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  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring “no confidence” in Barresi. Barresi campaign manager Robyn Matthews says it’s no surprise Barresi’s reform efforts are being opposed by those who Matthews says are “guarding their own kingdoms.

  • Hearing to be set for Oklahoma woman in 1992 case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    BRISTOW— A preliminary hearing is expected to be set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson’s mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank. A hearing is scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp’s 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp’s 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Investigators acting on a tip from Beverly Noe’s brother — Grover Prewitt — found the bodies of the three last spring. The three were buried in a hole on land Prewitt once owned near the small town of Terlton. Grover Prewitt was charged

  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    Updated: 44 min ago

    Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified. In the Philippines, Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation commemorated the occasion by re-enacting the crucifixion. Devotees have themselves nailed to wooden crosses, rituals that church leaders do not condone but that draw huge crowds. Undeterred, some penitents participate in the practice year after year. Devotees undergo the re-enactment in the belief that extreme pain is a way to atone for their sins, attain miracle cures for illnesses or give thanks to God. In the Holy Land, Christians marked the day with prayers and processions, with thousands of pilgrims crowding along the Via Dolorosa

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 18, 2014: Celebrate the release of Horse Thief's new album at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 53 min ago

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of local band Horse Thief’s debut full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” at 8:30 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave. Deerpeople and Pageantry also will be on the bill. As previously reported, Horse Thief signed last year with Bella Union and released its well-regarded debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” in April 2013.

  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's publisher says her upcoming book on her role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be called "Hard Choices." Publisher Simon & Shuster said Friday the new book will offer Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices and challenges" she faced as secretary of state and "how those experiences drive her view of the future." The book will be released June 10. The title could also reference another big decision looming for Clinton: whether to run for president again in 2016. Polls show her as the leading Democratic contender if she seeks the White House, which was once held by her husband, Bill Clinton.

  • Man shot and killed in Lawton, Oklahoma Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Police are investigating the city of Lawton’s seventh homicide of the year. A man was found dead of a gunshot wound in his driveway.

  • Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu said. The fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 aboard. It was participating in a Good Friday ceremony that involves parading a Virgin Mary statue at sea before the passengers headed into Larantuka town in East Nusatenggara province for prayers and processions. With strong currents and high waves off Flores island, the boat began to tip and many people panicked. It sank shortl

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday. The announcement underscored that Japan hasn't abandoned its plans to continue whaling in both oceans for research purposes, an allowed exception to a global ban on commercial whaling. Last month, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to suspend its Antarctic program because it was virtually commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended. The annual spring hunt along Japan's northern coast is to begin next week, and the distant northern Pacific expedition in May, with another coastal hu

  • Sunshine, calm winds ahead Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Temperatures will be in the low 70s in central Oklahoma Friday. Skies will be sunny.

  • 12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept Mount Everest's slopes on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the worst disaster to hit climbers on the mountain, officials said. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit just them below Camp 2 at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts. Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the three missing guides, Lamsal said. Two Sherpas who were injured were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Nepal's

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions. U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week. The two cases are the first to reach an appellate court since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, gay rights lawyers have successfully convinced eight federal judges that the ruling means courts must strike down laws against gay marriage because they deprive same-sex couples of a fundamental right.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: Becoming a big-league city

    William Crum | Updated: 5 hr ago

    MAPS wraps up its first decade by showing its worth, and the NBA’s Hornets take up residency in a move that shows Oklahoma City can be a big-league town.

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. An impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room offered the president an opportunity to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million. With an eye toward November, Obama castigated Republicans for continuing to seek out every opportunity to thwart the Affordable Care Act. "This thing is working," Obama said of his signature domestic achievement.

  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight." A spiraling fire inside the fertilizer plant in West had ignited 34 tons of ammonium nitrate, creating an explosion so powerful that it killed 15 people, leveled nearby homes and schools, and left a crater where West Fertilizer Co. once stood. Debris was strewn miles away. "It's hard to believe that in one moment, so much damage could be done," McElrath told hundreds of people crowded in a pavilion at the local fairgrounds Thursday night, the one-year anniversary of the explosion. A moment of silence at

  • Elk City man dies in traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Cecil V. Martin, 73, of Elk City, was killed Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident in Roger Mills County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City man arrested in possible murder-for-hire plot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The FBI notified Oklahoma City police of Preston Rhoads, 30, a few days ago, and law officers conducted a search warrant Thursday afternoon in Rhoads’ northwest Oklahoma City home in the 11200 block of McKinley Avenue near Hefner Road and N Pennsylvania Avenue, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

  • Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles — small bits of ordinary school life now infused with heartbreak. There is fury as parents and students lash out at the swarming news media. Horror, too, as they picture loved ones trapped in the cold and dark of a flipped, submerged ferry. Most refuse to believe that, even after dozens of attempts, a friend, a child, a sibling won't answer their cellphone. They keep calling.

  • Oklahoma City traffic stop nets more than a pound of methamphetamine

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    An Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy found methamphetamine with a street value of about $30,000 during an Oklahoma City traffic stop this week, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

  • Condition upgraded for victim of firetruck crash

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Only two of the 15 people injured in a crash involving two firetrucks remained hospitalized Thursday, and officials said one truck must have run a red light. A Monterey Park engine and a ladder truck from neighboring Alhambra were heading to a house fire Wednesday afternoon when they collided at an intersection. The Monterey Park truck was pushed into a Chinese dumpling shop. One truck was heading east and the other south, meaning only one had the green light, but it's unclear which one, Monterey Park fire Capt. Matt Hallock said. It's usual policy among police and fire agencies that vehicles running with their lights and siren on still use caution when heading into intersections.

  • OU football: Frank Shannon's status at OU remains very much in limbo

    By Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Title IX matters in OU’s ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations against linebacker Frank Shannon.