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  • Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean. The search coordination center said Wednesday a robotic submarine, the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21, had so far covered more than 80 percent of the 310-square-kilometer (120-square-mile) seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the ocean floor. Nothing of interest had been found. The 4.5-kilometer (2.

  • SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. Even with more than 150 people still missing, the funeral halls in Ansan are already full, Oh Sang-yoon of the government-wide emergency task force center said in a statement.

  • Two people die after Oklahoma accidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Crystal A. Sutterfield, 32, of Antlers, died in a Tulsa hospital after being injured in a car accident that killed three others, and an Iowa woman died after an accident in Craig County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides were leaving Mount Everest's base camp on Wednesday as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced that they were canceling their climbs this season. American climber Ed Marzec said he saw several Sherpas leaving the base camp and many others packing up their tents. Some were loading their equipment onto a helicopter that had landed at the camp. "There are a lot of Sherpas leaving this morning, and in the next two days there will be a huge number that will follow," Marzec, 67, from San Diego, said by phone from the base camp. He said he had already decided to abandon his climb.

  • Seventh person arrested in Blanchard man's death

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    John Worcester, 39, was charged April 15 with murder in connection with the January death of Shawn Masters.

  • Oklahoma transportation officials find more cracks in Lexington-Purcell bridge

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Oklahoma transportation officials’ efforts to repair a bridge that links Lexington and Purcell experienced another setback this week. Contractors working to repair the bridge noticed more cracks in the bridge’s structure in areas where they didn’t expect to see damage, Casey Shell, chief engineer for the state Transportation Department, said Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin stays execution

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday delayed the execution of a convicted murderer scheduled to die later that day. In an executive order staying Clayton Derrell Lockett’s execution, Fallin said she had to step in and issue the order.

  • 6-year-old dies in house explosion in southwest Oklahoma City

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A 6-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when a house exploded and caught fire in southwest Oklahoma City. The boy’s grandmother was hurt in the fire.

  • Man killed in hit-and-run in Lawton

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Troy McGee, 57, died after he was struck by an unidentified pickup early Tuesday in Lawton, police said.

  • Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire. The developments — just hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left the Ukrainian capital — raised fears that last week's international agreement on easing Ukraine's crisis was unraveling. The accord calls for all sides to refrain from violence and for demonstrators to vacate public buildings. It does not specifically prohibit security operations, but Ukraine suspended its so-called "anti-terrorist operation" after it was reached.

  • UPDATE: Substance found in Midwest City deemed not hazardous

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A Midwest City police dispatcher said a man called to report he received an envelope with a substance in it.

  • Two children, one adult taken to hospitals after horse-drawn carriage overturns in Mustang during an Oklahoma Land Run re-enactment

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A horse-drawn carriage overturned Monday during a Land Run re-enactment, sending two children and one adult to hospitals after the accident at Centennial Elementary School in Mustang.

  • UPDATE: Lanes reopen on NE 23 near Sooner Road

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Lanes on NE 23 near Sooner Road had been closed because of a noninjury accident involving a semi-truck.

  • Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smartphones and even their large-screen televisions. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry. There was a good measure of skepticism about Aereo's approach, sometimes leavened with humor.

  • Police: Man killed wife outside NW Indiana school

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP) — A man fatally shot his estranged wife in the parking lot of a parochial school in northwestern Indiana and later killed himself at his home after a police officer confronted him, police said. Officers responding to a report of shots fired outside St. Mary's Catholic School about 4:30 p.m. Monday found Nina Castro, 42, lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said. She and her 16-year-old daughter had been collecting her 14-year-old son from an after-school program, Mance said. The teenagers witnessed the shooting, he said. Remanard Castro, 55, fled the scene on a motorcycle and headed to his home in the neighboring city of Gary, Mance said.

  • More cracks found in closed bridge in Oklahoma

    Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials say additional cracks have been found on a bridge that connects two towns and has been closed since January. Officials announced Tuesday during a news conference that two new cracks have developed on the 76-year-old bridge connecting Lexington and Purcell. The extra repair work is expected to cost an additional $1 million to $1.5 million, for a total project cost of about $15.5 million. State Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson says the new repair work is not expected to delay the scheduled June 14 re-opening of the bridge. Engineer Casey Shell says the new cracks are near what are known as gusset plates.

  • Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

    By SEAN MURPHY | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state’s roaring recovery from the recession. But even though revenue is pouring into the state treasury, the legislature is wrestling with a self-inflicted budget crisis that could prompt cuts to education, public safety and health care. The problem is that lawmakers over the last decade have created and expanded so many tax breaks and earmarked so much money for special projects that there’s no longer enough for basic services.

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  • Silver alert issued for missing Stillwater woman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Authorities are searching Payne County for Jewell Evans, 86, of Stillwater.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Reed Case, Baker Mayfield and the College Football Playoff

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 13 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops participated in a Big 12 football coaches’ media teleconference Tuesday morning, addressing several issues, not the least of which was the loss of Reed Case, who had been with the program since 2011 and was the team’s first director of player personnel.