• Enid police seek public's help to identify robber

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Enid police are asking for the public’s help to identify a person accused of robbing a convenience store on Christmas.

  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama City hospital. His wife, Joyce, said he had been in declining health in recent years. The couple lived in Panama City. DeFranco, who began his professional career as a teenager in the late 1930s, made both concert and recording appearances with many of the top singers and musicians of his era, including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.

  • Fellow officers salute NY cop's flag-draped casket

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The wife and two sons of a policeman gunned down along with his partner in a brazen daylight ambush were joined at his wake Friday by hundreds of uniformed officers, including dozens who saluted as his flag-draped casket was carried into the church. The daylong tribute to Officer Rafael Ramos occurred at a Queens church where friends and colleagues spoke of him as an embodiment of the selfless, compassionate and heroic nature the New York Police Department wants its finest officers to project. "He was studying to be a pastor. He had Bible study books in his locker, which is rare for a police officer, but that goes to show you the type of man he was," NYPD Capt. Sergio Centa said before entering Christ Tabern

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Coming off a big win against San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to face the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. Bush has been a director since 2007. The move comes as Bush explores a presidential run and unwinds some of his business commitments. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender will leave his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays by Dec. 31. Bush's ties to Tenet, as well as other financial firms, could complicate a potential campaign.

  • 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths. Vivid and terrifying memories such as these were recalled Friday at ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left nearly a quarter-million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami was triggered by a magnitude-9.

  • Bodies of woman, 3 grandsons found in burned home

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Three boys who spent the night with their grandmother so she wouldn't be alone on Christmas died with her Friday morning as a fire engulfed her home, authorities said. Fayette County coroner Dr. Dennis Mesker said the badly burned bodies were turned over to the Montgomery County coroner's office for autopsies and confirmation. They were tentatively identified as 60-year-old Terry Harris and three brothers: 14-year-old Kenyon, 11-year-old Broderick and 9-year-old Braylon Harris. Terry Harris lived alone in the single-story, ranch-style house that was destroyed by the fire reported shortly after 4 a.m. The boys lived two houses down with their parents.

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Oklahoma City man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Clifford Scroggins, 53, walked away from Aspen Way Apartments, 1000 NW 88, and hasn’t been seen since about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police reported.

  • City prepares for possibility of wintry weather

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A six-person strike team will report in at midnight should snow and ice move into Oklahoma City, according to a news release from the city.

  • Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap war prisoners

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners Friday, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine handed over 222 prisoners and the rebels released 145 people, according to Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency — the biggest one-time prisoners swap since the pro-Russian insurgency flared up in eastern Ukraine in April. The Interfax news agency quoted Svyatoslav Tsegolko, a spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, saying that 146 Ukrainian prisoners were released Friday and another four will be freed on Saturday. The figures corresponded to an earlier Ukrainian official statement, which said that 150 Ukrainian prisoners were to be relea

  • OU chat recap: Ryan Aber talks transfers, QB competition and which conference has the clout

    Erik Horne | Updated: 4 hr ago

    There was plenty to talk about on the Power Lunch chat Friday. OU beat writer Ryan Aber answered questions about the Sooners ranging from players who are potentially on the way out to what will happen with the quarterback competition in the spring. Here’s some of the best: Question from Aaron: Do you think Keith […]

  • Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation. The three-judge Dublin High Court said that all artificial support for the woman should end more than three weeks after she was declared clinically dead. Her relatives gathered at a hospital in the Irish Midlands to bid farewell to the unidentified woman, who was in her late 20s and had two young children. In their 29-page ruling, the judges accepted testimony from seven doctors who said the fetus couldn't survive for the extra two months of devel

  • Blue acquires Reggie Williams and future draft pick

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue has acquired guard Reggie Williams through its returning player rights. Williams previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and its D-League affiliate. He's played in 180 games with Golden State, Charlotte and Oklahoma City over his five-year career. The Blue also acquired a third-round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for forward Ron Anderson.

  • Kansas State's John Currie: Don't rush to a championship game

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 5 hr ago

    In the wake of being overlooked for the inaugural College Football Playoff, there is much talk of the Big 12 staging a conference championship game, even with the 10-team format. The NCAA is likely to grant the Big 12 a waiver so that it could stage a game if it desires. But I chatted with […]

  • Vatican arrests activist who bared chest in square

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has arrested the Femen activist who on Christmas Day bared her chest and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus in the life-size Nativity scene in the center of St. Peter's Square, a spokesman said Friday, emphasizing that the protest insulted the faithful gathered to celebrate Christmas. Ukrainian activist Yana Zhdanova was being held for questioning, with possible charges including carrying out obscene acts in public, insults and theft. A topless Zhdanova grabbed the Baby Jesus statue about an hour after the pope offered his Christmas blessing Thursday. A Vatican guard immediately covered her with his cape and detained her, while Zhdanova, still clutching the figure, shouted "God is woman." <

  • Dustin Diamond, actor who played “Screech” on “Saved by the Bell,” arrested in Ozaukee Co.

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) -- Dustin Diamond, the actor best known for playing Screech on "Saved by the Bell", was arrested early Friday morning, December 26th in Ozaukee County.

  • Lawmaker responding to city-run gas station

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker says his hometown city hall intruded into the free market by going into the retail gas business, and he's preparing legislation that could shut down the pumps to the public. Republican Sen. Chris Girdler's proposal comes months after the city of Somerset opened a retail gas station. The no-frills venture on the outskirts of town unnerved filling station and convenience store operators. Girdler said his bill seeks to assure private business that government won't compete for their customers. "If that has ramifications for the Somerset city gas station, then so be it," Girdler said in a phone interview. "Government has a hard enough time running itself. The last thing it should attempt

  • Pot Shot: Pro-Marijuana Group Mocks Maureen Dowd With Christmas Card

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A pro-marijuana group has mocked New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd with a new Christmas card.

  • Oklahoma City company withdraws application to drill for oil near Lake Hefner

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The city of Oklahoma City says Pedestal Oil Co. Inc. has withdrawn its application to drill for oil near Lake Hefner.

  • Oklahoma inmate's propensity for pleadings clogs up courts, judge says

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    For years, judges have been telling Alvin Parker, 56, that he’s run out of chances. But the convict hasn’t given up.