• Sunday travel conditions

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The entire state is experiencing slick or hazardous driving conditions Sunday, and the state Transportation Department is discouraging travel.

  • Show review: 'Marvel Universe Live!' at Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Wolverine and Hulk team up for a mountain-climbing rescue mission, Spider-Man and Thor take a selfie and then take down some baddies, and Captain Marvel soars through the air dispatching henchmen and one-liners with feminine grace. No origin stories, movie deals or animated series needed. Sure, there are strings – actually, wires, if you want […]

  • UPDATE: Multi-car pileup in eastbound lane of Interstate 44 cleared, officials report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    The eastbound lane of Interstate 44 had been shut down Saturday afternoon due to a crash, authorities reported.

  • More than 1,200 homes and businesses lose power Saturday afternoon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    More than 1,200 homes and businesses in Oklahoma City were without power Saturday afternoon, officials reported. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. officials reported the outage in southwestern Oklahoma City shortly after noon Saturday.

  • Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call. That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama's signature, which the president provided just a few minutes before midnight, capping a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match.

  • US 75 north of Dallas closes during snowy weather, accidents

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on Texas Friday closed schools, snarled travel and forced a main highway into Oklahoma to shut down after nearly 20 vehicles slid off the road. The system that closed schools Friday in Lubbock, Abilene, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo reached the Dallas-Fort Worth area by midmorning. Up to 7 inches of snow was reported Friday from the South Plains and Panhandle of West Texas to northeastern Texas. Reports of 3- to 4-inch accumulations were widespread in counties between Dallas-Fort Worth and the Red River, prompting forecasters to issue a winter storm warning for Cooke, Grayson, Wise and Denton counties late Friday afternoon through Saturday.

  • Mexican police capture top cartel capo 'La Tuta' Gomez

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police as he tried to sneak out of a house wearing a baseball cap and a scarf to hide his identity. Gomez was arrested at a house in Morelia, the capital of the western state of Michoacan, along with eight bodyguards and associates toting a grenade launcher, three grenades, a machine pistol and assault rifles, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. Gomez and his accomplices were arrested without a shot fired, after a months-long intelligence stakeout in which his associates were identified when they gathered on

  • Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers' defamation suit

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses. The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosby's representatives publicly branded them as liars while trying to defend his innocence. But Cosby's lawyers say the actor was merely acting in self-defense as his character was under attack. "The law does not require that one stand idly by while he is publicly attacked," the lawyers argue in their 38-page filing. "Instead the law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims.

  • Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in house-to-house rampage

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    TYRONE, Mo. (AP) — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with a .45-caliber handgun Thursday night or early Friday at four homes in Tyrone, the no-stoplight community of about 50 people where he lived with his mother, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Aldridge was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound before dawn in a running pickup truck on the middle of a highway 15 or 20 miles away. The patrol said four of the dead — two couples — were cousins of Aldridge's

  • Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. The draft bill, first obtained by The Associated Press, gives a nod to consumers fed up with how much of their private lives wind up in the hands of marketers. But the proposal frustrated many privacy advocates, including Democrats on Capitol Hill, who say the bill won't change much for consumers. They cite several loopholes that would give companies a way to opt out without consequence.

  • Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me to plump her posterior

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, saying one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work. Padge-Victoria Windslowe claimed model Amber Rose started receiving injections from her before she became famous and continued until two days before the 2011 death of dancer Claudia Aderotimi. She said under cross-examination that Kanye West dropped Rose off for one procedure when the two were dating and that she was supposed to perform a "correction" on Nicki Minaj that never happened. Representatives for Rose and Minaj did not immediately respond to emails req

  • Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in House

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down. The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House GOP leaders. Next steps were not immediately clear. Some conservatives opposed the bill because it left out provisions to block executive actions President Barack Obama took on immigration, which Republicans have vowed to overturn. House leaders tried to win lawmakers over arguing a three-week extension bought them more time to fight Obama while his immigration directives are on old in court.

  • Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights close to home — he joined hands with Martin Luther King Jr. at a 1964 rally and opened campus doors to women — to supporting Third World development. The work often took him far from campus, where the joke became that while God was everywhere, Hesburgh was everywhere but Notre Dame. But Hesburgh, who died late Thursday at age 97, spent enough time on campus while at the helm from 1952 to 1987 to build Notre D

  • Earl Lloyd, 1st black player in NBA, dies at 86

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he's something much bigger. He was a pioneer. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday at 86. West Virginia State, his alma mater, confirmed the death but did not provide details. "The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, was as inspirational as he was understated. He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride. His legacy survives in the league he helped integrate, and the entire NBA family will strive to always honor his memory.

  • Debate rages over color of dress photographed in rare light

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Experts are calling the photo a one-in-a-million shot that perfectly captures how people's brains perceive color and process contrast in dramatically different ways. "This photo provides the best test I've ever seen for how the process of color correction works in the brain,'" said Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, the clinical adviser to Britain's College of Optometrists. "I've never seen a photo like before where so many people look at the same photo and see two sets of su

  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University. Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured. It was the latest in a series of attacks on secular writers in Bangladesh in recent years. A previously unknown militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, claimed responsibility for the attack, Assistant Police Commissioner S.M. Shibly Noman told the Prothom Alo newspaper.

  • The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings, enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating.

  • Some in GOP say Homeland Security funding lapse no big deal

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that's the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks. "Shutting down" the agency known as DHS "is a set of words that don't really have the meaning that people attribute to it," said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.

  • Stocks slip at midday after weaker estimate of US growth

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The stock market is mostly lower in midday trading following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,187 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 was flat at 2,110 and the Nasdaq composite slipped six points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,981. The Commerce Department said the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than last month's initial estimate and a big drop from the third quarter. J.C. Penney slumped 6 percent after the department store chain reported a surprise loss. Bond prices rose. The yield

  • Former Gov. Rick Perry: Obama has made the world less safe

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday blasted President Barack Obama's record on foreign policy, calling for a harder-line approach in the Middle East and accusing the administration of "making grave calculations that make the world less safe." Speaking on the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the likely Republican presidential contender said, "Our country has entered a time of testing, and our political leadership has failed the test." "At no time in the last 25 years has the future been more uncertain and the world more dangerous than it is today," he said, calling the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East "the worst threat to freedom since communi