• Idabel man is charged with murder in girl's death

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Dakota Lane Williston, 19, was indicted Tuesday in Muskogee federal court, accused of killing Payton Cockrell, 2, by child abuse on Indian land.

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana — was accompanied by a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies and the celebratory release of American Alan Gross, a government contract worker who had been held in Cuba for five years. The shift in U.S.-Cuba policy was the culmination of 18 months of secret talks between the longtime foes that included a series of meetings in Canada and the personal i

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace. A U.S. official said Wednesday that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea and may make an announcement in the near future.

  • Oklahoma City's Bricktown Burgers closes after 20 years

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Yesterday

    Dick Parr’s restaurant at 300 E Main was one of Bricktown’s oldest restaurants when it closed last week. By Parr’s calculation, he has served more than a half-million burgers over those years at the Oklahoma City eatery.

  • Tax cut gets green light for 2016

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Revenue projections are sufficient to trigger a cut in Oklahoma’s top state income tax bracket beginning in 2016, state Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger announced Wednesday.

  • Dr. No to the end: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn blocks bills in last day in Senate

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Yesterday

    Departing Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, catches flak for single-handedly blocking approval of legislation addressing terrorism insurance and veteran suicide.

  • Chandler woman dies in traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Brandi Porter, 33, died at the scene of an accident in Lincoln County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City police officers cleared of wrongdoing in Plaza Inn shoot-out

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Two Oklahoma City officers were cleared of wrongdoing in a shoot-out at the Plaza Inn motel that left one woman dead and several injured.

  • Gauge containing radioactive material stolen in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    A gauge containing radioactive material was stolen from an Oklahoma City parking lot, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality reported.

  • McLoud police officer remained in serious condition Wednesday after Tuesday morning collision

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    A McLoud police officer remains in serious condition Wednesday after a collision with a trash truck Tuesday morning in McLoud, hospital officials said. About 6:40 a.m., McLoud police officer Alan Smith, 28, was driving a police vehicle on State Highway 102 about a mile north of Interstate 40 when he collided with a trash truck, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • UPDATE: Woman taken into custody after standoff at RV dealership

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    McClain County Sheriff Don Hewitt said deputies and Purcell police have surrounded a building at an RV dealership. The woman has a weapon, he said.

  • Brianna Bailey's rebuttal: 8 best Christmas movies ever

    Brianna Bailey | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    I noticed a few glaring omissions to Richard Hall's list of his top eight Christmas movies, so this is my rebuttal.

  • Victim of attempted car jacking fought back, Oklahoma City police report

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Curtlon Panoske, 18, was arrested on a complaint of attempted robbery Tuesday evening.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too. Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Bob Stoops: Frank Shannon expected to return to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he expected suspended linebacker Frank Shannon to return to the team next season. “If he continues to do what he’s supposed (to),” Stoops said. “He’s serving his suspension, and from what I understand, once that’s lifted he would be allowed to return.” Shannon was suspended from the university […]

  • AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape

    Yesterday

    SYDNEY (AP) — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape. O'Brien — a former professional tennis player who played at Wimbledon — looked at the gunman who was at the other end of the cafe, barricaded behind tables and chairs. The man had forced two or three young women to stand in front of him as human shields, so police snipers couldn't take shots at him. O'Brien glanced up at Stefan Balafoutis, a lawyer, who was standing, as ordered, with his hands against the window. The younger man had h

  • Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

    Yesterday

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins. At cemeteries across the Pakistani city of Peshawar, families lowered the rough wooden coffins of young boys and their teachers into the cold ground and gathered under funeral tents or at home, trying to comprehend the militant attack a day earlier on a school that killed 148 people, almost all of them young students. The Pakistani government and military vowed a stepped up campaign aimed at rooting out militant strongholds in the country's trib

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks about Joe Mixon in light of Tyreek Hill

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Bob Stoops says any future decision made about Joe Mixon hasn’t been made more difficult because of Tyreek Hill’s dismissal the Oklahoma State football team. Hill, the hero of Bedlam with his last-minute, 92-yard punt return on Dec. 6, was charged last week with domestic abuse by strangulation. Mike Gundy dismissed Hill from the team […]

  • Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

    Yesterday

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days. As the Russian authorities announced a series of measures to ease the pressure on the ruble, which slid 15 percent in the previous two days and raised fears of a bank run, many Russians were buying cars and home appliances — in some cases in record numbers — before prices for these imported goods shoot higher. The Swedish furniture giant IKEA already warned Russian consumers that its prices will rise Thursday, which resulted in weekend-like crowds at a Moscow store on a Wednesday afternoon.

  • Photo shows Oklahoma City whitewater park's scale

    William Crum | Yesterday

      This photo gives a sense of the scale of the Oklahoma City whitewater park under construction on the Oklahoma River in the Boathouse district. The park will have lower and upper ponds, and channels for competitive and recreational whitewater rafting and kayaking. Jeffrey Gustin, a program manager with designer S2o Design of Colorado, led […]