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  • Oklahoma school shelter advocates nearing deadline

    Updated: 29 min ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of an initiative petition to place storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school say they are short of the number of signatures required to put the measure on a statewide ballot with just four weeks left to gather them. Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that Take Shelter Oklahoma is launching a final push to get the signatures of about 155,000 registered voters needed to get the measure on the ballot. Slane says the organization has an Oct. 20 deadline to turn the petitions in to the Secretary of State. The effort marks the second time petitions have been circulated since seven children died when a tornado slammed into a school in Moore in 2013. The first effort was abandoned in April.

  • Pastor: UPS gunman was 'troubled' over work

    Updated: 30 min ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A pastor says the man who killed two former co-workers and then himself at a UPS warehouse had told some people that he was having problems at work but never suggested that the situation might turn violent. A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information, identified the shooter as Joe Tesney. Bill Wilks, the pastor at NorthPark Baptist Church, says Tesney, his wife and and his two children had been members at the church since 2003. Wilks described the 45-year-old Tesney as being "troubled" over his work and financial situation.

  • Oklahoma football: Answering leftover questions from Tuesday's Power Lunch live chat

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    NORMAN — I participated in the NewsOK Power Lunch live chat this morning, but my Internet connection gave out before I could answer most of the questions in the queue. I copied several of them onto my computer and will now answer them in this blog post. Sorry for the inconvenience if you were on […]

  • Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police. How the fire happened wasn't immediately clear, but it stoked fresh resentment among those who question whether the shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9 is being adequately investigated. "It's the same as if somebody came and desecrated a grave," Anthony Levine of Florissant, another St. Louis suburb, said as he studied the charred scene and shook his head.

  • Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self." Administration officials said Tuesday they have been watching the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell in Syria, for years. But Obama had resisted taking military action in Syria to avoid inadvertently helping President Bashar Assad, a leader the U.S. would like to see gone. That changed, officials said, because intelligence showed that the Khorasan Group was in the final stages of plotting attacks against the U.S. and Europe, most likely an attempt to blow up an airplane in

  • US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up. The widely varying projections by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were based on conditions in late August and do not take into account a recent international surge in medical aid for the stricken region. That burst has given health authorities reason for some optimism. "I'm confident the most dire projections are not going to come to pass," CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden said in releasing the report.

  • Tramel: Emails in on Adrian Peterson

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The emails are in on Adrian Peterson. I have written that Peterson’s reputation is gone, and that a quick apology would have helped a bunch, and that Peterson’s parenting skills are non-existent — and not just because he violently used a switch on a 4-year-old. Here’s what the readers had to say. Lynn: “Your recent […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Former LSU safety commit Kevin Henry flips, picks the Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 2 hr ago

    STILLWATER — The Cowboys just nabbed a recruit straight from the hands of the SEC. Kevin Henry, a senior safety at Central-Baton Rough High School, had originally committed to LSU, but announced Tuesday that he intends to play for Oklahoma State next season, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper.

  • OU football: Freshman running back Samaje Perine bursts onto list of top-10 Sooner football players

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 2 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma improved to 4-0 with its 45-33 victory at West Virginia last weekend on Owen Field, and it’s Tuesday. That means it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. Click here for last week’s rankings. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below. Last week’s […]

  • Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. Assad's remarks came hours after the opening salvo in what the United States has warned will be a lengthy campaign to defeat the extremists who have seized control of a huge swath of territory spanning the Syria-Iraq border. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming. One Syrian activist group reported that dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in the pre-dawn strikes, but the numbers could not be independently confirmed.

  • U.S. student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.2 trillion

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    In Oklahoma, the average student debt is $23,636, or 20 percent lower than the national average of $29,400. The state ranks second-highest in number of late loan payments — 13.2 percent.

  • Countries pledge to end forest loss; Brazil balks

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join. The United States, Canada and the entire European Union signed on to a declaration to halve forest loss by 2020 and eliminate deforestation entirely by 2030. "This is the family photo we have been looking for decades," said Charles McNeill, a senior environmental policy adviser for the U.N. Development Program in an interview with The Associated Press. "The forest issue is where everyone comes together." But, like in any family, there were signs of dysfunction before the agreement was formally unveiled on Tuesd

  • UPDATE: Union City, Oklahoma schools close as health officials investigate reports that there have been several cases of meningitis

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A school official said Union City Schools will be closed as a precaution on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective ambition." Speaking at a United Nations summit, Obama said the United States is doing its part and that it will meet its goal to cut carbon pollution 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. He also announced modest new U.S. commitments to address climate change overseas. The summit aims to galvanize support for a global climate treaty to be finalized next year. But Obama's strongest comments came as he sought to unify the international conc

  • Oklahoma gasoline prices at 7-month low

    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for gasoline in Oklahoma is at its lowest level in seven months. AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the average price for a gallon of regular self-serve gas in the state is $3.17. The price is down nearly 8 cents per gallon from last week and AAA says is the lowest it’s been since Valentine’s Day. AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says the decline is likely due to decreased demand, good supplies of crude oil and the start of the use of winter-blended fuel that is cheaper to produce. Average prices in selected cities in the state range from $3.03 per gallon in Bartlesville to $3.49 in Guymon. Oklahoma City motorists are paying an average of $3.16 per gallon while those in Tulsa are

  • Man arrested after carjacking, leading Oklahoma City police on short pursuit, police said

    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    A man was arrested after police said he carjacked a car at drive-thru and then led police on a short chase early Tuesday morning.

  • 5 things that taste better than Norman water

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Ya’ll taste the water in Norman lately? It’s horrible. Apparently it’s because Lake No Fish Dirtybird Thunderbird is turning over, causing the city’s water to taste like it’s been mixed with a healthy dose of dirt. Whatever the reason, Norman’s water is disgusting right now. I can taste it every time I brush my teeth. […]

  • Oklahoma State football: AD Mike Holder says “day of reckoning” coming from Sports Illustrated investigation

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    STILLWATER — In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder opened up about a number of different topics. Included were Holder’s thoughts on the pending independent review of the alleged misconduct inside the football program following Sports Illustrated Magazine’s five-part investigative series, “The Dirty Game.” Last September, OSU president […]

  • Miss America admits she was forced out of sorority

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miss America Kira Kazantsev said Tuesday that she was removed from her college sorority over a letter that made light of hazing, but she denied a report that she was involved in aggressively hazing fellow students. Kazantsev said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she was asked to leave the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University after sending an email to alumni that included what she said was a joke about making an event "scary" for pledges. The website Jezebel reported Monday, based on an anonymous source, that Kazantsev was involved with aggressively hazing pledges. Kazantsev denied the report, saying it was untrue and hurtful. Kazantsev says she was hazed herself as a pledge and that she took pa

  • Sheriff's office, police armored vehicles should be fully operational in 30-60 days

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Armored vehicles purchased this summer by Tulsa police and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are each expected to be operational within the next 30 to 60 days. The vehicles are sturdy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) transports purchased by the agencies as part of a government program that cheaply sells decommissioned military vehicles to law enforcement agencies. Maj. Shannon Clark said the sheriff’s office vehicle — purchased in June for $2,500 — is technically operational now, though some outfitting remains to be done. Read the full story at