• Jury rules against Oklahoma City ballet dancer in arrest lawsuit

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    An Oklahoma City ballet dancer said he was exercising in park in high heels with a cane when a police officer was called by a woman who said she was alarmed for her grandchildren.

  • Oklahoma City school district looking to hire bilingual teachers from Puerto Rico

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Shannon Freeman, Oklahoma City Public Schools’s director of recruitment, deployment and retention, and two bilingual staff members will travel to Puerto Rico to interview about 20 bilingual teachers. The goal is to reduce the number of district teacher vacancies, which stands at 48.

  • Syphilis outbreak confirmed in Comanche County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials say they’re alarmed because syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can have significant health outcomes if undiagnosed and untreated.

  • Oklahoma law enforcement officials show interest in fixing DNA sampling oversight

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Oklahoma police, sheriffs, district attorneys and judges are showing new interest in DNA sampling after misdemeanor convictions after reading news that thousands of samples are not being collected in Oklahoma.

  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own misgivings and adamant opposition from conservative legislators. Three more governors are negotiating with the Democratic administration in Washington. Rather than demanding repeal, the governors generally have sought federal concessions to make their decisions more politically acceptable at home. That approach is in sharp contrast to the anti-Obama

  • Oklahoma State University sorority member dies in weekend accident

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Savannah Marie Piatt, 18, was killed when the vehicle she was riding in ran off the road and rolled over in Noble County. Piatt, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

  • White House opposes Nazi benefit payments

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards who left the U.S. for Europe. "Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits," said spokesman Eric Shultz when asked about the situation. He said the Justice Department has said it has "aggressively pursued Nazi war criminals and brought over 100 of them to justice.

  • Police probe New Hampshire pumpkin fest melee

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Local police in New Hampshire are setting up a task force to investigate violent disturbances near Keene's annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage, dozens of arrests and many injuries over the weekend. The parties around Keene State College coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, when the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. Police donned riot gear and used tear gas in trying to control the crowds that afternoon, and Gov. Maggie Hassan called on the state's colleges and universities to "take swift action to hold students involved accountable.

  • Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limit edible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form of liquid pot that can be added to foods and drinks. The suggestion sparked marijuana industry outrage and legal concerns from a regulatory workgroup that met Monday to review the agency's suggestion. Colorado's 2012 marijuana-legalization measure says retail pot is legal in all forms.

  • Man charged with killing Saudi college student

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says a man charged with killing a Saudi Arabian college student stabbed him in an attempt to keep both the car he had arranged to buy via Craigslist and the purchase price of more than $30,000. Beck said at a news conference Monday that 28-year-old Agustin Rosendo Fernandez of Long Beach was found with the Audi that led to the killing of 23-year-old Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, and made a statement that led authorities to the body off a desert freeway. Fernandez has been charged with murder and made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. He did not enter a plea and will return for arraignment next month. Alkadi vanished on Sept.

  • IBM 3Q disappoints as it sheds 'empty calories'

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — IBM disappointed investors Monday, reporting weak revenue growth again and a big charge to shed its costly chipmaking division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Shares fell more than 7 percent as investors sold off sharply and the stock dragged the Dow 30 into the red. Is it too late for IBM? Or can Big Blue weather the competition as it transforms its business for the cloud? Remaking itself is something IBM has done many times through its long history. Starting more than a century ago in punch-card tabulators and time clocks, it grew to encompass the giant mainframe computers and Selectric typewriters of the 1960s and launched its revolutionary

  • British royal couples' 2nd child due in April

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they have offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by prolonged morning sickness, continues to improve. There was no word on the baby's gender. The former Kate Middleton and Prince William are scheduled to welcome Singapore President Tony Tan when he arrives on a four-day state visit this week. She is also expected to attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award ceremony. The duchess canceled several engagements after her second pregnancy was announced in September.

  • Upsets leave Big 12's playoff chances in peril

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Big 12 has been as entertaining as any league in the country. All that fun might come with a price. Recent upsets like West Virginia beating Baylor and Kansas State surprising Oklahoma have made the conference impossible to ignore — at least during the regular season. They might also cost the Big 12 a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. "There's just not any one week where you can actually feel surprised by the outcome," Baylor coach Art Briles said. It's a trend that's done significant damage to the CFP hopes of the Big 12's top contenders. The Sooners, the preseason favorites, have two losses. Baylor already has a loss and a trip to Oklahoma on Nov. 8. Leag

  • Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend said Monday it could be the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has told them his victims might go back 20 years. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that the suspect is 43-year-old Darren Vann of nearby Gary, Indiana, who was convicted of a sex offense in Texas in 2009. His confession to the slaying of a woman in Hammond led police to the grisly discovery of six other bodies in Gary, including three in on the same block, authorities said. He said the Gary slayings appear to have happened recently, though Vann indicated there could be earlier victims.

  • Nigeria declared Ebola-free; 'spectacular success'

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. In the end, Nigeria — the most populous country in Africa, with 160 million people — had just 20 cases, including eight deaths, a lower death rate than the 70 percent seen elsewhere across the stricken region. Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients to counter the effects of vomiting, dia

  • Mom accused of killing 6 babies appears in court

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge will get his first chance in December to hear the evidence against a woman accused of killing six of her seven newborns and storing all of their bodies in her garage. Attorneys for Megan Huntsman, 39, decided Monday not to waive their right to a preliminary hearing. That proceeding has been set for Dec. 11. At the conclusion of the hearing, a judge will decide if there is sufficient proof to send the case to trial. Huntsman is in jail on $6 million bail, charged with six counts of first-degree murder. She has not yet entered a plea. She made a brief appearance in court Monday, but didn't speak.

  • Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius could be sentenced to years in prison, or he could be given a suspended sentence and a fine and receive no jail time for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. More than seven months after Pistorius' trial started, Judge Thokozile Masipa will announce what punishment she has decided on after finding him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter, but acquitting him of murder. Prosecutors have demanded at least 10 years in prison for the double-amputee athlete.

  • Suicide, car bombings in Iraq kill at least 33

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday, killing at least 33 people, the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. A suicide bomber hit a mosque in Baghdad as Shiite worshippers left after noon prayers, killing 17 people, while a triple car bombing in the holy city of Karbala killed 16. Iraq has been plunged into its worst crisis since the U.S. troops left at the end of 2011 in the wake of the blitz by the Islamic State militants this summer.

  • Michelle Knight says she now forgives kidnapper

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — One of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade told a crowd she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life. Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, said she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn't been his fault, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/ZLrDkm) reported. Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus broke out of the house in May 2013 after suffering years of torture. Knight said it wasn't until about a year and a half after her rescue from Castro's home that she reached a breakthrough. "I was able to say his name, Ariel Castro," the 33-year-old Knight s

  • Vatican warns of 'new genocide' by IS

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin told a special meeting of cardinals Monday that beyond a military response, governments must provide more humanitarian aid for refugees and address the core causes of the conflict: the flow of weapons to the region and instability stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Parolin also said Catholic leaders are particularly alarmed that western governments are offering visas to persecuted religious minorities.