• UCF fails in bid for 10-win season with bowl loss

    Updated: 10 min ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida's rally fell well short in a bid for a 10-win season. Jacoby Brissett threw for 262 yards and one touchdown and Matt Dayes scored on runs of 24 and 15 yards to help North Carolina State beat UCF 34-27 in the Bitcoin Bowl on Friday night at Tropicana Field. UCF's Justin Holman threw for 291 yards, including TD passes of 6, 14 and 2 yards to Josh Reese, who had six receptions for 75 yards. Reese's second touchdown cut it to 34-20 with 11 minutes remaining. "It's a bittersweet feeling," Reese said. "We wanted to have a 10-win season." The Knights (9-4) got the ball back three more times, but couldn't get any closer until Holman threw his 2-yarder to Reese with 1:44 left.

  • Mormons say 'The Book of Mormon' musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Several local Mormons said The ‘Book of Mormon’ musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

  • Religion year in review: Faith and spirituality played a key role in some of year's big stories in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Religion played a key role in some of the biggest stories of 2014 in Oklahoma.

  • Richard Mize: No contest in kids' home improvement

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Richard Mize: No contest in kids’ home improvement

  • South side church prepares for final service

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    South Lee United Methodist Church prepares for its final service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

  • Pony rider at Oklahoma City's Remington Park finds larger sense of purpose in life with horses

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer ∙ jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Laura Daily, an accomplished barrel racer and a pony rider at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park, said she lives today with a larger sense of purpose after losing her mother and her memories of her mother in an 1979 accident.

  • County and state health officials promote flu shots in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Since late September, six Oklahomans have died from the flu. So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been most common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There often are more severe flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths during seasons when these viruses are most common, according to the CDC.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City apartments in Avana Arts District will include chef's dream restaurant

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    A 303-unit apartment complex at 301 N Walker Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City was bought by Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar Real Estate Investors last year for $48.75 million.

  • Oklahoma City keeps mopping up home listings

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Low inventory and low mortgage rates keep Oklahoma City’s housing market humming.

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 27

    Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 27, 2014

  • Pakistani army says airstrikes kill 23 militants

    Updated: 14 min ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's army says its warplanes have killed 23 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border. An army statement says the airstrikes were carried out Friday evening in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region. The attacks also destroyed an underground tunnel system and a large underground cache of weapons and ammunition, the statement said. The army says it has killed over 1,200 militants since the start of a massive offensive launched June 15 against militants in North Waziristan. Journalists are barred from the region and it is impossible to independently verify the information.

  • Faried grabs 25 rebounds as Denver beats Minnesota 106-102

    Updated: 20 min ago

    DENVER (AP) — Kenneth Faried's little heart-to-heart talk with coach Brian Shaw is paying off for the Denver Nuggets. Faried had a career-high 25 rebounds to go along with 26 points, and the Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night. Wilson Chandler scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who had lost two in a row. Ty Lawson finished with 16 points and 11 assists. Faried tied the NBA's highest rebounding total this season. Dallas center Tyson Chandler also had 25 boards in a 109-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Nov. 26. It was Faried's best game since he had 22 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over Detroit on opening night, and it came three days after he had 20 points and 14 rebounds i

  • Court: LA Police Department policy for impounding cars is OK

    Updated: 22 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place. The policy has been supported by the city attorney and immigrant rights groups, who said the old impound policy was unfair to immigrants who cannot obtain a driver's license.

  • NC State wins Bitcoin Bowl to cap turnaround year

    Updated: 27 min ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A turnaround season got a little sweeter for North Carolina State in the Bitcoin Bowl. The Wolfpack took another step forward under second-year coach Dave Doeren on Friday night with a 34-27 victory over Central Florida that wasn't as close as the final score. NC State (8-5) dominated for three quarters before Justin Holman threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to help UCF pull within seven. "This is just the beginning," Doeren told cheering Wolfpack fans listening to a postgame interview over the public address system at Tropicana Field. "Go Pack!" Jacoby Brissett threw for 262 yards and one touchdown and Matt Dayes scored on runs of 24 and 15 yards for NC State, which won

  • Lillard leads Portland past Philadelphia 114-93

    Updated: 30 min ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 28 points and nine assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-93 on Friday night for their seventh win in the last eight games. Lillard, who had scored at least 40 points in two of Portland's previous three games, had 19 second-half points for the Blazers (24-7). Wesley Matthews went 7 of 14 from 3-point range and finished with 25 points. Joel Freeland pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds, most by a Blazer this season. Nicolas Batum added 14 points for Portland. Tony Wroten, who missed Philadelphia's last game with a right knee sprain, came off the bench to score 22 points. Michael Carter-Williams had 17 points and K.J. McDaniels finished with 12.<

  • Rockets top Grizzlies in overtime in Smith's debut

    Updated: 33 min ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Smith immediately paid dividends for the Houston Rockets, while the Memphis Grizzlies remained spiraling on their longest losing streak of the season. Smith, who signed earlier in the day, scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds Friday night as the Rockets beat Memphis 117-111 in overtime. "We knew what he brought to the table," said James Harden, who led the Rockets with 32 points and 10 assists. "All he has to do is go out there and play his game." The Rockets held a 111-109 lead with 1:18 left in overtime when Harden missed a 17-footer. Smith grabbed the offensive rebound, leading to a miss by Trevor Ariza, only to have Smith corral another offensive rebound.

  • Suns outlast Kings 115-106 for 5th straight win

    Updated: 48 min ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds, Isaiah Thomas keyed the decisive run against his former team and the Phoenix Suns outlasted the short-handed Sacramento Kings 115-106 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. In his first game back in Sacramento, Thomas led an 18-7 spurt to start the fourth quarter that put Phoenix up by 15. The former Kings fan favorite finished with 17 points, five assists and three rebounds in just 29 minutes. Darren Collison scored 19 points, and Rudy Gay added 16 points and five assists for the Kings, who sorely missed DeMarcus Cousins inside. The franchise center sat out with a stomach illness.

  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie has opened this week. On Saturday, the North's powerful National Defense Commission, the country's top governing body led by Kim, said that Obama was behind the release of "The Interview." It described the mo

  • Thousands attend 8-hour wake for slain NYC officer

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed police officers from New York City and around the country gathered Friday at the solemn, eight-hour wake of a city policeman who was killed along with his partner in a brazen daytime shooting a week ago. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had been criticized by the police union for his handling of protests critical of officers, briefly attended Officer Rafael Ramos' viewing at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, where Ramos was brought in a flag-draped casket and viewed in full dress uniform. "Dad, I'm forever grateful of the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jaden," Ramos' son, Justin, said during the wake, referring to his younger brother, as officers gathered in the street watche

  • Putnam City West graduate talks about learning from failure

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

    Putnam City West graduate, Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu spoke at Francis Tuttle Technology Center on a visit to his home state.