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  • Alleged Hillary Clinton shoe thrower detained

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal magistrate on Tuesday ordered a Phoenix woman to remain jailed until she is returned to Las Vegas to face federal charges alleging she threw a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech. Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, read documents, talked to her lawyer and sat on the edge of her seat as she waited for her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Logan in Phoenix. Ernst, wearing a turquoise-colored hooded jacket and jeans, was arrested late Monday after federal prosecutors in Las Vegas filed charges Sunday accusing her of trespassing and violence against a person. The federal charges increase the possible consequences for Ernst if she is convicted of throwing a shoe at the forme

  • Barresi opposes bill to cut state testing in social studies

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education issued a statement Tuesday announcing State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s opposition to legislation that would eliminate three state tests in social studies and geography. Authored by State Senators Mark Allen, R-Spiro, and Tom Ivester, D-Elk City, Senate Bill 1654 would prohibit the state Board of Education from developing and administering tests for grades 3-8 not required by federal law and remove the requirement for social studies testing in grades five and eight, as well as geography testing in grade seven. In the press statement, state education officials said that while the high stakes, end-of-instruction exam in U.S. History would remain in place for high schoolers, eliminating the assessments would “de-emphasize” social studies instruction in elementary and middle schools. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Oklahoma City sets record low Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The record low for April 15 was recorded early Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

  • Edmond mayor plans to run again for office

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Charles Lamb intends to run for mayor in 2015. Lamb wants to be mayor when the new $27.5 million public safety center complex is completed in the summer of 2015.

  • Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths

    Yesterday

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman's life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns. Utah investigators are examining DNA from the babies to determine who the parents are, studying the bones to find out how long ago the babies died and interrogating family members and talking to neighbors in pursuit of clues about how she did it. They are trying to determine why she did it and who else, if anybody, knew about it or was involved. During the timeline she's given, she lived in the house with her now estranged husband and their three daughters.

  • 5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    Yesterday

    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears. 1. YOU MAY NOT FACE MUCH OF A DEADLINE If you're due a refund — and about three-quarters of filers typically are — missing the April 15 deadline will not get you in trouble. Penalties for late filing apply only to people who owe money. 2. WHAT IF YOU JUST CAN'T GET IT DONE IN TIME? The IRS allows taxpayers to file for extensions, giving them an additional six months. However, those who owe money must pay at least 90 percent of the total by midnight on the 15th to avoid a failure-to-pay penalty. 3.

  • Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

    Yesterday

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal. Attorneys for the state argued Tuesday that the ruling is "a momentous change" to Ohio's marriage law that could be overturned on appeal, so ordering it to go into effect immediately would create confusion. A stay would mean that most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights. Attorneys for the four married gay couples who filed the lawsuit argue that the state's appeal likely will fail and that there's no public interest in a delay. It's not clear when the judge will decide whether to issue a stay but he said

  • Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher

    Yesterday

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children. Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams said Tuesday that police weren't able to charge the man because of a lack of evidence. But Adams said the flasher hasn't been seen in Pulaski in Lawrence County since around the same time a man was sentenced to house arrest in January for similar behavior in neighboring Mercer County. Police believe that man is the same one who was flashing the Amish children. Still, Adams felt it was important to publicize his undercover assignment on the police department's Facebook page, if only to

  • DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear. The new test from Roche uses DNA to detect the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. While such technology has been available for years, Roche now wants the FDA to approve its test as a first-choice option for cervical cancer screening, bypassing the decades-old Pap test.

  • Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office. The White House says Obama and his aides held the remembrance privately Tuesday afternoon. In a written statement, Obama praised the courage and leadership of Bostonians in the wake of tragedy. He said those injured have been awe-inspiring in their recovery. Obama says this year's race, scheduled for Monday, will, in his words, "show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again." Vice President Joe Biden is in Boston for a memorial service. He says those who lost loved ones are an inspiration for other Americans dea

  • Correction: Fatal Shooting-Victims story

    Yesterday

    LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — In a story April 14 about victims of the shootings at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, The Associated Press erroneously identified the mother of the 14-year-old victim as Mindy Losen. Her last name is Corporon. A corrected version of the story is below: Family, friends remember Kansas shooting victims Victims of Kansas shootings were physician and grandson, occupational therapist for children By BILL DRAPER and JIM SUHR Associated Press LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — William Lewis Corporon was taking his grandson to a singing audition at a community center. Terri LaManno was visiting her mother at a nearby retirement complex.

  • Strahan's 'GMA' side job confirmed with his visit

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he's joining "Good Morning America" by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday. The former football star and current co-host with Kelly Ripa of "Live With Kelly and Michael" got a red-carpet welcome from the "GMA" team. Anchor Robin Roberts expressed excitement that Strahan will be there "a couple of days a week." Then the cast presented him with an alarm clock and a huge coffee cup. His brief appearance ended with promises he'll be back "next week." Strahan joins Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee on television's top-rated morning show. Unconfirmed reports of Strahan's new part-time gig sur

  • Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

    Yesterday

    KHAWAR KALAN, Pakistan (AP) — Two brothers arrested for the second time over accusations of cannibalism appeared in court Tuesday, police officials said, in a sensational case that has horrified Pakistanis. A judge in an anti-terrorism court in Sargodha district ordered the men detained for a week pending an initial investigation, police officer Zafar Iqbal said. They were arrested on Monday on suspicion of eating bodies they had dug up in a nearby graveyard. Police also recovered a pan they believe was used to cook the body parts, said officer Waseem Abass. Police raided the brothers' house in central Pakistan after neighbors complained of a horrible stench. Some neighbors also grew suspicious after seeing one of the

  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    Yesterday

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the largest steam locomotives ever built is coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad plans to restore an engine known as a Big Boy. It was a 6,300-horsepower monster designed to drag heavy freight trains over the Wyoming and Utah mountains. Twenty-five Big Boys were built for the Union Pacific in the 1940s, but they were pushed aside by more efficient diesels by 1960. The railroad plans to restore Big Boy No. 4014, which has been on display at the RailGiants Train Museum in California. It will be towed this month to Cheyenne, Wyo., where the work will be done at Union Pacific's steam shop. The project is expected to take three to five years. After that, the locomotive will be

  • Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born. She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City. What's not clear is why. A day after her arrest on charges of killing her six babies, investigators and her neighbors puzzled over the grisly discovery, including how she could have concealed a half-dozen pregnancies over a 10-year period. "How can you have a baby and not have evidence and other people know?" asked neighbor SanDee Wall. "You can't plan when a bab

  • Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was awarded to The Boston Globe for its "exhaustive and empathetic" coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed. Two of the nation's biggest and most distinguished newspapers, The Post and The New York Times, won two Pulitzers each, while the other awards were scattered among a variety of publications large and small.

  • Drivers in California crash had clean records

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records. According to The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1gxYKgA ), California's Department of Motor Vehicles says neither driver had a moving violation, though the bus driver's license was briefly suspended a decade ago. FedEx driver Tim Evans and the driver of the chartered bus, Talalelei Lealao-Taiao (tah-lah-LAY'-lay LAY'-low-TY'-ow), were killed along with eight passengers Thursday when the truck veered across the median of Interstate 5 and smashed into the bus.

  • Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The fuel is local, but the matches are Russian. That in a nutshell is how the insurgency threatening the survival of Ukraine as a unified state is increasingly unfolding. Over the past 10 days, more than a dozen government offices in eastern Ukraine have been taken over by pro-Russian forces, with most of the seizures following the same pattern. Aggressive gangs, sometimes carrying firearms and wearing military fatigues, storm the buildings. The Ukrainian flag is replaced with a Russian one. Then local men move in to hold them. Those capturing the buildings insist they are carrying out the will of the people and have demanded a referendum on autonomy for the eastern Donetsk region.