• Three die after separate wrecks in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 min ago

    Vickie Blevins, 61, of Healdton, Jeanne Ellis, 67, of Chickasha, and James Wagner, 55, of Collinsville, died after separate wrecks on Oklahoma roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Arizona police officer, suspect killed in shootout

    Updated: 48 min ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon. Officer Tyler Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a suspect in a domestic-violence case, Flagstaff police said. Stewart was looking for the suspect about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Clay Street when a man identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott, fired several shots at the officer, police said. The suspect then shot himself dead, police added. Stewart was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition and then later died, police said. Stewart had worked at the department for less than a year, police said.

  • NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

    Updated: 56 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets Saturday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside. While mourners inside the church applauded politely as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke, hundreds of officers outside turned their backs on him to protest what they see as his support for demonstrators angry over killings by police. The rush of officers far and wide to New York for Ramos' funeral reminded some of the bond after the Sept. 11 attacks and Superstorm Sandy. Vice President Joe Biden promised that the "incredibly diverse city can and

  • California man suspected of vandalizing Islamic center

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Central California say they have arrested a man suspected of vandalizing an Islamic center. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Saturday that 28-year-old Asif Mohammad Khan caused more than $10,000 in damage at the Islamic Cultural Center. Dyer said Khan broke windows, poured bleach on an American flag and vandalized a nearby medical office. Dyer says that at first investigators suspected the case might be a hate crime because a mosque was targeted. He says that after talking with Khan, Fresno police investigators will let the FBI decide whether to file hate crime charges. Khan's sister, Samia Khan, says her brother suffers from mental illness and isn't guilty of committing a

  • School bans 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts at tournament

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups. The athletic director at Fort Bragg High School informed his counterpart at Mendocino High School this week that neither the boys nor girls team would be allowed to participate in the three-day tournament hosted by Fort Bragg High starting Monday, Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Jason Morse said.

  • Protester in St. Louis area charged with arson

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson was charged Saturday with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb. A St. Louis County jail official said Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, was being held on $30,000 bond. He is charged with arson, second-degree burglary and stealing less than $500. Williams, who was frequently quoted and photographed protesting Michael Brown's death, is accused of using lighter fluid to set multiple fires inside and outside a QuikTrip in Berkeley. Court records said Williams confessed in a videotaped interview, and that his actions were captured by surveillance video and by news media.

  • Key developments in police-communities tension

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The killings of two unarmed blacks by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict the officers. Tensions escalated further after two New York City police officers were killed a week ago by a man who suggested in online posts that their deaths were in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City. The gunman committed suicide.

  • Jefferson leads No. 2 UConn women over SMU 96-45

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn's Geno Auriemma moved to the top of another list on Saturday. The Huskies 96-45 win over SMU gave the Hall of Fame coach a career record of 888-134, and a winning percentage of 86.888. That's the best in women's college basketball history, surpassing former Louisiana Tech Coach Leon Barmore, who finished his career his career with a winning percentage of 86.878 and a record of 576-87. "But if we lose Monday night, then I'm back to No. 2, and I'm king for a day," Auriemma joked. UConn point guard Moriah Jefferson broke out of a three-game slump with a career-high 24 points to lead the Huskies (9-1) in the teams' American Athletic Conference opener.

  • John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said. The surprise visit by Mehmet Ali Agca, believed to be his first time in the Vatican since the assassination attempt, lasted a few minutes, a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the blossoms were later removed by basilica workers. Benedettini said there are no legal matters pending against Agca in the Vatican and he was free to visit. Agca's trip came on the 31st anniversary of his meeting with the pope. John Paul, who forgave his attacker, visited Agca in a Rome prison on Dec.

  • US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at a coveted visa. The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente — transforming the complex into a full embassy that would reflect the Obama administration's hopes of new influence on the communist island. Roberta Jacobson, assistant U.S.

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

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came 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 the Korean War. 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.

  • Devils replace DeBoer with 3-headed coaching staff

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils are replacing the fired Pete DeBoer with a three-headed coaching staff. Former Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates, ex-Devils assistant and star defenseman Scott Stevens and general manager Lou Lamoriello will split duties on the bench. Oates will handle the forwards and Stevens will oversee the defense, Lamoriello said at a news conference before Saturday's morning skate. "I'll go on the bench to make sure it works for now," Lamoriello said. "It's a unique way of approaching things." There will be no official head coach for the rest of the season. Lamoriello plans to remain on the bench "until I feel comfortable with the situation.

  • Outgoing Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi reflects on challenges of leading Education Department

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s outgoing state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said her reforms will continue to strengthen public education in the state.

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

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Pedestal Oil Co. Inc., an Oklahoma City oil company, has withdrawn its application to drill on the south side of Lake Hefner, Oklahoma City officials said Friday.

  • Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press. Hersi may have surrendered because he fell out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab's top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year, the officer said. Hersi was one of seven top al-Shabab officials whom the Obama administration offered a total $33 million in rewards for information leading to their capture in 2012.

  • Sen. Tom Coburn talks liberty, spying, torture, the media and Elizabeth Warren

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 8 hr ago

    In a final interview with The Oklahoman’s Washington bureau before resigning from the Senate, the Muskogee Republican talks about the Founding Fathers and what they meant.

  • Cold front brings wintry weather to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A cold front has brought freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to parts of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday for portions of central and southern Oklahoma, where snow accumulations of up to three inches was possible. Forecasters say areas of light snow will continue over much of northeast Oklahoma and far northwest Arkansas. Temperatures northwest of the Tulsa area have fallen below freezing, while elsewhere they should remain a little above. Areas northwest of Tulsa could see around an inch of snow, with lesser amounts elsewhere. Most of the accumulation will occur on grassy and elevated surfaces.

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

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 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.

  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't. Although Gov.

  • Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia.