• Officials: 2nd person tests positive for Ebola

    EMILY SCHMALL and NOMAAN MERCHANT, AP | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    DALLAS — A second Dallas hospital worker who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, pointing to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed personal protective garb.

  • Go For the Food: Cattlemen's in Oklahoma City

    BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Go For the Food is a weekly AP food and travel series about food as a driver of tourism.

  • Official says Holder resigning as attorney general

    By NEDRA PICKLER and JIM KUHNHENN, AP | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years. A White House official says President Barack Obama will announce Holder’s departure later Thursday. Holder is the first black attorney general, and his tenure is the fourth longest on the job. He plans to remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.

  • Ex-pastor charged with possessing indecent writing

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A former McAlester pastor has been charged with a felony after police say a story about three minors engaging in sexual acts was found in his home. The McAlester News-Capital reports (http://bit.ly/1pdqfgk ) prosecutors charged 65-year-old Larry Jones on Tuesday with possessing obscene or indecent writings. Jones is the former pastor at McAlester Missionary Baptist Church. His wife, who has since left him, told police she found a story inside their home about a sexual encounter with three children who attended the church. An affidavit says Jones' wife also discovered him looking at child pornography about a year and a half ago. She says Jones has disposed of the computer since then.

  • U.S., Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

    LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS, AP | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group’s military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests. The U.S. and five Arab nations attacked the Islamic State group’s headquarters in eastern Syria in nighttime raids Monday using land- and sea-based U.S. aircraft as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two Navy ships in the Red Sea and the northern Persian Gulf.

  • Scots reject independence in historic vote

    By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, AP | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain’s economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation if Scotland had broken away. The vote on Thursday — 55 percent against independence to 45 percent in favor — saw an unprecedented turnout of just under 85 percent. “We have chosen unity over division,” Alistair Darling, head of the No campaign, said early Friday in Glasgow. “Today is a momentous

  • Lawyer: Autopsy shows unarmed teen repeatedly shot

    By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, AP | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, “but we don’t know,” a pathologist hired by the teen’s family said Monday. An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined that the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the pathologists and the family’s attorneys. Brown was shot by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests in the St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief

  • Governor Nixon orders National Guard to Ferguson

    By NIGEL DUARA and JIM SUHR, AP | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri’s governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

  • Police: Teen shot by cop suspect in recent robbery

    By DAVID A. LIEB and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, AP | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

  • Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

    By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and JEFF ROBERSON, AP | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. Hours earlier, the police chief had said race relations were the top priority in the town, where a white police officer fatally shot the black teen. Authorities have vowed to reach across the racial, economic and generational divide in a community in search of answers. In the streets of Ferguson, though, the polite dialogue heard at community forums and news conferences is nowhere to be found.

  • Airstrikes undertaken as U.S. re-engages in Iraq

    By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS, AP | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. In a televised to the speech Thursday night, Obama had threatened to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian war.

  • Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent — and unusual — request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn’t seem to be working. “He has been gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying,” lawyer Robin C. Konrad told the judge over the phone Wednesday, according to a transcript. “And we’re asking — our motion asks for you to issue an emergency stay and order the Department of Corrections to start lifesaving techniques.” The judge asked his law clerk to quickly locate a phone number for an attorney for the state so he could find out what was happening. They conferenced in

  • Ukraine searchers comb sunflowers for plane debris

    By YURAS KARMANAU and DMITRY LOVETSKY, AP | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners — dressed in overalls and covered in soot — spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield.

  • Congresswoman: Patrol officer beating video is brutality

    By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for “viciously” punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a “brutal attack” and said “there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway.” “This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again,” Waters said in a statement. “Based on the video shown of the patrol officer’s forceful punching of Marlene

  • Judge to mull bid to postpone Arizona execution

    By JACQUES BILLEAUD, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    PHOENIX — A judge is scheduled to consider a request Wednesday to postpone the July 23 execution of an Arizona death row inmate until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood’s lawyers say prison officials violated their client’s constitutional rights by refusing to provide detailed information about his upcoming execution, such as the makers of the drugs and how the state developed its method for lethal injections. Attorneys for the state say there is no First Amendment right to the information Wood seeks and that the courts have consistently found that prisoners have no rights to such details.

  • Federal bison expansion program considers Oklahoma sites

    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Federal officials said the Chickasaw National Recreation Area near Sulphur, and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, are being considered suitable for bison from Yellowstone National Park. The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in Kansas, which extends into northern Oklahoma, also is included.

  • Guild advances in Oklahoma 5th District race

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Retired university professor Tom Guild has advanced to a runoff in the race for the Democratic nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Guild was leading two other candidates but not by a large-enough margin to take the nomination outright. Republicans will also have a runoff Aug. 26. The candidates are seeking to replace Republican Rep. James Lankford, who Tuesday night won the GOP nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Guild taught political science and legal studies for 27 years. He ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District in 2010 and 2012 as a Democrat. The former Republican also ran unsuccessfully three times for Corporation Commissioner. Also in the

  • Former teacher gets Democratic US House nomination

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A retired schoolteacher from Fort Gibson has won the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District race. Earl Everett defeated recent college graduate Joshua Harris-Till in Tuesday's primary election. He advances to the November general election against freshman GOP U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and independent Jon Douthitt. Everett is a Korean War veteran who ran for the seat in 2012 and forced a runoff after the primary. He decided to run again because he says Mullin hasn't done enough for voters who live in the large district that sprawls across 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Freshman US. Rep. Mullin wins GOP nomination

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin has clinched his party's nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District race. Mullin fended off a challenge from professional bass fisherman Darrel Robertson in Tuesday's primary race. Mullin, who owns a plumbing business, will face a Democrat and an independent in the Nov. 4 general election. Robertson had criticized Mullin of shying away from the tea party support that helped send him to Washington in 2012. But Mullin disagreed with Robertson's assertion, and constantly restated his conservative credentials that he was an anti-abortion, pro-gun candidate who believes in the U.S. Constitution.

  • Inhofe wins GOP primary

    BY SEAN MURPHY, AP | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two rising political stars attempted to avoid a Republican primary runoff for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat, while U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe easily won the GOP nomination Tuesday in his bid to keep the state's other seat for a fourth term. This year's election is the first time in modern history that both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot at the same time. Besides the full six-year term for Inhofe's post, the state's other Senate seat became open when U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced in January that he was foregoing his final two years in office after a recurrence of cancer. Gov. Mary Fallin also won the GOP nomination in the race for governor, outpacing two pro-marijuana Republican