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  • Muldrow woman dies in motorcycle crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A Muldrow woman died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash south of Sallisaw in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Supreme Court rules executions can proceed

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday evening ruled two convicted murderers’ executions can go forward. Justices voted 5-4 Monday to halt the executions. They voted unanimously Wednesday to dissolve that stay. Clayton Derrell Lockett and Charles Frederick Warner are now scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Tuesday. Check NewsOK for more updates on this story.

  • Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill that would prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from unintentionally paying women less than men for doing the same job will pass to the full Senate after receiving a committee's support Wednesday. The measure by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, received the backing of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee. Current state law already prohibits employers from intentionally paying women less than men for the same job. But Julie Schwam Harris, with Legislative Agenda for Women, said employers can unintentionally discriminate for a number of reasons, sometimes when women are stereotyped as second earners rather than breadwinners.

  • UPDATE: Eastbound Interstate 240 reopened

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Eastbound Interstate 240 is no longer closed at Interstate 35, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. A vehicle fire shut down all eastbound lanes earlier in the afternoon.

  • Convicted leaker Manning changes legal name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (c) 2014, The Washington Post. An Army soldier convicted of leaking classified military and diplomatic records persuaded a Kansas judge Wednesday to legally change her name from Bradley Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The judicial order in Leavenworth County District Court could be a key step in the transgender soldier's quest to get the military to devise a medical treatment plan commonly available to civilians diagnosed with gender identity disorder. The Department of Defense bans transgender people from serving and routinely discharges service members who start hormone therapy. But Manning's case is forcing the Pentagon to grapple with complex legal and personnel questions because the soldier is serving a 35-ye

  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances. Following mass shootings in recent years, some states have pursued stronger limits on guns while others like Georgia have taken the opposite path, with advocates arguing that people should be allowed to carry weapons as an issue of public safety. Republicans control large majorities in the Georgia General Assembly, and the bill passed overwhelming despite objections from some religious leaders and loc

  • Police release photos of Edmond home burglary suspect

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The suspect, described by police as a 16-to-19-year-old black male wearing gym shorts and a white t-shirt, is accused of burglarizing at least 12 homes scattered throughout city limits.

  • Police, FBI investigate Edmond bank robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Authorities are searching for a man who wore a painted-on beard with fake mustache and goatee as he robbed a bank Wednesday.

  • Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns and nullify local gun regulations in July, ensuring it will be legal across the state to openly carry firearms and adding to a string of victories in recent years by gun-rights advocates. Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he signed a bill late the previous day preventing local officials from restricting the sale of firearms and ammunition or regulating how guns are transported and stored. The National Rifle Association has described the legislation as a model for states seeking to strip local officials of gun-regulating powers. "Kansans have long believed the right to bear arms is a constitutional right," the governor said in

  • Missouri House panel mulls impeaching governor

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-led Missouri House committee is holding a hearing on multiple measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The hearing on three separate impeachment resolutions includes one citing Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who married legally in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Another measure is critical of the amount of time the governor took to call special elections to fill legislative vacancies. The final measure under consideration by the Judiciary Committee would impeach Nixon for his refusal to fire officials involved with the Revenue Department's decision last year to scan driver's license applicants' personal documents into a computer system.

  • Why liberals have fallen for Thomas Piketty

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (c) 2014, Slate. NEW YORK — It sounds like a bad joke: America's liberals have fallen for a Marx-referencing, Balzac-loving French intellectual who has proposed a worldwide tax on wealth. If Thomas Piketty (pronounced "Tome-AH PEEK-et-ee") were not traveling around the United States on a triumphant book tour, you might think Rush Limbaugh had made the man up in one of his more blustery rants. But no, he is quite real. "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Piketty's 685-page tome about the history and future of inequality, has improbably climbed to No. 1 on Amazon's best-seller list. (The book's title is only its first Marx allusion.) As of this writing, "Capital" is beating out such fare as the young adult hit "The Fault i

  • Russia renews threat to respond in Ukraine as truce falters

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine edged closer to a new round of hostilities Wednesday after the government in Kiev said it's resuming operations to oust militants from eastern cities and Russia pledged to defend its citizens in the neighboring country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is prepared to retaliate if its "legitimate interests" are "attacked directly," drawing a parallel with its actions during a 2008 war over the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia.

  • First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. First lady Michelle Obama was announcing the launch of the new Veterans Employment Center on Wednesday at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans' jobs summit organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor.

  • Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to car thief

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped Madison police track down a suspected car thief. The car was stolen Monday about 4:30 a.m. The driver parked at a hotel with the key in the ignition, and when he walked inside he heard his car start up. Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, who was seen eating something. A police officer found a half-eaten cinnamon roll in the parking lot. He went to a nearby restaurant that sells similar pastries, and a staffer there described the customer. The staffer also noted that the man had been dropped off by a Sun Prairie police officer, after the friend who'd been driving him was arrested for drunken driving. Sun Prairie police helped the Madison officer locat

  • Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance. The bad news is that you'll likely end up among the vast majority stuck sweating in the kitchen. In a new book, Thomas Piketty, the French economist who helped popularize the notion of a privileged 1 percent, sounds a grim warning: The U.S. economy has begun to decay into the aristocratic Europe of the 19th century. Hard work will matter less, inherited wealth more. The fortunes of the few will unsettle the foundations of democracy. The research Piketty showcases in his book, "Capital in the 21st Century," has set the economics field ablaze. Supporters cite his work as pro

  • Prof: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear. Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing. Kim talked to Park at a Mokpo detention facility. He said she told him she ordered a helmsman to make a 5-degree turn that was part of the ship's normal course, but the steering gear turned too far and the helmsman could not turn it back.

  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the ferry Sewol as it went down, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead, most of them teenagers. "He was generous, a really nice guy," said Oh Yong-seok, a 57-year-old helmsman, adding that the captain always asked about his wife and kids and was happy to dispense personal and professional advice. "He was probably the nicest person on the ship.

  • Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16 in the deadliest single disaster on Everest. While it is impossible to link any single event to long-term changes in the global climate, scientists say the future will likely hold more such dangers in high-altitude regions. Avalanches of snow, rock or ice could increase. Climbing and trekking terrains would become unsteady. Glaciers may be more unpredictable.

  • Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane. The search coordination center said Wednesday evening that police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia. Its statement did not describe the material found. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining photographs to assess whether further investigation is needed and if the material is relevant to Flight MH370. Augusta is near Australia's southwestern tip about 310 kilometers (190 miles) from Perth, where the search has been headquartered.

  • Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean. The search coordination center said Wednesday a robotic submarine, the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21, had so far covered more than 80 percent of the 310-square-kilometer (120-square-mile) seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the ocean floor. Nothing of interest had been found. The 4.5-kilometer (2.