• Weatherford man found guilty in death of JaRay Wilson, 16

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    JaRay Wilson, 16, was missing for 14 months before her body was recovered in a rural area north of Weatherford. Witnesses said Tucker McGee had been smoking K2, a synthetic marijuana, before he shot Wilson in the head.

  • Latest on Boston bombing trial: Defense says client did it

    Updated: 5 min ago

    11 A.M. A lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has begun her opening statement by admitting her client participated in the attacks. Judy Clarke says: "It was him." She says the only thing the defense disagrees with prosecutors about is "why." Clarke calls the bombings a "series of senseless, horribly misguided acts carried out by two brothers." But she portrayed brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the ringleader, saying he planned it and "enlisted his brother into these series of horrific acts." Tamerlan died in a shootout with police.

  • Latest gay marriage ruling creates confusion in Alabama

    Updated: 7 min ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of marriage in Alabama was thrown into confusion Wednesday as probate judges struggled to decide whether to follow the state high court's ruling banning same-sex weddings or a federal judge's earlier order to issue licenses. At least one probate office — in Mobile County, one of the state's largest — said it had quit issuing licenses altogether. It was unclear what judges in the state's other 66 counties would do. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal despite a federal court's decision to the contrary. The all-Republican Supreme Court sided with a pair of conservative groups and ordered Alabama's 68 probate judges to stop issuing marr

  • Olivia Munn, Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal and more to receive Gracies Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES – Over the past 40 years, the Alliance for Women In Media Foundation has annually honored exemplary women and men in the media and entertainment industry – individuals who are pioneers in their respective fields and lead by example. This year’s 40th Anniversary Gracies Awards, in support of the foundation’s educational programs, charitable […]

  • Class A, Class B state basketball tournament brackets set

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 13 min ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the brackets for the Class A and Class B state basketball tournaments Wednesday morning. The release of the brackets was delayed until the day before the tournaments due to inclement weather pushing back area tournaments last week. All games were completed Tuesday night. Here are the brackets: CLASS […]

  • Justices pepper health care law opponents with questions

    Updated: 16 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices peppered opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law with skeptical questions during oral arguments Wednesday on the latest challenge to the sweeping legislation. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote is seen as pivotal, suggested that the plaintiffs' argument raises a "serious" constitutional problem affecting the relationship between states and the federal government. The plaintiffs argue that only residents of states that set up their own insurance markets can get federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. The courts' liberal justices also expressed doubt during Wednesday's oral arguments.

  • UPDATE: Freezing drizzle reported Wednesday morning in Oklahoma City area

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 min ago

    A winter storm warning has been issued for far southeast Oklahoma. The rest of the state is under a winter weather advisory Wednesday

  • Shania Twain coming to Oklahoma City Aug. 12 on first North American tour in 11 years

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    One of the world’s best-selling female artist in history, Shania Twain, has announced her first North American tour in more than 11 years, titled “Rock This Country.” The tour includes an Aug. 12 show at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the venue announced this morning The 48-date run comes hot on the heels of her hit two-year residency […]

  • Woodward News: Man injured in elevator fall while filming historic Woodward building

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A Woodward man has been transported to University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Trauma Center in Oklahoma City after falling with an elevator from the second story of an historic Woodward building, the Woodward News reports. According to a family member, Monday evening Aaron Van Dorn, the grandson of Woodward rancher and owner of Sonic Dwight Van Dorn, suffered numerous broken bones and brain trauma when he fell with the elevator.

  • In Ferguson, scathing US report brings pressure for change

    Updated: 36 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of street. With scathing findings of a months-long investigation being released, attention now turns to Ferguson as the city confronts how to fix racial biases that the federal government says are deeply rooted in the police department, court and jail. The full report could serve as a roadmap for significant changes by the department, which commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, last summer.

  • Will college football's Big Bowl go cold weather?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Arlington, Texas; Glendale, Ariz.; and Tampa were handed the first three Big Bowls, the college football national championship game. The maiden game at JerryWorld was such a success, more cities want in on the action. Seven cities have decided to bid, and seven more are considering bidding, on the championship games following the 2017, 2018 […]

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic Maestro Joel Levine to step down in 2018

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 43 min ago

    Maestro Joel Levine, founding music director and conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, has informed the philharmonic’s board of directors of his decision to accept one final three-year contract, before stepping down as music director at the end of the 2017-2018 season, according to a news release. Philharmonic President John Higginbotham praised Maestro Levine’s significant […]

  • The Seattle Times Editorial: Zoo elephants to OKC? Not so fast

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    An editorial from The Seattle Times says that Seattle city leaders must save elephants Bamboo and Chai from being sent to another zoo. To quote the editorial: Chai and Bamboo are headed to the Sooner State, if a misguided decision by The Woodland Park Zoo board stands. By choosing to send its elephants to another zoo in Oklahoma City, the board ignored the preference for sanctuary by Mayor Ed Murray, a majority of the Seattle City Council and many of this region’s animal-rights supporters. Zoo officials should reconsider shipping Chai and Bamboo into the middle of Tornado Alley, a region with much more volatile and extreme weather than Seattle. Yet, the zoo is already preparing the two Asian elephants for a 2,000-mile, 40-hour journey in giant crates.

  • Oklahoma attorney general wants Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. to drop Mustang plant from $1.1 billion case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 53 min ago

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, after facing criticism for not being involved in a $1.1 billion case for environmental compliance and replacement generation, said Tuesday his office will ask regulators to drop the utility’s request to spend $410 million to replace its aging Mustang plant.

  • Opportunities to accelerate career, future for all students

    By Bill Kramer, Canadian Valley Technology Center | Updated: 54 min ago

    YUKON – Jacob Manuel admits to waiting until high school was nearly over to think about a career is too long. Nevertheless, Manuel, 21, of Yukon, discovered a rare opportunity at Canadian Valley Technology Center that is tailor made for those who postpone this decision.  The school offers the Next Step scholarship, which provides free tuition to adults who are under age 24 and who live within district boundaries. Manuel enrolled in Automotive Service Technology and lived off his paycheck from a local hardware store. “When I was looking, I didn’t expect to go to school for free,” Manuel said. “I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to school and still

  • Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

    Updated: 55 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the war's end. Allen and the team aboard his superyacht M/Y Octopus found the ship on Sunday, more than eight years after their search began, Allen said in a statement issued by his publicity agency, Edelman. Detailed images captured by a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe confirmed the wreckage as that of the Musashi, it said.

  • Oklahoma nonagenarians celebrate 75 years of marriage, a lifetime of love

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Dick and Edna Lutz, 94 and 92, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Jan. 27. The couple are a fixture at The Civic Center Music Hall, having spent about 33 years volunteering at the shows there.

  • Police: Officer shot and killed in 'ambush' outside Atlanta

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has been shot and killed in an ambush outside Atlanta. Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles tells WXIA-TV that the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday near Fairburn, about 20 miles southwest of Atlanta. Stiles says police were responding to reports of someone shooting a gun in the neighborhood and were ambushed without warning while trying to protect the residents. Authorities say the officer died shortly after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital. Officials also say the suspect was wounded by police. His condition wasn't immediately available.

  • Man killed by LAPD stole French identity, stirring questions

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Months before he was fatally shot by police, a man walked the streets of Skid Row, keeping those he encountered in the dark about his past bank robbery conviction, his wanted probation status or even that the false name he lived under had been purloined from a Frenchman years earlier. With those twists revealed Tuesday, more questions emerged about the man and his still-murky identity, including how he fell through so many cracks and ended up among the homeless of downtown Los Angeles before millions watched his death in a videotaped struggle. A law enforcement official identified the man police shot Sunday as Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly and talked to The

  • Looking at the Big 12 basketball scenarios

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    There’s still one mid-week game lest to play in the Big 12 as Oklahoma State hosts TCU on Wednesday night. But it’s not too early to look ahead to this weekend’s games and how the conference standings could shake out after Saturday’s finales (Friday for Texas Tech at Baylor), especially since the finish of the […]