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  • Oklahoma City police officer accused of multiple sexual assaults

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 38 min ago

    Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested about 3 p.m. Thursday. He is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol in the Springlake division.

  • Two Bristow residents die in wreck

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Two people died Thursday after a traffic accident in Creek County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was quietly discharged two days earlier, are still weak but should recover completely, and no one need fear being in contact with them, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who runs the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital.

  • Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days. The pinpoint pre-dawn attack on Hamas' inner sanctum was launched minutes after the men emerged from tunnel hideouts, a security official said — displaying the long reach of Israel's intelligence services. The killing of the commanders, who played a key role in expanding Hamas' military capabilities in recent years, was bound to lower morale in the secretive group, but might not necessarily diminish its ability to fire rockets at Israel.

  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone. "As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson," the governor said in a statement. Demonstrations began

  • Oklahoma medical marijuana backers fall well short of signature requirement

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Backers of medical marijuana initiative drive in Oklahoma collect about half of the signatures needed to put issue on ballot

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's campaign bus is burglarized at RV dealership

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s campaign bus was burglarized while parked for maintenance at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. Also, 21 tires were stolen from the RV dealership.

  • Video: OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley participates in ALS ice bucket challenge

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association got in on the ALS ice bucket challenge this week. Executive director Ed Sheakley participated, while also pledging to personally make a donation to help fund research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Click here to watch video of Sheakley getting drenched with ice water.

  • Chat recap: Edmond buys land for fourth high school

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 1:10 p.m. Hey everyone. Diana will be logging on at 2 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Diana Baldwin 2:02 p.m. Thanks for joining us today. Let's get started. Kimberly Burk 2:02 p.m. What's the new business going in at the northwest corner of 33rd and Kelly? Diana Baldwin 2:04 p.m. A new OnCue is being built on the

  • Plaza Towers memorial to be finished this fall

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A memorial to the seven children killed last year at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore will be finished this fall. Third-graders Sydney Angle, Antonia Candelaria, Emily Conatzer, Kyle Davis, Ja’Nae Hornsby, Christopher Legg and Nicolas McCabe were killed when a tornado destroyed the school on May 20, 2013. The school has been rebuilt, and […]

  • Governor eyes suicide prevention at Taos bridge

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state Department of Transportation to do more to prevent suicides at the iconic Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico. The department announced Wednesday that officials are preparing a plan to install 10 phones at the bridge near Taos. The phones would be answered by crisis counselors with the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. "My hope is that connecting those individuals with prevention experts will help them decide that suicide is not the solution to whatever problems they are facing," Martinez said. The design for telephones should be done by the end of August and submitted for bids before being installed in October, officials said. The move follows efforts in

  • Moore liquor store turns to fans to raise money for new humorous sign

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Marquee has gained local fame for comical messages

  • Chickasha police chief resigns over Facebook post

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson resigned Wednesday, City Manager Stewart Fairburn confirmed Thursday. Adamson, who had served as Chickasha’s police chief for about two years, came under fire recently for something he shared on Facebook.

  • Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops. "We need to have all of our options open," Perry told a standing-room-only crowd at the conservative Heritage Foundation. The potential 2016 presidential candidate dismissed the "limited" air strikes that President Barack Obama has ordered as insufficient as the U.S. tries to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain control of large sections of Iraq. Perry also faulted Obama for not providing arms to Syrian rebels battling forces loyal to President Bashar Assad early on in the thr

  • UPDATE: Crews extinguish fire at Bethany home

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    One woman is being treated for smoke inhalation at a home at 7721 NW 27

  • Van strikes Oklahoma turnpike toll booth, attendant injured

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    MUSKOGEE (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a toll booth attendant on the Muskogee Turnpike is hospitalized after a van crashed into the booth south of Muskogee. The OHP says 59-year-old Gail Estep of Oktaha was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition following the crash about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. An OHP report says the van was southbound on the turnpike at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the toll booth. The report says the driver of the van was uncooperative and refused to provide correct identification and that investigators are trying to verify his identity. The driver was also taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition.

  • Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home. McDonnell testified extensively about his troubled marriage Thursday at his public corruption trial. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. The McDonnells say their marriage was broken and that they were barely speaking, let alone engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

  • Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawl of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they’ve effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore trust between law enforcement and residents. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone. Since

  • Oklahoma City police release video of 'serial robber'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Police are looking for a man who they think robbed at least four stores in South Oklahoma City. A survelliance video from one of the stores shows the suspect.

  • Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president. Erdogan has indicated that he plans to maintain tight control of the government and wants to transform the largely ceremonial presidency. He has said he intends to employ its seldom-used powers, such as summoning and presiding over Cabinet meetings. As Turkey's first popularly-elected president, Erdogan takes office Aug. 28. Erdogan announced after a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party that party leaders had chosen Davutoglu, 55, to replace him as