• Four things to watch for in the sixth Democratic debate

    Adam Kemp,Chris Casteel | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The Democratic presidential hopefuls are set to duel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday night for the sixth party showdown and the second between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Make sure to follow the event live on NewsOK.com and pick up a copy of the The Oklahoman on Friday for additional coverage. Here are four things to watch for:  How will Sen. Bernie Sanders increase the pressure on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Sanders scored an absolute blow-out victory of Clinton on Tuesday in New Hampshire which, combined with essentially tying Clinton in Iowa, has given him a new credibility and millions of dollars in donations. Sanders appears ready to compete

  • Indianapolis travelblog: 14 degrees in a great city

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 min ago

    The cold hit me long before I got outside. I rode the massive escalator down to baggage claim of the Indianapolis airport Wednesday, and you could feel the temperature drop even before you stopped moving. I flew to Indy to participate in the NCAA Tournament’s mock selections. Thursday and Friday, a group of about 15 of us will learn exactly how the 68-team bracket is constructed each year and we’ll produce our own, based upon this very season, which includes the Sooners as a prime No. 1 seed. So it’s great timing. Except for the February part. The high in Indy on Wednesday was 18. The high Thursday is expected to be 14. It’s 12 as I write this at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. I like

  • USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika

    Updated: 24 min ago

    The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter Wednesday to all possible Olympians, acknowledging the growing worries over the virus. "I know that the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you," Blackmun wrote. "I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority." The letter goes on to spell out much of the information that's already been relayed by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The virus is spread by mosquitoes. About 20 percent of those infected display mi

  • 2 alleged human smugglers on trial over Aylan Kurdi's death

    Updated: 25 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two alleged people-smugglers went on trial in Turkey on Thursday accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi — who put a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis — and four other people. The image of the boy's lifeless body lying face down on a Turkish beach galvanized world attention on the refugee crisis, graphically illustrating the magnitude of the suffering, the lives destroyed and the treacherous journeys the migrants risk. The defendants, Syrian nationals Muwafaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad, denied any responsibility in the migrants' deaths in their opening hearing, the private Dogan news agency reported.

  • Taylor Swift to open Monday night's Grammy Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 39 min ago

    The Recording Academy today adds its final round of performers to the stellar lineup of more than 30 artists, set to perform at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Seven-time nominee Taylor Swift will open the show with a song from her Grammy-nominated album "1989," according to a news release. Four-time nominees Alabama Shakes, two-time nominee Joey Alexander and two-time nominee Miguel are also set to take the stage at the Grammys.  The 58th Annual Grammy Awards. will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Monday on the CBS Television Network. Previously announced performers include Checotah native Carrie Underwood; Adele; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin

  • Crash with injury at Northwest Expressway and Lake Hefner Parkway Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Westbound traffic is being shut down at Northwest Expressway and Lake Hefner Parkway. Southbound Lake Hefner Parkway traffic is also affected Thursday.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 11, 2016: See Lyric Theatre's 'Mann ... And Wife' in the Plaza District

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 48 min ago

    Today's featured event: Check out Lyric Theatre's world premiere production of "Mann ... And Wife" at 7:30 tonight at Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16. In this musical comedy about modern dating, written by Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish, the loveably romantic Henry Mann (Zachary Prince) searches for the perfect date to his ex-fiancée’s wedding. The musical is part of Lyric's New Works Initiative, and you can read my feature on that project here in the coming days. Performances continue through Feb. 21. For tickets and information, go to lyrictheatreokc.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said Wednesday. Peace talks are supposed to resume by Feb. 25. The talk of new ceasefire plans comes as the U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries meet in Munich to try to halt five years of civil war in the Arab country. The conflict has killed more than a quarter-million people, created Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War II and allowed the Islamic State to carve out its own territory across parts

  • World markets shudder as economy jitters take center stage

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Global markets shuddered again Thursday with bank stocks in particular getting hammered, oil falling further and investors turning to perceived safe havens like gold. Concerns are growing that the mounting market turmoil could put a brake on the global economy at a time it is already struggling with a litany of issues — from China's slowdown, low inflation and plunging energy markets. In Europe, France's CAC 40 slid 4 percent to 3,899.73, dragged down by a 13 percent drop in the shares of bank Societe Generale, which warned about its profits. Germany's DAX dropped 2.9 percent to 8,752.79 and Britain's FTSE 100 shed 2.5 percent to 5,533.55. Futures augured sharp losses on Wall Street. Dow futures sank 1

  • Pacifica: Residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them." Having the Pacific as your backyard has its benefits, and its dangers. Crumbling cliffs have forced dozens to leave their homes and others like Thompson may have to join them as EL Nino-fueled storms batter the coast. Last summer, whale watching was at its prime and people who live on the crumbling cliffs of Pacifica were treated to more than 200 dolphin sightings. The moon and sun rises are spectacular, and the air feels like it's a million miles away from smoggy cityscapes.

  • NATO warships ordered to Aegean to help with migrant crisis

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's European commander on Thursday ordered three warships to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said the warships, now under German command, will conduct reconnaissance and surveillance to help end Europe's gravest migrant crisis since World War II. Ships from NATO Standing Maritime Group 2 "will start to move now" on orders from U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme commander in Europe, Stoltenberg said. "This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees and coping with a very demanding situation," Stoltenberg

  • Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested in Portland. The four occupiers yelled at officers to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line as the standoff played out on the Internet Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry.

  • Twitter is losing customers and its stock is falling

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    It's hard for the small core of Twitter addicts to accept, but Twitter just isn't popular enough to be successful. In fact, Twitter is losing customers. The social media company reported Wednesday that it lost 2 million users in the last three months of 2015. Shares plummeted as much as 12% in after-hours trading. Twitter had 305 million active users by the end of 2015. By contrast, Facebook (FB, Tech30) has 1.6 billion. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) has eight products with over 1 billion users each. Even Instagram surpassed Twitter in September, growing to 400 million users.

  • Florida LGBT Rights Bill Dead; Still Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Florida, it's also still completely within the law for an employer to fire someone for being gay or a landlord to deny housing to a transgender tenant in large swaths of the state. For the tenth time, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers (yes, even some Republicans) and some of Florida's biggest employers tried to change this by supporting the Florida Competitive Workplace Act. It failed again after dying today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, this was the first time the bill actually received a hearing in all the years it's been introduced. Plus, if it did somehow make its way through the Republican-controlled Senate, it likely would have died in the much more conservative House. Gov. Rick Scott hadn't specifically addressed the bill this year, but given his history on gay rights, it's unlikely he would have signed it, anyway.

  • Tennessee hunters banned for life in 44 states

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Two La Vergne residents have been banned from hunting in Tennessee and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert, 21, received the harshest penalty ever issued by the TWRA. “We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least 40,” said TWRA Sgt. Matt Brian, who is assigned to Rutherford County. “We charged them with violations based on the strongest evidence we found showing the seriousness of their poaching crimes. Their actions were among the worst I have seen for their lack of respect to our landowners and to our wildlife.”

  • Colorado marijuana sales total close to $1 billion in 2015

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    New state data shows that Colorado marijuana businesses sold nearly $1 billion in recreational and medical cannabis last year. The Denver Post reports that the state Department of Revenue figures released Tuesday show that Colorado also collected more than $135 million in marijuana taxes and fees in 2015, with $35 million going toward school construction projects. According to the data, marijuana shops sold $996 million of pot in 2015, an increase of about $300 million from the previous year. Totals for taxes and license fees also grew by about $59 million in the same time period.

  • Less wind, slightly cooler Thursday in central Oklahoma

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Cooler temperatures are in central Oklahoma Thursday. Winds will not be as brisk as in recent days.

  • Pakistan army confirms death sentences for 12 militants

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, on Thursday confirmed death sentences awarded by military courts to 12 "hardcore terrorists" over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces, the military said. In a statement, it said the men included a Pakistani Taliban militant, Muhammad Arbi, who abetted the 2012 attack on a jail in the northwestern district of Bannu. A large number of militants managed to escape when a group of Pakistani Taliban armed with rockets, guns and grenades attacked the jail. The military said two al-Qaida operatives and two militants from an outlawed Sunni militant group were also included among the 12 terrorists who were tried by the military courts.

  • As industry shifts, Las Vegas cabs do some soul-searching

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The arrival of Uber and Lyft in Nevada last fall and a state audit accusing regulators of allowing cabs to charge $47 million in excessive fees each year have the powerful Las Vegas taxi industry and its overseers in the hot seat, facing down a recommendation that the agency be disbanded and its duties passed to another entity. Nevada lawmakers met this week to discuss the fate of the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which regulates cabs in the Las Vegas area, and get its board members' side of the story. Legislators are postponing any decisions about whether to abolish the agency until a second, taxi company-funded audit is complete, but the meeting laid bare how cabs are struggling to keep pace with new technology and

  • Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama a bipartisan compromise that would permanently keep state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday to approve the measure as part of a wide-ranging bill that would also revamp trade laws. The Internet tax provision has broad support, with few senators eager to oppose the bill and open the door to taxing online access during an election year. Nonetheless, some are resisting the legislation because of trade provisions and a long-running dispute over a separate proposal over taxing online sales to consumers.