• Pirates, Volquez fall flat in wild-card loss to SF

    Updated: 26 min ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they're building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a reminder that much work remains to be done before a contender becomes a champion. Geared up for another run at "Buctober," Pittsburgh's postseason journey lasted all of 3 hours, 12 minutes, just long enough for Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to overpower the Pirates for an 8-0 victory in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night. Bumgarner tossed a four-hitter while striking out 10, and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the Giants put an abrupt end to Pittsburgh's second straight postseason appearance. "We got outplayed tonight," second baseman Neil Walk

  • Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

    Updated: 43 min ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May and slumping in September, the Giants are back to their old resilient selves in October. Hey, it's what they do this time of year. Crawford's slam off Edinson Volquez in the fourth inning led the Giants to an 8-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night, sending San Francisco on to Washington for the best-of-five Division Series starting Friday. "We thrive in these situations," Crawfor

  • Once powerful Oklahoma political consultant, lobbyist put on probation in drug case

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    In statement after pleading guilty, Chad David Alexander said his drug arrest brought to light the private struggles that he had been attempting to live with. He said he looks forward to redeeming himself.

  • Police investigate northwest Oklahoma City shooting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Shortly after 9:30 p.m., police received a call about shots being fired in the courtyard of an apartment complex at 2034 NW 25, a police spokesman said.

  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest. High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier — and revelation of yet another security problem: Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta last month with an armed guard who was not authorized to be around him. That appeared to be the last straw that crumbled trust in her leadership

  • Oklahoma beheading: Prosecutors to seek death penalty for attack suspect

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON, Staff Writers | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn has decided to seek a death sentence for murder defendant Alton Nolen, the suspended worker accused of beheading a co-worker. Nolen, a Muslim convert, asked for a Muslim attorney at his video arraignment Wednesday after being moved to the Cleveland County jail from a hospital.

  • Moore police say man who visited high school doesn't pose threat

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Moore police say a man who made “unauthorized entry” to Moore High School in September and asked students “suspicious” questions had been located Wednesday and was cooperating with authorities. Police said the man was determined not to be a threat to the school.

  • Motorcyclist dies after Tulsa County accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Joe Brooks Jr., 39, of Catoosa, died Tuesday on the Creek Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened. A day after the diagnosis was confirmed, a nine-member team of federal health officials was tracking anyone who had close contact with him after he fell ill on Sept. 24.

  • Oklahoma man — shot by girl, 11 — faces charges in stabbing

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Leo Henry, 25, was charged Friday with assault and battery with intent to kill, burglary and maiming in the Sept. 24 stabbing of Brandy Moreno in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma transportation officials say load limit will remain for Purcell-Lexington bridge

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Fixing the Purcell-Lexington bridge sufficiently to allow a 36-ton load restriction to be lifted would cost an additional $21.3 million and require the bridge to be closed for about 250 days, says Casey Shell, chief engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Transportation officials believe that’s unacceptable. Instead, they plan to proceed with their previously announced decision to expedite construction of a new bridge, while continuing the load restriction.

  • Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player. "He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when you don't need it," Trout said. "Just keep that same swing that got you here, and go from there. (But) it's definitely a bigger game, for sure. All eyes are on you." Trout reaches the milestone he craves most Thursday night when he runs out to center field at the Big A for the Angels' AL Division Series opener against the Kansas City Royals, who must concoct a quick encore to their incredible 12-in

  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Corrections Department revised protocol after the bungled execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett in April. The new protocol puts more training and contingency plans in place for execution staff. It also allows the same drugs and method used to kill Lockett and reduces the number of media witness by more than half.

  • Preliminary hearing starts for Oklahoma war hero in the death of his uncle

    By Phillip O’Connor, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Maxx Robinson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his uncle.

  • Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia to Dallas, where he is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Key dates in the case: Sept. 19 — Departs from Liberia on Brussels Airlines flight to Belgium. Sept. 20 — Flies United Airlines to Dulles International Airport near Washington, and then to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Sept. 24 — Begins having symptoms. Sept. 25 — Seeks medical care at hospital's emergency room for fever and abdominal pain; tells nurse he had traveled from Africa but word isn't passed along to rest of medical team and he's released. Sept. 28 — Returns to hospital by ambulance and put in isolation because doctor

  • Oklahoma City woman dressed up as witch to punish child, police say

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Geneva Robinson, 49, was arrested on a complaint of child abuse after a 7-year-old girl said Robinson dressed as a witch and abused her.

  • Deep discount lures buyer for Revel casino

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As one Atlantic City casino after another shut down and left thousands of workers jobless, Mayor Don Guardian insisted that the meltdown that claimed four of his city's 12 casinos since January was actually the opportunity of a lifetime for savvy investors. On Wednesday, someone finally agreed. A Canadian asset management company won a bankruptcy court auction for the failed Revel casino hotel and announced plans to re-open it as a casino. Toronto-based Brookfield US Holdings LLC will pay $110 million to buy the 2-year-old casino that cost $2.4 billion to build, adding it to casinos it owns in Las Vegas and the Bahamas.

  • Mexico federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva believed captured

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva believed captured.

  • ACLU challenges new Alabama abortion law

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking abortions without their parents' approval. The suit, filed in federal court in Montgomery, said the Alabama law goes beyond any other state's law in regulating abortions for females under 18, and it creates additional barriers for girls who can't seek parental consent because they are victims of abuse or neglect. "This law aims to shame a young woman into not having an abortion," Susan Watson, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said Wednesday. State Attorney General Luther Strange, who is a defendant in the suit, said his staff is reviewing the complaint.

  • Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Michael Dunn, who is white, was shooting to kill when he fired 10 times into a sport utility vehicle outside a convenience store in November 2012. Jordan Davis, 17, was in the backseat and fatally shot. His three friends in the SUV were not hurt. Dunn told jurors that he saw Davis, of Marietta, Georgia, roll down the window and flash what he believed to be a gun after the two exchanged words. Dunn said he fired in self-defense. "I hear '.... white boy' just impolite things are being said," Dunn testified. "I saw the barrel o