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  • Oklahoma City school district may save $1.48 million by terminating facilities management contract

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City School Board voted unanimously Monday night to terminate the district’s management services agreement with Sodexo Operations after Chief Operating Officer Rod McKinley told members he has nine people maintaining 5,000 air conditioning and heating systems worth $80 million.

  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

  • Adrian Peterson: Apologies have been replaced by apologists

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The former OU running back should have stood up and admitted he was wrong. But Peterson didn’t do that. Mostly because they don’t make apologies like they used to.

  • First episode of 'Roosevelts' seen by 9 million

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Once again millions of television viewers are transporting themselves to another century under the guidance of Ken Burns. An estimated 9.1 million people watched the first episode of Burns' seven-part series on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on Sunday. PBS aired it twice Sunday to maximize attention; the Nielsen company's estimate was the combined viewership of both episodes. By way of comparison, the most-watched scripted series on the commercial networks last week, CBS' "Under the Dome," reached 6.6 million viewers, Nielsen said. "Releasing a film is like having a conversation with your closest friends and family," Burns said. "I'm always struck by the thoughts and comments and how engaged

  • UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season — an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping. The Atlanta-based company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. Last year, UPS underestimated the surge in deliveries during the holiday shipping season, which peaked several days later than the company had expected as shoppers jumped at offers of free shipping right up until a few days before Christmas. With faulty forecasts, the company didn't hire enough seasonal help.

  • CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane tweet about it. A portion of Jay-Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday's Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game because CBS was covering the controversy over Ravens running back Rice's assault of his then-fiancee. CBS planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday?

  • New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Beset by crushing debt, fleeing customers and run-down facilities, Trump Plaza on Tuesday became the fourth casino in Atlantic City to shut down this year. The 30-year-old casino at the heart of the Boardwalk had been the town's worst performing for years. It won about the same amount from gamblers this year as the market-leading Borgata takes in every two weeks. And at pennies on the dollar, no one wanted to buy it. Trump Plaza is the latest victim of casino contraction brought on by competition in neighboring states in the saturated northeastern U.S. gambling market. Atlantic City began the year with 12 casinos; it now has eight. The Atlantic Club, Showboat and Revel also closed, and the T

  • Death of man found in Oklahoma cemetery deemed suspicious

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    TAFT (AP) — The Muskogee County sheriff says the death of a man whose body was found in a cemetery in Taft is a possible homicide. Sheriff Charles Pearson told the Muskogee Phoenix that the body was found about 1 p.m. Tuesday by an Oklahoma Department of Corrections employee at Blackjack Cemetery. The corrections department maintains the cemetery. The man’s name and the suspected cause of death were not released. The body was sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

  • UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe." Even as President Barack Obama is ordering the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel to help provide aid in the region, Doctors Without Borders said the global response to Ebola has been far short of what is needed. "The response to Ebola continues to fall dangerously behind," Dr. Joanne Liu, president of the medical charity, told a U.N. special briefing on Ebola in Geneva. "The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is closing. We need more countries to stand up

  • Recent OU commit Will Sunderland: Joe Mixon influenced my decision to join Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Midwest City cornerback Will Sunderland had a big weekend last week, committing to Oklahoma on Saturday hours before the Sooners took on Tennessee. Tuesday, Sunderland took to Twitter to thank Joe Mixon for influencing him to commit. Mixon is serving a one-year suspension from the team after being charged with a misdemeanor stemming from an […]

  • Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential. Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said Obama's policies have limited oil and natural gas production on federal lands, stalled approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and pushed regulations on power plants. "Right now we have policies in the way of our taking advantage of these energy resources," Jindal said. "The reality is right now we've got an administration, the Obama administration, that are science deniers when it comes to harnessing America's energy resources and potential to create good paying jobs.

  • Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators. Tantillo could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case, but instead announced his decision more than a month after Stewart's car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race on Aug. 9. In a statement, Stewart said he respects the time and effort authorities have spent "investigating this tragic accident.

  • Pizza Revolution: Locals put their spin on the traditional pizza joint

    BY DAVE CATHEY, FOOD EDITOR | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    An Oklahoma City restaurant group introduces Revolve Pizza Kitchen, a fast-casual concept serving made-from-scratch pizza and pasta.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers explore nitrogen gas as execution option

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators are exploring the option of executing condemned inmates with nitrogen gas. A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian was held Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill on the matter for next year’s Legislature, which begins in February. Christian requested the study after Oklahoma’s lethal injection in April of Clayton Lockett, who writhed on the gurney, clenched his teeth and moaned before being pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began.

  • Texas DT Tank Jackson apologizes for coin-flip mistake against UCLA

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Texas defensive tackle Desmond "Tank" Jackson took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake during the coin toss against UCLA on Saturday. The gaffe has received national attention following the Longhorns' 20-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Texas mistakenly ended up kicking off to UCLA to start the first and second halves. The Bruins won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, but Jackson made the mistake of telling game officials that the Longhorns wanted to kick off. He apologized with a series of Tweets Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typically, when a team wins a coin toss, they defer their option to kick or receive to the second half. The other team then (typically) chooses which end zone they want to defend to start the game. Instead of picking the end zone to defend ... Jackson picked to kick. Texas coach Charlie Strong made light of the situation Monday. “I just think the guys got overly excited,” Strong chuckled . “They (the referees) asked if they wanted to play defense and they said, ‘Yeah, let’s go play defense,’ not knowing we had the ball. “It’s a possession that we lost, but it’s done with.”

  • New history books become latest Texas school fight

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. Much of the criticism is from left-leaning academics who say too much emphasis is placed on America's Christian tradition. The outcome has national implications because, as America's second most-populous state, Texas is such a large textbook market that it could affect books sold elsewhere. Here is some background on its book battle. Q: What are critics saying about the books? A: Academics say they exaggerated the role of religion in American Democracy and negatively portrayed Muslims.

  • Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country. Control over the two powerful security portfolios has long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the candidates marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group. The parliament session was held as the U.S.

  • 3 Oklahoma universities named among most affordable

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    One private and two public universities made the list of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest in an article on the website Great Value Colleges.

  • Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence — and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well. As Thursday's referendum nears, questions are being been raised about Scotland's future relationship with the monarchy if its people opt for independence. Although many details remain up in the air — Will the queen's title change? Will Scotland keep funding the monarchy? — it seems likely that the Scots will keep Elizabeth as their queen.

  • Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. The pitch of the debate has grown increasingly shrill as both sides make their oft-repeated claims and promises with increasing urgency, and supporters square off at public appearances. Labour Party leader Ed MIliband, who backs the anti-independence "Better Together" campaign, was surrounded by rival camps shouting "Vote Yes" and "Vote No" during a walkabout at an Edinburgh shopping center. Miliband said he understood that "passions run high," but he hoped the debate would be conducted "in a civilized way." Thursday's referendum, in