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  • Oklahoma unemployment hits five-year low

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Oklahoma’s unemployment rate hit a five-year low in March at 4.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

  • Oklahoma City man dies Thursday after being taken into police custody, hospitalized

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    An Oklahoma City man who was admitted into hospital care Sunday shortly after he was taken into police custody died Thursday night, police said.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state.

  • Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail. Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. The child pronounced dead at a hospital, investigators said. "It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son — it just baffles the mind," Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said. "Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly. Our prayers go out to

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Skip Bayless says OKC can't beat Spurs; other NBA playoff predictions

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Skip Bayless doesn’t care what you think. He thinks the Thunder is going down.

  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    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

  • Oklahoma City police seek missing 16-year-old

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City police are asking for help locating a 16-year-old girl who went missing last week. Anne Josette Hill was last seen April 10 in the north Oklahoma City/Edmond area, police said.

  • Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic told reporters the insurgents in more than 10 cities do not recognize Ukraine's interim government as legitimate and will not leave the buildings until the government resigns. He demanded that Ukrainian leaders abandon their own public buildings. Talks between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union produced an agreement Thursday in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine.

  • Watch: Guy goes on epic rant against 'bullies' of autistic and people with disabilities

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Bullies prey on people they perceive as weak. That’s what they look for. … And they perceive you, or your loved ones who are disabled, as being weak. What they don’t understand is you’re not. Those words were spoken earlier this week by a man named Pete Werner during a weekly podcast he runs called DisUnplugged.

  • Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a "higher" power, tutorials on how to make a joint shaped like a cross and photos of Easter baskets piled with pot-filled eggs, a handful of churches nationwide are using the unfortunate coincidence to make much bigger points.

  • AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline.

  • New Thunder commercial from The Oklahoman and ready for the playoffs

    David Morris | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Just in time for the NBA playoffs, we have produced another commercial promoting The Oklahoman’s coverage of the Thunder.

  • NBA playoffs: First-round predictions contain only one upset

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The NBA playoffs have arrived, so it’s time for some predictions. Semi-spoiler alert: I have only one upset. WESTERN CONFERENCE Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Memphis is not a normal 7-seed. The Grizzlies are an elite when they have all their players, which they do for this series.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities charge Kansas City-area man suspected in highway shootings that injured 3.

  • Edmond's high school newspaper wins top honors

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The three Edmond high schools work together to produce Ruff Draft, which won top honors in a state competition.

  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a long-dormant faultline northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it collapsed several walls and left larges cracks in some facades. Debris covered sidewalks around the city. Around the region, there were reports of isolated and minor damage, such as

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin questioned repercussions in custody dispute

    By KRISTI EATON | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin sought to speak with advisers about repercussions with the Cherokee Nation as she considered intervening in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee girl. Veronica was in the center of a custody battle between her biological father, Cherokee Nation member Dusten Brown, and her adopted parents. The email correspondence was among thousands of pages released to The Associated Press on Friday under an open-records request about the case. The correspondence included news articles about the case, strategy between the governor and her advisers and emails from constituents. Fallin had signed an extradition order for Brown to face a criminal

  • Steve Lackmeyer: The Rise is a huge boost to Uptown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

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

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be released June 10, 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." "All of us face hard choices in our lives," Clinton writes at the start of the book, according to the publisher. "Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.

  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level.