• Oklahomans cherish Christmas photos from the past

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    Perhaps more than any other holiday, Christmas fills us with nostalgia — and unabashedly so. Nothing sweetens a memory more than time, and on no other day than Christmas does the past so welcomely intrude upon the present. That’s where photographs come in ...


  • Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official crowd estimates weren't immediately available, but pictures posted to social media by local news organizations showed the rotunda was full. Organizer Mica Grimm estimated about 3,000 people participated. The rally is part of protests happening nationwide after officers weren't charged in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.

  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea 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.

  • 2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said. The most serious injury was a broken collarbone, and most of the others were treated for minor cuts, Trooper Tommy Walker said. Two of the 26 passengers brought to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour refused treatment.

  • Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's powerful intelligence chief, a longtime mentor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was removed and replaced by his deputy, security officials said Saturday Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, in his mid 60s, was seen as a hardliner in the government crackdown against Islamists and secular dissidents. El-Tohamy was put in charge of the general intelligence agency immediately after el-Sissi, then head of the military, led the ouster of the elected President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 following massive protests against his Islamist government. El-Tohamy was el-Sissi's mentor when they both served in military intelligence under longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.

  • Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide. "The opposition will continue fighting, with or without Barack Obama," Cuban activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known by his nickname "Antunez," said to cheers. The gathering at a Little Havana park drew more than 200 people, largely older Cuban exiles who chanted "Obama, traitor!" and waved U.S. and Cuban flags. Some expressed disappointment that the protest was not larger; the demonstrators filled about half the park.

  • Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years ago on Saturday, on Dec. 20, 1989, and ended with Noriega's surrender to American drug agents on Jan. 3. Much has changed in Panama since then, with six consecutive presidents democratically elected in the nation of 3.5 million people. Its economy has become one of the fastest growing in Latin America, rising at an average rate of about 8 percent annually amid a multi-million-dollar real

  • Stuck cows a recurring problem for Utah canyons

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah are considering new ways to deal with a rare but recurring problem: wayward cows that become stuck in slot canyons. The problem resurfaced Dec. 9, when a visitor told officials about a cow that had become trapped in Peek-a-Boo Canyon, which is popular among hikers. A rancher who holds grazing permits for the area made matters worse after he failed to drive his cow out of the canyon the way it had come in, according to monument officials. His ranch hands then killed the cow and cut off its head and front quarters, but the rear half remained wedged in the narrow passage.

  • Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails. One month later, the Obama administration confirmed what many had suspected: The North Korean government was behind the punishing breach. U.S. officials are promising a response, unspecified so far.

  • AP source: US seeks China's help after cyberattack

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea. A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that the U.S. has asked for China's cooperation. The official also says China agrees with the U.S. that destructive cyberattacks violate the norms of appropriate behavior in cyberspace. The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity. President Barack Obama is considering how to respond to the attack on Sony's networks while he vacations this week in Hawaii. Involving China could pose complications.

  • AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self.

  • Officials: Missing dog was dyed to deceive

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners — but she was a different color. Riverside County animal services officials made the match when they scanned a stray, black dog for an implanted microchip and found she was listed as an 8-month-old reddish-brown pit bull adopted in October from a San Jacinto shelter, the Press-Enterprise reported (http://bit.ly/1JxnzqH ). Officials believe Coco was stolen and dyed in an act of deception to make it harder for owners Christopher Ingrassi and Heather Lowry to find her, said Riverside County Field and Shelter Deputy Direc

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

    Updated: 18 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.

  • Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt.

  • Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical era

    Updated: 18 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.

  • Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday that the pet, named Stubby, survived. No humans were hurt in Friday's fire, which heavily damaged a home. Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire. Lt. Kyle Falkner says firefighters found the cat while trying to bring the blaze under control. Stubby was extricated but had suffered from smoke inhalation, so firefighters administered oxygen via a mask. The cat was taken to a veterinarian for further examination.

  • Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors. Jason's Berg's death, "although tragic, was not the result of criminal behavior," Hamilton County District Attorney Marsha Purdue said in a statement Friday. Berg, 44, was drunk and carrying a loaded handgun in his pants waistband June 28 when he burst into St. Mary's Church in Indian Lake near the end of an afternoon Mass, with 35 people worshipping, prosecutors said. The Rev. Philip Allen later recalled he had just risen and said, "Let us pray." "And the shout back was, 'Pray for me!'" Allen told WRGB-TV last

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 2 NYC officers critically hurt after being shot in patrol car, suspect believed dead.

  • Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey. Riverdale police tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1wX1laR ) that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume. Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants and white ruffled collar. Macintosh says Chellis seemed confused about where he was and had an open can of beer in the car. He was issued a summons and released to a family member. A message left Saturday seeking comment from Chellis wasn't immediately returned.

  • French police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Officials say a man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France. A statement by the Interior Ministry says the man entered the station in the Joue-les-Tours suburb on Saturday afternoon and committed a "brutal aggression" against a police officer, leaving that person with unidentified injuries. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised the "sang froid and the professionalism of the officers present," one of whom shot dead the unidentified assailant with an "administrative gun." The UMP party said in a statement that judicial authorities and an anti-terrorist unit have been called on to investigate the attack.

  • Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. In Syria, Kurdish Democratic Union Party spokesman Nawaf Khalil said Kurdish fighters advanced in six neighborhoods and have besieged the IS-held cultural center east of Kobani. He added that Kurdish fighters captured the Yarmouk school, southeast of Kobani where eight bodies of IS fighters were found. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the main Syrian Kurdish force known as the People's Protection Units,