• Firefighters extinguish small apartment fire Wednesday in southwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    An apartment fire was reported in southwest Oklahoma City. The fire was at 20 SW 23

  • Utility prepares for possibility of more outages

    Yesterday

    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest utility says it's preparing for possible power outages from a wind storm that is forecast for Christmas Day. Green Mountain Power says the wind storm could knock trees and branches onto power lines, particularly in areas that have tree damage from the snow storm two weeks ago that caused more than 100,000 outages. GMP says it has lined up additional line workers and tree trimmers to help restore power if needed.

  • President praises Germans on refugees amid rallies

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president is praising his compatriots' willingness to take in refugees — a message that comes as growing anti-Islam demonstrations in an eastern city have worried many. President Joachim Gauck didn't mention directly the group that has organized the rallies in Dresden, Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, in his Christmas message released Wednesday. But he said it is encouraging that "the vast majority of us do not share the views of those who want to seal Germany off." PEGIDA'S organizers insist they are protesting only against extremism and not against immigrants or Islam itself, but the demonstrations have received support from far-right groups, prompting concerns

  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop

    Yesterday

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a protest message. Last week, Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview" in the wake of an extensive hacking attack and release of confidential emails by a group linked with North Korea. The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The hackers threatened violence if Sony d

  • Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections. At least, that is, among those groups that must disclose what they raise and spend. Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats or their allies. Among groups that funneled more than $100,000 to allies, the top of the list tilted overwhelmingly toward Democrats — a group favoring the GOP doesn't appear on the list until No. 14. The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backin

  • Christmas Eve sweets from The Oklahoman's Food Dude

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Today, the Food Dude offers recipes from some of the best bakers he knows to populate your cookie dish with different ideas.

  • US economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18K

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world. Fueled by hiring gains, cheaper gas and rising confidence, consumers and businesses drove growth to a sizzling 5 percent annual rate last quarter. Though the economy is likely cooling a bit, its solid pace is brightening hopes for 2015. The economic strength could also shape the Federal Reserve's timetable for raising interest rates from record lows. The government's third and final estimate of growth for the July-September period was the strongest for any quarter in 11 years. The result cheered investors.

  • NFL domestic violence is AP sports story of year

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Tuesday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press. Ninety-four ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on. NFL domestic violence received 659 points and 29 first-place votes. The No. 2 sports story, Clippers owner Donald Sterling forced out by the NBA after his racist statements, had 518 points. Here are 2014's top 10 stories: 1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconsci

  • Oklahoma's 12-year-old Capitol Dome is significantly cracked

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Engineers will study why the relatively new Oklahoma Capitol Dome has significant cracks. This was an unexpected problem that could well boost the overall cost of the exterior repairs.

  • Fort Sill soldiers who can't go home for the holidays enjoy day out in Oklahoma City metro area

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Fort Sill soldiers who can’t go home for the holidays were treated Tuesday to a day on the town in Oklahoma City during an annual event put on by a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. Dressed in Santa hats, the soldiers visited places including the 45th Infantry Division Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and GattiTown.

  • Inspection report says Oklahoma Capitol's limestone exterior is anchored poorly

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Kansas City, Mo., company selected to do exterior work on Oklahoma state Capitol

  • Cal Hobson Center needs new name, Cleveland County official says

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Former Oklahoma lawmaker Cal Hobson’s name may be removed from a building in Norman, the Cal Hobson Center, after he was arrested twice in the past year on drunken driving complaints.

  • Woman dies in car-train collision in southwest OKC Tuesday; police arrest driver

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    A woman died in a collision with a vehicle and a train Tuesday. The collision was in southwest Oklahoma City, police said.

  • Oklahoma City prepares for icy weather Tuesday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    With the possibility of icy weather Tuesday night, Oklahoma City is sending out a crew to salt problem spots on city streets

  • Oklahoma City pastor is cleared in fatal shooting of 14-year-old boy

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Windsor Hills Baptist Church Pastor Tom Vineyard, 48, was justified in shooting.

  • Oklahoma City Zoo's baby elephant has an information-filled first day

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The 332-pound calf was born Monday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

  • US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election in November, but he remained determined to stay in office even with his sentencing now looming. "As long as I'm able to serve, I'm going to serve," the Staten Island Republican said shortly after he entered a guilty plea to one count of aiding in the filing of a false tax return. "As of right now I'm still in a capacity to serve, and that's exactly what I plan on doing." Grimm had been set to go to trial in February on charges of evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan health-food restaurant.

  • Ohio township orders 'Zombie Nativity' taken down

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati township ordered a man to kill off his large "Zombie Nativity" scene. Sycamore Township has sent Jasen Dixon two notices of zoning violations. Officials said they received complaints about debris at the home and upon inspection concluded the nativity violates rules on size and placement of yard structures. Dixon was also told to remove debris. He faces legal action if he doesn't comply by Friday. Dixon manages a haunted house attraction and decided to create a zombie nativity, which he considers a holiday decoration. It has a white-eyed creature in the manger where the baby Jesus would be in traditional Christmas nativities.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man accused of threatening to kill police on social media

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Tavon Railback, 19, was arrested Tuesday on provisions of the state anti-terrorism act, accused of making a comment via Facebook which Oklahoma City police said threatened the lives of law officers.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest woman in public intoxication, assault of officer

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City police said brass knuckles were found among the belongings of a woman they arrested Monday.