• Oklahoma has highest rate of prison homicides in the nation

    By Sean Murphy, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    The figures reviewed by The Associated Press as part of a months-long investigation show 39 homicides at Oklahoma prisons between 2001 and 2012

  • Bill would allow some to carry guns into Oklahoma Capitol

    By KEN MILLER, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Anyone with a license to carry a handgun should be allowed to take the weapon into “the people’s Capitol,” an Oklahoma legislator said.

  • Friction between sheriffs, prison officials reignites

    By SEAN MURPHY, The Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Friction between the state's new prisons director and some county sheriffs over how quickly the Department of Corrections is picking up inmates from county jails is flaring up again this session over a pair of bills moving through the Legislature. DOC Director Robert Patton began pulling more inmates out of county jails shortly after he started at the department about a year ago, a move that angered sheriffs who counted on the $27-per-day price the state paid for inmates to help maintain jail operations. Now corrections officials are pushing two bills that would delay when the department starts paying county jails for an inmate, measures that are drawing fierce resistance from county sheriffs and

  • Barresi tops list of political donors in Oklahoma

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While national groups like governors' associations were among the top donors for state-level elections across the country in 2014, in Oklahoma it was candidates themselves who were the top individual donors to campaigns. An analysis released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity shows the top single donor to a state-level election in Oklahoma was former Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi, who gave $1.3 million to her own unsuccessful re-election campaign. A distant second on Oklahoma's list was former Republican state Sen. Cliff Branan, who spent about $350,000 on his failed bid for a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • New Saudi king moves fast to name second-in-line to throne

    By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, AP | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country’s interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s actions came as the oil-rich, Sunni-ruled kingdom began mourning King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after nearly two decades in power. Salman’s royal decree puts Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in line to ascend to the throne after his designated successor, Crown Prince Muqrin. Mohammed is the son of late King Abdullah’s half brother Nayef.

  • Shannon Miller says man arrested after hotel evacuation is her ex-husband

    BY ROB GILLIES, AP | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — A 42-year-old man was arrested at an Ottawa hotel Wednesday following an overnight investigation linked to the discovery of what police said were dangerous chemicals 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. The type and extent of the chemicals were not immediately disclosed. But authorities considered them serious enough to evacuate two Halifax neighborhoods and the Ottawa hotel, and the suspect was arrested after negotiations with police, said Ottawa Const. Chuck Benoit. Police later said no hazardous materials were found in Ottawa. A senior government official said the suspect is a chemist with no known criminal record.

  • Oklahoma carries out its first execution since botched one

    BY SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma executed a death row inmate Thursday for killing a baby in 1997 in the state's first lethal injection since a botched one last spring. Prison officials declared Charles Frederick Warner dead at 7:28 p.m. CST Thursday. The execution lasted 18 minutes. "Before I give my final statement, I'll tell you they poked me five times. It hurt. It feels like acid," Warner said before the execution began. He added, "I'm not a monster. I didn't do everything they said I did." After the first drug was administered, Warner said, "My body is on fire." But he showed no obvious signs of distress. Witnesses said they saw slight twitching in Warner's neck about three minutes after the lethal

  • French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

    Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    PARIS — A security official says the two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre came out firing, prompting the assault on the building where they had holed up with a hostage.

  • 12 dead in terrorist attack on Paris weekly; gunmen escape

    JAMEY KEATEN and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    PARIS — Three masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including its editor, before escaping in a car. It was France's deadliest postwar terrorist attack.

  • Tail of crashed AirAsia plane discovered in Java Sea

    By ACHMAD IBRAHIM | Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Wednesday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the jet’s all-important black boxes are located in that part of the aircraft. Powerful currents and murky water continue to hinder the operation, but searchers managed to get a photograph of the debris — about 9 kilometers (nearly 6 miles) from where Flight 8501 lost contact Dec. 28 — after it was detected by an Indonesian survey ship, National Search and Rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo told reporters. One released image appeared to show an upside down “A” painted on a piece of metal, while another

  • Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The state's scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year will proceed.

  • AP sources: Cuba releases U.S. prisoner Alan Gross

    By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEE, AP | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON — American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison after five years Wednesday, a surprise move that could pave the way for a major shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island nation, senior Obama administration officials said. Gross, 65, was on an American government plane bound for the U.S. Wednesday morning after being released on humanitarian grounds by the Cuban government at the request of the Obama administration. As part of the secret negotiations to secure his release, the U.S. was releasing three Cuban jailed in Florida for spying. Obama administration officials have considered Gross’ imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

  • Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

    By KRISTEN GELINEAU, AP | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    SYDNEY — A swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of downtown Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours. A police spokesman confirmed “the operation is over,” but would not release any further details about the fate of the gunman or his remaining captives. After a flurry of loud bangs, police swooped into the Lindt Chocolat Cafe shortly after five or six hostages were seen running from the building. After the police moved in, one weeping woman was helped out by the officers and at least two other people were wheeled out on stretchers.

  • Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

    By ANDREW TAYLOR, AP | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON — It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following. The smart money’s on old school types such as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The measure passed the House on Thursday after a day of drama but by a relatively comfortable 219-206 vote.

  • Egypt militant group says it killed U.S. oil worker

    By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, AP | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    CAIRO — An Egyptian militant organization allied with the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which now refers to itself as the Sinai Province, said on its official Twitter account late Sunday that it killed William Henderson. It published pictures of his passport and two identification cards. It did not say when or how it killed him. The passport said he was a 58-year-old from Texas and his identification cards said he worked for Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum Co., a joint venture with Egypt. Apache said in August that one of its supervisors had been killed in an apparent carjacking in Egypt’s Western Desert.

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired

    JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle. The man also targeted a U.S. courthouse and the Mexican Consulate, Assistant Poice Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference. Officers were searching the suspect’s Austin-area residents for possible explosives. Police did not immediately confirm whether the man, whose name was not immediately released, had explosives. The gunfire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Munguia said, and some bullets hit police headquarters. Munguia did not immediately say whether the consulate and the courthouse were damaged. Both were closed at the time

  • Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    NEW YORK — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad. Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a free fall in the price of crude oil since this summer. A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production in hopes of hurting producers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have been flooding the market with crude and natural gas. The effect was immediate.

  • Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests

    By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB, AP | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Protesters of Ferguson decision flood U.S. streets

    By SADIE GURMAN, AP | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. They led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of “hands up, don’t shoot,” the refrain that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country. The most disruptive demonstrations were in St. Louis and Oakland, California, where protesters flooded the lanes of freeways, milling about stopped cars with their hands raised in the air.

  • Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

    BY JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB, ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges. Brown's Aug. 9 death sparked more than a week of unrest that included angry clashes between police




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