the U.S. show that these roiling emotions spring as much from America's troubled racial history — which in many eyes has drained the justice system of legitimacy — as from a rational examination of all the evidence.

  • Man wanted in connection with Logan County area crime ring captured, the Logan County sheriff's office reports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma and federal authorities have arrested a man and broken up a ring of farm equipment and other property thefts. A number of vehicles and tractors have been recovered.

  • Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown. "It is clear, I think, that acts of violence threaten to drown out those who have legitimate voices, legitimate demonstrators," Holder told reporters. "Those acts of violence cannot and will not be condoned." Holder said he was encouraged by some of the peaceful demonstrations in the suburban St. Louis city and by those protesters who discouraged others from rioting, calling them "heroes, in my mind.

  • 29 million Americans have diabetes, but a quarter of them don't realize it

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    (c) 2014, The Washington Post. William Herman has spent decades researching diabetes, treating patients grappling with complications from it and trying to educate people on how to prevent it. During those same years, he also has seen the prevalence of the disease grow virtually unabated. "It really is an epidemic, both in the U.S. and globally," said Herman, director of the University of Michigan's Center for Diabetes Translational Research and a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO). The statistics are staggering. More than 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes — but a quarter of them don't yet realize it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD

  • Florida Gov. and staff used private email account

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Scott has previously said he used a Google email account to communicate with his family and not for state business. He also said that if ever he got an email dealing with state business he would forward it to his public email accounts. "If anybody sends me an email to my private account, I do the right thing," Scott said this past August. "I try not to use my personal email for anything.

  • Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through his open window moments before he was fatally shot on Aug. 9. Wilson blamed it on Brown, saying the teenager reached through his driver's side window, hit him in the face, called him a "pussy" and grabbed his gun. Wilson told the grand jury that he pulled the trigger twice in his own defense, but no shots went off.

  • Oklahoma teenager identified as fifth death in Nowata County crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A 13-year-old has been identified as one of five people who died in a collision Saturday near Nowata.

  • White House vows to kill deal to extend tax breaks

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class. Speculation on Capitol Hill on Tuesday focused on a potential agreement to permanently enact tax breaks on business investments in new equipment and research and development as part of a plan that would renew dozens of expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals both. The White House immediately weighed in with a veto threat, saying Congress should also make permanent a top Obama administration priority, extending more generous tax credits for the working poor and peop

  • Alaska Airlines to bring nonstop flights from Seattle to OKC

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Daily flights to and from Will Rogers World Airport begin on July 1.

  • Report: Mike Gundy, Bob Stoops not candidates for Florida coaching job

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Lots of talk has been swirling around OU coach Bob Stoops, OSU coach Mike Gundy and their interest in the Florida head coaching job. But Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun says both guys are out of the running for the UF job, along with Notre Dame's Brian Kelly. Dooley also said Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly isn't coming to Gainesville. Last week, Stoops said he  was finished with questions about the UF job. Gundy's answer wasn't as direct, but he said his players  weren't distracted and he wasn't affected by reports connecting him to Florida.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones injury a hidden curse

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The prolonged absence of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has the most-feared effect. The Thunder can’t win games. The Thunder is 3-12 and ahead of only the not-trying Sixers (0-14). So the playoffs are in peril before Thanksgiving arrives, sort of like an NFL team that starts 0-3. But there’s been a side effect that […]

  • Brown family blasts prosecutor’s handling of case

    By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground. The attorneys said the grand jury process was rigged from the start to clear Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown. And they criticized everything from the types of evidence St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch presented to the jury to the way it was presented and the timing of the grand jury’s decision. They also said they hope that a federal civil rights investigation will result in charges

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Turkey! Ugh!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I don’t care for turkey, and I have a relative who annually reminds everyone in the family that I don’t like it. It’s becoming tiresome. Should I just endure this yearly annoyance? CALLIE’S ANSWER: Maybe tell that relative you do […]

  • 2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs. The first detonated her bomb, killing three women. As rescuers rushed in, the second girl screamed and set off her explosives, killing dozens more, according to witnesses and authorities. More than 40 people died in the double suicide bombing in Maiduguri, a provincial capital in northeastern Nigeria, according to Haruna Issa, a hospital volunteer in the city. Suspicion immediately fell on the insurgents from the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which controls a large part of northeastern Nigeria and is blamed for the deaths this year of at least 1,500 people in Africa