• Black Lives Matter protesters storm Macy's NYC store

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Protesters filled the Macy’s store where the Thanksgiving parade will end today. New York Police say demonstrators entered the flagship store after a Black Lives Matter rally Wednesday night. The rally was aimed at shootings involving black men who were killed by polce - Jamar Clark, 24,  in Minneapolis on Nov. 15, and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. The latter shooting occurred last year, with dash cam video of the incident released this week showing an officer shooting McDonald 16 times..

  • Most hated man on the internet has done it again

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A young pharmaceutical company CEO who bought the rights to a lifesaving HIV-treating drug and increased its price from $18.70 to $1040 per pill has reneged on his pledge to cut it again. Turing Pharmaceuticals chief executive Martin Shkreli, who was dubbed “the most hated on the internet”, has maintained the 5,000 per cent inflated price of parasitic infection treatment Daraprim despite international outcry and a subsequent pledge to lower it. Shkreli shot to infamy — and was labelled a “morally bankrupt sociopath” — after Turing pharmaceuticals first jacked up the price. Compounding the apparent greediness, and the global outrage it caused, was Shkreli’s obliviousness, at one point even “giving the finger” to his critics.

  • Polish foreign minister: Polish cargo ship attacked off coast of Nigeria, 5 crew abducted

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish foreign minister: Polish cargo ship attacked off coast of Nigeria, 5 crew abducted.

  • After Paris attacks, increased resolve for UN climate talks

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited U.N. climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen. But delegates to the two-week talks starting Monday insist they won't let the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital distract them from the task at hand: crafting a landmark deal to fight global warming. If anything, some say, the bloodshed could make countries more determined to reach a deal to address a problem that's widely seen as a factor that contributes to conflict. "There may be even more awareness of how important it is to address climate change, given the impact of climate change on the stability of countries," said Dutch

  • Japan plans extra budget, handouts, to pump up recovery

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Cabinet ministers to prepare an extra spending package, including cash handouts for the poorest pensioners, seeking to breathe fresh life into Japan's stalling recovery. The amount of the supplementary budget has not been decided, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Friday after the Cabinet met. Local media said the package will likely exceed 3 trillion yen ($24.5 billion) and will be prepared in December, for approval early in the new year. It will likely include one-time subsidies of 30,000 yen ($245) for cash-strapped pensioners.

  • Horse Thief joins Okie Christmas album cast (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Snap out of your Thanksgiving food coma and put down those Black Friday shopping bags. It’s time to get on board with one of my favorite holiday traditions. Fowler Volkswagen of Norman announced the release of its fifth Christmas record on Friday. The vinyl collection features nine songs and hits shelves on Dec. 11. Here’s an exclusive debut of Horse Thief’s contribution, a cover of the Hawaiian holiday gem "Mele Kalikimaka.” Oklahoma City-based Horse Thief frontman Cameron Neal said he chose the song because of his appreciation for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It’s a family tradition for him to watch the 1989 John Hughes classic.

  • Teen killed by Chicago officer had broken, troubled family

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives' homes and foster care from the time he was 3. Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city's famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct. 20, 2014 — the night a squad-car vide

  • OKC strip club closes during insurance fight

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A longtime south Oklahoma City strip club has shut down due to water damage that the property owner blames on the May 31, 2013, tornado. Outlaw Restaurants Inc. is suing an insurance company for money to make repairs and reopen. The XXXtasy Ranch Gentleman's Club had long been one of the most visible strip clubs in Oklahoma City because of its location along Interstate 35 just south of downtown and its distinctive outdoor sign. The strip club was insured by Century Surety Co. at the time of the storm. The insurance company is based in Michigan. Outlaw Restaurants is complaining in the lawsuit that the insurance company has breached its duty to deal fairly and act in good faith.

  • Deaths

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    ARDMORE Ellis, Harold "Dean," 71, retired police officer, died Nov. 23. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church (Harvey-Douglas, Ardmore). ATOKA Teasley, Clara Deloris Sweet, 68, clerk, died Nov. 25. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Atoka, Atoka). BARTLESVILLE Liggitt, Cordelia Dennis, 88, died Nov. 24. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BRIDGE CREEK Klark, William Robert "Billy," 34, security guard, died Nov. 21. Services 2 p.m. Sunday (Eisenhour, Blanchard). BROKEN ARROW Coble, Vicky Byrd, 61, died Nov. 24. Services pending (Williamson-Spradlin, Wetumka). EDMOND Ashcraft, Jerry Walter, 68, died Nov. 22.

  • What we're talking about

    AP | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    FAST FOOD-KILLING: Authorities say a Louisiana man killed his father and stabbed his mother after they ordered fast food but didn't get any for him.   CHINA-CANADA- MISS WORLD: Canada's outspoken Miss World candidate Anastasia Lin is denied entry to China to compete in the Miss World Pageant.    AVALANCHE ESCAPES: Brothers survive two avalanches while backcountry skiing near Telluride, Colo., after each thought the other was dead.    SEATTLE POLICE-SETTLEMENT: Seattle will pay $100,000 to a University of Washington geography student who suffered broken bones in his face when he was arrested in 2012.

  • School districts consider suing over funding miscalculations

    By ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer andrea.eger@tulsaworld.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Leaders of as many as 60 school districts are reportedly contemplating legal action to force the Oklahoma State Department of Education to recoup state aid funds that were erroneously paid to other school districts since 1992. Ponca City Superintendent David Pennington said the total impact of the state aid calculation error on his district alone is $13 million and that the statewide total could be upwards of $300 million. Pennington is the one who discovered the state's error, and state education officials acknowledged it in December 2014. And while $16.

  • Nation and world news briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    UNITED STATES D.C. | WASHINGTON — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence Friday at the White House, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges.  FLORIDA | MIAMI — Hurricane Sandra weakened slightly Thursday but remained a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast. Maximum sustained winds Thursday afternoon were 120 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said rapid weakening is expected. OHIO | COLUMBUS — A student who jumped into a lake at Ohio State University as part of an annual event probably died of a broken neck, the county coroner said Thursday.

  • Thanksgiving and the discipline of gratitude

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Thanksgiving is about gratitude, which is a disposition, a virtue and a way of thinking all at once. We often trivialize gratitude as little more than a passing feeling that gets expressed on greeting cards or in quick thank-you notes (although I'd make a strong case for thank-you notes, which I do not write enough of). We tend to cite courage, honor, compassion, truthfulness, loyalty and a long list of other attributes as being far more important in the panoply of admirable moral traits. It can also be argued that gratitude is a privilege of those who have their health, enriching personal and family relationships, wealth, and the opportunity to live in peaceful and prosperous nations or neighborhoods.

  • Trying to erase the past

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A history degree from Princeton University may not be worth much anymore. The Ivy League school would devalue its reputation if it caves in to campus radicals who want to erase parts of history they find objectionable. Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber agreed to discuss whether the school should remove former U.S. and Princeton President Woodrow Wilson's name from campus. The progressive movement has discovered that Wilson, one of its intellectual founders, was a horrible racist. Wilson promoted segregation and attacked the concept of racial equality. Wilson's disgusting philosophy was shared by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, but liberals are still giving out awards with her name.

  • Trump called out for appearing to mock reporter's disability

    AP | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn't know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism. The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, “should stop using his disability to grandstand,” the statement quoted Trump as saying. Kovaleski has a congenital condition that affects joint movement. In a speech Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump said, “Poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” and gestured in a jerky

  • Service funding that Oklahoma needs

    By Joseph L. Parker Jr. | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Congress is making decisions about the federal budget. Proposals under consideration include cuts that would drastically reduce funding for national service programs in Oklahoma and across the nation. Proposed legislation calls for a minimum cut of 20 percent or $211 million to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the small federal agency that funds AmeriCorps programs. The cuts would jeopardize organizations that are important to Oklahoma, including Teach for America, City Year, Communities in Schools, Reading Partners, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, among many others. These reductions would result in the loss of at least 20,000 AmeriCorps members nationwide, as well as more

  • The Syrian immigration cul-de-sac

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans. This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar al-Assad began making war on his own people, he unleashed his air force and helicopters. They dropped high explosives, nail-filled barrel bombs and even chemical weapons on helpless civilians. President Obama

  • VA is finding new ways to make life tough for vets

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    IF you thought you had seen the full extent of perfidy at the Department of Veterans Affairs, think again. This week, the Washington Examiner reported that the agency is once again stalling veterans who seek to claim the benefits they were promised, once again in an effort to game the metrics by which agency performance is measured. The agency is now refusing to answer Congress' questions about its backlog of benefit applications from military veterans. It is unclear at this point how extensive this new problem is, but in just one office in Atlanta, the agency has put 1,833 applications from combat veterans in limbo. Veterans Affairs is claiming that these applications are incomplete because they do not include the applicants'

  • Media bias is evident in campaign coverage

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    AMONG the national media, journalists routinely deride suggestions of liberal bias and slanted news coverage. People might take those denials more seriously if national outlets stopped providing evidence to the contrary. The latest example comes from news coverage regarding GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's comments on the Syrian refugee issue. Several outlets implied that Carson equated all Syrians to rabid dogs. But any credible reading of his comments, in context, simply shows Carson was noting the importance of preventing violent jihadists from being granted refugee status. At a campaign event in Alabama, Carson said the United States needed leaders who “are not only smart but who care about other people.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City gets into the holiday spirit with an array of special offerings

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Officially launching Friday, the 14th annual Downtown in December in Oklahoma City is a series of holiday events coordinated and produced in part by Downtown OKC Inc. staff, in collaboration with several partner organizations.