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  • Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles — small bits of ordinary school life now infused with heartbreak. There is fury as parents and students lash out at the swarming news media. Horror, too, as they picture loved ones trapped in the cold and dark of a flipped, submerged ferry. Most refuse to believe that, even after dozens of attempts, a friend, a child, a sibling won't answer their cellphone. They keep calling.

  • Wichita State's Gregg Marshall: Mid-majors keeping great coaches

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Mark Few coached Gonzaga into an NCAA Tournament sensation. A perennial Cinderella. He’s still at Gonzaga 15 years later. Shaka Smart coached Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four. Smart remains at VCU. Phil Martelli coached Saint Joseph’s to a No.

  • Video: Want a Porche 911? This guy's story might make you think twice

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Imagine you’ve saved up your hard-earned money to finally buy the car of your dreams: In this case, it’s a brand new Porsche 911, which ranges in price between $85,000 and about $172,000. You get your car, it’s amazing. It’s beautiful.

  • Oklahoma City traffic stop nets more than a pound of methamphetamine

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    An Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy found drugs with a street value of about $30,000 during an Oklahoma City traffic stop, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

  • Oklahoma dad jailed after child found living in filthy conditions, police say

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL, TULSA WORLD | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Tulsa father was jailed when authorities discovered he housed his 18-month-old child in filthy living conditions, police said. Detectives arrived at the residence of Damien Hamilton about 5:44 p.m. Wednesday to conduct a scheduled well-being on a child. Officers observed piles of trash, soiled diapers and empty alcohol bottles in the living room, an arrest report said.

  • Man charged in burned body death is arrested in Lawton

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Quentin Goodwin, 30, was arrested in Lawton on Wednesday. Goodwin, along with five others, was charged Tuesday in the murder of Shawn Masters in January.

  • Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company's service breaks the law. Berlin's regional court last week ruled that the limousines Uber users can call are illegally cruising the city for customers. According to Berlin state laws, they should instead have to return to base after each journey. Richard Leipold, who brought the case against Uber, says he doesn't have the money to enforce the interim ruling, because defeat could make him liable for huge compensation claims from the San Francisco-based company.

  • Latest look at OKC metro area population increases

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Population increased in the seven-county Oklahoma City metro area (Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, McClain, Logan, Grady, Lincoln counties) by 66,685 residents between 2010-2013.

  • Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine. Russia's flagship Aeroflot warned its passengers on Thursday that Ukrainian officials told the airline that Russian men between 16 and 60 are now banned from entering Ukraine except when they are traveling with family or to the funerals of relatives there. Ukraine says Russian men have been involved in stirring up anti-government unrest among Russian-speakers in its eastern regions. Ukraine's Border Guard Service would not confirm the Aeroflot report but said in a statement there are "temporary restrictions" mainly concerning "able-bodied men" who cross the border alone or in small groups.

  • Show us your throwback prom photos

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: 8 hr ago

    It’s that time of year again: Prom season. It’s a rite of passage for many teenagers, who are on the hunt for the perfect outfit and a night to remember. This year, we are collecting old prom photos to feature in a gallery on NewsOK.

  • Anthem approved for several labels

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Anthem Brewing Co. has been approved by the feds for several new beer labels.

  • Businesses affected by Lexington-Purcell bridge closure denied loans

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin says she is disappointed the U.S. Small Business Administration denied her request for loans that would help two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure. Fallin said on Thursday the denial was based on the fact that the Jan. 31 bridge closure does not meet the definition of a disaster declaration. The governor requested the declaration for Cleveland and McClain counties on April 7. Approval would have allowed business owners in McClain and Cleveland counties to apply for federally subsidized loans. The closure has resulted in a 45-minute one-way trip between Lexington and Purcell. The bridge scheduled to reopen June 14.

  • DA declines to prosecute OU's Frank Shannon; School to determine his future

    By Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay | Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN - Prosecutors weeks ago declined to file sexual assault charges against Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday. The district attorney said Shannon was not charged based on the woman's wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented. He explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place." Shannon's future at the University of Oklahoma will be determined through an appeals process there over the allegation that he sexually assaulted a female student at his off-campus apartment early on the morning of Jan. 20.

  • Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said. Scientists noticed the big cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace batteries in its GPS tracking collar, National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall said Thursday. The 4-year-old cougar probably ate animals exposed to poison from residential rodent traps, she said. "When people put these bait traps outside their homes or businesses, they may not realize that the poison works its way up the food chain, becoming more lethal as the dose accumulates in large

  • Update: 79 percent of Oklahoma experiencing some form of drought

    Bryan Painter | Updated: 10 hr ago

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: An upper level wave moving off the western high plains will enter the panhandles into western Oklahoma this morning.

  • “The Queen’s Bed”: Adult Political Satire at the Boom

    Anna Holloway | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Robert Matson has written and directed a new play about sex and politics and set it in the secret playroom of the queen of an undisclosed kingdom.  Her use of sex to buy influence and territory in a seemingly endless power struggle leads to interesting consequences for her and her many…connections?

  • AP Photos: A close-up look at fracking

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MEAD, Colo. (AP) — Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver. The hydraulic fracturing operation, also known as "fracking," and others like it pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, mixed with fine sand and chemicals, deep underground to split the rock, and make the oil — and dollars — flow. But the drilling has come much too fast — and too close — for several communities, where fracking bans have been enacted out of concern about its possible impact on groundwater. The state government and the energy industry are challenging those prohibitions.

  • Cherokee Nation to build new casino in east Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    ROLAND — Cherokee Nation Businesses plans a groundbreaking next month on a hotel and casino to replace its current complex in Roland, near the Arkansas border. A business newspaper reports that the new facility will include a six-story, 125-room hotel and an 87,000-square-foot casino accommodating 850 games with a bar, stage and other entertainment options. The existing casino in Roland now has 600 electronic games and six table games. Officials say the new complex will also include convention space, a swimming pool and a smoke shop. CNB Chief Executive Shawn Slaton says the existing facility at Interstate 40 and State Highway 64 will be demolished once the new complex is built.

  • Cushing to change animal euthanasia method

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CUSHING — Cushing has received a $2,000 grant to change the method it uses to euthanize animals at the city’s animal shelter. The city now uses a gas chamber to euthanize animals, but the grant from the state chapter of the U.S. Humane Society will allow it to transition to an injection method. A local newspaper reports that the grant will cover training and other costs for employees to become qualified in the method. Legislation pending in the Oklahoma Legislature would end animal gas chambers in the state. The Humane Society says five other chambers are operating in the state.

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    By KRISTI EATON, AP | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman? The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard similar issues in a Utah case last week, giving Oklahoma lawyers a preview of what questions they might face. “Essentially, (the cases) are not that different,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione, who is representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith. “Both of them involve challenges to state marriage amendments that were passed by