• Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

    Updated: 44 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production hammered major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad. Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a slide in the price of crude since this summer. A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production. The effect was immediate. The price of benchmark U.S. crude tumbled 10 percent Friday to settle at $66.15 a barrel. Shares of companies across the energy industry fell. Chevron Corp. slid 5 percent while Exxon Mobil fell 4

  • Oklahoma stocks suffer after OPEC action send oil prices sharply lower

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Shares of some of state’s largest employers spiral downward with crude prices.

  • A steady demand for a longtime service

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The audience on NewsOK continues to grow. Traffic patterns evolve, and audience interests shift depending on the topics of the hour. But we can always depend on one thing. Death: as in the paid obituaries and the daily death listings from around Oklahoma. There has always been a steady demand for that content. It’s been […]

  • NY boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two boys trapped in a snow pile in upstate New York for more than seven hours say they heard their friends and family calling for them but couldn't answer loudly enough. Eleven-year-old Elijah Martinez and 9-year-old Jason Rivera were outside building a snow fort near Elijah's house on Wednesday night when a plow operator clearing a parking lot unknowingly pushed snow over them. Early Thursday, a police officer searching for them saw a shovel half buried, started to dig and then saw a small boot. Rescuers joined in, some digging with their bare hands. The boys were conscious and suffering from exposure. Police say they were buried in about 5 feet of snow. The boys remain hospitalized.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Police say 35 people were killed in bomb blasts at mosque in northern Nigerian city of Kano .

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season didn't seem as frenzied as in past years after many die-hard shoppers swarmed stores the night before on Thanksgiving. Still, millions of Americans headed out in search of deals. Sales estimates for Black Friday should start trickling in over the weekend. For the full holiday season, the National Retail Federation forecasts an increase of 4.1 percent — the biggest jump since 2011. To meet expectations, stores may have to keep slashing prices in the weeks ahead. Here's a look at what happened this Black Friday: ___ STILL NO.

  • Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said. Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi says 30-year-old Patrick Corsi was shot during a peaceful protest Friday in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus. He described Corsi's condition as stable. Village resident Khaldon Ishtawi said Israeli soldiers opened fire without provocation on about 400 protesters from a distance of around 40 meters (130 feet) and shot Corsi in the chest. The Israeli military said it opened fire on the demonstrators with low caliber bullets after tear gas and other crowd control measures failed to stop

  • Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties. Francis sought to offer a balanced message as he met with Turkish political and religious officials at the start of his second trip to the Middle East this year. He reaffirmed that military force was justified to halt the Islamic State group's advance, and called for greater dialogue between Christians, Muslims and people of all faiths to end fundamentalism.

  • Ferguson protests move to retail stores

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Other Black Friday protests were planned at shopping centers around the nation, though attendance was seemingly sparse aside from in Chicago, where about 200 people gathered near the city's popular Magnificent Mile shopping district. Early Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Manchester, about two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "no more Black Friday" after police moved them out of a Wal-Mart.

  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine fields south of Olympia, Washington. "We lost a lot of farmers who didn't make it through." Prices vary according to the variety of tree, but growers this year will see about $20 per tree, $2 more than the last several years, according to Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Salem, Oregon-based Pacific Northwest Tree Associa

  • Watch the 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' teaser trailer right now

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    The first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” just went live on the Internet, and you can watch it below: “The Force Awakens” picks up after “Return of the Jedi,” but the official plot synopsis has not yet been released. What we do know is we’ll see the original Big […]

  • Authorities seek escapee from Oklahoma prison

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    ATOKA — Authorities in southeast Oklahoma are searching for an escape from the Howard McLeod Correctional Center in Atoka. Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head told reporters that inmate Michael Courverler was last seen during a head count at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say Courverler may be with a woman in a black, 2007, 4-door Chevrolet Silverado. Courverler is white, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and gray pants. Courverler was in prison for a variety of convictions that include assault and battery, grand larceny and extortion.

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired

    JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle. The man also targeted a U.S. courthouse and the Mexican Consulate, Assistant Poice Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference. Officers were searching the suspect’s Austin-area residents for possible explosives. Police did not immediately confirm whether the man, whose name was not immediately released, had explosives. The gunfire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Munguia said, and some bullets hit police headquarters. Munguia did not immediately say whether the consulate and the courthouse were damaged. Both were closed at the time

  • Third fatal fire in 10 days reported in Ada

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Ada has had three fire deaths in the last 10 days. A death was reported Friday.

  • Multiple trials probable in 'far-reaching' drug case involving Hoover Crips

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The sheer enormity of a criminal case that involves murder, drug dealing, dog fighting and Hoover Crips gang members is beginning to take shape in Tulsa federal court. What started in early 2013 as a conspiracy case to distribute crack cocaine involving three individuals has since mushroomed into 51 defendants who among them face 241 counts. Once centered on drug trafficking in the 61st Street and Peoria Avenue area, the case has gone multi-national. In announcing the results of Operation Battlefield in August, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said what he deemed Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” brought an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through the city over

  • OKC area shoppers hunt predawn deals for Black Friday

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    With many stores open on Thanksgiving, some shop all night

  • Woman hurt by rock dropped on car has 6th surgery

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio middle school teacher whose skull was crushed by a rock dropped onto her vehicle from a Pennsylvania overpass is recovering from her sixth surgery. Sharon Budd of Lake Township had surgery about a week before Thanksgiving Day to remove plastic skull pieces that had been protecting her brain but became contaminated, The Repository (http://bit.ly/11ADUc7 ) in Canton reported. Her husband, Randy Budd, said she was walking, talking and in good spirits days later. And, three days after her latest hospital release, she had an extra reason to celebrate on the holiday: It was also her 53rd birthday.

  • Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    NEW YORK — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad. Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a free fall in the price of crude oil since this summer. A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production in hopes of hurting producers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have been flooding the market with crude and natural gas. The effect was immediate.

  • Black Mesa encourages pints for charity

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: 6 hr ago

    If you’re looking to escape the house this weekend and grab a pint or two, you could do worse than heading out to one of the four McNellie’s pubs. That’s because McNellie’s has teamed up with Black Mesa Brewing Co. starting today to help raise money for charity. For more details, check this press release […]

  • Half of provisional ballots cast in election not counted, some wrongly

    By Curtis Killman - Tulsa World | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Travis Rice expressed surprise when he was told the ballot he cast earlier this month during the Oklahoma general election hadn’t counted. “That doesn’t make me happy,” Rice said, when informed by the Tulsa World that his provisional ballot had been rejected. “They told me it would count,” the Jenks resident said, quoting what precinct workers told him when he cast the provisional ballot. Rice was among hundreds of voters who cast provisional ballots during the Nov. 4 election that ended up not being counted by election officials, records show. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.