• Nation world briefs

    By SCOTT SONNER and MICHELLE RINDELS Associated Press | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    HEALTH NEVADA | SPARKS — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Unless the next Legislature takes action sooner, Nevadans will consider another ballot measure in 2016 to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Nevada is among 23 states that allow medical marijuana, along with Washington, D.C., and Guam. MARRIAGE PENNSYLVANIA | PHILADELPHIA — A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal, a ruling that has family lawyers across the

  • Land sales

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Land sales Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $69 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill’s Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more. $1,000,000 or more AHIP OK Bethany Properties LLC from Bethany Hospitality LLC, 7840 NW 39 Expressway, Bethany, $4,753,000. Lamplight Apartments LLC from 34th and MacArthur Apartments LLC, 5811 NW 34, $2,905,000. 15600 Investments LLC from Alva Roofing Co., 14200 N Lincoln Blvd., $2,400,000. Jeremy Jon and Rachelle Lynnea Cumming from Titan Development Partners LLC, 3100 E Sorghum Mill Road, Edmond, $1,700,000. Meridian Car Wash LLC from Elmer Smith LLC and Brodersen Inc., 3817 N Meridian Ave.,

  • Oklahoma researchers navigate road map for teamwork in India

    BY ADAM COHEN For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Dr. G.B. Nair and I were sitting in the back seat of an Indian government car that, as far as I could tell, was hurtling toward destruction. OK, maybe not technically toward destruction. Technically, we were on our way to the Kinfra campus of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in southern India. There, Nair was planning to give me a tour of his new laboratory. That is, if we made it there alive. Because at that moment, our Toyota was playing chicken with a bus, a pair of motorcycles and a motorized rickshaw. With no more than a blink of an eye to spare, we dodged back into the left lane.


    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $43.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $31.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 17: COMPLETION Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Teafatiller No. 1-9H Well; NW/4 SW/4 NW/4 NW/4 (SL) of 09-03S-03W; 4,219,000 cu-ft gas per day, 184 barrels oil per day; TD 17,406. Hughes: PetroQuest Energy LLC; Aubrey No. 1-6H Well; SE/4 NE/4 NE/4 NE/4 (SL) of 12-07N-11E; 5,328,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,272. PetroQuest Energy LLC; Kim No. 1-6H Well; NW/4 SE/4 SE/4 SE/4 (SL) of 01-06N-10E; 117,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,003. PetroQuest Energy LLC; Nancy No.

  • Bureau marks its fourth year of protecting U.S. consumers

    By KEN SWEET AP Business Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The nation’s youngest government agency recently celebrated its four-year anniversary, and it’s still got plenty to do. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was born out of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law that passed in 2010 and started a year later. It was given a direct, but mammoth task: regulate and root out bad behavior in the financial services industry, from checking accounts to credit cards, mortgages to debt collection, and more. The bureau’s existence has been brief, but it hasn’t been quiet. The agency has extracted billions in settlements from the big banks. It’s looking to regulate the payday lending industry at the federal level for the first time.

  • Oklahoma researchers navigate road map for teamwork in India

    BY ADAM COHEN For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    In 2008, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation inked an affiliation agreement with the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in India, an Indian biomedical research institute. This year, OMRF sent staff to visit the center and spark a partnership.

  • Exxon Mobil profits drop to $4.2 billion

    By James Osborne The Dallas Morning News (TNS) | Updated: 21 hr ago

    DALLAS — Exxon Mobil profits continue to fall, as the global oil industry reels under the lowest crude prices since 2009. The oil giant, based in suburban Dallas, reported in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday $4.2 billion in profits for the second quarter of 2015, down more than 50 percent from a year ago. The results fell in line with those of other oil companies, some of which have sustained significantly greater losses as oil trades about $48 a barrel, down from more than $100 a year ago. In its earnings report Thursday, Royal Dutch Shell announced profits of $3.8 billion in the second quarter of 2015, down from $6.1 billion the previous year, and the layoff of another 6,500

  • CLICKS AND MORTAR: Local online boutique to open Oklahoma City shop

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Crystal Bland launched www.miloandlilyboutique.com just six months ago and was able to earn back her entire investment in the business within a month and a half, and now has a store in Oklahoma City.

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Edmond Exchange for Aug. 1, 2015

  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation scholarships make dreams reality for students

    BY K.S. McNUTTStaff Writerkmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City Community Foundation sponsors more than 100 scholarships that can be merit-based, take into account financial need, be available to a certain high school, or be open to students statewide.

  • Norman man is arrested on child pornography complaints

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    An investigation by law officers led them to a Norman residence Wednesday where they arrested a man and seized computers and drugs, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced. James Russell Clark, 29, was booked into the Cleveland County jail on complaints of distribution of child pornography.

  • Oklahoma City recruits learn the ropes in training sessions

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Fifty-eight recruits took part in training at the fire training center near NW 10 and Portland Avenue. The Oklahoma City Fire Department usually conducts recruit training twice a year.

  • Oklahoma City recruits learn the ropes in training sessions

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Bailing out of windows and bursting through a steel door, Oklahoma City firefighters and recruits trained in the heat this week. District Chief Benny Fulkerson said 58 recruits took part in training at the fire training center near NW 10 and Portland Avenue. He said they usually conduct recruit training twice a year. “Firefighters, before they even go to a fire station, spend 16 to 18 weeks in the fire training academy, and it’s a grueling 16 to 18 weeks where they learn all the basic, fundamental things that firefighters need to know,” Fulkerson said.

  • Former Kingfisher mayor gets $25K fine

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY  Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced Friday that former Kingfisher mayor Jack Stuteville, former president and CEO of First Capital Bank, has agreed to pay $25,000 in civil penalties in connection with the failure of the bank in Kingfisher.

  • VA hears from metro-area advocates on ways to serve American Indians in need

    Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Veterans, tribal leaders and health care providers discussed how to better serve homeless American Indian veterans and other topics at the Southern Plains Region Veterans Training Summit in Norman.

  • Backtracking debris from Flight 370 may be impossible

    By NICK PERRY Associated Press | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    NEW ZEALAND | WELLINGTON — If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to retrace its path to the wreck? Australian oceanographer David Griffin says that would be next to impossible. Griffin and other oceanographers say there are a mind-boggling number of variables in the journey of any single piece of flotsam. Oceanic drift •Reunion is 2,600 miles from the current search area off the Australian coast, but the wing fragment is likely to have zigzagged significantly farther than that.


    By John Monk The State (Columbia, S.C.) (TNS) | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Accused Charleston church shooter wants to plead guilty SOUTH CAROLINA | CHARLESTON — Dylann Roof’s lawyer David Bruck told a Charleston federal magistrate Friday morning in a hushed courtroom that his client wants to plead guilty to federal hate crimes in the June killings of nine African-Americans at a downtown Charleston church. But Bruck said until he knows whether the federal government will seek the death penalty, he cannot advise Roof on how to plead. In lieu of a plea from Roof, Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.


    By Batsheva Sobelman Los Angeles Times (TNS) | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Gay pride parade stabbing suspect to remain in police custody ISRAEL | JERUSALEM — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of stabbing participants in a gay pride parade appeared in a Jerusalem court Friday amid calls for the resignation of senior police officials for failing to keep tabs on the suspect, who was convicted of a similar attack in 2005. Yishai Schlissel, who was released from prison just three weeks ago, refused legal counsel, telling reporters he did not recognize the authority of a court that does not follow the law of the Torah and is part of the “mechanism of evil.

  • What we're talking about

    AP | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    CHIMPS-LEGAL RIGHTS: Two chimpanzees that inspired an unsuccessful lawsuit to grant them personhood rights will be retired from research at a New York state university. BOOKS-F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: A short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, long believed gone, is finally published.

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 1, 2015