• Planned Parenthood under fire literally and figuratively

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fatal shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic are the latest in a long history of violence at clinics that provide abortions and doctors who perform the procedure. Police aren't saying what motivated this most recent shooting. The attack comes as the nonprofit endures criticism from anti-abortion lawmakers and renewed protests outside clinics since a group of abortion opponents released videos they claimed showed the organization negotiating fetal tissue sales. WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD? Planned Parenthood has been a polarizing organization ever since its precursor, a clinic in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1916 by pioneering birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger.

  • Suspected burglar dies after getting stuck in chimney

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected burglar has died after getting stuck in a chimney in Central California. Fresno County Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Pursell said a homeowner in the rural town of Huron heard someone yell after lighting a fire in his fireplace Saturday afternoon and alerted authorities. Pursell said the homeowner tried to put out the fire as his house began to fill with smoke. Firefighters who rushed to the house used jackhammers to break open the brick chimney, but when they got to the man he died. Pursell said the man was responsive during the rescue. Investigators will conduct an autopsy Sunday to determine the man's identity and the cause of his death.

  • Pioneering Aussie footballer Joe Marston dies at 89

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Joe Marston, who was the first Australian to play in an FA Cup final, has died at the age of 89, Football Federation Australia said. The cause was not specified but Marston had been frail for some time. Marston made 185 appearances for Preston North End between 1950 and 1955, playing in the team's 1954 FA Cup final loss to West Bromwich Albion. He was also capped 37 times by Australia between 1947 and 1964. Football Federation Australia named the Joe Marston Medal in his honor, an award presented annually to the best player in Australia's A-League final. FFA chief executive David Gallop said Marston "was a pioneer in the 1950s, showing that Australian footballers were capable of matching it w

  • College students juggle work, school, mental stress issues

    By Bradon Long Staff Writer blong@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Today, the percentage of young adults reporting significant mental health problems has tripled since the 1980s to somewhere between 33 and 40 percent, said Gregg Henriques, a psychology professor at James Madison University.

  • Advances in technology help Oklahoma police, residents catch criminals together

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Six Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are participating in ATACRAIDS, a national database program that allows officers to track crimes, traffic accidents and other emergency calls by accessing an online map.

  • D.C. Notes: Poll respondents give government bad reviews

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Chris Casteel: A poll released last week by Pew Research shows Republicans who are so fed up with the government that they’re “angry” much prefer GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over Jeb Bush.

  • Oklahoma teens credit horse power for rodeo championships

    By Sharla Bardin, For the Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Ali Armstrong, 16, of Lexington, and Cortney Townsend, 18, of Norman, said they look at their horses as partners and think the animals share their desire to succeed.

  • Reading the rock: Scientists are trying to quickly answer Oklahoma geological questions

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    As the state continues to shake under pressure from the ongoing earthquake swarm, researchers are focusing their attention on a well-used, but little-understood rock layer that underlies most of the state. Most scientists, state regulators and oil and natural gas industry leaders now say oil and natural gas activities have contributed to or caused the rapid increase in seismic activity over the past three years. While many of the specific mechanisms still are not fully understood, regulatory efforts have focused on water disposal wells drilled into and through the Arbuckle layer, which is the deepest sedimentary rock layer throughout much of Oklahoma. Oil wells in Oklahoma and much of the world recover large amounts of

  • Downtown Oklahoma City churches to display architecture, history

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The historic houses of worship on downtown Oklahoma City's "Church Row," along with several other holy houses will be featured in the "Downtown Holiday Historic Church Tour and Holiday Concert" set for Dec. 6.

  • Oklahoma cabaret singer ‘hanging’ with the greats

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    KT Sullivan took an active interest in the arts, especially music and literature from an early age, says her mother, Elizabeth Sullivan, of Norman, Oklahoma.

  • Family safe, grateful after dramatic water rescue in Ottawa County

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    A Grove mother credits divine intervention for the electronic window in her sport utility vehicle “to suddenly move” as she frantically tried to free her 1-year-old child from his car seat that was submerged underwater while cold water filled the vehicle.

  • Executive Q&A: Valir Health's entrepreneurial CEO aims to help many people

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Executive Q&A with Tom Tucker Valir Health's entrepreneurial CEO aims to help many people

  • Education notes

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    OSU's American Indian graduates, SWOSU blood drive and East Central's help for underserved students

  • Attorneys for slain boy's family want own experts to testify

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for the family of the black 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer last year have asked a prosecutor to allow their use-of-force experts to testify before the grand jury. The request follows the release of reports by prosecutors that concluded the shooting was justified because the officers had no way of knowing that Tamir Rice's pellet gun wasn't a real firearm. The family's experts say bad police tactics led to Tamir's death. A consultant notes that police should have better assessed the situation back on November 22, 2014. The consultant also criticizes the prosecutor's experts for assuming that Patrolman Timothy Loehmann warned Tamir to raise his hands b

  • AP News in Brief at 11:21 p.m. EST

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Images, analysis released of Cleveland officer shooting boy CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio on Saturday released a frame-by-frame analysis of the surveillance camera footage first made public a year ago that shows a white Cleveland police officer fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun. The enhancement by a video expert will be presented to a grand jury that will decide if then-rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann or his field training officer should be charged criminally for the death of Tamir Rice. Loehmann shot Tamir outside a Cleveland recreation center on Nov. 22, 2014.

  • Official says gunman made 'no more baby parts' comment

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man who police say staged a deadly shooting attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortion services said "no more baby parts" after his arrest, a law enforcement official said Saturday. The official could not elaborate about the comment by the 57-year-old suspect, Robert Lewis Dear. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. Planned Parenthood said late Saturday that witnesses said the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion.

  • Ice, rain storms leave thousands in Oklahoma flooded or without power

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Residents of western and central Oklahoma were in the dark for much of Saturday as an ice storm worked its way through the state. Downed power lines and broken tree branches blocked roads, while flooding in southern and eastern Oklahoma shut down several highways.

  • Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, could it in fact be an Islamic State militant? As world leaders scratch their heads about the best method to defeat the terror of Isis, internet users have come up with their own way to take the sting out of the group’s feathery tail. Members of the Reddit group 4chan began superimposing rubber duck heads on to images of Isis fighters, setting off a craze that has spread to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

  • Some parishioners eye adoption of baby left in church manger

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some parishioners at a New York City church where a newborn was left in a Christmas manger are interested in adopting the baby boy. The Rev. Christopher Heanue told Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1On5Ndn ) Saturday that a number of members of the Holy Child Jesus Church "would love to see him stay" in the congregation. A custodian returned from lunch Monday to find the 5-pound baby in the church's nativity scene. The boy is now in the custody of child welfare authorities. Queens prosecutors decided not to charge the baby's mother.

  • Pope heads to Central African Republic with peace message

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Pope Francis travels Sunday to Central African Republic, making the final stop of his first trip to Africa in a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has forced nearly 1 million from their homes over the last two years and created a divided capital. The precarious security situation in the capital of Bangui had raised the possibility in recent weeks that the pope could cancel his visit. Less than a year ago, mobs were beating Muslims to death in the streets, even decapitating and dismembering their victims. While sectarian clashes have left at least 100 people dead over the last two months, recent days have been relatively free of gunfire.