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  • Long-lost dog back with owners in Oklahoma

    By Sarah Lobban, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Speedy the Chihuahua was missing two years, but his microchip brought him back to his owners in Oklahoma City.

  • Sports bar sign: 'I like my beer how I like my violence...'

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Sidewalk signs give the chance to businesses to really grab the attention of potential customers. Using humor and colorful presentations, business can really reap the rewards of their creativity, especially if photos of their sign hit the Web and get spread like crazy.

  • 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

  • Gary McManus writes about the mid-April freeze/wheat ...

    Bryan Painter | Yesterday

    In years of covering Oklahoma’s wheat industry, I learned that after a hard freeze this time of year, it’s always wait and see for wheat farmers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Does playing poorly matter going into the playoffs?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

      Eventually, we’ll get accustomed to the sound of the New Orleans Pelicans name. But for now, the Pelicans sound like a D-League team. And Monday night in the Big Easy, the Pelicans looked like a minor-league squad. Melvin Ely, who hadn’t played in the NBA in 1,097 days, flew in from Las Vegas on Sunday, signed a contract with the Pelicans and played 10 minutes against the Thunder.

  • 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

  • Chickasha leads the way with low temps at Mesonet sites today

    Bryan Painter | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Rain returns Thursday during the day, with thunderstorms possible by this weekend.

  • 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

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: The view from the mayor's suite

    William Crum | Yesterday

    Mayor Mick Cornett, sworn in earlier this month for his fourth term, took time out for some questions from The Oklahoman as the city prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

  • 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.

  • Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said Monday she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review. Social Security recipients and members of Congress complained that people were being forced to repay overpayments that were sometimes paid to their parents or guardians when they were children. "While this policy of seizing tax refunds to repay decades-old Social Security overpayments might be allowed under the law, it is entirely unjust," Democratic Sens.

  • Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet there's scant evidence the Army veteran and retired trucker with Ku Klux Klan links ever resorted to violence before Sunday, when authorities say he opened fire with a shotgun and pistol outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City. None of the three people killed turned out to be Jewish. The 73-year-old Cross, who shouted a Nazi slogan at television cameras when arrested minutes later, has been jailed awaiting charges that investigators said could come as

  • Police: School stabber apparently behind threats

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Detectives believe a boy charged with stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at his Pittsburgh-area high school threatened two students by phone before the attack, according to a search warrant. Neither was one of the victims. The warrant, obtained for the home of Alex Hribal hours after last Wednesday's rampage, said two students received "threatening phone messages and completed calls" from someone believed to be Hribal. It said the threat of violence contained an expletive. District Attorney John Peck said the two male students who got the calls were not among those stabbed or slashed in the attack, which occurred minutes before the start of classes at Franklin Regional High School.

  • Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry. Judge Timothy Black's ruling was a partial but significant victory for gay rights supporters, who called it a stepping stone for full marriage equality in Ohio. Black ruled that Ohio's refusal to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and "unenforceable in all circumstances." "The record before this court ...

  • After attack, officials kill 5 bears in Florida

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — After a bear mauled a woman in the driveway of her suburban Florida home, dragging her four feet before she escaped, wildlife officials said Monday that they had killed five of the animals, who had become dangerously accustomed to humans. It was unclear whether the bear that attacked Terri Frana, 45, on Saturday was one of those killed. DNA and other tests will be done on the five animals — one shot and four euthanized — in an attempt to determine that, officials said. . Frana, 45, said the bear had her head in its mouth and dragged her about 4 feet toward a wooded area. "She opened her jaw and clamped down onto my head, and I could just hear her teeth marks," Frana told WFTV-TV (http://bit.

  • Bail set for man accused in Florida day care crash

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge has set bail at $100,000 for a man accused in a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at a central Florida daycare center. Prosecutors sought to raise 28-year-old Robert Corchado's bail to $250,000 during the Monday morning hearing. Corchado turned himself in to authorities Thursday, a day after they say his vehicle crashed into a convertible, sending it spinning into a KinderCare building in Winter Park. Corchado testified in short answers during the hearing. He says he has three young children. The judge ordered him to stay in central Florida if he is released on bail and told him not to drive. If Corchado is released, he would likely be arrested on violation of proba

  • Couple gets $1.3M in wind turbine settlement

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million. In announcing they had agreed to settle a lawsuit over a boundary dispute filed against them by GMP, Don and Shirley Nelson said they felt they could have won in court, but it would not have led to the removal of the now-operating turbines. Even if victorious in court, it's doubtful they would have received more than the $1.3 million they will get for the sale of their property and the legal case could have lingered for years, the Nelsons said.