• Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces. The separatists' top leader declared that an offensive against Mariupol had begun — then later toned down his threats as the scale of the civilian casualties became clear.

  • Three die after separate crashes on Oklahoma roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    James Boehl, 26, of Ratliff City; Joleen Wilson, 25, of Ponca City and Lucas Hipolito, 27, of Guymon, died Saturday after separate crashes on Oklahoma roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma tribe to fight payday lending fines in court

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Oklahoma-based Otoe-Missouria tribe, it’s leader and two online lending companies challenge fines in Connecticut

  • Price Edwards reports that oil price slide unnerves some in Oklahoma City retail

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Slashed oil prices hitting employment call retail expansion into question, Oklahoma City’s Price Edwards & Co. says in year-end report.

  • Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris. "These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act," Fernan

  • Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police. As many as 50 people were in and around the small home when shots were fired "by multiple shooters" around 2 a.m., Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. No arrests have been made, and police said they were confident the shootings were gang-related. The vast majority of people at the scene refused to help police, the chief said during a news conference Saturday evening. He said he understood witnesses' fear but pleaded for them to come forward.

  • Oklahoma public school advocates hear talk on funding in Edmond

    BY STEVE GUST, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    School administrators explained school funding during a meeting of the Oklahoma Central Parent Legislative Action Committee.

  • Smoothie King chain to enter Oklahoma City market

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Smoothie King to open in Westgate Marketplace

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma vs. Baylor

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Oklahoma goes for the season sweep of Baylor tonight in Waco. Follow our live coverage with Ryan Aber and more from around the web.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys start slow in 63-53 loss to Kansas State

    John Helsley | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. – Oklahoma State’s worst games almost all look the same. Slow starts. By the team. By Le’Bryan Nash. So it was Saturday at Kansas State, where the Cowboys – and Nash – were slow to launch and futile in rally mode, falling 63-53 at Bramlage Coliseum. Nash, OSU’s leading scorer, didn’t score until the 1:44 mark of the first half, with his team trailing by double-digits. His teammates scuffled as well, with only one Cowboy managing more than one field goal. After trailing by as many as 14 in the second half, OSU got within seven during one Phil Forte-fueled stretch, 37-30, but no closer. The Cowboys fall to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    It's another Big 12 clash for Oklahoma State against Kansas State. Can the Cowboys make it two wins in a row in conference play? Follow our live coverage with John Helsley and more from around the web.

  • Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub." Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83. The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause. Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two." In fact, that sunny finish to his famous catchphrase adorns his statue outside Wrigley Field. "His joyous outlook will never be forgotten by fans of the Cubs and all those who love baseball," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a state

  • Uber, Lyft get business licenses in Oklahoma City

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Traffic Commission approves applications for business licenses from Uber, Lyft ride services.

  • Training available for Oklahoma residents interested in storm spotting

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    The National Weather Service is launching a series of classes for Oklahoma residents who want to learn more about severe weather. Meteorologists will hold the first Skywarn Storm Spotter Training online training session on Tuesday.

  • Banks remembered as ambassador of baseball and Chicago

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks is being remembered as an optimist who broke barriers and was an ambassador of Chicago. The Cubs announced the 83-year-old died Friday. A two-time MVP, "Mr. Cub" hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career, including five seasons with 40 or more. Condolences and remembrances poured in Saturday from the White House, state, city and local leaders. In a Saturday statement, President Barack Obama says Banks was an ambassador for baseball and Chicago. The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Banks was a racial bridge builder and treated people with dignity. Banks was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when the Cubs discovered him in 1953.

  • RIA Novosti: Ukrainian rebel leader says offensive has begun on key govt-held city of Mariupol

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — RIA Novosti: Ukrainian rebel leader says offensive has begun on key govt-held city of Mariupol.

  • Parties Extra Video!---Luncheon set by Friends of the Capitol!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4007160527001[/brightcove] Ginny Bass Carl, Friends of the Capitol Chairman, and Kelley McGuire, Board member and luncheon committee member, talk about Friends of the Capitol on Parties Extra!

  • Pope: Ridding stereotypes key to Christian-Muslim relations

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says the most effective antidote to violence among Christians and Muslims is learning about each other and then accepting differences. Francis also told participants Saturday of a meeting promoted by the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamist Studies that only by carefully listening can interreligious dialogue make progress. He said "patience and humility" are essential for deepened Islamic-Christian dialogue while merely superficial dialogue will only yield "stereotypes and preconceptions." Francis added: "The most effective antidote to every form of violence is education about discovering and accepting difference as richness and fertileness.

  • Dignitaries head to Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after nearly two decades at the helm. Despite deep tensions and rivalries between the nations, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was among the first to arrive to the Sunni-ruled kingdom on Saturday where he was greeted at the airport by the late king's son, Prince Turki, who is governor of Riyadh. Saudi state TV showed Zarif walking with the prince down a red carpet on the tarmac. The newly enthroned King Salman is also expected to receive in the coming days U.S.

  • Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease. And in the streets of Guinea's capital, it is rare to see the formerly ubiquitous plastic buckets of bleach and water for hand washing. Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived.