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    Nikola Jokic scored 24 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-98 on Friday night after Murray and Russell Westbrook had a heated exchange. Westbrook and Murray pushed each other and argued after lining up next to each other for a jump ball in the final seconds. Jokic tried to get between them, and Westbrook threatened to beat up Jokic while being restrained. No blows were exchanged, but the final moments played out amid heightened tensions. Jokic also had 15 rebounds and nine assists, just shy of a third triple-double this season. Nick Young, signed as a free agent Monday, scored six points in his Nuggets debut, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Paul George had 32 points to lead the Thunder, who lost their fourth in a row to the Nuggets. Steven Adams added 26 points, and Jerami Grant and Westbrook finished with 13 points apiece. Trailing by 10 points late in the third quarter, Oklahoma City got a layup and a 3-pointer from George in the final minute to pull to within 82-76. With a 9-2 burst capped by another layup from George, Oklahoma City pulled within 99-96 with 3:20 remaining. The Nuggets scored 10 of the last 12 points down the stretch, four of them on a jumper and a pair of free throws by Murray. The teams were gathered for a jump ball with 35.7 seconds left when Westbrook, apparently upset over Murray's positioning around the circle, began pushing him. As Murray pushed back, teammates and officials quickly rushed in to separate the two, who exchanged words before the skirmish ended. The Nuggets took a 60-52 lead at halftime, boosted by Torrey Craig's perimeter shooting as he made three of his first four attempts from 3-point range. Adams scored 17 of his points in the first half, helping to keep the Thunder within striking distance. TIP-INS Thunder: Andre Roberson remains sidelined by a left patellar tendon injury that has kept him out all season. Nuggets: F Paul Millsap missed a third game since suffering a right big toe fracture. ... G Gary Harris missed a fifth straight game because of a right hip injury. ... F Mason Plumlee fouled out with just over six minutes left to play. UP NEXT Thunder: Complete a back-to-back at home Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers/ Nuggets: Continue a four-game homestand Sunday night against Toronto. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • George 12-24 5-6 32, Grant 4-11 4-4 13, Adams 12-20 2-6 26, Westbrook 5-15 2-2 13, Ferguson 0-1 0-2 0, Nader 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 1-3 0-0 3, Noel 0-1 0-0 0, Schroder 3-13 4-7 11, Diallo 0-1 0-2 0, Abrines 0-1 0-0 0, Luwawu-Cabarrot 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-90 17-29 98. Hernangomez 5-9 4-4 16, Jokic 8-16 6-6 24, Plumlee 3-7 0-0 6, Murray 8-15 3-3 19, Craig 6-7 0-0 15, Lydon 0-0 0-0 0, Lyles 4-10 1-2 9, Welsh 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 6-11 0-0 14, Young 2-3 0-0 6, Beasley 0-5 0-0 0, Akoon-Purcell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-83 14-15 109. 3-Point Goals_Oklahoma City 7-19 (George 3-6, Patterson 1-2, Schroder 1-2, Westbrook 1-3, Grant 1-4, Abrines 0-1, Ferguson 0-1), Denver 11-34 (Craig 3-4, Young 2-3, Jokic 2-4, Morris 2-5, Hernangomez 2-6, Murray 0-4, Beasley 0-4, Lyles 0-4). Fouled Out_Plumlee. Rebounds_Oklahoma City 43 (Adams, Westbrook 14), Denver 48 (Jokic 15). Assists_Oklahoma City 14 (Westbrook 8), Denver 29 (Jokic 9). Total Fouls_Oklahoma City 17, Denver 24. Technicals_Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan, Westbrook, Denver coach Nuggets (Defensive three second), Murray. A_19,520 (19,520).
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the 'Mega Millions' game were: 05-22-26-43-49, Mega Ball: 23, Megaplier: 4 (five, twenty-two, twenty-six, forty-three, forty-nine; Mega Ball: twenty-three; Megaplier: four) Estimated jackpot: $262 million
  • These Oklahoma lotteries were drawn Friday: 01-06-15-20-30 (one, six, fifteen, twenty, thirty) 05-22-26-43-49, Mega Ball: 23, Megaplier: 4 (five, twenty-two, twenty-six, forty-three, forty-nine; Mega Ball: twenty-three; Megaplier: four) Estimated jackpot: $262 million 7-2-2 (seven, two, two) Estimated jackpot: $246 million
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Oklahoma Lottery's 'Pick 3' game were: 7-2-2 (seven, two, two)
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Oklahoma Lottery's 'Cash 5' game were: 01-06-15-20-30 (one, six, fifteen, twenty, thirty)
  • A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded guilty in an Oklahoma City federal court to fraud for failing to disclose that he attended an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Afghanistan before entering the U.S. Court documents filed Friday show 35-year-old Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj of Weatherford pleaded guilty and admitted he obtained a visa by fraud and lied to the FBI during its investigation of him. He faces up to 18 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, a second count of visa fraud is being dismissed and prosecutors agreed to recommend an undisclosed lesser sentence. A February indictment says Alfallaj was granted a visa in 2011 after answering 'no' when asked if he supported terrorist organizations or had received firearms training. He has lived in Oklahoma since 2012.
  • Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt's latest cabinet-level appointments are the first holdovers from the outgoing administration. The Republican on Friday reappointed Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson as adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard and Rusty Rhoades as commissioner of public safety. Both are pending state Senate approval. Stitt praised both men as committed to keeping Oklahoman safe. Both Thompson and Rhoades were appointed to their current posts by term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin in November 2017. The other six appointments Stitt has made will be new to the job. Thompson commands both the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guards. Rhoades oversees agencies that include the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the state Office of Homeland Security. Stitt will be inaugurated Jan. 14 and will present his proposed budget to the Legislature in February.
  • A 19-year-old former University of Tulsa student has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting three women on campus. Zach Ryan Martin pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of sexual battery for events that occurred between September 2017 and December 2017, The Tulsa World reported . Tulsa County District Judge William LaFortune also sentenced Martin to an additional five years of probation for each charge, which will be served concurrently. Martin's attorney, Trevor Reynolds, had pushed for probation. Reynolds emphasized that Martin will be punished for the rest of his life regardless of the prison sentence because he'll have to register as a sex offender. Reynolds said that Martin 'was in a very dark place' at the time the assaults occurred because of alcohol addiction. He also noted that Martin had gone into treatment for alcohol abuse. Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Elmore said it was unfair to cite alcohol consumption in the request for leniency. 'It's not just drunk frat boys at a party,' Elmore said. 'It's a serious criminal matter.' Elmore said the sentencing shows that the court takes sex crime allegations seriously. 'If you're a young lady who sometimes has the nerve to go out in public or go to a concert or go to a bar, there's some perception that if you're groped, that's just what happens. That's unacceptable,' Elmore said. 'It's illegal, and it's something that shouldn't be the norm. We're taking great steps to demonstrate to the citizens of Tulsa County that it's an unacceptable behavior trend.
  • Oklahoma City's new streetcar system has opened to the public, and rides are free for now. Local public school student leaders and city and state officials were among the first passengers Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Transit officials expect 10,000 to 15,000 passengers this weekend. Rides are free for three weeks and will cost $1 per ride or $3 for a 24-hour pass after that. Construction of the $135 million-system took about two years. It covers about 7 miles through downtown and the Bricktown entertainment district. Streetcar drivers are employed through Herzog Transit Systems, which has handled passenger rail in Kansas City, Missouri, and Fort Worth, Texas. Officials tout the streetcar as part of a mass transit plan that includes improved bus service and Amtrak service to the Dallas area.
  • Police were called to the Broken Arrow High School on Thursday after a threatening message was found on a bathroom mirror. Officers say the message referenced a shooting set to happen on Friday. Police interviewed a student, 18-year-old Hipolito Hernandez. Hernandez was then arrested on a complaint of Threatening a Violent Act.  Officers decided that the threat was not credible, but the timing was alarming. “The threat was made one day prior to the anniversary date of the Sandy Hook school shooting,” said BAPD Major Scott Bennett. “We will do everything in our power to prevent chances of a similar event happening here in Broken Arrow. This includes strictly enforcing existing threats laws.”  
  • Journalists were kept away from a secret federal appeals court hearing on Friday in Washington, D.C., as officials sealed off an entire floor for arguments in a mysterious grand jury case which some believe could be related to the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The case – known officially as “In re: Grand Jury Subpoena” – has been sealed in its entirety when it comes to public records, as it moved from the district court to the appeals court level in recent months. Reporters at the courthouse – which is just down the hill from the U.S. Capitol – at first tried to gather outside the courtroom where the secret arguments were going to take place, but then security officials sealed off the entire fifth floor of the building, making it nearly impossible to find out who was involved in the matter. “We have spread out across the building,” tweeted Darren Samuelsohn, a reporter for Politico. “No sightings yet to report of note.” Reporters kicked off the 5th floor entirely for a sealed appeals hearing that may involve #Mueller on s grand jury dispute. They are even searching stairwells for reporters. We have split up and trying to cover all entrances and exits…. — Sarah N. Lynch (@SarahNLynch) December 14, 2018 Arguments in the sealed Mueller case are ongoing. Everyone was booted out of the Court of Appeals and the entire floor was cleared. — Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) December 14, 2018 The possible tie to the Mueller investigation was reported by Politico earlier this year, when one of their reporters observed someone asking for a secret court filing to take to a law firm involved in the matter. There are two different sealed case involving an unknown grand jury which have attracted attention at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – as the relatively speedy nature of the cases – and then today’s sealing off of an entire floor – has prompted intense interest. “To this day, I can’t fathom what the heck it could be that would move this fast and get this much secrecy,” said national security lawyer Bradley Moss. Several media folks have asked me and colleagues for weeks what we can imagine this case being, assuming Trump's people are telling the truth and it's not them. To this day, I can't fathom what the heck it could be that would move this fast and get this much secrecy. https://t.co/EH6X08KDq8 — Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) December 14, 2018 Here’s the docket on the case – as you can see, it offers little in the way of information. But with officials sealing off the entire courthouse floor to deal with it – the case certainly raises questions about what’s going on.
  • This is horsepower in its rawest form. >> Read more trending news  A Facebook video of two Belgian draft horses pulling a tractor-trailer up an icy driveway in southeastern Minnesota went viral this week, the Star Tribune reported. The truck driver took video of the 13-year-old horses -- Molly and Prince -- after his truck got stuck in the snow, the newspaper reported. Lizzie Hershberger, who owns the horses, told KARE that the animals were not harmed when they pulled the truck. Her husband, Jacob Hershberger, admitted the horses had never attempted such a weighty task, but he said they handled it well, the television station reported. “It’s quite amazing how a video can go viral from little Minnesota,” Lizzie Hershberger told the Star Tribune. The couple, formerly Amish, bought the horses six months ago, Lizzie Hershberger told the newspaper. The horses are trained and Jacob Hershberger uses them weekly, KARE reported. “(Jacob is) semi-retired from the trucking, so he bought himself these Belgians and he just loves them. He uses them multiple times a week,” Hershberger told the Star Tribune. The Hershbergers were not surprised when a truck driver spun out as he attempted to return an empty trailer, which is usually used to haul livestock, KARE reported. A second truck was waiting at the bottom of the driveway, so Jacob Hershberger hitched up the horses. “It’s a neat story,” Lizzie Hershberger told the Star Tribune. “We just like the idea that horses still get used and I think that people just aren’t really aware of that.”
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken is trying out a new tradition, just in time for the holidays. The chain is offering a new way to enjoy the aroma of the Colonel's secret recipe in your own home: A KFC yule log.  It's called the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog and it smells like chicken. KFC partnered with Enviro-Log to create the new product, which lasts up to three hours and is made of 100 percent recycled materials.  KFC officials said, 'the smell of the Colonel's original recipe is unmistakable' and 'it may result in a craving for fried chicken.'  >> Trending: Del Monte recalling more than 64,000 cases of Fiesta Corn in 25 states It's only available for a limited time at   www.KFCfirelogs.com. It costs $18.99, but there’s a limit, only one per customer.  
  • Facing outrage from voters that taxpayer money was being used to pay for sexual harassment settlements against members of Congress involving employees on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms designed to force members of Congress to pay for any such judgments with their own money in the future. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), the head of the House Administration Committee, noted that the bill will rightly hold “members of the House and Senate personally liable for unlawful harassment and retaliation.” “Time is finally up for members of Congress who think they can sexually harass and get away with it,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who last year told of being harassed on Capitol Hill when she was a young Congressional staffer. “They will no longer be able to slink away with no one knowing that they have harassed,” Speier told reporters. House Democrat Jackie Speier said men and women who sexually harass others will have to pay back the U.S. Treasury for any settlements made. It will be done through a lump sum, garnishing savings or wages, or even digging into their social security if necessary pic.twitter.com/q7RLQpgcKh — POLITICO (@politico) December 13, 2018 Click here for the details of the 80 page bill. The bill gives lawmakers 180 days to pay any harassment award; if that has not happened, then Congressional officials are authorized to garnish the pay of lawmakers, or take money from the member’s retirement savings account. If the accused member leaves the Congress, the law would give Congressional officials the power to garnish the wages of that former lawmaker in their new job, as well as taking money from an annuity or even out of that member’s Social Security benefits. Negotiations had been in limbo for several months as Senators resisted some of the changes approved by the House – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has said the House will move to strengthen its own rules dealing with other workplace discrimination issues, even if the Senate will not. JUST IN: The bipartisan sexual harassment bill I'm leading with @RoyBlunt has passed the Senate & House and will soon be signed into law! This will fundamentally change the way sexual harassment cases are handled in Congress and protect victims instead of protecting politicians. — Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 13, 2018 Another change in the bill removes the requirement that staffers who say they’ve been sexually harassed, will not have to deal with a 30-day ‘cooling off period,’ in which they are not allowed to bring a lawsuit, after they make a harassment complaint. It’s the first major change in sexual harassment policies in the Congress since the “#MeToo” movement began. The bills were passed quickly in both the House and Senate; no votes were taken, as the plans were approved by unanimous consent.