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  • 4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They're demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. These are the Koch brothers, and perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them. The constant shorthand reference — "Koch brothers," pronounced like the cola — that lumps them all together shortchanges the remarkable story of four very different people who rode the Koch genes and the Koch money in vastly different directions. C

  • Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister-designate called Monday on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence killed at least 58 people in areas where the Muslim sect dominates. The comments by Haider al-Abadi came at his first press conference since accepting the nomination to be Iraq's next prime minister, underlining how he is attempting to address the worries of the country's Sunnis, who say that Shiite militias are targeting them in religiously-mixed areas. He added that discussions between political rivals to form a new government were "constructive and positive.

  • Bob Stoops texts Sam Bradford following former OU quarterback’s knee injury

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said that he reached out to Sam Bradford via text after the former Sooners quarterback suffered another injury setback in his NFL career. Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee in the St. Louis Rams’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, cutting his season short for the […]

  • Suspect held in deadly California shooting spree

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was detained late Sunday as a person of interest in a series of apparently random shootings that claimed three lives in suburban Los Angeles was booked on animal-cruelty charges Monday as detectives worked to link him to the three homicides, a police spokesman said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, of Sylmar, was being held on $1 million bail on the animal-cruelty case, but he has not been charged with the shootings that killed two women and one man on Sunday and injured four others, Los Angeles police spokesman Bruce Borihanh said. The dogs were killed Saturday, and the person who shot them drove a vehicle similar to the one witnesses described at two of the three crime scenes on Sunday, a tan or gold-

  • Brown's cousin: 'Enough of the senseless killings'

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of 18-year-old Michael Brown called on those attending his funeral to push for change and help end "the senseless killings." Thousands of people turned out Monday to honor Brown, who was fatally shot on Aug. 9 by a police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis began with upbeat music punctuated by clapping and even some dancing. Relatives recalled Brown as a gentle soul with a deep and growing faith in Christianity. His cousin, Eric Davis, urged those in attendance to go to the polls and push for change. He told the crowd: "We have had enough of the senseless killings." Brown's uncle, Bernard Ewing, recalled Brown

  • Council to vote on Tinker economic development project

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Council will be asked Tuesday to commit $23.5 million toward acquisition of a former Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway yard that is part of the development of an aerospace complex to support maintenance and repair of KC-46A air tankers at Tinker Air Force Base. The complex eventually is expected to support about […]

  • French government dissolves over economic policy

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande is weighing his options after dissolving the government on Monday over open feuding in the Cabinet about how much cutting — or spending — will revive the country's stagnant economy. Hollande is to announce a new government on Tuesday. The debate among French Socialists mirrors one taking place across Europe on whether to pursue a German-led model of fiscal austerity or use more government spending to spur growth. Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government's resignation after accusing France's outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government's policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new go

  • Lawyers for Texas' Perry ask judge for dismissal

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for indicted Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally asked a judge Monday to dismiss felony charges alleging that the possible 2016 presidential candidate abused his power with a veto last summer. In a 60-page motion filed in state district court in Austin, Perry's high-powered defense team argues that the law being used to prosecute the longest-serving governor in Texas history is unconstitutionally vague. They go on to claim that "attempts to convert inescapably political disputes into criminal complaints" shouldn't be allowed to go forward. Since being indicted on two felony counts more than a week ago, Perry has emphatically rejected the charges as a political ploy and pleaded not guilty

  • Bell projected as Sooners starting TE, other notes from OU's depth chart

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    After starting eight games at quarterback last season, Blake Bell looks destined to start Saturday’s season opener at Louisiana Tech at tight end. Bell was listed atop the depth chart at the position when it was released Monday morning on Twitter. Taylor McNamara is No. 2 on the depth chart behind Bell. Other notes from the […]

  • News media sue over Oklahoma execution procedures

    By TIM TALLEY, AP | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma prison officials violated the First Amendment when they prevented reporters from viewing portions of the botched execution of a death row inmate earlier this year, two news organizations claim in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

  • FBI agent to testify in Oklahoma City videos case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — An FBI agent is expected to testify Monday after being accused of pressuring a witness to back out of testifying in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing. Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue says former government operative John Matthews decided not to testify at the urging of the agent. The FBI says Matthews didn’t want to testify. Trentadue is trying to persuade the judge that a video exists showing Timothy McVeigh didn’t act alone. Trentadue says he should be able to search the FBI archives for it. The agency says they have done a reasonable search and found no additional, unreleased videos exist.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    OU football coach Bob Stoops addressed the media on Monday, explaining why the Belldozer package is still in play and why Blake Bell was taking snaps at quarterback last week.

  • Oklahoma congressional delegation mad about fundraising letter

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s all-Republican congressional delegation is angry about a letter on Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce letterhead promoting a local fundraiser for Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. A letter issued Sunday and signed by all seven members of the delegation takes the chamber to task for a letter dated Aug. 12 and signed by chamber Chief Executive Officer Mike Neal. That letter, on chamber letterhead, encourages recipients to attend a fundraiser at the home of former Mayor Kathy Taylor on Wednesday. Read the full story at

  • Judge rejects mental exam for Kenya abuse suspect

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A federal judge has denied prosecutors’ request for a mental evaluation for an Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. Prosecutors wanted the psychiatric evaluation for 19-year-old Matthew Durham, who remains jailed after he was indicted earlier this month on sex abuse charges. Prosecutors accused him of sexually abusing children at the Upendo Children’s Home. Prosecutors requested the mental examination, saying they needed to know whether Durham was insane at the time of the alleged offenses and if he can stand trial. But Durham’s attorneys opposed the motion, noting that they’d given no notice of an insanity defense or incompetency claim. U.S.

  • Elk Valley to team with Choc on production

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    It’s a tale almost all of Oklahoma’s craft brewers can relate to. You think you’re going to open a craft brewery, but the process invariably takes several months longer than expected. There are stops and starts, changes in plans and unforeseen roadblocks. The latest brewer navigating that bumpy path is Elk Valley Brewing Co. Brewmaster […]

  • Police seek individuals wanted in attack on 70-year-old woman in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City police are looking for two individuals who were involved with the robbery and beating of a 70-year-old woman on Aug. 14 in northwest Oklahoma City. 

  • UPDATE: Man, 91, missing in Muskogee, Oklahoma found Monday; Silver Alert canceled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A 91-year-old man missing from a Muskogee care center has been located. Police report he has been foundn Monday.

  • Oklahoma football: Was Joe Mixon a victim of a hate crime?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Was Joe Mixon the victim of a hate crime? How’s that for a twist in the saga of Mixon, the OU tailback who was charged with one misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury, after allegedly punching fellow OU student Amelia Molitor. Molitor was not charged, though she allegedly slapped Mixon first. For […]

  • Wildfire burns near Gold Rush-era boomtown

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville. CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire was 25 percent contained. Firefighters worked through the night to keep the flames from spreading. The fire has burned a little more than 1 square mile, or 650 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of town. "The flames laid pretty low last night and they were able to make some good progress," Hartman said. Officials said daylight will bring increased risks as gusty winds and dry conditions return.

  • Beyonce seizes moment at MTV Video Music Awards

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    They don't call her Queen Bey for nothing. Beyonce not only stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night with many of the world's top female pop stars in attendance hustling for our attention, she used the moment to erase the cynical cloud around her family status with an adorable appearance by daughter Blue Ivy and doting husband Jay Z to finish off the night. "MTV, welcome to my world," Beyonce said near the top of her performance, and for the next 15 minutes it was a complete takeover.