• Clothing with bodies matches missing Texans'

    Updated: 15 min ago

    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Clothing found with four slain bodies near the border city of Matamoros appears to match that of three siblings from Texas who disappeared in the area more than two weeks ago with a fourth person, a state prosecutor said. Oscar Fuentes Fierro, assistant prosecutor for the state of Tamaulipas, confirmed on Wednesday that the clothes matched a description given by Pedro Alvarado, father of the three missing residents of Progreso, Texas. Parents of the missing youths say witnesses reported they were seized on Oct. 13 by men dressed in police gear.

  • Stillwater man killed in near-beheading; murder charge filed

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 min ago

    Stillwater police said Jacob Crockett is the victim in the homicide case. Crockett is the son of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.

  • Sheriff: Stolen goods located in Logan County

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    This is one of those great law enforcement press releases that we see at The Oklahoman from time to time. On 10-23-2014, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies recovered a stolen electric welder. That recovery led to information about additional stolen property being stored in the area. On that date investigators went to 8701 Meadow Hill […]

  • Plane crashes at Kansas airport, at least 4 dead

    Updated: 32 min ago

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing at least four people, injuring at least five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita, officials and witnesses said. Only the pilot was on the plane, but it wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside the building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport where at least four people found dead, authorities said. Four more people remained unaccounted for hours after the crash, but a search was halted at midday after a portion of the building collapsed.

  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    Updated: 34 min ago

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm. The move by Sweden's new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel's nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. It also comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

  • Halloween canceled as police continue manhunt

    Updated: 46 min ago

    The ongoing manhunt in northeastern Pennsylvania for the suspect in the deadly state police ambush last month has scrapped plans for trick-or-treating Friday and what would have been the 50th anniversary of a beloved Halloween parade. But kids in the mountainous region still managed to celebrate by "trunk-or-treating." The tailgate party held last weekend at a school parking lot in rural Barrett Township came as authorities continue to search the woods for Eric Frein, the suspect charged with killing one state trooper and seriously wounding another. Organizers of Sunday's event called it a success, noting hundreds of children turned out for activities including face painting and a costume contest, and to see dozens of c

  • Why did a college student kill his family in 1958? The answer is as old as time.

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

      The Oct. 9  slayings of three members of the Hruby family in Duncan jogged one reader’s memory. The woman recalled the case of a Kansas college sophomore who gunned down his parents and sister on Thanksgiving Day in 1958 near Wolcott, Kansas. “Have you noticed the similarities between this case and the 1958 murders in Kansas?’ she wrote. “Lowell Lee […]

  • Bethany police and the Oklahoma County Sheriff's SWAT team are on the scene of a standoff situation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers said Bethany police surrounded a home near NW 39 and Council Road and then called the Sheriff’s SWAT team for additional support.

  • Stillwater news conference recap: Man killed in near-beheading

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Stillwater Police have called a noon news conference to discuss a Wednesday homicide.  Police were called to a home in the 400 block of S Oakdale Drive, near W Sixth Street and Country Club Road, police Capt. Randy Dickerson said. The home is in a neighborhood of condominiums. Follow live updates below.

  • Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war. UNRWA says Malala is donating all of the proceeds of the $50,000 World Children's Prize, which she collected in Stockholm on Wednesday. The agency quoted Malala as saying Palestinian children deserve a quality education, and that "without education, there will never be peace." Dozens of Gaza's U.N. schools were damaged or destroyed during the 50-day war. Israel says it fired near schools responding to Hamas' attacks from the areas. The 17-year-old Malala won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for promotin

  • Russell Westbrook kept Thunder competitive

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Thunder opened the 2014-15 season Wednesday night, losing 106-89 to Portland in a game much closer than the score indicated. It wasn’t a blowout until the final few minutes. The Thunder led after three quarters. And Andre Roberson led the Thunder in minutes played, 34:56. Lance Thomas played almost as much, 31:11, as Russell […]

  • Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks keep their words in the Thunder's loss to the Blazers

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 2 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Almost everyone got caught up in the moment. And what a moment it was. An injury-ravaged Thunder team was on the road, in the season opener, with just nine healthy bodies, taking it to the high-powered Portland Trail Blazers. Almost everyone, at that moment, threw caution to the wind and wanted more. […]

  • Community activist to run for Oklahoma City Council

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    James Cooper, a 32-year-old community activist and adjunct English professor, says he will try to unseat Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid next year. Shadid already has announced plans to seek a second term representing Ward 2’s northwest-side neighborhoods. The election is in March, with any runoffs in April. In an interview, Cooper imagined a “connected” […]

  • Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday. McCulloch released a statement criticizing leaks in the investigation that followed the death of the 18-year-old on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. A grand jury is deciding if Officer Darren Wilson will face charges. A decision is expected by mid-November. The leak was among several with alleged details of the grand jury investigation, with much of the information suggesting evidence in favor of Wilson.

  • Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market. Weekly applications increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 250 to 281,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years. Applications are a proxy for layoffs and have fallen 20 percent in the past year. Faster growth has encouraged companies to hold onto their staffs and step up hiring. Employers are adding jobs at the healthiest pace in eight years. That is contributing to faster growth: The economy expanded at a solid annual rate of 3.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon reaches plea agreement with District Attorney's office

    ryan aber | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon reached a plea agreement, avoiding a misdemeanor trial for acts resulting in gross injury. Mixon’s trial had been scheduled for early January. Mixon entered an Alford plea, continuing to assert his innocence. Mixon was given a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior counseling. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released a statement shortly after the agreement became public. “Today, Joe has made the decision that entering an Alford Plea to the misdemeanor and accepting the short period of probation was the best course of action at this point in his life.

  • 8 of the most horrific Halloween crimes

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Halloween, for most, is just another day. You wake up, go to work, come home, eat some tacos and maybe catch up on some television. That also means, like any other day, you hear stories of crimes big and small. But something about them happening on Halloween makes it all a little spooky. And, frankly, […]

  • Authorities investigate white powdery substance reported in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    About 8:50 a.m. Thursday, authorities received a call about a white powdery substance that was received at a law firm in the 5700 block of S Western Ave.

  • Kaiser's grand reopening set for Saturday

    Dave Cathey | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Kaiser’s American Bistro is no more, but  Kaiser’s Diner & Ice Cream Parlor is set to reopen on Saturday (Nov. 1) with a party from 6 to 9 p.m.,  showcasing a revamped menu from new owners Kristen Cory, Angie Uselton and Randy Giggers. Cory said she and her partners seeks to send customers back to […]

  • Boy, 15, arrested in online threats against Duncan, Oklahoma schools

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Police arrested a 15-year-old boy on complaints of making threats against Duncan, Oklahoma schools, authorities report Thursday. The threats made references to a possible shooting.