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  • Autistic boy's parents sue Ohio health department

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Parents of an autistic child on Thursday sued the Ohio Department of Health and others in federal court, alleging discrimination against Ohio's autistic children by failing to provide what the lawsuit describes as federally mandated treatment. Gary and Nikki Ruhl, of Mansfield, in northern Ohio, sued in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on behalf of their 3-year-old son. The lawsuit charges the health department and the coordinator of Ohio's system that provides early intervention services aiding the development of children up to age 3 refused to provide necessary treatment. The complaint is similar to one recently settled in federal court in Cincinnati over an autistic boy in southwestern Ohio.

  • Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early Thursday. The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peters

  • British hostage appears in new video

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group. The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. The British government declined to comment on the video.

  • Oklahoma Natural Gas receives high marks in J.D. Power survey

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    For the third year, Oklahoma Natural Gas took the top spot in its regional category for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power.

  • Chat recap: Edmond adds more nightlife options

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man found naked in public

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City police arrested Jonathon Warledo on Wednesday on a complaint of public indecency.

  • Organizer expects more than 600 to rally against Oklahoma City 'black mass'

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    An organizer says he expects up to 600 people from as far away as Pennsylvania to attend a prayer rally expressing opposition to the “black mass” at downtown’s Civic Center Music Hall. A Satanist plans the event Sunday evening in CitySpace, a small theater in the Civic Center basement that holds fewer than 100 people. […]

  • Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots Wednesday night after a chase in which the 42-year-old man slammed his vehicle into a police car then fled on foot into a construction area, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. The officers told Belmar the suspect tried to fire, but his .22-caliber rifle jammed and no casings were found outside the gun. Belmar declined to name the man pending notification of relatives but said he had a lengthy criminal record and had spent eight years in pr

  • Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the courtroom while some of the victim's relatives described the grief and pain they have experience since the Nov. 11 murder. "Even if they each serve 50 years, they still will not feel any guilt or sympathy," said Holly LaFerrara, the victim's sister. "They completely lack empathy. They have no conscience, no remorse and no moral compass. "They lack the most basic element of hu

  • Authorities seek man posing as Oklahoma state trooper

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    TALALA (AP) — Rogers County authorities say a man posing as an Oklahoma state trooper made a traffic stop in Talala. Sheriff Scott Walton told KOTV the man told the driver Wednesday night that he was a trooper and that he stopped him for speeding and having a radar detector. Walton says the victim told deputies that the man was driving a white Dodge Charger with flashing lights. The victim says the man took his driver’s license and insurance card and returned to his car for about 10 minutes — then drove away. The man says he chased the car for several miles but stopped when speeds reached about 100 miles per hour. Walton says the impersonator was not wearing a uniform and no badge or gun was seen.

  • Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group photo taken at a restaurant, to try to match the faces with names. "Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian," Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday in a statement. No arrests have been made, but some of the young men and women seen in the video have submitted to voluntary interviews

  • Stabbing injures student, Texas school evacuated

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a student has been hospitalized after being stabbed during a fight at his Texas high school that prompted officials to evacuate the building. Police Cpl. Vicky Steffanic says the fight broke out between two 15-year-old boys Thursday morning in a bathroom at Bastrop High School, with one stabbing the other. The school, about 25 miles southeast of Austin, was then placed on lockdown. Steffanic says the victim was hospitalized but his injuries aren't considered life-threatening. The other teen was apprehended off campus. He's charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. School district spokesman Donald Williams released a statement saying students were taken to a nearby perf

  • UPDATE: Rain in north Oklahoma City and Edmond areas in central Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Rain is falling in parts of central Oklahoma Thursday. The high temperature in Oklahoma City will be near 91 degrees.

  • APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, told The Associated Press that freeing the detainees could provide a diplomatic opening between the nations, also snared by Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons. But he said Washington would not give into attempts to "extort" political gain from the detentions. North Korea this week sentenced 24-year-old Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, to six years hard labor, deepening U.S. concern over the cases.

  • Police: Man caused $14K damage by doing doughnuts

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man caused more than $14,000 damage to several other vehicles when he took a dare to do a "doughnut" with his pickup truck in a bar parking lot. Police say 35-year-old Brett Whitmire's truck kicked up damaging stones as it spun in a tight circle in the parking lot of the Beer Garden in Washington Township on Aug. 18. Butler County prosecutors tell the Butler Eagle (http://bit.ly/1wHRwzu ) they're willing to drop a felony criminal mischief charge if Whitmire, of Butler, pays for the damage. Whitmire was arraigned by video Tuesday as he's in a state prison on a parole violation. His attorney called the incident a "mistake.

  • Report: OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel a candidate for SMU job

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is a candidate for the SMU head coaching job, EJ Holland of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday. The job came open when June Jones resigned earlier this month two games into the season. Tom Mason is the Mustangs’ interim coach. Heupel, who starred at OU, […]

  • Guess which Putnam City North grad is 41 on Sept. 18

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Actor and Oklahoma native James Marsden's birthday is today.

  • UPDATE: Winds tipped power poles in north Oklahoma City as storms roll through Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    High winds moved through parts of north Oklahoma City Thursday morning. Power poles were bent.

  • Neon Trees indefinitely postponing October Oklahoma City show after bassist's heart surgery

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Neon Trees is postponing indefinitely its Oklahoma City “First Things First Tour” stop set for Oct. 22 show at the Diamond Ballroom after the band’s bassist, Branden Campbell, had to undergo open-heart surgery. Here is the statement the band issued through its publicist: “Neon Trees regretfully must postpone some dates of their upcoming fall tour […]

  • Nigeria: Death toll in building collapse up to 80

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist's church complex in Nigeria has risen to 80, an official said Thursday. Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency announced the toll as search operations continued at T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. South Africa has said 67 South African citizens died in the Sept. 12 collapse of a guesthouse at the church complex. Officials have not clarified whether the South African fatalities were among the larger group of 80 dead cited by the Nigerian government.