• 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

  • US Rep. Lucas defeats 2 GOP primary challengers

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas has defeated two challengers to win the Republican nomination to his U.S. House seat in western Oklahoma. Lucas is seeking his 11th term in the House. He defeated Republican challengers Robert Hubbard and Timothy Ray Murray in Tuesday's primary election and will face Democrat Frankie Robbins in the Nov. 4 general election. Lucas touts his chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee and passage of a farm bill that he says saves $23 million during the next five years as compared to the previous five years. The district covers most of western Oklahoma, including the Panhandle.

  • Cole wins Republican primary for re-election

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole has defeated a county Republican Party chairwoman for the GOP nomination in Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. Cole defeated Carter County Republican Party Chair Anna Flatt in Tuesday's primary. In the November election, he'll face the winner of the Democratic primary between Tae Si and Bert Smith and Independent candidate Dennis Johnson. Cole is seeking a seventh term in the House and touts his membership on the House Appropriations Committee.

  • Fallin to tour immigrant facilities at Fort Sill

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin is planning to tour Army barracks at Fort Sill where hundreds of immigrant children are being housed by the federal government. Fallin said she will tour the shelter on Friday at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is overseeing the children’s care. Federal officials said Thursday that 599 children already had arrived at Fort Sill, mostly teenagers from Central America who were detained after trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz (wentz) says the information the governor has received from the federal government has been vague and that the governor is going to Fort Sill “to get answers.

  • Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

    By JIM SALTER, AP | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    ST. LOUIS — With Florida carrying out the nation’s third execution in less than 24 hours, some death penalty states — particularly in the South — appear unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. performs lethal injections. A botched execution seven weeks ago in Oklahoma amplified a national debate about the secretive ways many states obtain lethal injection drugs from loosely regulated compounding pharmacies. Before Tuesday, nine executions were stayed or delayed — albeit some for reasons not related to the drug question. Amid the court battles, many pro-death penalty states kept pushing to resume executions, including the three carried out during the quick burst this week.

  • Trademark board rules against Redskins name

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn’t immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the team’s name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups.

  • Oregon school shooting suspect dead

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a shooter is dead at a high school in the Portland, Oregon, area, and the situation is stabilized. The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. Tuesday at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Students were evacuated from the school, hands on their heads, to be reunited with their parents in a supermarket parking lot.

  • GM: incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

    By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    WARREN, Mich. — GM CEO Mary Barra said 15 employees have been fired and five others have been disciplined over the company’s failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is now linked to at least 13 deaths. The company also will form a compensation program for families of victims and those who suffered serious injuries in accidents related to the switches. The program is expected to begin taking claims Aug. 1. Barra made the announcement Thursday as she released an internal investigation into the recall of 2.6 million older small cars for defective ignition switches. She didn’t immediately name the employees who were dismissed. She called the investigation “brutally tough and deeply troubling.

  • NRA rolls back ‘open carry’ criticism

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association has rolled back an earlier statement criticizing “open carry” rallies in Texas in which gun rights advocates have brought military-style assault rifles into public places. Chris Cox, the executive director of the group’s lobbying arm, said in an interview Tuesday on an NRA-hosted radio show that the statement was “a mistake” and that it was written by a staffer who was expressing his personal opinion. “The truth is, an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as `weird’ or somehow not normal, and that was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened,” said Cox, who added that the group “unequivocally” supports open carry laws.

  • Taliban video shows handover of U.S. soldier

    By RAHIM FAIEZ, AP | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. The 17-minute video, emailed to media, shows the moment of Bergdahl’s handover. He was freed on Saturday after five years in captivity, and exchanged for the five Guantanamo detainees who were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country which has served as a mediator in the negotiations for the swap. Since his release, the 28-year-old from Hailey, Idaho, was reported to be in stable condition at a military hospital in Germany.