• Passenger tossed after flipping out over staff's 'Merry Christmas'

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bah, humbug! A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

  • Cloudy skies Friday in Oklahoma, chance for snow Saturday morning

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

    Temperatures will be near 56 degrees Friday in central Oklahoma. There is a chance for rain late Friday and then a chance for snow before noon Saturday.

  • A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.

  • Offers continue to help Oklahoma City man in need

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    An Oklahoma City man who lived without water in his home for four years continues to reap the benefits of a campaign launched to help him. Oklahomans have stepped up not only to help restore water to Jim Watkins’ home, but to fix his roof and help him with health issues.

  • For many in Oklahoma, Christmas meals are eaten behind bars

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Inmates and officers alike enjoy Christmas meals while serving time or working from within the state’s many prisons and county jails.

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

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

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

  • Crashes kill four in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Three people, whose names have not been released, died Wednesday after a two-vehicle collision in Norman, and Morris Eugene Rimes, 62, of Hobart, died after a single-vehicle crash in Jackson County, authorities said.

  • Heat win LeBron's Miami return, top Cavs 101-91

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer. Just like old times. Only this time, just one got to enjoy a victory. James' return to Miami as an opponent was a success — for the Heat, that is. Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half, Luol Deng had 25 points and dogged James defensively all night, and the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-91 in a hyped Christmas matchup Thursday. "We didn't have a bad breakup," Wade said. "We played against each other for seven years, man. The weirdness just wasn't there. It wasn't like we played against each other our whole career and the breakup happen

  • Thousands pour into Cox Convention Center for Red Andrews Christmas Dinner

    By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A large donation of toys just before Christmas ended any worries there would not be enough to go around for children at the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner in Oklahoma City. About 7,500 people were served by the end of the dinner Thursday.

  • Militants attack African Union base; 9 dead

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said. Three militants were captured during the Christmas day lunch hour attack on the African Union Mission to Somalia's Halane base camp, the group said in a statement. AMISOM said the gunmen, some of whom were disguised in Somali National Army uniforms, breached the base camp and attempted to gain access to critical infrastructure, during which five of them were killed and three others captured. Three AMISOM soldiers and a civilian contractor unfo

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-106 Christmas Day win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 114-106 win in San Antonio on Christmas Day: Best win – The reigning league MVP and the reigning Finals MVP were both rocking suit jackets. Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard didn’t play. So these two teams certainly weren’t the full-throttle title-contenders we expect to see come May. But […]

  • Westbrook scores 34, lifts Thunder over Spurs

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance. The joyful tidings were a drastic change from the scowling, screaming, chest-thumping passion Westbrook showed after essentially walking into the Spurs' home on Christmas and kicking aside their presents. Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists, and ignited a decisive run in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 114-106 on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals. "Regardless of what's going on, like I said before and I'm going to keep saying it, my job is to attack," Westbrook said.

  • Power returns to Mississippi town after twister

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Workers restored power Thursday to tornado-scarred Columbia, while volunteers helped clear rubble, cover roofs and do whatever else they could to help the Mississippi town recover. "We figured, what better time to show the love of Jesus than on his birthday?" Ed Brashier, minister of a church in Gardendale Alabama, told WDAM-TV (http://bit.ly/1thrm6V ) on Christmas. Tornadoes killed four people in southwest Mississippi on Tuesday as a storm system kicked off twisters across the region. Marion County coroner Norma Williamson identified one of those killed as Amber Sumrall, 33, of Sandy Hook. Sumrall died after being trapped in the Head-to-Toe beauty salon where she worked, Williamson told The Hat

  • Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday. San Diego police said the man jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector after being taken to a separate area for questioning at the San Ysidro port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. A records check showed he was wanted on a felony charge. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said the man attacked two inspectors and described him as "combative" in a statement. It said officers found heroin during a body search. The man attempted to enter the U.S. on foot Wednesday afternoon, about four hours before the shooting, according to Custo

  • Silver Alert issued for Oklahoma City man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    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.

  • DC's panda cub Bao Bao back down from tree

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo's panda cub Bao Bao is back with her mom after spending more than 24 hours in a tree, where she went after being startled by a tool zookeepers use to contain animals. The National Zoo said Bao Bao climbed the tree Tuesday afternoon after touching a "hot wire" used for animal containment. WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/13ZYcxI ) reports she came down late Wednesday. Members of the public, who can watch live video of the zoo's pandas online, posted worried inquiries on the zoo's Facebook page when they saw that Bao Bao was in a tree overnight and still there Wednesday. But the zoo said Bao Bao was "perfectly fine." Bao Bao turned 1 in August. She's only the second panda born at the zoo to survi

  • $485K raised for family in jet crash into home

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Donors have given a huge Christmas gift to the surviving relatives of a Maryland mother and her two young sons who were killed when a jet crashed into their home earlier this month. Television station WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1428ygp ) reports a friend collected between 500 and 600 gifts and gift cards totaling $12,000 to $15,000 for the family of Marie Gemmell. Gemmell was killed along with her 3-year-old and 1-month-old on Dec. 8 when a business jet crashed into a neighborhood near an airport in suburban Washington. Three men aboard the jet also died. An online fundraiser for the family on the site gofundme.com, meanwhile, has topped more than $485,000.

  • Kevin Durant addresses his ankle injury and concerns it might be more than a mild sprain

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant missed his fourth straight game Thursday at San Antonio due to a mild ankle sprain he sustained just before halftime at Golden State last week. Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced before the game that Durant “could not go if he wanted to go.” Brooks labeled Durant as day-to-day. But the […]

  • Movie Review: "The Interview" isn't a Christmas miracle

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    As I dished out $6 to watch a stream of “The Interview,” I was reminded of the experience of an actual interview. The ones I do on the daily. For this film, I did my research. I tried to filter out an exceptional amount of hype. I set time aside, especially for my subject. I […]

  • Police respond to Midwest City, Oklahoma hit and run involving pedestrian

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Police responded to an accident involving a pedestrian. The driver of a vehicle left the scene.