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Oklahoma grand jury indicts barbecue restaurant owner over deal with state parks agency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The owner of an Oklahoma barbecue company that landed a sweetheart deal to build restaurants at several state parks was indicted Thursday on conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with the deal. Ronald Brent Swadley and...

 

Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan signs a new deal with Spotify for up to a reported $250 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify has penned a new multi-year partnership deal with controversial podcast host Joe Rogan, whose enormously popular show will soon also be available on competing platforms, including YouTube and Apple Podcasts. Spotify...

 

X pauses some Taylor Swift searches as deepfake explicit images spread

Elon Musk's social media platform X has blocked some searches for Taylor Swift as pornographic deepfake images of the singer have circulated online. Attempts to search for her name without quote marks on the site Monday resulted in an error message...

 

Nude man nabbed by police after 'cannonball' plunge into giant aquarium at Bass Pro Shop in Alabama

LEEDS, Alabama (AP) — A man crashed his car outside a Bass Pro Shop in Alabama, stripped down to his birthday suit and plunged into the giant aquarium inside the store, police said. The ordeal happened Thursday night in front of shocked shoppers...

 

Ukraine unleashes more drones and missiles at Russian areas as part of its new year strategy

Russian air defenses downed dozens of Ukrainian drones in occupied Crimea and southern Russia on Friday, officials said, as Kyiv pressed its strategy of targeting the Moscow-annexed peninsula and taking the 22-month war well beyond Ukraine's...

 

Oklahoma City faces Brooklyn after Gilgeous-Alexander's 40-point game

Brooklyn Nets (15-17, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-9, second in the Western Conference) Oklahoma City; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City faces the Brooklyn Nets after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 40...

 

Moscow accuses Kyiv of shelling Russian border city following its own aerial assault against Ukraine

Russian officials on Saturday accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the Russian border city of Belgorod, a day after an 18-hour aerial Russian barrage across Ukraine killed at least 39 civilians. Two children were killed in Belgorod, regional...

 

Oweh leads No. 12 Oklahoma against Central Arkansas after 23-point showing

Central Arkansas Bears (3-10) at Oklahoma Sooners (10-1) Norman, Oklahoma; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Oklahoma faces the Central Arkansas Bears after Otega Oweh scored 23 points in Oklahoma's 81-69 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels....

 

Police still investigating motive of UNLV shooting; school officials cancel classes, finals

Three University of Nevada, Las Vegas faculty members died this week and another was critically injured when a lone gunman walked onto campus and opened fire in the building housing the business school. The shooting stoked fear on the 30,000-student...

 

No. 24 Oklahoma State looks to bounce back from loss to UCF against Houston

No. 24 Oklahoma State, which is coming off a 45-3 loss to UCF, is in a four-way tie for second place in the Big 12 with Oklahoma, Iowa State and Kansas State. The Cowboys need a win to remain in the hunt for a place in the Big 12 Championship game....

 

5 hostages of Hamas are free, offering some hope to families of more than 200 still captive

Five hostages of Hamas are free, offering some hope to the families of more than 200 others snatched in southern Israel during the militants' deadly rampage on Oct. 7. But the families of those still in captivity have questions, such as why progress...

 

Live updates | Israeli ground forces attack Hamas targets in north as warplanes strike across Gaza

Israeli ground forces are attacking Hamas militants and infrastructure in northern Gaza as warplanes strike across the sealed-off territory. Buoyed by the first successful rescue of a captive held by Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has...

 

No. 6 Oklahoma puts perfect start on the line when it heads to Kansas on Saturday

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) — No. 6 Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at Kansas (5-2, 2-2), Saturday, noon ET (FOX). Line: Oklahoma by 10, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Oklahoma leads 80-27-6. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Sixth-ranked Oklahoma is trying...

 

Live updates | UN calls for 'humanitarian truce' in Gaza as Israel expands activity in the territory

The Israeli military says its ground forces will expand their activities in Gaza Friday night. The announcement came hours after Israeli forces conducted a second ground raid in as many days and after Israel's defense minister said the country expect...

 

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ A video...

 

Live updates | Israeli warplanes strike targets ahead of expected ground offensive in Gaza

Israeli warplanes are striking targets across Gaza ahead of an expected ground offensive in the besieged Hamas-ruled territory. Fears of a widening war have grown as Israel struck targets in the occupied West Bank, Syria and Lebanon and traded fire...

 

Far from Israel, Jews grieve and pray for peace in Shabbat services held as Israel-Hamas war rages

Jews in communities far from Israel gathered at synagogues this weekend for Shabbat services held amid the ongoing war ignited by Hamas militants' attack on Israel a week earlier. Rabbis led prayers of peace and shared grief with their congregations....

 

Indictment alleges man threatened mass shooting at Stanley Cup game in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada grand jury has indicted a man on felony charges alleging he threatened to carry out a mass shooting in June at a Stanley Cup Final hockey game on the Las Vegas Strip. The six-count indictment handed down this week in...

 

Who are Rupert Murdoch's children? What to know about the media magnate's successor and family

NEW YORK (AP) — Media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Monday announced that he would be stepping down as the leader of both Fox News' parent company and his News Corp media holdings — with his son, Lachlan, set to take his place. Through his decades-lo...

 

Risk company says Hawaii fires caused $3.2 billion in insured property losses. Follow live updates

Follow live updates about wildfires that have devastated parts of Maui in Hawaii, killing dozens of people and destroying the historic town of Lahaina. The wildfires are the deadliest in the U.S. in more than a century. The cause was under...

 

American industrial icon US Steel is on the verge of being absorbed as industry consolidates further

With two bidders revealed in a matter of days and more in the wings, United States Steel Corp. — a symbol of American industrialization that for more than a century helped build everything from the United Nations building in New York City to the Ne...

 

Amazon adds video telemedicine visits nationwide to its virtual clinic

Amazon is adding video telemedicine visits in all 50 states to a virtual clinic it launched last fall, as the retail giant takes a deeper step into care delivery. Amazon said Tuesday that customers can visit its virtual clinic around the clock throug...

 

A UPS strike could be just around the corner. Here's what you need to know

NEW YORK (AP) — The clock is ticking. As the deadline to reach a new contract nears, a potential UPS strike feels closer than ever. Negotiations broke down earlier this month and unionized workers have been holding rallies and practice pickets acro...

 

Article 5: NATO's common defense pledge that stands in the way of Ukraine's admission while at war

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may have gotten support and vague assurances from NATO leaders in Vilnius this week, but he ultimately returns home without a clear commitment that his country will be joining the...

 

1 man arrested, 1 sought in connection with Kansas nightclub shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old man is in custody in connection with a mass shooting a week ago inside a Kansas nightclub, and police have identified a second man being sought. Wichita police arrested the man Friday as a suspect in the shooting...

 

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