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  • Officials confirm Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The state Health Department announced Thursday a case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was confirmed in Major County in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Fed official warns of rising inflation

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, speaks in Shawnee

  • Second Mannford shooting victim is identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Two people died of apparent gunshot wounds in Mannford in June, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reports. The identities of both men have now been determined.

  • Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday. The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state's attorney general calls "legal chaos" as the issue makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. An hour after the ruling, Denver's clerk said she would join her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder in providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pueblo County's clerk said he will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday morning. Couples began trickling into Denver City Hall t

  • Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday. Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners Inc., said the cause of the spill appears to involve a separation of the pipe that carries saltwater, a byproduct of oil and natural gas production. Crestwood subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline. Jones said the path of the brine is 8,240 feet long, and the company has estimated around 1 million gallons spilled. Officials have said it damaged trees, brush and grasses in

  • Gunman demanded to know ex-wife's whereabouts

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing four children and their parents forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home, tied them up and shot them in the back of the head when they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was, authorities said Thursday. The lone survivor of the attack, the slain couple's 15-year-old daughter, suffered a fractured skull when a bullet grazed her head. She played dead and called 911 after Ronald Lee Haskell left the house, prosecutors said at a court hearing. A day after the slayings, investigators slowly built a picture of Haskell, who was the couple's estranged brother-in-law.

  • Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose. Police said Thursday they are re-examining the death of Dean Riopelle, 53, the owner of a popular Atlanta music venue. Riopelle had been dating Alix Tichelman, 26, who is now charged with manslaughter in the November death of Google executive Forrest Hayes. She was never charged in Riopelle's death. "Both subjects in these cases died of heroin overdoses so there's just several factors we want to look at to make sure that we didn't miss anything,

  • Obama administration wants to place 5,000 more unaccompanied minors on U.S. military bases and extend their stays

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole criticizes request, which may mean more children at Fort Sill in his district for longer than the 120 days first approved.

  • Media allowed to tour Oklahoma military facility housing immigrant minors

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A series of three tours Thursday were the first time the media have been given access to the facilities in southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Harrah woman denies throwing man from wheelchair

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Bonnie Shirley Davis, 48, spent nine days in Oklahoma County jail on assault complaints. She was released when the district attorney declined to file charges, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

  • Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. Authorities are looking into witness reports that the sound of exploding fireworks preceded the blaze, as well as a man's claim that a brother who died in the fire kept fireworks in his apartment. The victims in this former mill city about 25 miles northwest of Boston were all found in units on the top floor of the building, which was just down the street from a fire station. Nine people were hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.

  • Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way. Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. He said the digital downloads of previous music would be available in a few weeks to tide fans over until a new album comes out later this year. The 52-year-old country star remains one of music's top-selling artists, with 134 million albums sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. He has said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple, but disagreed with its approach to s

  • Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensive

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds. A survivor said all the dead were civilians. As Israel intensified its bombardment Thursday of the Gaza Strip in an offensive against the Hamas militant group, with more than 900 targets attacked so far, it said it was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties in the crowded urban landscape. The risk of more civilian deaths will remain high, especially if Israel moves in with ground forces.

  • Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours. No injuries were reported. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. or 3 a.m., Capitol Police said. A handful of workers were removing insulation containing asbestos from around pipes and valves on the building's fourth floor, above a staircase, said a congressional official who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. On-site samples and another sample analyzed by an outside lab revealed low enough asbestos levels that officials decided the building was safe to reopen, the official s

  • Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies. The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying. They inflamed a furor that erupted last year when it was learned that the U.S. was intercepting Internet traffic in Germany and eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls. More broadly, the move to kick out the CIA station chief appears to reflect a Germany out of patience with what it sees as a pattern of American disrespect and interference. "The representative of the U.S.

  • Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them. "It's not a deal-breaker," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.

  • Authorities seek man who robbed Geary bank

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    About 10 a.m. Thursday, a man entered the Bank of Western Oklahoma, 101 W Main St. in Geary, and demanded money, the FBI reported.

  • House GOP moves ahead on suing Obama

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law. The office of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released a draft of the resolution that would authorize the House to file suit amid GOP criticism that the president has declined to faithfully execute the laws of the country. "In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it," Boehner said in a statement. "That's not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should ha

  • Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county. A Voting Rights Act complaint submitted Thursday to the U.S.

  • Dispatches from the road: Georgia

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    There’s generally not anything too exciting about driving non-stop for 16 hours — especially after you’ve pretty much exhausted and wiped yourself out with nine nights in hotels and a full week battling the sun and massive, teenaged South American tour groups at Disney World. What you need in such a circumstance is a way […]