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  • Former Minco reserve officer accused of sexual battery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A reserve officer for the Minco Police Department was terminated from his duties after being accused of forcing a woman to perform sexual favors at an Oklahoma City apartment complex.

  • Taylor Swift to release new album on Oct. 27

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift is saying goodbye to country music, for now: The singer says she's releasing her first full-length pop album on Oct. 27. The 24-year-old revealed in a livestream via Yahoo! on Monday that "1989," named for her birth year, is her "first documented official pop album." The first single is the upbeat jam "Shake It Off," which she debuted during the livestream and was released Monday. She danced happily in a cropped white top and skirt with the audience as the song played. Swift called her upcoming fifth album a "rebirth." "We made the most sonically cohesive album I've ever made," she said of "1989," which was available for pre-order on Monday. Swift's last effort was 2012's "Red,

  • Midwest City police release name of boy who died in shooting Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    LeBron Davis, 13, was found dead Thursday afternoon in a Midwest City home from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. The boy would have been an eighth-grader at Crutcho Public Schools this fall.

  • Name released of pilot in Oklahoma fatal plane crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Authorities have released the name of a pilot who died Saturday in a plane crash near Ardmore.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man accused in sexual assault after high-speed pursuit

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Zechariah Maurice Johnson, 34, was arrested after a high-speed pursuit on multiple complaints including rape by instrumentation, forcibly sodomy and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, the Oklahoma City Police Department reported.

  • Arrest made in Oklahoma City's 36th homicide of 2014

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Jeremiah D. Rafford, 27, of Oklahoma City, died in a fight at The Cove Club, a nightclub in the 1500 block of SE 15 about midnight Friday, Oklahoma City police reported.

  • Audit: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in "a perpetual 'treadmill effect'" of regular overdraws of dollars that the state later had trouble repaying, federal auditors said in a report released Monday. The state's withdrawals exceeded its actual Medicaid spending by an average of $60 million per quarter during the three years reviewed, according to the report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. The federal government may have lost as much as $792,000 in interest during fiscal 2010 through 2012 because the state repaid the money two to six months later, the report said. Meanwhile, Illinois used the money for other purp

  • Oklahoma City forms Hefner canal goat herd

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Goats may be the solution to keeping weeds and brush in check along the Hefner Canal. Oklahoma City is partnering with Langston University’s Goat Research Extension Program to turn a small herd of goats loose along the canal between Northwest Expressway and Wilshire Boulevard. Mowing along that stretch is difficult, and city officials think goats […]

  • Father of abducted Amish girls sorry for suspects

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two Amish girls abducted last week said he feels sorry for the man and the woman authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused them before letting them go. The parents of the 7- and 12-year-old sisters spoke to the Johnson Newspapers at their home in Oswegatchie on Sunday, two days after Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls. "It's sad," the 44-year-old father said. "They must have ruined their whole life." The Associated Press is not naming the family members because it generally does not identify people who may have been victims of sexual abuse.

  • Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in November and the former secretary of state considers a campaign of her own in 2016. Former President Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton will attend retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola on Sept. 14, Iowa Democrats said Monday. It will be the former first lady's first appearance in Iowa since 2008 when she finished a disappointing third in the state's presidential caucuses.

  • Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer. Militants from the Islamic State group had seized the Mosul Dam on Aug. 7, giving them access and control of enormous power and water reserves and threatening to deny those resources to much of Iraq. Iraqi forces suffered a string of humiliating defeats at the hands of the Islamic State as the extremists took over large parts of northern and western Iraq and sent religious minorities fleeing. The militants' battlefield victories brought U.S.

  • Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. The announcement came just minutes before a temporary truce was set to expire at midnight, averting a resumption of the fighting that has caused devastating damage across Gaza and disrupted life throughout southern Israel. "Palestinians and Israelis agreed on extending the cease-fire by 24 hours to continue current negotiations," the Egyptian government said in a statement. Palestinian and Israeli officials confirmed they had accepted Egypt's request for an ex

  • Poor, Tired and Cranky: Yes, It's Back-to-School Time Again

    Michelle Sutherlin | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    I'm not sure if you are like me, but this time of year has left me poor, tired and cranky. Back-to-School time is stressful for parents.

  • Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout

    By JIM KUHNHENN | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief pause in his summer vacation, Obama expressed sympathy for the “passions and anger” sparked by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but said giving in to that anger through looting and attacks on police only stirs tensions and leads to further chaos. He said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police would require Americans to “listen and not just

  • OU football: Joe Mixon suspended for 2014-15 season

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon was in the Cleveland County Courthouse on Monday for his initial appearance for a misdemeanor charge stemming from a July 25 altercation at a Norman restaurant. Mixon, who was released without posting bail, waived a formal reading of the charges at the hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes. His next appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 23. Mixon was charged with one count of an “act resulting in gross injury” after the incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. Amelia Rae Molitor, a 20-year-old OU student, alleged Mixon punched her once in the face, resulting in four broken bones.

  • 13-year-old reports being robbed by group of teens in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    A 13-year-old boy reported being robbed group of teenagers while he was walking home from a park Saturday night near Northwest Oklahoma City, police said.

  • Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved. Assange made the cryptic comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following a meeting with Ricardo Patino, the Latin American nation's foreign minister. When asked about speculation — some of it sparked by a recent interview with a British newspaper — that the 43-year-old Australian was ready to leave the embassy to seek medical treatment, Assange declined to answer directly, instead pointing to Kristinn Hrafnsson, the WikiLeaks s

  • Alleged lover of California Marine's missing wife arrested in Alaska on homicide charge

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alleged lover of California Marine's missing wife arrested in Alaska on homicide charge.

  • Militias complicate situation on Texas border

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    MISSION, Texas (AP) — On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues. Agents assumed the camouflaged crew that joined in pulling the immigrants from the canal's milky green waters was a tactical unit from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Only later did they learn that the men belonged to the Texas Militia, a group that dresses like a SWAT team and carries weapons but has no law-enforcement training or authority of any kind.

  • USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches the age of 18, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. And that doesn't include college — or expenses if a child lives at home after age 17. Those costs that are included — food, housing, childcare and education — rose 1.8 percent over the previous year, the Agriculture Department's new "Expenditures on Children and Families" report said. As in the past, families in the urban Northeast will spend more than families in the urban South and rural parts of the U.S., or roughly $282,