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  • The Morning Brew: U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates From Prisons

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 24 min ago

    Pour a cup, get caught up:  U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates From Prisons The Justice Department is preparing to release roughly 6,000 inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug offenders in the 1980s and ’90s, according to federal law enforcement officials. According to the New York Times article “Today’s announcement is nothing short of thrilling because it carries justice,” said Jesselyn McCurdy, a senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. “Far too many people have lost years of their lives to draconian sentencing laws born of the failed

  • Gun range break-in reported in Oklahoma City Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 45 min ago

    Burglars broke into the H&H Shooting Sports building in west Oklahoma City early Wednesday. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and police are looking for others involved.

  • Video: Gary Busey eliminated on 'Dancing with the Stars,' vows to remain in spirit

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Busey-isms have run out on "Dancing with the Stars" A week after channeling Gomez Addams, Tulsa native Gary Busey recalled his Buddy Holly days -- and was ultimately eliminated -- on Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." The theme of this week's episode on the dancing contest was "Most Memorable Year," and for Busey, that's 1979, when he got his Oscar nomination for playing the legendary rocker in the movie "The Buddy Holly Story." "It took him from being an average Joe to like he couldn't go anywhere without someone shouting his name," Busey's son and fellow actor Jake Busey said in an interview.

  • Top Clinton aide passed classified intel to Clinton Foundation

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Hillary Clinton's top State Department aide sent internal agency correspondence to Clinton Foundation officials, raising new questions about how her inner circle handled sensitive information.   The internal emails, which were obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act, have since been classified. They were passed to the Clinton Foundation by Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff.   In one instance, Mills forwarded to Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation's director of foreign policy, an email from the assistant secretary of state for African affairs that is now classified.

  • Pedestrian killed by car in Choctaw County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    A pedestrian was killed Tuesday in Choctaw County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the fatality.

  • Oklahoma teen's Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii gets postponed as more vital wish is granted: a kidney transplant

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma teenager Genna Reed and her family were just days away from traveling to Hawaii through an all-expenses paid vacation provided by Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. That's when she learned an even better wish would be fulfilled, as a donor kidney had become available for the 17-year-old who had been on a transplant list since earlier this year.

  • Readers weigh in on OU's arch-rival: OSU or Texas?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    I wrote about OU’s rivalries for the Monday Oklahoman and basically committed what some people believe to be heresy. I said that the fans believe OSU has replaced Texas as the Sooners’ arch-rival. Oh, you can’t get a lot of OU fans to admit it. That would be giving ground and grudging respect to, well, your arch-rival. I stand by what I wrote, and you can read that column here. But I thought I’d give fans a chance at rebuttal, so here’s a smattering of emails I’ve received this week. Ed: “Just read your blog about that brighter shade of orange. I've said for years that OSU was the game I most want to win. I'm a recruiting follower, to the extent that I believe you have to

  • Woman found after actor tweets about her lost student ID

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hank's tweet worked. A woman named Lauren who lost her Fordham student ID has been found. The famous actor tweeted a photo of the card on Tuesday after finding it in a park but covered up the woman's last name with his finger. WCBS-TV ( ) says it located Lauren Whitmore, a senior at the New York City university, on Tuesday. She told the station she doesn't have a Twitter account but that one of her professors sent her a link to Twitter and said, "You're famous." Whitmore says she was jogging in Central Park Monday when the card must have fallen out. She says if Hanks wants to return it she'll "surely meet him to do that." Hanks stars in the upcoming Cold War thri

  • Trump calls former President George W. Bush 'a disaster'

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a swipe at former President George W. Bush Tuesday night on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,”  saying he had been a “disaster” and entering the Iraq War was “one of the worst decisions ever made.”

  • Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes: study

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday.  The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.  Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies' own financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to reach their conclusions.

  • To the mom who feels all her efforts are in vain

    Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, Deseret News | Updated: 16 hr ago

    I have written this column with a very specific woman in mind. She is the woman who feels that even her best efforts haven’t been enough lately. She is tired. She is worn out.

  • Living with less, and loving it

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Living out of a suitcase for three months has taught me just how few possessions I need to enjoy life.

  • Norwegian Air CEO Says $69 Flights From U.S. to Europe Coming Soon

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA hopes to sell one-way tickets to Europe for $69 as early as 2017 by flying from U.S. airports that have low fees, Chief Executive Officer Bjørn Kjos said in an interview Tuesday.   Europe's third-largest budget airline is considering flights to Edinburgh and Bergen, Norway from U.S. airports that have little to no international service today, such as New York's Westchester County Airport and Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, Kjos said.  Average prices on such routes are likely to be closer to $300 round trip, Kjos said, compared with many of Norwegian's fares that run more than $500 today because of higher fees levied by busier airports.

  • Lawsuit filed against School Board in bullied teen's suicide at Seminole school

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    A lawsuit filed Monday against the Seminole County School Board alleges teachers and administrators didn't do enough to prevent the bullying that led to a 14-year-old's suicide at a Lake Mary middle school last year.   Lamar Hawkins III, of Sanford, killed himself with his father's gun in a Greenwood Lakes Middle School bathroom stall on Sept. 10, 2014.  During the lawsuit announcement on Monday, attorney Matt Morgan said Lamar went missing for hours and school officials didn't go looking for him — even after another student found a spent gun shell casing in the school's bathroom and reported it to a teacher.

  • Woman charged after alleged #killallwhitemen tweet

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    A student diversity officer who came to prominence in a race row after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been charged by police with sending a threatening communication.   Bahar Mustafa, of Goldsmiths, University of London, is set to appear at Bromley magistrates court on 5 November.   The 28-year-old from Edmonton, north-east London, faces two charges. One is sending a communication conveying a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015. The second is for sending a grossly offensive message via a public communication network between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015.

  • 'Don't say his name': Oregon community wants to make shooter anonymous

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Keith Weikum, a set builder and special effects operator for theater productions at Umpqua Community College, already had a skeptical expression when he opened his front door.   The reporter standing outside asked him whether he knew a particular student who had signed up to be a production assistant on a play with Weikum.   Weikum scowled. He did know that student. Not well. But he had seen the student's face splashed all over the TV news. Weikum shook his head as he spoke slowly and directly.   "I don't know that name. I don't use that name," said Weikum, who had a specific suggestion instead. "Say: 'the shooter.'"

  • High school student commits suicide after being told his 'life was ruined' for smelling like pot

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    GENEVA, OH —  A sophomore at an Ohio High School took his own life, and some people are blaming the actions of school officials for his death.   Hayden Long committed suicide after he faced disciplinary action at his homecoming dance according to his friend Hank Sigel.   Sigel wrote an open letter saying that he, Hayden, and some other students were “verbally attacked” by school officials and police and questioned without their parents.  This was after Sigel says that the group of kids were accused of smelling like marijuana at their homecoming dance.

  • 4 arrested in connection with Sydney police worker's killing

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police arrested four people Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a civilian police worker in a Sydney suburb that officials have said they believe was linked to terrorism. More than 200 officers swooped into homes in western Sydney and arrested the men, aged 16 to 22, as part of their investigation into the killing of Curtis Cheng, New South Wales police said. A fifth man was also arrested during the raids on unrelated fraud charges. Cheng, a police finance worker, was shot by an Iranian teenager while leaving work in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta last Friday. The killer, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar, was shot dead by police.

  • Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could that work have caused the loss of power that led to the U.S. container ship's sinking? The vessel's owners say they don't believe so, but the question — along with the captain's decision to plot a course near the storm — will almost certainly be part of an investigation launched Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board into the disaster near the Bahamas that may have claimed 33 lives. "We don't have all the answers, I'm sorry for that. I wish we did," Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO

  • Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012. Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut massacre, Christopher Harper-Mercer was living a mostly solitary life with a mom who shared his fascination with firearms. Both stories illustrate the struggles parents face caring for a deeply troubled child, struggles that can inadvertently lead to a volatile outcome made easier by ready access to weaponry.