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  • Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story. As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has drawn on personal history to make the case that the nation has much work to do to achieve justice for all. It's a legacy he'll likely draw on when he travels Wednesday to Ferguson, Missouri, to supervise the federal investigation of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Holder tells how his father, an immigrant from Barbados proudly wearing his World War II uniform, was ejected from a whites-only

  • Oklahoma's teen birth rate remains high, decreasing at a lower rate than most states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states.

  • Oklahoma treasurer boosts benefits of college savings account with sweepstakes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Oklahoma’s 529 college-savings plan can help families accomplish their college savings goals, state Treasurer Ken Miller said as he launched the second annual sweepstakes.

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist. Separately, Foley's family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they "have never been prouder of him." "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," said the statement, which was attributed to Foley's mother, Diane Foley. She implored the militants to spare the lives of other hostages. "Like

  • Prosecutor: Gunman, others dead after shooting

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A gunman lured his father to a remote Oregon campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was sleeping in his vehicle, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The gunman then killed himself. Zachary Brimhall's father, 58-year-old William Ray Brimhall of Dillard, Oregon, had been shot multiple times, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said. The older man's body was found Tuesday near his vehicle on a remote logging road in the Coast Range about 50 miles from Bastendorff Beach, where the drive-by shooting took place earlier in the day. "No question the son is responsible" for his father's death, Frasier said in a telephone interview lat

  • Sooner Tea Party co-founder to appeal blackmail conviction

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An Oklahoma County judge ordered Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart to pay a $1,000 fine plus $90 to a victims’ fund.

  • Two Democrats raise close to $300,000 each in Oklahoma state schools superintendent race

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate outraised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin between June 10 and Aug. 11. Joe Dorman calls his success more evidence of public dissatifaction with Fallin. A spokesman for Fallin pointed out her campaign had almost 10 times more in the bank than Dorman’s campaign.

  • Oklahoma City shooting victim identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A woman was fatally shot in Oklahoma City on Monday night. A police officer fired at the suspect but missed the man, who later surrendered.

  • Authorities seek suspect in Warr Acres bank robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    About 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, someone robbed the Bank of the West, 5757 Northwest Expressway near Oklahoma City. The robber is described as being a black man or possibly black woman with light complexion and long dreadlocks, in his or her mid-30s, of heavy build and about 5 feet 6 inches tall, the FBI reported.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon reactivates Twitter account, breaks silence one day after suspension

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    NORMAN — OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactivated his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “Comeback Season In The Work But Now I’m Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song. The former five-star prospect was suspended from football […]

  • 4.2 earthquake rattles central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    A Guthrie, Oklahoma, resident described Tuesday morning’s earthquake as one of the stronger ones he has felt.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin accepts 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    BY RICK M. GREEN, CAPITOL BUREAU | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An aide dumped a bucket of ice water on Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday outside the state Capitol as part of a charity challenge to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Seated in a wooden chair and wearing jeans, a golf shirt and tennis shoes, she jumped up and yelled after her assistant upended the bucket. The challenge has been sweeping the country. Participants make a video of themselves doing the stunt, post it on social media sites and then challenge friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to the battle against the disease. Most people - including Fallin - do both, take a soaking and donate money.

  • Emails in on Joe Mixon

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The emails are in on Joe Mixon and my Tuesday column, which you can read here. Let’s get right to them: Andrew: “Very surprised to read your column about Joe Mixon “being the guy who hit that girl.” I agree with the punishment and am never for violence against women, but you are overreaching here […]

  • LOL: Watch GOP Sen. John McCain do the robot at a Hamptons party

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Roots and Jamie Foxx were performing for some Republican dignitaries, and former Republican presidential hopeful John McCain decided he wanted a piece of that. So, he got up on stage and did the only thing he could: The robot. Old people are cute. And incredibly awkward.

  • WATCH: Kid flips out after daddy takes his ear and nose

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Children: Bringing the lulz since forever.

  • Racism: Is the new Taylor Swift music video racist?

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Rapper Earl Sweatshirt thinks so. First, here’s Taylor Swift’s latest music video for her single, “Shake It Off.” And here’s what Earl Sweatshirt had to say about the music video, which features Swift singing and dancing alongside hip hop dancers and women twerking (as well as her dressed like a cheerleader and ballerina): haven’t watched […]

  • Here's how much $100 is worth in Oklahoma

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    If you’re lucky enough to have $100 in your pocket, you’re already ahead of most of America. But, you can also rest assured knowing that $100 will go much further in Oklahoma than in will in many other states. The Tax Foundation put together the following map that shows the relative value of $100 across […]

  • Officer pleads not guilty in 19-year-old's death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — A Tulsa police officer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.

  • Washington players show solidarity with Ferguson protest

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The “Hands up, don’t shoot” protest has made its way to the NFL. The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward. It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns. Safety Ryan Clark said Brown “could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. … When you get an opportunity to make a statement and be more than a football player, it’s good.

  • Keystone Dam bridge to open in November

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    TULSA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the bridge over the Keystone Dam is expected to open by the end of November. Crews are rebuilding the Highway 151 bridge over the dam because of safety concerns with the 50-year-old span. Work has been ongoing since October 2013, when the bridge was closed. The Corps says there have been some delays with the $15.6 million project, but that officials are working closely with the contractor to ensure the quality and safety of the bridge. The bridge is being paid for with a combination of state and federal funding.