• 'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go. Although the animated film opened late in 2013, the story of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven easily outpaced other vote-getters like "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch, TV guru Shonda Rimes, musicians Beyonce and Pharrell Williams, and even an entry for the culture's fixation on the female rear. In 47 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, "Frozen" won 12 votes. Taylor Swift had 8. Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon were tied for third with 7 votes each.

  • Oklahoma City locations added to list of historic places

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

    The Main Street Arcade and Miller’s Boulevard Historic District in Oklahoma City were added to the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday, making the past three years the deadliest for journalists since the organization began keeping track more than two decades ago. Syria was connected to two of the more horrifying killings of journalists this year, the beheadings by the Islamic State group of American freelancers James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Both had disappeared while reporting on the conflict. The conflict in Ukraine between the new government and Russian-backed separatists saw five journalists and two media workers killed. They were the first that the CPJ had recorded in Ukraine since 2

  • Rushdie among writers urging Sony to release 'The Interview'

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman and Tony Kushner are among the writers who signed a PEN American Center petition urging Sony Pictures to make "The Interview" widely available. Sony announced last week it had called off the scheduled Christmas release of the North Korea satire following hacker threats of violence against theaters showing the film. Monday's petition from PEN, a literary and human rights organization, said that pulling "The Interview" would be a "lasting blow" to free expression. Rushdie, a former PEN president, faced dire threats 25 years ago after the publication of "The Satanic Verses." The novel was condemned as blasphemous by some Muslims, and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (ah-yah-TOH'-la

  • Former Bishop McGuinness star Daniel Orton involved in Chinese basketball league brawl

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Daniel Orton, a former standout at Bishop McGuinness and a one-time five-star recruit at Kentucky, is making news in China for all the wrong reasons. Orton, playing with the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association, got into a brawl during a game vs. Tianjin. Orton spent time on the Oklahoma City Thunder's summer league team earlier this year.

  • Fort Smith woman identified in fatal Oklahoma fire

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    FORT SMITH, Ark. — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a Fort Smith woman who died when fire broke out at a house in Pushmataha County in southeastern Oklahoma. A local newspaper reports that 41-year-old Lalania Allen died on Nov. 12. Eddie Johnson of the Medical Examiner’s Office says the official cause of death is still pending. The early-morning fire erupted at a wood-frame house about 22 miles east of Antlers, Oklahoma. Pushmataha County Undersheriff Darrell Nichols says a state fire marshal ruled the fire was likely accidental and caused by a wood-burning stove. Nichols says 23-year-old Orval Dendy of Rattan, Oklahoma, was also found deceased in the house.

  • Mom who drove 3 kids into ocean to be hospitalized

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach should be involuntarily hospitalized for mental health treatment, a Florida judge ruled Tuesday. Ebony Wilkerson, 33, is incompetent and in need of further psychiatric help, Circuit Judge Leah Case said while reading her decision in a Daytona Beach courtroom. Wilkerson showed no emotion as the decision was read. Neither her attorneys nor prosecutors commented on the decision after the hearing. The three children involved in the incident are in state custody, and Wilkerson has been denied permission to see them. She gave birth to a son after her arrest, and her husband took custody of the child.

  • Former Arrow Trucking CEO pleads not guilty to banking and tax fraud charges

    By Curtis Killman - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The owner of a failed trucking company was formally arraigned Monday in Tulsa federal court on banking and tax fraud charges. James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker, 46, entered a not guilty plea to a 23-count indictment that claims he defrauded the Internal Revenue Service and a Utah bank of $24 million while he was chief executive officer of the now-closed Arrow Trucking Co. He remained free on a $50,000 unsecured appearance bond following the brief hearing held at U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Pielsticker declined through an attorney to comment on the case following the hearing.

  • Algerian army kills man behind French beheading

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a late night operation, Algeria's army killed the leader of an Islamic State splinter group blamed for the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker, the Ministry of Defense said Tuesday. It took three months for about 3,000 Algerian soldiers to comb the mountainous Kabylie region that has long been a hotbed for militant groups, but in the end they caught up with Abdelmalek Gouri. The operation demonstrates Algeria's continuing skill at counterterrorism since its decade-long battle against an Islamic insurgency in the 1990s that has made it a close U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida.

  • Poinsettias and holiday flowers from Trochta's on Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    [brightcove]3957287015001[/brightcove] Genea Vallion talks about holiday flowers on Parties Extra!

  • Daughter's suit over tuition goes to higher court

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A higher court will be handling the case of whether a divorced New Jersey couple must pay their daughter's college tuition even though they both disagree with where she's going to school. A judge on Monday referred the case to a state appeals panel, saying "I've really never seen a family torn apart the way this family is torn apart." Judge Donald Stein also ruled that Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey won't be held in contempt for their refusal to pay $16,000 they were previously ordered to put toward daughter Caitlyn Ricci's tuition this year at Temple University in Philadelphia. Some New Jersey lawmakers are taking up the issue with a bill that would require divorced or unmarried parents be treat

  • 16 of the coolest religious holiday displays from across the world

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Want to see what Christmas and Hanukkah look like across the world? Check out these 16 photos.

  • What Americans think about marriage, sex and the future

    Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A new survey by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture unpacks American attitudes about faith, family, marriage and more.

  • Afghan official: 150 Taliban killed in 12-day fight

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 151 Taliban fighters have been killed by government forces during 12 days of fighting in the volatile east, near the border with Pakistan, the police chief of Kunar province said Tuesday. Gen. Abdul Habib Sayedkhaili said at least another 100 insurgents were wounded in the fighting in Dangam district. He said the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-i-Taiba -- the group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai in 2008 in which more than 160 people were killed -- were also taking part in the battle. "That 17 foreign fighters that were killed during the battle prove that foreigners are supporting local insurgents in the area," he said.

  • Ga. airline worker arrested in gun smuggling plot

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta airline baggage handler suspected of helping smuggle firearms onto passenger jets to New York City has been arrested by federal agents, authorities said Monday. A FBI affidavit said there was enough evidence to charge Delta ramp agent Eugene Harvey, 31, with trafficking firearms, violating airport security and aiding others in the scheme. Former Delta employee Mark Quentin Henry, who was fired in 2010, was arrested in New York on Dec. 10 in a weapons trafficking investigation after an undercover agent bought a gun from one of his accomplices, according to the affidavit filed on Dec. 19. The investigation targeted firearms that were being sold in New York that had been purchased in the Atlanta area.

  • German police hunt stolen pigeon worth $184,000

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany are looking for a missing pigeon, and any finder could be in line for a 10,000-euro ($12,250) reward. Duesseldorf police said Tuesday that the 6-year-old male homing pigeon, named AS 969, was stolen at some point on Saturday night from a locked aviary in the city's suburbs. They say the light gray bird is valued by its owner at 150,000 euros ($184,000) and police suspect the thief or thieves were "connoisseurs" as it was the most valuable in an aviary full of other homing pigeons. The owner offered a 10,000-euro reward for the bird's recovery.

  • Cloudy, cool day in the 40s in Oklahoma Tuesday

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

    A cool, cloudy day Tuesday in Oklahoma will have a slight snow chance overnight. Temperatures will dip to 32 degrees early Wednesday.

  • Review: Go get an Nvidia Shield Tablet

    By Richard Hall, Web Editor | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The Nvidia Shield Tablet is an excellent Android tablet and a fantastic gaming slate that comes in at a fair price and is worth owning.

  • Lottery officials seek owner of winning Powerball $2M ticket

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The winning ticket was purchased at Red Ball Party Shop, 1527 N Kickapoo. The winning numbers were 14, 15, 19, 31 and 56.