• Professor who said Christians, Muslims worship same God to leave school

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing in five days to determine whether she would be allowed to remain at Wheaton.

  • Leaked police files contain guarantees disciplinary records will be kept secret

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Contracts between police and city authorities, leaked after hackers breached the website of the country’s biggest law enforcement union, contain guarantees that disciplinary records and complaints made against officers are kept secret or even destroyed. A Guardian analysis of dozens of contracts obtained from the servers of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) found that more than a third featured clauses allowing – and often mandating – the destruction of records of civilian complaints, departmental investigations, or disciplinary actions after a negotiated period of time.

  • Cop who killed college student and 55-year-old mother sues for ‘extreme emotional trauma’

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his 55-year-old neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate that blames the mentally ill 19-year-old for causing the officer “extreme emotional trauma.” Officer Robert Rialmo’s lawsuit was filed Friday and offers the first public account of the moments before Rialmo shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier on Dec. 26. The suit claims that Rialmo, who was arriving at the scene of a domestic disturbance with another officer, opened fire after the teenager twice swung a bat at the officer’s head and then raised the weapon a third time, leading Rialmo to fear that his life was in danger, according to the Chicago Tribune.

  • Netflix Takes Hitler Comedy

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The 'Borat'-style feature was a sleeper hit in Germany, where it has earned $22 million. Netflix has snatched up global rights, outside of a handful of select territories, to German hit comedy Look Who's Back. The adaptation of Timur Vermes' bestseller has Adolf Hitler waking up, unharmed and unrepentant, in modern-day Berlin.

  • High winds, increased fire danger in Oklahoma Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    High winds and low humidity will increase wildfire danger Monday in Oklahoma. Winds may gust up to 40 mph Monday afternoon in central Oklahoma

  • Global stocks mostly fall amid economy jitters

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly fell Monday as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 dropped 1.4 percent to 4,144.58 and Germany's DAX fell 1.2 percent to 9,162.65. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 1 percent to 5,792.60. U.S. shares set to fall. Dow futures retreated 0.5 percent to 16,044. S&P 500 futures lost 0.6 percent to 1,864.90. US DATA: With much of Asia in holiday mode, attention focused on the discouraging U.S. employment figures for January released on Friday. U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs last month, a sharp deceleration from recent months as companies shed education, transportation and temporary workers.

  • Suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan kills 3 soldiers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least three Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack Monday morning on an army minibus near their base in northern Balkh province, an official said. The suicide bomber was on foot and targeted the army vehicle in the Dahdadi district, said Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor in Balkh. He said another 18 military personnel were wounded in the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an email to media. Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks across the country against Afghan security forces in the year since the international combat mission wound down.

  • Offbeat humor and upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl 50 ads

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — From a strange creature called "Puppymonkeybaby" to a tear-inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages. On advertising's biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi's spot, a depressed aging astronaut remembers his joy for life by driving an Audi sports car with his son. And in a quirky Doritos ad, a fetus in a sonogram appears to rocket out of the womb to chase a bag of chips the mother angrily tossed away. The goal for advertisers: to stand out and win over the 114 million-plus people watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, much the way the Denver Broncos triumphed o

  • Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia's first special envoy for human rights, the government said Monday. During his 1996-2003 tenure as immigration minister, Philip Ruddock, the second-longest-serving lawmaker in the Australian Parliament's 105-year history, implemented Australia's so-called Pacific solution to deter asylum seekers from attempting to reach Australia by boat. The United Nations' refugee agency joined human rights groups in criticizing Australia for sending thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Asia to Australia-funded camps in the impoverished

  • North Carolina Gov. McCrory in minor crash after Super Bowl

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sustained minor injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended shortly after the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl loss. California Highway Patrol Officer Ross Lee said the vehicle was traveling on State Route 237 around 8 p.m. Sunday after leaving Levi's Stadium when it was hit from behind by a Mercedes. McCrory's press secretary says the car the governor was riding in was totaled. The governor's office said in a statement McCrory experienced "minor pain" but was able to continue to his destination in another vehicle. Lee said McCrory declined treatment.

  • Name of Myanmar's next president to be known March 17

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party. Parliament chairman Mann Win Khaing Than announced that the upper house, the lower House and the military will have to select one candidate each for the three posts before March 17, and submit them to parliament on that day. While Suu Kyi herself is barred from becoming president, there are growing signs that her talks with the military to remove a constitutional hurdle blocking her path can be completed by March 17.

  • New England to get brunt of snowstorm heading east

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Forecasters say southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of a snowstorm that's heading for the East Coast. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the coast, including Cape Cod and the islands, saying it could get 6 to 12 inches of snow through Monday evening. Gusty winds of up to 60 mph are expected with some whiteout conditions. The rest of Massachusetts, plus Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with an accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall is expected during Monday's morning commute through the afternoon. The weather service says New York City, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey could get from 2 to 3 inches of snow between


    AP | Updated: 5 hr ago

    ‘Inside Out' sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture CALIFORNIA | LOS ANGELES — The 43rd annual Annie Awards were a joyous affair for “Inside Out.” The Pixar release won the Annies' top honor and 10 awards altogether at the ceremony Saturday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Along with best animated feature, the film won best director for Peter Docter, best screenplay for Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, and outstanding achievement in voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who voiced Sadness. The wins further solidify “Inside Out” as the Oscar favorite. “The Good Dinosaur” gave Pixar an 11th Annie award for best animated effects in an animated movie.


    By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Inarritu claims top prize at Directors Guild Awards CALIFORNIA | LOS ANGELES  — An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic “The Revenant.” With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever. Even the guilds are divided in their top awards. “Spotlight,” the drama detailing the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial crisis dramedy “The Big Short” picked up the Producers Guild Award. The DGA win for “The Revenant” is not insignificant.

  • Police: 2 dead, 4 hurt in shooting after Mississippi parade

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — A shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian killed two men and wounded four other people Sunday, south Mississippi authorities said. Carlos Bates, 29, of Gulfport, and Isiah Major III, 43, of Bay St. Louis both died at the scene, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told local news media. The victims' hometowns are near Pass Christian on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. Four other people were hospitalized, Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks told the Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/20PHjO1) and WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/1nRDMjF). Police received a call about a fight shortly after the last parade unit completed the route, and officers learned shots had been fired, Hendricks told the newsp

  • Group wants more Hispanics to vote in OKC School Board election

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Stand for Children Oklahoma volunteers have spent the past two weeks knocking on doors and working the phones to get members of the Hispanic community — many who have never voted — engaged in the election process.

  • Manning looks like Elway in Super Bowl victory

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Peyton Manning looked like an old quarterback Sunday night. Old Man Winner. The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 Sunday night to give the 39-year-old Manning his second Super Bowl title. And nobody should care that Manning was reduced to a supporting actor in the Denver victory. First off, most any quarterback would have been shoved out of the spotlight by this Denver defense, which made Cam Newton look more like Clark Kent than the Man of Steel. Certainly it was Manning, not Newton, who did the celebrating by the final two minutes of this game. Sure, Manning's numbers looked like something out of a high school championship game, circa 1984: 13 of 23 passing, one interception, 141 yards, no touchdowns. But

  • Broncos D dominates Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

    By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defense harassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton all game Sunday, and the Broncos made enough big plays for a 24-10 victory, Manning's 200th and perhaps his last before retirement. He wasn't the star of Super Bowl 50 — game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play — but Manning really hasn't been the headliner in this injury-shortened season. “This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” he said. “It's only fitting that it turned out that way.

  • OU returns home to play a hot Texas club

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 5 hr ago

    NORMAN — There's no time to rest for Oklahoma. Just two days after going on the road and losing to unranked Kansas State on Saturday, the at-least-for-now No. 1 Sooners return home to take on perhaps the hottest team in Big 12 basketball. Oklahoma faces Texas for the first time this season at 8 p.m. Monday at Lloyd Noble Center. “Texas is playing great,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “It is exactly what this league's about. We've had some of those stretches that we've survived, and now we've got to bounce back and survive this one.” If Oklahoma is to win the league, this week figures to be critical as the Sooners play the two teams they're tied with in second place, a game behind

  • #OKC Boxscore

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    William Crum: #OKC Boxscore is a look at the week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.