• Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow

    Updated: 12 min ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet of new snow by Thursday afternoon. Things could quickly get worse: Rain and temperatures as high as 60 were forecast over the weekend, raising the specter of flooding and an even heavier load on roofs, where the snow could absorb the downpours like a blanket.

  • Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

    Updated: 22 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. In a televised address to the nation, Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged GOP lawmakers to focus their energy not on blocking his measures but on approving long-stalled legislation to take their place.

  • Leaders make case for higher education increase

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education conducted the annual Legislative Forum to discuss goals and the budget request for fiscal year 2016.

  • WinCo Foods plots northwest Oklahoma City store

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Idaho grocer closes purchase for second Oklahoma City metro store near proposed Sam’s Club site.

  • Catoosa man dies in Tulsa County crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A 24-year-old Catoosa man died Wednesday in Tulsa County after a tire blew out on the crane he was driving, causing the vehicle to hit a tree, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • ABC, CBS, NBC won't carry Obama

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama's speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Univision network is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show the address. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all planned to air Obama live. Obama is planning to speak at 8 p.m. EST to announce that he is ordering federal action on immigration, angering Republican leaders in Congress. The major broadcast networks generally carry presidential speeches on matters of national security and other important issues.

  • Oklahoma AG Pruitt wants Oklahoma challenge in Supreme Court

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider Oklahoma’s challenge to the federal health care law. Pruitt announced Thursday that he has filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review Oklahoma’s lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the law. The Supreme Court earlier this month agreed to hear a similar case out of Virginia, but Pruitt notes that in that case neither of the parties is a state. In his petition, Pruitt says it’s important for the court to consider the implications for state sovereignty. Pruitt maintains the tax subsidies don’t apply to the federal exchange.

  • Oklahoma Democratic Party officials mull 5th District suit

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Democratic Party leaders say they’re still undecided over whether to mount a legal challenge over Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s victory in this month’s general election over the 81-year-old Democratic nominee who died two days before the general election. Party Chairman Wallace Collins says no decision was made after a teleconference Thursday with party leaders about whether to proceed with a lawsuit. Collins says he plans to meet again with their attorney. The Oklahoma Election Board voted last week to certify the results of this month’s election based on a recommendation from Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office.

  • Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said. Officers fatally shot Myron May, 31, during an exchange outside the library about 12:30 a.m. May reloaded at least once and tried to enter the library, where about 450 students were studying for midterm exams, but was blocked by lobby security barriers that permit only students and staff inside, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said. "Based on our initial review of the documents and his videos and his postings, it's clear that Mr.

  • Man accused of firing high-powered rifle at Seminole County deputy Thursday in custody

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A man accused of firing a “high-powered rifle” at a Seminole County deputy Thursday afternoon is in custody after a manhunt, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Master of all mediums Mike Nichols dead at 83

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo with Elaine May. As a director, he made countless performers — from Dustin Hoffman to Whoopi Goldberg — into stars. To consistent acclaim, he adapted Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner and Arthur Miller. Nichols, who died Wednesday night in New York at 83, was a supreme orchestrator of material, talent and taste.

  • Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor's death

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease. At least five people now have died from Ebola after coming into contact with a 70-year-old grand imam, who was brought to the Malian capital of Bamako from Guinea, the bordering country where the regional Ebola epidemic first began. The death of a 25-year-old male nurse at Clinique Pasteur who treated the imam first prompted health authorities to review past patients. The imam's family members who had brought him to Bamako all were later admitted to an Ebola clinic back in Guinea

  • Union appeals Adrian Peterson's suspension

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The NFL players' union on Thursday appealed the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson and demanded an independent, neutral arbitrator hears the case. In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press, the NFLPA called Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful." The union also accused Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, of telling Peterson that the games he missed on a special exempt list would count as time served toward a suspension. League officials declined comment to the AP.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners coach Bob Stoops changes opinion on Bedlam date

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 5 hr ago

    NORMAN — The morning after Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that playing Oklahoma State every year in early December hurt both teams in recruiting. After the Big 12 Conference’s announcement Wednesday that Bedlam would be moved to Thanksgiving weekend — giving both teams the next weekend off — Stoops […]

  • Bill Cosby latest TV dad to show a darker side

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Cosby's fall from the top of TV love isn't the first time a TV dad had a darker side.

  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he added his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities. After landing in Vienna, Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on the sidelines of the talks that face a Monday deadline. U.S. officials said he would assess the situation and then decide on additional meetings and whether to stay in Vienna through the weekend. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius planned to join the talks on Friday along with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

  • Chat recap: Edmond wants better roads

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 1:21 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our Edmond chat at 2 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Diana Baldwin 2:00 p.m. Welcome to Edmond Live Chat! Send your questions about everything Edmond my way and let's talk. Leon 2:01 p.m. Are we ever going to get a Dairy Queen? White Castle? Diana Baldwin 2:02 p.m.

  • Ohio House votes to shield execution drugmaker

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to the state would be shielded for at least two decades under a bill that cleared the Ohio House on Thursday. Over objections by some Democrats that the proposal goes against government openness and risks more execution-related lawsuits, the Republican-led chamber voted 61-25 in favor of it. The legislation heads next to the state Senate, with a two-year session set to end in December. The measure requires a drugmaker to specifically ask for anonymity, rather than receive it automatically, under an agreement that would allow release of the company's name 20 years after it last provides drugs to the state.

  • POLL: What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    I’m curious: What do Oklahomans like to eat on Thanksgiving? What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Take the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments. It’s listed in alphabetical order, broken up by food type. Cheers! What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

  • Longtime Bricktown restaurant to close

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Nonna’s to close its doors at end of year