• College enrollment rates are dropping, especially among low-income students

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Low-income high school graduates were far less likely to enroll in higher education in 2013 than in 2008, a downward trend that came at the same time the Obama administration was pushing to boost college access and completion, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data. College enrollment rates have fallen for all students since 2008, which is not surprising given that the economy has improved since then and therefore more young people can find jobs right out of high school. But the enrollment rates among the poorest students has fallen much faster, according to the analysis, which is slated to publish in a forthcoming edition of the Presidency, a publication of the American Council on Education.

  • Chicago man arrested for gun threat linked to black teen's killing

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    A 21-year-old Chicago man was arrested on Monday for threatening to kill 16 white male students or staff on the University of Chicago in retaliation for the shooting last year of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, according to law enforcement officials. Jabari R. Dean was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce and, if convicted, could face up to five years in prison, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago said in a statement. The University of Illinois at Chicago said one of its students, living off campus, was arrested for making the threat, which caused the University of Chicago to cancel classes on Monday.

  • People's racist Facebook comments are ending up on billboards near their homes

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Racist commenters beware: Your words might show up in your own backyard. A new campaign in Brazil is plastering billboards with racist Facebook comments. The point is not to expose anyone but to educate people that their words have a real impact. The campaign, "Virtual racism, real consequences," is using the location tag from Facebook posts to find where the offenders live. The group is then buying billboard space in their neighborhoods, but blurring out the names and photos of the commenters.

  • Broken Arrow woman jailed after her husband is shot at

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — A Broken Arrow woman was arrested and her husband was hospitalized after he was shot at during an argument Sunday night. The man told police he and his wife, Melissa Lorene Williams, 45, were arguing in their home in the 600 block of Fairway Drive when she punched him twice, Cpl. Leon Calhoun said. The husband, whose name was not released, reportedly decided to leave and got into his vehicle parked in the driveway. He said he noticed his wife leave the residence holding a handgun, and he put the vehicle in reverse.

  • KFOR: Detectives say Oklahoma man admits to stabbing wife with screwdriver, setting home on fire

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    LITTLE AXE, Okla. - After being arrested for arson, authorities say an Oklahoma husband admitted to killing his wife and setting their home on fire, KFOR reports.

  • Two men arrested in violent east Tulsa home invasion

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Police have arrested two men in connection with an east Tulsa home invasion in July in which one person was shot in the mouth, another was pistol-whipped and a family dog was fatally shot. Christopher Adam Hicks, 35, and Joseph Winningham, 34, are accused of breaking into a residence in the 1900 block of South 117th East Avenue and taking control of a family of five on July 28, according to their arrest reports. The two reportedly made their way into the home by shattering the glass door in the back. The suspects bound the family — three adults and two small children — with duct tape before ransacking the house and stealing money, the report states. One man was armed with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The other had a handgun.

  • USGS upgrades early-morning earthquake to 4.7 magnitude; tied for state's largest since 2011

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.7 earthquake in Grant County on Monday morning, the state's largest in a little over a week. The temblor was recorded at 3:49 a.m. about 16 miles west-southwest of Medford with a depth of 3 miles.  The quake could be felt as far as Coweta to the east and central Kansas to the north. The USGS indicates its received numerous reports from residents in the Tulsa area.

  • Tulsa police working with Texas to apprehend fourth defendant in kidnapping-murder case

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Tulsa police are working with Texas authorities to find and apprehend a fourth man who was charged last week in the death of a Talala man who was found deceased alongside a highway in July. James Vasco Jones, 42, was charged Nov. 23, joining defendants Vernon LeeMountel Smith, 27, Sidney Aaron Randall, 19, and William Earl Garrett II, 26. The four are charged with felony first-degree murder in the June 21 death of Chazz Holly, 27, who had cerebral palsy and was found alongside the Indian Nation Turnpike in Pushmataha County July 19.

  • Washington Examiner: State Dept. set to release 7,800 new Clinton emails

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    State Department officials are set to release roughly 7,800 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails Monday amid new speculation about the former secretary of state's official meeting schedule. The email production Monday afternoon will kick off a countdown to the final two Clinton email releases, which will take place at the end of December and January respectively. Hundreds of the official emails Clinton hosted on a private server in her home have been published in batches since May of this year.

  • Cloned Animals Will Soon Be the Source of Much of China's Meat

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    How do you feel about eating cloned meat? While the rest of the world sorts out its feelings about the safety and ethics of cloning animals for food production, China is charging ahead and building the world’s largest animal cloning factory, set to begin operations in 2016. The 200 million yuan (over $31 million) commercial animal cloning center will be located in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, a government-sponsored business area about 100 miles from Beijing. Feelings are decidedly mixed about whether we should be eating cloned meat. On one hand, the European Parliament recently voted by a large margin to outlaw the sale of cloned livestock. On the other hand, the FDA has said that “there are no complications that are unique to cloning” and the meat is safe to eat, despite evidence that cloned animals may not live as long as those birthed in the old-fashioned way. In the US, no special labeling is required for cloned meat, and no one really seems to know how common the practice of cloning meat for food is. Still, some say that most of the cattle cloned in the US are used to breed stock and are not sold for food.

  • Washington Examiner: Politico reporter downplays 'clumsy' Chelsea Clinton request

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Politico reporter Mike Allen on Monday downplayed his attempt to offer Chelsea Clinton a "relaxed" interview, and instead chalked it up to a "clumsy" email he wrote. The 2013 email conversation between Allen and Clinton aide Phil Philippe Reines was first reported last week by the website Gawker, which showed that Allen told Reines that if Chelsea Clinton agreed to an interview, the questions would be pre-screened. Allen said his offer amounted to a "no risk" interview opportunity for Clinton. Allen didn't offer an explicit apology for the email, but did tell his readers "My bad!" in his Monday morning email. He then implied that he never really offered cushy interview terms to Clinton, since his employer doesn't allow him to make that offer.

  • ‘He didn’t deserve this’: Retired police K-9 found sick, abandoned on street

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A sick, stray dog picked up in Clayton County, Ga., was discovered to be a retired police dog. According to a Fundrazr.com post by Partners for Pets, Master Blaster’s original handler became sick several years ago and the dog had to be re-homed. Master Blaster, 6, was then found as a stray and picked up by Clayton County Animal Control. He was adopted and then returned because he was sick.

  • Planned Parenthood on shooting: we will 'never back away' from mission

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    As investigations continued into the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that killed three and wounded nine on Friday, the regional president of the organisation said it would “never back away” from providing healthcare to millions of women. One police officer and two unnamed civilians died in the attack, for which suspect Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was taken into custody. According to Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains president and CEO Vicki Cowart, the region’s facilities provide care – including cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, contraception and abortion – to 103,000 people in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming each year.

  • University of Chicago cancels classes after FBI warns of gun threat

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The University of Chicago has canceled all classes and activities on its Hyde Park campus Monday after the FBI alerted it to an online threat of gun violence, according to a campus statement. University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer wrote that the university “will have an increased police and security presence on and around campus, including police personnel with visible weapons and other additional measures.” “University security personnel are keeping in close contact with the FBI, which is continuing to investigate the threat,” Zimmer wrote.

  • See if OG&E power's been restored to your area

    Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    OG&E's website has a map set up to display all current power outages, including an estimated time for restoration.  As of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, many of the outages marked on the map lacked an estimate, but restoration estimates are expected for Sunday afternoon, according to OG&E. Head here to view the map.

  • Energy renaissance: New companies start up during downturn

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The energy industry is approaching the end of a very painful year. This year has been full of personnel cuts, closed offices and suspended drilling, but there have been some bright spots in the form of new ventures. The Tulsa World recently spoke with three energy startups that have begun operations during the past year about what it’s like to open their doors in the midst of an extremely challenging commodity-price environment.

  • Evidence room breach, theft at Tulsa County Sheriff's Office went uninvestigated for months

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Three months elapsed between an inmate worker’s alleged theft of K2 from a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office evidence overflow area and the start of an Internal Affairs investigation because of miscommunication, acting Sheriff Rick Weigel told the Tulsa World. Weigel also revealed the suspect didn’t actually enter the locked area, which is protected by a chain-link fence. Weigel said the unsupervised trusty simply reached his fingers through the fencing to grab the K2 — a problem that since has been remedied in part by putting plywood up along the fence. General counsel Meredith Baker said the grand jury that investigated former Sheriff Stanley Glanz and operations of his office was made aware of the matter and didn’t return an indictment.

  • Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, could it in fact be an Islamic State militant? As world leaders scratch their heads about the best method to defeat the terror of Isis, internet users have come up with their own way to take the sting out of the group’s feathery tail. Members of the Reddit group 4chan began superimposing rubber duck heads on to images of Isis fighters, setting off a craze that has spread to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

  • Massive NSA Phone Data Collection to Cease

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American will stop at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program by Edward Snowden. Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information. President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ends Saturday.

  • Advocates Blame Violent Anti-Abortion Rhetoric For Planned Parenthood Shooting

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The deadly shooting that occurred at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was a “tragic” and “horrifying” consequence of the tense political rhetoric over abortion, women’s health advocates told BuzzFeed News. Three people, including a police officer, were shot and killed after a gunman opened fired inside the health clinic on Friday afternoon — the first deaths related to an attack on an abortion clinic since 2009. Nine others, including five police officers, were injured. “Anti-choice extremists know that their rhetoric incites others to commit these violent acts,” Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), told BuzzFeed News, referring to websites encouraging the targeting of abortion clinics and providers. “It’s not OK after they occur to say, ‘We condemn them,’ when they’re doing nothing to prevent them from happening in the first place.”