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  • Woman attacked in Enid, Oklahoma, boy located with father early Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 24 min ago

    An Amber Alert has been canceled in Enid, Oklahoma early Wednesday. A 5-year-old boy taken from his mother by his father has been located safe.

  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch's father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

  • Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story. As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has drawn on personal history to make the case that the nation has much work to do to achieve justice for all. It's a legacy he'll likely draw on when he travels Wednesday to Ferguson, Missouri, to supervise the federal investigation of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Holder tells how his father, an immigrant from Barbados proudly wearing his World War II uniform, was ejected from a whites-only

  • Oklahoma's teen birth rate remains high, decreasing at a lower rate than most states

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states.

  • Homeless sex offender linked to bizarre Oklahoma death

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    A convicted sex offender’s DNA has been linked to a bizarre Oklahoma death that stumped investigators for months. Michael Hair, who committed suicide just two weeks after authorities say he took the life of 24-year-old Rachelle Flowers at her home near Cole, has been linked to the young mother’s death by DNA, investigators say. Hair, who was 46 when he took his own life, was a registered sex offender who served nearly a decade behind bars for assault, attempted rape and lewd molestation.

  • New Briarwood Elementary opens after 2013 tornado leveled school in Moore district

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Emotions vary among parents and Briarwood Elementary School students who attended classes last year in a nearby church. The Moore school district school in southwest Oklahoma City was rebuilt after being leveled by the May 20, 2013, tornado.

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist. Separately, Foley's family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they "have never been prouder of him." "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," said the statement, which was attributed to Foley's mother, Diane Foley. She implored the militants to spare the lives of other hostages. "Like

  • Prosecutor: Gunman, others dead after shooting

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A gunman lured his father to a remote Oregon campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was sleeping in his vehicle, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The gunman then killed himself. Zachary Brimhall's father, 58-year-old William Ray Brimhall of Dillard, Oregon, had been shot multiple times, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said. The older man's body was found Tuesday near his vehicle on a remote logging road in the Coast Range about 50 miles from Bastendorff Beach, where the drive-by shooting took place earlier in the day. "No question the son is responsible" for his father's death, Frasier said in a telephone interview lat

  • Sooner Tea Party co-founder to appeal blackmail conviction

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An Oklahoma County judge ordered Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart to pay a $1,000 fine plus $90 to a victims’ fund.

  • Two Democrats raise close to $300,000 each in Oklahoma state schools superintendent race

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate outraised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin between June 10 and Aug. 11. Joe Dorman calls his success more evidence of public dissatifaction with Fallin. A spokesman for Fallin pointed out her campaign had almost 10 times more in the bank than Dorman’s campaign.

  • Oklahoma City shooting victim identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A woman was fatally shot in Oklahoma City on Monday night. A police officer fired at the suspect but missed the man, who later surrendered.

  • Authorities seek suspect in Warr Acres bank robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    About 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, someone robbed the Bank of the West, 5757 Northwest Expressway near Oklahoma City. The robber is described as being a black man or possibly black woman with light complexion and long dreadlocks, in his or her mid-30s, of heavy build and about 5 feet 6 inches tall, the FBI reported.

  • Grand jury could hear case against police officer

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present. Federal authorities also could take legal action against officer Darren Wilson, especially if they decide their state counterparts are drawing the wrong conclusions. A look at some of the legal issues: ___ What state charges could Wilson face? Although the stiffest possible charge is first-degree murder, which can carry the death penalty, legal experts say that's highly unlikely.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon reactivates Twitter account, breaks silence one day after suspension

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN — OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactivated his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “Comeback Season In The Work But Now I’m Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song. The former five-star prospect was suspended from football […]

  • Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being." Showing no hint of worry on his face, Perry flashed a thin, confident grin beneath perfect hair in his mug shot — then headed to a nearby Austin eatery for vanilla ice cream, even gleefully documenting his excursion via Twitter. The Republican, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was indicted after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed. The burst of violence, which erupted in the hours before a temporary truce was set to expire, left the Egyptian mediation efforts in tatters and raised the likelihood of a new round of fighting in a war that has already claimed more than 2,000 lives, most of them Palestinians. The fighting broke out when Gaza militants fired several rockets into Israel Tuesday afternoon.

  • Fire near Yosemite that 1,000 fled doesn't grow

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park held steady Tuesday as humidity and calmer winds aided the fight against the second blaze around the park in recent weeks. The fire in Madera County remained at a little under 2 square miles but had destroyed eight structures and was threatening about 500 homes around Oakhurst, a community of several thousand about 16 miles from a Yosemite entrance, fire and sheriff's officials said. Additional firefighters were brought in to attack the blaze that began a day earlier and was fueled by gusty winds and dry brush, with embers flying ahead up to half a mile.

  • Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday. School officials learned of the plot on Thursday and notified detectives, who began watching the 16- and 17-year-old boys and monitoring their online activity, South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller said. The pair didn't have a date for an attack or weapons, but their online messaging included the names of three staffers to target and threats to randomly kill students, Miller said. They were also researching automatic firearms, handguns, knives

  • 4.2 earthquake rattles central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A Guthrie, Oklahoma, resident described Tuesday morning’s earthquake as one of the stronger ones he has felt.

  • Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a former Marine charged with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body. A San Bernardino County sheriff's investigator says in court paperwork filed Tuesday that 24-year-old Christopher Lee admitted conducting Internet searches on human body disposal. The investigator also says .22-caliber fired casings and rebar were recovered with the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin and the head stamp from the casings matched those on casings found in Lee's vehicle and residence. Lee was arrested Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, a day after Corwin's body was found.