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  • Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

    Updated: 27 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week. Reid was addressing the city's Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday when he told the audience, "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." When another man was summoned to the podium, he grabbed the microphone and quipped, "One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight." Both comments were met with laughter from the crowd of about 150 people. The incident was captured on video by a tracker, posted on YouTube and distributed to reporters by America Rising, a Republican opposition research

  • Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Updated: 31 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists who have overrun large swaths of Iraq. It was not immediately clear if the attack was carried out by Shiite militiamen or insurgents of the Islamic State group, who have been advancing into mixed Sunni-Shiite areas in volatile Diyala province and have been known to kill fellow Sunni Muslims who refuse to submit to their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

  • Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

    Updated: 48 min ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself. Zachary Brimhall's first note says he had been mentally ill his entire life, and he had reached the point of deciding to kill himself or to kill others and then himself. He wrote: "I chose the latter." Brimhall, 32, drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was asleep. Later Tuesday, his father was found dead on a remote logging road in southwest Oregon. He had been shot at least eight times the night before.

  • Funeral to be held Saturday for dentist killed in plane crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    LAWTON — Services will be held Saturday for a Lawton dentist who was killed in a plane crash near Ardmore. Lawrence Brewer, 63, was piloting the airplane Aug. 16 when it crashed near Ardmore, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Brewer was piloting a 1967 Piper Cherokee about 2:15 p.m. The airplane crashed about one mile south of Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport. A 58-year-old passenger, whose name was not released by the patrol, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Dallas and was admitted in critical condition, the patrol said. The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, a trooper said. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday

  • Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

    Updated: 59 min ago

    A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says it will be several weeks before a decision is made. Here is a look at how grand juries work in Missouri: ___ Q: How many people are on the grand jury and how are they selected? A: A grand jury is made up of 12 people who "shall be selected at random from a fair cross-section of the citizens" of St. Louis County, according to Missouri law. The grand jury in the Brown case is 75 percent white: six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. The county is 70 percent white. Brown was

  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. In another ominous turn in the crisis, NATO said it has mounting evidence that Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine and launching artillery attacks from Ukrainian soil — significantly deeper involvement in the fighting than the West has previously alleged.

  • Money saving advice from a former circus clown

    Tim Torkildson, FamilyShare | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Are you like Chicken Little when it comes to money - always running about shouting, "The sky is falling!" Here's a little financial advice that might help you calm down and stop laying eggs!

  • Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one incident, masked gunmen lined up seven men, their heads covered by bags, along a wall outside a Gaza City mosque and shot them to death in front of hundreds of people, witnesses said. A note pinned on the wall said they had leaked information about the location of tunnels, homes of fighters and rockets that were later struck by Israel. In Israel, a 4-year-old boy was killed when a mortar shell hit two cars in the parking lot of Nahal Oz, a small farming

  • 'Drag Float' Floats Your Boat

    Elizabeth Hurd | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A review of Robert Matson's comedy about drag queens and others stranded on the ocean.

  • Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: The picture is still hazy. Though the unemployment rate has steadily dropped, Yellen suggested that other gauges of the job market have become harder to assess and may reflect persistent weakness. These include many people jobless for more than six months, millions working part time who want full-time jobs and weak pay growth. Yellen offered no clarity on the timing of the first interest rate increase, which most economists still expect by mid-2015.

  • New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception. Even so, the accommodations may not fully satisfy religious groups who oppose any system that makes them complicit in providing coverage they believe is immoral. Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government — rather than their insurers — that they object to birth control on religious grounds.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker thankful he wasn't penalized for taking off his helmet in the Sugar Bowl

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker knows he dodged a major bullet when he took his helmet off following a Sugar Bowl sack late in the first half. “I will never do that again,” Striker said. “You know how that would have went if I would have got the flag, but let’s not talk […]

  • Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists. Over and over, they asked Morgan, a 44-year-old North Carolina man, converted Muslim and author of pro-extremist tweets, whether he had traveled to Syria to support the militant group. More important, they wanted know whether he could identify any fighters with U.S. ties who had left the region to return to America. The questioning, recounted in a recent court hearing, offered a glimpse into U.S.

  • Parole denied yet again for Lennon's killer

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, and others. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. An attorney for Ono said Friday that she had no immediate comment.

  • Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in an election year by taking a stand or proposing new policy. Instead, a group of potential 2016 presidential candidates are preserving their electoral prospects and retreating into safe rhetorical territory by saying very little, if anything at all. Amid tensions over Brown's the death, Democrats and Republicans alike have been reluctant to take sides, draw any conclusions ahead of an investigation or connect the case to specific policy changes.

  • Entertaining moments on NewsOK welcomed in a week of serious news

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 3 hr ago

    It’s been a serious couple of weeks. has had updates every day — many times per day — on the unrest in Ferguson. And the site has had the gruesome updates of journalist James Foley killed by Islamic State extremists. And it has had local stories on teacher shortages, high teen birth rates and […]

  • 3 blacks among 12 grand jurors in Ferguson case

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case. Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. The grand jury consists of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. Nine votes are needed to indict. The ages and hometowns of the jurors weren't released. A judge is expected to consider Monday whether to make that information public.

  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday condemned the movement of a Russian convoy into eastern Ukraine, calling it a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and demanding that it be withdrawn. "We are deeply concerned about this," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama. Rhodes said Russia would face additional costs if the convoy is not removed. He said the U.S. would discuss the matter Friday with its partners on the U.N. Security Council. "Russia must remove its vehicles and its personnel from the territory of Ukraine immediately," the Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters earlier. "Failure to do so will result in additional costs and isola

  • Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about OSU reaching the upper echelons of college football, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. The Cowboys on Thursday talked a lot about the concept of rebuilding. Mike Gundy: “Each year we find out where we’re at. This is the most difficult year we’ve had […]

  • Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants. Speaking on NBC's "Today," John and Diane Foley from Rochester, New Hampshire, said they had last heard from the captors via several emails in December. John Foley said he was excited to see the latest email, even though the kidnappers threatened to kill his son, because he hoped they would be willing to negotiate. "I underestimated that point," John Foley said of the threat. "I did not realize how brutal they were." Foley, 40, was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. His Islamic State captors had demanded $132.