Damage to a tree in Yukon following last week's ice storm.
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Oklahoma’s State Climatologist Recaps November’s Turbulent Weather, Looks Ahead To December

Record-setting weather, plus tornadoes, flooding, and a significant ice storm that shut down the state over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend all came during what the state climatologist called one of the “wildest stretches” of November weather in Oklahoma’s history. Gary McManus said Tuesday morning the first storm that hit the state in mid-November seemed more like a spring severe weather event, with supercells generating seven tornadoes in this state, and more in Oklahoma’s northern...
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University of Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell leads a fourth-quarter drive against Oklahoma State University during the 2013 Bedlam matchup in Stillwater,
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The University of Oklahoma takes on Oklahoma State University Saturday night in Stillwater in a highly-anticipated matchup that has conference and national championship implications. But for two of the three teams still in contention for the Big 12 title, it’s a little bit complicated.

OU is easy. Just win your next game.

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For the past quarter century, communications technology has evolved and grown the point where practically every business, service, and family platform is connected to the internet.

But that interconnectivity was approached from a from a commercial development approach, according to cybersecurity expert Melissa Hathaway. That means the first-to-market, free market approach means security and resilience weren’t concerns as the internet was embedded in critical infrastructure.

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A suspect is in custody in shootings at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colo., the city's mayor announced at a press conference Friday, and officers are actively checking the building for any additional suspects or devices.

"The situation has been resolved; there is no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs," Mayor John Suthers said.

Law enforcement vehicles on the streets of Brussels, November 22, 2015.
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The city of Brussels was on lockdown earlier this week after threats of more terrorist attacks in western Europe. Schools, museums, government offices, public transportation, and shops all ground to a halt in order to prevent another attack like the Nov. 13 bombings and shootings in Paris. Most of the restrictions have now been lifted.

A sign advertising Thanksgiving weekend hours hangs in a window at Hancock Fabrics in Edmond.
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It’s officially “Black Friday.”

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year, but retail polling firm CivicScience expects to see 3 percent fewer people out shopping this year, which comes after down sales in 2014 as well.

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Updated Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Tanker trucks unloading oil at a Phillips 66 terminal in Cushing, Okla., home to the largest commercial crude oil storage in the U.S.
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Phillips 66, a refiner with 700,000 barrels of storage capacity in Cushing, Okla., “has overhauled how it plans for earthquakes, a sign U.S. energy companies are starting to react to rising seismicity around the world’s largest crude hub,” Reuters’ Liz Hampton reports.

The changes include new protocols for inspecting the health of crude tanks, potentially halting operations after temblors, and monitoring quake alerts.

Move over, turkey. Step aside, stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole, an iconic Thanksgiving dish, turns 60 years old this year, and it's as popular as ever.

Love it or loathe it, the classic Midwestern casserole has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food sitting next to the mashed potatoes.

Turkey says that after issuing 10 warnings in five minutes, two of its F-16s shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey claims violated its airspace.

America's death penalty is under scrutiny after a series of botched executions, drug mix-ups and difficulty acquiring lethal injection drugs. Just last month, President Obama called certain parts of capital punishment "deeply troubling."

Some say long waits and repeated last-minute delays are tantamount to torture.