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  • Montana judge censured over rape comments

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime. District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, appeared before the court in Helena, where Chief Justice Mike McGrath read the prepared censure statement. A censure is a rarely used public declaration by the high court that a judge is guilty of misconduct. "We have determined that, through your inappropriate comments, you have eroded public confidence in the judiciary and created an appearance of impropriety in violation of the Montana Code of Judicial Conduct," McGrath said. The Supreme Court also suspended him for

  • Report ranks Oklahoma 39th in well-being of its children

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Oklahoma slipped three notches from last year and now ranks 39th among the 50 states for the overall well-being of its children, according to the 2014 edition of KIDS COUNT, a report compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore.

  • 11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to the Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction 100 days ago, said community leader Pogu Bitrus,

  • Oklahoma legislator doctor wants minors housed at Fort Sill quarantined

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature says state officials are ignoring his request that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow said Tuesday he’s received no response from Gov. Mary Fallin, Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Commissioner of Health Terry Cline to a letter Ritze sent them last week requesting the quarantined. More than 1,000 children are being housed at the southwest Oklahoma Army post near Lawton. During a media tour of the facility earlier this month, a spokeswoman for the U.S.

  • Bond insurers vow to fight Detroit financial plan

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Companies that insure Detroit bonds and stand to lose millions repeated a pledge Tuesday to aggressively challenge the city's bankruptcy plan, a day after retirees endorsed pension cuts and qualified for a bailout led by the state. Syncora and Financial Guaranty Insurance said retirees and city workers are being given special treatment that's unfair to other creditors. Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results from 60 days of voting, which were announced shortly before midnight Monday. General retirees would get a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments. Some also have to repay a portion of generous annuity earnings from the last decade.

  • OU football: Nick Saban had to convince team to play in 'consolation game' against Sooners

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Maybe Shawn Oakman wasn’t all wrong. Maybe Alabama doesn’t care about non-National Championship bowl games. The Baylor defensive end said Monday at Big 12 Media Days that “You realize if it’s not the national championship, Alabama don’t even care who they play,” essentially discrediting OU’s momentum-building win over the Crimson Tide in this year’s Sugar […]

  • 170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money. A "For Sale" sign is in front of what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup," the landmark that once served as a water tower in the city of Collinsville, east of St. Louis, the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1kPMozA) reported Tuesday. The asking price for the 65-year-old, 170-foot-tall landmark is $200,000, with the warehouse adjacent to it listed at $300,000. The landmark replicates a bottle of Brooks Old Original Rich and Tangy Catsup, which was produced in the buildings beneath the tower.

  • UPDATE: Power restored to Choctaw

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    About 1,200 electric customers in the Choctaw area were without power Tuesday morning. The power has been restored.

  • Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along. The comments paint a dire picture of life for the ancient community that has long struggled to survive in the midst of a mainly Muslim country. Most Christians left Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, after the Islamic State group and other Sunni militants captured the city on June 10 — the opening move in the insurgents' blitz across northern and western Iraq. As a religious minority, Christians were wary of how they would be treated by hard-line Islamic militants.

  • Split decisions rendered on Obamacare tax subsidies

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON _Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory decisions Tuesday on whether the Affordable Care Act allows people to get tax credits for health insurance purchased on federal exchanges. The circuit court based here ruled 2-1 that the tax subsidies are available only on policies bought on exchanges established by states. However, the 4th U..S. Circuit […]

  • Big 12 football: Bill Hancock spreads the word on College Football Playoff system

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Hancock, executive director of the playoff committee, rolled through possible bowl scenarios over a three-year stretch while at the podium Tuesday for Big 12 Media Days. Call it an educational seminar into how a national champion will be crowned in 2014 and beyond.

  • Driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields says she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She says their mother and several of the ducklings were hit by a car. The mother died. The 33-year-old Bibeau called 911, got out of her car and captured the two surviving ducklings. A state trooper issued Bibeau a ticket for stopping in the median. Police say median stops are for emergencies, and they didn't consider this to be one. Officials say the ducklings were taken to a wildlife rescue in Maine, where one of

  • Report finds Islamic plot to control UK schools

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — A British government investigation found evidence Tuesday that Muslim fundamentalists successfully gained control of some schools, raising fears that pupils are now vulnerable to radicalization. It said there was an "effective take-over" by like-minded people of a number of schools in Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city, leading to "the reinforcement of Muslim identity to the exclusion or disparagement of others." British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the report's findings were disturbing. "What has been so upsetting about the history in this small handful of schools is that the success of efforts to encourage more British Muslims to take up governing roles has been damaged by the actions o

  • British experts to analyze MH17 black boxes

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators, Britain's prime minister said Tuesday. British experts at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will retrieve data from the flight recorders for analysis, following a request from the government of the Netherlands, David Cameron said on Twitter. The experts expect to download all the information within 24 hours of retrieving them, a Department of Transport spokesman said. They will not publish their findings but will pass them on to Dutch authorities, who will then decide what information can be released.

  • Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet president

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity "are brought out alive," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati told reporters after the meeting. It was "a very successful event," said Abati. Some of the girls described their escapes and Jonathan gave assurances that the education of the girls and their still-captive classmates would not suffer in any way, he said. "Mr.

  • UPDATE: Heat advisory issued for most of Oklahoma Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    The high temperature in central Oklahoma will feel like 104 degrees Tuesday. An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Tulsa area Tuesday

  • Just how many brewers do we have in Oklahoma?

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    I posted a snippet of Oklahoma beer trivia on my Facebook page yesterday, and it started something of a mini-conversation on the interwebs. Here’s what I posted: “Random Oklahoma beer trivia: Did you know there are only 10 strong beer brewers officially licensed with ABLE to operate a brewery in Oklahoma? Six of those are […]

  • Oklahoma falls in rankings on overall child well-being

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Oklahoma dropped three spots in a national report ranking states on child well-being, ending three consecutive years of improvements and making it among the worst in the country. The state ranks 39th in the annual Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Last year the state ranked 36th. It ranked 40th and 43rd the years prior.

  • Track Debut: Stardeath and White Dwarfs' funky new track 'Wastoid'

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Stardeath and White Dwarfs is the brainchild of Flaming Lips extended family member Dennis Coyne (vocals), Lips drummer Matt Duckworth (drums), Casey Joseph (bass) and Ford Chastain (guitar). Here’s your exclusive first listen to “Wastoid.” I sat down with Oklahoma City-based Stardeath frontman Dennis Coyne at Saint’s Pub last week, and he immediately pointed out […]

  • OU football: Bob Stoops hopeful Dorial Green-Beckham will be able to play for Sooners in 2014

    ryan aber | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    DALLAS — Oklahoma remains hopeful that Dorial Green-Beckham will be able to play for the Sooners this year, OU coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days at the Omni. Stoops addressed the media for the first time since Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from Missouri after last season, was added to OU’s roster. Stoops said Green-Beckham’s appeal was pending with the NCAA. The prior relationship between Green-Beckham and Stoops and OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell helped lead to the wide receiver winding up in Norman. After discussions with several people at Missouri, Stoops and his staff decided to pursue Green-Beckham.