• 10 Oklahoma Christmas photos you must see

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Christmas is here, everyone! That means spending time with family and friends, perhaps attending a church service or two, and being grateful for what we all have. In the event you’re surfing NewsOK today, here are 10 Christmas-related Oklahoma photos you just have to see.

  • Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson

    Updated: 45 min ago

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. A crowd of about 300 people gathered at the gas station where Antonio Martin was shot late Tuesday, throwing rocks and bricks in a scene reminiscent of the sometimes-violent protests that followed Brown's death. A smaller crowd gathered Wednesday night. Dozens of protesters met at the gas station for a vigil, then marched to Interstate 170, at times blocking traffic, before returning to the station, according to local media reports.

  • NORAD 'tracks' Santa's journey across globe

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America and on to the United States. Technology and social media have become an important part of the U.S. and Canadian military tradition, and NORAD Tracks Santa has already attracted around 1.6 million Facebook "likes." The volunteers on Wednesday were answering phone calls and emails from children and posting updates on the mythical journey to Facebook, Twitter and www.NORADSanta.org.

  • Oklahoma man dies in single-vehicle crash

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

    Morris Eugene Rimes, 62, of Hobart, died Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Jackson County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," Sony Pictures chair and CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement. "We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release.

  • The Oklahoman staffers share some holiday memories from their native countries

    By Clytie Bunyan, Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Clytie Bunyan, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, in the Caribbean, and Paul Monies, a native of Scotland at the northern part of the United Kingdom in Europe, share memories of the holidays in their homelands.

  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush to stay hospitalized

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital overnight, after being taken there for experiencing a shortness of breath. Spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email Wednesday evening that Bush had a "good day" and his prognosis "remains positive." The 90-year-old Bush had been taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution on Tuesday evening. Bush spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care at the same hospital while being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. He was discharged in January 2013, after nearly two months in the hospital. It was not immediately clear if Bush, who is the oldest living former president, would be able to spend this Christm

  • Santa finds comfort in holiday season

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Waiting in line to see Santa earlier this week, Aubrey Smith, 7, jumped up and down in anticipation. “She’s come to see Santa here since she was just a baby,” said her mother, Jana Smith, of Oklahoma City. “He is the most wonderful Santa around. He’s so sweet and really connects with the kids and I feel like they really get what Christmas is all about from him.” A lot gets lost in the holiday hustle and bustle. Between the long lines in the stores, the gifts and parties, attention sometimes never finds its way to the people who help make the season special. For 14 years, Dan Short, 70, has worked as the Santa at North Pole City, a holiday decoration store in south Oklahoma City.

  • Deadly 1924 Christmas Eve fire in Oklahoma brought reform

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A 1924 Christmas Eve fire in the rural Oklahoma hamlet of Babbs Switch killed 36 people, many of them children, and helped spark safety reforms. The fire during a Christmas program is considered among the most devastating fires in Oklahoma’s history.

  • Berry Tramel: Christmas stories for the sports fans

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    How a grandmother inspired a future Thunder player

  • Christmas Day dining options available in Oklahoma City

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Updated: 6 hr ago

    National all-night breakfast chains like IHOP and Denny’s will be open.

  • Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries to start 2015 with new CEO

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Chemical manufacturer LSB Industries Inc. will start 2015 with a new chief executive as Barry H. Golsen succeeds his father in that role.

  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided, with questions about why the communist state would steal and leak gigabytes of data, email threats to some Sony employees and their families and then threaten moviegoers who planned to watch "The Interview" on Christmas. "Somebody's done it.

  • Casey Kasem's children to share medical records

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The children of radio legend Casey Kasem said Wednesday they will share all hospital records in their possession with his widow, who is suing a hospital in Washington state to learn more about the last weeks of his life. The records will show all appropriate measures were taken to preserve Kasem's life, and when it was clear he was dying, to allow him to die comfortably, Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem said in a statement issued through their lawyer Troy Martin. The statement came in response to a lawsuit by their stepmother Jean Kasem seeking records from St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, where the "American Top 40" host died last June at 82. He had dementia.

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas, Thunder style

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Reader Bill Tolbert has too much time on his hand. And I told him so. Here’s how we know. The Thunder’s two-game suddenly losing, home defeats to New Orleans and Portland, has inspired Tolbert to rewrite “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with a Thunder twist. With his permission, I’m sharing it with you: Twas the […]

  • Bay Area officer unions decry anti-police sentiments

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Presidents of the three biggest Northern California police unions have published an open letter warning that recent anti-police rhetoric and sentiments are threatening officers' safety. The letter was published Tuesday on the unions' Web sites and social media pages. It was signed by the heads of unions representing police in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. The letter said recent protests across the country started as "legitimate expressions of views" over police shootings and the killing of unarmed black suspects in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

  • 'A Christmas Carol' frequently found in comics

    Matthew Price | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The Charles Dickens classic story “A Christmas Carol” has come to comics many times.  The following is an update of a column I originally wrote in 2011 about the story and some of its comic-book counterparts. “A Christmas Carol” has frequently been remixed into comics. English author Charles Dickens’ novella, first published in 1843, features […]

  • Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his 1977 sex case when a judge rejected a motion for a new hearing. A nine-page order issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin states that Polanski's claims of judicial misconduct cannot be addressed because he remains a fugitive outside the country after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. Polanski's lawyers have sought a public evidentiary hearing for the case, claiming a judge who handled the matter in 2008 and 2009 committed misconduct by failing to properly consider a dismissal motion due to pressure from a presiding judge. Bart Dalton, an attorney for Polanski, said he had not yet seen the orde

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding modestly to its gains a day after closing above 18,000 for the first time. It was the Dow's sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday. Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years. The unemployment data show steady improvement in the labor market, which is positive news for the economy.

  • NKorea outage a case study in online uncertainties

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. The mysterious problems have some talking of a retaliatory cyberattack by the United States, which holds Pyongyang responsible for last month's spectacular hack of Sony Pictures. American officials have fueled speculation with vague denials, but security experts say North Korea's Internet infrastructure is so skeletal that even amateurs — or a simple glitch — could have brought it clattering down. "A large city block in London or New York would have more IP (Internet Protocol) addresses than North Korea," said Ofer Gayer, a security researcher at Redwoo