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  • "Critical Wildfire conditions likely" today

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Wildfire danger will be elevated to critical on Wednesday due to dry weather, decreasing humidity, warmer temperatures, and increasing winds.

  • German Shepherd called to jury duty in New Jersey

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime. Cumberland County has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is IV is a 5-year-old German Shepherd. Her owner tells KYW-TV in Philadelphia ( ) he figured out the mistake as soon as the summons arrived at his Bridgeton home. The dog's owner is Barrett Griner IV. He uses the Roman numeral for four in his name. He named his dog using the letters "I'' and "V." The county's judiciary coordinator says the computer likely misplaced the Roman numeral for Barrett's last name and mailed the summons.

  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. Lincoln police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because her 3-year-old son was missing from her apartment. Employees at the bowling alley across the street meanwhile called police to say a small boy was playing with stuffed animals inside the coin-operated machine. It was unclear how the boy ended up inside the claw crane machine. A representative from the vending machine company let him out and he was reunited with his mother a short time later. He was not hurt.

  • Oklahoma triggerman sentenced to life in Joplin homicide

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    JOPLIN, Mo. — An Oklahoma man who shot a Joplin man to death during a robbery was sentenced to life in prison. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Hartman was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences with the possibility of parole for the July 2012 death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages. The Joplin Globe reports ( ) three co-defendants testified at Hartman’s trial in January that he shot Wages when they broke into Wages’ Joplin home. The group thought Wages had Ecstasy and cash, which they did not find. Four of five defendants were convicted of murder and related charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison. One case is pending. Hartman, a member of a Hoover Street Crips gang in Tulsa, Okla.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: Mayor Ron Norick on where the city's been, and where it's headed

    William Crum | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Ron Norick served three terms as mayor, from 1987 to 1998.

  • 2 Oklahoma women die in Kansas Turnpike accident

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    WICHITA, Kan. — Two women from Oklahoma died when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a man going the wrong way on the Kansas Turnpike. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident occurred Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Wichita. The patrol says the driver, 65-year-old Donald Fifer of Haysville, was driving south in the northbound lanes when his truck hit a vehicle head-on, struck a guardrail and overturned before starting on fire. He was hospitalized in Wichita. The driver of the second vehicle, 38-year-old Lori Uchiyama, of Blackwell, Okla., and her passenger, 33-year-old Elizabeth Goodno, of Ponca City, Okla., were killed. Investigators are trying to determine why Fifer was driving the

  • Tulsa's Guts Church settles lawsuit with family of boxer who died after bout

    By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World | Updated: 5 hr ago

    A Tulsa church's owners have settled a civil lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in the wake of a boxing event at the church, a lawyer confirmed Tuesday. The family of George Clinkscale III, a former TU linebacker, alleged negligence in a lawsuit against the church following the boxing event that featured untrained and unlicensed fighters. Clinkscale's family alleged negligence by Guts Church and pastors Bill Scheer and Sandy Scheer, requesting an unspecified amount of actual damages in excess of $75,000 plus punitive damages. Read the full story at

  • Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person. The Bluefin 21 sub surfaced early for the second time in as many missions, this time after experiencing technical difficulties. It was sent back into the water after its data were downloaded but there's been no sign of the plane, according to the search coordinator.

  • High winds, warm temperatures ahead Wednesday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Winds could gust up to 45 mph in central Oklahoma Wednesday. Temperatures are warming up.

  • Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said. The man was stopped by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously, including walking down the middle of a street barefoot in pouring rain, Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said. The man dropped the backpack and told the officer it contained a rice cooker, he said. The incident took place hours after ceremonies to mark last year's Boston Marathon bombings, in which two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks exploded, killing three people near the finish line and injuring

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: MAPS, then the bombing

    William Crum | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma City begins the mid 1990s with a collective decision to invest in itself, but then a terrorist strikes the heartland.

  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack. "This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong," former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line, where two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks killed three people and injured more than 260 others a year ago.

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper pay raise bill headed to Gov. Mary Fallin

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A bill clearing the way for state trooper pay raises was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is headed to the governor.

  • Louisiana man dies after head-on collision in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Tilman Palmer, 76, of Amite City, La., was driving a pickup about 5:55 a.m. Monday on State Highway 48 near Sapulpa, when another pickup hit his head-on, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place. "If they were monitored correctly, then maybe none of this would have happened," said Jodi Michelle Pier-Estepp, the mother of victim Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, whose naked body was found March 14 on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting plant. The situation has raised new questions about the effectiveness of the devices that are supposed to deter criminals by keeping them away from forbidden area such as schools and playgrounds and from anyon

  • Alleged Hillary Clinton shoe thrower detained

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal magistrate on Tuesday ordered a Phoenix woman to remain jailed until she is returned to Las Vegas to face federal charges alleging she threw a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech. Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, read documents, talked to her lawyer and sat on the edge of her seat as she waited for her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Logan in Phoenix. Ernst, wearing a turquoise-colored hooded jacket and jeans, was arrested late Monday after federal prosecutors in Las Vegas filed charges Sunday accusing her of trespassing and violence against a person. The federal charges increase the possible consequences for Ernst if she is convicted of throwing a shoe at the forme

  • Barresi opposes bill to cut state testing in social studies

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education issued a statement Tuesday announcing State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s opposition to legislation that would eliminate three state tests in social studies and geography. Authored by State Senators Mark Allen, R-Spiro, and Tom Ivester, D-Elk City, Senate Bill 1654 would prohibit the state Board of Education from developing and administering tests for grades 3-8 not required by federal law and remove the requirement for social studies testing in grades five and eight, as well as geography testing in grade seven. In the press statement, state education officials said that while the high stakes, end-of-instruction exam in U.S. History would remain in place for high schoolers, eliminating the assessments would “de-emphasize” social studies instruction in elementary and middle schools. Read the rest of this story at .

  • Oklahoma City sets record low Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The record low for April 15 was recorded early Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

  • Edmond mayor plans to run again for office

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Charles Lamb intends to run for mayor in 2015. Lamb wants to be mayor when the new $27.5 million public safety center complex is completed in the summer of 2015.

  • Oklahoma State football: Seminoles riding high in the spring

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

    OSU opens the 2014 season against defending champion Florida State on Aug. 30 at JerryWorld in Arlington. It’s a case of bad timing. An OSU-Florida State game to open the 2013 season would have been rich; the ’13 Cowboys could have stood up to the Seminoles.