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  • Tulsa man pleads guilty in Grand Lake boat crash that killed two

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: 12 min ago

    JAY — A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with a Grand Lake boat crash that killed a Cascia Hall graduate and her fellow college student. John DeSelms, 22, entered the “blind plea” in Delaware County District Court in Jay. DeSelms appeared before District Judge Robert Haney and testified to “driving the boat” and “being intoxicated” when it crashed into an unoccupied 96-foot docked houseboat on May 14, 2013, killing Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas. The two University of Arkansas students were seated at the bow of the boat; they were pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Updated: 21 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge. Franklin Graham, president of North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement that the group was celebrating Brantly's recovery. He has been in the hospital's isolation unit fo

  • Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

    Updated: 29 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including the three senior Hamas commanders. The trio had played a key role in expanding Hamas' military capabilities in recent years, including digging attack tunnels leading to Israel, training of fighters and smuggling of weapons to Gaza, Israel said.

  • Silver Alert issued for missing Salina man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A Silver Alert is in effect for a missing Salina man. John Crandall, 79, is missing Thursday and may be driving a red pickup to Michigan, authorities report.

  • Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

    Updated: 43 min ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race. On a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest, Holder sought to build confidence in the investigation into the death of the black 18-year-old who was shot by a white officer. The trip also underscored the priority to the Obama administration of civil rights in general and the Michael Brown case in particular. The attorney general said Wednesday that he understands why many black Americans do not trust police and that he has experienced many of the same frustrations.

  • Hot days ahead in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The heat is making a late summer comeback in Oklahoma. Temperatures will be near 98 degrees in Oklahoma City Thursday with high wind gusts

  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular. The attorney general described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of s

  • Police search for man who robbed woman at gunpoint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police are searching for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint in a parking lot

  • Oklahoma appeals court upholds firing of Del City Clerk officials

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The terminations of two Del City officials who allowed piles of cash to stack up around the city clerk’s office were upheld Wednesday by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

  • Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for 'black Mass'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley has filed a lawsuit alleging that a satanist group stole a sacred item from a Catholic church for use in its “black Mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • 2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday. Haposan Sihombing, an Indonesian lawyer assigned to the couple by Bali police, said Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are refusing to talk to investigators. Their American attorney said this week that Heather Mack is two months pregnant and complained about her treatment in custody. Sihombing said Mack, 19, is being detained at the Denpasar police station while Schaefer, 21, is being held separately at the provincial police headquarters.

  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them at that location and engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing, killing several militants. No Americans died but one sustained a minor injury when an aircraft was hit.

  • Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job. An incomplete picture of Texas-born Ferguson officer Darren Wilson has emerged since Aug. 9, when authorities say the white six-year police veteran killed Michael Brown during a confrontation in the predominantly black city where all but three of the 53 police officers are white. The Brown family's attorneys have labeled Wilson as a murderer, though the investigation continues and no charges have been filed.

  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain Tuesday than they had all last summer, and many residents were faced with a long recovery. At Cox Cactus Farm, workers gathered and discarded flooded plants while tractors scooped up dirt at the nursery that caters to landscapers, resorts and golf courses. Co-owner Jessica Cox said the farm lost between $1.5 million and $2 million worth of inventory and estimated it will take two years to fully recover from the storm.

  • NJ Gov. Christie visits OKC with Gov. Fallin

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on Wednesday in a visit that Fallin's Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 general election said politicized the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The two GOP governors were escorted through the museum and a memorial on the grounds of the former Oklahoma City federal building in advance of a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, which Christie heads, and a fundraising event for Fallin, who is seeking re-election to a second four-year term. Christie did not speak to the media afterward.

  • Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling. Making frequent eye contact with jurors as if he were at a campaign stop, McDonnell said he sensed that his wife was worried about the pressure of living in the public spotlight as first lady the day after his 2009 election. "I could tell she was not as happy as I was about the result," he said.

  • CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney. Officer Daniel Andrew, who was put on a desk assignment after the incident, has been removed from duty and put on paid administrative leave, the CHP said. The agency didn't reveal if it made a recommendation to prosecutors but said in a news release that its report outlined potentially serious charges he could face. It didn't specify possible charges. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed the case is under review. A separate, internal CHP investig

  • Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. It wasn't immediately clear when they were placed, but Jenkins said they weren't up long. BYU staffers have spoken with the company about leaving similar cards off university store shelves in the future. The school doesn't plan on endi

  • McAlester boy dies after accidental shooting with pellet gun

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A 12-year-old McAlester boy died Saturday after he was shot int he head with a pellet gun by another child.

  • Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. The potential 2016 presidential candidate entered his plea in a Travis County court filing. He also waived an arraignment that had been set for Friday. The waiver was no surprise given that Perry has signaled no intention of the felony charges interrupting a busy travel schedule to court GOP voters elsewhere. Perry was set to discuss immigration at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington on Thursday, followed by a two-day stop in New Hampshire.