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  • Grandma thanks Idaho trooper for traffic stop

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman who got a speeding ticket while on a recent vacation to Idaho wrote a note to the Idaho State Police thanking the trooper for the kindness he showed her grandchildren during the stop. KBOI-TV reports ( the Idaho State Police shared the note on Wednesday. The woman wrote that Officer Mike Nielsen made the stop a good experience for her grandchildren by talking with them calmly and giving them stickers. She says she wasn't left out and got her "very own sticker shock." The letter did not say how much she was fined. ___ Information from: KBOI-TV, http://www.kboi2.

  • Oklahoma City police recruit attrition rates rise

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Police recruit attrition rates have risen over the past 10 years in Oklahoma City. About 20 percent of the recruits hired into the academy in October 2003 failed to complete a rigorous, yearlong training regimen that includes the academy, field work, a probationary period and final board. The attrition rate rose to 32 percent for […]

  • OKC sets public hearing Aug. 26 on Uber, Lyft regulations

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The city council has set a public hearing for Aug. 26 on regulations for Uber and Lyft, the trend-setting services that use smartphone apps to connect people needing rides with drivers. Operators of traditional taxi and limousine services complain Uber and Lyft are ignoring stringent and expensive licensing and safety inspection requirements. The proposed rules would […]

  • Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography. Ventura won another victory on Wednesday — a day after the jury voted 8-2 to award him more than $1.8 million — when "American Sniper" publisher HarperCollins told The Associated Press it would remove the passage that sparked the lawsuit from the best-seller. But given the rhetoric surrounding the verdict, the former Navy SEAL and ex-pro wrestler still faces battles over his reputation and the money he's owed.

  • GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. The bill would have prohibited companies from deducting expenses related to moving their operations to a foreign country. It also would have offered tax credits to companies that move operations to the U.S. from a foreign country. The Senate voted 54-42 to end debate on the bill, six short of the 60 votes needed to advance it. The White House says President Barack Obama supports the legislation.

  • Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production


    NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed. The series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. Contract disputes aren't unusual at popular, long-running TV series. It's unclear how long the impasse would have to take before it would cause a delay in episodes getting on the air.

  • Kevin Durant ESPN poll: 43 percent of US says 'slim chance' KD plays for Wizards

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked "What are the chances Kevin Durant plays for the Wizards during his prime?" Forty-three percent say "slim chance," 33 percent said there's a "good chance," and 24 percent said "no chance." The Durant's future talk was ignited again on Tuesday when the Oklahoma City Thunder star was asked about his impending free agency in 2016 . Few states thought Durant stood a good chance. Those states included Maryland and Virginia (understandably so), Alaska, Alabama and Vermont. Per Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog, "57 percent of Marylanders think there’s a good chance Durant comes home during his prime. The number is 51 percent in Virginia. No other state is above 41 percent." An early  SportsNation TV poll of "Should Thunder fans be worried about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City?" drew a 73 percent "Yes," 27 percent "No."

  • Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies


    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels has kept away international police charged with securing the site, a sprawling area of farmland and villages. And until it's secured, there is no way for forensic experts to recover the bodies or gather debris for analysis.

  • Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. Investigators say 30-year-old Freddy Shelby of Albuquerque was arrested Sunday after the homeowners called police to report their unwanted mystery guest. According to a criminal complaint, Shelby broke into the couple's home through a window and grabbed a Sprite from the refrigerator before falling asleep in the master bedroom. Authorities say the homeowners found a disrobed Shelby in a deep sleep. Officers arrived and called to the man, but he slept through it. Authorities say Shelby woke up only after an officer ripped the blankets off him. Shelby told officers he thought he was at

  • Thunder arena getting new floor; 'Peake upgrades total $2.4 million

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The Thunder will be playing on a new basketball floor when the NBA season begins this fall. That’s just one of the $2.4 million worth of upgrades fans will notice this season at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Here’s a rundown from Tom Anderson, special projects manager in the city manager’s office: Suites: Suites are being reconfigured; each […]

  • Earthquake rattles Edmond, Oklahoma area Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    An earthquake was reported Wednesday in Edmond, Oklahoma. It was a 3.4 magnitude quake

  • Boil advisory lifted for Oklahoma town

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The water in Ryan, Okla. is now considered safe for human consumption after traces of E. coli were found in water samples which prompted a boil advisory, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon investigation could last another week or more

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The investigation involving Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon could last another week or more, a Norman Police official said Wednesday. “We are not closer to making an arrest,” Norman Police captain Todd Gibson told the Tulsa World in an e-mail. “and would anticipate having documentation to the Cleveland County District Attorney sometime late next […]

  • Oklahoma owl deaths investigated

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the agency is investigating the death of two owls found coated in oil in northwestern Oklahoma. Gavin Shire says he can’t comment on the investigation until it’s finished and it’s unclear when it will be completed. The birds were found with several others in an uncovered saltwater tank. The tank was in neglected oil field located on the Major and Garfield County line. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are also investigating the incident. A report from the Corporation Commission shows several contaminated spots as well as fire hazards at the site. The report says the well

  • Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lois Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. Republican Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. In one email, Lerner called them crazies. In the other, she called them "assholes.

  • Raiders owner confirms talks with San Antonio


    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has confirmed he's met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. Davis says in a statement that "Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town." The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with Cisneros, then-mayor Julian Castro, the city manager and others to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio. The newspaper reported that the Alamodome could serve as a temporary home until a new stadium is built. The Raiders are in the final seas

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 30, 2014: Hear Cow Bop and Duchess at the Blue Door (with video)

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today’s featured event: Hear Americana/Western swing/country/jazz outfit Cow Bop from Los Angeles join forces with jazz vocal trio Duchess from New York City at 8 tonight at the Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of Cow Bop’s annual Route 66 summer tour Under the leadership of guitarist […]

  • UPDATE: Flash flood watch issued in Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Heavy rain is possible from northwestern to southern Oklahoma Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports. Up to 4 inches of rain could fall in parts of the state.

  • Tulsa school, the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma, celebrates diversity

    By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    A new Tulsa private school is set to make history as the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma. However, the Oklahoma Alliance Academy was founded to provide individualized learning in a safe, bully-free environment for any student from sixth to 12th grade who is different in some way, said school headmaster CC Lawhon. It’s not just for students who identify as lesbian, gay or transgender. “These are kids who’ve been made fun of for their differences instead of valued for their differences,” she said. Read the full story at

  • Arson fire destroys Oklahoma City Tennis Center concession stand building

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Fire destroyed a concession stand building at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. Anyone with information can call the arson hotline.