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  • Jury finds Oklahoma man mentally fit to stand trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DUNCAN — A jury says an Oklahoma man charged in the death of a 16-year-old girl is mentally competent to stand trial. The Stephens County jury made its recommendation Thursday after hearing three days of testimony in the competency trial of Miles Bench. Prosecutors charged Bench with first-degree murder for the 2012 death of Velma teenager Braylee Henry. Defense attorneys had argued that Bench’s mental health has deteriorated since his arrest. They argued that Bench could eventually become competent through medication and rehabilitation. But prosecutors argued that Bench has shown his mental competence while in jail, including an escape attempt and intentional fasting that has led him to lose more than 100

  • Garvin County, Oklahoma highway shut down due to tractor-trailer crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A tractor-trailer has overturned in Garvin County Friday. State Highway 29 is shut down near Elmore City.

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    Updated: 35 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday. The announcement underscored that Japan hasn't abandoned its plans to continue whaling in both oceans for research purposes, an allowed exception to a global ban on commercial whaling. Last month, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to suspend its Antarctic program because it was virtually commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended. The annual spring hunt along Japan's northern coast is to begin next week, and the distant northern Pacific expedition in May, with another coastal hu

  • Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

    Updated: 48 min ago

    HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail. Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. The child pronounced dead at a hospital, investigators said. "It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son — it just baffles the mind," Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said. "Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly. Our prayers go out to

  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Updated: 51 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be released June 10, will offer Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices and challenges" she faced as secretary of state and "how those experiences drive her view of the future." "All of us face hard choices in our lives," Clinton writes at the start of the book, according to the publisher. "Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.

  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring “no confidence” in Barresi. Barresi campaign manager Robyn Matthews says it’s no surprise Barresi’s reform efforts are being opposed by those who Matthews says are “guarding their own kingdoms.

  • Hearing to be set for Oklahoma woman in 1992 case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    BRISTOW— A preliminary hearing is expected to be set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson’s mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank. A hearing is scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp’s 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp’s 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Investigators acting on a tip from Beverly Noe’s brother — Grover Prewitt — found the bodies of the three last spring. The three were buried in a hole on land Prewitt once owned near the small town of Terlton. Grover Prewitt was charged

  • Festival of the Arts gets greener, begins Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts gets greener Festival of the Arts, downtown Oklahoma City’s longtime rite of spring, is expanding its eco-conscious efforts while continuing to celebrate an array of visual, performing and culinary arts.

  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified. In the Philippines, Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation commemorated the occasion by re-enacting the crucifixion. Devotees have themselves nailed to wooden crosses, rituals that church leaders do not condone but that draw huge crowds. Undeterred, some penitents participate in the practice year after year. Devotees undergo the re-enactment in the belief that extreme pain is a way to atone for their sins, attain miracle cures for illnesses or give thanks to God. In the Holy Land, Christians marked the day with prayers and processions, with thousands of pilgrims crowding along the Via Dolorosa

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 18, 2014: Celebrate the release of Horse Thief's new album at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of local band Horse Thief’s debut full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” at 8:30 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave. Deerpeople and Pageantry also will be on the bill. As previously reported, Horse Thief signed last year with Bella Union and released its well-regarded debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” in April 2013.

  • Man shot and killed in Lawton, Oklahoma Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Police are investigating the city of Lawton’s seventh homicide of the year. A man was found dead of a gunshot wound in his driveway.

  • Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu said. The fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 aboard. It was participating in a Good Friday ceremony that involves parading a Virgin Mary statue at sea before the passengers headed into Larantuka town in East Nusatenggara province for prayers and processions. With strong currents and high waves off Flores island, the boat began to tip and many people panicked. It sank shortl

  • Sunshine, calm winds ahead Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Temperatures will be in the low 70s in central Oklahoma Friday. Skies will be sunny.

  • 12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept Mount Everest's slopes on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the worst disaster to hit climbers on the mountain, officials said. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit just them below Camp 2 at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts. Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the three missing guides, Lamsal said. Two Sherpas who were injured were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Nepal's

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions. U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week. The two cases are the first to reach an appellate court since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, gay rights lawyers have successfully convinced eight federal judges that the ruling means courts must strike down laws against gay marriage because they deprive same-sex couples of a fundamental right.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: Becoming a big-league city

    William Crum | Updated: 6 hr ago

    MAPS wraps up its first decade by showing its worth, and the NBA’s Hornets take up residency in a move that shows Oklahoma City can be a big-league town.

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. An impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room offered the president an opportunity to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million. With an eye toward November, Obama castigated Republicans for continuing to seek out every opportunity to thwart the Affordable Care Act. "This thing is working," Obama said of his signature domestic achievement.

  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight." A spiraling fire inside the fertilizer plant in West had ignited 34 tons of ammonium nitrate, creating an explosion so powerful that it killed 15 people, leveled nearby homes and schools, and left a crater where West Fertilizer Co. once stood. Debris was strewn miles away. "It's hard to believe that in one moment, so much damage could be done," McElrath told hundreds of people crowded in a pavilion at the local fairgrounds Thursday night, the one-year anniversary of the explosion. A moment of silence at

  • Elk City man dies in traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Cecil V. Martin, 73, of Elk City, was killed Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident in Roger Mills County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City man arrested in possible murder-for-hire plot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The FBI notified Oklahoma City police of Preston Rhoads, 30, a few days ago, and law officers conducted a search warrant Thursday afternoon in Rhoads’ northwest Oklahoma City home in the 11200 block of McKinley Avenue near Hefner Road and N Pennsylvania Avenue, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.