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  • Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute

    Updated: 32 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands. "Historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally," Obama said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "What is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan." China and Japan have conflicting claims to the remote islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. The dispute has badly strained relations between the two Asian powers.

  • Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine crisis

    Updated: 42 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine crisis.

  • Obama says Russia isn't abiding by spirit or letter of Geneva agreement on Ukraine

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Obama says Russia isn't abiding by spirit or letter of Geneva agreement on Ukraine.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court lets executions go forward

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Justices lift stay after ruling inmates don’t have right to know source of drugs.

  • Moore Public Schools receives $500,000 donation for storm shelter

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma donated $500,000 toward a new storm shelter to house 1,200 students who attend Central Junior High and Central Elementary in Moore.

  • Oklahoma officials provide update on tornado relief funds, response

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Two disaster recovery funds formed in response to last May’s Oklahoma tornadoes have spent $9.4 million to date assisting victims, Gov. Mary Fallin and United Way of Central Oklahoma officials announced Wednesday.

  • Authorities seek men in connection with bank robbery in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Wednesday robbery of the Bank of Oklahoma branch inside Crest Foods, 10525 S May, is under investigation.

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts: An artist's life is perfect for Mike Kemper

    BY HEATHER WARLICK, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    His work is described as urban pop surrealism, his lifestyle is nomadic, and Oklahoma artist Mike Kemper wouldn’t have it any other way. His work is on sale at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts in booth 19D.

  • Muldrow woman dies in motorcycle crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A Muldrow woman died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash south of Sallisaw in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma weather: Severe storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Follow live severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.

  • Supreme Court rules executions can proceed

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday evening ruled two convicted murderers’ executions can go forward. Justices voted 5-4 Monday to halt the executions. They voted unanimously Wednesday to dissolve that stay. Clayton Derrell Lockett and Charles Frederick Warner are now scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Tuesday. Check NewsOK for more updates on this story.

  • Oklahoma high court rejects death row inmates' drug secrecy claims, lifts stay of execution

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma high court rejects death row inmates' drug secrecy claims, lifts stay of execution.

  • Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill that would prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from unintentionally paying women less than men for doing the same job will pass to the full Senate after receiving a committee's support Wednesday. The measure by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, received the backing of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee. Current state law already prohibits employers from intentionally paying women less than men for the same job. But Julie Schwam Harris, with Legislative Agenda for Women, said employers can unintentionally discriminate for a number of reasons, sometimes when women are stereotyped as second earners rather than breadwinners.

  • UPDATE: Eastbound Interstate 240 reopened

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Eastbound Interstate 240 is no longer closed at Interstate 35, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. A vehicle fire shut down all eastbound lanes earlier in the afternoon.

  • Convicted leaker Manning changes legal name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    (c) 2014, The Washington Post. An Army soldier convicted of leaking classified military and diplomatic records persuaded a Kansas judge Wednesday to legally change her name from Bradley Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The judicial order in Leavenworth County District Court could be a key step in the transgender soldier's quest to get the military to devise a medical treatment plan commonly available to civilians diagnosed with gender identity disorder. The Department of Defense bans transgender people from serving and routinely discharges service members who start hormone therapy. But Manning's case is forcing the Pentagon to grapple with complex legal and personnel questions because the soldier is serving a 35-ye

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances. Following mass shootings in recent years, some states have pursued stronger limits on guns while others like Georgia have taken the opposite path, with advocates arguing that people should be allowed to carry weapons as an issue of public safety. Republicans control large majorities in the Georgia General Assembly, and the bill passed overwhelming despite objections from some religious leaders and loc

  • Police release photos of Edmond home burglary suspect

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The suspect, described by police as a 16-to-19-year-old black male wearing gym shorts and a white t-shirt, is accused of burglarizing at least 12 homes scattered throughout city limits.

  • Police, FBI investigate Edmond bank robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Authorities are searching for a man who wore a painted-on beard with fake mustache and goatee as he robbed a bank Wednesday.

  • Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns and nullify local gun regulations in July, ensuring it will be legal across the state to openly carry firearms and adding to a string of victories in recent years by gun-rights advocates. Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he signed a bill late the previous day preventing local officials from restricting the sale of firearms and ammunition or regulating how guns are transported and stored. The National Rifle Association has described the legislation as a model for states seeking to strip local officials of gun-regulating powers. "Kansans have long believed the right to bear arms is a constitutional right," the governor said in

  • OSBI investigates shooting in Kiowa County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A man was shot after a possible home invasion in Mountain Park on Tuesday night.