• With chimneys, gabled roofs, Phillips 66 cottages little pieces of OKC's past

    Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    With their jaunty gabled roofs, chimneys, and arched entryways, there's something that draws me to Oklahoma City's old Phillip 66 gas stations. In this era of synthetic stucco and LED signs, they just don't build gas stations like they used to— out of brick,  patterned after the cottages of the English countryside. Many of the cottages that have survived have been repurposed in some way—as auto repair shops and convenience stores—their original identity not-quite concealed by a new layer of paint or a different sign. Spotting one of these cottages, in a sea of bland, 21st century gas stations and fast food restaurants, is like finding an Easter egg, a small, hidden piece of

  • Charles Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

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    WASHINGTON — The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente...

  • County commissioner, wife arrested in Oklahoma

    Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested an Alfalfa County commissioner and his wife Wednesday night at the couple’s Cherokee home.

  • Heavy rain in Oklahoma City metro leaves motorists stranded; some rain expected through holiday

    Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 05:59 AM

    Occupants of a vehicle at Danforth Road and Chowning Avenue had to be rescued after driving into floodwaters, Edmond police said. Occupants of another vehicle had to be rescued at...

  • Three die after wrecks on Oklahoma roads

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    Three people have died as a result of injuries suffered in wrecks on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma briefs for July 3, 2015

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    Oklahoma briefs for July 3, 2015

  • E.J. Dionne: How much do we value work?

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    WASHINGTON — Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people had...

  • 'Patriot-1' brings Independence Day spirit to comic

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    The original graphic novel “Patriot-1” from writer Kevin Powers was recently distributed to comic stores nationwide by Diamond Comic Distributors.Powers talked about the comic in an interview with The...

  • Entertainment events in and around Oklahoma City

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    Entertainment events in and around Oklahoma City

  • Heavy rain in metro leaves motorists stranded

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Occupants of a vehicle at Danforth Road and Chowning Avenue had to be rescued after driving into floodwaters, Edmond police said. Occupants of another vehicle had to be rescued at Covell Road and Air Depot, also in Edmond.

  • Union head, superintendent clash over discipline plan

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ed Allen, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, says Oklahoma City Superintendent Rob Neu is "disrespecting" them by not sharing details of his proposed discipline plan.

  • Meth in toaster among many drug parcels sent to Hawaii

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth. Leland Akau Sr. and Allen Gorion, who allegedly received the package in Kapolei, pleaded not guilty Thursday to meth distribution and conspiracy charges. Lab analysis results to determine the purity of the methamphetamine are pending, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Roberts said. It's one of the latest cases involving drug packages mailed to Hawaii. Crystal meth is known as the drug of choice in Hawaii, where it gained a stronghold across the islands long before becoming popular on the mainland. "It's the

  • Year's third case of West Nile virus confirmed in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    An Ellis County resident has been confirmed by medical authorities as Oklahoma's third West Nile virus case of the year.

  • Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea. The fire was still burning around noon Thursday, and officials said firefighters had been unable to get close to the burning car because of the heat. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said there were also concerns that the fumes contained cyanide, a byproduct of burning the chemical acrylonitrile, which was leaking from the train car. The smoke had stopped by 6 p.m., however, Mitchell said. About 5,000 people in the area were being evacuated, along with several businesses

  • Man shot in northeast Oklahoma City dies, police report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A man has died found lying in a driveway late Wednesday is Oklahoma City's 36th homicide of the year.

  • Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered. The documents, shared with The Associated Press by the Miguel Agustin Pro human rights center, appear to be the first evidence that soldiers involved in the alleged execution killing of at least 12 civilians on June 30, 2014, could argue they were following orders. "Soldiers should operate on a mass scale at night and reduce daytime activities, with the aim of killing criminals at night," read standing orders signed June 11 by Lt. Col. Sandro Diaz Rodriguez, on behalf of the comma

  • Federal officials OK disaster aid for more Oklahoma counties

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has approved disaster assistance for nine more Oklahoma counties following a series of severe storms. Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had accepted her request for aid, raising the number of counties receiving individual assistance to 33 out of 77. Twenty eight other counties have requested help but haven't received a response from FEMA. The latest additions are Carter, Jefferson, Latimer, Mayes, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pushmataha, Stephens and Tulsa counties. The disaster assistance will benefit individuals and businesses that suffered damages from tornadoes, flooding and severe storms that occurred between May 5 and June 4.

  • $18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement as a historic milestone in the Gulf Coast's recovery. The Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude that stained beaches, coated wildlife and polluted marshes. BP also gets a valuable return: Much of the payments, to be made over the next 18 years, could be tax-deductible.

  • Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Manzano, 65, broke the news earlier this week at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She said she wouldn't be part of PBS' new "Sesame Street" season. A beloved resident of Sesame Street since she was a teenager, the character Maria owned the neighborhood repair shop with husband Luis (played by Emilio Delgado, who remains on the show). Manzano also served as a writer for the show, sharing in 15 Emmy awards as a member of the writing team. She has also written children's books.

  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday when someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured. No arrests were made and no weapons found, officials said. "At this time there is no evidence of gunshots," Mayor Muriel Bowser said. "There is no evidence of a shooter, and there is no evidence of any victims today." A U.S.

  • Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity. The blunder surfaced in a smartphone screen shot posted online Sunday by a New York man on his Twitter account, @jackyalcine. The images showed the recently released Google Photos app had sorted a picture of two black people into a category labeled as "gorillas." The accountholder used a profanity while expressing his dismay about the app likening his friend to an ape, a comparison widely regarded as a racial slur when applied to a black person.

  • Tunisia: 8 people suspected of direct links to beach attack

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said Thursday. The British Foreign Office, meanwhile, raised the death toll of British tourists killed in Friday's attack from 27 to 30. Other European tourists were among the dead. The attack was Tunisia's deadliest ever and threatens to be a devastating blow to its tourism sector. In Britain, bereaved relatives looked on at an air base in Oxfordshire as a military plane flew home the remains of nine Britons on Thursday, a day after another flight returned eight other bodies.

  • Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 281,000

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the level of applications is still low and points to an improving job market. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, ticked up 1,000 to 274,750. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. Even with the increase, they remain far below 300,000, a historically low level that indicates companies are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers. That confidence can also cause them to hire more people. Consumers have stepped up spending on clothing, furniture and cars, spurring faster growth. Home sales have also accelerated and are now ru

  • Amy Winehouse documentary wins raves but angers family

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — In "Amy," performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess. Critics love it — but it has left her family hurt and angry. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, has branded the film inaccurate and misleading. He claims director Asif Kapadia depicts the family as doing too little to help the singer overcome addiction. "They have selectively edited what I said to suggest that me and my family were against her getting any kind of treatment," Mitch Winehouse told The Associated Press. "We took her dozens of times to detox and rehab over the years.

  • New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility's tunnels. The department also announced that 30-year correction veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the prison, the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions. Opposition withered as some counties complied with the decision, and gay marriage advocates said they would ask courts to impose penalties on the holdouts that refuse. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile issued a brief order saying state probate judges can't discriminate against gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage is legal everywhere. Also Wednesday, the 5th U.S.

  • Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. The restive territory's deadliest fighting in decades followed the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor and a vow by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step up the legal battle against Islamic militants. Later Wednesday, a special forces team raided a Cairo apartment and killed nine fugitive members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliame

  • Nurse drops newborn baby at hospital, fracturing his skull

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A hospital and police are investigating what might have caused a veteran nurse to drop a newborn baby, fracturing his skull. Jacqueline Hunt, the baby's mother, told WPXI-TV that a pediatrician said the nurse was feeding and burping her 1-day-old son, Eli, at Uniontown Hospital when the nurse became "drowsy and fell asleep and dropped him." The hospital and Uniontown police confirmed that a 30-year veteran nurse accidentally dropped the infant at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Uniontown Hospital spokesman Josh Krysak said the baby is expected to recover. He is being treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

  • Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA, Macy's dumps Trump

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants. The Republican presidential hopeful's team is struggling to hold the Miss USA pageant together following defections by hosts, performers, judges and the two television networks that were scheduled to broadcast the event on July 12. Trump, who fired back at Macy's, owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Flo Rida had been the highest-profile performer scheduled for Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his representative confirmed Wednesday that he would not perfor