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  • Obama to border critics: 'This is not theater'

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the border during his two-day trip to Texas, he retorted: "This is not theater. This is a problem." Among Obama's harshest critics has been Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate who is mulling another run for the White House. Perry greeted Obama upon his arrival in the state Wednesday evening, then discussed the situation at the border with him privately and during a larger meeting w

  • Pryor, Oklahoma, counselor charged with Medicaid fraud

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Annie G. King, 41, a licensed professional counselor, has been charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud, accused of gambling at a local casino during times when she was billing the state for services.

  • Border surge overwhelming, officials tell Congress

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior Obama administration officials testified Wednesday as they urged senators to agree to the president's emergency spending request for the crisis. But as President Barack Obama traveled to Texas, Republican opposition hardened to his $3.7 billion request, leaving any solution unclear. At the same time, the political pressures on the president appeared to grow from all sides, as Republicans denounced him on the Senate floor, and even some Democrats began to join GOP demands for him to visit the U.S.-Mexican border — calls the White House continued to reject.

  • Man arrested on DUI complaint at scene of northwest Oklahoma City homicide investigation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police said Pedro Carrasco-Soria, 34, was under the influence of alcohol when he drove around a police barricade early Sunday and into an active crime scene.

  • Justin Bieber pleads no contest in vandalism case

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program, and stay away from the victim and his family for two years. The 20-year-old Grammy-nominated singer was not present for the arraignment at Superior Court in Van Nuys. Bieber's lawyer, Shawn Holley, entered the plea on his behalf. A spokeswoman for Bieber said he's glad to have the matter resolved and behind him. She added that he will move forward and focus on his career and music.

  • Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it will be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "It is a milestone that when the Supreme Court reconvenes in October, there will be at least one (gay marriage) petition pending," said Jon Davidson, director of Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide.

  • Fiery crash in Bethany leads to man's arrest

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Wesley Early, 28, was arrested on a complaint of manslaughter after a fiery wreck that killed one man Tuesday afternoon in Bethany, police said.

  • Fire caused by lightning burns 9,521-square-foot mansion in north Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The home’s residents, two adults and five children, escaped safely, Oklahoma City fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.

  • Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases. About 40 percent of colleges and universities reported not having conducted a sexual assault investigation in the past five years, including 6 percent of the nation's largest public institutions. More than 20 percent of large, private schools conducted fewer investigations than the number of incidents reported to the Education Department. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a former prosecutor whose office conducted the survey, said parents and taxpayers should be concerned about the number of invest

  • John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. A federal lawsuit filed last week is the latest salvo in a long-running legal duel between the North Carolina university and California-based John Wayne Enterprises over commercial products featuring the name. The late actor used the moniker since childhood, when he adopted the name of the family dog. Lawyers for the university say allowing the Wayne estate to use the name could cause confusion and "diminish, dilute and tarnish" the value of the name, for which both parties hold trademarks. Messages seeking comment Wednesday from John Wa

  • Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring. Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order. Liberal clergy and groups advocating on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people adamantly oppose such an exemption — and have pulled their support for a non-discrimination bill they long supported to drive the point home. The upshot is a difficult balancing act for the White House, which says the executive order is still being drafted — nearly a month after Ob

  • Judge: Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban. District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 voter-approved ban violates the state and federal constitutions. He immediately put his ruling on hold pending an appeal. Crabtree is the 16th judge to void a state's gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government has to recognize gay marriages in the states.

  • Riders call tallest waterslide scary, but worth it

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered. And that was before I ever stepped foot in the raft. Two-thirds of the way up the circular stairs is a sign that says I've reached the height of the Statue of Liberty. A few dozen more steps and I've reached the level of Niagara Falls — and the relief that despite being a little light-headed, this 50-year-old former smoker was going to make it to the top of the ride called "Verruckt" — German for "insane." ___ From a distance, the waterslide at the edge of Schlitterbahn Waterpark, about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri,

  • Body found at Oklahoma recycling plant identified

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    CATOOSA (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a body found at a recycling center in Catoosa has been identified as that of a Tulsa woman. The agency said Wednesday that fingerprints were used to identify the body as 24-year-old Bobbie Lee Cole of Tulsa. Workers at the plant found the body Monday among cardboard that had been left for recycling at the National Waste Disposal Facility. The OSBI says the body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Tulsa to determine the cause and manner of death.

  • Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies. Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, on Wednesday began reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant that's been purified to meet government drinking standards. The water is then sent by a 12-mile pipeline to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant for additional purification. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved Wichita Falls' proposal for a toilet-to-tap reuse program for up to six months.

  • OSU basketball: Desmond Mason challenges Markel Brown to dunk contest

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Many Oklahoma State purists stand firm in saying Desmond Mason is the best dunker in school history. But most who spent the past four years in awe of Markel Brown’s SportsCenter highlights disagree. So who’s the best dunker from OSU? Mason or Brown? Mason said Wednesday he’s ready to settle the debate. Mason, who played […]

  • Congresswoman: Patrol officer beating video is brutality

    By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for “viciously” punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a “brutal attack” and said “there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway.” “This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again,” Waters said in a statement. “Based on the video shown of the patrol officer’s forceful punching of Marlene

  • Man accused in grisly Oklahoma 2012 murder testifies

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    PAULS VALLEY (AP) — The man accused of murdering another man and dismembering his body has testified about some of the grisly details of the crime. Justin Hammer is accused of killing Brandon Duran in 2012, dismembering him and putting his body parts in buckets of cement. Investigators say Hammer shot Duran in the face with a shotgun. Hammer has pleaded not guilty and says he shot Duran in self-defense. Hammer testified Wednesday that he shot Duran twice. An Oklahoma City television reports that Hammer then detailed how he cut up and disposed of the body. Hammer says he was afraid of Duran because he thought he was a member of the “Banditos” motorcycle gang. Duran’s mother previously testified her son was not

  • Congresswoman says CHP beating video is brutality

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for "viciously" punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a "brutal attack" and said "there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway." "This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again," Waters said in a statement. "Based on the video shown of the patrol officer's forceful punching of Marlene Pinnock, this is enough t

  • Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews. John Kalymon of Troy died at his suburban Detroit home on June 29. He had pneumonia, prostate cancer and dementia, son Alex Kalymon told The Associated Press. "The last two years he had no idea about anything about his life," the son said Wednesday. "He was just struggling to live and his mind wasn't there." A federal appeals court last year upheld a deportation order against Kalymon, but the U.S. couldn't find a country that would take him. In Munich, Germany, prosecutors this year filed an arrest warrant against him for bein