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  • Officials say Fort Sill boosted Oklahoma business

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 20 hr ago

    LAWTON — Some officials say a southern Oklahoma city saw economic benefits from a facility that processed children who entered the country unaccompanied.

  • SandRidge exec to lead new BP unit

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    SandRidge Energy Inc. executive David Lawler has been named CEO of industry giant BP’s new business managing its onshore oil and natural gas assets in the contintental U.S.

  • Oklahoma city closes 2 public storm shelters

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 21 hr ago

    SHAWNEE — A central Oklahoma city says it will no longer use its city hall and a fire station as public storm shelters. Shawnee’s emergency management director recommended the city commission vote to stop using the buildings, citing potential dangers and an increase in private shelters. A local newspaper reports the Shawnee city commission approved the measure 5-2 on Monday night. Lynch says he estimates up to 700 shelters have been registered in Shawnee. He says residents usually wait right before a storm hits to travel to a public storm shelter. He says that puts them in harm’s way. Lynch also noted Norman, Midwest City and Edmond have closed some of their public storm shelters.

  • MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang." Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's awards show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit. Grande and Minaj will also perform separately during the VMAs, to air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Beyonce is the top nominee and will compete for eight awards, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love." She will also receive the Michael Jackson video vanguard award. Beyonce will take the stage Sunday night, where other performers include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea, who has seven nominations. Eminem i

  • Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's drug arrest

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened. The Hong Kong film star wrote on his microblog that Jaycee Chan would have to face the consequences of his actions, but that they would do so together. "Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I'm very ashamed. As a father, I'm heartbroken," Chan wrote. Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were detained last Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile celebrities to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades. Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana a

  • Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police. The protesters also attached a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag to the top of the 176-meter (580-foot) building east of the Kremlin along the Moscow River. Russian authorities were not amused by the expression of support for Ukraine, where government troops are battling pro-Russian separatists. Police said they detained four suspects and charged them with vandalism, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.

  • NJ Gov. Christie to visit OKC with Gov. Fallin

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    New Jersey Gov. and Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie is scheduled to visit Oklahoma City to attend events with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Christie is to attend three events with Fallin on Wednesday. Christie is to join Fallin for a visit to the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum, then attend a Republican National Governors Association event with Fallin and take part in a Fallin for Governor event. Fallin is running for re-election to a second term in office. She faces Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman in the Nov. 4 general election.

  • Woman attacked in Enid, Oklahoma; boy located with father early Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    An Amber Alert has been canceled in Enid, Oklahoma early Wednesday. A 5-year-old boy taken from his mother by his father has been located safe.

  • Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage

    Yesterday

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors. The state's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided not to delay its ruling while it is appealed. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex marriages will be legal beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday.

  • Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story. As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has drawn on personal history to make the case that the nation has much work to do to achieve justice for all. It's a legacy he'll likely draw on when he travels Wednesday to Ferguson, Missouri, to supervise the federal investigation of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Holder tells how his father, an immigrant from Barbados proudly wearing his World War II uniform, was ejected from a whites-only

  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Yesterday

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch's father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

  • Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story. As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has drawn on personal history to make the case that the nation has much work to do to achieve justice for all. It's a legacy he'll likely draw on when he travels Wednesday to Ferguson, Missouri, to supervise the federal investigation of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Holder tells how his father, an immigrant from Barbados proudly wearing his World War II uniform, was ejected from a whites-only

  • Oklahoma treasurer boosts benefits of college savings account with sweepstakes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Oklahoma’s 529 college-savings plan can help families accomplish their college savings goals, state Treasurer Ken Miller said as he launched the second annual sweepstakes.

  • Oklahoma's teen birth rate remains high, decreasing at a lower rate than most states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states.

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist. Separately, Foley's family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they "have never been prouder of him." "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," said the statement, which was attributed to Foley's mother, Diane Foley. She implored the militants to spare the lives of other hostages. "Like

  • Prosecutor: Gunman, others dead after shooting

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A gunman lured his father to a remote Oregon campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was sleeping in his vehicle, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The gunman then killed himself. Zachary Brimhall's father, 58-year-old William Ray Brimhall of Dillard, Oregon, had been shot multiple times, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said. The older man's body was found Tuesday near his vehicle on a remote logging road in the Coast Range about 50 miles from Bastendorff Beach, where the drive-by shooting took place earlier in the day. "No question the son is responsible" for his father's death, Frasier said in a telephone interview lat

  • Sooner Tea Party co-founder to appeal blackmail conviction

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An Oklahoma County judge ordered Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart to pay a $1,000 fine plus $90 to a victims’ fund.

  • Two Democrats raise close to $300,000 each in Oklahoma state schools superintendent race

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate outraised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin between June 10 and Aug. 11. Joe Dorman calls his success more evidence of public dissatifaction with Fallin. A spokesman for Fallin pointed out her campaign had almost 10 times more in the bank than Dorman’s campaign.

  • Oklahoma City shooting victim identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A woman was fatally shot in Oklahoma City on Monday night. A police officer fired at the suspect but missed the man, who later surrendered.

  • Authorities seek suspect in Warr Acres bank robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    About 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, someone robbed the Bank of the West, 5757 Northwest Expressway near Oklahoma City. The robber is described as being a black man or possibly black woman with light complexion and long dreadlocks, in his or her mid-30s, of heavy build and about 5 feet 6 inches tall, the FBI reported.