• Oklahoma City area shoppers hunt predawn deals for Black Friday

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    With many stores open on Thanksgiving, some shopped all night to get the best deals for the holidays.

  • Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said. One hundred and fifty others sustained various degrees of injury in the blasts in the city of Kano, State Deputy Police Commissioner Sanusi Lemu said. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. Witnesses said heavy smoke could be seen billowing in the sky from a long distance away. Immediately after the blasts, hundreds of angry youth took to the streets in riots, throwing stones, brandishing sticks and shouting at security officials. The palace of the Emir of Kano is near the central mosque.

  • Protests temporarily close malls, shut down trains

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as other rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Several stores lowered their security doors or locked entrances as at least 200 protesters sprawled onto the floor while chanting, "Stop shopping and join the movement," at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights a few miles south of Ferguson, Missouri, where Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was unarmed, in August.

  • NY boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two boys trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them could hear their worried family's cries but couldn't respond loudly enough to be heard, they said Friday. Police credited an air pocket with saving their lives. The two cousins, 11-year-old Elijah Martinez and 9-year-old Jason Rivera, were building a snow fort Wednesday night across the street from Elijah's apartment in Newburgh when a plow operator clearing a parking lot unknowingly pushed snow over them. Buried in about 5 feet of snow, they could barely move and couldn't breathe very well, so they could do nothing as they heard the anguished cries nearby. Jason lost his gloves. His hat flew off.

  • Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores' earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That might be hard to stomach for people worried about commercial encroachment on Thanksgiving. But it is good news for bargain-hunters who hate crowds. Whether it's good news for retailers remains to be seen. Sales estimates for the start of the holiday shopping season will start trickling out later in the weekend. Stores such as Wal-Mart and Target reported brisk Thanksgiving crowds.

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

    Updated: 4 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. In Colorado, the new retail marijuana industry joined in the discounting, as did a brewery in Milwaukee. The day wasn't all about deals, though. In some regions, shoppers ran into protesters who turned out after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Elsewhere, protesters once again called on Wal-Mart to pay its workers $15 an ho

  • Dallas woman dies in Oklahoma accident

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

    Janet French, 58, died from injuries suffered in a collision in Choctaw County on Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Third fatal fire in 10 days reported in Ada

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

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

  • Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said. Some of the targeted buildings are near the popular Sixth Street entertainment district, where bars close at 2 a.m., about the same time the shootings began. Thousands of people are typically on the street at that time, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. "Many, many rounds were fired in downtown Austin," Acevedo said. "With all the people on the streets, we're very fortunate. I give thanks that no one but the suspect is injured or deceased." Investigators identified the shooter as 49-year-old Larry McQ

  • Hospital says Pele's condition is improving

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele is responding well to antibiotics to treat a urinary tract infection and his condition is improving, doctors said Friday. The Albert Einstein hospital said the 74-year-old Pele remains in an intensive care unit undergoing "temporary" kidney treatment, but is "lucid" and breathing and eating normally without any support. "Pele's clinical condition has been improving," the hospital said in its latest report. Pele's personal adviser, Jose Fornos Rodrigues, confirmed Friday that Pele only has one kidney since the time he was a player, but said it was not affecting his treatment. Pele had surgery to remove the kidney back in the 1970s after complications from a broken rib.

  • Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

    Updated: 8 hr 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

  • S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session. The index, a benchmark for many investments, still closed out November with its third-best month this year. "Crude is the big story today," said JJ Kinahan, TD Ameritrade's chief strategist. "There are very clear winners and losers. The Chevrons and Exxons of the world are getting hammered; then on the other side you have the shipping companies — UPS and FedEx — along with the airlines. For them, it's a beautiful story." The S&P 500 index lost 5.27 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 2,067.56.

  • Official Christmas tree arrives at White House

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House now that the official tree has arrived. A horse-drawn wagon hauled the 20-foot white fir up the driveway to the North Portico for inspection on Friday morning. Receiving the tree were first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny. The family circled the tree, smelled it and conferred before the first lady said, "Thumbs-up. It's a go. We're taking the tree." Malia, holding Bo's leash, said of the tree: "It's great. It's big." It's tradition for the first lady to preside over the tree delivery on the morning after Thanksgiving. Odds are slim to none that it would ever be rejected.

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

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Updated: 8 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: 8 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 […]

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 8 hr ago

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

  • Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

    Updated: 10 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: 10 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.

  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    Updated: 11 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 […]