• Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse opens at the heart of Automobile Alley

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The 8,000-square-foot restaurant in Oklahoma City is designed to showcase the historic Buick Building.

  • Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of two officers. De Blasio called on Monday for a halt of political statements until after the funerals of the slain officers, an appeal to both sides in a roiling dispute centered on the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers. "We are in a very difficult moment. Our focus has to be on these families," de Blasio said at police headquarters.

  • Federal judge allows Oklahoma executions to move forward

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    A federal judge ruled Monday that attorneys representing 21 death row inmates failed to show the execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett in April was evidence that Oklahoma’s execution process runs a substantial risk of being cruel and unusual punishment.

  • It's a girl! Elephant born at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Asha, a 19-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth to a 332-pound female calf Monday at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

  • Oklahoma City man accused of sex acts with three children, according to Oklahoma City police

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Daniel Ryan Chadwell, 30, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Monday morning by police on 38 complaints of child sexual abuse and one count of lewd acts with a minor, Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

  • Four die as result of separate accidents on Oklahoma roadways

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Four Oklahomans are dead after separate fatal accidents throughout the state, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Monday.

  • Police continue to investigate death of unidentified male Saturday in northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police responded Saturday afternoon to a call that a homeowner had shot a possible burglar who had entered his residence in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported. The homeowner was not arrested, police reported.

  • Chesapeake Energy Corp. to buy back $1 billion in stock

    BY JAY F. MARKS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. will purchase $1 billion worth of its own stock, the company said after it completed the sale of nearly $5 billion worth of natural gas assets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

  • Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living "hypocritical" double lives and forgetting that they're supposed to be joyful men of God. Francis turned the traditional, genteel exchange of Christmas greetings into a public dressing down of the Curia, the central administration of the Holy See which governs the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church.

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to put inmates to death. According to a letter from Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan to Gov. Jan Brewer, the agency no longer will use the drug combination used in the controversial July execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood. He was given 15 doses of the drugs and gasped over and over before taking his final breath. The letter said the department will stop using the mixture of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller.

  • Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who are seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of their client's case and the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. It would be impossible to select impartial jurors, defense attorneys wrote in a filing Monday, because "the crimes charged inflicted actual injury on the entire local population" and "greater Boston, was itself, a victim." Defense attorneys said "adverse pretrial publicity and leaks continue unabated," and "media saturation can only be expected to intensify" as the January trial — and the April anniversary of the explosions — nears. McVe

  • Possibly dangerous escaped inmate remains free Monday, Frederick police report in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    An escaped 24-year-old inmate from Enid remains on the loose and is possibly armed and dangerous Monday.

  • Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The state's scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year will proceed.

  • Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume.

  • British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker, an interpreter more than a writer, became a star through his dazzling transformation of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." Featuring a gospel-styled arrangement and furious call and response between Cocker and the backup singers, the song became a No.

  • Energy FC: Assistant coach Chris Spendlove charged with murder in England

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced Monday it has terminated the contract of assistant coach Chris Spendlove after he was charged with murder in the death of an off-duty police officer in England. Spendlove, who is from Liverpool, was involved in an altercation with several individuals early Friday according to a release from Energy FC. According to DailyMail.com, police constable Neil Doyle, 36, and two other off-duty officers were attacked in Liverpool city centre. Doyle was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital but died a short time later, according to the Daily Mail. The other two officers were treated in a local hospital — one with a fractured cheekbone and the other with less serious facial injuries.

  • Ex-headmaster guilty in child porn case

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school faces at least 50 years in prison after being convicted Monday of dealing in child pornography. Christopher Wheeler, 54, was found guilty on all 25 counts. Wheeler is a former headmaster at Tower Hill school, where he was paid more than $300,000 a year and where tuition exceeds $25,000 a year. Graduates of the school, founded by members of the du Pont family, include DuPont Co. CEO Ellen Kullman, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and television personality Dr. Oz. Superior Court Judge Eric Davis said the evidence showed Wheeler sought out and downloaded images of child porn. "Mr. Wheeler developed a pattern of Internet browsing for child pornography,"

  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell questioned whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had legal standing to challenge the immigration program announced last month. She suggested the topic is better left for Congress and the Obama administration to sort out. In the first courtroom battle over Obama's plan, Arpaio's lawyer Larry Klayman said the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress. He argued that the program would let more illegal immigrants enter the country and commit crimes, burdening law en

  • Russell Westbrook on his 3-point attempts: "I honestly need to stop taking as many"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    In the past 10 games, the Thunder is 8-2. And in those eight wins, Russell Westbrook took only 2.6 three-pointers per contest. But in the two losses, Westbrook jacked up a combined 16 — going 3-of-10 at Golden State last Thursday and 0-of-6 against the Pelicans on Sunday night. There’s a clear correlation. And it’s something […]

  • Stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Stocks are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 154 points, or 0.9 percent, to 17,959 Monday, narrowly beating the record high it set two weeks ago by about half a point. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,078. It was the 50th closing high for the S&P 500 this year. The Nasdaq rose sixteen points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,781. The market is coming off a big advance last week, which gave the S&P 500 its second-biggest weekly gain this year. Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.26 to close at $55.26 a barrel in New York. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.16 percent.