• In Oklahoma and across the nation, “Black Friday” begins ... on Thursday

    BY JENNIFER PALMER, Staff Writer | Updated: 45 min ago

    Oklahoma shoppers lined up for deals about dusk, with many retailers opening at 5 or 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Five die in four separate Oklahoma accidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 47 min ago

    Five people have died as a result of four Oklahoma crashes, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Norman Police Department.

  • Pele says 'nothing serious' with him

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian great Pele says he is not seriously ill, easing fears Thursday that his health deteriorated even though a hospital said he was in intensive care and undergoing renal support treatment. The 74-year-old Pele used his official Twitter account to deny widespread reports that said his condition worsened and that he was put in intensive care to treat a urinary tract infection. "I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I am doing fine," he said. "I was not put into intensive care today, I was simply relocated to a special room within the hospital for privacy purposes only." Pele had an operation to remove kidney stones on Nov. 13, but he was readmitted to the hospital on Monday after be

  • Five-minute guide to Friday's Oklahoma high school football playoff games

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 3 hr ago

    McAlester and Lawton MacArthur meet in a rematch of last year’s semifinals.

  • Justice sent home after heart stent implanted

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on Monday, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. Ginsburg was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center late Tuesday after experiencing discomfort during exercise with a personal trainer. She has had a series of health problems, including colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.

  • Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service. Obama called members from each of the military services and participated in a conference call with troops in West Africa. A White House summary of the calls said Obama told them their varied missions, from helping to stamp out Ebola to prosecuting the war against Islamic State militants, had one primary objective — keeping the American people safe and secure.

  • US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how Americans celebrated: ___ A MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY SUCCESS Heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters protected spectators of all ages who lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder waives point guard Sebastian Telfair

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    The most significant aspect of the move is its implications for injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. There is a growing belief that one or both could rejoin the lineup soon, perhaps as early as Friday against New York.

  • Five observations from Oklahoma's 59-46 win over Butler

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Oklahoma got off to a quick start and did enough in the second half to keep the game from getting too interesting as the Sooners beat Butler 59-46 to advance to Friday’s 3:30 p.m. championship game against Wisconsin at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The  game will be televised on ESPN. Here are five observations from the […]

  • Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government said at least 13 prisoners died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, though activists on Thursday questioned the official version and said the death toll could be far higher. The disturbances at the David Viloria penitentiary began Monday when a group of inmates went on a hunger strike seeking to force out the jail's new warden, the Prisons Ministry said. National Guardsmen were called in to restore calm and dozens of prisoners were transferred. The government said 145 inmates were being treated for intoxication.

  • Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. No police officers or Missouri National Guard members stood sentry outside the Ferguson police station, which has been a nexus for protesters since Monday night's announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, wouldn't be indicted for fatally shooting the unarmed black 18-year-old in August.

  • Live coverage: Black Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Follow updates from NewsOK reporters covering Black Friday across central Oklahoma.

  • LAPD: Arrested protesters to be released by dinner

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators who can't make bail after being arrested during Los Angeles protests linked to the Ferguson police shooting will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner, police said Thursday. About 90 people remained in jail after being arrested late Wednesday, and those who weren't able to pay the $500 bail were to be released on their own recognizance, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said. A total of 338 people were arrested over three days during protests in Los Angeles, including 145 on Wednesday. Those with outstanding warrants or who were arrested on suspicion of a felony will not be released, but those taken in for disturbing the peace and failure to disperse — both misdemeanors — will be f

  • OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power to push up markets to its own advantage. OPEC has traditionally relied on output cuts to regulate supply and prices. But it appeared to realize Thursday that with cheap crude in oversupply, a reduction would only cut into OPEC's share of the market without a lasting boost in prices and with others outside the cartel making up the difference.

  • Names of women shot to death are released

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa police have released the names of two women found shot to death outside Bristol Park Apartments on the city’s east side. Sgt. Dave Walker told reporters that the victims are 26-year-old Amanda Douglas and 37-year-old Jennifer Sanders. The two were found dead about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday outside the apartment complex were police say Sanders lived. Police say Douglas was an acquaintance of Sanders and had been staying at the apartment. A possible motive for the shooting has not been released. Police are searching for a gray or gold 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix with Oklahoma license plate 231 GDS that was seen on surveillance video leaving the apartment complex after the shooting.

  • 5 tips for being grateful, giving thanks

    Frank Clayton, KSL | Yesterday

    Is there a right way and a wrong way to give thanks? Learn some methods that can be more effective than others.

  • Pope condemns Islamic State violence

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists. In an interview published Thursday, Francis was quoted as saying that the persecution of Christians today is "the worst" it has been since Christianity's earliest days. "In Iraq, for example, barbaric, criminal indescribable things are being committed," he was quoted as telling the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. Francis told the newspaper that the persecution of Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic communities requires both political and religious leaders, especially Muslims, to "take a clear and brave stand." Francis is set to travel to

  • Financing proposal for towers development reveals intricacies of TIF district

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Whenever the topic of tax increment financing arises, I often encounter people who don’t have a thorough grasp of how this economic development tool works, or why it is used to spur investment in the urban core. Confusion and discussion is even more likely following the revelation by city officials of what would be the largest monetary request to date — $142.6 million — by Clayco, which is proposing to build four towers on the block that was once home to Stage Center and still home to various arts agencies and La Luna Mexican Restaurant. One reader wrote that this is money being “robbed” from local schools, and that’s not the first time such criticism has been voiced. But the money doesn’t exist — not yet at

  • UPDATE: Grass fires reported along Turner Turnpike in northeast Oklahoma City Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Firefighters responded to grass fires on Turner Turnpike Thursday in Oklahoma City. Winds are light in the area at 6 mph from the east, southeast.

  • Oklahoma State tops Tulsa 73-58 in MGM title game

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    LAS VEGAS — Six games into the season the Oklahoma State basketball team is unbeaten and already has a tournament championship. But that doesn’t mean coach Travis Ford is content. Far from it. After beating in-state rival Tulsa 73-58 to capture the MGM Grand Main Event title Wednesday, Ford emphasized the importance of continuing to improve. “It’s always good to be 6-0, but I don’t even look at it in those terms,” he said. “I don’t allow myself to put any expectations on this team right now. The only expectation we have is to get better every day.” The Cowboys took two big steps this week, defeating Oregon State in the tournament opener on Monday, then blowing out Tulsa (3-2) with exceptional