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  • Loaded firearms found in Oklahoma airports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Loaded firearms were found Monday at the Tulsa International Airport and on Tuesday at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the Transportation Security Administration reported.

  • US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee constitutional rights, including abortion. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block Mississippi's 2012 law requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Ten states have adopted similar laws, forcing a growing number of clinics to close. Many hospitals ignore or reject abortion doctors' applications, and won't grant privileges to out-of-state physicians.

  • Wife of US doctor with Ebola thanks supporters

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — The wife of an American doctor sick with the Ebola virus in Liberia has thanked supporters and asked for continued prayers and privacy. Amber Brantly says in a statement Tuesday that her husband Kent "remains very physically weak" but they "believe God will deliver" him from the deadly virus. Brantly and the couple's 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia for a scheduled visit to the United States on July 20. Days later, Kent Brantly quarantined himself in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients after testing positive for the disease. His host organization Samaritan's Purse has recalled non-essential employees from Liberia.

  • NYC woman finds wedding dress lost after Sandy

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who thought she had lost her wedding dress when Superstorm Sandy destroyed her local dry cleaner got an unexpected anniversary gift — her gown, safe and sound. Nicole Pagliaro had brought the fitted gown with one sparkly strap in for cleaning after her July 29, 2012, wedding. She had yet to pick it up when Superstorm Sandy hit, swamping the dry cleaner in Staten Island. Some days later, her husband went by and saw the damage to the store. "My husband came home and he showed me pictures," Pagliaro, a registered nurse said Tuesday, adding, "I started crying." Unbeknownst to her, the store owner had reopened in a new location some time later. But recently, she took a different route

  • Oklahoma State University boots fraternity off campus for two years

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Phi Delta Theta has been suspended until August 2016 after multiple violations of OSU and Interfraternity Council alcohol and hazing policies.

  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory's 1.7 million people cut off from power and water and sent the overall death toll soaring past 1,200, Hamas' shadowy military leader remained defiant as he insisted that the Islamic militants would not cease fire until its demands are met. The comments by Mohammed Deif in an audiotape broadcast on a Hamas satellite TV channel cast new doubt on international cease-fire efforts.

  • $5,000 reward offered in Oklahoma homicide case

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has offered a $5,000 reward in a homicide case in Adair County, authorities report. A man is being sought in the death of his father-in-law.

  • Oklahoma State football: Good news from academics

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OSU football is out of the NCAA academic hoosegow, and that’s very good news for the Cowboys. OSU’s Academic Progress Rate was amended, and the program no longer faces APR sanctions for the 2014 season. The NCAA had restricted OSU to 18 hours of football activity per week, two less than the maximum, and the […]

  • Authorities issue arrest warrant in Oklahoma City shooting death

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Demarcus Jackson in connection with the shooting death of Terran Wilson

  • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. If convicted, they could face decades in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber said during opening statements that McDonnell and his wife betrayed the public's trust by lining their pockets with "

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Cole discusses details of House immigration plan

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says a House plan for addressing the influx of immigrant children at the southern border would put restrictions on the federal government’s use of military facilities like Fort Sill for temporary shelters. A member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Cole released a statement Tuesday outlining some of the details of a House proposal. In response to President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion, Cole said the House plan calls for $659 million. The Republican lawmaker says it also would require the Department of Defense to provide advance notice about housing unaccompanied minors at military facilities and prohibit their use for more than 120 days.

  • Man facing charges for urinating on Modell's grave

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities plan to prosecute a man for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, will be charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery. He could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said the man will not be identified until charges are filed and served. Art Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87. He spent 43 years as an NFL owner, overseeing the Browns from 1961 until he moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens. Modell and his wife, Patricia, are buried i

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington among OU athletes leading weekly prayer circles on South Oval

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    NORMAN — When OU athletes are wrapping up their annual mission trip to Haiti, they always challenge themselves to find ways to bring what they’ve learned back to Norman. Gymnast Becca Clark suggested a regular prayer circle on the South Oval. Quarterback Trevor Knight excitedly jumped on board, and the spiritual group of athletes have […]

  • Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed Sunday. The two, of Fort Stewart, Georgia, were walking along Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems. In a statement, the family thanked the emergency responders and beachgoers who helped them, and expressed gratitude for prayers and support from around the world. "There are no words to describe the suffering we are experiencing," the statement said. "Their loss is devastat

  • Nashville's 'bro country' culture called out in 'Girl in a Country Song' music video

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Get ready for a role reversal, country music. Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” pokes fun at other country music videos that portray women as “pretty little things” in string bikinis and have no other purpose than to look good for a man and his friends on the weekend.  It already has more […]

  • Attorney: Oklahoma drilling tax unconstitutional

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Attorney Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills. Fent says the law was approved in the final days of this year's legislative session and was not approved by at least three-fourths of the House and Senate. Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick says the measure does not meet the definition of a revenue bill because it cuts tax rates. It taxes oil and gas wells at 2 percent for the first three years of production. The rate then jumps to 7 percent. Referee Daniel Karim will submit a report on the cas

  • Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel told reporters that House Speaker John Boehner's announcement of a lawsuit against Obama opened the door to the fundraising drive. Since Boehner announced in June he planned to sue the president, Democrats' House campaign arm has raised $7.6 million. "I understand the strategy is intended to gin up its base," Israel told reporters at a breakfast organized by The Christian Science Monitor. "Every time they talk about suing the president, that just ignites our base.

  • 4 workers injured in Kansas oil refinery fire

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Four workers at an oil refinery in southeast Kansas were burned Tuesday in an early morning fire, the Texas company said. CVR Refining said in a news release that the fire at its Coffeyville refinery was reported at 12:30 a.m. and extinguished by 1:18 a.m. The refinery was shut down and initial reports indicate there was no impact to the surrounding community. The company isn't naming the workers who were hurt and taken to an area hospital, but said all other employees were accounted for at this time. "CVR Refining personnel express their deepest concern for and are currently providing assistance to the injured employees and their families," the company said.

  • Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday that "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour" by teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it. Roig-DeBellis hurried 15 first-graders into a bathroom upon hearing gunfire at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, saving their lives. The gunman eventually shot himself to death after gunning down his mother, six teachers and 20 children.

  • Gas prices continue downward slide in Oklahoma

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says gas prices continue to drop in the state as demand nationwide drops below 9 million barrels per day. On Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.30 in Oklahoma. That's down 22 cents over the past month. The agency says only four states have a lower statewide average than Oklahoma, led by South Carolina's average of $3.26 per gallon. AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's gas prices are the lowest average the state has seen since February. Bartlesville had the lowest average price among the state's cities, coming in at $3.20 per gallon. In Oklahoma City, the average price is $3.27 per gallon, while Tulsa reported an average of $3.22 per gallon.