• Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Ready to talk some Oklahoma State football? Ask OSU beat writer Kyle Fredrickson all your bowl season questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Russia in offer to help firms with foreign debts

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — With inflation showing clear signs of picking up, Russia's central bank said Wednesday it will look to help companies with their foreign debts — a move it hopes will ease the pressure on the national currency. Following on from other measures to stabilize the ruble, such as a big increase in its key interest rate to 17 percent, the Central Bank said it will offer dollar and euro loans to banks so they can help major exporters that need foreign currencies to finance operations. That could really help as many Russian companies have been locked out of Western capital markets following the sanctions imposed on the country for its involvement in Ukraine. That's a problem for those that have to repay or refinance

  • Was FBI wrong on North Korea?

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Cybersecurity experts are questioning the FBI's claim that North Korea is responsible for the hack that crippled Sony Pictures. Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse, told CBS News his company has data that doubts some of the FBI's findings.

  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening after experiencing a shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a "precaution," according to spokesman Jim McGrath. He "will be held for observation, again as a precaution," McGrath said in a statement. Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. The White House said President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, has been notified about Bush's hospital admission.

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri. Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down — in part because governments do not demand it. The consequences are sometimes deadly. There are no international standards for determining what's unsafe and should be recalled, or how car owners should be notified. Some countries have strict safety regulations and a clear process that automakers must follow when they learn about a defect. But many do not.

  • Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most. So he moved to Denver, where legal pot dispensaries are plentiful and accessible. Easterling is among a growing number of homeless people who have recently come to Colorado seeking its legal marijuana and who now remain in the state and occupy beds in shelters, service providers say. While no state agency records how many homeless people were drawn by legal weed, officials at homeless centers say the influx they are seeing is straining their ability to meet the needs of the

  • SKorean prosecutors to arrest 'nut rage' official

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case. Seoul Western Prosecutors' Office said Wednesday that Cho Hyun-ah faces charges including inflight violence and changing a flight route. The current airline executive, a 57-year-old man surnamed Yeo, faces charges of pressuring airline employees to cover up the incident, according to an official at the prosecutors' office who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the matter.

  • Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280,000, lowest level in 7 weeks

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280,000, lowest level in 7 weeks.

  • Russia: NATO pushed Kiev to drop nonaligned status

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — NATO members pushed Ukraine toward dropping its nonaligned status, Russia claimed Wednesday, and also criticized the alliance for expanding its military presence near Russian borders. Ukraine's parliament abandoned the nonaligned position Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a bid to join NATO, in defiance of Russia's protests. The move doesn't guarantee that Ukraine will apply to join the alliance and its prospects for membership in the near term appear dim anyway. With a war against pro-Russian separatists in the east and its economy in shambles, Ukraine has much to overcome to achieve the stability that the alliance seeks in its members.

  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills 24 people near Baghdad

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his payload among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen near the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people. The attacker mingled with the militiamen as they gathered at a military base in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) south of Baghdad, to receive their monthly paychecks, two police officers said. At least 15 of the dead were Sunni militiamen and the rest were soldiers, while 55 others were wounded, they said. The Sunni militias, known as Sahwa or Awakening Councils, were formed at the height of Iraq's sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, and allied with U.S. troops against al-Qaida in Iraq, a precursor to the Islamic State extremist gro

  • 2 men throw acid on woman in Indian capital

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two men riding a motorcycle threw acid on a woman in a crowded neighborhood in New Delhi, causing serious injuries, police said Wednesday. The attack was captured on closed-circuit TV and was being investigated, police officer Suresh Chand said. It took place Tuesday when the two masked men rode past the woman in a crowded shopping area and brazenly flung acid at her face. Chand gave few other details, but news reports said the woman suffered serious burns to her face and her right eye. The men also stole her purse before fleeing. The attack, in a busy part of the Indian capital, highlights the attacks and harassment women face in India.

  • UPDATE: Light snow reported in Oklahoma City early Wednesday, sunshine ahead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Sunshine is supposed to return to Oklahoma Wednesday and Christmas Day Thursday. But light snow was falling early Wednesday in central Oklahoma. Winds will be gusty both days as temperatures warm up for Christmas Day.

  • Firefighters extinguish small apartment fire Wednesday in southwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    An apartment fire was reported in southwest Oklahoma City. The fire was at 20 SW 23

  • Utility prepares for possibility of more outages

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest utility says it's preparing for possible power outages from a wind storm that is forecast for Christmas Day. Green Mountain Power says the wind storm could knock trees and branches onto power lines, particularly in areas that have tree damage from the snow storm two weeks ago that caused more than 100,000 outages. GMP says it has lined up additional line workers and tree trimmers to help restore power if needed.

  • President praises Germans on refugees amid rallies

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president is praising his compatriots' willingness to take in refugees — a message that comes as growing anti-Islam demonstrations in an eastern city have worried many. President Joachim Gauck didn't mention directly the group that has organized the rallies in Dresden, Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, in his Christmas message released Wednesday. But he said it is encouraging that "the vast majority of us do not share the views of those who want to seal Germany off." PEGIDA'S organizers insist they are protesting only against extremism and not against immigrants or Islam itself, but the demonstrations have received support from far-right groups, prompting concerns

  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a protest message. Last week, Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview" in the wake of an extensive hacking attack and release of confidential emails by a group linked with North Korea. The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The hackers threatened violence if Sony d

  • Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections. At least, that is, among those groups that must disclose what they raise and spend. Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats or their allies. Among groups that funneled more than $100,000 to allies, the top of the list tilted overwhelmingly toward Democrats — a group favoring the GOP doesn't appear on the list until No. 14. The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backin

  • Christmas Eve sweets from The Oklahoman's Food Dude

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Today, the Food Dude offers recipes from some of the best bakers he knows to populate your cookie dish with different ideas.

  • Chesapeake Energy Corp. up 10 percent after asset sale

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. saw its stock price rise more than 10 percent Tuesday on the back of a $5 billion asset sale.