• Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear. Republicans weighed filing a lawsuit. Or trying to block funding for Obama's move. Or advancing immigration measures of their own. But the party was divided, and Obama's veto pen seemed to give him the upper hand.

  • Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation's second-largest state, but only after defeating six and seeing a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy and negatively portray Muslims. The State Board of Education sanctioned 89 books and classroom software packages that more than 5 million public school students will begin using next fall. But it took hours of sometimes testy discussion and left publishers scrambling to make hundreds of last-minute edits, some to no avail. A proposal to delay the vote to allow the board and general public to better check those chan

  • White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period. The president's critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as a result of his administrative actions, the gross domestic product would grow by $90 billion, or 0.4 percent, over 10 years, and wages would rise by 0.3 percent by 2024. Obama's actions could spare nearly 5 million immigrants illegally in the U.S. from deportation and make them eligible for work permits. The report aims to counter critics such as Sen.

  • Judge: Missouri police can't stop media recordings

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has issued court orders that prevent Missouri police from stopping media and others from recording officers. The court order follows a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union that said police tried to stop journalists from recording in Ferguson, where protests have been ongoing since 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August. The order comes as the public waits for a grand jury decision on whether to indict the officer, who is white. Brown, who was black, was unarmed. Some protests prompted by the shooting have turned violent. Gov. Jay Nixon this week declared a state of emergency preparing for the grand jury announcement. The court order ap

  • Correction: Deadly Crash story

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Nov. 20 about a family killed in a car crash on their way to Disney World, The Associated Press reported erroneously the charge against the driver. The 16-year-old was cited with careless operation, a misdemeanor, not reckless operation of a vehicle, which is a felony.

  • Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome. The Internet startup — which is backed by Barry Diller — made waves earlier this year by letting people record and stream broadcast TV online. At the time, it was seen as an alternative to cable, offering a few dozen local broadcast channels and the Bloomberg TV financial channel on multiple devices for just $8 a month. Hulu offers full episodes of popular shows from broadcast networks ABC, NBC and Fox the next day for free. But Aereo offered live streaming of those TV channels. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo o

  • Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated.

  • Oklahoma police agencies plan ENDUI Program

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    BROKEN ARROW — Oklahoma police agencies plan to increase their enforcement of impaired driving offenses as part of the statewide ENDUI program during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The program kicks off Saturday and will continue through Nov. 29. The approach of the Thanksgiving holiday will not only bring a major increase in vehicle travel, but also the risk of incidents of impaired driving. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2012, over 300 people were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. Half of the fatalities that occurred in Oklahoma during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2013 were alcohol related. The ENDUI initiative will increase routine traffic enforcement during this high travel period.

  • Arizona sheriff sues Obama over immigration change

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff who has clashed with the federal government and made waves for cracking down on illegal immigration sued President Barack Obama to challenge his new changes to the immigration system. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (are-PIE'-oh) contends Obama acted outside his constitutional authority and asks the court to block the move. The changes include making millions of immigrants illegally in the United States eligible for protection from deportation and for work permits. The changes would not go through Congress.

  • #Healthy65 holiday challenge: Seeking a better vegucation

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Just because you’re vegan, does not mean you’re healthy. Two years ago, I decided to try a vegan diet after watching the documentary “Vegucated.” I thought it might help with my fitness and overall health for roller derby. And even though, I’m in better shape now compared to then, I still find myself wanting to clamp down on my food choices even more. A lot of people might think vegans only eat lettuce and a few other leafy selections. So wrong. For one, we need protein, which we can get from beans, lentils, etc. And second, we also have a lot of fast food options. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a higher intake of soy, tofu and bean burritos in the first year than greens.

  • Foul weather in store Saturday for Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    If you were thinking of doing something outdoors this weekend, you might want to rethink those plans. The National Weather Service is predicting rain and possible flooding for much of the state on Saturday. From the Hazardous Weather Outlook: THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN... WESTERN...CENTRAL...AND SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA...AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS. .DAY […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Should Mason Rudolph be pulled out of redshirt?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Quarterback Daxx Garman is injured, to some extent. OSU plays at seventh-ranked Baylor on Saturday night and, at 5-5 and going south quickly, the Cowboys face not only the prospect of not being bowl eligible, but of getting embarrassed in Waco by a Baylor squad needing brownie points with the College Football Playoff committee. So […]

  • Traffic backed up on Broadway Extension at Wilshire Friday after crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Broadway Extension is being shut down at Wilshire Blvd. due to a crash Friday morning in north Oklahoma City. Police are on the scene. Check NewsOK.com for updates.

  • Michael Brown's dad urges peace in online video

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of Michael Brown is making a plea for peace, regardless of whether the grand jury decides to charge the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot his unarmed son. Michael Brown Sr. has posted a video online saying that he, his family and the St. Louis region are still hurting. But, Brown says, "hurting others or destroying property is not the answer." Michael Brown was 18 when he was killed by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson following an altercation on Aug. 9. The grand jury decision is expected soon. The video was a public service announcement produced by the group STL Forward, a website trying to unite the St. Louis region following the unrest that followed the shooting. ___

  • A Personal Request - Make this Christmas Special

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    At this moment, there are more than 12,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system. They are kids who have endured ugliness in their homes, separated from parents they love, no matter how flawed those parents might be, and they’re often facing the uncertainty of whether those families will be reunited, or if the problems are […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2014: Hear Loretta Lynn at Shawnee's Grand Casino

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE —  Hear “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and multiple-gold-album selling artist Loretta Lynn bring more than 50 years of classic country hits at 8 tonight at Grand Event Center located inside Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Interstate 40 at Exit 178. A career spanning more than five decades began with the breakthrough single, […]

  • Woman with gun arrested outside White House

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan woman carrying a gun was arrested outside the White House just after President Barack Obama completed a nationally broadcast speech announcing his plan for the U.S. immigration system. The Secret Service says that its officers arrested 23-year-old April Lenhart of Mount Morris, Michigan around 8:30 p.m. EST Thursday. They say she was participating in a demonstration along the north fence outside the White House complex when agents spotted a holstered handgun on her front hip. Authorities say that Lenhart faces charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, and carrying a pistol without a license. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says Lenhart made no statements

  • Rain chances Friday and Saturday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    There is a chance for rain Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma. Temperatures will reach 60 degrees Friday.

  • Key elements of Obama's actions on immigration

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system could shield nearly 5 million people here illegally from deportation, without going through Congress. A look at the key executive measures Obama announced Thursday: ___ PARENTS Protect from deportation and make eligible for work permits approximately 4.1 million people who are in the U.S. illegally but whose children are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, regardless of whether the children are minors. To be eligible, the parents must have lived in the U.S. for five years. After passing background checks and paying fees, parents would be granted relief from deportation for three years at a time.

  • Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. In a televised address to the nation, Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged GOP lawmakers to focus their energy not on blocking his measures but on approving long-stalled legislation to take their place.