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Updated: 12/19/2014 8:50:57 PM +00:00
Hit-and-run accident kills pedestrian
Oklahoma City police say a 40-year-old died in a hit-and-run crash Thursday night.

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President Obama’s year-end message: North Korea, Cuba, and Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C.  (CNN) —  President Barack Obama said that “really concrete, practical” law enforcement reforms will result from a review his administration is currently producing, and sounded an optimistic tone about preventing deaths like Michael Brown’s in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner’s in New York City in the future. “What I don’t think is always […]

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County cancels welfare benefits because woman in coma ‘didn’t report in’
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An Ohio woman says while she has been fighting for her life, the government has taken away her benefits. Kimberly Thompson was laid off earlier this year. After being let go, she applied and was approved for food assistance and cash assistance. However, her life was turned upside down by a […]

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FROM STAFF REPORTSTwo men were killed and three more were injured late Thursday night when a fire broke out on a Coal County oil rig. Ada resident Gary Keenen, 26, and Tulsa resident Kelsey Bellah, 27, died from injuries sustained in the fire, according to the state medical examiner’s office.Read more on NewsOK.com

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Police looking for several in Oklahoma Christian book store thefts
Police are trying to identify several people who have been caught on camera breaking into the Oklahoma Christian University book store multiple times.

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Grandmother accused of poisoning grandson by slipping drug into sippy cup
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) – A 43-year-old South Carolina woman is accused of giving her grandson a lethal dose of oxycodone in a sippy cup. Deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home after learning that a child was not breathing. The 14-month-old boy was pronounced dead after being taken to […]

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At least two dead in oil rig explosion in Coal County
An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma.

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Heartwarming: Oklahoma deputies surprise citizens by spreading Christmas cheer
OKLAHOMA CITY – When you encounter a sheriff’s deputy, you probably assume you have done something wrong. However, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office says they wanted to brighten citizens’ days with random acts of kindness. Instead of handing out tickets, deputies spread a little Christmas cheer by handing out cash. The deputies are using a […]

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5 reasons the Wii U won the console war in our house
Richard Hall[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/36/2014/12/top1.jpg ]3521709[/img] Depending on who you ask, some will say the next-generation video game console war is being fought by just two companies: Sony, with their PlayStation 4, and Microsoft, with the Xbox One. But, if you ask me, the Nintendo Wii U not only belongs in the ring, it’s also a strong contender and deserves your attention if you’re looking for a video game system this holiday season. Here are...

Steve Lackmeyer: More towers on the horizon for Oklahoma City
BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.comThe Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat.Read more on NewsOK.com

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CDC: Dozens of Americans infected with Listeria after eating caramel apples
(CNN) – A sweet treat that is popular around the holidays has put dozens of people at risk in multiple states. At least four people have died after eating caramel apples that may have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people have become infected with the […]

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FBI: North Korea responsible for Sony hack
WASHINGTON, D.C.  (CNN) — North Korea is officially responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the FBI announced Friday. An FBI investigation linked the malware, infrastructure and techniques a group of hackers called “Guardians of Peace” used in the Sony attack to previous North Korean cyber attacks. The North Korean-backed hackers broke into Sony’s […]

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Police: Alleged thieves break into Oklahoma Christian book store
OKLAHOMA CITY – Police in Oklahoma City are asking for the public’s help identifying two people who allegedly broke into a university book store recently. Authorities say the alleged suspects have broken into the Oklahoma Christian University Book Store several times. On Friday, officers released surveillance pictures taken from a camera at the university. If […]

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By Brianna Bailey, Business WriterOklahoma’s jobless rate ticked down one tenth of a percentage point to 4.4 percent in November, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. In November, 41 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases, three states had increases, and six states had no change over October. The national jobless rate was unchanged from October at 5.8 percent; it was 1.2 percentage points lower than in November 2013. Mississippi had...

Washington governor proposes 95 percent tax on vapor products, e-cigarettes
FIFE, Wash. (KING) – As thousands of smokers across the country are trying to kick the habit for the New Year, many are turning to electronic cigarettes. However, Washington Governor Jay Inslee says those electronic smokers should help fill a gap in the state budget. He wants to impose a 95 percent tax on any […]

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“Improve Everywhere”: Epic Christmas Caroling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnIQinb8ofk

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Video: “I feel betrayed,” Outraged father confronts accused child rapist in court
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – Authorities in Las Vegas call it one of the most heinous cases of sexual abuse against children they have ever seen. Christopher Sena is facing 58 charges related to child pornography, sexual assault and incest. Sena’s wife, Deborah, and his ex-wife, Terrie, also face a combined 27 charges related to raping […]

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FROM STAFF REPORTSPolice in northwest Oklahoma City are investigating a reported home invasion with an intruder who used a stun gun, Master Sgt.Read more on NewsOK.com

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‘The Colbert Report’ finale: Stephen Colbert signs off with a song
(CNN) — For his final show, Stephen Colbert went out with a bang and a song. The Comedy Central host aired his last episode of “The Colbert Report” on Thursday as he prepares to take over David Letterman’s “The Late Show” in 2015. “If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ […]

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Oklahoma County Sheriff's Deputies give back this holiday season
The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office and FOP Lodge 155 are giving back this holiday season.

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Entertaining last-minute gift ideas: BAM's local and online recommendations
Brandy McDonnell [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/28/2014/12/malee-at-okc-zoo-the-oklahoman-photo.jpg]3521598[/img] A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Christmas is less than a week away, but if you want to give an entertainment or artsy present with an Oklahoma flair, you don't have to go far to shop for out-of-the-gift-box options. Christmas is less than a week away, and if you're still stuck on what to get a...

FROM STAFF REPORTSFAIRFAX — A man was arrested Thursday in Oklahoma City in an alleged cattle-rustling case in north central Oklahoma, authorities report. Garrett Mitchell Gibson, 26, was arrested in Oklahoma City on complaints of larceny of domestic animals, according to a news release from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth, Texas. Gibson is accused of stealing seven head of cows from a neighboring rancher in October in the Big Bend area of Osage...
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Oklahoma deputies arrest teen patient suspected of arson at treatment facility
CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. – Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 17-year-old girl accused of starting a fire at Norman treatment center. Firefighters say the fire started  Dec. 18 at 9:13 p.m. at the Southern Plains Treatment Services center on 12th Avenue NE in Norman. According to firefighters, the fire damaged a bathroom and laundry room […]

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Family makes creepy discovery after buying couch on Craigslist
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A South Carolina family says a couch that they purchased on Craigslist cost them a lot more than the initial purchase price. “My husband was browsing on Craigslist, and he found a sectional sofa for a really good deal,” said Katie Johns. “It was like $250, and he called me […]

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Gruesome discovery: Small bodies inside abandoned storage locker
COLFAX, Calif. (CNN) — When Regina Zimmer bid $40 on an abandoned storage unit in Colfax, California, near Sacramento, all she did before the purchase was look at the unit from the outside and hope to find something valuable. But after going through the contents and coming upon a storage ottoman, tape-sealed and with a […]

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Four-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry commits to Sooners
Ryan Aber [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Deberry.jpg]3521554[/img] Oklahoma picked up a major linebacker commit Friday morning when Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee's Ricky DeBerry committed to the Sooners. DeBerry (6-foot-2, 231 pounds) chose the Sooners over Virginia. The Rivals four-star outside linebacker also had offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and USC among others. DeBerry came to Norman on his first official visit in...

FROM STAFF REPORTS8:35 a.m. The man found dead in southwest Oklahoma City is Lino Lopez, 39, Oklahoma City police report. Lopez was walking home from a store when he was struck by an unknown vehicle on S Portland Avenue and SW 39.Read more on NewsOK.com

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Video: Santa gets knocked out by bear
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, Calif. – This bear may getting coal in his stocking this year. He checks out this stuffed Santa, then knocks him to the ground. Photographer Robert Martinez put the toy Santa in Big Dalton Canyon, California just to see how wild animals would react. Martinez says the recording made him laugh out […]

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Dog accidentally shoots man in Wyoming
Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man.

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Texas teenagers arrested at Oklahoma hotel
Oklahoma authorities have arrested two Texas teenagers wanted in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman.

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Killer meatloaf? Lawsuit claims couple died after tainted meal at restaurant chain
(CNN) — The children of an elderly West Virginia couple who passed away months apart in late 2012 and early 2013 are blaming their deaths on a restaurant chain’s meatloaf. Children blame death of parents on Bob Evans meatloaf: suit http://t.co/wnuYmlSJI2 pic.twitter.com/k1B26NUI6A — WGN TV News (@WGNNews) December 19, 2014 Mark and Ann Starcher say […]

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Apps helping veterans battle PTSD
The VA and Department of Defense have developed new cellphone apps aimed at helping veterans in a new kind of battle -- against post-traumatic stress disorder.

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VIDEO: Man dressed as Santa dancing for metro residents
A man dressed as Santa Claus is entertaining metro residents by dancing on a street corner.

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'60 Minutes' To Feature Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn Interview
Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn may be the greatest government spending watchdog this country has ever seen. But a new CBS 60 Minutes interview proves the retiring senator may be one of America's most misunderstood politicians.

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Police: Bicyclist hit by truck during metro morning commute
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Police are investigating after a man on a bicycle was hit by a truck Friday morning. It happened around 7:15 a.m. on W. Memorial Road westbound and N. Western Ave. Police say a man riding a bicycle was going northbound on Western when he was struck by a panel truck. […]

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James Holmes’ parents talk about their son for first time since Aurora theater shooting
DENVER, Colo. (FOX31) — For the first time since their son went on a killing spree by killing 12 people inside an Aurora movie theater on July 20, 2012, the parents of James Holmes  are talking to the media. In a letter to the Denver Post, Robert and Arlene Holmes say their son “is not […]

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have arrested two Texas teenagers wanted in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman. Sapulpa police say the 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy surrendered without incident Thursday night at a motel. Read more on NewsOK.com

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FBI: North Korean Government Behind Sony Pictures Hack
The FBI formally blamed North Korea for the recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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10-year-old handcuffed after family friend arrested on drug charges
Middletown, CT (WTIC) — A young girl was put in handcuffs when a family friend she was with was arrested in Middletown. Kenneth Ford, 27, of Middletown, is a friend of the girl’s mother and was helping drive the fifth grader to basketball practice. According to the arraignment report from the Middletown Police Department, on […]

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FROM STAFF REPORTSARDMORE — A Mannsville man died in a single-vehicle crash in Carter County early Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. Dallas James Hays, 27, was dead at the scene shortly after midnight.Read more on NewsOK.com

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Another drizzly day in the Oklahoma City metro
OKLAHOMA -Temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s will be hard-pressed to change at all throughout the day on Friday. A few showers could leave a few hundredths of an inch of rain near the Red River, but heavy rain will stay well to our south today. Click here to see live interactive radar. […]

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By SADIE GURMAN and GRANT SCHULTE, APDENVER — Colorado’s top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state’s historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states. The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012 and allows...

Truck Driver Booked Into Jail After Crash Shuts Down Highway West Of Vinita
Highway 60 in Craig County remains closed after a crash involving three vehicles, including two semis, Friday morning.

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Police: Man robs gas station with box cutter
A man robbed a metro gas station early Friday morning with a box cutter, according to Oklahoma City police.

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Two Killed, Two Injured In Coal County Drilling Rig Fire
Two people were killed and two others were injured in a drilling rig fire in Coal County, Oklahoma, early Friday morning, according to a source close to the investigation.

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Plans For New High-Rise In Downtown OKC Raise Concerns
Plans for a new high-rise building downtown may be running into a road block. Oklahoma City's skyline is growing and changing, but it's what to do with the older buildings that's up for debate.

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FROM STAFF REPORTSSkies may be cloudy Friday and Saturday, but sunny days are ahead in central Oklahoma. The forecast for Christmas calls for sunshine and temperatures in the 60s in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows: Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers before noon.Read more on NewsOK.com

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Home For The Holidays: OKC Metro Pet Adoption Events
Animal shelters and rescue groups in the Oklahoma City metro area are working to find their dogs and cats a forever, loving home for the holidays.

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3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near Medford
A 3.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Medford, Oklahoma, Friday morning.

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Fog And Drizzle On Friday In Oklahoma
It's another day of fog and drizzle in Oklahoma. Temperatures in 30s and 40s will keep us cool this morning.

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