• Army cancels surgery for soldier's wife with cancer

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TACOMA, Wash. -- Patricia Zuniga is not just sick with worry. She fears cancer could be growing in her body after a surgery was abruptly cancelled to remove a tumor from her breast. Zuniga's health insurance fight has lasted more than three months. After Madigan Army Medical Center cancelled the surgery late January, she is still waiting to have the lump removed.

  • Unraveling: Liberal Common Cause demands Clinton Foundation, Hillary audit

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The financial issues plaguing Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign have become too much even for liberal groups, says the Washington Examiner, and now Common Cause is calling for an independent audit of donations to the Clinton Foundation. Amid suggestions that foreign governments donated to the foundation in hopes of getting special treatment from President Obama's State Department when Clinton was his top diplomat, the group on Friday said a "thorough review" is needed. "Six years ago, at Mrs. Clinton's confirmation hearing for her appointment as secretary of state, then-Sen. Dick Lugar observed that 'that foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state.' He was right, and his remarks remain relevant today as Mrs. Clinton seeks the presidency," said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport.

  • The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    During the 1970s the Louisiana neighborhood Pastor David Ned lived in was a rough one, says NPR. "I had a little dog, a little white German Shepherd, and I was living in an apartment," he said to Darius Clark Monroe during a visit to StoryCorps last fall. The two men met while Monroe was working on a documentary, Evolution of a Criminal , about a robbery he committed in his teens. Ned was a customer in the bank during the robbery. "And the manager's kids was kicking my dog," Ned continued.

  • NBC’s D.C. bureau strongly opposed Brian Williams’s return in February

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Journalists in NBC News’s powerful Washington bureau expressed strong opposition to the potential return of suspended anchorman Brian Williams during a contentious meeting with the head of the network’s news division in February, says the Washington Post. The meeting — details of which have not been made public before — was called after Williams’s six-month suspension from anchoring “NBC Nightly News,” the network’s signature newscast. Turness met with the division’s employees in New York and Washington to answer questions about the suspension and to get their feedback on the crisis enveloping the company. One person who attended the Washington meeting described the overall tone as a “bloodbath” for Williams. But another news employee tempered that characterization, describing the atmosphere merely as “very raw” and colleagues as “shocked.” The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

  • Where America drinks most: Study finds binge-drinking trouble spots

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    How much alcohol you drink depends a lot on where you live, says USA Today. A new study finds more than a third of adults in some areas drinking at dangerous levels but "huge variations" in rates of heavy and binge drinking across the United States. The new study is the first to take a comprehensive, county-by-county look at where problem drinking is worst and growing fastest.

  • KSWO: Oklahoma rancher killed by bull

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RUSSELL -- A cattle rancher from Russell, in Greer County, died after being attacked by one of his bulls, KSWO reports. According to reports from the Greer County Sheriff's Office, 67-year-old Jimmy Shrum was out working with his cattle, as he always does, when for an unknown reason he was attacked by the bull ...

  • Fortune ranks Williams Cos. as No. 1 most admired U.S. energy company

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Fortune magazine has ranked Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. as the Most Admired Company among U.S. energy companies in 2015. "This award validates the strong commitment of our employees to focus on doing the right thing and propelling the company forward,” said Williams' CEO Alan Armstrong, in a written statement. “In the last four years, Williams has made great strides executing on our natural gas-focused business strategy, creating value for shareholders and building relationships in the communities where our employees live and work.” Companies considered for the Fortune lists were ranked on nine key attributes of reputation including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Number of chronically homeless in Tulsa declines for third straight year

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Tulsa has had a three-year decline in its number of chronically homeless, according to the Tulsa City-County Continuum of Care Point-in-Time Survey completed in 2015. Meanwhile, the number of situationally homeless has continued to increase, up 50 percent from the count done in 2008, the latest study found. The number of chronically homeless, defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as someone who has been continuously homeless for one full year or four times within the past three years and has a disability, surveyed during the count was 89, down from 99 last year and 114 two years ago, a 22 percent decrease. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Conspiracy theories fly around Tulsa's suddenly shuttered Wal-Mart

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    From crime to labor issues to an intricate military coup of the entire United States, conspiracy theories are flying around the closed Wal-Mart supercenters in Tulsa and elsewhere. The official reason for the sudden closure of the store at Admiral Place and Memorial Drive last week was two years of plumbing issues which would take six months to fix. That was the same reason given for each of the four other Wal-Mart locations, which all closed at the same time with just a few hours' notice. The other stores are in Brandon, Florida; Pico Rivera, California; Midland, Texas; and Livingston, Texas. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • National report confirms that Oklahoma is at greater risk of earthquakes

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Oklahoma features prominently in a new report on the risk of manmade earthquakes, with parts of the state shaking more often than quake-prone California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists have identified 17 areas across eight sates with increased rates of "induced seismicity," or earthquakes triggered by human activity. But no area has seen the risk increase as much as central Oklahoma, according to Thursday's report. Seismic activity is 600 times greater now than before 2008. People who live in central Oklahoma didn't need a report from the federal government to tell them that the ground has been trembling more often, but this new risk assessment from the U.S Geological Survey could have a significant impact on the area. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Attorneys demand Tulsa County sheriff release report on 2009 investigation of reserve deputy

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Attorneys for the family of the man slain when a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy mistook a gun for a Taser demanded the results of a prior internal investigation into the deputy, according to a statement released Thursday.  A CBS News report  Wednesday night alleged that a 2009 internal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office showed that reserve deputy and insurance company executive Robert Bates received preferential treatment from high-ranking officers and proof that he received proper training as a reserve was “questionable.” Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Eric Harris after an undercover gun buy April 2. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General After Long Delay

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    After one of the nation’s most protracted cabinet-level confirmation delays, the Senate Thursday approved Loretta Lynch to be attorney general. She is the first African-American woman to hold the position, The New York Times reports.  Ms. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was confirmed 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her. Her confirmation took longer than that for all but two other nominees for the office: Edwin Meese III, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and A. Mitchell Palmer, who was picked by President Woodrow Wilson, according to the Congressional Research Service.

  • Hormone Therapy Continues to Raise Breast Cancer Risk Even Years Later

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Researchers admit that when it comes to hormone therapy — estrogen and progestin — to treat the symptoms of menopause for women, they don’t have a lot of consistent or convincing answers. They thought the medications could not only help menopause symptoms but also protect against heart disease, although some studies showed the added hormones could also raise risk of breast cancer. The resulting advice to women seeking answers about whether hormone therapy is for them has been anything but satisfying.

  • Video Of Volcano Erupting In Chile Is Amazing In Time-Lapse

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    It's been more than 40 years since the Calbuco volcano erupted, NPR reports. But now it's done it twice — generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud of ash. That column of ejected ash measures nearly 7 miles, says the National Mining and Geology Service, citing a "flyby" that was made early Thursday.

  • 2 Sons of Best-Selling Crime Writer Ann Rule Accused of Fleecing Ailing Mom Out of $100K

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Washington state authorities have accused two sons of best-selling true crime writer Ann Rule of theft and forgery, alleging they swindled their mother out of more than $100,000, says PEOPLE. King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Michael Rule, 51, with first-degree theft and forgery. His brother Andrew, 54, was charged with first-degree theft. Both remain out of custody on their own recognizance, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office. Since October of 2013, the once-prolific The New York Times best-selling author – best known for The Stranger Beside Me , a book about her friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy – has required 24-hour, in-home care at her home in Normandy Park, Washington, after she broke her hip in a serious fall . The author and mother of five, 84, "has been largely confined to a wheelchair" since then, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. "She is on oxygen all of the time."    

  • Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Washington Examiner reports legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures. A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million. The report was provided to Secrets and released Wednesday evening.

  • KOCO: Mad mother says school bus driver should have been fired before accident

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A school bus driver went out of control and hit several cars near Southwest 15th and Santa Fe in Oklahoma City. “Just think of how many kids could have been hurt,” said the mom of two Monroney Middle School students. “I called dispatch numerous times last year complaining about this driver,” she said.

  • ​Tulsa Sheriff's Office had investigated Robert Bates in 2009

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    TULSA, Okla . -- CBS News has learned that a 2009 investigation by the Tulsa Sheriff's Office concluded that there were concerns over Robert Bates behavior in the field. Bates, a 73-year-old reserve deputy, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Eric Harris. Bates says he shot and killed Harris by mistake after pulling his gun instead of his taser. Since the incident there have been allegations that Bates was not properly trained. CBS News learned that in 2009, the Tulsa Sheriff's Office launched an internal investigation to find out if Bates received special treatment during training and while working as a reserve deputy. They also investigated whether supervisors pressured training officers on Bates' behalf. The investigation concluded Bates' training was questionable and that he was given preferential treatment.

  • Oklahoma attorney surrenders law license amid bar association probe

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A Tulsa attorney has surrendered his law license, effectively halting an Oklahoma Bar Association probe into allegations involving his acceptance of over $1 million in gifts and loans from an elderly client. Jasen Elias, who also goes by the name Jasen Corns, surrendered his law license and resigned from the bar March 13, according to an Oklahoma Supreme Court order published April 11 in the Oklahoma Bar Journal. The resignation came about two years after a guardian for Elizabeth Stambaugh filed a complaint with the Bar Association claiming that Elias violated his professional duties and his oath as an attorney, records show. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma House, Senate send bills targeting same-sex marriage to governor

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma House and Senate both overwhelmingly passed and sent to the governor largely symbolic bills targeting same-sex marriage. Senate Bill 788 , by Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, and House Bill 1007 , by Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, say people authorized to perform marriages may refuse to do so on religious grounds. Legal experts say such a right already exists, although in a few cases businesses have been charged with violating public accommodation laws and ordinances for refusing to serve same-sex couples. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.